Triangle

Second media report says Mercedes-Benz looking at Triangle

December 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Detroit News reported that Mercedes-Benz USA is considering the Triangle or Atlanta for a headquarters relocation. The auto-maker employs about 1,000 people in Montvale, N.J. The Wall Street Journal reported last week the company was looking at Atlanta and North Carolina, but did not specifically mention the Triangle.

Durham's BioCryst gets FDA approval for flu drug

December 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals received FDA approval for Permavir, the first new flu drug approved in 15 years, the company said. It's the Durham-based company's first full FDA approval for a drug. 

Raleigh's N&O considers sale of downtown headquarters

December 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The publisher of The News & Observer is reviewing proposals from potential buyers of its 3.5-acre site in downtown Raleigh, where it employs about 300 people. Orage Quarles says he hopes to keep the newspaper's offices downtown if the property is sold.

Raleigh apartments sell for record $76.8M

December 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A 282-unit apartment complex in Raleigh's Cameron Village has sold for $76.8 million, or $272,000 per unit. Crescent Cameron Village, which includes 19,000 square feet of retail, is part of a $700 million portfolio sale announced by Charlotte-based Crescent Communities in October. The buyer is Boston-based Berkshire Property Advisors.

Canadian chain to buy The Pantry for $860M

December 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Canada-based Alimentation Couche-Tard, which operates in the U.S. mostly as Circle K, will acquire The Pantry in a deal that, including The Pantry's debt, is valued at $1.7 billion. Cary-based Pantry operates 1,513 convenience stores – most under the Kangaroo Express banner – in 13 Southeastern states.

Durham's Phononic raises $44.5 million

December 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Phononic raised $44.5 million in venture-capital funding. The company sells energy-efficient cooling and refrigeration products that are made in Durham. Phononic plans to use the proceeds to increase manufacturing and for sales and marketing. It's the largest round of venture-capital funding raised by a Triangle company this year. 

Pantry stock soars amid rumors of sale

December 18, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Shares of The Pantry rose 23% on Wednesday following a Wall Street Journal report that the company was close to being sold. The Cary-based company operates about 1,500 convenience stores in thirteen states, mostly under the Kangaroo Express brand. The Pantry reported fourth-quarter profits of $15.4 million, compared with $1.4 million for the same period a year ago.

RTP to unveil redevelopment site plan Jan. 15

December 18, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

The Research Triangle Park Foundation will unveil the first phase of its 100-acre redevelopment project it says could eventually create 100,000 jobs. RTP describes "The Frontier" as " the Triangle's newest meeting spot for those looking for a place to plug in, or a new office location."

Cary's The Pantry nearing deal to be sold

December 17, 2014

(The Wall Street Journal)

Cary-based The Pantry, which operates more than 1,500 convenience stores primarily under the Kangaroo Express banner, has hired an investment bank to solicit bids for the company. A buyer could be announced within days, according to people familiar with the matter.

Salix announces revised inventory-reduction schedule

December 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Salix Pharmaceuticals announced it will accelerate a planned inventory reduction of three of its drugs. The Raleigh-based pharmaceutical, which makes treatments for gastrointestinal illnesses, will reduce inventories of three drugs by the end of 2015 – a year earlier than it had previously announced. Company shares rose 7% following the announcement.

Developers reject proposal to reroute pipeline in Johnston Co.

December 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Developers of the 538-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline denied a request by Johnston County officials to reroute the proposed pipeline closer to an industrial park. The new route would have crossed 239 parcels instead of 163. Richmond-based Dominion Resources is developing the natural-gas pipeline in a joint venture with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Atlanta-based AGL Resources.

Cary partners with SAS on water-monitoring project

December 15, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

Cary officials say the town will save an estimated $10 million a year through a new $17.9 million system that monitors water usage. Powered by locally-based SAS Institute, the system will provide residents with customized water-usage alerts and will help town officials identify abnormal spikes in water usage.

DA Davidson initiates coverage of Raleigh's Highwoods

December 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Analysts with investment firm D.A. Davidson have initiated coverage of Highwoods Properties, giving the Raleigh-based real-estate investment trust a "buy" rating and putting a 12- to 18-month target price of $50 on its stock.

Durham tech company creates code school to develop local talent

December 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based tech startup Smashing Boxes partnered with South Carolina-based The Iron Yard to start a software code school at American Underground's Durham campus. The website and app-development company's founders created the code school because of difficulty finding talented workers.

Triangle business group to raise funds to recruit international flights

December 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Triangle-based Regional Transportation Alliance plans to raise $500,000 over three years to help Raleigh-Durham International Airport recruit new nonstop flights to international destinations including Paris and Frankfurt. In October, RDU pledged $2.1 million in incentives to attract more international flights.

American Underground unveils economic-impact study

December 11, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

Startups at American Underground's three Triangle locations created 323 new jobs over the past 12 months, according to a report the business incubator released on Wednesday. The study shows employees spent $674,700 at establishments in Durham and Raleigh. American Underground's 180 companies raised $20.7 million in funding over the past 12 months.

New developer for retail project at Raleigh's Crabtree Valley

December 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lennar Commercial is the new lead developer for Carolina Row, a mixed-use development planned for 10 acres across from Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall. Trademark Property announced plans for the project – which will include up to 175 apartments and 150,000 square feet of retail space – in May. Lennar plans a grand opening for Carolina Row in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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.

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.

Chapel Hill CEO killed in Maryland plane crash

December 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Michael Rosenberg, president and CEO of a Durham-based clinical research company, died Monday in a plane crash in Gaithersburg, Md. Rosenberg, who lived in Chapel Hill, founded Durham-based Health Decisions in 1989 and was a former manager at the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two other people on board the plane and three people on the ground also died in the crash.