Business

Herbalife distributors questioned by authorities

April 7, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Federal law-enforcement officials have contacted 10 leading Herbalife distributors to inquire about their business practices, according to a CNBC report. Hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman has accused the company, which cut the ribbon on its Winston-Salem production plant in January (Statewide, March), of operating a pyramid scheme, and multiple federal investigations regarding its business practices are ongoing.

Charlotte business park sells for $33M

April 7, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Shopton Ridge Business Park in southwest Charlotte has sold for more than $33 million. Aventura, Fla.-based Adler Kawa Real Estate Advisors bought the 422,400-square-foot park, which includes four industrial buildings, from Trinity Capital Advisors.

Demand for credit unions growing

April 6, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Consumer dissatisfaction with big banks is fueling rapid growth in the credit union industry, according to UNC Charlotte finance professor Tony Plath. Plath also said it's "only a matter of time" before credit unions persuade Congress to allow them to increase small-business lending, which now is capped at 12.25% of a credit union's total assets.

MetLife reaches hiring goal in Charlotte

April 6, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

New York-based MetLife said last week it has met its goal of creating more than 1,300 jobs at its retail headquarters Charlotte. In 2013, the insurance company said it would create 2,600 jobs in North Carolina, including 1,300 at a global technology center in Cary, and was awarded up to $87.2 million in state grants.

Report: Business-jet sales could propel HondaJet

April 6, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

A new report shows the business-jet market is expect to grow by more than 6.8% by 2019, and Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft is poised to become a key player. The company said in March it is close to receiving final FAA certification for its HondaJet light aircraft, which is being manufactured at Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Duke Energy to pay Virginia $2.5M coal-ash settlement

April 6, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy will pay $2.5 million to Virginia for its February 2014 coal-ash spill into the Dan River, bringing the utility's total costs related to the spill to nearly $150 million. Virginia will spend the majority of the money on environmental projects in areas affected by the spill.

Proposed merger of food distributors vexes Triangle restaurateurs

April 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Some Triangle restaurant owners worry a proposed merger between the nation's largest food service providers, Sysco and US Foods, will lead to higher prices. The FTC took steps to block the merger in February, and state attorney general Roy Cooper is expected to join 10 other states in opposing the combination of the two companies. The federal agency says the Charlotte and Triangle markets are among metro areas that would be most impacted by the merger.

Belk exploring possible sale

April 3, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

As part of a strategic planning process, Charlotte-based Belk Inc. — the nation's largest family-owned and operated department store — hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to examine the possibility of a sale.

Belk's biggest sale

Salix plans to cut 258 jobs

April 3, 2015

(The News & Observer)

Salix Pharmaceuticals is laying off 258 people at its Raleigh headquarters, the company announced Thursday, the same it was acquired by Laval, Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $11 billion.

Utility changes would cost Fayetteville $1.6M

April 3, 2015

(Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville City Manager Ted Voorhees said Thursday that proposed changes to the town's Public Works Commission would mean a $1.6 million shortfall next year. In response, Voorhees instituted a hiring freeze and requested plans for cuts of up to 10%.