Business

BofA's Merrill Lynch fined $1M over inaccurate trade reports

June 5, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A federal regulator fined Merrill Lynch $1 million Wednesday over allegations it reported inaccurate data about trades. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Merrill, a division of Charlotte-based Bank of America, submitted 5,323 inaccurate "blue sheets" to regulators between March 2006 and January 2014. 

GlaxoSmithKline to pay NC $2.5 million in settlement

June 5, 2014

(WRAL TechWire.com)

North Carolina will receive $2.5 million as part of a $105 million setttlement in a case allegeing GlaxoSmithKline improperly marketed three drugs. United Kingdom-based GSK has its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park.

Charlotte's Mike McGuire to lead Grant Thornton

June 5, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte's Mike McGuire will become chief executive of Chicago-based Grant Thornton in January. McGuire became natonal managing partner of operations for Grant Thornton last summer. He previously was a partner in Arthur Andersen's Charlotte practice.

Clancy & Theys chosen for DataChambers project

June 5, 2014

(The Independent Tribune, Concord)

Clancy & Theys Construction Co. was selected as general contractor for DataChambers' 50,000-square foot data center at North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2014. DataChambers currently operates data centers in Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Clancy & Theys has offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Virginia and Florida.

Triangle to get AT&T fiber sooner if DirecTV deal is approved

June 4, 2014

(WRAL TechWire.com)

AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV would allow the telecommunications provider to expand its fiber network and increase home Internet speeds. The company has said it will build one of its first new fiber networks in the Triangle. In a regulatory filing, AT&T also said it will save $1.6 billion a year after the merger, mainly due to lower costs for TV programming, which would allow it to expand broadband coverage.

Unifi expanding Yadkinville plant for recycled yarn fabrics

June 4, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Greensboro-based yarn manufacturer Unifi will invest $5 million and hire 10 people in an expansion of its Repreve recycling center in Yadkinville. Repreve products are manufactured with yarn made from recycled plastic bottles and are used in apparel and car seats. The plant will employ 947 after the expansion.

 

French design group to open Charlotte office

June 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Team Créatif will open its U.S. headquarters in Charlotte and plans to hire 40 people over the next three years. Team Créatif is the largest privately owned design firm in France. Its clients include Mars Inc., Dannon and Pedigree.

Krispy Kreme investors react after company lowers guidance

June 4, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Shares of Winston-Salem-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts fell 14.8% Tuesday a day after the company lowered its fiscal 2015 earnings forecast. The doughnut-maker reduced its earnings guidance from a range of $51 million to $55 million to a range of $48 million to $51 million.

Lenovo, IBM seeking more time for federal review of proposed deal

June 4, 2014

(WRAL TechWire.com)

IBM and Lenovo are seeking an extension for a U.S. government review of the proposed deal in which Lenovo would acquire IBM's x86 server unit for $2.3 billion, Bloomberg reports. Both companies say the deal is still on track to close by year-end. Beijing-based Lenovo would gain 2,000 of IBM's employees as part of the acquisition and has said it does not plan any layoffs.

Harris Teeter to sell LunaPops frozen treats

June 4, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Harris Teeter will carry Hillsborough-based LunaPops popsicles in 180 of its grocery stores. LunaPops was started in Wilmington in 2008 and offers flavors including Sea Salt Caramel, Raspberry Chocolate Chip and Rhubarb Lime. Matthews-based Harris Teeter was acquired by Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. in January.