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sioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler joined other state and regional leaders for Trinity's announcement in April 2013. The company will use an existing building at the Carolina Commerce and Technology Center, 8 miles palletized and container cargo are transferred to and from ships. Four cranes — installed in 2007 at a cost of $33.2 million — can reach across docked ships to quickly move shipping containers. In 2012-13, the "It's a global economy now, not a domestic economy. Time is money, and if you can't relate to that you're not going to be able to keep up." from Interstates 95 and 74. "With both north-south and east-west access, this is the ideal place from which to move frozen goods," Null says. Trinity already ships fries to Brazil, Canada and Peru and is considering an expansion into Asia. Port of Wilmington, 90 minutes by car from Trinity's new plant, has been North Carolina's door to the world since Colonial times. It has nearly 6,800 feet of wharf frontage and nine berths where bulk, port handled more than 5.3 million tons, up 21.3% from the year before. Wood pellets will soon increase that total. Demand for them is growing as electric utilities in Europe use more renewable fuels to meet tighter environmental regulations. In May 2013, the N.C. Council of State, which manages government-controlled property, approved construction of receiving stations, storage domes and loading systems for wood pellets at Port of Wilmington. Bethesda, Md.-based Enviva LP will finance and run the $35 million operation, which could be running in January 2015. It will bring about 70 jobs and boost southeastern North Carolina's budding renewableenergy cluster. "This is a great way to increase the state's global connection through our ports, supporting North Carolina businesses, expanding economic opportunities, enhancing port operations and bringing jobs to the greater Wilmington area," N.C. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata says. The Council of State also agreed to allow San Diego, Calif.-based International WoodFuels LLC, which is building a wood-pellet mill in Wilson County, to develop a similar but smaller terminal at Port of Morehead City, which already handles bulk and break-bulk materials for several well-known businesses. Scrap steel, for example, moves through the port to Apply Now! There's something for everyone at GTCC! Earn an associate degree, diploma or certifcate and get started on a new career path! Many degree programs are offered online. GTCC also offers non-credit courses in professional development. personal enrichment, and basic education. For more information, visit our website at or call (336) 334-4822 / (336) 454-1126. GUILFORD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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