With BMW’s commercial operations beginning this week, the S.C. Inland Port is now open for business, GSA Business reported, citing S.C. Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome.
Construction began last year on the facility, which will cost approximately $51.4 million after building is wrapped up later this year. The Inland Port, which is located in Greer, links the Upstate to Charleston’s docks through overnight rail services via Norfolk Southern. In addition to BMW, Newsome said that he’s received around 200 inquiries from companies similarly interested in using port facilities. He added that he expects it to become a “major distribution hub” over time.
Daimler Won't Move Headquarters to SC
Despite receiving millions in grant money, Daimler won't be building headquarters in South Carolina.
Five years ago, Daimler Trucks received $2 million from a South Carolina grant in hopes that the auto manufacturer would move its headquarters to South Carolina.
Now, the land that Daimler bought with the grant money is up for sale after the company chose to expand its headquarters in Oregon instead, The Associated Press reported. And although the company’s relocation plans were abandoned, it won’t have to pay back the money. That’s because Daimler met the original requirements of the grant, which required a sizable dollar investment and the creation of 300 jobs or more. Accordingly, Daimler met these requirements when it bought nearly 400 acres in York County and opened a sales and marketing center that currently has around 500 workers.
South Carolina Fails to Land South Korean Tire Maker
South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire decided against building its first North American plant in the Palmetto state, it was announced earlier this week. Instead, the company chose Clarksville, Tenn., where it will invest more than $800 million and create 1,800 full-time jobs over the next several years, according to The State. Company officials stated last month that they were considering sites in South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
The decision comes even as South Carolina holds the title as the top tire exporter in the U.S. and is closing in on Oklahoma as the nation’s leading tire producer.
South Carolina and Israel Enter into Business Partnership
South Carolina and Israel agreed this week to establish a joint research and development partnership, which is expected pave the way for the two entities to work collaboratively on projects in biomedical and life sciences, advanced materials, and sustainable energy, among others.
“South Carolina is the first state in the Southeast region to forge this kind of partnership with Israel,” said Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. “As our state continues to foster innovation, collaborative relationships such as this one will keep us on the cutting edge.”
“Israel, the ‘Start Up Nation,’ is very pleased to join South Carolina, the ‘Smart State,’ in this new stage of business, academic, and governmental relations for the benefit of our two peoples,” said Israeli Consul General Aviran.
A two-day outdoor art and crafts show celebrating its 38th year. Being held on September 5 & 6, 2014, Click for details
Delicious Downtown Breakfast
Tony’s is open for breakfast every day from 7:30-10:30! Conveniently located on Washington St. right off Main. Stop in for something filling and delicious before work! Follow us for updates on specials.
Back to School Tattoo Specials
Magnum Ink is offering 1/2 off all tattoos for students over 18 as well as 2 for $60 on letters or numbers for state employees. 1405 Rushmore Road, Suite B, right off of Broad River.
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Learn and hone audition skills, monologues, and scenes from Shakespeare and modern works! Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Music Break at Music Farm Columbia
Join COR for an evening of networking for music and business leaders on September 3rd, featuring performances by Josh Roberts and the Hinges, Death of Paris, Fat Rat Da Czar, and Lazy A and the Green Thang. Free admission for musicians and members! Register here.
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