Business

Belk closing Pineville distribution center, moving jobs to SC

February 20, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based retailer Belk will lay off 111 workers at a Pineville distribution center as it expands in Jonesville, S.C. Affected employees were offered jobs at the Jonesville center, about 75 miles southwest of Charlotte. The privately owned department-store chain operates 300 stores in 16 states.

Matheny wants to lead Downtown Greensboro Inc.

February 20, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny said he will apply to be president and CEO of Downtown Greensboro Inc. Jason Cannon resigned earlier this month from the top post of the downtown-advocacy group.

Reynolds looks to expand line of smoking-cessation products

February 20, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Reynolds American is partnering with pharmaceutical company PinneyAssociates to develop products related to smoking cessation. The Winston-Salem-based tobacco company began distribution in September of Zonnic nicotine gum. 

Charlotte considers incentives for Frito-Lay expansion

February 20, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council will consider incentives for Frito-Lay to expand its local plant. The snack-maker would invest $74 million in its 38-year-old factory in southwest Charlotte, adding 30 to 35 jobs to its 563 by 2018. 

Triad communities receive rural-development grants

February 20, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The Triad communities of Mocksville and Thomasville are among recipients of a new round of grants approved by the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. The authority said Thursday it approved 18 grants and loans totaling more than $6 million. 

Report says higher education in NC has $63.5 billion impact

February 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A study released Wednesday says North Carolina's public and private universities and community colleges had a $63.5 billion impact on the state's economy in 2012-13. The report, conducted by Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists International, estimates the impact equals the creation of 1 million jobs.

Reports say Lenovo adware may cause security issues

February 19, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

Global media outlets are reporting that some Lenovo laptops are preloaded with malicious software that could pose a security threat. The security hole is related to Superfish, an adware program the world's No. 1 PC maker pre-installed on some of its computers. 

Nine NC chefs named James Beard semifinalists

February 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Nine North Carolina chefs were named semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard awards. Phoebe Lawless of Durham's Scratch Bakery and Lionel Vatinet of Cary's La Farm Bakery are semifinalists for Outstanding Baker, a new category this year. Seven chefs are nominated for the regional Best Chef Southeast award.

Charlotte gets seasonal flight to Albuquerque

February 19, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

American Airlines will add a seasonal nonstop flight from Charlotte to Albuquerque, N.M., beginning June 5. It's Charlotte's first nonstop flight to New Mexico's largest city.

VF adding 150 retail stores

February 19, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

VF plans to add 150 retail stores to its existing 1,401 in 2015. The Greensboro-based apparel company, whose brands include The North Face, Timberland and Wrangler, reported record revenue in 2014 of $12.3 billion.