Charlotte

Federal judges coming to Charlotte for hearing on NC voting law

September 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A three-judge panel from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. will meet in Charlotte Thursday to decide whether North Carolina's new election law is discriminatory and should be put on hold for the Nov. 4 election. Critics say the law discriminates against African-Americans and Latinos by making it harder for them to vote. 

Foxx says local leaders should resolve Charlotte airport situation

September 24, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

In his first public comments on the issue, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the debate over who should run Charlotte Douglas International Airport "an unnecessary mess" and said it would be best if the issue was resolved locally. The former Charlotte mayor gave no timeline for when the FAA might decide whether a state-appointed commission can assume control of the airport (cover story, September 2013).

Charlotte ranked No. 1 Big-City Bargain

September 24, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Money magazine ranked Charlotte first in the Best Big-City Bargain category of its 2014 Best Places to Live rankings. Criteria included affordability of housing, economic strength and other livability data. Phoenix, Fort Worth, Texas, Boston and Chicago completed the top five. On its overall best places to live list, Cary and Chapel Hill ranked 19th and 36th, respectively. 

Duke Energy part of $8 billion wind project in Western U.S.

September 24, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A company co-owned by Charlotte-based Duke Energy is part of an $8 billion proposed wind-energy project that would generate twice as much electricity as the Hoover Dam. Duke-American Transmission Co. is among four companies partnering on the project, which would store energy generated in Wyoming and later sell it to the city of Los Angeles.

BofA ranks first in consumer deposits; BB&T at No. 13

September 24, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Charlotte-based Bank of America Corp. ranked first in the nation in total consumer deposits with $455.3 billion, according to a second-quarter report by SNL Financial. Wells Fargo & Co. ranked second with deposits totaling $405.4 billion, while Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corp. came in at No. 13 with $45.7 billion.

Pest-control product maker to hire 380 in Mooresville

September 23, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Earth-Kind Inc. will invest $5.8 million and plans to create 380 jobs over four years at a plant in Mooresville. The Bismarck, N.D.-based company makes non-toxic pest control products, and counts John Deere, Tractor Supply and ACE Hardware among its customers. 

Siemens to buy Houston energy-services company for $7.6 billion

September 23, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Europe's largest engineering company, which employs about 1,600 in Charlotte, will buy a Houston-based oil-services company for $7.6 billion. Dresser-Rand makes equipment for the oil- and gas-industry, including for hydraulic fracturing. Munich-based Siemens also plans to move the headquarters of its energy businesses to the U.S.

Brazil-based adhesives manufacturer to open Gaston County plant

September 23, 2014

(The Gaston Gazette)

Dalton Dynamics Corp. will invest at least $2 million in a 25,000-square-foot plant in Gastonia where it will produce industrial adhesives for automotive and other industries. The Brazil-based company, which expects to hire about 25 people, credits the area's proximity to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and quality of life.

U.S. government opposes BofA request to throw out 'Hustle' verdict

September 22, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

In court filings last week, the federal government expressed opposition to Bank of America's request that a federal judge throw out the jury verdict that found the Charlotte-based bank liable for Countrywide Financial's sale of faulty mortgage bonds to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Uptown park kicks off First Ward development project in Charlotte

September 19, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte developer Daniel Levine broke ground Thursday on a 4-acre park in uptown's First Ward. The park is the first phase of a major redevelopment project that will create what Levine calls Charlotte's version of New York's Greenwich Village. The development could include as much as $1 billion in offices, retail, hotels and 1,500 residential units and will take 12 to 15 years to build, Levine says.

Former Philip Morris plant will house electric battery maker

September 18, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The company that bought the former Philip Morris cigarette plant in Concord will make batteries for electric vehicles and other commercial uses, according to online job advertisements. Victory Industrial Park paid $68.5 million for the 2,100-acre Cabarrus County site in April. A company spokesman said the business is not ready to make a formal announcement regarding its plans.

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General deal again

September 18, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer) 

Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's third offer within a month, asking shareholders not to sell stock to the Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based retailer. The companies' CEOs first met in October to discuss a potential merger. Matthews-based Family Dollar said Wednesday that CEO Howard Levine agreed at that time that if a deal was made, the combined company's headquarters would be in Tennessee.

Bank of America, BB&T pass midyear stress tests

September 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based Bank of America, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. and Winston-Salem-based BB&T all reported they have passed midyear stress tests, which show they would be able to maintain minimum capital ratios in the event of an economic downturn.

Greenville, SC-based CertusBank to sell mortgage, wealth divisions

September 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Greenville, S.C.-based CertusBank plans to sell its mortgage and securities divisions. The bank, started in Charlotte in 2010, is shedding those lines of business as part of a restructuring led by new CEO John Poelker. The bank's three founders and top executives were fired earlier this year after shareholders expressed concerns over mismanagement.

Duke Energy to invest $500 million in solar projects

September 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy will invest $500 million in North Carolina solar projects. About half the money will be used to acquire and build solar farms in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties. The Charlotte-based utility also plans to purchase power from five additional solar projects across the state.

AvidXchange adding 600 workers in Charlotte

September 16, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A software company will add 603 workers in a headquarters expansion in Charlotte. AvidXchange will invest more than $20 million in a four-story,115,000-square-foot space at the N.C. Music Factory. The company, which provides automated payment and invoicing services for businesses, employs about 300 in three states.

Nucor to acquire Kentucky steel mill for $770 million

September 16, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Nucor will buy Kentucky-based Gallatin Steel Co. for $770 million. It's the biggest acquisition for the Charlotte-based steelmaker since March 2008, when it bought SHV North America Corp. for $1.44 billion. The deal is expected to close by year-end.

Charlotte airport seeks to borrow $100 million for next phase of expansion

September 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport plans to borrow $100 million from PNC Bank for terminal renovations and additional parking. The projects are part of a $1 billion planned expansion. The airport's new $120 million hourly parking deck is scheduled to open in November.

XPO Logistics to grow in Charlotte

September 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The CEO of XPO Logisitics says the shipping company plans to keep growing through acquisitions, and its Charlotte office, where it employs more than 360 workers, will grow as well. The Greenwich, Conn.-based shipping company completed a $615 million acquisition of High Point-based New Breed Logistics earlier this month.

CommunityOne CEO stepping down

September 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Brian Simpson will step down as CEO of Charlotte-based CommunityOne Bancorp effective Sept. 30 after three years in the position. President Bob Reid is expected to succeed him. Previously called FNB United Corp., the bank changed its name and moved its headquarters from Asheboro to Charlotte after the 2013 merger between subsidiary CommunityOne Bank and Granite Falls-based Bank of Granite.