Business

Auto-parts maker adding 41 jobs in Buncombe County

May 23, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Arkansas-based Baldor Electric Company is investing $4.2 million in its Weaverville plant, adding 41 jobs. About 140 people currently work at the Buncombe County factory, which makes automotive components for Dodge.

Raleigh's First Citizens Bank expands in Virginia with latest deal

May 23, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

First Citizens Bank will acquire Cordia Bancorp, parent of Bank of Virginia, for about $35 million. The purchase price of $5.15 per share reflects a 33% premium over Cordia's previous day closing price. Bank of Virginia has six branches in the Richmond area and about $348 million in assets. Last week, First Citizens bought Pennsylvania-based First CornerStone Bank in its ninth FDIC-assisted transaction since 2009.

Wilmington Chamber CEO steps down after 22 years

May 23, 2016

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Connie Majure-Rhett, president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce since 1994, is retiring effective immediately, citing family-related reasons. Faye Dunaway, chief operating officer, will assume day-to-day operations while the chamber begins a search for Majure-Rhett's replacement.

Belhaven declares state of emergency to save hospital

May 23, 2016

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The town of Belhaven in Beaufort County is expected on Monday to institute a state of emergency to protect the former Pungo Hospital from being torn down. Vidant Health closed the hospital in July 2014. Mayor Adam O'Neal and other hospital supporters have set up tents in front of the building, hoping to prevent the building from demolition while fighting to reopen the hospital.

Bayer makes $62B bid for Monsanto

May 23, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Germany's Bayer AG has offered to buy seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion including debt, a merger that could create the world's largest farm supplier. Bayer employs about 1,000 people at its plant science center at Research Triangle Park and has invested more than $150 million in the campus over the last four years.

Kane, Williams Realty team up on major downtown Raleigh project

May 23, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based Kane Realty and Williams Realty & Building Co. plan to invest $85 million to $100 million on the project, which encompasses nearly 4 acres at the corner of West and Peace streets in downtown Raleigh. Plans call for 400 apartments and up to 50,000 square feet of retail space.

Morgan Stanley launches new wealth-management group in Charlotte

May 23, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Harbor Oak Group will join other wealth-management teams in Morgan Stanley's SouthPark area office, with a satellite office in Asheville. The new team will focus on portfolio management strategies with a concentration in small-business and retirement income planning.

New census data shows population shift toward big cities

May 20, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show North Carolina's uneven growth, with its biggest metros showing large gains while 41% of the 552 communities surveyed lost population, including Fayetteville, Rocky Mount and Jacksonville. Charlotte grew by 17,695 residents, the 10th largest increase in the U.S. Eight of the 25 fastest-growing municipalities in N.C. were in the Triangle. With more than 10 million residents, North Carolina is the nation's ninth-largest state.

Report: Raleigh's Sensus seeking a buyer

May 20, 2016

(WRAL TechWire)

Sensus USA, a Raleigh-based company that develops software and hardware for water and electric meters, is searching for a buyer, according to a Reuters report. The report says a sale could value the company at $1.7 billion, including debt. Currently owned by private-equity firm The Jordan Company, Sensus is working with Goldman Sachs Group and Credit Suisse Group, Reuters says.

NCDOT chooses route for I-26 connector in Western NC

May 20, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Environmentalists applauded the N.C. Department of Transportation's choice of a route for the Interstate 26 Connector Project that will connect downtown Asheville with West Asheville via a bridge across the French Broad River. The plan also includes facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists. The route wasn't part of the DOT's original plans, but local groups proposed the idea and convinced the DOT to support the route.