COLUMBIA -- Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC, a producer of dimensional lumber and other wood products, announced the expansion of its Allendale County manufacturing operations.

Creating 10 new jobs, the company is investing $2 million to construct a new warehousing facility on the site of its existing state-of-the-art sawmill operation.

A fourth-generation, family-owned business founded in the 1930s, Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC has become a leading competitor in the Southern Yellow Pine regional lumber market. The company has expanded over the years, developing one of the most modern sawmills and planer operations in the Southeast. Along with dimensional lumber, Collum’s Lumber Products produces treated wood, poles, wood chips, biomass and remanufactured components.

Located at 1723 Barnwell Road, the company’s existing Allendale sawmill facility is optimized to ensure efficiency in the utilization of its resources. With an output of up to 200 million board feet per year, the operation consists of five dry kilns and a state-of-the-art planer facility that uses an autograder to ensure on-grade lumber. Earlier this year, the company also installed a 924-kilowatt solar installation onsite.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Grant to Allendale County to assist with the costs of site preparation.

S.C. hospital to pay $7M for false claims

GREENVILLE — Federal prosecutors say a South Carolina hospital has agreed to pay more than $7 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims.

The Greenville News reported the U.S. Attorney's Office said AnMed Health in Anderson agreed to make the payment.

Prosecutors said AnMed knowingly disregarded the legal requirements for submitting claims to Medicare for radiation oncology, emergency room and a clinic among other services.

The allegations stemmed from a lawsuit by a former employee, Linda Jainniney, under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. That law allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the federal government for false claims and to share in any recovery.

Jainniney will receive $1.2 million of the recovery. She will also receive more than $850,000 from the hospital for wrongful termination.

Advisory board doesn't want German waste at S.C. site

CHARLESTON — An advisory board does not like plans to ship uranium from Germany into South Carolina.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the Savannah River Site Citizen Advisory Board voted 10-9 against a plan to take the uranium into Joint Base Charleston and then ship it by railroad to the old nuclear weapons plant near Aiken.

Two members of the board did not vote at the meeting in Charleston on Tuesday.

The board's recommendations have no force of law but the U.S. Energy Department does consider them when making plans for operations at the Savannah River Site. The federal agency has not decided whether to accept the uranium from Germany.

The uranium was from the United States and was sent to Germany in the 1950s for research purposes.

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