Business

Durham's Parata Systems to lay off 110 workers

December 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Parata Systems will lay off 110 workers over the next 90 days, according to a notice filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce. Parata makes drug-dispensing systems for pharmacies. The company expects to have about 250 employees as of March 1.

Craft breweries seek creative names to stand out in crowded field

December 10, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Craft breweries look for clever names to stand out in a crowded and ever-growing marketplace. Asheville Brewing uses 40 to 60 names a year, including some with comic-book names such as Rocket Girl and Ninja.

 

Wake Forest to build $100M medical school

December 9, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will move its medical-education programs to its Innovation Quarter research park in downtown Winston-Salem. Half the funds for the $100 million project will come from a capital campaign while the other half will come from historic tax credits. The building is expected to open to medical students in July 2016.

Wells Fargo most valuable U.S. bank ever

December 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

With a market capitalization of $285.5 billion, Wells Fargo is now the most valuable U.S. bank ever, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on shares outstanding as of Oct. 31. The San Francisco-based bank's largest employee base is in Charlotte, where it has about 22,100 workers.

American Airlines plans $2B in upgrades

December 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

American Airlines plans to spend $2 billion to upgrade its planes and hubs, including Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Renovations will include faster kiosks at check-in counters and gates, work stations near gates and new seatback entertainment systems on planes. American, which operates more than 90% of CLT's daily flights, merged with US Airways last December.

Three eastern NC hospitals in talks to form joint venture

December 9, 2014

(The Daily News, Jacksonville)

Onslow Memorial Hospital has entered into exclusive negotiations with Greenville-based Vidant Health and New Bern-based CarolinaEast Health System to discuss forming a partnership that will allow patients access to more providers and services.

AT&T's gigabit Internet service now available in some areas

December 9, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

AT&T has rolled out its GigaPower ultra-fast Internet service, which is 100 times faster than standard service, in four Triangle cities and Winston-Salem. The telecommunications provider plans to add the service in Durham, Charlotte and other North Carolina cities later.

NC approves Duke Energy's $500M solar expansion plans

December 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved Duke Energy's plans to invest $500 million in solar-energy projects. The Charlotte-based utility will begin construction on solar arrays in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties in early 2015 and will purchase five additional solar-generation projects.

Asheville may increase housing density rules

December 9, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Asheville City Council could vote Tuesday on rules that would increase housing density as much as 400% per acre in 11 of the city's 32 zoning districts. Under the new rules, developers could build up to 40 units per acre.

Wilmington's Envision Mortgage to merge with Raleigh's North State Bank

December 9, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Envision Mortgage will merge with Raleigh-based North State Bank Mortgage. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close Dec. 31, were not disclosed. North State Bank has seven offices in New Hanover and Wake counties.