SC business notebook, June 5

Construction company changes name, gets new look

A Columbia-based construction project management firm is getting a new name and a new look. LCK Construction Services announced Tuesday that it had shortened its name to LCK and redesigned its logo with a bright blue and green color scheme. Founded more than 18 years ago, LCK has more than $150 million of projects in progress.

Georgia governor agrees to move forward on deepening port

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he’s willing to use state money to start deepening the Port of Savannah’s busy shipping channel without waiting for funding from Washington as long as the federal government promises to pay its share of the $652 million project later. Speaking to reporters during a stop in Savannah, Deal cautioned that a couple of bureaucratic hurdles remain before funding issues get finalized. But he said it’s still possible for dredging to begin before the end of the year. Deal already has $231 million in state funding set aside for the Savannah harbor expansion. Savannah and other East Coast seaports are racing to deepen their harbors to make room for supersized cargo ships expected to begin arriving via an expanded Panama Canal in 2015.

Metal company to expand in Anderson County, add 6 jobs

A metal components company is investing $3.7 million to expand its operations in Anderson County, the S.C. Department of Commerce said Tuesday. Sekido Technology Corp.’s investment will add space and equipment to its Williamston plant, along with six new jobs. The company makes metal components for the automotive and tool industries. South Carolina has attracted more than $9 billion in investment and more than 23,000 jobs in manufacturing since January 2011, according to Gov. Nikki Haley’s office.

VA computers have been hacked several times, ex-official says

A former computer security chief at the Department of Veterans Affairs is telling lawmakers that at least eight foreign-sponsored organizations have hacked into the department’s computer networks in recent years or were actively trying to do so. Jerry Davis served as the VA’s chief information security officer until February 2013. He says in written testimony Tuesday to a House subcommittee that the VA became aware of the computer hacking in March 2010 and that attacks continue “to this very day.” The intrusions raise the potential for identity theft.

Bryan Betts and The Associated Press contributed.