Business

Electrolux plans job cuts, Charlotte office spared

December 10, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Plans to lay off employees in its small appliances unit won't impact Electrolux's 900 workers at its North American headquarters in Charlotte. The layoffs are unrelated to the Swedish company's failed deal to acquire GE's appliance division, which required Electrolux to pay a $175 million termination fee.

Kinston still courting minor league baseball

December 10, 2015

(Kinston Free Press)

Though a deal to bring minor league baseball to Kinston fell through last summer, the town is still in talks with the Texas Rangers to put a franchise in Grainger Stadium for the 2017 season.

Wood-pellet maker commits $5M for conservation

December 10, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Maryland-based Enviva will donate $5 million over 10 years to protect forests in North Carolina and Virginia from logging and development. The world's largest wood-pellet maker operates two mills in in northeastern N.C. and plans to open a third in Sampson County in 2016.

Arvato shuttering Weaverville facility, 120 layoffs expected

December 9, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

With DVD and CD sales plummeting in recent years, Arvato Digital Services will close its production plant in Weaverville after 32 years in operation. The plant once employed about 1,500 people.

Greensboro City Council OKs new funding for performing arts center

December 9, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Greensboro City Council approved a controversial plan requiring the city to take on an additional $9.6 million in bond debt to cover a budget shortfall for a planned performing arts center. The council also approved business incentives totaling more than $1.6 million for local expansions, including Ecolab and Natty Greene's Brewing Company.

Carolinas HealthCare to invest $3B in new buildings, programs

December 9, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Carolinas HealthCare System plans to spend $3 billion on capital projects – including new buildings, technology and programs – over the next six years, with a goal of spending 10% of operating revenue on such projects annually by 2017. The Charlotte-based health care system says its search for a new CEO is on schedule – Michael Tarwater will retire in June after nearly 35 years with the company.

Connaughton: Solid economic gains in 2016

December 9, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

North Carolina employers will add 111,200 new jobs in 2016, and the state jobless rate will fall to around 5.2%, according to the most recent forecast by UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton. He predicts the state's economy will grow by an annual rate of 2.5% next year, led by strong hiring, low gas prices and housing gains.

Corning sticks it to Hickory, not surprisingly

December 9, 2015

Corning's plan to move the headquarters of its optical communications division – and 500 jobs – from Hickory to Charlotte over the next two years should send a shiver through thoughtful state leaders, who want all parts of North Carolina to remain robust economically – and not just Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle.

Longtime SAS employee Jim Davis resigns

December 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Jim Davis, a 21-year employee of Cary-based SAS Institute, will take a new job at Informatica, a California-based software company. Davis has been chief information officer of SAS since 2001. SAS, which provides analytics software for corporations, government agencies and educational institutions, employs more than 7,000 in Cary.

Resort proposal sparks debate in Rutherford County

December 9, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A $3.7 million proposed development on Lake Lure in Rutherford County has homeowners divided. Tryon Equestrian Partners wants to add a conference center, restaurant and expanded lodge that would provide an economic boost and create 20 full-time jobs, plus seasonal ones. Opponents say the development would increase traffic and spoil the area's peaceful vibe.