Business

Taxi owners say men representing Cannon offered airport access for cash

April 1, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Owners of two Charlotte cab companies who had lost access to Charlotte Douglas International Airport said they were told by associates of former Mayor Patrick Cannon they could buy their way back into the airport. Also: Charlotte City Council delayed voting on Cannon's replacement until next Monday.

Global real estate site ranks Bryson City No. 3 on national list

April 1, 2014

(The Smoky Mountain Times, Bryson City)

World Property Channel, a Miami-based news network for the real-estate industry, ranked Bryson City third on its list of best mountain towns in America behind first-ranked Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and second-ranked Estes Park, Colo.

B/E Aerospace announces $600 million in new contracts

April 1, 2014

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

Wellington, Fla.-based B/E Aerospace announced contract awards from seven major airlines worth a total of $600 million and raised its earnings guidance for fiscal 2014 by 5 cents a share. B/E makes commercial aircraft components and now employs more than 1,300 at its plant in Winston-Salem. 

Duke Energy sues Westinghouse for $54 million after canceled project

April 1, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte-based utility filed a federal lawsuit against Westinghouse Electric over $54.1 million Duke says it paid for equipment that was never produced for the Levy County nuclear power plant in Florida. Duke canceled its contract with Westinghouse in January because of licensing delays. 

Pipe-maker to cut 90 jobs at Brunswick County plant

April 1, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Victaulic will cut 90 jobs over the next seven months at its pipe-manufacturing plant in Leland. The company will move rubber-molding and press-fit operations to Mexico. 

Sierra Nevada could open Mills River tasting room by summer

April 1, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

With much of the construction complete at the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River,  a small tasting room could open as early as July. The Chico, Calif.-based brewer is now brewing two of its popular beers there, and expects to produce 350,000 barrels a year once it reaches full production.

Halifax Regional has major economic impact on county

April 1, 2014

(The Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids)

Halifax County's largest employer had an economic impact of more than $152 million on the area in 2012, according to a study UNC Chapel Hill performed with the medical center. The 204-bed hospital employs 759 people.

Republic Wireless adds options to Moto X phones

April 1, 2014

(WRALTechwire.com)

Republic Wireless is adding customized options including wood cases, accent colors and wallpapers for its Moto X phones. Raleigh-based Republic offers phone and data plans for as little as $5 a month. Its Moto X and new colorful Moto G phones are produced by Google Motorola Mobility, which is being acquired by Lenovo. (Click here to read more about Republic Wireless in BNC's September 2013 issue)

State unemployment rate falls below national average

March 31, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The N.C. unemployment rate dropped to 6.4% in February compared with 6.7% in January, while the national average increased from 6.6% to 6.7%. Industries that reported the most jobs gains in the state were trade, transportation, utilities and manufacturing.

GlaxoSmithKline expanding at Zebulon manufacturing plant

March 31, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

GlaxoSmithKline will hire 60 to 75 new workers during the next month at its manufacturing plant in Zebulon as it expands production of several new drugs. GSK employs about 4,500 at its North American headquarters at Research Triangle Park and about 450 at the manufacturing support center in Zebulon.