Business In Brief - February 23, 2008

New York company looks to sell Chester plant

CHESTER -- A Chester plant that produced raw material for the glass industry is being sold less than three years after breaking ground.

Minerals Technologies, the New York-based company that owns the facility, opted to close plant on Dec. 31 because of a lack of demand for the product the plant manufactured, said spokesman Rick Honey.

Located on a 15-acre site at the intersection of Ecology Lane and Beltline Road, the plant was designed to produce about 200,000 tons of Synsil Products per year.

Synsil, invented by Minerals Technologies, was designed to help lower furnace temperatures, reduce energy and emissions.

The plant employed 16 people. Four people, including one hourly worker, were reassigned to other company locations, Honey said.

Solvent maker to expand its plant in Clover

CLOVER -- Ultra Additives recently announced plans to expand its Clover plant.

The York County Council this week approved first reading on a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the New Jersey-based company. Plans call for a $5 million expansion to its current building.

The Clover plant, located at 975 Pillsbury Drive, makes water-based solvents for machinery. It employs about 20 workers.

Free tax help available from trained volunteers

Low- to moderate-income taxpayers who need help preparing their tax returns can receive help from trained volunteers at several area locations.

Through April 15, the following locations will be open to provide free federal and state tax return assistance: Rock Hill Wellness Center, Winthrop University, York Technical College, Rock Hill Galleria, Leroy Springs Health Complex and the Clover branch of the York County Library. To receive details on exact times and locations, call 1-800-906-9887.

Red Ventures official to speak Tuesday

York Technical College host the second Entrepreneur Network event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Baxter Hood Center. The featured speaker for the free program will be Dan Feldstein, partner and chief marketing officer for Red Ventures, a Charlotte-based Internet marketing company.

Red Ventures has been ranked the fourth-fastest growing private business in the nation by Inc. magazine. Feldstein will discuss the pitfalls that business managers should avoid.

Anyone interested in attending Tuesday's event can register by e-mail at or by calling (803) 325-2888.

Nominations open for fastest-growing company

Greenville-based accounting and business advisory firm Elliott Davis is accepting nominations for the South Carolina's Fastest-Growing Companies program. The deadline for entries is May 16.

The top-25 highest-ranking companies will be honored at South Carolina's Chamber of Commerce Annual Summit event Nov. 13 at the Wild Dunes Resort near Charleston.

Nominees must complete a form, available at, which includes two years of revenue/asset and employment information along with basic company information. All nominees must have headquarters in South Carolina, in operation for at least two years and have reported revenues of at least $3 million. Nominees should be sent to:

SC Fastest-Growing Companies 2008, Elliott Davis, LLC, P.O. Box 6286, Greenville, SC 29606. For more details, call (864) 242-3370 or e-mail

The Top 25 highest-ranking companies will be recognized through a statewide publicity campaign.

Armored vehicle maker gets $123M in contracts

LADSON -- A Ladson company that makes armored military vehicles has received two new international contracts worth $123 million.

Force Protection says one contract worth $115 million calls for building 174 of the company's Cougar Mastiff vehicles for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense.

A second contract worth more than $8 million is with the Italian government for six Cougar troop transport vehicles and four Buffalo vehicles used to clear land mines.

Bojangles to open at Charlotte airport

CHARLOTTE -- Bojangles will open its first airport restaurant this spring at Charlotte/Douglas International, company officials said Friday.

Work started last month on the restaurant, which is scheduled to open in April. FDY, a food service management company, will operate the franchise.

Bojangles was founded in 1977 in Charlotte.

-- The Charlotte Observer