Business

APAC has 200 jobs to fill in High Point

August 13, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

APAC Customer Services has hired more than 500 people since April and plans to hire 200 more customer-service representatives and supervisors at its High Point call center. 

Harris Teeter denies PETA allegations

August 13, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Harris Teeter denied accusations that it sells milk produced at a small Haywood County farm that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused of animal cruelty. Matthews-based Harris Teeter, which was acquired by Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. in January, says it has verified with its supplier that it doesn't receive milk from the farm.

Plastics manufacturer expanding in Mebane

August 13, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Nypro plans to add 50 jobs to its existing 300 following a $15 million expansion at its plastics-manufacturing plant in Mebane. The company, owned by St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Jabil Circuit Inc., will not receive any incentives for the expansion.

SAS announces collaboration with Amazon

August 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cary-based SAS has partnered with Amazon Web Services to make it easier for its customers to use SAS software with Amazon's cloud service. 

Bridgestone promotes Wilson plant manager to corporate position

August 13, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Gary Williamson, plant manager of Bridgestone Americas' tire-manufacturing plant in Wilson, will become executive director of manufacturing operations at the company's Nashville, Tenn. headquarters. Operations Manager Michael Darr was promoted to plant manager. The Wilson plant employs about 2,125 workers.

Diamond Brand to open three Asheville stores

August 13, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Diamond Brand, the Fletcher-based manufacturer of tents and outdoor gear, plans to open three retail locations in Asheville this fall. The company has a retail store in Arden.

Sports tourism lifts economy in west Forsyth, Davie

August 13, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Recent sporting events have brought 10,000 visitors to western Forsyth and Davie counties, with an estimated economic impact of $3 million. Recent events including the Wyndham Championship, a youth soccer tournament and a cycling event have given hotels and restaurants an economic boost. 

Brazilian companies make $610M bid for Chiquita

August 12, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Two Brazilian companies announced a counteroffer to buy Charlotte-based Chiquita Brands International for $610.6 million in cash. The produce company previously announced plans to merge with Dublin-based Fyffes by year-end, a deal that would require moving its headquarters to Ireland.

Plastics company to add 80 jobs at Western NC plant

August 12, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Sigma Plastics Group will create 80 jobs at a printing and packaging plant in Transylvania County. The Lyndhurst, N.J.-based company, which makes polyethylene films and bags, will invest $5.5 million in renovations at the former Coats America plant in Rosman.

Former Progress exec named CFO of Raleigh's Highwoods

August 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Highwoods Properties named Mark Mulhern chief financial officer. Mulhern spent 16 years with Progress Energy until his departure following the company's 2012 merger with Charlotte-based Duke Energy. He replaces Terry Stevens, who is retiring.