Business In Brief - October 11, 2007

Assure Insurance hosts race car viewing today

Assure Insurance will host the 2007 Rolex Series Championship Car today for Customer Appreciation Day. Customers are invited to come see the car and get their picture taken in the vehicle.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1315 Cherry Road in Rock Hill. For more details, call (803) 980-5475.

Comporium to conduct free gas cap checks

Comporium Communications will partner with the Mecklenburg County Air Quality's "Clean Air Works!" program to conduct free gas cap checks for the public from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the city of Rock Hill's municipal parking lot at the corner of Black and Saluda streets.

"We started conducting these gas cap checks Tuesday for our employees' personal vehicles and for company-owned vehicles and recognized the benefit this has for our community's air quality," said Comporium's Glenn McFadden, executive vice president of operations. "We prevented one ton of air-polluting emissions per year from that first day alone by checking 260 vehicles' gas caps and finding 10 that needed to be replaced," he said.

If your gas cap is leaky, the Clean Air Works! representatives will replace it for free on the spot.

ERA Wilder Realty names Web director

ERA Wilder Realty has appointed Katie Peake as director of Web marketing and communications, the company said.

Among her goals, Peak hopes to increase the company's Web site traffic, she said. Peake has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and more than four years of marketing experience.

Heather Mayoros elected to BNI post

Heather Mayoros, president of the Mayoros Agency, has been elected vice president of the Rock Hill chapter of BNI, an international referral organization. She began her term on October 1.

The Rock Hill chapter of BNI, Olde English Networkers, meets Thursdays at 7:45 a.m. at HoneyBaked Ham Cafe, 2349-61 Cherry Road.

Boeing's Dreamliner to be delayed 6 months

CHICAGO -- Boeing has long promised that its 787 Dreamliner will fly faster and farther than any other medium-sized jet, use 20 percent less fuel and offer increased cabin comfort.

Now the first all-new American commercial jetliner in more than a decade also will be at least six months late.

Acknowledging that early problems assembling the first 787 have disrupted its schedule, the aerospace company said Wednesday it is delaying initial deliveries of the ballyhooed aircraft by six months. Instead of next May, the first deliveries are now targeted for late November or December 2008.

The first test flight, already pushed back once from the initial target of early this fall, now is not anticipated until around the end of the first quarter of 2008.

The delay highlights inherent problems in building new airplanes and could slow the momentum Boeing built up after years of lagging behind European rival Airbus, which itself stumbled in introducing its superjumbo A380 two years behind schedule.