SC Business Notebook: Rhythmlink announces Richland expansion

06/19/2014 12:00 AM

06/18/2014 9:28 PM

Rhythmlink announces Richland expansion

Rhythmlink International, which makes medical devices, announced Wednesday a $1.4 million expansion in Richland County that is expected to create 50 jobs. The company plans an automated packaging line in a new 1,500-square-foot ISO 8 Certified, Class 100,000 cleanroom at its manufacturing plant at 1140 First St. South in the Columbia Industrial Park, according to a release from S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s office. The company started making medical devices in China 12 years ago, but will move a manufacturing packaging line to South Carolina. The devices made here will be available for sale in about a year. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $50,000 grant for property improvements.

Charleston lures pharmaceuticals companies

A pair of sister companies that are developing pharmaceuticals and supplements are setting up shop in the city of Charleston’s Flagship 2 business incubator. New World Pharmaceuticals LLC and New World Consumer Products LLC said they expect to invest more than $21 million and create more than 38 jobs over the next five years, according to a statement from Gov. Nikki Haley’s office. New World expects to receive an investment from the S.C. Research Authority’s SC Launch venture capital program. The state Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved tax credits that can be claimed as jobs are created. Founded in 2007 in New Jersey, New World Pharmaceuticals is focused on drug delivery systems that remove or mitigate constraints to taking medications and supplements. It is developing two trademarked technologies. New World Consumer Products is launching XRCEL TM, a nutritional supplement described as “sports performance fuel” for athletes.

Blackbaud acquires WhippleHill

Charleston’s Blackbaud Inc. has made an acquisition. The Daniel Island-based company announced Tuesday that it bought WhippleHill Communications Inc., a New Hampshire-based software business that exclusively serves K-12 private schools. The deal is valued at $35 million. The sale closed Monday. Blackbaud develops financial software and related technology services for nonprofit organizations, including private schools, to help them raise money more effectively. The newly acquired business will be merged with Blackbaud’s existing K-12 education unit. The expanded group will be led by former WhippleHill founder Travis Warren, who will report to Kevin Mooney, president of Blackbaud’s general market business division.

O’Donnell Industries expanding

A South Carolina company that makes pet accessories, including pet beds, is expanding, adding about 40 new jobs.

O'Donnell Industries announced on Wednesday it is relocating its manufacturing operations to a new plant in Piedmont that will open next month.

The Greenville company is investing almost $2 million and adding more than 43,000 feet of manufacturing space. The larger plant will allow the company to expand into European markets.

Amazon unveils new phone

Amazon’s new smartphone will serve as your eyes and ears.

Snap a photo of a book title, and it'll show you where to buy it. Listen to a song playing in the background, and it'll direct you to that tune on Amazon.

It can even direct you to knowledge: Snap a shot of a painting, and it'll pull up a Wikipedia entry on it.

The new Firefly feature also lets you snap bar codes, phone numbers and more. It’s part of the new Fire Phone, which Inc. unveiled at a Seattle event Wednesday. Kristy Eppley Rupon, The (Charleston) Post and Courier and The Associated Press contributed.

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