SC business notebook, June 6

SCE&G plans to close two plants this year

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. says it will close two coal-powered generating stations near Walterboro by the end of the year. SCE&G will close the plants at the Canadys Station four years ahead of the previous schedule, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported. SCE&G originally had planned to convert the plants to use natural gas before retiring them in 2017. The Cayce-based utility closed another coal-fired plant last year. The plants are among the company’s oldest and smallest coal-fired plants, ranging 45 to 57 years old. Retiring the older coal plants will help SCE&G meet environmental regulations, officials said. The utility also plans to convert two plants near Irmo and one near Aiken to use natural gas, before they close in 2018.

Connecticut firearms company to visit Horry County

Mark Malkowski, CEO of Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn., confirmed Wednesday morning that his company will be the second firearms manufacturer to visit Horry County. The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. earlier hosted PTR Industries, another gun manufacturer in what is known as Connecticut’s Gun Valley. Josh Fiorini, CEO of PTR, said his decision to move the company from Connecticut was a result of a new state law banning the sale of the assault weapons PTR manufactures. Malkowski said his company’s search already has taken him to Texas and that the trip to Horry County is the only other one he’s planned.

Dialysis center in Gaston will open in coming weeks

Construction is complete on a dialysis center in Gaston, and it will open to patients in coming weeks. The 5,930-square-foot facility at 5224 Highway 321 in Gaston will offer 10 dialysis stations. It will be operated by Denver-based DaVita Healthcare. OGA, a real estate services and development firm based in Nashville, oversaw the project.

Bryan Betts, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News and The Associated Press contributed.