Business

NCSU report: More than 700,000 jobs could be lost to automation

February 2, 2016

(WRAL TechWire)

North Carolina could face the loss of more than 700,000 jobs due to automation, according to a recent N.C. State University study. The least vulnerable regions include the Triangle and Charlotte. Jobs most at risk include food service, retail and general office positions. Counties most at risk of losing a higher percentage of jobs are Watauga, Carteret, Dare and Johnston, according to the study.

Yarn-maker expanding Morganton operations

February 2, 2016

(The News Herald, Morganton)

Meridian Specialty Yarn Group will build a 100,000-square-foot addition to its yarn plant in Valdese, adding 25 jobs to its existing 140. The $8.5 million expansion will allow the Milwaukee-based company to make raw material it had previously been importing. Meridian will receive two state grants totaling nearly $1.9 million.

Two TV series filming in Wilmington receive state grants

February 2, 2016

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

TNT's Good Behavior and the History Channel's Six could receive up to $13.8 million in state film grants, according to a release from the N.C. Commerce department. The two projects, which will film in Wilmington, are expected to generate more than $57 million in direct in-state spending.

UNC REX names new COO

February 2, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Susan Sandberg, 55, was named chief operating officer at Raleigh-based UNC Rex Healthcare, filling a position vacated 10 months ago by Steve Burriss, who was promoted to president. Sandberg comes from Community Health Network, an Indianapolis system with eight hospitals and 12,000 employees.

Sheerer named provost at UNC Wilmington

February 2, 2016

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Marilyn Sheerer, interim provost at UNC Wilmington since June, was named to the position on a permanent basis. Sheerer will serve as chief operating officer of the university, which enrolls more than 14,000 students. She succeeds Denise Battles, who left to become president of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Blue Cross predicts ACA losses will top $400 million

February 1, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's largest health insurer is projecting a combined loss of more than $400 million on Affordable Care Act customers in 2014 and 2015. Blue Cross and Blue Shield said it is eliminating agents' sales commissions on ACA plans and will stop advertising the policies.
Also: Insurance companies struggle financially as ACA deadline looms

BofA prepares to file 20 blockchain patents

February 1, 2016

(American Banker)

Trying to stay ahead of the curve, Bank of America is preparing to file 20 blockchain-related patents, according to a CNBC report. As of December, the Charlotte-based bank had already filed 15 blockchain patents. A blockchain is a public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions.
More on Bank of America: Analyst: BofA at greater risk of a shareholder push to restructure

Yadkin-NewBridge merger could close in March

February 1, 2016

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Yadkin Financial's pending $456 million acquisition of Greensboro's NewBridge Bancorp is on track to close a few weeks earlier than expected. The deal originally was expected to close in the second quarter. NewBridge CEO Pressley Ridgill could receive a golden parachute package of $3.25 million, plus a $1 million consulting fee for three years, according to a regulatory filing.

Economic index suggests expansion will continue

February 1, 2016

(WRAL TechWire)

The N.C. State University Index of North Carolina Leading Economic Indicators rose 5.3% in December, suggesting that economic expansion in the state will continue at least through early 2016. Building permits increased 13.1% over the previous month, while initial jobless claims dropped 11.2%.

Panthers mania continues ...

February 1, 2016

Some headlines you may have missed:
Donald Trump says he's picking Broncos over Panthers in Super Bowl 50, The Charlotte Observer
Cam Newton is now the best football player on the planet, and the NFL will never be the same, Business Insider

Cutcliffe pulling for Manning's Broncos, former Duke players in Super Bowl 50, The News and Observer
For BofA, Super Bowl offers chance to score points with clients, The Charlotte Observer