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USC graduate business school ranks No. 1
The University of South Carolina’s graduate international master’s in business administration program was ranked No. 1 in the nation again by U.S. News & World Report, the school said Tuesday.
The Darla Moore School of Business has ranked in the top three for its international program for 26 consecutive years.
The school’s undergraduate international business education has ranked first in the nation with U.S.News & World Report for 16 consecutive years.
Darla Moore’s professional MBA program ranked 16th nationally and ninth among all public universities.
In other USC programs, the public health graduate degree program at the Arnold School of Public Health ranked 23rd among all schools and 15th among public universities.
The College of Nursing’s graduate program moved up 13 slots to 66th overall, and 46th among public universities.
Twin Peaks to open in Vista
A new sports bar is coming to the Vista this spring that will employ about 150 people.
Twin Peaks is opening its second South Carolina location with a roughly 7,000-square-foot restaurant and bar at 600 Gervais St., a spokeswoman said.
The company is auditioning applicants for 100 Twin Peaks Girls and will hire 50 management and kitchen staff personnel, said spokeswoman Julie Pfister.
A definite date for its opening is unclear, but is likely by the end of May, Pfister said.
New storage facility coming to east Columbia
Hallmark Self Storage said Wednesday it will open a three-story, climate-controlled storage facility on Garners Ferry Road in the fall, which the company said is one of a kind in the Capital City.
The 82,500-square-foot operation will open in October at 7011 Garners Ferry Road, the Columbia-based company said. Climate control is a particularly important feature during the city’s humid summers. The facility also will offer traditional, one-story options.
Sonoco to acquire Brazilian packaging firm
Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has signed an agreement to acquire a majority interest in Graffo Paranaense de Embalagens, a closely held flexible packaging business located in Pinhais, Curitiba, Brazil.
Terms were not disclosed, and the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.
Founded in 2001, Graffo had sales of approximately $35 million in 2014 and has about 230 employees. It serves the confectionery, dairy, pharmaceutical and industrial markets in Brazil.
• PetSmart is going private, as a group of investors led by the buyout firm BC Partners completed an $8.7 billion acquisition of the pet store retailer.
• The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace through mid-February despite severe winter storms that had disrupted activity in some regions.
Staff and Wire Reports.