Mission Solutions expanding in Charleston

COLUMBIA – Mission Solutions Group, a privately held, Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), is expanding its existing Charleston County operations. The firm is expected to invest $2.9 million and create 41 new jobs.

Established in 2015, Mission Solutions Group is a family of premier companies providing dedicated mission critical support in the communications, cyber-security and sustainment verticals to support the U.S. military. It currently manages four businesses: Marshall Communications Corp., a satellite communications and IT sales business; Sidecar Enterprises, Inc., a spare parts and logistics business; BlueJay Products, a diesel exhaust fluid manufacturer; and, Morgan-6, a software services provider.

With this investment, the company intends to locate its corporate headquarters and operational organizations to a facility at 6655 Jet Park Drive in North Charleston. This will allow the firm to centralize its various operations in the Lowcountry. Hiring for the new positions should begin in the fall of 2017.

Construction products firm launches in Lancaster

COLUMBIA -- Don Construction Products (DCP), a U.K.-based world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced technology products for the construction industry, is launching its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Lancaster County.

The new development is projected to bring $6.2 million in capital investment and create 21 new jobs.

The company's new facility will be located in KCH Industrial Park at 1409 Kershaw Camden Highway in Heath Springs. DCP will be establishing a new construction materials manufacturing operation in order to diversify the company's product portfolio to include additional dry mortars, sealants, resins and polymer-based products. Forecasted to be online by the third quarter of 2018, the company expects hiring for the new positions to begin in the second quarter of 2018.

Automotive plant in South Carolina headed to Mexico

EASLEY — An automotive parts manufacturer in South Carolina is closing and moving operations to Mexico.

Local media outlets reported the decision by Kongsberg Automotive to close its plant in Easley early next year will eliminate nearly 100 jobs.(backslash)

The Easley plant makes parts for the company's fluid transfer systems, which supplies hose and tube assemblies for large trucks and buses. The company said in a statement that "a very competitive" market in Easley has left the plant in an "uncompetitive position."

Kongsberg said closing the plant would be more efficient and reduce costs.

Most of the work will be oved in the first quarter of 2018.

The announcement comes after plans to close six Kongsberg Automotive plants in Europe.

V.C. Summer plant still shut down

COLUMBIA — One of South Carolina's nuclear power reactors remained shut down Thursday for what utility executives call a minor, non-nuclear issue.

The 33-year-old reactor at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Columbia, is safe and stable while teams assess repairs. There was a minor issue with the main transformer, and the plant's safety systems responded exactly as designed said Rhonda O'Banion, spokeswoman for SCANA, parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas.

The reactor automatically shut down Monday morning, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

There is no estimation for when it will be back online, said SCANA spokesman Patrick Flynn.

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