SC business notebook, May 30

05/29/2014 9:03 PM

05/29/2014 9:03 PM

Blythewood Urgent Care closing its doors

Blythewood Urgent Care will close Friday, with emergency medicine physician Dr. Michael Lawhead moving to Parkridge Urgent Care.

The two facilities are part of the Palmetto Health family. Blythewood Urgent Care, at 738 University Village Drive, has notified patients of its closing, according to Palmetto Health. Patients who wish to follow Lawhead to his new position will have to drive across town to the new Parkridge Urgent Care in the Irmo area at 100 Palmetto Health Parkway.

Parkridge will be the only urgent care facility run by Palmetto Health, though there are plenty of other urgent care facilities in the area – including three MEDcare centers, six Lexington Medical Center facilities and 12 Doctors Care facilities in Lexington, Kershaw and Richland counties.

7 businesses bringing 300 jobs to 5 rural counties, Haley announces

Gov. Nikki Haley says seven businesses are bringing a combined 300 jobs to five rural South Carolina counties. Haley was expected to announce the companies’ $38 million total investment Thursday evening at a meeting of the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance, which advocates for the rural region in the state’s southern corner. Of the companies, Dixie Poly-Drum Corp. in Hampton County is hiring the most people, at 84. The largest investment is being made by Kronotex, which plans to spend $29.5 million on its expansion in Barnwell County, creating 28 jobs.

Google reveals workforce is majority male and white

In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is – just 2 percent of its Google employees are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company’s workforce is Asian. The search giant said the transparency about its workforce is an important step toward change. The numbers were part of a report that U.S. employers must file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and are not required to be made public.

Tanning beds, sun lamps to carry warnings against use by anyone under 18

Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18 as the federal government works to reduce rising rates of skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices. The Food and Drug Administration also is requiring additional warnings about cancer risks in pamphlets, catalogues and websites that promote indoor tanning.

Joey Holleman and The Associated Press contributed.

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