Business Notebook: S.C. Automotive Council to hold summit in Greenville

December 29, 2012 

The South Carolina Automotive Council will hold its second annual Automotive Summit Feb. 5-7 at The Hyatt in Greenville. The conference is designed as a place for manufacturers from across the state to collaborate on topics such as growing investments, workforce development and the industry’s economic outlook. Sessions will be led by executives of Bosch, Bridgestone, Daimler, and General Dynamics, as well as S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas, will be the keynote speaker. For more information or to register for the summit: scautomotivecouncil.com

Three campgrounds get top marks in national survey

Three Myrtle Beach area campgrounds have received top marks from consumers in a national survey. Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach Travel Park and Willow Tree Resort in Longs were among 42 U.S. campgrounds that received “A” grades through GuestRated.com’s survey. Ocean Lakes is one of nine campgrounds that have earned an “A” every year since the award started in 2008, Willow Tree has made the list for four years and Myrtle Beach Travel Park made the list for the second time. More than 30,000 participated in the online survey, which tracked experiences at 3,200 independent properties affiliated with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Longshoremen agree to contract, averting strike

The union for longshoremen along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico has agreed to extend its contract for 30 days, averting a possible strike that could have crippled operations at ports that handle about 40 percent of all U.S. container cargo, a federal mediator announced Friday. The extension came after the union and an alliance of port operators and shipping lines resolved one of the stickier points in their months-long contract negotiations, involving royalty payments to the longshoremen for each container they unload. Negotiations were expected to continue until at least midnight Friday. Some important contract issues remain to be resolved, but the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, George Cohen, said the agreement on royalties was “a major positive step forward.” The terms of the royalty agreement were not announced.

FDA approves anti-clotting drug

The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the anticlotting drug Eliquis, developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Pfizer Inc. It’s a potential blockbuster drug in a new category of medicines to prevent strokes and heart attacks. The agency previously rejected the drug twice, most recently in June, awaiting additional data from company trials. The FDA cleared the pill for treating the most common type of irregular heartbeat – atrial fibrillation – in patients at risk for strokes or dangerous clots. About a quarter of all people aged 40 and older develop atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the heart’s two upper chambers contract irregularly and don’t pump blood efficiently. Bristol-Myers Squibb shares rose 60 cents, or 2 percent, to $32.50 in after-hours trading.

Kristy Eppley Rupon, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News and The Associated Press contributed.

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