May 22, 2014

SC business notebook, May 22

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Chemical maker to employ 20 at $40 million plant

An Ohio chemical manufacturer broke ground Wednesday on a sodium bisulfate facility in Richburg. The Jones-Hamilton Company is investing $40 million in the 43,000-square-foot facility, which it said includes a reactor, 115-foot spray/congealing tower, a 139-foot-tall bucket elevator and a rail connection. It will employ 20 full-time workers in Chester County when it is complete in April. Sodium bisulfate is a dry acid used in cleaning products, water treatment, poultry production and food.

Former Orangeburg newspaper publisher dies at 81

The longtime publisher of The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat, Dean Bennette Livingston, has died at age 81. The newspaper reported Livingston died Tuesday in Columbia. The veteran journalist retired as the newspaper’s publisher in 1999 after 37 years. Livingston began delivering the newspaper at age 8, and worked his way up through the news, advertising and circulation departments. He became managing editor after attending the University of South Carolina and serving in the Air Force. He was named publisher at age 29. Livingston saw the newspaper through a major fire in 1972, making sure it published the next day. He served as president of the South Carolina Press Association in 1969, and was an advocate of the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

PetSmart will stop selling dog, cat treats made in China

PetSmart said it will join rival Petco and stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of ongoing fears that the treats are making pets sick. Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration haven’t been able to prove that treats made in China are making pets ill. But since 2007, the agency has received more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses and more than 1,000 reports of dog deaths after eating Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats. PetSmart Inc., which runs more than 1,300 stores, plans to have the treats off of its shelves by March 2015. A spokeswoman the “vast majority” of treats sold in its stores are not made in China. Rival Petco is removing them from its 1,300 stores by the end of this year.

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