SC business notebook, May 4

May 4, 2013 

S.C. Boeing plant lands work not associated with 787s

Boeing’s South Carolina manufacturing complex has won its first airplane work that isn’t for the 787 Dreamliner. The jet-maker’s North Charleston facility will design and perhaps build the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composite inner linings of the nacelles — the pods enclosing the jet’s engines — for the forthcoming 737 MAX. For the design and certification work, Boeing has posted openings for 20 stress-analysis engineers in North Charleston, which is a non-union site. On the current 737NG model, the nacelle inlet is supplied by the Goodrich unit of United Technologies. The MAX is the new derivative scheduled to enter service in 2017.

Duke Energy earns $634 million

Duke Energy says it earned $634 million in the first quarter, helped by more typical winter weather and higher electric rates. Duke posted earnings of 89 cents per share Friday on revenue of $5.90 billion. The company’s results aren’t comparable to last year because Duke hadn’t completed its acquisition of Progress Energy. Adjusted to remove merger costs and other one-time items, Duke earned $1.02 per share, a penny shy of analyst estimates. Cooler temperatures during the first three months of the year increased demand for electricity compared with last year, which was the warmest winter on record in the U.S.

Pizzas might be contaminated

Nestle Pizza Co. is recalling four frozen-pizza products that might be contaminated with plastic fragments. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the following products are subject to recall: California Pizza Kitchen Limited Edition Grilled Chicken with Cabernet Sauce; DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza Tuscan Style Chicken; DiGiorno pizzeria! Bianca/White Pizza; California Pizza Kitchen Crispy Thin Crust White. The USDA says one consumer reported a chipped tooth after biting into one of the California Pizza Kitchen products. The problem was apparently related to the spinach in the pizza, so the company is recalling other pizza products that used the same lot of spinach. The fragments are of clear, brittle plastic with sharp edges. Consumers can contact Nestle (800) 456-4394 or nestlepizza@casupport.com.

Getting tattooed with the company logo is all the rage at one New York City brokerage firm. The reward? A bump in pay. The CEO of Rapid Realty NYC says about 40 employees have gotten inked with the logo in the past two years. Anthony Lolli says workers are “passionate about the brand.” They also may be passionate about the extra 15 percent in commission they get for sporting a tattoo. Lolli started the policy a year and a half ago after one employee got the tattoo to prove his company loyalty. The franchise has offices throughout New York City.

The Seattle Times and The Associated Press contributed.

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