SC business notebook

December 19, 2012 

Chemical company to expand in Orangeburg

Albemarle Corp., a producer of specialty chemicals, said Tuesday it will expand its existing operations in Orangeburg County. The $65 million investment is expected to create 20 new jobs over the next five years.

The expansion at the three-decade-old plant will occur by 2016 and will consist of four separate projects.

‘Botel’ gets nod from Beaufort commission

Beaufort City Council is expected to consider whether to allow boat hotels at the city’s downtown marina. The local planning commission has approved the concept of the boats, dubbed “botels.”

The owner of a 93-foot yacht has proposed renting rooms overnight when his yacht is at the marina. But the city’s downtown marina has rules to protect the environment and limit commercial enterprises.

City planner Libby Anderson says the staff has concerns about the concept but said city ordinances could be changed to allow up to six boats renting five rooms each at designated docks. The proposal still must be considered by city council.

Santee Cooper: 4 units to close at end of month

Santee Cooper says four of its power-generating units will be shut down at the end of the month.

The state-owned utility said the two units at the Jefferies Generating Station in Moncks Corner and the two units at Grainger Generating Station in Conway will be permanently shut down Dec. 31.

Santee Cooper’s board voted to shut down six units at the plants in October after considering the cost of complying with more stringent environmental regulations.

Santee Cooper said no layoffs are expected because employees at the plants will be moved to other jobs that have opened up through attrition.

Instagram ad policy change riles users

Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.

It’s not clear that anything substantive has changed in Instagram’s new terms of service, which were posted Monday and go into effect Jan. 16. As is the case before, the service reserves the right to use shared photos in any matter it likes, though the photographers keep “ownership” of the photos.

The updated terms of service say users agree their photos could be used “in connection with paid or sponsored content.” The current terms say the service can place ads “on, about or in conjunction with your Content.”

The fast-growing site is a popular way to share photos from cell phones. Facebook Inc. bought Instagram in September.

From Wire and Staff Reports

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