Business

Matheny to become CEO of Downtown Greensboro

June 18, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The nonprofit Downtown Greensboro Inc. plans to name Zack Matheny president and CEO at a press conference on Thursday. Matheny resigned his seat on the Greensboro City Council on Tuesday to accept the new position.

ATI to invest $70M in Union County expansion

June 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Allegheny Technologies announced a $70 million expansion of its Monroe facility that could add 70 jobs. The Pittsburgh-based company, Union County's largest private employer, makes specialty materials and components for aerospace, defense and other industries. The city will give the company 57 acres to construct a new building, with room for possible future expansion.

Chatham agrees to store coal ash for $19M

June 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Duke Energy will pay Chatham County almost $19 million in exchange for allowing the utility to store up to 12 million tons of coal ash at a landfill in Moncure.

GE awaits decision on Export-Import Bank

June 17, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Employees of GE Hitachi and GE Aviation near Wilmington are watching to see if Congress will reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which gives foreign companies loan guarantees to purchase products that are made in the United States. A GE spokesman said the company, which employs about 3,000 in the Wilmington area but does most of its business outside the U.S., needs the Export-Import Bank to stay competitive. The bank is scheduled to shut down June 30.

Durham's Chimerix raises $173 million

June 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Chimerix raised $173 million in a stock offering. The drug developer offered 4.34 million shares priced at $39.75 each. Chimerix plans to use the funds to finance ongoing clinical trials for its antiviral drugs.

Analysts expect Family Dollar to drop prices after acquisition

June 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Analysts with Sterne Agee said prices could drop at Family Dollar's retail stores following the $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree, which is expected to close in early July.

Fabric company expanding in Maiden

June 16, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Carolina Nonwovens will invest $12.2 million in its Maiden plant, adding 35 jobs over three years. A subsidiary of Washington, N.C.-based National Spinning, the company makes nonwoven fabrics for use in products such as bedding and outdoor cushions and insulation for autos and appliances.

Chicago developer bids on coveted downtown Charlotte site

June 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

A Chicago-based company has put in a third upset bid for an uptown Charlotte property at Stonewall and South Caldwell streets. Morgan Bond Charlotte, which is affiliated with Bond Companies, offered $15.1 million for the 3.8-acre parcel. The initial bid on the property was$12.2 million; Charlotte-based Northwood Ravin recently offered $14.15 million.

Charlotte's Curtiss-Wright awarded $480M in contracts

June 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Curtiss-Wright was awarded contracts valued at $480 million to supply submarine components for the U.S. Navy. The Charlotte-based manufacturer moved its headquarters from New Jersey in early 2014.

Hospitality industry watches, waits after shark attacks

June 16, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Town governments and real-estate rental agencies along the North Carolina coast have had a few inquiries following recent shark attacks at Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beach, though vacationers don't seem to be canceling their summer beach plans.