Carolinas Roundup | Curtiss-Wright wins $80 million contract

Charlotte's Curtiss-Wright wins $80 million contract

Charlotte-based Curtiss-Wright Controls has been awarded an $80 million contract from Saab Aerostructures to make a system for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the company said Wednesday.

The contract comes after Curtis-Wright Controls won an initial $16 million contract with Saab Aerostructures in February.

Curtiss-Wright Controls will make the system for opening and closing the jet's large cargo door and also make structural fittings used with the mechanical system.

The company will make the components at its Shelby plant. The headquarters for Curtiss-Wright Controls is in Ballantyne.

Jefferson George

Research Campus to dedicate 3 buildings

The North Carolina Research Campus announced Wednesday that it will dedicate its first three buildings at the $1.5 billion Kannapolis complex Oct. 20.

The move comes three years after billionaire Dole Food owner David Murdock said he would transform the city with his plans for the 350-acre campus, which grew into a collaboration with eight N.C. universities. At the time, Kannapolis was still reeling from the 2003 shutdown of former textile giant Pillowtex, which wiped out more than 4,000 jobs in Cabarrus and Rowan counties.

Murdock is building the campus through his development company, Castle and Cooke.

The dedication will include the Core Lab building, the campus centerpiece that houses speciality equipment and labs for lease by campus tenants. The other buildings to be dedicated are the UNC Nutrition Research Building and the N.C. State Fruit and Vegetable Science Institute Building.

Several private companies also have signed up for the campus. Plans for the mixed-use site also call for retail, residential and civic components.

Adam Bell

Coatings supplier buys Lancaster company

The world's largest paint and coatings supplier is acquiring a Lancaster, S.C., company, officials announced recently.

AkzoNobel of the Netherlands will acquire Soliant LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of decorative paint and bright films used in the automotive, architectural, signage and other industries.

The acquisition strengthens AkzoNobel's position in the automotive plastics decorating market and affirms its position of investing in “green” technologies, company officials said.

Soliant officials said the acquisition will bring a global reach to their business.

Soliant was established in 2002 and supplies many of the leading auto manufacturers. It has about 100 employees. AkzoNobel has 60,000 employees in more than 80 countries.

Company officials expect the acquisition to be complete by the end of the month.

Kirsten Valle