Business

DENR wants more details on Duke Energy's coal-ash cleanup plan

March 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has rejected a four-page letter Duke Energy submitted as its plan to clean up 33 ash ponds at coal plants across the state, saying the report was inadequate.

Lenovo to move server unit to former Sony-Ericsson campus

March 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lenovo will move Triangle operations of IBM's x86 server unit to the 450,000-square-foot corporate campus formerly occupied by Sony Ericsson at Research Triangle Park. The computer-maker also plans to build a 30,000-square-foot office to house its Enterprise Business Group.

Wilmington's PPD chosen for study on federal health emergencies

March 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Wilmington-based PPD will join a clinical-studies network of five companies that will supply data to be used to develop medical countermeasures for federal health emergencies such as pandemics and bioterrorism.  

Duke Energy suggests coal-ash storage at Charlotte Douglas

March 14, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy may propose moving millions of tons of coal ash currently at its retired Riverbend power plant to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The ash would be stored in covered, lined pits and could be used as structural fill for future construction projects.

New Belgium to break ground on Asheville brewery in May

March 14, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing will break ground on its Asheville brewery May 1-2, but the main construction on the project won't begin until 2015. The 133,000-square-foot brewery and a new Enka distribution center will employ up to 140 people.

Charlotte Douglas replacing smaller, regional flights with larger ones

March 14, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

US Airways will add two mainline daily flights between Charlotte and Miami and three additional ones between Charlotte and Chicago. The airline will discontinue 10 daily regional flights to those destinations.

Luxury apartments under construction in midtown Charlotte

March 14, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Construction has begun on a 296-unit luxury apartment complex close to Carolinas Medical Center and the Metropolitan complex in Charlotte's midtown area. Crescent Communities is developing the $50 million project, which will have street-level retail, two parking levels and five levels of apartments.

Chimerix CEO received death threats

March 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The CEO of Durham-based Chimerix received death threats which led the drug-development company to place its office on lockdown prior to the company's decision to provide an experimental antiviral drug to a gravely ill 7-year-old boy in Virginia.

Charlotte Douglas cancels solar project

March 13, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has canceled plans to install solar panels that could have produced 53 megawatts of energy. An official said the airport is considering adding a fourth parallel runway, and the solar panels might interfere with the expansion. In addition, panels that were to be installed on parking lots could jeopardize tax-exempt bonds the airport uses to pay for parking projects.

BB&T's King predicts jobs growth at technology center in Wilson

March 13, 2014

(The Wilson Times) 

BB&T chief executive Kelly King said he expects continued growth in the bank's workforce in Wilson, where the bank employs 2,297 at its technology and information center. King said that whenever the bank expands in new territories, jobs in Wilson grow as well. BB&T was started in Wilson in 1872 and moved its headquarters to Winston-Salem in 1995.