Business

APAC to add 500 customer-service jobs in High Point

April 7, 2014

(High Point Enterprise)

APAC Customer Services Inc. will hire 500 full-time workers at its High Point service center by July. The outsourcing company says the call-center positions will provide service for a telecommunications company. 

Dredging to improve port prospects at Morehead City

April 7, 2014

(Carteret County News-Times)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging in Beaufort Inlet today. The $7.9 million project will allow ships leaving the N.C. Port of Morehead City to carry more cargo by increasing the channel's depth to 43 feet. Sand removed from the inlet will be moved to beaches along Bogue Banks. 

Charlotte tourism official mentioned in Cannon affidavit

April 7, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mohammad Jenatian, president of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality & Tourism Alliance and supporter of many of the city's high-profile development projects, introduced then-Mayor Patrick Cannon to an undercover FBI agent in 2010 when the agent was investigating other people.

 


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/05/4820231/tourism-advocate-jenatian-introduced.html#storylink=cpy

IPO delayed for Durham-based Scynexis

April 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The initial public offering for Durham drug-development firm Scynexis has been pushed back. Media outlets report the company could go public this week or the week of April 14. Scynexis announced last Thursday it expected to sell its shares at a lower price than originally announced. 

NCDOT to create 24-county free trade zone in Eastern NC

April 7, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The N.C. Department of Transportation announced last week the creation of a 24-county free trade zone in Eastern N.C. that includes New Hanover, Brunwick and Pender counties. The zoning will enable companies designated as FTZ sites to defer duty taxes on products until the products leave the zone.

Lenovo buying NEC patents

April 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lenovo is buying a portfolio of more than 3,800 smartphone-related patent families from Japanese technology company NEC for an undisclosed amount. The purchase, along with a $100 million deal announced last month to buy a group of patents from Nevada-based Unwired Planet, will help protect Lenovo against patent lawsuits from competitors as it grows its smartphone business.

Political ads target Republican senators for support of fracking

April 7, 2014

(The Sanford Herald)

A pro-environment group which includes the Southern Environmental Law Center is behind new politcal ads labeling three Republican state senators as "The Fracking Crew." The ads target Harnett County's Sen. Ronald Rabin, Wake County's Sen. Chad Barefoot and Sen. Wesley Meredith of Cumberland County, condemning the trio for their support of hydraulic fracturing.

Charlotte Douglas still 8th-busiest airport in nation

April 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport was the eighth-busiest airport in the nation and 23rd-busiest in the world in 2013, maintaining those positions from the previous year. The number of passengers increased 5.4% to 43.5 million.

Baxter to purchase Chapel Hill biotech firm for $70 million

April 4, 2014

(WRALTechWire.com)

Deerfield, Ill.-based Baxter International will acquire Chapel Hill-based biotechnology firm Chatham Therapeutics for $70 million. Chatham is currently developing gene-therapy programs for the treatment of hemophilia.

 

Lowe's to pay $18.1 million to settle hazardous-waste case

April 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mooresville-based Lowe's Cos. will pay $18.1 million to settle a case claiming the home-improvement retailer illegally disposed of hazardous waste at more than 100 stores in California. Dumpster inspections showed the company discarded batteries, paints, pesticides and other hazardous materials that were not allowed in California landfills.