Boatmakers shore up Midlands manufacturing scene

Falcon Boats employee Jonathan Gibson works on a boat in the company’s factory in Newberry. (Photo/Jeff Blake)Two recently launched businesses are spearheading the revitalization of the Midlands’ marine industry: Sea Pro Boats has been operating in Whitmire since fall, and marine startup Falcon Boats began operations in Newberry in March. They represent a resurgence in S.C. industry and the overall recovery from the Great Recession, which hit luxury markets such as boating particularly hard. Read More...

Columbia, Charlotte airports brace for busy Memorial Day weekend

Dan Mann - airport story art 5-26Charlotte Douglas International Airport has taken steps, including hiring 40 workers to expedite the check-in process, to keep up with holiday traffic expected to grow 6% from last year. Columbia Metropolitan Airport has, for the most part, avoided the problems that have plagued larger cities despite increased passenger volume.  Read More...

Analysis shows S.C. construction employment drops 900 jobs in April

The Associated General Contractors of America said April’s slowdown in monthly job growth was likely driven by mild winter weather that allowed firms to start their spring hiring season early, but cautioned that many firms will have a hard time finding qualified workers as demand grows. Read More...

Trenholm Road property sold to national memory care facility

Memory Care America will open a 64-bed facility on 5.75 acres at Trenholm Road Extension and Oneil Court next spring. An elementary school is currently being built on another parcel at the site, which is also slated for mixed-use development.  Read More...

Columbia home sales up 5.5% in April

The S.C. Realtors Association reported sales topped 1,000 residential units in April while the median price climbed 7% to $155,125. Low mortgage rates and low unemployment bode well for future sales, but inventory is tight, a trade group spokesman said. Read More...


Five Points receives five recycling bins

recycling photo 5-26A $5,000 grant from Palmetto Pride will place 13 new bins in Columbia’s three hospitality districts. The Vista and Main Street will receive bins in the coming weeks. Read More...

Lockwood appointed COO of Colliers South Carolina

David Lockwood, executive vice president of Colliers International South Carolina, has been with the company for almost 30 years and is responsible for the Columbia office’s brokerage operations. He also leads the company’s statewide Research, Marketing and Technology departments. Read More...