Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a law allowing South Carolinians to obtain a driver’s license that meets federal identification requirements. The law reverses a decade-old law forbidding the state from complying with the federal REAL ID Act, which Congress passed after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Brookland parking spaces purchased
The City of West Columbia is purchasing six different lots along Hudson, Carpenter, and Oliver Streets for parking for the adjacent $40 million Brookland development. Parking has been identified as a serious issue since Brookland was conceived.
Bank purchase announced
Lexington-based First Community Corp. and Cornerstone Bancorp, based in Easley, have announced an agreement where First Community will acquire Cornerstone for approximately $25.8 million in cash and stock.
WeylChem U.S. Inc., a 50-year-old provider of custom manufacturing and tolling services, as well as advanced intermediates and reagents, is investing $13 million in an expansion of its Elgin plant. Work will begin in the second quarter and should be completed by the end of 2017.
Stren-Flex setting up new plant
Georgia-headquartered Stren-Flex, a manufacturer of synthetic lifting products, is investing more than $1 million in new operations in Greenville County that will create 25 new jobs. The company is leasing a 16,000- square-foot building for the purposes of making overhead lifting products.
New Asian buffet in old Ryan’s location
Jennifer Wong, owner of four Asian buffets in Columbia and Lexington, is opening a new eatery named Magnolia in the old Ryan’s location at 10052 Two Notch Road in the Northeast. Ryan’s closed its Two Notch location in March 2016.
Blythewood co-work space opening
The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce is opening the town’s first co-work space in the organization’s new office at 428-4 McNulty Street. The facility will serve people who need desk space with wi-fi, printer, conference room, and coffee but aren’t not interested in finding and leasing their own office.
Boutique opening in Lexington
Charleston-based Affordables Apparel LLC, which bills itself a boutique for fashion on any budget, is opening a 1,850-square-foot store at 5336 Sunset Boulevard in Lexington in July. The store will carry the company’s new Aiden Lane line, along with other on-trend apparel and accessories.
Spec building going up in Lexington
Miller-Valentine Group is building a 200,000- square-foot speculative building in the Lexington County Industrial Park, a 350-acre development at the intersection of I-77 and I- 26. The multi-tenant industrial building is the first to be built by a private developer in the Midlands since 2009.
Wagner expanding Ladson plant
Wagner Systems Inc., a maker of systems for the surface finishing of liquid paints, powder coating, and adhesives, is launching a $2.3 million plant in Ladson, creating more than 30 new jobs. The plant is expected to be operational late this summer.
Schneider expanding Seneca plant
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, is creating 50 new jobs through an expansion of its 334,000-square-foot plant in Seneca. The plant manufactures motor control centers and enclosed drives and starters.
Vulcan wants land to expand
Vulcan Materials, a granite mining company is asking Richland County Council to okay its plans to buy 72 acres of county land off Fairfield Road north of I-20. The $273,600 purchase is next to Vulcan’s current 260-acre mining site in that area.
Islanders want development halt
A collective of James Island residents is asking the City of Charleston to issue a moratorium on new multi-family developments on the island. The residents want a stay on apartment developments because of overcrowding.
Surfside wants to ban beach tents
The town of Surfside Beach is weighing final approval of a ban on beach tents. Surfside is the last town on the Grand Strand that allows visitors to pitch tents that can remain for the whole day.
Boat maker adding 380 new jobs
Coastal fishing boat maker Scout Boats is creating 370 new jobs through an $11 million expansion of its plant in Summerville. The company makes a variety of coastal fishing boats ranging from 17 feet to 53 feet in length.
Law idles horses when temp hits 95
Charleston City Council has passed an ordinance to remove carriage horses and mules from city streets when the temperature reaches 95 degrees or the heat index hits 110 degrees.
Masters brings business to S.C.
Duane Parrish, director of the S.C. Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, says South Carolina shares probably 30 to 40 percent of the $110-$115 million economic impact of the annual Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia.