Business

Hanesbrands to acquire European apparel company for $544M

June 26, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem-based Hanesbrands will acquire French intimate-apparel manufacturer DBApparel for $544 million. The two companies were owned by Chicago-based Sara Lee Corp. until 2006, when Sun Capital Partners bought DBA and Hanesbrands was spun out as a publicly traded company. 

Report shows Raleigh area execs plan to increase hiring for tech jobs

June 26, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

A report released Wednesday shows 15% of Raleigh area CIOs are planning to increase hiring for information-technoloyg workers over the next six months. Of those surveyed, 64% of CIOs said it is difficult to find skilled workers. Networking and applications development ranked as the hardest skills to find.

Rideshare service Uber expanding in North Carolina

June 26, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Rideshare service company Uber will expand to six additional N.C. cities. San Francisco-based Uber, already available in Charlotte and Raleigh, will add service in Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Wilmington and Winston-Salem. Uber provides an app-based service that allows customers to order and pay for rides using smartphones.

American, US Airways ticket prices vary for same flights

June 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Although American Airlines and US Airways completed their merger in December, the companies have not yet merged their reservation systems. Airline ticket prices for the same flights on the same planes can vary widely depending on which carrier's website customers use for booking. 

Duke Energy Progress wants to charge households more, businesses less for renewables

June 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based Duke Energy Progress wants to increase household fees for renewable energy, which is generated mostly from solar farms, while lowering the costs for businesses and industrial customers. If the proposal is approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission, the new charges would go in effect in December. 

Carbone named president of Wake Forest Baptist

June 25, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Karen Barbara "Bobbi" Carbone was named president of Wake Forest Baptist Health, the Winston-Salem-based health system announced Tuesday. Carbone joined the system in March as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She replaces Thomas Sibert, who previously announced plans to retire on Aug. 31. 

Raleigh's First Citizens reveals new executive team

June 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

First Citizens Bank announced a new executive team that will assume leadership once the bank completes its purchase of S.C.-based First Citizens Bank & Trust. As previously announced, Frank Holding Jr. will be chairman and CEO. Peter Bristow, current chief operating officer of the S.C. bank and Holding's brother-in-law, will be president.

Efforts continue to unionize Mountaire Farms plant in Lumber Bridge

June 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A local chapter of United Food and Commercial Workers union is continuing its efforts to unionize the Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Robeson County. About 700 of the plants 2,000 workers have signed cards in support of a union, which they say could lead to improved safety conditions and equipment at the plant. 

Lenovo seeking patent for device similar to Google Glass

June 25, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

Lenovo filed a patent application last December for a device that appears similar to Google Glass. The patent application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, includes diagrams of a hands-free device that turns vibrations into sounds and features visual applications.

SkyHouse developer plans second apartment tower in Charlotte

June 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Developers of the 24-story SkyHouse apartment tower in uptown Charlotte are planning a second tower on the lot next to it. A spokesman from Atlanta-based Novare Group says the developer has the land under contract. The project is still in the early stages of planning.