Business Notebook

March 4, 2013 

Local & State

Midlands

Greenville, Columbia tax firms to merge

Greenville-based Johnstone, Graydon & Thompson CPA’s and Columbia-based Scott and Company will merge in June, the companies said Monday. Leaders at both tax and consulting firms voted to approve the merger. The company will operate under the name Scott and Company, and both Greenville offices will relocate to one site. The combined company will have about 30 employees providing a range of tax services to clients throughout the Southeast.

Coast

Continental Tire plans storage complex

Continental Tire has announced plans to create a storage complex on the north end of the former Naval Base in Charleston. The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports that the complex marks the first industrial development planned on the former Naval Base following settlement of an intergovernmental dispute over rail access. Continental manufactures tires in Sumter County. City officials said they have been told the company is expected to store raw materials and finished products at the base site. The S.C. Department of Commerce Division of Public Railways owns the land, which the city has agreed to rezone for heavy industrial use.

Upstate

Manufacturer to expand in Lancaster County

Thomas & Betts Corp., a manufacturer of steel power transmission structures for the utility industry, will expand its Lancaster County plant, increasing its number of employees by about 30 percent this year. The company plans to add shifts to meet increased demands for its products utility transmission poles. The company began hiring for CNC operators, welders, fitters and other positions in January. For jobs, call the SC Works Lancaster Center at (803) 285-6966.

Nation & World

Obama adviser advocates for unlocking mobile devices

An Obama administration adviser says the White House believes smartphone and tablet users should be allowed to unlock their phones and use the devices on the network of their choosing. In a blog post entitled “It’s time to legalize cell phone unlocking,” R. David Edelman, White House adviser on Internet, innovation and privacy, responded to a petition about the issue by saying the administration feels consumers should be allowed to unlock their phones without civil or criminal penalties, especially if the phones were purchased secondhand or as gifts. Edelman says the administration’s opinion on the matter also goes for tablets, since they are becoming similar to smartphones.

The Associated Press contributed.

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