Local & State
Refrigerated warehouse eyed for Greer port
The South Carolina State Ports Authority is considering whether to have a private business put a refrigerated warehouse at its new inland port in Greer. Ports Authority president and chief executive officer Jim Newsome tells The (Charleston) Post and Courier that the inland port is close to a lot of chicken and turkey processing plants in the Carolinas. The $25 million inland port opened a year ago, and currently does not handle any refrigerated cargo.
Ex-councilman gets more prison time
A former Anderson County councilman already convicted of running a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to more time in prison. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Wednesday that 67-year-old Ronnie Wilson was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to authorities about his hidden assets. Wilson already is serving 19 years for mail fraud. Prosecutors say he and another man promised to buy and sell silver for hundreds of customers through Atlantic Bullion & Coin but invested little of the $90 million they took in.
Textile plant to create 35 jobs
Standard Textile will undertake a $5 million expansion of its Union County manufacturing facility, creating 35 jobs, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Commerce Wednesday. The Cincinnati, Ohio, company serves customers in the health care, hospitality, interior products, and industrial apparel marketplaces. The 39,000-square-foot expansion will allow the plant to accommodate increasing terry towel finishing capabilities and marks the beginning of plan to bring manufacturing back in a significant way to the company’s U.S. plants. For jobs: www.readysc.org/standardtextile
Nation & World
Dreamliner delivery delayed
American Airlines will have to wait longer to get its first highly touted Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, as delays in installing lie-flat seats in the premium cabins will push its delivery into the new year, American confirmed Wednesday. The airline, now the world’s largest since combining a year ago with US Airways, was supposed to take delivery in November, only to have the date pushed back to this month and then into the first quarter of 2015.
McDonald’s to trim menu
McDonald’s is planning to trim its menu, review its cooking methods and maybe even get rid of some of the ingredients it uses to change perceptions that it serves junk food. CEO Don Thompson sought to reassure investors Wednesday that such changes will help strengthen the chain’s appeal as it fights to hold onto customers.
Instagram passes Twitter in users
Instagram now has more than 300 million users worldwide, making it bigger than Twitter. The popular photo-sharing app announced its latest user figures in a blog post from chief executive Kevin Systrom on Wednesday, saying users share more than 70 million photos and videos every day.