Business

Duke Energy to solicit bids for coal-ash management

December 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy will seek proposals from researchers, universities and other industry specialists for beneficial ways to reuse coal ash. Interested bidders should submit their organization name and contact information to CoalAshReuse@duke-energy.com by Dec. 9. The company will accept proposals through Feb. 6, 2015.

GlaxoSmithKline said to be planning US job cuts

December 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

GlaxoSmithKline is expected to announce U.S. job cuts as part of a corporate restructuring, according to a report from Bloomberg News. The London-based pharmaceutical company employs about 4,500 people at its North American headquarters in RTP and about 500 at a manufacturing plant in Zebulon.

Report: MetLife may move more workers to NC

December 2, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

MetLife could move as many as 6,000 more workers to North Carolina from offices in New York and New Jersey, according to a report in The New York Post. The world's largest life-insurance company announced in 2013 it would move 2,300 jobs to Charlotte and Cary from various locations across the U.S. The company has not confirmed any additional job relocations.

Southern Season to open Mebane distribution center

December 2, 2014

(The Times News, Burlington)

The city of Mebane approved a $90,000 incentive package for Chapel Hill-based Southern Season to build a $5.8 million to $5.9 million distribution center by summer 2015. The company operates stores in Chapel Hill, Charleston, S.C., and Richmond, Va. and plans to add more stores. The distribution center will employ 45 workers.

Eden hospital cuts 22 positions, reduces hours for 160 employees

December 2, 2014

(RockinghamNow.com)

Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden announced it will cut 22 jobs and reduce hours for 160 staff members. The hospital said it has experienced a 30% decrease in inpatient services over the past three years. Morehead eliminated 22 jobs in May. 

EPA plan draws criticism

December 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based Duke Energy and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources joined other utilities and states in criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency plan to reduce carbon emissions 30% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. 
Related: Duke Energy names communications chief 

BNC Bancorp completes acquisition of SC bank

December 2, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BNC Bancorp, parent company of Bank of North Carolina, has completed its $50.6 million acquisition of Charleston, S.C.-based Harbor Bank Group, giving the High Point-based bank a total of 51 branches in the Carolinas. BNC announced in November plans to acquire Valley Financial of Roanoke, Va. for $101.3 million. That deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

Dominion says pipeline would mean $6M in property-tax payments

December 2, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The 550-mile proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would provide more than $25 million annually in local property taxes –including $6 million in North Carolina – according to estimates from Dominion Resources. Announced in September, the pipeline would bring natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale basins to North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

UNC Health Care to break ground on Chatham Park office

December 2, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Construction crews plan to break ground Tuesday at the site of a future UNC Health Care office that will be part of the 7,000-acre Chatham Park development in Pittsboro. Town commissioners are expected to vote as early as next week on the latest proposal for the massive development that will swell the town's population from about 3,000 to more than 60,000.

Raleigh's Eye Care Associates sold to Virginia chain

December 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

MyEyeDr. acquired Raleigh-based Eye Care Associates for an undisclosed amount. Eye Care Associates was founded in 1978 by Dr. Stephen Bolick and has 27 stores. Vienna, Va.-based MyEyeDr. operates stores in fives states and the District of Columbia.