Business

HondaJet a step closer to final approval

March 30, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Honda Aircraft has received "provisional type certification" from the Federal Aviation Administration for its HondaJet light aircraft, which it manufactures at Piedmont Triad International Airport ("Ready to Take Off," February 2014). The company says it expects to obtain final certification within the next few months.

Apartments revitalize Triangle downtowns

March 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The number of high-end apartment units within a mile of downtown Raleigh will double to nearly 3,000 over the next two years, and downtown Durham's population is expected to double following construction of new apartments there.

Interest in NC film industry will fade without funding

March 30, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Film-industry officials say there is still interest in bringing film projects to North Carolina, but without an increase in incentives the state will fall lower down on the list of options. An estimated 20% of the state's 4,000-member crew base has left the state to find work in other locations.

UNCW's Vetter to fill in for Roberts on a temporary basis

March 30, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

UNC Wilmington officials said Ron Vetter, associate provost for research and dean of the graduate school, will assume former CIE executive director Jim Roberts' responsibilities on an interim basis. The school announced Thursday that Roberts had left the position, but didn't give a reason for his departure.

Lincolnton textile plant to close after 60 years

March 27, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mohican Mills will close its plant in Lincolnton, about 20 miles northwest of Charlotte, idling 157 workers by June 8. A subsidiary of New York-based Fab Industries, the textile company has been operating for more than 60 years and is the city's biggest water customer. City Manager Jeff Emory said residents' water bills could go up 10 to 15% after the plant closes.

BofA shareholders won't get a vote on chairman decision

March 27, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Despite pressure from several large investors, Bank of America will not let shareholders vote at its annual meeting on a bylaw change that will allow CEO Brian Moynihan to become chairman.
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Red Ventures closing Wilmington insurance brokerage

March 27, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Red Ventures will close the Wilmington office of HomeInsurance.com by June 30, according to former employees. The company had more than 100 employees when Indian Land, S.C.-based Red Ventures acquired it in 2012. The Internet marketing firm announced last year it was adding 580 jobs at its Charlotte sales center.

Beer festival season kicks off Saturday at Sierra Nevada

March 27, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

In 1996, only 300 tickets were sold to Asheville's first Brewgrass festival, an annual event which now attracts 4,000 people. The state's burgeoning beer festival season unofficially begins Saturday, with Sierra Nevada's inaugural Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival in Mills River. April festivals are planned in Albemarle, Cary, Charlotte, Goldsboro and Raleigh.

Triangle companies fare well on Forbes' Best Companies list

March 27, 2015

(Forbes)

Forbes magazine ranked Triangle employers Quintiles, SAS and UNC Healthcare in the top 50 on its first-ever list of America's Best Employers.

 

Duke execs earn less due to coal-ash spill

March 27, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy cut short-term incentives for its top five officers by about 35% in 2014, reducing CEO Lynn Good's incentives payout by about $600,000. Good's total compensation was $8.3 million in 2014, her first full year as chief executive at the nation's largest utility.