Statewide: Eastern region, September 2014
FAYETTEVILLE — Hanesbrands will close its distribution center here, laying off all 176 workers by March 31, three months later than previously announced. The Winston-Salem-based apparel-maker acquired the center last year when it bought Iselin, N.J.-based Maidenform Brands for $583 million.
BELHAVEN — Vidant Health closed its hospital here July 1, idling 76 employees. Originally scheduled to close April 1, the Greenville-based health system granted a three-month extension so the city could take ownership of 49-bed Vidant Pungo Hospital. The city’s plan failed. Vidant plans to build a $4.2 million clinic to serve Hyde and Beaufort counties.
FAYETTEVILLE — Cape Fear Valley Health asked state regulators to approve a $30 million, 34-bed expansion of its local 490-bed medical center. The hospital system, based here, plans to complete the project in January 2017, pending the ruling of the state Department of Health and Human Services.
GOLDSBORO — AAR Aircraft Services will lay off 102 workers at its 377-employee local plant by Sept. 12 after completing a contract with Oshkosh, Wis.-based Oshkosh Corp. The Wood Dale, Ill.-based company makes vehicle and aircraft parts and equipment for the defense industry. It employs more than 6,000 people at 60 locations worldwide.
WILSON — Bridgestone Americas, subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corp., named Michael Darr plant manager, succeeding Gary Williamson, who is moving to company headquarters in Nashville as executive director of manufacturing operations. The tire-maker employs 2,125 at its plant here and is the county’s largest manufacturing employer.