SC business notebook

January 10, 2013 

Lumber company adding 50 jobs as demand increases

A Grand Strand lumber company is adding more than 50 jobs because of increased demand as the housing industry rebounds from the Great Recession. Doug Warstler of Canfor Southern Pine in Myrtle Beach says the 56 new jobs are being added to the company’s plant in Conway. The company will be eligible for a $1,000 tax credit for each new job, and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. will give the company an additional $135,000 when all 56 jobs are created.

BMW opens $5 million health center for workers

BMW has opened a new $5 million health center for its workers at its plant in Greer, the (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal has reported. The center will provide health, dental, vision and physical therapy services to full-time BMW employees, eligible retirees and their dependents. The center is operated by a division of Walgreens Co., and includes 18 exam rooms, a vision center, a dental office, physical therapy room and a pharmacy. It expects to have 60 health professionals by the end of the year. BMW employs more than 7,000 people.

Despite problems, Boeing has confidence in Dreamliner

Boeing said Wednesday it has “extreme confidence” in its 787 Dreamliner even as federal investigators try to determine the cause of a fire that has prompted new worries about the plane. The fire happened Monday in one of the plane’s lithium ion batteries. Mike Sinnett, Boeing’s chief engineer for 787, wouldn’t comment on that specific incident, but told reporters that the battery is designed to avoid overheating and the area around the battery is designed to withstand a fire. But questions remain about the high-profile jet, which has a lot riding on it both for Boeing and its airline customers. After a nearly three-year delay, Boeing has delivered 49 of the 787s so far – several of them made at its new plant in Charleston -- and has 800 more on order.

Group that opposed Duke, Progress merger vows to continue fight

A group critical of the merger that made Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. the country’s largest electric company says it will seek to undo or revise the deal in a North Carolina appeals court. NC WARN said Wednesday it is challenging the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s approval of the deal combining Duke Energy with Raleigh-based Progress Energy. The group says the commission’s failure to fully protect consumers from costs to update and expand the company’s nuclear reactors could overwhelm the promised merger-related savings of $650 million. Duke Energy says the group’s bid to undo the six-month-old merger is meritless. The company plans to seek a rate increase within weeks.

The Associated Press contributed.

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