South Carolina to Move to Phase 1b of COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on March 8, 2021 Public Health Officials Unveil Plans for All Vaccination Phases
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today that South Carolina will advance to Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan beginning Monday, March 8.
“Throughout South Carolina’s vaccination efforts, our priority has been – and continues to be – saving lives,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “In the month of February, South Carolina made tremendous progress on expanding access to vaccinations as the supply of vaccine increased. Our hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare providers became more nimble and efficient at getting shots in arms. Because of these successes, we’re now in a position to make the majority of South Carolinians eligible to receive the vaccine.”
“South Carolina remains focused on protecting the lives and health of South Carolinians from COVID-19,” saidDr. Edward Simmer, DHEC Director. “With the significant increase in vaccine supply and progress in vaccinating people in group 1a, front-line health care workers and those aged 65 and over, we are now ready to move to our next phase. Our state’s vaccine plan prioritizes those with greatest risk, while ensuring equal access to the vaccine for every South Carolinian aged 16 and over.”
South Carolina’s phased approach to its COVID-19 vaccine rollout recognizes the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 increases with age, and people with certain medical conditions and occupations are at higher risk of exposure to the virus. Because of this, South Carolina will continue to move phase by phase, based on risk level, with the goal of vaccinating every South Carolinian who wants to receive a vaccine by this summer.
Beginning March 8, appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine can be made by people in the following groups:
Anyone aged 55 and up
People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
People aged 16-64 with one or more of the following high-risk medical conditions:
Cancer (current, not a history of cancer), chronic kidney disease (any stage), chronic lung disease, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), Down syndrome, heart disease (congestive heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension), HIV/AIDS, solid organ transplant, obesity (BMI >30), pregnancy, sickle cell disease.
People who have a developmental or other severe high-risk disability that makes developing severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection more likely
Frontline workers with increased occupational risk Frontline workers with increased occupational risk are people who:
Must be in-person at their place of work, and
Perform a job that puts them at increased risk of exposure due to their frequent, close (less than 6 feet) and ongoing (more than 15 minutes) contact with others in the work environment
Examples of frontline workers include, but are not limited to, school staff and daycare workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, law enforcement officers, etc.
Individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact
Residents and workers in group home settings for the mentally or physically disabled or those with behavioral or substance abuse conditions
Workers and residents in homeless shelters
Workers and residents in community training homes
State and local correctional facility staff with direct inmate contact
Correctional and immigration detention facility inmates
Migrant farmworkers living in shared housing or reliant on shared transportation
All workers in healthcare and community health settings who have routine, direct patient contact and were not vaccinated in Phase 1a
“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines, including the recent approval of the new one-shot Janssen vaccine, has given us renewed hope for a return to normalcy and a light at the end of the tunnel,” Dr. Simmer said. “At the same time, we know our fight is not yet over. Until enough of us get vaccinated, we must all continue to wear masks, stay six feet away from others, and avoid crowds, even after we have received the vaccine. In addition, being tested can help reduce the spread of the disease and identify the presence of variants as early as possible.”
Public health officials estimate it will take 70 to 80 percent of the population getting vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity and stop COVID-19.
Based on current vaccine supply levels, DHEC anticipates Phase 1c will begin on approximately April 12, 2021. The phase will include:
People aged 45 and up
This group includes those who work in essential job categories as defined by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) who are not included in Phase 1b because they do not have frequent, close contact with others in the work environment (examples may include construction workers, delivery drivers, utility workers, etc. who do not have frequent, close and ongoing contact with others).
Phase 2 will begin on approximately May 3, 2021, and will include:
All South Carolinians aged 16 and up
South Carolinians are urged to get vaccinated according to the state’s plan, and not to jump ahead of others.
“We’re asking South Carolinians to consider others, and the fact that this plan is risk-based to prevent severe illness and death,” Dr. Simmer said. “You’re urged to not jump the line and put your loved ones, friends or neighbors at risk by doing so.”
How to make an appointment?
Online appointments can be made by using //scdhec.gov/vaxlocator or you can call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 for help.
How will people demonstrate eligibility?
When seeking vaccine services, people included in Phase 1b or 1c may show eligibility by showing an ID that incudes their date of birth, verifying that they meet the criteria for a frontline or essential worker, or by verifying that they have an eligible high-risk medical condition.
The 10-acre biorefinery facility in Charleston International Manufacturing Center will be capable of processing 110,000 tons of crude tall oil from wood pulp used in paper manufacturing.
(January 29, 2021) GOOSE CREEK | SC – This week, Mainstream Pine Products, LLC, announced plans to build an estimated $90 million crude tall oil (CTO) biorefinery at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) located in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The biorefinery will be a highly advanced recycling facility with capacity to process 110,000 tons of CTO for use in a wide range of industrial applications.
This facility will serve as the centerpiece of Mainstream’s strategy to become the highest quality, lowest cost producer of CTO derivatives in North America. The company anticipates breaking ground and starting construction later this year with operations commencing in 2023.
CTO is a renewable, non-food resource and a byproduct of pine trees used in paper manufacturing. It is a vital component of many chemicals including renewable diesel processing products, lubricants, adhesives, inks, paints, coatings, and tire and rubber additives.
“We conducted deep-dive market studies and reviewed pine chemical industry cycles. The increasing demand for renewable, non-food source materials led us to a nationwide search for the best location in which to expand our operations. The Goose Creek site was unsurpassed among many we considered. “It affords us an ideal manufacturing location in an integrated industrial park with reliable infrastructure and intermodal access for efficient delivery of source materials and shipping of refined products.” – Mainstream Pine Products President & CEO Rob Helwick
“Mainstream Pine Products’ announcement builds on South Carolina’s growing reputation in the renewable materials sector. I applaud this innovative company for establishing this new facility in Berkeley County and look forward to watching them thrive for years to come.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“It is important for us to develop our line of renewable products in a plant that meets the most rigorous environmental standards,” explained Helwick. “All things being equal, we believe the general population prefers renewable products, and the biorefinery acknowledges the world’s increasing demand for more sustainable goods.”
“Mainstream Pine Products could not have picked a better location to setup operations. Berkeley County is widely recognized as a prevailing hub for manufacturing in both the region and state; and we are pleased to welcome this industry to Goose Creek to help supply and support our County’s existing industries as well as create more quality jobs and career opportunities for our citizens.” – Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb
Mainstream will be located in the 1,750-acre advanced manufacturing park at Charleston Industrial Manufacturing Center (CIMC) owned and operated by Cooper River Partners (CRP). It offers rail and deep-water access via barge, and CRP provides utility services to tenants, such as steam, compressed air, process water and more.
“We are excited to welcome Mainstream to the growing list of companies that call Charleston International Manufacturing Center home. Through providing reliable and cost-effective industrial services, CRP looks forward to supporting Mainstream’s successful growth.” – Cooper River Partners President Kent Fonvielle
“We are pleased to welcome Mainstream Pine Products to our community and look forward to its continued growth and success. By selecting Charleston Industrial Manufacturing Center as its home, it underscores what a competitive advantage this unique park in Berkeley County offers to businesses around the world.” – Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chairman John Hagerty
With access to interstate highways, deep water shipping and rail facilities, Mainstream’s 10-acre facility will feature industry leading NEXPINUS™ technology provided by Neste Engineering Solutions Oy. The associated project management and engineering will be provided by PegasusTSI, Inc. and supported by Neste Engineering Solutions.
Mainstream has also established a long-term raw material supply chain and has engaged Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to serve as the underwriter for its tax-exempt project financing.
About Mainstream Pine Products
Mainstream Pine Products, LLC, was founded in 2019 by a group of investors dedicated to using specialty chemicals from pine trees in a variety of downstream products for complex industries. Central to the company’s value proposition is the construction and operation of a new crude tall oil biorefinery along coastal South Carolina to open in 2023. Learn more about Mainstream at mainstreampineproducts.com.
(Post and Courier) SUMMERVILLE — A vital part of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution is built here, and Gov. Henry McMaster paid a visit Tuesday to celebrate it.
Horizon Scientific Inc. has recently gotten more attention after being the only manufacturer in South Carolina selling ultra-low temperature freezers. The equipment has become vital in safely storing the Pfizer vaccine for the coronavirus.
Horizon President Laura Steiner gave the governor a personal tour of the Summerville facility. McMaster said between 200,000 and 300,000 vaccines are slated to come through the state by the end of the year.
“We never expected to get the attention of our governor,” Steiner said. “We’re very proud and honored to be a part of this solution.”
While highlighting each component of the freezers during the tour, she also touched on the growing orders to the company.
In the past month, the number of orders for freezers from Horizon have been the highest the company has seen in the past two years. Steiner said overtime to meet demand has become necessary.
Horizon is also currently looking to hire more employees to build the freezers, which it made for vaccine storage even before the pandemic. Steiner said it was mostly selling to the academic community doing research.
The company’s products include a broad range of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-compliant, medical-grade refrigerators and freezers that are also used for medication and patient sample storage.
With South Carolina health care workers starting to get the vaccine this week, the company is expecting more demand as the months go on.
Following the tour, McMaster held a small press conference to further commend the company for its work. He also reiterated that officials had plans ready for a vaccine rollout months ago.
[Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020] Berkeley County Economic Development announces the addition of Bidd Smith to its team, in the key role of Project Manager. Smith joins this dynamic department as a pivotal proponent and seasoned employee of the County. In his new position, his top duties will include networking with existing industry and overseeing new projects, all while working closely with Economic Development Director Kristen Lanier. Through helping secure lucrative investment deals and ensuring ongoing job creation for the local workforce, Smith will not only contribute to the community’s enhanced quality of life but also the success of Berkeley County’s future.
Smith has a lengthy resume of relationship building and management, including 22 years with Berkeley County alone. His prior County experience includes 17 years with Berkeley County Public Works under the roles of Project Management and Utility Coordination and Vegetation Management/Licensed Applicator. For the last five years, Smith served in the County’s Safety and Risk Management Department—specifically in the area of Workers’ Comp. His vast certifications and titles range from County Infection Control Officer to OSHA 10 & 30 General Industry Certified and CPR/AED Instructor Certified.
“I feel that my years of work experience with Berkeley County Government, coupled with my love for its people, rich history and natural resources, allow a unique insight in helping guide and build its future.”
–Bidd Smith, Project Manager, Berkeley County Economic Development
“We are excited to welcome Bidd to the Economic Development Team as Project Manager. Bidd’s passion and knowledge of the County will prove to be a beneficial asset for our team. We look forward to witnessing how his skills will help further the County’s industry success and build upon our key “OneBerkeley” mission. -Kristen Lanier, Director, Berkeley County Economic Development
When not conducting County work, Smith can usually be found exploring his County. His favorite hobbies center on outdoor recreation and waterway relaxation, including hunting, fishing, and boating. Smith is also a PADI Certified Scuba Diver whose deep-water discoveries frequently include fossils and other unique finds.
Smith and his wife Norma call Moncks Corner home. The couple, who’ve been married 22 years, have two children and multiple grandchildren.
[November 10, 2020] A&R Logistics, North America’s leading supply chain services company to the chemical industry, announced today it is fully operational at its brand new export facility located in the West Branch Commerce Park in Moncks Corner, S.C. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 10 to mark the opening of the 615,000-square-foot facility where A&R packages, exports and imports plastic resin and other products for some of the world’s largest chemical companies.
“A&R’s new facility provides our customers with unprecedented optionality and the highest level of quality and service,” said Chris Ball, president of A&R Logistics. “With two high-speed packaging lines, sea bulk operations, liquid transload capability, rail service via CSX and proximity to the Port of Charleston, we provide supply chain solutions specifically engineered for the chemical industry. Every step of the build out was done with an eye toward safety, quality, sustainability and innovation, which are of the utmost importance across our entire operation.”
Developed in close cooperation with the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) and the state of South Carolina, rail tracks run along the building’s south side to facilitate the offloading of product from railcars, while the north side of the building features 72 dock doors where product is then loaded onto trucks for export. The facility has been designated a CSX Select Site, ensuring efficient and reliable capacity and service. Combined with industry-leading equipment and A&R’s trademark customer service, the new location provides complete packaging and supply chain solutions for global chemical customers.
“SC Ports is thrilled to celebrate the opening of A&R Logistics’ import and export transloading facility in Berkeley County,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “Their sophisticated warehousing and packaging operation will further support growth in the chemical industry. A&R Logistics selected the Port of Charleston as one of their east coast load ports due to SC Ports’ efficient operations, ample capacity and knowledge of the petrochemical industry. We welcome the company to South Carolina and look forward to our continued partnership.”
A&R’s ribbon cutting event marked the official debut of the space. In addition to Newsome, speakers included South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette, Senator Larry Grooms, SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome and Berkeley County Supervisor and Chairman Johnny Cribb.
A&R emphasized during the event its commitment to being a good steward of the local area not only through economic development, job creation and environmental safety but also through community involvement. The company highlighted its partnerships with groups like Keep Berkeley Beautiful and Habitat for Humanity. It also announced a $10 thousand donation to Keep Berkeley Beautiful in addition to sharing that A&R’s Vice President of Operations Brandon Boyd has joined the organization’s board.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C.– (September 30, 2020) —Kristen Lanier has been named the County’s new Economic Development Director.
Lanier, a Berkeley County native, has worked in Berkeley County since 2015. She served as the County’s Workforce Development Director in Economic Development. She then took on the role as Interim Director in April 2020 when former Economic Development Director Barry Jurs retired.
Born and raised in Moncks Corner, Lanier boasts a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing from the College of Charleston. She started with the County in February 2015 as the Marketing
and PR Coordinator for the Berkeley County Library System and joined Economic Development in July 2018. Since then, she has helped greatly expand the ManuFirstSC program, started the welding programs at Cross and Timberland high schools, and increased the participation of local industries with the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program.
Kristen Lanier has been instrumental for Berkeley County, connecting citizens with job opportunities and industries with the workforce they need. She is a born leader with a proactive drive and passion for Berkeley County. I look forward to seeing her help Berkeley County reach greater heights. -Supervisor Johnny Cribb
I’m incredibly honored to be named to this role. I’m thankful for having worked and gained valuable career experience at Berkeley County. This area has not only been my workplace for the last several years but also my home. I have a special place in my heart for the County, and I will continue to passionately serve her citizens and business community. –Kristen Lanier
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“We are incredibly proud that Camp Hall has been recognized as a top industrial park in the country,” said Mark Bonsall, Santee Cooper President and CEO. “Camp Hall stands out not only because of its environmental, workforce and technology focus, but because it’s ready for action. Infrastructure, permits and approvals are in place with designated sites ready for development as we speak.”
Camp Hall is home to Volvo Car USA’s first North American manufacturing plant and continues to provide a wide range of business opportunities.
28% of the site will also be preserved to maintain wildlife habitats and the local ecosystem. Camp Hall is working to restore 365 acres of wetland and is implementing more than 15 miles of a multi-use trail system.
Camp Hall is home to Volvo Car USA’s first North American manufacturing plant and continues to provide a wide range of business opportunities. (Photo: Santee Cooper)
“Camp Hall’s architecture centers on blending ‘man and machine,’ which goes hand in hand with our focus on the relationship between community, nature and technology,” said Dan Camp, Santee Cooper’s Senior Director of Real Estate and Camp Hall. “We’re providing a place where businesses will reap the benefits of advanced connectivity, while their employees can enjoy the trails on their lunch breaks and access the amenities of the Village Center.”
The Village Center will include a convenience store, places to eat and recreational space.
Demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development practices, Nexton, an innovative and walkable community in South Carolina, was awarded the Grand Award for Best Community Land Plan during the 2020 Gold Nugget Awards’ virtual ceremony on July 24.
According to a news release, the award is presented annually by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC). The international event recognizes the industry’s most innovative architects, land planners, builders and developers.
Developed by Newland, Nexton is a 5,000-acre, mixed-use community located just outside Charleston. Featuring three residential villages, luxury apartments, office space, state-of-the-art schools, miles of trails, more than 1,000 acres of green space and multiple commercial nodes, the community is a lifestyle-driven destination that artfully blends the best of live, work and play – all within close proximity to the area’s top employers.
“Years before Nexton’s first neighborhood or nature trail, we embraced the cornerstones of wellness and innovation to optimize the land plan and create value,” said Paul Milana, AIA, one of Nexton’s land planners and partner at Hart Howerton. “A decade later, Nexton’s popularity demonstrates a blueprint for success, and we are proud to see its continued growth.”
The Gold Nugget Awards acknowledge achievements in more than 50 categories, including mixed-use, affordable housing, educational, special-use and senior housing design. This year’s 57th annual competition received nearly 600 entries from around the world.
“This design reflects an ergonomic community plan with a fine-grained mix of uses connected by a network of trails, walkways and bike lanes,” said Newland’s Marketing Director, Cassie Cataline. “Newland has preserved an incredible 30 percent of land for open space, wooded preserves, parks and trails. The master plan has been recognized as a game-changer in the Charleston region for its thoughtful planning.”
New Multi-Tenant Office Building Currently Leasing Retail & Concept Collaborative Workspace
MONCKS CORNER, SC July 22, 2020 – Home Telecom announces the virtual opening this week of their new two-story, 20,000-square-foot Home Telecom Technology and Retail Center located at 1247 Nexton Parkway in Summerville. Home Telecom’s 2,800-square-foot customer service center, located on the ground floor of this new building, and featuring a 20-foot media wall, is not yet open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, Home Telecom will staff a dozen customer relationship specialists and technicians on-site who will be available to support the Summerville service area.
Designed by Charleston architecture and interior design studio, The Middleton Group, this impressive multi-tenant office building is meant to be a statement of intent for the Nexton development’s commercial corridor, mixing traditional brick with large expanses of glass and metal panel. Located prominently at the junction of Nexton Parkway and Brighton Park Boulevard, the building portrays a combination of the long-standing tradition established by Home Telecom and the progressive design that highlights its high-tech business that Nexton seeks to showcase.
“With Nexton’s rapid growth and plan for major innovation in mind, it was crucial for the design for the Home Telecom Technology and Retail Center to set the tone for the rest of the area. We incorporated a variety of materials and textures to ensure a modern, yet timeless design, that would lead the office building and its tenants far into the future,” said Blake Middleton, Principal of The Middleton Group.
In addition to Home Telecom’s customer service center, this building will house leasable office and retail spaces. Available now, Home Telecom has partnered with Bridge Commercial to begin leasing 5,200 square feet of office and retail space on the ground floor, which can be finished to either meet the needs of one large business or two or three individual businesses. The Concept collaborative workspace, 20,000 square feet of gigabit-capable office space on the second floor will be opening this fall.
According to Home Telecom President and CEO, William Helmly, while Home Telecom is eager to open the new retail space to the public, the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the area, and the continued construction on the second floor, makes it unsafe to do so at this time.
“This high-tech building equipped with additional office space and Concept shared workspace fills a void for Summerville’s growing entrepreneurs and business owners,” Helmly said. “We’re looking forward to showing off the space in the very near future.”
With easy access to I-26, the new high-tech office building powered by multi-gigabit wired internet and WiFi in one of the Lowcountry’s fastest developing commercial centers, helps Home Telecom better serve the growing population in the Summerville area, and to provide entrepreneurs and start up technology companies, amenity-rich office space in a like-minded environment.
An official grand opening and ribbon-cutting event for the entire building is planned for later this fall when Concept is complete. The 8,000-square-foot shared, conceptualized office space is designed for technology entrepreneurs, small startup businesses, and work-from-home professionals looking for a place to collaborate.
For more information about the round of activity currently happening at the new Home Telecom Technology and Retail Center in Summerville, contact Gina Shuler at Home Telecom, email@example.com or (843) 761-9178.
Home Telecom is an integrated communications provider headquartered in Moncks Corner, SC providing telephone, high speed Internet, video, and security services to residents and businesses in the Charleston region of South Carolina. They utilize a variety of state-of-the-art technologies, most notably FTTP technology, making them a leader in providing the fastest broadband internet services in the state. Visit HomeSC.com for details about a local company with a history that spans more than 100 years.
The Middleton Group Architecture Studio
The Middleton Group, an architecture and interior design studio based in Charleston and founded by Laura and Blake Middleton in 2007, is dedicated to creating beautiful, healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient buildings for their clients. They focus on delivering exceptional design and service, treating every project with the same level of quality and attention, and valuing their client’s input throughout the design process. They use the latest technology to enhance the design process and expand the client’s understanding of the design through 3D visualization, modeling, and renderings. The firm has received multiple local and state-wide design awards for their projects. Please visit www.themiddletongroup.net and follow @themiddletongroup on Instagram for more information.
Bridge Commercial is a regionally focused commercial real estate firm headquartered in Charleston, SC. Bridge’s brokers are best in class and known nationally for their experience and expertise. Bridge’s mission is to best serve our clients with the combination of collaborative teamwork, experienced and dedicated talent, and the leverage of technology and innovation. For additional information regarding leasing and availability, please contact Mike Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkeley County Economic Development Team welcomes its newest team member, Corey D. McClary. McClary will serve as the Workforce Development Manager.
McClary is married to his best friend, his bride, Kimberly McClary. Goose Creek has been home to the McClarys since 2003.
Raised by two professional educators, McClary has a passion for helping others and education. His mother, Eartha McClary, was a teacher at Howe Hall Elementary and Goose Creek Primary for many years and has since retired. She still continues to serve as a mentor and long -term substitute for Berkeley County School District. His dad, John McClary, was a high school teacher, coach, and Athletic Director in Charleston County School District. He has since retired as well. They both serve as leaders in several local civic organizations and in their local church. Together they raised four sons.
McClary was raised that God and family were the backbone to what shaped one’s character. He was also taught and trained that true leadership was developed with respect, integrity and discipline. These characteristics helped McClary develop a passion early on in life to become a “servant leader”, or one that leads by serving others.
As such, McClary has had the privilege of serving in the United States Army, also serving as a full time Youth Pastor here in Goose Creek, serving as a Citizen Advisor for the City of Goose Creek, serving as a Berkeley Electric COOP Community Outreach Board Member, serving as a Community Arbitrator for Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, being the founder of the Berkeley County Teen After School Center with the SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice, and serving as a mentor to dozens of students. McClary also serves in his local church as a teacher for Children’s Church, a media team member, and Pastor’s Aid.
McClary is a graduate of The Citadel, loves sports, and has five children, Destiny, Danielle, Kaitlyn, Cayden and Cameron.
Kristen Lanier, the former Workforce Development Manager, has now transitioned to serve as Project Manager.
South Carolina COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing
We’re seeking community partners with the ability to quickly source and/or make needed medical supplies (e.g. face shields, gowns, ventilators, masks, and other products as needed) to support the State of South Carolina’s COVID-19 response. We’re also seeking community partners with the capability to test and certify such medical supplies toward the COVID-19 response.We’re especially seeking medical providers that have medical supply needs.