Business briefs

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 06:41 PM

RTI research division acquired
DURHAM – An agriculture-oriented research division of the Durham-based nonprofit research institute RTI International has been acquired by the publicly traded chemical company FMC Corp.
The Philadelphia-based company acquired RTI’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Biosolutions, according to a news release.
Founded in 2011, the center is focused on research of plants and microbe interactions for applications in commercial agriculture.
RTI has a staff of more than 3,700. It provides research and technical services for governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in health, education, and other areas.

Lenovo layoff affects local workers
MORRISVILLE – Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo has cut “a small number of workers” from Raleigh, a spokesman for the company confirmed Monday.
Ray Gorman, executive director of external communications for Lenovo in Morrisville, said in an email that notices went out Sept. 30. This is a continuation of an announcement of job cuts announced in May, he said.
The cuts were earlier this year as part of an effort by the company to invest in higher-growth areas of smart phones, tablets and other devices amid declines in global personal computer shipments.
The company is not releasing specifics of how many people were affected in the recent layoff. However, Gorman Lenovo has no major layoffs planned anywhere in the world, and “on the whole,” the company is continuing to invest in the state. 
In May, the company moved more than 100 jobs from a call center in India to the Research Triangle Park area, he said, and added manufacturing jobs at a site in the state in Whitsett. Gorman said the company continues to hire in the state, particularly in the higher-growth areas of its business in smartphones, tablets, servers and storage.
The news was first reported by the Triangle Business Journal.