Archive for May, 2010

Teaching Jobs in Jacksonville Cut Amid Protests

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Hundreds of people gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, to protest the elimination of teaching jobs in Jacksonville and a number of other cities.

Lawmakers were also pressured to increase education funding.

According to, the Fund Schools First event Saturday was organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators, North Carolina Parent-Teacher Association and other education groups.


Grant Creates Production Jobs in Jacksonville

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
A grant of nearly 100,000 has helped to convince a recycler of automotive catalytic converters to pledge to invest $4.5 million in a production plant, creating 98 production jobs in Jacksonville (click here).
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Jacksonville Labor Jobs Lost to Virginia

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Phoenix Packaging Operations has announced that they won’t be setting up shop in North Carolina as locals hoped, eliminating hopes that the plastic packaging company would create Jacksonville labor jobs.

According to a press release, Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Phoenix Packaging Operations, LLC, a subsidiary of Phoenix Packaging Group, will invest more than $20 million to establish its first U.S. operation in Pulaski County.

The announcement does not bode well for locals looking to create Jacksonville jobs.

The company will manufacture thermoformed rigid plastic packaging for customers in the U.S., and also establish its North American headquarters in Pulaski. The project will create 240 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.