Maine businessman invests in New Hampshire’s Balsams

The Maine businessman interested in redeveloping the Balsams Grand Resort in New Hampshire said he plans to spend more than $100 million by 2016 to make it a world-class resort.

The Balsams in Dixville Notch, where the nation’s first presidential primary ballots are traditionally cast, closed in 2010 after nearly 150 years in business.

Dan Dagess and Dan Hebert, who bought it in 2011, entered into an agreement with Les Otten, founder of the American Skiing Co. and former part owner of the Boston Red Sox.

WMUR-TV reports Otten said Thursday he wants to expand skiing. He said his vision is for a campus, including 1,000 four-star hotel rooms and using farms and produce from the area. He said there’s the potential for more than, 1,500 new jobs.

Tobacco company expanding production of e-cigarettes

Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, North Carolina, manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.

The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company said the move would create more than 200 jobs over the next 10 years.

Ground beef in recall was delivered to Midwest, South

Federal food safety officials say ground beef recalled by a Detroit business may have been sent to stores in 10 states.

The U.S. agriculture department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says it believes recalled beef was sent to retail outlets in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Wolverine Packing Co. announced Monday it was recalling 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. Eleven people have been sickened.

A list of recalled products and potentially affected stores appears on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

– From news service reports