Business

Five defendants sentenced in Operation Wax House

January 30, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Five defendants were sentenced for their role in the Operation Wax House mortgage-fraud case in south Charlotte and Waxhaw. According to the United States Attorney's Office of the Western District of N.C., 89 people have pleaded guilty or have been convicted since the investigation began in 2007. 

Family Dollar CEO selling company shares

January 30, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The CEO of Family Dollar Stores plans to divest 1 million to 2 million shares of the Matthews-based company's stock over the next 10 days. Howard Levine currently owns about 7.8% of the company's outstanding stock and is its largest individual shareholder.

Ecolab adding 45 jobs in Greensboro

January 29, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Ecolab will add invest $10 million and add 45 jobs over three years in its Kay Chemical business in Greensboro. The company makes cleaners for restaurants and convenience stores and employs more than 490 people.

Duke Realty selling Triangle office buildings for $1.1B

January 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Triangle's second-largest landlord will sell all 23 of its local office buildings as part of a $1.1 billion portfolio sale that includes 62 properties in four states. Indianapolis-based Duke Realty will sell the properties, including Morrisville's Perimeter Park, to a joint venture led by Starwood Capital Group.

SAS revenue reached $3.09 billion in 2014

January 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

SAS' 2014 revenue totaled $3.09 billion, up from $3.02 billion in 2013. Revenue from the Cary-based software company's cloud business rose 24% in 2014. SAS added 193 workers last year at its headquarters, where it employed 5,353 at year-end.

BB&T resolves account-balance issue

January 29, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BB&T said a glitch that caused its website to display incorrect account balances has been resolved. A spokesman said the issue, which began over the weekend, was not the result of a cybersecurity attack. 

IBM layoffs have begun at RTP

January 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Job cuts are underway at IBM locations across the nation, including at Research Triangle Park. The company previously confirmed it would lay off thousands of workers, though it declined to provide details. For the last several years, IBM has refused to disclose how many workers it has at RTP or details of past layoffs.

NASCAR Hall sponsorships drop to $110,000

January 29, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Sponsorship revenue at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte has dropped from $1.5 million in 2012 to $110,000 for the fiscal year beginning in July, which could help explain why Bank of America and Wells Fargo agreed to write off $17.6 million in debt and accrued interest from a museum loan.

Rite Aid moving 350 jobs from Charlotte to SC

January 29, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Rite Aid will close its Charlotte distribution center and consolidate operations in a $90 million center it is building in Spartanburg, S.C. Affected workers can apply for jobs at local Rite Aid stores or at the new South Carolina location, which is expected to open by March 2016.

Shareholders approve tobacco merger

January 29, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Shareholders overwhelmingly approved Reynolds American's proposed $27.4 billion acquisition of rival tobacco company Lorillard. Pending FTC approval, the companies expect the deal to close in the first half of this year.