Business briefs

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 07:36 PM

UPS to open health care products warehouse here

DURHAM – The Atlanta based-package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc., or UPS, is cutting the ribbon on a distribution warehouse facility in Durham that is designed specifically to serve health care businesses, with features such as temperature controls to allow for pharmaceuticals storage.

The first employees were hired for the facility in May, and the company has a team of 15 at the site, Ivette Lopez, a spokeswoman for the company said in an email. UPS expects to hire an additional 10.

A UPS customer wanted to build a facility in Durham near their manufacturing location, so “UPS did just that,” Lopez said in the email.

“This dedicated health care facility will use the latest technology available; it is a temperature-controlled site suitable for pharmaceutical storage,” the email said. “This new location presents an opportunity to expand logistics and distribution capabilities to other customers and healthcare companies planning fulfillment from the RTP area.”

Government and company officials are expected to be at today’s ribbon cutting at 2515 S. Tricenter Blvd. in Durham.

Durham shoe manufacturer makes acquisition

DURHAM – Impus, the Durham-based manufacturer of shoe products including insoles, socks and shoe care products, announced Monday it has acquired assets of Pennsylvania-based Penguin Brands.

Impus acquired shoe care, insole and shoe lace assets from the company, but did not acquire its Nathan brand of running hydration accessories. Nathan is now a standalone company.

“The purchase of select Penguin Brands assets underscores our commitment to the growth of the shoe care category,” Todd Vore, president of Implus, said in a news release.

Implus makes footwear, outdoor and fitness accessories that are distributed in more than 75,000 retail outlets in North America and in 65 countries.

Biofuels Center prepares for state funding cut

DURHAM – The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a state-funded organization that launched in 2008 to develop the state’s biofuels industry, has started wrapping up work in case its funding is cut in the final state budget.

The center’s state appropriation was cut completely in the state House and Senate versions of the budget, center Spokesman Wil Glenn in an email. In Gov. Pat McCrory’s version of the budget, its state funding was pro posed to be cut by $1 million, or nearly half.

If its funding is cut in the final budget, the center will begin to close, Glenn said. The organization, which employs 14, plans to complete work and reports in 90 days.

The center, created by the N.C. General Assembly, launched in 2008. According to the organization’s website, it was created to help develop the state’s industry for fuels created from organic matter in order to reduce the state’s dependency on imported petroleum.

Glenn said in the email that the center funded 71 projects totaling $10.1 million, and helped to identify more than 15 crops envisioned as alternatives to corn for conversion to fuels, among other work.