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Midlands region's industrial market spurs significant growth

South Carolina's Midlands region has shown significant growth in job creation, investment and construction activity, all of which coincides with the amount of manufacturing growth in the region.

South Carolina Realtors unveil March market numbers

According to a recent release from South Carolina Realtors (SCR), the state of South Carolina had a healthy selling season in March.

Robinson joins Collins & Lacy law firm

Collins & Lacy PC recently announced that Laura Robinson has joined the firm’s Columbia office, where she will be a special counsel for workers’ compensation claims.

Allen University receives grant from Boeing

Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it has awarded a $250,000 grant to Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina.

Chester County to get federal anti-blight funds

The Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) recently said Chester County will receive part of the $5.6 million in funds allocated for blight removal as part of the South Carolina Housing Finance and Development Authority’s Neighborhood Initiative Program.

Lewis-Goetz acquires Action Industrial Group

Lewis-Goetz’s officials said Monday its acquisition of Action Industrial Group will add seven locations to the company's portfolio and enhance gasket fabrication technology in the Southeast.

Quackenbush wins architectural award for renovation project

Successfully repurposing a mid-twentieth-century retail building into a contemporary office space for locally owned financial services firm Abacus Planning Group, Quackenbush Architects + Planners earned an Adaptive Reuse/Renovation Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Carolina at their 2015 Design Awards Celebration in Columbia on April 13.

Columbia, S.C., tech startups introduce innovations at Spring 2015 Demo Day

Local to Columbia, South Carolina, firedUP Startup Accelerator, in collaboration with ConvergeSE, will sponsor its Spring 2015 Demo Day on April 16 at Edventure Children’s Museum from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring five local innovative tech startups at the annual conference for designers and developers.

Columbia, S.C., names Davis chair of Minority Business Advisory Council

The city government of Columbia, South Carolina, recently announced that Greg Davis will chair the Mayor’s Minority Business Council (MBAC).

Townes named Chairman of SCAerospace leadership group

Steve Townes, founder and CEO of Ranger Aerospace in Greenville, South Carolina, has been named the chairman of SCAerospace, a private-sector leadership group managed by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.

Columbia business leaders, students discuss grads' skill gaps

Student-body leaders from universities and colleges across the Midlands met with local business leaders last week for a discussion at the Columbia Chamber to identify solutions for bridging the skill gaps of recent graduates entering the work force.

USC, Clemson research may transform battery and fuel-cell efficiency

Scientists from the University of South Carolina and Clemson University recently made a discovery that has the potential to dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells. The research was published in the journal Nature Communications and includes improving the transport of oxygen ions, a key factor in converting chemical energy into electricity.

AVANTech opens expanded plant, headquarters in Columbia

One of the state’s fastest-growing companies, AVANTech, a radioactive and industrial water-treatment solutions provider, opened its new manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters on Friday in Columbia. AVANTech, founded in 1999, works to improve industrial and commercial power operations.

Three Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler agents receive CoStar Power Broker Award

Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler agents Sherri Burriss, George Meetze and George McCutchen have recently been selected by CoStar Group to receive a CoStar Power Broker Award.

U.S. Forest Service renews lease on Columbia offices for 10 years

The U.S. Forest Service recently extended the lease on its offices at 4931 Broad River Road in Columbia, South Carolina, by 10 years. The agency will continue to occupy more than 20,000 square feet of office and storage space in the building.

Benefitfocus COO adds president's hat after promotion

Benefitfocus, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based benefits-software solutions, said on Wednesday that Ray August has been promoted from chief operating officer to president and COO of the company. “We are thrilled to expand Ray’s role as our president and COO," company co-founder Shawn Jenkins said.

CMC Gas to begin using Foxfire inventory software

Clarke-Mobile County (CMC) Gas recently announced that it has selected Foxfire's cloud-based inventory management software to track inventory and manage work orders for mobile field services staff.

ERA Wilder Realty welcomes 16 new specialists

ERA Wilder Realty welcomed sixteen new associates to its Columbia office on April 8.

County representatives attend annual trusts meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Over 100 county officials had the chance to learn about risk management at the South Carolina Counties Workers’ Compensation Trust (SCCWCT) and South Carolina Counties Property and Liability Trust (SCCP&LT) annual Insurance Trusts Membership Meeting, held on Jan. 28 and 29 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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