Business

Vidant announces new CEO

April 2, 2015

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Vidant Health on Wednesday named Michael Waldrum CEO. Waldrum was most recently president and CEO of the University of Arizona Health Network. He replaces David Herman, who resigned in October and now leads Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn. Greenville-based Vidant employs 12,000 people and operates eight hospitals in eastern N.C.

Charlotte community foundation reports $1.7B in assets

April 2, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Foundation for the Carolinas plans to announce Thursday it now manages $1.7 billion in charitable assets, making it the ninth largest community foundation in the nation. The Charlotte-based foundation in 2014 raised $627 million, double the amount raised the previous year, and awarded grants totaling $316 million.

Valeant completes acquisition of Salix

April 2, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals has completed its $11 billion acquisition of Raleigh-based Salix Pharmaceuticals. Salix will operate as a subsidiary of Laval, Quebec-based Valeant. It isn't known if the company plans to cut any jobs.

Novant reports lower net profit in 2014

April 2, 2015

Novant Health said it had net income of $201.8 million in 2014, down from $273 million in the previous year. That included an investment gain of $28.9 million. Revenues increased 5.4% to $3.79 billion from 2013.

Swisher's future uncertain as losses continue

April 2, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Swisher Hygiene said it may need to sell assets, raise additional equity or take on more debt to improve its financial situation. The Charlotte-based company, which provides cleaning services and products, reported a loss of $2.64 per share in 2014, compared with a loss of $8.55 a share in 2013.

NFL player sues Bank of America over losses

April 2, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

NFL player Dwight Freeney is suing Bank of America over claims the bank knew about a fraud scheme that caused him to lose $20 million and did nothing to stop it.

Quintiles forms joint venture with Quest Diagnostics

April 1, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Quintiles will form a joint venture with Quest Diagnostics to combine lab services for clinical trials. Quintiles, the world's largest contract-research organization, is the No. 2 provider of clinical-trial lab services behind Burlington-based LabCorp. New Jersey-based Quest acquired High Point's Solstas Lab Partners a year ago for $570 million.

Georgia offered Mercedes-Benz $7.9M more than NC

April 1, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

North Carolina offered Mercedes-Benz USA incentives totaling $15.4 million to encourage the automaker to move its headquarters from New Jersey to Raleigh, while Georgia offered $23.3 million, documents show. The company, a division of Germany-based Daimler, announced in January it had chosen Atlanta for the project.

International Paper to invest $135M in NC plant, layoffs to follow

April 1, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

International Paper plans to invest $135 million in its Columbus County plant, but the upgrades will result in the loss of an unspecified number of jobs. The conversion, expected to be completed by mid-2016, will allow the mill to move to 100% production of fluff pulp that is used in products including baby diapers. The company employs 740 people at the plant.

Reynolds subsidiaries debut new products

April 1, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco will launch Camel White, a premium-branded cigarette, in 21 western and midwestern states. Reynolds American sudsidiary American Snuff, which makes the top-selling Grizzly-branded snuff product, also introduced a new dark wintergreen flavor Tuesday.
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