Business

Union County could land $140M printing and data center, 250 jobs

April 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Union County commissioners approved incentives for an unidentified California-based company to build a $140 million printing operation and data center that would add 250 jobs with an average annual salary of $60,000. The company is also considering two South Carolina locations, a local official said.

DENR to drill two fracking test wells

April 22, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will drill test wells for fracking at sites in Stokes County and in the Cumberland-Marlboro basin in Southeastern N.C. The tests will provide information about potential shale-gas reserves.

Novant Health partners with St. Jude at Charlotte clinic

April 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health's children's hospital in Charlotte is the seventh affiliate of Memphis-based St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the first in the Carolinas. The partnership will allow children being treated at Novant access to advanced clinical trials.

NC unemployment rate climbs to 5.4%

April 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's unemployment rate ticked up to 5.4% in March, compared with 5.3% in February. The number of people employed rose by 26,012, but that number was offset by an influx of people re-entering the workforce. The number of jobs in construction and financial activities fell, while the state added jobs in professional and business services and in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

Layoffs grow at Southern Pines background-screening company

April 22, 2015

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

Irvine, Calif.-based Accurate Background has laid off about half of Hirease's 90 employees in Southern Pines. The company, which provides employment and workforce screening services, acquired Hirease about six months ago and is consolidating operations.

Wilmington's Azalea Festival attacts 300,000 people

April 22, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

About 300,000 people attended this month's Azalea Festival in Wilmington. A 2011 study showed 160,000 people participated in the festival that year. Event officials estimate the festival's annual economic impact is at least $60,000.

Report: Volvo won't build plant in NC

April 21, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Volvo Cars has narrowed down the list of potential sites for its planned $500 million factory to South Carolina and one other state, according to Reuters on Friday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that second state is not North Carolina – it's Georgia.

Greensboro Partnership adds another Mississippi exec

April 21, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The Greensboro Partnership hired Virginia native David Ramsey, currently director of the Mississippi Development Authority's Global Business Division, as executive vice president. Ramsey, 34, and new CEO Brent Christensen have worked together for 13 years in Florida and Mississippi and will start work in Greensboro on June 1.

Pepsi distributor to open $12.5M plant in in Harrisburg

April 21, 2015

(The Independent Tribune, Concord)

Raleigh-based Pepsi Bottling Ventures will invest $12.5 million in a facility in Harrisburg that will employ about 176 people, though most workers will be relocated from existing plants in Midland, Statesville and Charlotte.

Wells Fargo Championship adds lot for Uber riders

April 21, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

For the first time, the Wells Fargo Championship will offer a designated lot for spectators using Uber, taxis and limos for travel to and from the golf tournament that is within walking distance of Quail Hollow Club's main entrance. A tournament spokesman said a reason was to attract young people to the tournament, which runs May 11 through May 17.
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