State Museum sets Aug. 16 planetarium opening

Opening on Aug. 16, the S.C. State Museum’s renovated facility will feature a planetarium, observatory and 4-D theater. (Photo provided by S.C. State Museum)The facility will house an observatory, planetarium and permanent 4-D theater. All three elements, plus a multidisciplinary museum focusing on art, history, natural history, and science and technology, will be housed under one roof. Read More...

Bridgestone names managers at Aiken County plants

Ron Brooks has been named to head Bridgestone Americas Inc.’s 1.5 million-square-foot off-road radial tire plant slated to open in fall, while Fran Jones will be in charge of the passenger and light-truck tire plant. Read More...

South Risk Management hires Bowers

BowersTrevor Bowers will work in the Columbia-based risk management services provider’s employee benefits sales division. Bowers previously worked with The Cason Group for about 10 years, where he assisted benefits brokers in the Carolinas and Georgia. Read More...

S.C. hospitals trim Medicare readmissions by 15%

South Carolina ranked ninth nationally in the percentage reduction of hospital readmissions, according to Medicare claims data. The reduction means more than 1,400 hospital stays were avoided, resulting in cost savings of more than $14 million. Read More...

South State net income up 43.2% in Q2

The second quarter was highlighted by organic loan growth of $195 million, said Robert Hill Jr., CEO of recently rebranded South State Corp. Read More...


Aflac earnings fall to $810 million in Q2

The provider of individual and group supplemental insurance, which employs about 900 people in Columbia, aims to revamp its U.S. operations by Oct. 1 to boost sales. Read More...

GADC’s new top executive coming from York County

FarrisThe Greenville Area Development Corp. has hired longtime York County Economic Development Director J. Mark Farris as its second president and CEO. Farris will start work Sept. 15, succeeding Kevin Landmesser, who has held the positions on an interim basis and will stay on as senior vice president. Read More...