Holcim (US)

Cement manufacturers Holcim (US) of Holly Hill is among 100 manufacturing plants nationally that earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star certification for superior energy performance in 2018.

WASHINGTON — Cement manufacturers Holcim (US) of Holly Hill and Argos USA of Harleyville are among 100 manufacturing plants nationally that earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2018.

Together, the 100 plants reduced their energy bills by more than $400 million, saved more than 70 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of energy, and achieved broad emissions reductions, including 4.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The energy savings are enough to meet the annual energy needs of nearly 440,000 American households.

EPA’s Energy Star industrial program provides industry-specific energy benchmarking tools and other resources for 19 different types of manufacturing plants, enabling plants to compare energy performance to others in the same industry and establish meaningful energy performance benchmarks and goals. Only plants in the top 25 percent of energy performance nationwide can earn the Energy Star. Plants from the automotive, baking, cement, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleum refining sectors are among those that qualified in 2018.

Frierson gets new Bank of America post

Bank of America Private Bank announced that Gregg Frierson is the new market sales executive for South Carolina.

In this role, Frierson will lead the efforts to grow Private Bank business in the state and deliver the right solutions and products to high-net-worth families, institutional clients and prospects.

With more than 33 years with Bank of America, Frierson has extensive experience in credit and client relationships, having held leadership positions within the firm’s Commercial, Business, and Global Banking and Markets teams.

Frierson graduated from Wake Forest University and is active with the National Alumni Council and the Columbia Alumni Clubs. He serves on the Presbyterian College Board of Trustees, and had previously served on the Claflin University Board of Trustees for 15 years. He will be based in Columbia.

Kim Wilkerson, S.C. president and market executive for Bank of America said: “The Private Bank is centered on the enduring relationships between our private client advisers and our clients, and with Bank of America, clients have access to even more resources and bank offerings to help them with all aspects of their financial lives.”

Creston Dental opens local office

Creston Dental & Braces, a kids-focused family dental practice, has opened an office in Orangeburg at 1350 Grove Park Drive.

Creston Dental & Braces offers a wide array of dental services, including X-rays, routine dental exams, and cleanings, along with a full range of restorative and orthodontic treatments for both kids and adults.

In addition to accepting most insurance plans including Medicaid, Creston Dental & Braces offers customized treatment plans, along with cash prices, discount plans and flexible payment options.

For more information, visit https://www.crestondental.com.

Bi-Lo offers bag program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company of Bi-Lo, has launched its Community Bag with a Giving Tag Program. The reusable bag program empowers customers to make a difference in the communities they live and work in while helping the environment.

With each purchase of a reusable Community Bag with the Giving Tag, customers can direct a $1 donation to the non-profit of their choice to benefit the work a local charity is doing in their community. The specially designed reusable bags are made from recycled materials, and can be found by registers at Bi-Lo.

Each Community Bag comes with an attached Giving Tag that features a blue heart and instructions on how to make the donation. At the time of purchase, customers will be directed to visit MySEGCause.com where they will have seven days to remove the scratch-off layer from their Giving Tag to reveal and submit their unique identifier and select the non-profit they would like to receive their $1 donation.

World Energy launching in Estill

COLUMBIA -- World Energy, one of America's largest suppliers of biodiesel, announced plans to locate its new production facility in Hampton County. The company's $5.4 million investment is projected to create 30 jobs over the next five years.

With more than 20 years of expertise in biodiesel production, the company currently produces approximately 200 million gallons of biodiesel annually. World Energy's new operations will be located at 552 Third Street West in Estill at a former biodiesel production facility. The company will be upgrading and reviving the idled plant to produce state-of-the-art biodiesel, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 78 percent compared to petroleum diesel.

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