Business

Ireland-based CRO opens Durham facility

March 14, 2016

(WRAL TechWire)

Almac Group, based in Northern Ireland, opened a new facility for its diagnostics business unit in Durham. The contract-research organization plans to employ 15 people initially. Almac employs more than 4,000 people worldwide, including more than 1,200 in the U.S. About 130 CROs have offices in the state.

Pair of projects brings 230 new jobs to Cleveland County

March 11, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Uniquetex, a company that makes nonwoven fabrics for the health care industry, is investing $31.6 million and adding 150 jobs in Grover. It's the Chinese manufacturer's first U.S. plant. Also, KSM Castings USA will spend $80 million on an expansion of its Shelby plant, adding 80 jobs. The German company makes light metal automotive components.

American Airlines, other carriers agree to 10-year lease with CLT

March 11, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

According to the terms of the new lease, Charlotte Douglas International Airport will continue giving the airlines 40% of profits from parking and concessions. Under a new provision, the carriers will provide debt guarantees for expansion projects at the airport over the next decade. Charlotte City Council is scheduled to vote on the lease agreement on Monday.

Chase opens 2nd commercial banking office in NC

March 11, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Chase's new commercial banking office in Cary will cater to businesses with revenue from $20 million to $500 million. It's the bank's third commercial office in the Carolinas; others are in Charlotte and Greenville, S.C.

Titan cancels Wilmington area project

March 11, 2016

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Titan America said it will suspend construction of a proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne. The controversial project, introduced in 2008, drew supporters, who cheered the 160 jobs it would create, and opponents, who were concerned over a potential negative environmental impact.

Raleigh's Clintrax acquired by New Jersey company

March 11, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Clintrax Global has been acquired by WIRB-Copernicus Group, a privately held company based in New Jersey. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Raleigh-based pharmaceutical-services company has 30 employees and generated $7 million in revenue last year.

Wal-Mart workers to get raises this month

March 11, 2016

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The state's largest employer is giving raises to more than 1.2 million workers, part of Wal-Mart's $2.7 billion plan to provide better pay, better training and educational opportunities for its employees. Starting this month, workers hired before Jan. 1 will be paid at least $10 per hour. Employees are also eligible for quarterly cash bonuses based on their store's performance.

Grifols investing $210 million in Johnston County plants

March 10, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Grifols will build a new plasma fractionation plant and a separate purification plant for intravenous immunoglobin in Clayton, where it employs about 1,600 people. The Barcelona-based company — Johnston County's largest private employer — doesn't yet know how many new jobs will be created.

Thomas Built Buses adding 200 jobs in High Point

March 10, 2016

(myfox8.com)

Thomas Built Buses is adding a second shift at its High Point plant, resulting in the addition of 200 jobs. The bus-maker is seeking welders, robotic technicians and skilled mechanics. Thomas is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America.

Major League Baseball coming to Fort Bragg

March 10, 2016

(The Fayetteville Observer)

On July 3, the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins will play a regular-season game at a ballpark that will be specially built for the event at Fort Bragg. The temporary stadium will hold about 12,500 people, though tickets won't be available to the public — only Department of Defense ID cardholders can attend. After the game, the ballpark will be converted to an athletic facility for Fort Bragg soldiers and families.