Business

130 new jobs coming to Chapin with Signode expansion

The town of Chapin and Lexington County will see $15 million in investment and 130 new jobs with an expansion of Signode. The company, which manufacturers and distributors of protective packaging systems, has announced plans to locate in an existing facility. “Signode is extremely excited to open up a brand new plant and product line in Chapin, S.C.  We thank the…

Shives Funeral Home breaks ground on new location to service Northeast Richland County

Shives Funeral Home announced it would add a second location in the Columbia area, expanding its services for families in the Midlands. Shives Funeral Home celebrated the groundbreaking of their newest location on Trenholm Road Extension on March 27. (photo by Burton Fowles) The family-owned-and-operated company broke ground on a new chapel last week at 7600 Trenholm Road Extension near…

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative to hold annual meeting this week

The Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative annual meeting will be held Friday at Lexington High School. Co-op members may begin registering at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and the business session will follow registration at 7:30 p.m. Members will vote to elect their fellow members to the board of trustees and also will vote on the candidates for the Nominating and Qualifications Committee. Co-op…

On Call Plumbing, Heating and Air selects new vice president

Mike Jones has been named vice president of On Call Plumbing, Heating and Air. (photo provided) On Call Plumbing, Heating and Air has named Mike Jones as its new vice president. On Call announced Wednesday that Jones, a 30-year veteran of the industry, would be joining the Midlands-based company. Coming from northern Illinois, he previously has held multiple titles, including project…

Carl Blackstone selected as new president, CEO of Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of its new leader to helm the business-friendly organization. Resident Carl Blackstone will serve as chamber president and chief executive officer beginning Monday. “I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and serve this thriving community,” Blackstone said. “I am excited about the…

Marwin plant relocation to bring more jobs to Lexington County

A local manufacturer is in the process of relocating its operations across town, and the result will be new jobs for the area. The Marwin Co., a manufacturer of folding attic stairways, bi-fold doors, mirror bi-folds and pocket door frames, is moving from its Columbia location to the joint industrial park of Lexington and Calhoun counties. Lexington County Council approved…

Love Chevrolet donates vehicle for security team at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge

Pictured with Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge’s new vehicle are Samuel Tenenbaum, president of Palmetto Health Foundation; Michael Love, president of Love Automotive Group; Sarah Kirby, Acute Care Executive for Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge; and Bernard Bourne, director of safety and security for Palmetto Health. (photo provided) The Midlands’ newest hospital campus now has a brand-new vehicle with the help of…

Columbia welcomes River Rat Brewery at Monday grand opening

Locals stop by River Rat Brewery on Shop Road to grab a pint Monday during the grand opening. (photo by Rachel Ham) Weeks of anticipation led to a large crowd at the grand opening of Columbia’s latest small business, River Rat Brewery. The brewery’s name is inspired by the Broad River that winds through the Midlands. The brewery is the…

Lexington brewpub celebrates one year, makes plans to ‘go green’

Old Mill Brewpub owners (center) John and Kelly Clinger and their children, Aleah and Pierce, celebrate one year of business in downtown Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) Kelly and John Clinger arrived in Lexington nearly 10 years ago and immediately knew it was a place they wanted to put down roots. Today, the couple are successful business owners running a…

New women’s clothing, accessories store opening in The Vista

A boutique that’s been a success in several college towns will soon be opening its doors in Columbia’s Vista. The new Entourage store at 701 Lady St. in the Vista (photo by Allen Wallace) Entourage Clothing and Gifts will hold its grand opening at 10 a.m. March 7, offering women’s clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as gifts and small home…

Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism appoints new CEO

Bill Ellen is the new president and CEO for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism. (photo provided) A Midlands leader in promoting the region’s accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions has chosen a new president and CEO. The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism announced Feb. 18 that Bill Ellen is stepping into the role and will head…

Local real estate adviser picked for city of Columbia Planning Commission seat

The city of Columbia has announced the newest member of the city’s planning team. Local real estate consultant Dale Stigamier was appointed to the city’s planning commission. He will serve a three-year term. Dale Stigamier. (photo provided). “I was very excited to have the opportunity to give back. I’ve been in the development business for my entire career,” Stigamier said….

Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation for police, EMTS, firefighters until March 3

Liberty Tax Service is honoring the work of public safety workers by offering free tax preparation to police officers, emergency medical technicians and firefighters. Individuals can get their taxes prepared for free from now until March 3 at participating locations in the Columbia area. Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation for public servant (photo provided). “This is just our…

Palmetto Baptist Parkridge open house set for March 1

Palmetto Health’s brand-new medical facility will be revealed to the public in less than two weeks. An open house at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge is set for March 1, and residents are invited to drop in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Palmetto Health personnel will be on hand throughout the day to give tours. Food will be available for…

Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet serves up global fare in Columbia

Flaming Grill Supreme Grill opened in Columbia in early January. (photo by Rachel Ham) Featuring cuisine from countries that span the globe, Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet has something for a variety of taste buds. Owner Jayden Chen and manager Kirby Cheong opened the restaurant in Columbia with the goal of providing a place where anyone can find an item he or she…

Providence Hospitals names interim CEO after George Zara’s retirement

Michael French has taken over duties as interim CEO at Providence Hospitals. (photo provided) Beginning Feb. 17, Providence Hospitals has a new interim CEO. Officials announced Monday that Michael French will serve in the position while the search for a permanent CEO continues in the wake of George Zara’s retirement earlier in February. French’s experience in the healthcare field spans…

Carolina Couture opens new location in downtown Columbia

Carolina Couture has dresses for many special occasions. (photo by Rachel Ham) Hundreds of sequins, yards and yards of tulle and nearly every color of dress imaginable fill up the showroom racks at Carolina Couture in downtown Columbia. Carolina Couture relocated from Lexington to 929 Gervais St. this January and features countless designers of formal wear, prom and bridal attire….

Bikram Yoga Columbia expands to Irmo

The business that brought famously hot yoga to the famously hot city has expanded into Irmo. Participants stretch their flexibility Saturday in a Bikram Yoga Columbia class at the new Irmo location. (photo by Allen Wallace) Bikram Yoga Columbia held a grand opening this weekend for its new location off Harbison Boulevard, at 1150 F4 Bower Parkway behind Wild Wing Cafe….

Books-A-Million on Forest Drive to close in March

Another chain bookstore in Columbia will be going out of business. The Books-A-Million in Trenholm Plaza at 4840 Forest Drive will close permanently March 15, according to employees at the store. The closing will leave the Books-A-Million in the Village at Sandhills as the only one in Columbia. The store’s Harbison Boulevard location was replaced last year by 2nd &…

North Columbia Business Association endorses Bull Street Development

Within the first few minutes after Veronica Rodriguez was recognized as president and chair of the North Columbia Business Association, Government Affairs Coordinator Donald Gist announced that the NCBA officially would endorse the Bull Street Development project. North Columbia Business Association Government Affairs coordinator Donald Gist announces the Bull Street endorsement. (photo by Kelly Petty) NCBA’s public endorsement of the…

New Hobby Lobby on Two Notch Road celebrates grand opening

Residents in Northeast Richland County welcomed the grand opening of Hobby Lobby on Monday morning. The 50,000-square-foot craft store is on Two Notch Road across from the Village at Sandhills and offers a plethora of crafts and home goods. Hobby Lobby opens on Two Notch Road. “We’re just happy to be here,” said manager Sarah Polley. Polley said it took…

North Columbia Business Association names Veronica Rodriquez president and chair

Veronica Rodriquez is the new chairman of the board for the North Columbia Business Association. (photo provided) The North Columbia Business Association announced at a Monday news conference that Veronica Rodriguez had been appointed president and chair of the board of directors. Established in 2008 by Executive Director Sabrina Odom, the organization seeks to unite all businesses in the North…

Lexington Cardiology welcomes interventional cardiologist

Dr. Robert Leonardi is the newest face at Lexington Cardiology. (photo provided) Lexington Cardiology has 11 board-certified cardiologists with the practice’s latest addition, Dr. Robert A. Leonardi. A part of the Lexington Medical Center network of care, Lexington Cardiology has offices in downtown Columbia and West Columbia. The practice offers cardiac consultation and evaluations, echocardiograms, nuclear stress testing, vascular studies,…