Business

Heritage Home moving headquarters to High Point

July 23, 2014

(High Point Enterprise)

Heritage Home Group will move its headquarters from St. Louis to High Point, where it will employ about 300. Heritage Home was formed last year when KPS Capital Partners bought assets of Furniture Brands International out of bankruptcy.

Zipper maker expanding in Oxford

July 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Ideal Fastener Corp. will invest more than $5.7 million in its Granville County plant and will add 155 jobs over five years. The second-largest zipper manufacturer in the world, Ideal employs 226 at its manufacturing headquarters in Oxford.

Duke Energy begins cleanup of former gas plant property in Kinston

July 23, 2014

(The Free Press, Kinston)

Duke Energy has begun cleaning up the site of a former manufactured-gas plant in Kinston that has been dormant for more than 60 years. The Charlotte-based utility plans to clean 14 such sites, where it used coal to manufacture gas for street lamps before natural gas became available.

Sales of preowned vehicles boost revenue for Charlotte's Sonic Automotive

July 23, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Sonic Automotive Inc. reported revenue of $2.4 billion in the second quarter, led by a 12% increase in sales of preowned vehicles. Net income for the Charlotte-based auto retailer rose to $27 million compared with $8.9 million in the second quarter a year ago. (Read more about Sonic and founder Bruton Smith in our August 2013 cover story).

Herbalife stock soars 25% after Ackman presentation

July 23, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Following hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman's attempt to expose Herbalife Inc. as a pyramid scheme in a three-hour presentation on Tuesday, investors seemed unfazed by his criticism and the company's stock rose $13.75 to $67.77. 

Greensboro's Natty Greene's expanding despite trademark battle

July 23, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Natty Greene's is undergoing a third expansion at its Greensboro brewery, and other cities have shown interest in the brand. Meanwhile, the brewer is battling Anheuser-Busch, which filed an opposition to its trademark application over the "Natty" name.

Mountain BizWorks names new executive director

July 23, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Patrick Fitzsimmons has been named executive director of Mountain BizWorks. Fitzsimmons was executive director of the Western N.C. region of the American Red Cross from 2004 to 2012. The Asheville-based non-profit organization provides loans to small businesses in Western N.C.

Hatteras Financial reports second quarter loss

July 23, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Hatteras Financial Corp., a Winston-Salem-based mortgage real estate investment trust, reported a $17.9 million loss for the second quarter. 

Morrisville's Gentris acquired by Cancer Genetics

July 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Rutherford, N.J.-based Cancer Genetics completed its $6.25 million acquisition of Gentris Corp. The Morrisville-based company works with pharmaceutical companies to integrate pharmacogenomics into clinical trials. Gentris' 40 employees will keep their jobs.

UNC Health Care poised for rebound in 2015

July 22, 2014

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

The UNC Health Care board of directors expects the system will post a profit of $104 million for fiscal 2015. The hospital system, which includes eight medical centers, has projected a loss of $12.2 million for fiscal 2014, largely due to its investment in a new electronic health record system.