September 17, 2013

Hannah Horne joins Hilton Head Island chamber

Business notebook: Horne joins Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber; New Boeing 787-9 takes off on test flight; Company’s unmanned rocket to make first supply run to International Space Station; Safeway adopts plan to prevent hostile takeover.

Horne joins Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber

Hannah Horne, a former WIS-TV news anchor and reporter in Columbia, has joined the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce as director of public policy and small business, the chamber said Tuesday. Horne was a morning news anchor and reporter for 12 years until recently leaving the station. Before that, she was business development manager with the S.C. Film Commission, a division of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Horne, a graduate of the University of South Alabama, earned her MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

New Boeing 787-9 takes off on test flight

The first addition to the Boeing 787 family took off Tuesday from Paine Field, near the factory where the plane was assembled, to the cheers of a couple of hundred Boeing employees who watched the blue and white plane with a number 9 on the tail rise into a cloudy sky. The 787-9 is 20 feet longer and can seat 40 more passengers than the original 787-8, which carries between 210 and 250 passengers. The new version of the fuel-efficient, long-haul wide-body known as the Dreamliner also can carry more cargo and fly farther, Boeing spokeswoman Kate Bergman said. The 787-9 has 388 firm orders, which account for 40 percent of all 787 orders, Bergman said. After flight tests and certification, the first 787-9 will be delivered next June to the launch customer, Air New Zealand.

Company’s unmanned rocket to make first supply run to International Space Station

A Virginia company is all set to make its first-ever supply run to the International Space Station. On the eve of its premiere rendezvous mission, Orbital Sciences Corp. said everything looked good for Wednesday’s launch from Virginia’s Eastern Shore. An unmanned Antares rocket was scheduled to blast off from NASA’s Wallops Island Facility at 10:50 a.m., carrying 1,300 pounds of food, clothes and other items as part of a test flight. A Sunday delivery is planned. A launch demo of the rocket in April went well. If this latest mission succeeds, Orbital Sciences will start launching more Cygnus cargo ships under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA. The commercial effort began more than five years ago.

Safeway adopts plan to prevent hostile takeover

Safeway adopted a plan to prevent a hostile takeover after learning of a significant accumulation of its stock by an unnamed investor. The announcement Tuesday sent shares of the grocer spiking to a five-year high. So-called “poison pill” plans allow existing shareholders to acquire more stock at a discounted rate to discourage a takeover by an outside entity. Like other traditional supermarket operators, Safeway is also trying to adapt amid growing competition from big-box retailers, drug stores and specialty stores that have been expanding their grocery sections.

The Associated Press contributed.

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