Business & Economy

BMW Invests $1 Billion Dollars in South Carolina

By A. Crouch

BMW

Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, introduces the new X4.

BMW recently announced a one billion dollar investment to the manufacturing plant in the upstate, making it the largest plant in their network. Beginning now, they are making the all new X4 model, and will begin production on the X7 model shortly. This will increase production to 450 thousand cars and an anticipated 800 new jobs for South Carolina.

Making Salt From the Ocean

By A. Crouch

Salt

Teresa and Rustin Gooden started cultivating salt from Bulls Bay several years ago. Now their product is being used in some of the better known Charleston restaurants and can be bought in specialty stores throughout our state. What makes salt from the ocean different from your average table salt?

Teresa explains the difference in micronutrients and how some salts go better with different foods.

For more information, visit BullsBaySaltWorks.com.

Local Happiness Fundraiser is All South Carolina

By A. Crouch

Local Happiness

Ken Carey, founder of Local Happiness, was tired of selling the same old products for his children’s fundraiser, and decided to do something about it. Local Happiness works with schools, sports team, and various different organizations to raise funds selling only local products.

Ken talks about how some of his favorite products and how one product, Iron Brew Coffee is making it big.

More South Carolina Female Farmers Cropping Up

By T. Safdi

Farmer

Kerry Frazier grew up on her family’s farm in Bishopville, SC. Like any child she enjoyed the open spaces, but after high school she swore to never return to her hometown or to live on the farm.

Tragedy stuck last year when Frazier lost her brother in a farming accident. She decided to move back home to help on the farm and to be closer to the family. Today, Frazier plays a key role in helping cultivate the family farm. 

South Carolina’s Economic Forecast Looking Up

By T. Safdi

Economy

The University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business presented their economic forecast this week at their annual Economic Outlook Conference.

“According to Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen, economists in the Moore School’s Division of Research, the single best indicator of economic performance is the rate of job growth, which they expect to increase by 1.7 percent during 2014.”

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