China Investment Promotion Agency Delegation Attends North Carolina China Center Hall of Fame Golf Tournament

Former NCCC Vice Chairman Bill Owens Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Research Triangle Park, NC, July 22, 2011 --( The North Carolina China Center (, housed at the World Trade Park in the headquarters building of Longistics (, hosted members of the China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) delegation for a nine-hole golf tournament at Brier Creek Country Club benefitting the nonprofit NCCC on June 27. The golf tournament was the culmination of a summit for CIPA delegation members along with area business leaders to promote business and technology development and collaboration between North Carolina and China. CIPA is a division of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce that organizes and promotes inbound and outbound foreign investment.

Bill Owens, former vice president of Lenovo and former NCCC vice chairman, was inducted into the NCCC Hall of Fame at the summit. Among the 47 golfers were 15 delegates from CIPA, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Harvey Schmitt, NCCC and Longistics Chairman Duane Long and Ambassador Sam Poole. One surprise of the afternoon came on the last hole of the day, a par three, when Barry Gardner of Shelco Inc. shot a hole-in-one.

“It was an honor to host the delegates from CIPA for a round of golf following a productive and busy morning of discussions,” said Duane Long, North Carolina China Center chairman. “It provided a great opportunity to strengthen our cultural bonds while celebrating Bill Owens’ Hall of Fame induction.”

About The North Carolina China Center:
The North Carolina China Center has a mission of creating of bridges of understanding between businesses, as well as cultural and educational institutions, in North Carolina and the greater China region comprising Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The objectives of the Center, created in 2006, are to explore business opportunities; promote academic exchanges; foster industrial collaborations; enhance cross-cultural understanding; and assist all interested parties and business entities as well as public and private institutions in developing relationships with the greater China region. Over the first four years of the Center’s existence, major Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed with businesses, industrial parks, educational and cultural institutions in China. For more information, visit

About Longistics:
Located in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Longistics is a full-service provider of global logistics solutions that specializes in cold-chain logistical support and problem solving services for a broad range of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors of high value, high security products. A leading provider of third-party logistics, Longistics has a worldwide reach and growing presence in China, and other emerging markets around the world. Longistics provides transportation, warehousing and Foreign Trade Zone management operations at FTZ 214, located in the Global TransPark, and FTZ 93, located adjacent to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, as well as a transportation hub based in Memphis, Tenn. Capabilities include: supply chain studies, vendor managed inventories, transportation, technology, infrastructure, FTZ zone operations, domestic warehousing services, order fulfillment, kitting and sub-assembly, and value-added programs. For more information, visit

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