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Samsung to open $380 million plant In Newberry County, bringing 950 jobs

Samsung announced Wednesday, via a governor’s office release, that it is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. Newberry County is in close proximity to Richland and Lexington counties. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years. Located at 284 Mawsons…

BMW announces expansion, Gov. Henry McMaster issues statement

Gov. Henry McMaster  released the following statement Monday in response to the announcement of BMW Manufacturing Co.’s $600 million expansion and the creation of 1,000 new jobs in South Carolina: “BMW is the company that, in many ways, put South Carolina on the map when its leadership decided to build its first North American manufacturing facility in Spartanburg 25 years…

First Heritage Credit in West Columbia cuts ribbon

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for First Heritage Credit.  First Heritage Credit is at 2406-G Augusta Road, West Columbia. In the photo are: Michael Calvert, special assistant to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson; and from First Heritage: David George: West Columbia Branch manger; Melissa Shirey: West Columbia Account Manger; David Hoard: District Manager of Columbia Area; Brant Davis: Lexington Branch…

Palmetto Health Foundation honors Bill McDaniels with naming of lobby

Palmetto Health Foundation and Palmetto Health leaders presented The Bill McDaniels Lobby at Palmetto Health Tuesday. The lobby, located on the 11th floor at Palmetto Health Richland, honors McDaniels for 27 years of support. He has supported Palmetto Health Cancer Centers through the McDaniels Golf Classic, an annual signature fundraising event. McDaniels has been instrumental in raising more than $4.5…

State’s unemployment rate at record low

South Carolina’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May. That is the lowest rate the state has had since December 2000, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The state’s rate was 4.3 percent in April. Richland County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in May, rising from 3.5 percent in April. Lexington County’s unemployment rate rose to 3.1…

Two Columbia businesses complete contracts for industrial properties

Two Columbia businesses have completed contracts for industrial properties via NAI Avant this week. ADL Logistics, has leased 15,000-sq.-ft. at 1505 Key Road near Williams-Brice Stadium. Southern Lubricants has purchased an approximately 66,500-sq.-ft. industrial building at 1703 Atlas Road. NAI Avant announced the ADL deal in a press release, Thursday. The Southern Lubricants transaction was announced earlier this week. ADL Delivery…

Lexington Hometown Sears store plans “refresh”

Sears Hometown Store in Lexington is planning a refresh and a grand reopening celebration June 16-17. The announcement of the refresh came a day after Sears said it will close 72 Sears stores, auto centers and K-Mart stores. During the celebration weekend of the Sears Lexington store, customers will be offered discounts on almost everything in the store, according to a…

Batesburg-Leesville considering hospitality tax

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Council discussed the the feasibility of a hospitality tax, Monday at a work session, according to Ted Luckadoo, B-L’s town manager. Luckadoo detailed the hospitality tax meeting in a press release. A local hospitality tax of 2% sales tax would be added to prepared food and beverages. Its revenue would be used for projects related to tourism,…

Mungo Homes moves up in 2 building industry rankings

Mungo Homes, based in Irmo, has moved up in the 2016 National Home Builder rankings. The distinctions were included in a company press release, Thursday. Builder magazine, which bases rankings on units closed, lists Mungo Homes – with 1,512 closings. Mungo is ranked as the 35th largest builder in the country. It has moved up from a ranking of 38…

Columbia’s last Sears store closing, West Columbia K-Mart not on close list

Sears announced Wednesday that 72 more stores are being closed nationwide. On the list is the Sears store and Auto Center on Two Notch Road at the Columbia Place Mall. The closing list of stores includes 49 K-Marts, 16 Sears and and seven Sears auto centers. Click for closing list on Business Insider The Columbia Sears store will close in…

West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…

Columbia’s Cohn Construction Services relocates to 1556 Main Street

Cohn Construction Services has relocated their corporate office to 1556 Main Street. 1556 Main Street is a 4-story 31,000-square foot building is located on the corner of Main Street and Taylor Street. Its occupants include 1556 Main Street Public House, Ally & Eloise bakery and now Cohn Construction Services. The interior office space renovation preserved many of the original building…

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor, says report

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor according to a report on Collier’s International-South Carolina Webpage. A partial report is listed under Quarter One 2017 of the “Columbia Retail Market Report.” The report reads: “The Lexington County retail corridor is a 2-mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard from North Lake Drive to the Target-anchored Lexington Pavilion shopping center. The corridor is booming,…

Ribbon cut on Batteries + Bulbs store in West Columbia

The ribbon was cut on the new Batteries + Bulbs store at  2400-B Augusta Rd. in West Columbia , Tuesday morning. Pictured are: Dondee Lewis of the Greater-Cayce West Columbia Chamber Board, Anna Huffman, public information officer for the City of West Columbia, B.J. Unthank, economic development director, City of West Columbia, Todd Karnes, manager of Batteries + Bulbs, Bates…

Finkel Law Firm extends lease at Columbia’s Capitol Center

The Finkel Law Firm has extended its lease at Columbia’s Capitol Center. NAI Avant senior brokers Paul Hartley, and Roger Winn, with assistance from broker Paul Paschal, recently facilitated a lease recast and long-term lease extension. The lease is for 10,832 sq.-ft. of Class A office space in the Capitol Center located at 1201 Main Street in downtown Columbia. Hartley,…

Brain Freeze cuts the ribbon on Knox-Abbott Drive, Cayce

The ribbon-cutting for Brain Freeze was held Friday. It’s at 906 Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce. Brain Freeze sells ice cream, cotton candy, cookies, Italian ice, Kettle Korn and more. Pictured are Vaughan Dozier of the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Board, Danny Melane of Brain Freeze, Dondee Lewis of the Chamber, Navasia Frazier, Kia Usher, Eric Usher and Tre Jackson of…

BullStreet seniors residential project announced

The second BullStreet neighborhood residential project in as many months has been announced.  The latest is Merrill Gardens, an inter-generational seniors community featuring independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments. The project was announced in a press release Wednesday morning. A joint venture of developers from Seattle, WA and Charleston, chose BullStreet because of the uniquely urban experience being created on the old State Hospital Campus. The senior living apartments will…

West Columbia is full of summer fun and activities

The Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived at what is now the Congaree River in West Columbia on April 21, 1540. He described the site as alive with the activity of the Native American tribes that inhabited the area. As spring 2017 progresses, West Columbia river-users are filled with the same excitement of the ages, rising from all of the…

Lowe’s Foods’ ribbon-cutting in Lexington attracts large crowd

Lowe’s Company Photo Provided. A new grocery store has come to the Midlands. Lowe’s Foods cut the ribbon on its first store in the Midlands, Wednesday. It’s at the corner of Charter Oak Road and Augusta Road in Lexington, across from Lexington High School. Despite a day that included a tornado warning, a large crowd, overflowing the parking lot, showed…

MCEC VP Troy Simpson says “be compassionate” in address to C-WC Chamber Breakfast

MCEC VP Troy Simpson (ColaDaily Photo) Be compassionate. That was the message delivered by Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Vice President. He spoke at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, Tuesday morning. It was at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Simpson conceded that kindness is not normally associated with a power company. But he said his company values compassion. Simpson…

Copper Barn Furniture, rustic classic, but not typical on North Main Street

Copper Barn Furniture (ColaDaily Photos) Copper Barn Furniture is in the middle of its grand opening. It is one of the newest additions to Columbia’s North Main Street. The store was developed by Josh and Stephanie Wilson. With a slightly rustic but classic feel, one doesn’t even recognize the space as the old If It’s Paper building. Corrugated tin, dark…

China Hengshi Foundation Company launching Richland County operations, to bring jobs

Fiberglass Manufacturer Investing $11.1 Million And Creating 48 Jobs

China Hengshi Foundation Company, a fiberglass fabric provider, is locating new operations in Richland County. The company’s new facility is expected to bring $11.1 million in capital in investment and lead to the creation of 48 jobs. Founded in 2000, China Hengshi specializes in the research, development, production and marketing of a variety of fiber-weaving products for export around the…

City of West Columbia embarks upon revitalization and redevelopment plan

Meeting Street, West Columbia. (ColaDaily Photos) West Columbia City Council approved a revitalization and redevelopment plan at meeting earlier this week. The winning proposals from Redevelopment Management Associates  presented ideas to plan growth for the West Columbia area as well as concentrate on some residential areas to stimulate economic development and investment. Redevelopment Management Associates  was chosen for the City…

Lugoff Automotive Group receives Business Partner of the Year Award from Kershaw County Chamber

Presentation to Lugoff Automotive Group. (Photos Submitted) Lugoff Automotive Group has received a 2016-2017 Kershaw County Business Partner of the Year Award from the The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. The group was nominated by Kershaw County School District is an effort to acknowledge the time and resources the group gives to local schools. Jennifer McElveen of Lugoff Automotive Group accepted the…