Norwegian Cruise Line plans to hire 200 people in the Triad during the next 18 months. The full-time positions will be for entry-level, work-at-home agents; recruitment will begin July 18. Norwegian has a fleet of 16 ships visiting almost 300 destinations.
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The Army’s Future Command center will be established in Austin, Texas, not Raleigh, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Raleigh and several other metros, including Boston, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, were among the finalists for the 500-job Army center.
Longtime Carolina Panthers attorney Richard Thigpen has been fired, days after the $2.275 billion sale of the team to hedge-fund manager David Tepper. Thigpen served as general counsel of the team for more than two decades. Chief Operating Officer Tina Becker stepped down on the same day Tepper’s deal closed.
Canada-based sportswear company Gildan Activewear is closing its Peds Manufacturing Group sock plant in Hidebran Sept. 13 and will lay off 100 workers. No reason was provided. Gildan’s other N.C. facilities include yarn-spinning plants in Salisbury, Clarkton and Mocksville, and a distribution center in Eden.
Robert Mittelstaedt Jr. will retire as lead independent director of LabCorp, a Burlington-based medical-testing company, when his term ends May 9, 2019. Mittelstaedt has served on the board since 1996. Adam Schecter will become lead independent director Jan. 2.
The Mint Museum board of trustees appointed Todd Herman president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 20. He succeeds Kathleen Jameson, who stepped down last month after eight years with the museum. Herman has been director and CEO of the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock since 2011.
Wilmington-area housing sales continued steady growth in June. Inventory in the region was down 11% last month compared with a year ago. New Hanover County homes sold for a median price of $293,900, a 15% increase from June 17; the Brunswick County median was $269,500, a 12.8% increase; and Pender County’s was $307,500, a 3.7% increase.
Durham-based Cardinal West Builders wants to demolish the former Blowing Rock Realty building on Main Street and build a mixed-use space with two retail shops or restaurants and six condominium and townhome units. The Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning, allowing the project to proceed. The building, which dates to 1887, has been on the market since 2013.
Kings Mountain-based Firestone Fibers & Textile Co. and Bessemer City’s Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. will spend a combined $23 million to expand their facilities and add around 40 employees to their Gaston County locations. Firestone Fibers & Textiles will add another 110,000 square feet to an existing 484,000-square-foot facility, at a cost of $20 million, and add 25 jobs. Advanced Drainage Systems is spending $3.4 million to add 13 jobs to its workforce.
UNC Hospitals is breaking ground in Sept. on a new 7-story, 335,000-square-foot surgical tower in Chapel Hill. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2022. The site plans were approved in July 2016, and design approval was given in March. The tower will be across from N.C. Memorial Hospital on Manning Drive.