BlueCross BlueShield of S.C. opens Greenville retail shop
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina on Monday opened its first Upstate retail store to offer options to consumers looking to buy insurance under the new health care laws. South Carolina BLUE is located at 1025 Woodruff Road, Suite A105, in Greenville’s Magnolia Park shopping center. Five licensed agents will staff the store, selling individual policies and group plans from BlueCross and its subsidiary company, BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina. They also will help existing customers with questions about their health plans. The store is open Mondays through Saturdays. The company plans to open more retail outlets in the state – likely including the Midlands – over the next few years.
Copper pipe plant expected to employ 10 to 12 workers
ROCK HILL When PDM US Corp. opens its Rock Hill plant in June the pre-insulated copper pipe coming off the machines will be quickly out the door. The company already has a big back order. PDM US Corp. announced Wednesday it is investing $1.33 million to buy equipment and renovate the former Samuel Strapping building at 640 Cel-River Road. The plant initially plans to have two shifts, needing about 10 to 12 operators, said Tomasso Deserti, the company’s vice president. Over time, the company could hire as many as 20 people, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.
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Wrigley temporarily taking caffeinated gum off market
WASHINGTON Wrigley says it is taking a new caffeinated gum off the market temporarily as the Food and Drug Administration investigates the safety of added caffeine. The company said Wednesday that it has stopped new sales and marketing of Alert Energy Caffeine Gum “out of respect” for the agency. The FDA said it would investigate added caffeine in foods just as Wrigley rolled out Alert late last month. A stick of the gum is equivalent to half a cup of coffee.
The Rock Hill Herald and The Associated Press contributed.