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Brunswick County in running for new business; 1000 jobs

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An industrial prospect that Brunswick County's economic developer calls a "long shot" could bring more than a thousand jobs to the area.

At a meeting this week, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved spending $200,000 to provide rail access for the business, identified only as "Project Diamond."

The funds would help construct rail infrastructure to serve an industrial park where the company would build a new facility.

The business would make a capital investment of at least $35 million and would receive about 1,500 carloads of freight each year, according to information provided to the Board of Transportation.

Jim Bradshaw, executive director of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, would not identify the site or the business when contacted Friday afternoon.

He said it would be months before he finds out if Brunswick County is a finalist to land the employer.

Bradshaw explained the state rail funding is just one of the grant sources he is perusing for this project.

He said Project Diamond is just one of 13 active projects considering Brunswick County.

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