Business

I-40 has boosted economy, strained local roads in the Port City

June 29, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County's population has grown from 120,284 to more than 216,000 since the last segment of Interstate 40 was completed in 1990, while Brunswick County's population has more than doubled. Now the N.C. DOT and local leaders are at odds over how to alleviate increased congestion on city streets.

Officials map out future for Winston-Salem's Innovation Quarter

June 29, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Officials are finalizing a master plan for the second phase of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the business and research district in downtown Winston-Salem where more than 3,000 people – including scientists, engineers and educators – now work.

Huntersville tire distributor grows through acquisitions, investments

June 29, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

American Tire Distributors' net sales have more than doubled over the last five years, from $2.17 billion in January 2010 to $5.03 billion in January 2015. The Huntersville-based company, which serves as a middleman between tire manufacturers and retailers, narrowly missed earning a spot on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies ranked by revenue, coming in at No. 514.

Hi-Wire Brewing set to unveil new Asheville brewery

June 29, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Hi-Wire Brewing will open its new, $3 million brewery near Asheville's Biltmore Village on July 25. The new facility will allow the beer company to boost annual production from 5,000-6,000 barrels to 55,000 barrels.

Uber expands to NC beach towns

June 29, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Uber has expanded the availability of its ride-hailing service to coastal communities along the East Coast, including Beaufort, Wrightsville Beach and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Sealed Air has begun hiring in Charlotte

June 26, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Sealed Air broke ground Thursday on its new headquarters, where it plans to employ 1,262 with an average annual salary of about $120,000; about half of those workers are expected to be local hires. The company, which had revenue of $7.8 billion in 2014, said it has already hired about 180 people in Charlotte.

North State Communications to buy Charlotte IT firm

June 26, 2015

(High Point Enterprise)

High Point-based North State Communications will acquire Charlotte-based IT company Stalwart, the companies said Thursday. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter; financial terms were not disclosed.

Cree shares tumble

June 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Shares of Durham-based Cree hit a 52-week low Thursday after the company said it was restructuring its LED business and cut its revenue forecast. Cree's shares are down 16% this year.
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BB&T board approves share buyback plan

June 26, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BB&T announced Thursday plans to repurchase up to 50 million shares of common stock. Based on the 52-week share price range of $34.50 to $41.70, the Winston-Salem-based bank could spend up to $2 billion on the buyback program.

Small businesses await change as AdvantageWest winds downs operations

June 26, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

AdvantageWest began the complicated task of finding homes for its many economic-development programs before the organization announced it would close by year-end. Nonprofit Mountain BizWorks will acquire the Advantage Opportunity Fund, which provides loans to startups, and the ScaleUp WNC small-business consulting program.