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


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.

Heritage Home Group auctioning seventeen properties

March 31, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Seventeen properties formerly occupied by Furniture Brands International have been put up for auction, including nine in North Carolina. Others are in Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. Heritage Home Group, which bought assets of St. Louis-based Furniture Brands after the company filed for bankruptcy protection last year, said last week it plans to close its Pearson Co. plant in High Point by Aug. 31.

Trident Marketing lays off 200 in Cary and Southern Pines

March 31, 2014

(The Pinehurst Pilot)

Trident Marketing laid off 200 workers at its call centers in Cary and Southern Pines last week after DIRECTV canceled its contract with the company.

Cozza selected to lead N.C. State Ports Authority

March 31, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. State Ports Authority named Paul Cozza its new executive director. Cozza, a U.S. Army veteran, previously served in various roles at Maersk Line Limited and CSX Corporation/Sea-Land Service Inc. 

BB&T Insurance Services to acquire Woodbury & Co.

March 31, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BB&T Insurance Services will acquire Woodbury & Co., which employs more than 50 at offices in Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, S.C., by April 1. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Group to propose alternate plan for Guilford prison farm site

March 31, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

Opponents of "Project Haystack," a proposed megasite in eastern Guilford and Western Alamance counties, say the development would destroy farmland and cost Guilford County taxpayers millions of dollars. PLACE (Public Lands for Agricultural and Community Enrichment) – one group opposed to the project –  is developing alternative plans for the land.

Wilson Medical Center announces new chief executive

March 31, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

William E. "Bill" Caldwell was named CEO of Wilson Medical Center. He replaces Rick Hudson, who retired when the 294-bed hospital joined Duke LifePoint March 1. Caldwell was previously chief operating officer of Salem, Va.-based LewisGale Medical Center.