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1. International Paper Reports Second-Quarter Earnings Growth -

International Paper reports its second-quarter net earnings grew while net sales for the quarter decreased slightly.

The Memphis-based company, which released its quarterly financial results Wednesday, July 29, said second-quarter net earnings totaled $227 million, or 54 cents per share. That’s up from $161 million, or 37 cents per share, in second quarter 2014, but down from $313 million, or 74 cents per share, in first quarter 2015.

2. After 52 Years, SRVS Closes Workshop -

After 52 years, a Memphis nonprofit that offers residential, educational and employment services to those with disabilities has closed its sheltered occupational workshop at 3592 Knight Arnold Road.

3. Big Bins -

Joy Williams had an experiment over the Fourth of July weekend to test Memphis’ new 96-gallon recycling bins.

4. After 52 Years, SRVS Closes Workshop -

After 52 years, a Memphis nonprofit that offers residential, educational and employment services to those with disabilities has closed its sheltered occupational workshop at 3592 Knight Arnold Road.

5. Snapshot: Memphis-Based Public Companies -

Here's a look at what's going on at the dozen public companies headquartered in Memphis:

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone Inc. is one of the largest auto parts retailers and distributors in the U.S., with a store count of 5,476 as of Feb. 14. Since 1998, the company has repurchased $15.7 billion worth of its own shares. At the end of March, AutoZone continued its share buyback program with the authorization to buy back another $750 million in company stock. The company followed that news with plans to pursue a $650 million debt offering to be used for “general corporate purposes.” – Andy Meek

6. Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed As Game Changer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

7. Packaging Company Combo to be Named WestRock -

The packaging company combination of Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will be known as WestRock Co. when the businesses complete a deal they announced earlier this year.

8. Shops at Kirby Gate Sells for $3.4 Million -

A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.

An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Westwood Financial Corp. acquired the shopping center at the northwest corner of Quince Road and Kirby Parkway from Shops at Kirby Gate LLC, according to public records.

9. International Paper Reports ‘Solid’ First Quarter -

International Paper Co. reported net earnings of $313 million for the first quarter of 2015.

The earnings, which come to 74 cents a share, compare to $134 million in the last quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $95 million in the year-ago quarter.

10. Loeb Sees Activity at Executive Square -

Loeb Properties has picked up a new lease and a lease renewal inside the Executive Square development in East Memphis.

BoCo Health Services signed a new lease for 1,007 square feet in Suite 103 at 5575 Poplar Ave. In addition, Sunshine Corp. renewed its 1,075-square foot lease in Suite 420.

11. 'Entopreneurs' Feed Growing Appetite for Edible Insects -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

12. FDA Questions Evidence for Lower-Risk Tobacco Product -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health regulators have questions about the data submitted by tobacco maker Swedish Match in its bid to become the first company to market a smokeless tobacco product as less harmful than cigarettes.

13. International Paper Sells Carolina Brand -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. is selling its Carolina brand printing paper business to MeadWestvaco Corp. as it converts the Riegelwood, N.C., mill that makes the Carolina products.

14. International Paper Sells Carolina Brand -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. is selling its Carolina brand printing paper business to MeadWestvaco Corp. as it converts the Riegelwood, N.C., mill that makes the Carolina products.

15. In Battle for Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables -

LINCOLN, Calif. (AP) – One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain's $5 billion-a-year plastic pods is how often the company's opponents use galactic comparisons.

16. Facebook Marketing Strategies -

Facebook is a platform that has more than 1.39 billion monthly active users that, in theory, can be accessed for free. Seems like a no-brainer for businesses to be on board with a presence on the social media site.

17. New Woes for Healthcare.Gov: Wrong Tax Info Sent Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

18. Dr. Phil Delivers Hockey Therapy to the Masses -

Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.

Then that big smile erupts on the face of a man who hands out “Live With Happiness” dog-tags – like the one dangling beneath his Hawaiian shirt – as he passes through life. With a couple of cagey quick twists of his wrists, Dr. Phil clears his end of the rink and fires a slap shot past my befuddled defensemen and goalie.…

19. Entrepreneurs Find Creativity In Shared Space -

In 2012, designer K. Brandon Bell in Memphis and photographer Sarah Rossi in New York City joined forces to help create virtual sets for the Tony Awards, the beginning of a mutually beneficial business partnership that continues to evolve.

20. Outgoing FDA Chief Saw Changes to Food Safety, Tobacco Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From food safety to tobacco regulation and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration.

After nearly six years as FDA commissioner, Hamburg announced her resignation Thursday in an email to staff. She said the agency's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting head of FDA.

21. Lasting Legacies -

A FedEx commercial that never made it past the storyboard stage portrayed company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith as a child filling out an order form in the back of a comic book for a batch of Sea-Monkeys, sending it off and waiting for the delivery.

22. McDonald's Campaign Looks to Rekindle ‘Lovin' ’ -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's wants to bring back that loving feeling.

As the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers, the company on Friday unveiled a new marketing strategy and ads it says will emphasize the "love" in its long-running "I'm Lovin' It" slogan.

23. Bad Santa? 5 Tips to Tackle Your Holiday Gift Returns -

As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes.

Friends and relatives? Yes, them too.

Hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls soon after the holidays to exchange or return less-than-ideal presents. Retailers generally try to accommodate their wishes, or provide store credit. But it's not always easy.

24. Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.

Drones – flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers – have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has grown as the industry and government are working together to address safety concerns.

25. Knoxville Area a Magnet for Retirees -

Retired air traffic controller Sterling King moved to Knoxville when his brother needed him. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the area and everything it has to offer.

Moderate weather, without the bone-chilling Northern winters or the searing heat of Florida summers, is a big draw, along with its location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, says King, 58, who migrated from Dayton, Ohio, to Raleigh, North Carolina, and then to Knoxville.

26. Folk’s Folly Rebrands, Renames Butcher Shop -

Folk’s Folly has finished rebranding and renovating the restaurant’s adjacent butcher shop that opened in 1989, a spate of activity that also included renaming the shop in honor of restaurant founder Humphrey Folk.

27. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

28. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

29. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

30. Key Tools for the Backend of Innovation -

Alekasandro Grabulou, director of innovation and development of Philips, talks about key tools for redefining the role of innovation in a fast-paced era.

Philips is a leader in health care, consumer lifestyle and lighting. And, they fused their front end and back end innovation efforts with great results and a compelling story.

31. All Shook Up -

FedEx founder, chairman and chief executive officer Frederick W. Smith penned a memo in 1987 outlining his desire for the Memphis-based shipping giant to develop ways to assist customers in shipping their packages, including making sure packages arrived undamaged.

32. Roxul Plant Makes Debut in Marshall County -

Almost a year and a half after breaking ground in Marshall County just south of the state line with Collierville and Fayette County, executives of the Danish company Roxul Inc. will formally open Wednesday, Sept. 24, their $160 million plant and packaging site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.

33. IP Names Mark Sutton Chairman and CEO -

Mark Sutton is the new chief executive officer and chairman of International Paper Co., named this week as the board of the Memphis-based company prepares for the retirement of current CEO and chairman John Faraci.

34. International Paper Names Mark Sutton Chairman and CEO -

Mark Sutton is the new chief executive officer and chairman of International Paper Co., named this week as the board of the Memphis-based company prepares for the retirement of current CEO and chairman John Faraci.

35. International Paper Names Mark Sutton Chairman and CEO -

Mark Sutton is the new chief executive officer and chairman of International Paper Co., named this week as the board of the Memphis-based company prepares for the retirement of current CEO and chairman John Faraci.

36. International Paper Profits Fall 38 Percent -

International Paper reported second quarter earnings of $161 million Tuesday, July 29, a $98 million drop from the second quarter a year ago when IP reported net earnings of $259 million.

The drop in profits came as the Memphis-based company took restructuring charges including a new pre-tax loss of $324 million. Most of that, $262 million before taxes, was for debt extinguishment.

37. International Paper Profits Fall 38 Pct. -

International Paper reported second quarter earnings of $161 million Tuesday, July 29, a $98 million drop from the second quarter a year ago when IP reported net earnings of $259 million.

The drop in profits came as the Memphis-based company took restructuring charges including a new pre-tax loss of $324 million. Most of that, $262 million before taxes, was for debt extinguishment.

38. Citigroup to Pay $7 Billion in Subprime Mortgages Probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Citigroup agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.

39. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

40. Truck Suspension Maker Expanding in Dyer County -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Officials say that Rough Country Suspension Systems, a company that makes suspension products for trucks and SUVs, plans to move its distributions operations to a facility in Newbern.

41. Major Retailers Agree to List Unit Prices Online -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers can skip the math. It's about to get easier to compare prices on products from breakfast cereals to toothpaste at some of the nation's major online retailers.

New York's attorney general said Tuesday that Costco, CVS, FreshDirect, Wal-Mart and Walgreen have agreed to list unit prices on their websites and mobile apps for shoppers nationwide in the coming months. Amazon.com Inc., the world's largest online retailer, did not agree to participate, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

42. Big Tobacco Looks to Keep Pace With E-Cigarettes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Tobacco companies are moving quickly to keep pace with the evolution of their industry by embracing the increasingly popular e-cigarettes and making them more available to consumers.

43. EDGE Mulls Tax Break for Plastics Recycling Co. -

A company that recycles and manufactures post-industrial plastics is considering relocating from Arkansas to Memphis.

RE-CY, or RE-CY Plastics, is considering acquiring a facility on Winchester Road to recycle and manufacture plastics, which are then used for automotive parts, decking and IKEA furniture.

44. International Paper Names Sutton President and COO -

Mark S. Sutton, the senior vice president of industrial packaging for International Paper Co., is the company’s new president and chief operating officer.

45. International Paper Names Sutton President and COO -

Mark S. Sutton, the senior vice president of industrial packaging for International Paper Co., is the company’s new president and chief operating officer.

46. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

47. Creative Works Conference Launching in October -

A three-day conference for Memphis’ creative community is launching in the city later this year that includes a speaking roster of design, illustration, typography and other creative heavy-hitters from around the country.

48. Empire Express Grows to Trucking Powerhouse -

After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1962, Ed Gatlin started a successful automotive chemicals business.

Gatlin sold that business, Ig-lo Products Corp., to Valvoline Oil Co. in 1985 and remained as CEO for two more years. After leaving that venture, Gatlin’s desire to succeed in business burned as strong as ever and he still had a few trucks and trailers.

49. Tomato Baby Co. Offers Plants and Philosophy -

Being “Tomato Girl” isn’t a full time job for Alainia Hagerty. She has a day job that doesn’t involve selling dozens of varieties of tomato plants grown in her Brighton, Tenn., greenhouse.

But she views the online business with a national reach as a way of life.

50. Georgian Woods Apartments Sell for $3.9 Million -

118 St. Agnes Drive
Memphis, TN 38112

Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: March 14, 2014

Buyer: Georgian Woods Property Owner LLC

51. Owner of New Getwell Facility Files $1.2M Loan -

The owner of the 110,808-square-foot industrial facility at 4050 New Getwell Road in Oakhaven has filed a $1.2 million loan on the property.

52. Campaign Packaging -

Part one of a two-part series. Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer “yes,” you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate.

53. Food Industry Seeks Voluntary GMO Labeling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing.

54. Timberlake Signs New Tequila Marketing Deal -

Justin Timberlake has entered into a new agreement to expand the reach of his specialty tequila.

Memphis-born Timberlake has partnered with Sauza Tequila, owned by Beam Inc., to market his 901 tequila brand.

55. Timberlake Signs New Tequila Marketing Deal -

Justin Timberlake has entered into a new agreement to expand the reach of his specialty tequila.

Memphis-born Timberlake has partnered with Sauza Tequila, owned by Beam Inc., to market his 901 tequila brand.

56. Gift of Happiness -

Rebecca Gamble came to become a client of SRVS when she was just 9 years old. Gamble was born with a developmental disability and her parents could no longer care for her so they turned to SRVS, which has housed and nurtured Gamble since 1997.

57. Chamber Releases ‘10 to Watch’ List -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its latest annual list of 10 local companies to watch in the coming year. The companies – chosen for making big strides this year and for their potential for even greater things in 2014 – are: BioNanovations, Highwoods Properties Inc., International Paper Co., Kronos Energy Solutions, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis College of Art, nexAir, Prodigi Arts, RedRover Sales & Marketing and Victory Packaging.

58. Chamber Releases ‘10 to Watch’ List -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its latest annual list of 10 local companies to watch in the coming year. The companies – chosen for making big strides this year and for their potential for even greater things in 2014 – are: BioNanovations, Highwoods Properties Inc., International Paper Co., Kronos Energy Solutions, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis College of Art, nexAir, Prodigi Arts, RedRover Sales & Marketing and Victory Packaging.

59. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Rebecca Janes of FedEx’s global brand management will present “The Power of the FedEx Brand: Packaging … It’s not just a touch point, it’s an experience.” Cost at the door is $30. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

60. Events -

The Urban Child Institute will open “The Early Advantage,” its early childhood brain development awareness exhibit, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. The exhibit will be on display through mid-February 2014. Visit urbanchildinstitute.org.

61. Events -

The Memphis chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Cost is $22. RSCP to sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

62. Events -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will hold the 2013 Fall Vesta Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9, to Dec. 1 at the St. James Place development in Germantown. General admission is $12. Visit vestahomeshow.com for hours and parking information.

63. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider. “I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

64. Jack Daniel's in Legal Fight With Small Distiller -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A white whiskey named for a famed Appalachian moonshiner started out being sold in Mason jars, to honor its roguish roots, but switched to square-shaped bottling.

65. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider.

“I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

66. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

67. International Paper Earnings Surge 38 Percent -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported third quarter net earnings of $382 million, an increase of $145 million, or 38 percent, from the third quarter 2012 net earnings of $259 million.

68. Class-Action Status OK'd in Marlboro Lights Suit -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge in Arkansas has granted class-action status to a lawsuit that claims Philip Morris USA deliberately exaggerated the safety of its Marlboro Lights cigarettes.

69. McCullough Blends Right Ingredients With ‘Chef Jenn’ -

Jennifer McCullough, the white chef’s coat behind the brand Chef Jenn, began cooking up a dream in her home kitchen.

70. Private Labels Winning Brand Wars -

Almost everyday the Studio faces challenges that private label competitors impose upon our branded products clients. More and more private label brands are taking lessons out of the innovation and brand strategy playbooks and getting ahead of the once category-leading brand product.

71. Smarrelli Works to Enhance CBU’s Return on Investment -

Christian Brothers University president John Smarrelli still makes it into the classroom once or twice a semester to lecture on biochemistry.

“It allows me to get a feel for my students,” he said. “I’ve done a few research presentations over the past couple of years.”

72. Wonder Bread Returning to Shelves -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wonder bread is back almost a year after it vanished from shelves.

Flowers Foods Inc., which bought Wonder from the now-defunct Hostess Brands, said the bread started returning to supermarket shelves Monday.

73. Citrone: Logistics Not Just for Men -

It’s hard to picture Cheryl Burch Citrone, a partner at executive recruiting and consulting firm Vaco Memphis, hanging around railroad tracks or shooting the breeze about shipping lanes and trucks.

74. International Paper Keeps Eye on Rainy Summer -

The president and CEO of Memphis-based International Paper Co. has been watching the weather a lot lately.

75. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

76. Gathering Targets Region’s Workforce Development -

When state officials gather at The University of Memphis University Center Wednesday, Sept. 4, to talk about workforce training, it won’t be with a check in hand to lead the effort.

State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who organized the 8:30 a.m. to noon session, wants state labor commissioner Burns Phillips and others from Nashville to listen to details of the training programs local business and higher education leaders have cobbled together over the last three years.

77. Buckeye Shareholders Approve Merger -

Stockholders of Buckeye Technologies Inc. have approved the Memphis-based company’s merger with Georgia-Pacific LLC.

78. Elvis/Stax Confluence Blunted By Marketing -

Roger Semon of Sony Music Entertainment knows the music business and Elvis Presley’s sound like few others do.

And he knows where RCA, Presley’s record label, went wrong in marketing what should have been a historic intersection of Presley with Stax Records.

79. FDA Defining What "Gluten Free" Means on Packages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A label that reads "gluten free" will now mean the same thing for all food, regardless of which kind you buy.

After more than a six-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets. Until now, the term "gluten free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

80. International Paper's Second-Quarter Net Income Nearly Doubles -

MEMPHIS (AP) – International Paper Co., the paper and packaging company, said Thursday, July 25, that its second-quarter net income nearly doubled as it raised its prices for its boxes.

81. Wiseacre Brewing to Can Local Beer -

Beer lovers will soon be able to get Memphis-made craft beer in a can.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. will package its two year-round beers, Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda India Pale Ale, in a can, making it the first craft brewery in Tennessee to can beer.

82. Wiseacre Brewing to Can Local Beer -

Beer lovers will soon be able to get Memphis-made craft beer in a can.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. will package its two year-round beers, Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda India Pale Ale, in a can, making it the first craft brewery in Tennessee to can beer.

83. Georgia-Pacific Converting Buckeye Deal to Merger -

Georgia-Pacific is converting its acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc. to a merger that requires a shareholder vote because of regulatory inquiries.

84. Georgia-Pacific Converting Buckeye Deal to Merger -

Georgia-Pacific is converting its acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc. to a merger that requires a shareholder vote because of regulatory inquiries.

85. Georgia-Pacific Converting Buckeye Deal to Merger -

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia-Pacific is converting its acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc. to a merger that requires a shareholder vote because of regulatory inquiries.

86. Georgia-Pacific Gets Request for Buckeye Data -

Georgia-Pacific LLC has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission and the antitrust division of the Justice Department for more information and documents related to its acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc.

87. Georgia-Pacific Gets Request for Buckeye Data -

Georgia-Pacific LLC has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission and the antitrust division of the Justice Department for more information and documents related to its acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc.

88. Georgia-Pacific Gets Request for Buckeye Data -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Georgia-Pacific LLC has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission and the antitrust division of the Justice Department for more information and documents related to its acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc.

89. S&P Gives Freddie Mac 'Above Average' Servicer Ranking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Standard & Poor's for the first time has assigned Freddie Mac a ranking as a loan servicer, giving the government-controlled mortgage giant an "Above Average" ranking for its servicing of loans tied to rental apartment buildings.

90. Putting On for Their City -

It started about a year ago, with two friends who wanted some upbeat, fun threads to wear to Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis basketball games.

From that, Leslie Skelton and Ian Lemmonds turned their basketball superfandom into a business – Hoop City Memphis.

91. Building Relationships Key to Barden’s Success -

For Will Barden of Colliers International, cultivating his network of relationships is vital to his success over the past 16 years in the Memphis office real estate market.

92. Danish Manufacturer Roxul Brings Facility to Byhalia -

Just a few feet beyond the Tennessee-Mississippi state line past the Fayette County line on U.S. 72 is the turn onto Cayce Road in Byhalia and what is soon to be the first U.S. plant of the Danish company Roxul Inc.

93. International Paper’s Net Earnings Up -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported net earnings Thursday, May 2, of $318 million for the first quarter of 2013, a $130 million increase from a year ago.

Quarterly net sales for International Paper of $7.1 billion were up $400 million from a year ago but the same as for the fourth quarter of 2012.

94. Georgia-Pacific Pays $1.5 Billion for Buckeye Technologies -

Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies Inc. is being bought by Georgia-Pacific LLC, the two companies announced Wednesday, April 24.

The deal, valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, still faces regulatory approval. But the boards of both companies have signed off on terms that include Buckeye stockholders getting $37.50 per share.

95. Bryce to Keep 318 Workers in Memphis -

A packaging maker for retail brands like Frito-Lay and General Mills is getting a tax incentive worth $3 million to keep 318 workers in Memphis and add 95 new employees as part of a $21 million expansion here.

96. Bryce Corp. Seeks Tax Freeze for Memphis Expansion -

Bryce Corp. is seeking a tax incentive to help it retain 318 employees in Memphis and add 95 new workers.

The company will go before the city-county EDGE board on Wednesday, April 17, to apply for a 10-year tax freeze to help the package material printer invest $21 million across its three Memphis facilities. The project will create almost $18 million in new revenue for the city and county, and Bryce plans to also invest in new equipment at its three facilities – 5405 Hickory Hill Road, 4505 Old Lamar Ave. and 3825 Delp St.

97. Fannie's Record Profit a Symbol of Housing Rebound -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Home prices are up. Foreclosures are down. Construction is up. And now comes the latest sign of the U.S. home market's revival: Fannie Mae, the mortgage giant that nearly collapsed five years ago, has earned its biggest yearly profit ever.

98. J-Line Pump Growing in Collierville -

A local pumping equipment manufacturer is increasing its presence in the Collierville market. 

J-Line Pump Co., doing business as American-Marsh Pumps, bought the 81,260-square-foot warehouse on 12.4 acres at 550 E. South St. for $1.4 million. This will be in addition to the adjoining 110,000-square-foot warehouse at 185 Progress Road the company has occupied since 1999.

99. Rix Discovers Everyone’s Perfect Chocolate Flavor -

“What does your business taste like?” That’s one of the first questions Chef Phillip Ashley Rix asks when company leaders commission his signature chocolates to represent their brands. It’s an unusual way to start a business conversation, and it usually jolts people into thinking outside the box, he says.

100. Archer-Malmo Grows Again With Lease Expansion -

Archer-malmo has inked an additional 3,000 square feet in the Cotton Exchange Building, bringing its total footprint in the historic 12-story Downtown tower to 41,277 square feet across six floors.