Triad

Ag commissioner critical of proposed Triad megasite

May 15, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler spoke out against the ambitious "Project Haystack" in Guilford County, saying that agriculture is the state's biggest industry and that farmland needs to be preserved. The county is being asked to donate about 600 acres of public land for the megasite, while private companies would develop a business park that project leaders hope will attract data centers or advanced manufacturers. (Regional Report, March 2014)

Person County doesn't want coal ash in landfill

May 14, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Officials from Person County are objecting to Duke Energy's plan to move coal ash dredged from the Dan River to lined pits at a landfill owned by Republic Services there. A landfill manager says the ash will be treated the same as other household waste including chemical-laden cleaning supplies. 

Krispy Kreme names former Papa John's exec as CEO

May 14, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Anthony "Tony" Thompson will become CEO and president of Winston-Salem-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on June 1. Thompson was previously president and chief operating officer of Louisville, Ky.-based Papa John's Pizza. He will replace James Morgan, who will stay on as chairman.

Number of Steelcase workers to be laid off grows to 268

May 14, 2014

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Steelcase has increased the number of employees that will be affected by its furniture plant closing in High Point from 230 to 268. Jobs will be eliminated in stages by the end of 2016; the first round of cuts will begin within 120 days.

Duke Energy begins dredging coal ash from Dan River

May 13, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy will begin dredging coal ash from the Dan River near Danville, Va., 25 miles from its Rockingham County power plant. The city is hoping for compensation to improve the recreational industry along the river and has hired an attorney to negotiate with the Charlotte-based utility.

Greensboro metro area ranks eighth in percentage of infrastructure workers

May 12, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

A report from Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution shows that more than 13% of workers in the metropolitan statistical area that includes Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties hold infrastructure jobs including truck drivers, warehouse employees and mechanics. The area ranks eighth among 100 metro areas in the percentage of infrastructure workers in the local economy.

Hanesbrands executive stepping down

May 12, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

William Nictakis, chief commercial officer of Winston-Salem-based Hanesbrands, will resign July 5. His replacement has not been named. 

Steelcase to close High Point plant, idle 230 workers

May 7, 2014

(High Point Enterprise)

Steelcase will close its plant in High Point, laying off 230 workers in stages over the next two years. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company is one of the world's largest office-furniture manufacturers. The plant closing is part of a companywide plan to reduce manufacturing capacity and cut costs.

B/E Aerospace considers sale, other options

May 6, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

One of Forsyth County's largest employers is exploring options which include a possible merger or spin-off of part of the company. Wellington, Fla.-based B/E Aerospace, which employs more than 1,300 in Winston-Salem, posted record profits in 2013. The company makes interior products including seating for commercial aircraft. Shares rose 9.3% Monday, closing at $97.22, following the announcement.

North State Aviation continues expansion in Winston-Salem

May 6, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

North State Aviation is adding 60,000 square feet to its operations at Smith Reynolds Airport. The expansion will give the aircraft-maintenance company a total of more than 300,000 square feet. The Winston-Salem-based company employs 290 workers and is continuing to hire. North State signed a contract with United Airlines, its largest customer, in October that was to create 60 new jobs.

NC Zoo seeks $60 million for repairs, new attractions

May 5, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Leaders of the North Carolina Zoo say it needs $60 million over the next 10 years to address maintenance issues and add attractions to keep the Asheboro park competitive with other national zoos. The funds would come from $40 million in state bond funds and $20 million in private donations.

Textile company to hire 84 at Eden plant

May 5, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

India-based Shri Govindaraja Textiles plans to invest more than $40 million and create 84 jobs over two years at a cotton-yarn manufacturing plant in Rockingham County. The company will open within four to six months in a building previously owned by rug-maker Karastan.

Wake Forest Baptist cutting 350 positions

May 2, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will lay off 350 employees of its total workforce of 14,686 as part of a cost restructuring. The cuts were not unexpected, as expenses have increased while Medicaid reimbursements have declined at the Winston-Salem-based medical center. 

Greensboro to host National Folk Festival in 2015

May 2, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

Greensboro will host the National Folk Festival from 2015 to 2017. The annual three-day, music, dance and crafts event is expected to attract thousands of people and millions of dollars in visitor spending. It will be the first time North Carolina hosts the festival, which began in 1934 in St. Louis and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Greensboro.

Winston-Salem brewery expanding again

May 2, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem-based Foothills Brewing Company will expand production for the second time since April 2013. The brewery will purchase new equipment including four fermentation tanks that will increase production capacity by about 55%. The company employs 115 people and hopes to add more as demand for its products, which include Carolina Blonde and Sexual Chocolate, increases.

Speculation growing again about potential Reynolds-Lorillard deal

May 1, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

An analyst from Wells Fargo Securities said this week a potential Reynolds American aquisiton of rival Lorillard could be just "around the corner." Bonnie Herzog said she believes CEO Susan Cameron was coaxed out of retirement to bring the Winston-Salem based tobacco company to a new level of growth.

Colin Powell's HPU commencement address drawing national attention

May 1, 2014

(High Point Enterprise)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will speak at High Point University's commencement ceremony on Saturday. CNN ranked Powell's address fifth in the country among "2014 Big-Name College Commencement Speakers," and ABC News will stream the speech live on its website. The ceremony will not be open to the public.

Bidding wars taking place in Greensboro real-estate market

May 1, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

Bidding wars are breaking out in the Guilford County housing market, where the average price of a home has grown from $153,000 in the first quarter of 2011 to $171,000 during the same period of 2014, an increase of almost 12%. 

BB&T's King says bank on track to top record 2013 profit

April 30, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BB&T CEO Kelly King told shareholders Tuesday the bank's 2013 fiscal performance was "potentially the best" in his 42-year career despite economic and regulatory challenges. The Winston-Salem bank increased its quarterly dividend to 24 cents, up a penny from the previous dividend.

RFMD posts smaller loss in first quarter

April 30, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

RF Micro Devices posted revenue of $257 million with a net loss of about $1 million for the first quarter, compared with a $16 million loss for the same period last year. The Greensboro-based microchip-maker plans to merge with Hillsboro, Ore.-based TriQuint Semiconductor in the second half of the year.