SC business notebook

March 28, 2013 

Manufacturer will expand Richland County facility

A manufacturer of foil- and film-based packaging for the pharmaceutical and food industries will expand its Richland County production facility, investing $12 million and creating 15 new jobs, the S.C. Department of Commerce said Thursday. Austria-based Constantia Hueck Foils LLC, which has been in the Midlands since 1997, will add 15,000-square-feet and additional equipment to its Northpoint production facility in Blythewood. Construction is expected to begin next month and be completed by October. Hiring will begin this summer.

Boeing CEO confident 787 will be ready to fly soon

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney is sure his company is “very close” to getting its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet back flying again. “We have a high degree of confidence in the technical solution we are testing right now with the FAA,” McNerney said Thursday. “I think it will be sooner than later.” Boeing started flight testing a solution to the 787’s battery problems Monday. Those problems led regulators to ground the plane in January. McNerney expects the tests to conclude in a few days and said the data should be conclusive enough to convince regulators to let the plane fly again. The company continues to manufacture 787s at its plant in North Charleston.

Second round of anti-smoking ads launched

Government health officials launched the second round of a graphic ad campaign Thursday that is designed to get smokers off tobacco, saying they believe the last effort convinced tens of thousands to quit. The CDC campaign cost $48 million and includes TV, radio and online spots as well as print ads and billboards. The spending comes as the agency is facing a tough budget squeeze, but officials say the ads should more than pay for themselves by averting future medical costs to society.

Cyprus banks reopen after two weeks

Banks in Cyprus reopened for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday and prohibited people from withdrawing all their savings and triggering further chaos in the country’s financial system. The limits on transactions, which include caps on withdrawals and money leaving the country, are a first in the 14-year history of the euro. Across Cyprus, large but orderly lines formed ahead of the opening of banks for six hours from noon, and guards from private security firms reinforced police outside some ATMs and banks in the capital, Nicosia. People filed calmly into banks once they had opened, and no crowd issues were reported.

The Associated Press contributed.

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