SCANA Corp. and its subsidiaries paid South Carolina counties more than $209 million in property taxes for property assessed in 2017, the company announced in a release Thursday.

The payments include $2 million in Bamberg County and $14.9 million in Orangeburg County, where SCANA has a coal-fired power plant.

“These funds are essential to the counties throughout the state,” said Iris Griffin, chief financial officer for SCANA. “From funding local law enforcement agencies and helping students receive a quality education, to maintaining public streets and roadways, these dollars help residents of South Carolina in very meaningful ways.”

Lexington County received the largest payment at more than $41.8 million, followed by Richland County with more than $40.3 million.

McMaster wants work for Medicaid recipients

COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster directed the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to immediately seek federal waivers to establish work requirements for South Carolina’s Medicaid recipients.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday announced guidelines allowing states to pursue efforts to establish incentives and requirements for steady employment by able-bodied Medicaid recipients.

“Whenever possible, we should always endeavor to help South Carolinians in need find their path to gainful employment and away from the temporary assistance of government,” McMaster said. “A good, steady job makes everything better, it creates a better home life, results in healthier lifestyles, and provides financial independence and opportunity.”

Zylo locating in Greenville

COLUMBIA – Zylo Therapeutics, a developer of state-of-the-art technology for the pharmaceutical industry, is locating new operations in Greenville County. The company is expected to create 30 new jobs.

Zylo has developed an innovative sustained-release drug-delivery system that delivers traditionally hard-to-deliver therapeutic agents through topical administration. With more than 10 years of research and development, the second generation of this technology continues to improve, providing 24-hour sustained release of a variety of agents, including nitric oxide, curcumin, lidocaine and more.

Charleston venture to mean 35 jobs

COLUMBIA – Carolina’s Rigging & Crane and Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware, manufacturers and suppliers of wire rope, rigging and safety solutions for a wide range of industries, are expanding operations in Charleston and Richland counties. The joint investment of $3.4 million is expected to create 35 new jobs.

Carolina’s Rigging & Crane and Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware supplies and services manufacturers, construction, maritime and energy and transportation companies who utilize wire rope, web slings, tie downs, chain and hoist products. With its custom fabrication capabilities, the company can create lifting and product solutions for a variety of industries. The firm services multiple customers throughout the Southeast, and this new investment is designed to strengthen its position in the market.

Having outgrown its current facilities in Charleston and Richland, Carolina’s Rigging & Crane and Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware will be growing its operations in both counties simultaneously. In Charleston County, the company will be expanding into a purpose-built fabrication facility at the former Charleston Navy Base, which will include an expanded showroom and a crane and rigging safety training center. Expected to be operational by the summer of 2018, the new space will create 18 jobs and allow for the launch of new product lines and services.

In Richland County, the company will be moving into an existing manufacturing complex located off of Shop Road adjacent to the Pineview Industrial Park. This facility, complete with multiple overhead bridge cranes, large fabrication area and a crane and rigging safety training center, will help support Carolina’s Rigging & Crane customers in the Midlands and throughout the Southeast. To accommodate its growth in the Midlands, Carolina’s Rigging & Crane will be adding 17 jobs in Richland County.

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