Business

Seafood prices rise as catches get smaller

May 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's commercial fish and shellfish harvests fell in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, according to a report from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Reasons for the decline include a smaller number of commercial fishermen, rising fuel costs and government regulations.

Beer tourism becoming economic driver in Western NC

May 27, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville-area beer festivals and tours are attacting visitors from across the state and beyond, as beer tourism grows and contributes to local economies. Sierra Nevada expects as many as 5,000 visitors at its Beer Camp Across America festival Aug. 3 in Mills River. 

Reynolds to add 200 jobs for e-cigarette production

May 27, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Reynolds American's Friday announcement of an expansion at its Tobaccoville plant for the production of electronic cigarettes came just 23 days after CEO Susan Cameron returned as the company's president and chief executive. The company will add 200 jobs over four years as it begins production of its VUSE brand e-cigarettes in Forsyth County.

Zaas named president of Duke Raleigh Hospital

May 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

David Zaas will become president of 186-bed Duke Raleigh Hospital effective July 1. He replaces Richard Gannotta, who became president of Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital in February. Zaas is chief medical officer for Duke University Department of Medicine. 

Companies fight to keep brand names off e-cigarettes

May 27, 2014

(WRAL.com)

General Mills Inc. and Girl Scouts of the USA are among companies that have sent cease and desist letters to electronic-cigarette manufacturers demanding they not use brand names such as Thin Mints in marketing flavored liquid nicotine. The companies are concerned the family-oriented brands may be used to make an addictive drug appeal to children.

Pantry adds former BP America CEO to board

May 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The former CEO of BP America has joined the board of Cary-based The Pantry. The convenience-store chain, which primarily operates under the Kangaroo Express brand, brought on Ross Pillari for his fuel expertise. 

High Point Regional cutting 155 positions

May 23, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

High Point Regional Health will eliminate 115 jobs, or about 5% of its workforce. Company officials cited reduced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and the impact of health-care reform as reasons for the cuts. Affected workers will be able to apply for other jobs within the the High Point Regional system or with UNC Health Care.

Charlotte Douglas to add new concourse in 2015

May 23, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will begin building a new concourse next spring, once its new parking decks are completed and space currently occupied by rental cars is freed up. The new concourse will have eight to 12 domestic gates to meet demand for national flights.

RJR building to become hotel, apartments

May 23, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem has been sold to a Philadelphia developer that will convert it to a hotel, apartments and restaurant. PMC Property Group will pay $7.8 million for the 22-story building that first opened in 1929.

Rural counties have accommodated unwanted coal ash for years

May 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

While the focus of coal-ash storage has been on Duke Energy's 33 ash ponds at its power plants, there are more than 70 ash sites across the state, many on private land in Eastern N.C. Some of the ash has been used in construction of parking lots and roads, but some has been unmonitored and even dumped into wetland areas.