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Piedmont Medical Center Expands

Patients to Piedmont Medical Center’s new emergency department will find wide halls, bright lights and an array of equipment including ergonomic wheelchairs.  The new space stands in contrast to Piedmont’s current emergency department which opened in 1996. No longer will gurneys be stacked against corridor walls. There is dedicated alcove space to store carts with medical equipment. The new patient rooms are almost twice the size of the existing ones. Piedmont officials, however, hope the newness will be secondary. They hope that patients will foremost notice the quality of care they receive.  That’s the No. 1 goal, offering, “consistent, exceptional health care,” said Bill Masterton, Piedmont’s chief executive officer. Next, he said, is offering timely service with “dignity and compassion.”  Piedmont spent $20 million, doubling its emergency department from 21,113 square feet to 42,251 square feet.  Phase one of the project was unveiled Thursday and will be open to patients July 1. Phase two, the renovation of the current emergency department, will begin soon and is expected to finished by the end of the year. The expansion comes as demand for PMC’s emergency services rises. In 2010, PMC saw 57,000 emergency department patients. Last year, it was 68,500. The expansion will increase PMC’s patient capacity by about 10,000 for the year, officials said. For each of the past three months, emergency department usage has been more 200 patients. The expansion and implementing new procedures for patient treatment should help the hospital meet its goals of timely service, PMC officials said Thursday. PMC’s current “door-to-doc” time is 42 minutes, 12 minutes more than the hospital’s goal. With new treatment procedures, the goal is to have patients with “minor” needs be treated and released within two hours. For more serious cases, the goal is to have them admitted to the hospital within three hours. The basis of PMC’s new “open door” treatment plan is a philosophy that a “patient doesn’t own the room,” said Teresa O’Neill, a registered nurse and emergency department director.  After meeting with doctors and getting treatment, patients with minor conditions will be sent to a waiting room where they can rest in recliners while waiting for test results or to be discharged, O’Neill said.  Patients with more serious conditions will be sent to a waiting area where their health can be monitored.  “We have to be ready for the next patient,” O’Neill said. There is also a protocol for how treatment is given in a room. All of the medical staff will be on the patients’ right side. Family members, if allowed, will be positioned on the left side. Patient monitors, connections to oxygen, and other medical equipment are positioned based on this protocol.  The new emergency department also has several specialty rooms.  There is a two-bed trauma room that is filled with surgical-grade equipment, allowing doctors to perform surgery there if needed, O’Neill said. There are four rooms dedicated for patients with behavioral problems and one room where law enforcement can bring a patient and keep that person separated from the general emergency room population. PMC’s staff has grown to meet the needs of the expanded department. The hospital has hired 30 more workers, including 20 nurses, bringing the emergency department staff to 140 people Read more here. Read More

Governor Haley announces 7,100 new jobs, $800 million in capital investment

Governor Haley announces 7,100 new jobs, $800 million in capital investment

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today joined elected officials, economic development professionals and company representatives to announce plans for three businesses to establish facilities in South Carolina, creating 7,100 new jobs and investing $800 million in their respective projects. The three separate announcements combine to mark the most jobs announced in a single day in South Carolina’s history.

Giti Tire announced its plans to establish a new manufacturing plant in Chester County and to create 1,700 new jobs. The Lash Group, Inc. plans to bring 2,400 jobs to the area by establishing their national headquarters in York County, and LPL Financial LLC will also establish a headquarters in York County, resulting in an additional 3,000 new jobs. The 3,000 jobs announced by LPL Financial represent the single biggest announcement in York County’s history.

“It doesn’t get any bigger or better for South Carolina than having the ability to announce a record-breaking 7,100 new jobs in one day,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “This is a huge deal for our state, the hardworking people who live here, and one more reason why it's a great day in South Carolina.”

With today’s announcements, a total of 56,239 jobs and $13.6 billion in capital investment has been announced by Gov. Nikki Haley since taking office in January of 2011.

Further details of the individual announcements and economic development totals are included below:

Highlights From Today’s Announcements:

· Giti Tire – 1,700 jobs, $560 million, Richburg, South Carolina

· The Lash Group – 2,400 jobs, $90 million, Fort Mill, South Carolina

· LPL Financial – 3,000 jobs, $150 million, Fort Mill, South Carolina

Job Creation Continues – Focus On Economic Development Delivering Results

· $13.6 Billion – Economic development investment announced in South Carolina since 2011.

· 56,239 – New jobs announced by Governor Haley since January 2011.

· 31,220 – New manufacturing jobs announced by Governor Haley since January 2011.

· 374 – Projects announced statewide since January 2011.

· 290 – Manufacturing expansions and openings announced since January 2011.

· 216 – Expansions announced since January 2011.

· 158 – New facility projects announced since January 2011. Read More

Chester County deal would be 4th largest in SC for job creation

CHESTER — If Chester County lands a manufacturing prospect the deal would be the fourth largest in terms of job creation for South Carolina since 2011. Only Boeing in Charleston County, at 2,000 jobs, BMW in Spartanburg County, at 1,800 jobs, and Continental Tire in Sumter County, at 1,600 jobs, have proposed creating more jobs than the unidentified company negotiating with Chester County that plans to create 1,500 jobs. The project, named “Summer” by Chester County officials, with proposed investment of $560 million would be among the top 10 in the state since 2011, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.  Chester County officials have released few details, but have consistently said it would be a “game-changer” for a county that has struggled with high unemployment after the collapse of the state’s textile economy. Chester County’s unemployment rate is 7.4 percent, 11th highest in the state out of 46 counties.  “This means jobs, jobs, jobs,” County Council member Mary A. Guy said Wednesday. “The people should be happy.”   State Sen. Creighton Coleman, D-Winnsboro, said the company would bring a mix of blue- and white-collar jobs.  The council is scheduled to hold a second reading on an ordinance giving the prospective company tax breaks on May 19. A final vote could come June 2.  If that schedule doesn’t change a groundbreaking for the project could be held as early as the fall, said Coleman, who represents Chester and Fairfield counties and a portion of York County.  “This will be a great start to moving the I-77 corridor alliance forward,” Coleman said Wednesday. The alliance, which is in its infancy, is designed to help economic development efforts in Chester, Fairfield and York counties. The project could have additional benefits beyond job creation. Education, housing, health care and other manufacturers are expected to be affected if project Summer happens, said Jim Fuller, president of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Fuller said a project of this scope should result in construction of more apartments and homes in the $150,000 to $200,000 price range in the county.  The project could also positively change the health care offered in the county. Chester Regional Medical Center budgets $1 million in charity care every month. Al Reid, plant manager for PPG Industries of Chester, said the prospect would be a “huge boost to the economic recovery, but also a challenge to current manufacturers.”  The project “could create a lot of churn,” in the manufacturing job market as companies are trying to stabilize their pool of workers, Reid said. The number of currently employed workers who would seek new jobs would depend on the wages the new company would offer, he said.  PPG Industries employs about 150 workers and is hiring, Reid said. The plant, which makes fiberglass, is operating at capacity, he said.  “Overall, it should improve the quality of life in Chester County,” he said, with an increase “in the social things such as shopping and entertainment.” The project would “help people who have been struggling for a long time,” said John Williams, director of The Turning Point in Chester.  Turning Point operates a number of services to the unemployed and those needing help, including a food pantry, a thrift store and a men’s shelter. It has seen the need for assistance rise dramatically since 2004 when the county’s textile mills were closing, Williams said. In 2004, its pantry served food to seven to 10 families a month. “Now we serve between 650 and 700,” Williams said.  Those who use Turning Point’s services “don’t see hope,” Williams said. Employment would “cut down on the stress” that leads to a variety of social problems such as alcohol and drug abuse, he said. Read more Read More

5,000 new jobs may be pending in York County, including moves by LPL Financial, Lash Group from Charlotte

York County believes it has two companies on the economic development hook that would bring a total of 5,000 jobs.

One of them is believed to be LPL Financial, which is considering moving its 1,000 Charlotte jobs across the border to South Carolina. The other project headed south could be the Lash Group, a health-care consulting firm that’s pondering where it should be located in the Charlotte area. Last night, York County Council approved applications for state infrastructure-improvement grants for the two pending projects. Those are for $2 million each and come from the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development. LPL Financial is expected to announce June 16 where it intends to consolidate its facilities. The company, which is the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, has employees divided among three Charlotte office buildings. The mostly likely site for LPL is a new building to be developed by Childress Klein Properties at Kingsley Park, a Fort Mill business park. That development is located near the interchange of Interstate 77 and S.C. Highway 160. LPL has considered a site at Coliseum Centre office park off Tyvola Road in Charlotte, my colleague Will Boye has reported. Incentives are the big attraction for the project, Boye’s sources tell him. LPL’s Charlotte employees mostly hold back-office posts, in which they have support roles for the company’s network of 13,600 independent financial advisers. Lash is looking to expand, with South Carolina in its mix of possible locations, Boye has reported. The company operates from 300,000 square feet in three buildings in LakePointe Corporate Center, off West Tyvola Road in Charlotte. Lash is owned by AmerisourceBergen Corp., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical-services companies, and has been in growth mode the past few years.

Ken Elkins covers manufacturing, international business and economic development for the Charlotte Business Journal.

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Knowledge Park Innovation Center to receive support toward efforts fostering high-tech and entrepreneurial endeavors



For Immediate Release May 6, 2014 Commerce awards $2.4 million in innovation grants  14 organizations to receive support toward efforts fostering high-tech and entrepreneurial endeavors   COLUMBIA, S.C. - In its inaugural round of innovation-related grants, the South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding $2.4 million in grant funds to 14 organizations across the state to further high-tech and entrepreneurial economic development. As part of its efforts to support and grow an innovative, technology-based and entrepreneurial business environment, the Department of Commerce launched the state's first Office of Innovation in the fall of 2013. In January, the Department of Commerce issued a notice of funding opportunity, dubbed the South Carolina Innovation Challenge, soliciting proposals for projects that focus on fostering technology-based economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation in South Carolina communities through university collaboration, local government participation or public-private partnerships. Projects were required to address one or more goals of the South Carolina Innovation Plan. Proposals totaling more than $6.8 million in requests from cities, county offices, chambers of commerce, universities and startup incubators and accelerators were submitted for $2.5 million in available first-round funds. A project could be awarded a maximum of $250,000 in grant funds, with a required non-state match of funds. A second round of competitive grant funds likely will be announced later this year. "I'm excited to see the energy and impact that South Carolina's startup community has created, and we hope to help continue that momentum through this new program," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "The knowledge economy represents a vital part of South Carolina's present and future. Through the Office of Innovation, we want to create a business environment in South Carolina that is ideal to start and build a high-growth company." Projects at 14 organizations in Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Darlington, Florence, Greenville, Horry, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg and York counties were selected to receive funding. These diverse projects focus on IT training, entrepreneur support, fostering startup companies and agribusiness: 

  • Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation, Charleston - CODEcamp - $247,000

CODEcamp is a software education initiative focused on developing new talent and providing students with the skills they need - including hands-on training, mentorship and networking- to enter the workplace and develop high-tech software skills.

  • College of Charleston, Charleston - I-CAT - $250,000

I-CAT - the International Cross-Curricular Accelerator for Technology - a technological accelerator that provides students a unique opportunity to develop their business, computing and entrepreneurial skills leading to business creation and placement in emerging technology businesses within South Carolina.

  • Don Ryan Center for Innovation, Bluffton - $100,000

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) is a hybrid internet-consultant program designed to support new high-tech/high-impact and high-innovation company formation and development in the Greater Bluffton region.

  • Duke Energy Center for Innovation, Hartsville - Phase II - $100,000

The Duke Energy Center for Innovation is expanding community and market impact through the creation of new and innovative programs targeted at building the knowledge network through regional business and educational partnerships in Hartsville and the surrounding area.

  • Faber Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia - High-Impact Consortium - $75,000

This project will develop a self-funded consortium managed by South Carolina Chamber of Commerce to help scale up high-impact firms in the state of South Carolina.

  • Grand Strand Technology Council, Myrtle Beach - Grand Strand Startup Initiative (GSSI) - $250,000

The GSSI is a comprehensive plan for fostering scalable startups as a focused and ongoing economic development effort in Georgetown and Horry counties. GSSI is opening operations this summer in a facility provided by Georgetown County Economic Development.

  • Greenville Chamber, Greenville - NEXT Ecosystem Expansion - $250,000

The NEXT Ecosystem Expansion project is comprised of a bundle of interconnected products that work together to accelerate the critical mass of target high-impact companies and the development of the supporting ecosystem in the Upstate area.

  • The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Mount Pleasant - $250,000

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center provides high-value programs such as Accelerator and Forum that are designed to create collision among high-impact entrepreneurs, founders and investors.

  • Innovate Anderson, Anderson - Innovate Electric City - $250,000

Innovate Electric City will be a hybrid incubator-accelerator-workforce development model which will allow the business community in Anderson and their partners to work with startup companies at various levels.

  • Lowcountry Local First, Charleston - Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Small Business and Agriculture - $100,000

In order to foster a diverse entrepreneurial economy, programs such as Local Works (the community coworking facility) and Dirt Works Incubator Farm offer resources of mentorship, educational opportunities and connecting to capital in the Charleston metro area.

  • North Dargan Innovation Center, Florence - $200,000

The North Dargan Innovation Center is a business incubator in downtown Florence whose purpose is to assist entrepreneurs in starting their own technology-based or other high employment growth business.

  • Rock Hill Economic Futures Group, Rock Hill - Knowledge Park Innovation Center - $250,000

The Knowledge Park Innovation Center will focus on the development of the talented workers required by knowledge economy businesses.  The Innovation Center is a key component of Knowledge Park, a new urban business park linking downtown Rock Hill to Winthrop University.

  • South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics & Science, Clemson - STEMLinx: South Carolina's One Stop Discovery Site for STEM Resources - $25,000

STEMlinx is a digital marketplace of visual and textual information that identifies a broad range of STEM education programs located in South Carolina that are accessible and useful to STEM constituencies including educators, parents, students, scientists, engineers, professional organizations, economic development entities and government agencies.

  • Spartanburg Economic Futures Group, Spartanburg - Spartanburg Entrepreneurial Resource Network (SERN) - $70,000

SERN offers coordinated efforts of support across groups in order to assist and empower entrepreneurial efforts in Spartanburg. SERN provides mentorship, professional advice, financial assistance, introduction to contacts, research and short-term incubation facilities.   About S.C. Department of Commerce As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental,, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina ranked first in the national for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit

  South Carolina Department of Commerce

1201 Main Street, Suite 1600

Columbia, South Carolina 29201

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McKesson Medical Surgical, Inc. announces $27.5 million investment and 140 job facility at Riverwalk.

McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. to establish new distribution facility in York County $27.5 million investment to bring more than 140 jobs to the area   COLUMBIA, S.C. - McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc., a leading distributor of medical supplies, plans to establish a new distribution facility in York County. The company will invest $27.5 million in the new facility, which is scheduled to open during the first half of 2015. The company expects to bring more than 140 jobs to the area. Responding to significant business growth, McKesson Medical-Surgical is locating to a 300,000-square-foot building in the Riverwalk Business Park in Rock Hill, S.C. There, the company will distribute medical and surgical supplies to physician offices, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and home care businesses in a regional service area that includes the Carolinas. The York County facility also has the flexibility to expand over time to meet the company's increasing distribution needs.   McKesson Corporation is currently ranked 14th on the Fortune 500 list, delivering medical supplies to hospitals, physicians and other medical facilities throughout the United States. McKesson's Medical-Surgical business, an affiliate of McKesson Corporation, delivers a comprehensive offering of more than 180,000 healthcare products, equipment and technology solutions to its nearly 200,000 customers nationwide.  The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $200,000 set aside grant for building construction related to the project. QUOTES   "We're pleased to expand our operations into South Carolina. York County is well located to efficiently serve our customers in the region. Also, this is a great opportunity to match the strength of the state's infrastructure and labor force with our strong growth." -Stanton McComb, president of McKesson Medical-Surgical   "It's definitely a great day in South Carolina when another Fortune 500 company decides to call South Carolina home. We congratulate McKesson and are very excited about their investment of $27.5 million and the 140 jobs they are bringing to York County." -Gov. Nikki Haley "McKesson is a leader in distribution for the medical industry, and South Carolina's robust logistics network will be able to accommodate their business and their growth in the coming years. We look forward to being a part of McKesson's success story." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt   "McKesson's pharmaceutical and medical products distribution and logistics facility represents a major benchmark for York County.  This state-of-the-art supply and delivery operation will serve the exacting needs of the doctors, hospitals and many healthcare providers in South Carolina and the Southeast region.  We are excited to welcome McKesson and the new jobs and investment they bring."  -Dr. Britt Blackwell, chairman of York County Council "Riverwalk Business Park is growing more rapidly than expected, due to its proximity to the interstate and the success of the mixed-use development. Business leaders are recognizing that Rock Hill has a lot to offer, and the addition of McKesson to our community is further proof that we are becoming a leader among high-tech companies. We are honored that McKesson has chosen Rock Hill for this significant investment and know that we'll have a long, successful future together." -City of Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols

About McKesson Medical-Surgical McKesson Medical-Surgical's parent company, McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the Fortune 500 list, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, McKesson Medical-Surgical works with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson Medical-Surgical helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit About S.C. Department of Commerce As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental,, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina ranked first in the national for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit


  • McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. plans to establish a new distribution facility in York County.
  • The company will invest $27.5 million in the new facility, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2015.
  • The investmentis expected to bring more than 140 jobs to the area
  • McKesson is locating to a 300,000-square-foot building in theRiverwalk Business Park in Rock Hill, S.C.
  • McKesson Corporation is currently ranked 14th on the Fortune 500 list.

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