PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Big news out of Pender County as two businesses could soon be moving into an industrial park there: FedEx Freight and Coastal Beverage Company.
Pender Commerce Park is a 450-acre full-service industrial park on Highway 421 near the New Hanover-Pender County line.
It currently has two tenants: Acme Smoked Fish and Empire Distributors. That number may be about to double.
“The park is getting a lot of attention. It’s on a great corridor, Highway 421. There’s obviously great proximity to Wilmington. Clearly, that’s an advantage, and I-140 and being on a four-lane highway,” said Wilmington Business Development CEO Scott Satterfield.
FedEx Freight has selected a 12.5-acre parcel at the park for a new service center.
Communications advisor Ron Mears tells us the site was chosen because of the ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers, and a strong local workforce.
“They’ll be hopefully starting construction on a somewhere around 15-20,000 square foot facility with their office and warehouse space in the next couple months. There’ll be around 25 employees starting out there,” said Satterfield.
Coastal Beverage Company may also move to Pender County. It’s put in a bid to buy some land at the park for a new facility.
“The park appears to meet Coastal’s criteria for what it needs for its long term headquarters facility as well as distribution for their operation,” said Satterfield.
Wilmington Business Development is Pender County’s partner for the park.
Satterfield believes these two companies moving in could spark even more development.
“When you see the variety of food processing, distribution, corporate headquarters, etc. So it shows that the park can accommodate a myriad of types of companies,” said Satterfield.
Pender County commissioners will consider Coastal Beverage’s purchase at Monday’s Commission meeting.
FedEx already has facilities in Wilmington and Leland. Coastal Beverage is in Wilmington as well.
No word yet on how the Pender County projects might affect those existing locations.