Business

Report: NC housing markets appeal to institutional investors

July 23, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

North Carolina had six of the top 20 markets for institutional investors during the first half of 2015, according to a RealtyTrac report. The Charlotte MSA was fourth, Statesville-Mooresville was seventh and Winston-Salem was tied for eighth.

Charlotte's SPX prepares to split into two companies

July 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based manufacturer SPX will join a growing trend among corporations when it spins off its flow products division into a separate company, expected to be in the third quarter. SPX's stock hit a 52-week low Wednesday.

Charlotte's MedSouth acquires medical offices in Wilmington

July 23, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charlotte-based MedSouth HealthCare Properties paid $9.5 million for seven medical office buildings in the Wilmington area. The seller was Wilmington-based Panacea Realty.

BNC Bancorp reports 2Q earnings

July 23, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BNC Bancorp reported a 26% increase in net income to $11 million in the second quarter. Following its $101.3 million acquisition of Roanoke, Va.-based Valley Financial, the High Point-based bank now has assets totaling more than $5 billion.

Duke Energy taps Fountain as NC president

July 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

David Fountain, senior vice president of enterprise legal support at Duke Energy, will become the utility's North Carolina president on Sept. 1. Fountain joined CP&L, the predecessor of Progress Energy, which merged with Duke in 2012, in 2000. He will be based in Raleigh and succeeds Paul Newton, who is retiring.

Wells Fargo is world's most valuable bank

July 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

With a market cap of $298.4 billion, Wells Fargo has overtaken Industrial & Commercial Bank of China to become the world's most valuable bank. The fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, Wells Fargo has its largest employee base in Charlotte.
Related: Wells Fargo laying off 91 in Fort Mill mortgage unit

NC's jobless rate ticks up to 5.8%

July 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

North Carolina's unemployment rate increased to 5.8% in June, up a notch from 5.7% in May. The change was largely due to a decrease in government jobs: While the private sector added 4,700 jobs, the government sector lost 7,800.

Wilmington, New Hanover approve incentives for AAI Pharma expansion

July 22, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington and New Hanover County agreed to award AAI Pharma up to $500,000 in incentives for a proposed expansion. The company is considering a $20 million investment that would create 50 jobs with an average annual salary of $77,000.

Extended Stay names new CEO

July 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Extended Stay America named Gerry Lopez, chief executive of movie-theater chain AMC Entertainment, as its new CEO. Lopez will replace Jim Donald, the former Starbucks CEO who has led the Charlotte-based hotel chain since 2012 ("The suitcase CEO," August 2014).

High Point approves incentives for HAECO expansion

July 22, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The High Point City Council unanimously approved incentive totaling $147,000 for HAECO Americas, formerly Timco Aviation, to add 147 jobs and transfer 252 existing ones to a 250,000-square-foot building south of Interstate 40.