Triad

Greensboro Partnership adds another Mississippi exec

April 21, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The Greensboro Partnership hired Virginia native David Ramsey, currently director of the Mississippi Development Authority's Global Business Division, as executive vice president. Ramsey, 34, and new CEO Brent Christensen have worked together for 13 years in Florida and Mississippi and will start work in Greensboro on June 1.

Outlook positive for High Point Market

April 20, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Furniture manufacturers and organizers of the High Point Market believe improved economic conditions will continue to strengthen the furniture industry. The biannual trade show, which is expected to attract up to 80,000 participants, continues through Thursday.

Davidson County OKs incentives for company expansion

April 17, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Davidson County commissioners approved an incentive package totaling $175,000 for an unnamed, existing business in the county to add 170 jobs over five years. The company would invest $13 million over two years.

Targacept drug fails clinical trial

April 17, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem-based Targacept will end development of a drug-compound treatment for a gastrointestinal disorder following a failed clinical trial. The Winston-Salem-based company said in March it would be acquired by California-based Catalyst Biosciences, though that deal could be in jeopardy following Pfizer's decision in April to end a licensing agreement with Catalyst.

Former CEO of Piedmont Triad Partnership under investigation

April 16, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The Piedmont Triad Partnership said Wednesday that former CEO David Powell is being investigated regarding possible financial irregularities. Officials at the regional economic-development group said they learned of the irregularities after Powell resigned in January.

Natty Greene's explores expansion opportunities

April 15, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

While cities including Rocky Mount and Greenville have shown interest in luring Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. away from Greensboro, co-founder Chris Lester has said he wants to keep the business in the Gate City. The company is seeking financing for a $10 million to $15 million expansion of its production facility.

Rezoning battle continues in Greensboro

April 15, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

A neighborhood group in Greensboro plans to file a protest petition following a zoning commission's decision that will clear the way for an Atlanta developer to build a grocery store, shops and about 20 residential units at the corner of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road. The petition will require city council members to vote on the proposal.

Herbalife could add 300 jobs in Winston-Salem

April 14, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem City Council and the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will consider whether to award $300,000 in incentives for Los Angeles-based Herbalife to add 300 jobs at its local plant. The new jobs, which would pay an average annual salary of $61,000, would be in addition to the 500 workers the nutritional-products maker has already committed to create by year-end.

High Point looks to energize downtown

April 13, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Some High Point leaders want to develop a downtown revitalization plan that would attract people year-round. An estimated 75,000 furniture-industry professionals are expected to attend the biannual High Point Market this week.
Related: Vegas market scare fades from roar to whisper, High Point Enterprise

Greensboro Partnership taps Mississippi economic developer as CEO

April 9, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The Greensboro Partnership named Brent Christensen president and CEO. Christensen, 45 and a Duke University graduate, has served for three years as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, where he worked with Nissan and Yokahama Tire on bringing jobs to the state.

HondaJet to embark on world tour

April 9, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Honda Aircraft will take its HondaJet light aircraft on a world tour beginning April 25, with stops in Japan and Europe. The $4.5 million corporate jet, produced in Greensboro, is awaiting FAA certification.

Unifi expanding production at Triad fiber plants

April 8, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Greensboro-based Unifi is increasing production at its manufacturing plants in Madison and Yadkinville. The company makes synthetic yarns, including the successful Repreve product, which is made from recycled bottles. Unifi is adding texturing machines at the factories, but the company didn't say how many new jobs might be created.

Targacept deal could be in jeopardy

April 7, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

A San Francisco-based drug developer's plan to acquire Targacept may be in jeopardy as a result of the termination of a licensing deal that could impact its financial position. Winston-Salem-based Targacept announced last month it would be acquired by Catalyst Biosciences in a reverse merger.

Herbalife distributors questioned by authorities

April 7, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Federal law-enforcement officials have contacted 10 leading Herbalife distributors to inquire about their business practices, according to a CNBC report. Hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman has accused the company, which cut the ribbon on its Winston-Salem production plant in January (Statewide, March), of operating a pyramid scheme, and multiple federal investigations regarding its business practices are ongoing.

Report: Business-jet sales could propel HondaJet

April 6, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

A new report shows the business-jet market is expect to grow by more than 6.8% by 2019, and Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft is poised to become a key player. The company said in March it is close to receiving final FAA certification for its HondaJet light aircraft, which is being manufactured at Piedmont Triad International Airport.

DHHS audit finds deficiencies

April 3, 2015

(Greensboro News & Record)

An audit of the state Department of Health and Human Services showed significant errors and deficiencies in its oversight of state programs, including errors in 24% of 272 claims sampled that resulted in $464,942 in overpayment.

DENR: Coal-ash cleanup could begin in August

April 2, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Duke Energy could begin excavating coal ash at its Riverbend Station near Mount Holly in late August.

Novant reports lower net profit in 2014

April 2, 2015

Novant Health said it had net income of $201.8 million in 2014, down from $273 million in the previous year. That included an investment gain of $28.9 million. Revenues increased 5.4% to $3.79 billion from 2013.

Reynolds subsidiaries debut new products

April 1, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco will launch Camel White, a premium-branded cigarette, in 21 western and midwestern states. Reynolds American sudsidiary American Snuff, which makes the top-selling Grizzly-branded snuff product, also introduced a new dark wintergreen flavor Tuesday.
Related: Reynolds confronting antitrust concerns over Lorillard merger, Bloomberg Business

President of Wake Forest Baptist Health steps down

March 31, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Karen "Bobbi" Carbone is stepping down as president of Wake Forest Baptist Health, a division of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Carbone joined the division in March 2014 as chief operating officer and became president when Thomas Sibert retired in August. The Winston-Salem-based health system said Carbone is leaving "to pursue other opportunities." Mike Rutherford, chief financial officer, also plans to step down in April.