Triangle

Morrisville tech firm secures $10 million in financing

September 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Netsertive, a Morrisville-based digital marketing company, has secured more than $10 million in new financing, including more than $7 million from Durham-based Square 1 Bank. The company, whose clients include Electrolux, Chrysler and Samsung, plans to use the money to invest in technology and personnel.

Bayer CropScience to break ground on RTP greenhouse

September 5, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Bayer CropScience will break ground Monday on a $29.6 million, 29,500-square-foot greenhouse at Research Triangle Park. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2015. 

NC State opens residence hall for entrepreneurs

September 3, 2014

(WRAL TechWIre)

N.C. State opened Innovation Hall, a residence hall that will serve as a headquarters for student entrepreneurs and includes a 24-hour workspace with SMART Boards, 3D printers and a conference room.

Performance Fibers to lay off 200 at Chatham County plant

September 2, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Performance Fibers will close its plant in Moncure by Oct. 27, laying off about 200 workers. About 60 affected employees could relocate to a Salisbury plant. The Huntersville-based company makes industrial fibers for for use in products including seat belts and tires.

Durham's BioCryst gets another $2.4 million to test Ebola drug

September 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals received another $2.4 million from the federal government to test an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus, the company said Friday. The award raises the total amount of the Durham-based drug developer's government contract to $24.4 million.

Red Hat CTO stepping down Sept. 5

August 29, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Brian Stevens, chief technology officer at Raleigh-based Red Hat, will step down Sept. 5 to pursue another opportunity. Stevens joined the open-source software provider in 2001 and became CTO in 2005.

Economic development leaders call for special legislative session over incentives

August 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says the state Job Development Investment Grant fund could run out of money by late October unless legislators increase incentives. Decker says the state is pursuing a project that would take 80% of the remaining funds if the company decides to locate in North Carolina. 

Highwoods sells 11 non-core properties in Richmond, Va.

August 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh's Highwoods Properties sold 11 buildings totaling 359,000 square feet in Richmond, Va., for $40.7 million. The real estate investment trust has sold $103.4 million of its non-core properties this year.

Duke Energy Progress requests permission to cut residential solar rebates

August 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Duke Energy Progress wants to reduce the amount of upfront rebates for more than 500 homeowners that use rooftop solar arrays from $500 to $250 per kilowatt. Homes with solar panels currently receive upfront rebates between $1,000 and $5,000, plus monthly credits.

Chapel Hill drug developer raises $7.5 million

August 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Chapel Hill-based drug developer Heat Biologics received $7.5 million in debt financing from Durham-based Square 1 Bank. The company is developing treatments for bladder cancer and lung cancer.

Durham's Argos leases land for new $41M headquarters

August 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Argos Therapeutics signed a 10-year lease in Durham County where the drug developer will invest $41 million to build a new headquarters and manufacturing plant. Argos, which raised $45 million in an initial public offering in February, plans to create 236 new jobs by 2018.

Organic poultry company to renovate former Townsends plant in Siler City

August 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Carolina Premium Foods plans to invest $4 million to renovate a former Townsends chicken-processing plant in Siler City. The Whispering Pines-based company, which produces organic, free-range poultry products, expects to create 300 jobs within five years.

Hundreds attend Sanford fracking hearing

August 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

More than 400 people attended a four-hour hearing on fracking for natural gas in Sanford Friday. The majority of the 85 speakers voiced opposition to the practice, which supporters say will create jobs in the area. 

Lee County to host public fracking meeting

August 22, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Sanford residents will attend a public hearing Friday evening to voice opinions on hydraulic fracturing. Lee County is in the heart of the Deep River Basin, which scientists believe to be the most promising site in the state for shale gas potential (Statewide, Triangle Region, July). The public meeting is one of four planned by the state Mining and Energy Commission. 

Raleigh apartment complex sells for $50 million

August 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Legacy at Wakefield, a 369-unit apartment complex in north Raleigh, sold for $50.5 million to Carter-Haston, a Nashville, Tenn.-based investment and property-management company.

Cary-based Ply Gem to acquire Ohio window company for $130M

August 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cary-based Ply Gem Holdings will pay $130 million for Simonton Windows, a Columbus, Ohio-based vinyl window and door manufacturer with annual revenues of more than $300 million. Ply Gem makes vinyl siding, doors and windows and employs more than 6,200 people in North America.

Smith Center renovation plans on hold

August 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Plans to renovate or replace the Smith Center at UNC Chapel Hill have been placed "on the back burner," according to Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. Retrofitting the arena, which opened in 1986, with features including luxury boxes and premium seating could cost tens of millions of dollars. 

Four Oaks Bank raises $24 million through stock offering

August 20, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Four Oaks Bank raised $24 million in a common stock offering priced at $1 per share. The Johnston County bank says the new capital will help it comply with a 2011 agreement with state and federal regulators and will allow it to expand its loan portfolio.

Moore County delays agreement on 3,000-acre megapark

August 20, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Moore County commissioners decided to delay an agreement with Montgomery County on a 3,000-acre industrial park. County leaders say they support the project but want to simplify the terms of the agreement. Two-thirds of the proposed site is in Moore County.

Wake County to hit 1 million residents Friday

August 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Based on the average growth rate of 62 people a day, Wake County is expected to reach the milestone of 1 million residents on Friday. The majority of Wake's growth comes from net migration − about two thirds of new residents come from other states, foreign countries and other counties in North Carolina.