2017-06-16 / Business

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Lexington Sears store re-brands Lexington Sears store re-brands County to repair roll carts

Richland County is launching a mission to repair and replace about 30,000 damaged trash and recycle roll carts after an audit of its more than 160,000 receptacles found some were no longer in good working condition. The repair-and-replace project will be done at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Lexington Sears store re-brands

The Sears Hometown Store at 523 Columbia Ave in Lexington is re-branding as “America’s Appliance Experts” and will hold a grand re-opening celebration June 16-17. The locally owned store’s changes follow the closing of the remaining Sears store in Columbia.

Cohn Construction relocates office

Cohn Construction Services is relocating its corporate offices to a 31,000-square-foot, four-story building at 1556 Main Street at its Taylor Street intersection. The building is the former location of the McCrory Store and is diagonally across the intersection from Mast General Store.

BMW supplier opening plant BMW supplier opening plant Whirlpool recognizes Sloan Appliance

Sloan Appliance Service in Cayce is one of only four service providers in the U.S to be recognized with the Whirlpool “Excellence in Service Award.” Sloan, in business since 1958, is the largest appliance service company in the Midlands.

Columbia’s last Sears closing

Columbia’s remaining Sears store on Two Notch Road at the Columbia Place Mall is closing part of the company’s plan to shutter 72 more stores nationwide. The store will begin its liquidation sale June 16 and close to the public in early September. Sears had previously closed down its Harbison store located in Harbison.

County okays Gills Creek Greenway

Richland County Council has approved the $2.2 million Gills Creek Greenway, stipulating the city must agree to maintain the track and provide security. Additionally, neighborhoods on the east bank of the creek have an option to request the greenway be built on the west bank.

Greenville growth among tops in U.S.

Greenville is the fourth-fastest-growing city in the nation — growing by 5.8 percent as of last July from the year before, to 67,453, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The city's share of population is but a fraction of the nearly 500,000 people estimated to live in Greenville County, but the rate of growth over the years shows a pattern of re-urbanization, says Mayor Knox White.

Carolina One opening three offices

Carolina One Real Estate is opening three new Charleston offices, expanding its footprint from 12 to 15 locations. The new offices will be located on Maybank Highway on Johns Island, on Highway 176 in Moncks Corner and on St. Thomas Island Drive on Daniel Island.

Comcast opens service center

Comcast has opened its new $21.4 million, 80,000 square-foot Custom Care facility at 3450 Ingleside Boulevard near U.S. 78 in North Charleston. The facility will house 550 new employees.

Aiken getting new solar farm

Bluffton-based Adger Solar, a clean energy development company, is investing $100 million in a utility-scale solar farm project in Aiken County. The facility, located off Edgefield Highway north of Interstate 20, will produce 74 MW(ac) of energy at full capacity, enough to serve 15,000 homes.

BMW supplier opening plant

Tower International, a Livonia, Michigan-based auto parts maker, has opened a 264,000-square-foot plant in Fountain Inn to produce body-structure stampings and complex assemblies primarily for BMW. A $2 billion company, Tower International supplies customers such as Ford, Volvo, Volkswagen, and Honda.

Tire maker weighing Orangeburg plant

Wanli Tire US, a Chinese tire manufacturer, has signed a letter of intent with the state, signaling its expectations to build a $1 billion plant in Orangeburg County that would employ about 1,200 workers. The plant would be constructed in two phases over a span of eight years.

Clemson prof working on new OS

Clemson University assistant professor Hongxin Hu is working with experts from four other universities to create an operating system that can defend against cyberattacks. The operating system — called S2OS — will allow data stored and transmitted in computer and network systems to be more secure, says Hu.

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