Triangle

Grifols opens $370M plant in Johnston County

June 18, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Grifols opened a new $370 million, 155,000-square-foot plant in Clayton on Tuesday that will double the company's blood plasma production there. Grifols employs 1,650 in Clayton and 2,300 in the state, and Gov. Pat McCrory said the Spanish company is considering North Carolina for future expansion.

Raleigh tech startup raises $7M, names new CEO

June 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Technology startup Valencell has raised $7 million in venture capital and named Michael Dering CEO. The Raleigh-based company employs 20 and develops biometric sensors for wearable fitness products. 

Novartis gets FDA approval for new flu vaccine at Holly Springs plant

June 17, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

Novartis received FDA approval to produce a new type of flu vaccine at its Holly Springs manufacturing plant. Through a federal government contract, the plant will produce enough of the antibiotic- and preservative-free flu vaccines to be prepared for a potential pandemic threat.

Construction to begin on second Edison apartment project in Raleigh

June 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cleveland-based NRP Group will begin construction on a 223-unit apartment complex in downtown Raleigh next week. It is the second of three phases of the office and residential Edison project. Construction on the final phase, a 315,000-square-foot office building, is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

New Durham-based venture-capital firm raises $26M

June 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Bull City Venture Partners plans to announce today it has raised $26 million from investors including Red Hat, Cisco Systems and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The new Durham-based venture capital fund, founded by two members of Raleigh-based Southern Capital Ventures, exceeded its target by nearly $1 million.

Lenovo expands in Connecticut, could grow in NC too

June 13, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

Computer-maker Lenovo could expand in North Carolina, according to a company executive. Beijing-based Lenovo, which has its North American headquarters in Morrisville, announced the opening of a 10,000-square-foot office in Danbury, Conn., but the company says that project will not impact its North Carolina operations.

Durham approves deal for AT&T fiber network

June 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham joins Cary and Winston-Salem in approving an agreement for AT&T to build a local fiber network that will enable the telecommunications company to provide Internet speeds up to 20 times faster than most broadband networks. Construction will begin in the next few weeks.

BASF completes RTP expansion, will invest more in agricultural products

June 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

BASF has completed a $30 million expansion at Research Triangle Park and the company plans to double its investment in its Plant Science division over the next five years. BASF employs more than 1,000 people at three locations in North Carolina.

Raleigh approves initiative to recruit startups

June 12, 2014

(WRALTechWire.com)

The Raleigh City Council will develop a startup recruitment plan to help lure businesses in fields including technology, social innovation and fashion.

Raleigh's First Citizens to acquire SC-based bank

June 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based First Citizens Bancorp will merge with the parent company of Columbia, S.C.-based First Citizens Bank and Trust, a privately held bank with 176 branches. Frank Holding Jr., chairman and CEO of the Raleigh-based First Citizens, will lead the combined bank. The Holding family owns a controlling interest in both banks.

Pittsboro approves 7,500-acre Chatham Park community

June 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the master plan for Preston Development Co.'s Chatham Park, a 7,500-acre community that could bring 60,000 residents over several decades. Developers tout the plan as "smart growth" that will help the city avoid problems associated with urban sprawl.

Cisco to add 550 jobs at RTP

June 9, 2014

(WRALTechWire.com)

Cisco Systems will expand its workforce at Research Triangle Park by 10% and will invest $1.6 million. Average annual salary for the 550 new jobs will be $72,700. The San Jose, Calif.-based telecommunications equipment manufacturer will receive up to $12.9 million in state incentives.

Pinehurst readies for back-to-back U.S. Opens

June 9, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The U.S. Open's success in Pinehurst is due in part to support from metro areas including Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, according to Reg Jones, the Open's director of operations. Officials expect up to 55,000 people per day to attend this week's Open and as many as 25,000 for the Women's Open next week.

Pittsboro leaders close to decision on Chatham Park development

June 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners could vote tonight on Preston Development Co.'s plan for a project that would add 22,000 homes to the town of 4,000 people over the next few decades. 

Triangle residents concerned over proposed natural gas pipeline

June 6, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Residents in the corridor of a proposed natural gas pipeline are concerned about its safety. Charlotte utilities Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are seeking proposals from contractors to build and operate the pipeline, which would run through the Triangle area. The project needs federal regulatory approval before construction can begin.

NC IDEA awards grants to six Triangle startups

June 6, 2014

(WRAL TechWire.com)

Economic development group NC IDEA awarded grants totaling $270,000 to six Triangle startups. Recipients include a Durham company that helps people get out of cell phone contracts and a Raleigh company that helps connect people with home service providers.

Developer planning innovation cluster in downtown Durham

June 5, 2014

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

Boston-based Longfellow Real Estate Partners is studying the possibility of building an urban research cluster for life sciences and technology companies. Durham Innovation District would be near a former tobacco warehouse where Duke University is relocating research labs and offices. The private development firm already has 10 acres of land in the proposed area under contract.

Corporate sales robust for U.S. Open in Pinehurst

June 5, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The USGA sold out all corporate hospitality packages for the upcoming U.S. Open in Pinehurst, though corporate sales are still less than in 2005, the last time Pinehurst hosted the event. Reg Jones, senior director of U.S. Open Championships, said the local economic impact of the golf tournament will probably exceed $150 million. (Go inside the business of corporate hospitality tents in our April issue)

GlaxoSmithKline to pay NC $2.5 million in settlement

June 5, 2014

(WRAL TechWire.com)

North Carolina will receive $2.5 million as part of a $105 million setttlement in a case allegeing GlaxoSmithKline improperly marketed three drugs. United Kingdom-based GSK has its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park.

Triangle to get AT&T fiber sooner if DirecTV deal is approved

June 4, 2014

(WRAL TechWire.com)

AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV would allow the telecommunications provider to expand its fiber network and increase home Internet speeds. The company has said it will build one of its first new fiber networks in the Triangle. In a regulatory filing, AT&T also said it will save $1.6 billion a year after the merger, mainly due to lower costs for TV programming, which would allow it to expand broadband coverage.