Kara Gormley Meador takes new job in Columbia

November 2, 2013 

Gormley Meador joins NP Strategy

Kara Gormley Meador, a former TV reporter in the Midlands, has taken a new job with NP Strategy as part of its team of communications and strategy development professionals, the company said Friday. Managing director Leighton Lord said the team “needs Kara’s deep understanding of the media, public relations and business.” Gormley Meador was a fixture in the Columbia TV market for more than a decade, including two stops at WIS-TV. She also is on the coaching faculty at The Buckley School of Public Speaking.

Sports tourism complex in the works

Sports tourism is one of the industry’s fastest-growing sectors, and South Carolina’s Grand Strand is taking advantage. The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News reported Friday that a new sports tourism complex in North Myrtle Beach will be finished next spring and is expected to attract about 20,000 participants by the end of 2014. When spending by entire families is considered, that’s expected to mean a $15 million tourism impact. So far, 63 events have already been scheduled at the complex that will open in March. The complex can be used for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. The 160-acre site also has a meadow, an amphitheater, a playground, a dog park and picnic shelters. In addition, Myrtle Beach has just broken ground on a $15 million indoor sports complex near the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The new complexes will allow more sports tournaments to be held in the area outside of the prime tourist season. In the past, such events were held at local schools.

Logistics company to create nearly 150 jobs

A logistics company whose parent firm already operates a plant in South Carolina is establishing its North American headquarters in Greenville County and plans to create almost 150 jobs. The state Commerce Department announced Friday that KI Logistics will invest more than $11 million in the new facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. The company is a subsidiary of Kimura, Inc. In addition to the headquarters, the company plans to establish a logistics operation at the site. Kimura’s already operates a 70,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in Laurens.

Wal-Mart pushing up holiday deals

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping. The world’s largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and so-called Cyber Monday. Shoppers will be able to purchase the items online starting shortly after midnight Friday. At the same time, Walmart.com will be pushing another 300 holiday deals on its website, from toys to home decor.

The Associated Press contributed.

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