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Claflin's Tingley Hall

Historic Tingley Hall is the administration building at Claflin University, the state's oldest HBCU.

PLANO, Texas -- In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Toyota Financial Services and Toyota Motor North America are continuing their support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their communities by providing a total contribution of $60,000 to five HBCUs as well as the Tom Joyner Foundation.

This is the company's fifth consecutive year partnering with the Tom Joyner Foundation, and supporting HBCUs through this donation.

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Claflin University is among the five HBCUs receiving a $10,000 contribution each. Others are Spelman College in Atlanta, Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Talladega College in Talladega, Ala., and Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va.

An additional $10,000 will go to support the work of the Tom Joyner Foundation, which provides academic support, scholarships and programming to over 80 HBCUs in the Southern and Eastern United States.

Toyota's contribution will be used to help boost college retention and graduation rates for African-American students, and is in keeping with the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as mobility for all. Over the past five years, this initiative has enabled Toyota to assist students who may have otherwise been unable to complete their education due to the lack of financial aid.

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"Dr. King believed all young people should be given an opportunity to receive the best education possible, and yet, I have personally witnessed promising, young students forced to withdraw from school as a result of financial burdens," said John Ridgeway, general manager of Toyota Financial Services' Customer Service Center in Maryland, and HBCU alumnus. "Through its contributions, Toyota hopes to help ensure students achieve their dreams of higher education, while also contributing to the sustainment of these HBCUs and their ability to address retention issues."

Toyota has been named a DiversityInc Top 50 company for the past 10 years, and has been consistently recognized by Black Enterprise, Hispanic Business, and the Human Rights Campaign as a Best Company for Diversity and one of the Best Places to Work.

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"Over 27 percent of my senior leaders at our Customer Service Center in Maryland and 35 of my own family members graduated from an HBCU, so I am particularly proud that Toyota is once again making a contribution to these schools and the Tom Joyner Foundation," Ridgeway said. "It serves as a great way to honor the legacy of Dr. King, and the principles he so effectively championed.

Miwon locating in Richland

COLUMBIA – Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. USA, a specialty chemical manufacturer of raw materials and subsidiary of Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., announced plans to locate new production operations in Richland County. The company’s $19.5 million investment is projected to create 25 new jobs.

Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., based in South Korea, is a global company with manufacturing plants in South Korea and Spain, as well as research and development centers in Austria, China, South Korea and the United States. The company produces and supplies raw materials for eco-friendly UV/EB curing systems that are utilized in a variety of applications, including in high-quality inks for food packaging; in special coatings for wood, plastic and metal; and in adhesives for DVD/Blu-ray discs and mobile phones.

Miwon Specialty Chemical’s new, 65,000-square-foot production facility will be located at 1700 Longwood Road in Columbia and is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2020. Hiring is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, and interested applicants can visit for more information.

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