Moore School study: BMW has $16B impact on S.C.

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It is clear that BMW has had a potent and enduring effect on the state’s economy, the new report says, as $6.3 billion in investments now yields a $16.63 billion total economic impact annually on the state. Read More...

Commerce Department juggles management team

Jennifer Noel has been promoted to deputy secretary of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, succeeding George Patrick, who is leaving state government after serving with the agency the past four years. Other promotions include W. Ford Graham, who has been named director of global business development, and Andre LeBlanc, who will serve as the managing director of the agency’s Europe office. Read More...

DEW: South Carolina payrolls hit record high of 2.2M workers

The state’s employers added 4,200 in November breaking the previous record set in January 2008, said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Record-setting employment growth and labor force expansion points to continued economic growth. Read More...

USC provost Amiridis to head University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Amiridis, who has been a professor, researcher and senior administrator at the University of South Carolina’s flagship campus for more than two decades, was named Thursday to head the University of Illinois at Chicago. The campus has more than 28,000 students and total research funding that ranked 57th among universities nationally in the most recent federal rankings and now exceeds $350 million. Read More...

Koch Industries’ INVISTA Camden site certified for ‘Wildlife at Work’

The Wildlife Habitat Council cited the employee-led conservation program at Koch Industries’ 640-acre location in Kershaw County for its efforts to maintain wildlife habitat areas on corporate land. Read More...


Ga. industrial contractor adding 30 jobs in Laurens County

Reinicke Athens Inc., is investing $4.5 million in a new manufacturing operation at Owings Industrial Park in Laurens County. The company specializes in fast-track installations, industrial equipment relocations, plant shutdowns and turnkey construction. Read More...

18 counties receive ‘work ready’ status

Twenty-two of South Carolina's 46 counties have received the designation. The Palmetto State boasts the highest percentage of communities that have received the designation among participating states, said Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill. Read More...