SC business notebook, June 21

Event offers aid to homeowners facing foreclosure

Homeowners facing foreclosure can get help at a June 28 event at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center sponsored by the Hope Now Alliance and Making Home Affordable program. Homeowners can meet with their mortgage company and a HUD-approved counseling agency. Refinance assistance also is available for homeowners who are not delinquent on their mortgage payments. The event runs from 1-8 p.m. at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia.

Grand opening is Thursday for north Columbia Food Park

The North Columbia Business Association will hold the grand opening of The Food Park, a community farmer’s market, at 11 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Main and Newman streets. The celebration will include a healthy cooking demonstration and sampling of healthy smoothies. The market will be open on Thursdays.

Manufacturer of dual-fuel conversion systems plans Beaufort plant with 300 workers

EcoDual Inc. plans to invest $13 million in a Beaufort County plant and create more than 300 jobs over five years. The manufacturer of diesel-to-natural-gas fuel conversion systems announced its plans Thursday. The company is at a temporary facility in Beaufort but plans to build a permanent one within 18 months.

Previously occupied home sales show recovery strengthening

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that’s happened in 31/ 2 years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that home re-sales rose 4.2 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.18 million. That’s up from April’s pace of 4.97 million.

Facebook adding video to Instagram

Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter’s growing video-sharing app, Vine. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said Thursday that users will be record and share 15-second clips by tapping a video icon in the app. They can also apply filters to videos to add contrast, make them black and white or different hues. Vine, which launched in January, has 13 million users and lets people create and share 6-second video clips. Instagram has 100 million users.

Staff writer Andrew Shain

and The Associated Press contributed.