SC business notebook

February 19, 2013 

Home Depot hiring

Home Depot is hiring in Columbia. The home improvement retailer plans to hire 50 part-time permanent employees for its distribution center in West Columbia and another 180 seasonal employees in its Midlands’ stores for the spring season. About half of the retailer’s seasonal jobs turned into permanent positions last year, the company said. Hiring events are planned over the next few weeks, but job seekers must apply first online to be considered for entry into a job fair. Previous experience is not required. To apply, go to and click on either “Distribution Center Hourly” or “In-Store Hourly” in South Carolina.

IntelliSystems now operating in Columbia

IntelliSystems, which performs IT services for small businesses, expanded recently to Columbia. The Augusta company opened an office in the Atrium Building near Greystone Boulevard this month. IntelliSystems, which also has an office in Aiken, is run by president Kevin Wade, who was named the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce for business growth over the past 20 years. The company manages clients’ computer systems and makes recommendations to improve efficiencies, security and emergency backup.

Container volume rising in Port of Charleston

Container volume through the Port of Charleston increased almost 8 percent last month compared to January of last year. The board of the State Ports Authority was also told Tuesday that volume for the first seven months of the fiscal year that began on July 1 is up more than 11 percent. On average, container volume was up about 2 percent nationally in 2012, officials said.

Cruise terminal dispute before courts

The dispute over a permit for a planned $35 million Charleston cruise terminal is now before South Carolina’s Administrative Law Courts. Neighborhood and environmental groups have challenged a permit allowing pilings to be pounded into the Cooper River bottom under an old warehouse that the State Ports Authority plans to convert into the terminal. The permit was issued last year by state regulators. Conservation and environmental groups want an administrative judge to either reverse the permit or consider other locations for the terminal. They say permit review failed to consider the impact of noise, traffic and pollution on the city’s historic district.

Kristy Eppley Rupon and The Associated Press contributed.

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