Business In Brief - February 28, 2008

Peachtree Automotive to open Monday

HICKORY GROVE -- Peachtree Automotive will open Monday in Hickory Grove, owners Bratton and Beth Ramsey announced Wednesday.

The shop will offer auto maintenance, minor repairs, tire service and a car wash. The shop is at 4070 Peachtree St. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more details, call (803) 925-0011.

BMW to cut 5,600 more jobs by end of 2008

MUNICH, Germany -- Luxury automaker BMW AG said Wednesday it will cut another 5,600 jobs by the end of 2008, on top of 2,500 other positions that have already been eliminated, as it moves to pare expenses amid a wider cost-cutting program.

BMW's head of personnel, Ernst Baumann, said the jobs being cut include 2,500 full-time and 2,500 temporary workers in Germany, along with 600 other positions abroad, primarily international sales and distribution positions.

BMW currently employs 4,700 people at its plant near Spartanburg, where it produces the X5 SUV and the Z4 Roadster. It plans to boost production there to 240,000 cars a year when it adds more SUV production at the plant but did not say if any of the cuts would be implemented there. The U.S. is the company's biggest market, and the lower dollar gives the company an incentive to ramp up production there.

Presbyterian College to open pharmacy school

CLINTON -- Presbyterian College will open a pharmacy school in 2010, the school announced Wednesday.

The pharmacy program will serve 300 students.

The school's board of trustees on Wednesday approved a proposal that resulted from two years of research by faculty, staff and some trustees in consultation with pharmacy professionals.

"A pharmacy school will enhance our mission as a church-related liberal arts college and leader in higher education by addressing a key need of the citizens of South Carolina," Presbyterian President John Griffith said in a news release.

The school will not be on Presbyterian's main campus but will be somewhere in the Upstate, preferably in Laurens County, according to the news release from the college.