Automotive firm to build plastic parts plant, employ 120
FOUNTAIN INN An automotive company that specializes in plastic parts says it will build a plant in Greenville County that will employ nearly 120 workers. The state Commerce Department said Wednesday that South Carolina Plastics will spend $12 million to build a plant in Fountain Inn. The company makes parts such as door modules, door handles, cable drum housings and covers for seat belts. The plant is expected to open in February with hiring starting in a few months. The company is getting a state grant of $825,000 to improve the building and prepare the site.
Boeing, GE leasing arm agree on order for 85 737s
NEW YORK Boeing Co. and the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric Co. have agreed on a firm order for 85 737s. The planes are worth $6 billion at list prices, although discounts for major customers are common. The order includes 75 737 MAX 8s and 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. First announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July, the order allows for the purchase of up to 15 extra 737-800s. On Monday, Chicago-based Boeing also said Brazilian airline GOL bought 60 of the 737 MAX, a more efficient version of the 737 that is due out in 2015. Boeing manufacturers a line of its 787s in North Charleston.
Politically inclined JetBlue passengers can win temporary escape from U.S. after election
NEW YORK In a marketing gimmick that piggybacks on next month’s presidential election, JetBlue is offering a way for Americans to make good on threats to leave the country if “the other guy” wins. The New York airline said Wednesday that it will give away 2012 seats, or 1,006 round-trip flights, for customers that come out on the losing end of the battle between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Travelers who visit jetblue.com/electionprotection and pick their choice for President will be entered into the contest to win a (temporary) escape outside the U.S. International routes include Mexico and the Caribbean.
T-Mobile, MetroPCS to combine to compete better with three larger rivals
NEW YORK T-Mobile and MetroPCS have agreed to combine their struggling cellphone businesses in a deal aimed at letting them compete better with their three larger rivals. The combined company will use the T-Mobile brand and have 42.5 million subscribers. Although T-Mobile will stay No. 4 among U.S. wireless companies, it will get access to more space on the airwaves, a critical factor as cellphone carriers try to expand their capacity for wireless broadband. The deal still has to be approved by shareholders of both companies and the government.
The Associated Press contributed.