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Experian sends Family Secure notifications to taxpayers with minor dependents

Gov. Nikki Haley continues working with law enforcement and business leaders to protect S.C. taxpayers

November 30

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that taxpayers affected by the South Carolina Department of Revenue information security breach who claim minors as dependents have begun receiving notification from Experian by email or letter with instructions about how to sign up for Experian’s Family Secure identity monitoring service free of charge for one year.

“We continue to work with law enforcement, legislators and great corporate citizens like Experian to ensure that South Carolina taxpayers have the very best protection available,” said Gov. Haley. “If you claim minors as dependents, you should absolutely take the time to sign them up for identity and credit monitoring through Experian’s Family Secure.”

Experian began notifying individuals by email or letter yesterday, Thursday, November 29. Notifications will be staggered over the next few weeks so South Carolina taxpayers should not be concerned if they do not receive a notice right away. Once notified, individuals may register coverage for himself/herself and any number of minors (five minors can be enrolled via the website; for more than five minors, the adult must call Experian). Family Secure enrollment ends May 31, 2013. To enroll a minor dependent with “Family Secure,” an individual must already be enrolled in Experian’s ProtectMyID and have the minor dependent’s Social Security number, name and date of birth, and must be the minor’s legal parent or guardian.

Family Secure monitors children’s personal information for the existence of a credit file and sends alerts if suspicious activity or signs of identity theft are detected. For minors who have a credit history, Experian will regularly monitor the minor’s credit file to see if any credit, loan, or similar account is opened in the minor’s name. For minors who do not have a credit history, Experian will regularly monitor the minor’s personal information (name, address, date of birth and Social Security number) to see if any credit file is created in the minor’s name.

As of Friday morning, the Experian call center set up to assist South Carolina taxpayers had received approximately 845,000 calls and approximately 900,000 signups for Experian’s ProtectMyID. Access to unlimited fraud resolution beyond the one year enrollment period is included in Experian’s ProtectMyID membership and available to any taxpayer affected by DOR’s information security breach. Taxpayers who sign up for protection will also be notified – by email or letter – about how to sign up for the Family Secure plan if they claim minors as dependents.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp offers South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product that will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file. Even something as simple as a change to a business address or a company officer change would set off an alert to the business owner. The cost will be waived for business filing tax returns since 1998. Business owners can visit http://www.dandb.com/sc/ or they can call customer service toll free at this dedicated phone number 1-800-279-9881.

Experian is offering those impacted South Carolina businesses Business Credit AdvantageSM - a self-monitoring service that allows access to a company’s business credit report and score.

South Carolina businesses can sign up for Business Credit Advantage at http://www.smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina.

Gov. Haley reiterated that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:
- Call Experian at 1-866-578-5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service. (The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.)

- For any South Carolina taxpayer who wishes to bypass the telephone option, there currently is an online service available at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up.

Free one-year Family Secure plan includes:
• Regular monthly monitoring of Experian information for every child on the account
• Protection against material damages that may occur to a child due to misuse of their credit file
• If no credit file exists, Experian monitors children’s personal information for the creation of one
• Alerts the parent/guardian to important activity such as credit inquiries, public records, delinquencies, negative information (e.g., liens, civil judgments, bankruptcies, and new accounts ) to a minor’s credit history
• Activity is detected based on the minor’s SSN, date of birth, name or address or any combination of that data, utilizing Experian's proprietary credit file matching logic
• Once activity is detected, the parent/guardian can work with a dedicated Experian Fraud Resolution representative on the best course of action
• Monthly “No Hit” Alerts if no credit activity is detected in a month
• Comprehensive fraud resolution service – dedicated professionals to manage your case and help members recover from identify theft quickly and efficiently
• Daily monitoring of primary parent’s credit report and early warning alerts if credit report changes are detected
• Unlimited Experian credit reports and scores
• Experian credit score illustrator to show monthly score tending and analysis
• $2,000,000 product guarantee

A Frequently Asked Questions document regarding Experian’s Family Secure plan is attached.

Schaeffler Group USA expanding operations in Chesterfield County

$40 million investment expected to create 190 new jobs

November 29

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Schaeffler Group USA, an automotive and industrial component supplier, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Chesterfield County. The $40 million investment is expected to generate 190 new jobs.

"Schaeffler Group USA is proud to continue our long standing partnership with the Town of Cheraw, Chesterfield County and the state of South Carolina. We have a skilled team capable of manufacturing high-quality bearings and engine components for our automotive and industrial customers," said Bruce Warmbold, president and CEO of Schaeffler Group North America.

Schaeffler Group USA has been manufacturing bearings for more than 40 years in Cheraw and has two plants in Chesterfield County. Both facilities will be expanded to produce bearings and engine components for new automotive applications. The expansions will be completed by 2013 and this is the second major expansion of the Chesterfield facilities in the past two years.

The Governor and Commerce officials met with the Schaeffler Group in Germany in 2011 following the Paris Air Show.

"Having a long-time South Carolina manufacturer like Schaeffler Group USA choose to make another substantial new capital investment into its Chesterfield County operations is more excellent news for South Carolina’s economy," Governor Nikki Haley said. "South Carolina's exceptional workforce talent and training programs continue to attract investments like this one, and have made our state the best place in the South to start, locate or expand a business."

"Today's announcement once again shows South Carolina's strength in the automotive club. Schaeffler Group USA's decision to expand in Chesterfield County also provides another boost to our state's manufacturing renaissance. We look forward to the company's continued growth in our state," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $4.4 billion in capital investment and more than 6,800 jobs in the automotive-related sector.

"This is a great day for the town of Cheraw and Chesterfield County. The expansion announcement by Schaeffler validates that the company has faith in our strong local business climate," said Chesterfield County Council Chairman Matt Rivers.

"We in Cheraw have had a great business relationship with Schaeffler from day one. We have seen them grow to where they are today and the entire community appreciates their presence here. We are proud to be a part of this announcement and we are glad to offer Schaeffler additional incentives to help this announcement become a reality," said Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram.

The company has multiple plant locations in South Carolina, including Fort Mill and Spartanburg, employing more than 2,300, and making it one of the largest German-based manufacturer's in the state.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will offer pre-employment training designed specifically for the Cheraw operations. Training in this project will be in the areas of technical skills, advanced automation, safety practices and leadership skills.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

The Schaeffler Group with its product brands INA, FAG, and LuK is a leading global manufacturer of rolling bearings and linear products as well as a renowned supplier of high-precision components and systems for engines, transmissions and chassis applications to the automotive industry. The bearings and engine systems produced at the Cheraw facility, where Schaeffler has had a presence for over 40 years, are used in automotive and industrial applications.

Southeast Frozen Foods expanding operations in Calhoun County

$4.5 million investment expected to create 10 new jobs

November 28

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Southeast Frozen Foods, a food products distributor and cold storage service provider, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Calhoun County - the company’s second expansion in the last five years. The $4.5 million investment is expected to generate 10 additional new jobs.

“We are pleased to be able to increase capacity at our operations in Calhoun County to keep pace with our growing customer base. We have operated in South Carolina for over 30 years and the state has long provided us with an excellent business environment and skilled workforce. We look forward to continuing to grow and meet our customers’ needs. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Rich Bauer, president and CEO of Southeast Frozen Foods.

Southeast Frozen Foods offers supply chain solutions to retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers in the food industry. The company will add new freezer capacity to its Gaston facility, located at 220 Frontage Road. The new equipment will include state-of-the-art blast freezing technology that will increase productivity and be more energy efficient.

“We work hard to bring new companies to our state, but it’s always exciting to see one of South Carolina’s existing grow. We celebrate Southeast Frozen Foods’ decision to invest $4.5 million and create new jobs in Gaston. By keeping taxes and regulatory costs low, we can continue to strengthen our state’s business-friendly climate,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $322 million in capital investment and more than 2,800 jobs in the distribution and logistics sector. Additionally, in the agribusiness sector, more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,400 jobs have been recruited during the same time period.

“South Carolina continues to provide the location and infrastructure companies need to get products to customers. Today’s expansion announcement by Southeast Frozen Foods serves as another indication of that fact. Every one of these jobs will have an impact in Calhoun County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Along with supplying customers throughout the Southeast, the company also exports about 10 percent of its products as well. Southeast Frozen Foods expects the expansion to be completed in 2013.

“The expansion of Southeast Frozen Foods speaks to the increasing potential of agribusiness in South Carolina. Not only will this expansion create new jobs on-site, but it also has the potential to open the door to more opportunities for local food producers,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

In 2007, Southeast Frozen Foods expanded this facility by 32,000 square feet, adding 1.2 million cubic feet of space, four more dock doors and 3,500 more pallet positions. The company also added 30 new jobs.

“We appreciate Southeast Frozen Foods’ decision to expand in Calhoun County. Today’s announcement signifies two things to us: that we’re pleased with the company and the progress that it has made as a Calhoun County enterprise, and that the company is satisfied with its location in Calhoun County. We are honored that Southeast Frozen Foods is sinking its business roots deeper and deeper into the sandy soil of Calhoun County,” said Calhoun County Economic Development Council Chairman Pat Black.

“Southeast Frozen Foods understands the value of having a distribution center in the Central SC Region with close proximity to four major interstates and a world-class workforce. The greatest testament of a region-state business vitality is when a company continues to reinvest in the same location. Congratulations to Calhoun County and we greatly appreciate the vote of confidence by the Southeast Frozen Foods management team,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

Anyone interested in employment opportunities with Southeast Frozen Foods should visit the company’s careers page at http://74.9.203.74/employment/

Southeast Frozen Foods, a part of Southeast Food Distribution, provides outsource solutions for retailer grocers and distributors in the supply chain areas of procurement, transportation, inventory management and distribution. The categories supported by the company are frozen food, ice cream, frozen bakery/deli, frozen meat and refrigerated. Southeast Food Distribution supplies independent and regional supermarket chains in twenty two states and the District of Columbia, and exports to the Caribbean, Central and South America. For more information, please visit www.seff.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley announces application guidelines for S.C. Work Ready Communities Initiative

November 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that the application and guidelines are now available for counties that want to participate in the South Carolina Work Ready Communities initiative.

Developed by ACT, a Work Ready Community is a measure of the quality of a county's workforce. South Carolina was one of four pilot states selected by ACT to participate in the ACT Certified Work Ready Community program. The South Carolina initiative certifies the quality of the workforce based on four criteria. Counties must meet goals for high school graduation, soft skills development, business support, and National Career Readiness Certificate holders.

"My top priority as governor is jobs for South Carolinians," said Gov. Haley. "We're participating in the Certified Work Ready Communities initiative because this program offers a nationally recognized and respected credential that shows businesses that South Carolina has the workforce and expertise that they need in order to grow."

Today's announcement was made at Zeus, a global leader in material science and high-performance polymer extrusions located in Orangeburg that supports WorkKeys, a pre-employment test for documenting and improving the basic math and reading skills of workers. All new manufacturing professionals at Zeus must take WorkKeys and score proficient to be eligible to work at the specialty tubing manufacturer.

Video of the event, including remarks by the governor, is available here.

"Zeus believes strongly in ensuring and improving the work skills of all its employees," said Zeus Chief Executive Officer John M. Worley, Jr. "WorkKeys is not just a good business practice; it also gives our employees a sense of pride about the work they perform and helps to improve the overall quality of the workforce in South Carolina."

"Having a qualified and skilled workforce is the backbone for economic prosperity," said Lewis F. Gossett, President and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. "Through this cooperative local approach that aligns economic development, education, and workforce development, South Carolina will be able to demonstrate we have a ready workforce that can be competitive. More than any other factor, future manufacturing jobs will depend on this and other workforce development efforts."

The application and guidelines are available at www.scworkready.org.

Headquartered in Orangeburg, Zeus is a world leader in material science and the production of high-performance polymer tubing; employing more than 1,200 people worldwide with South Carolina facilities in Orangeburg, Gaston and Aiken. The company also has sites in New Jersey and internationally. Zeus products and services are preferred by companies in medical, automotive, electrical, fluid handling, aerospace, and mechanical markets. For more information about Zeus visit www.zeusinc.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: November 26, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of November 26 includes:

Monday, November 26: 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley and South Carolina Manufactures Alliance (SCMA) President Lewis Gossett announce application guidelines for counties to participate in the South Carolina Work Ready Communities Initiative, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., Research/Marketing Facilities, 3737 Industrial Boulevard, Orangeburg, S.C.

Tuesday, November 27, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker at The Heritage Foundation’s Annual Business Luncheon, The Ritz Carlton, 160 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL.

Wednesday, November 28, 8:30 AM: Gov. Haley will be the guest speaker at the Republican Governors Association’s Discussion Breakfast, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, November 28, 11:30 AM: Gov. Haley will meet with members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: November 13 and 19, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the weeks of November 13 and 19 included the following:

Tuesday, November 13

9:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:05 PM: Legislative call.

1:10 PM: Legislative call.

1:45 PM: Policy meeting.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley held a press conference to make a cabinet announcement, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

3:30 PM: Newspaper interview.

4:15 PM: Agency call.

5:15 PM: Agency call.

Wednesday, November 14

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Agency meeting.

11:45 AM: Agency meeting.

1:15 PM: Agency meeting.

2:15 PM: Gov. Haley held a press conference to update on the SCDOR data breach, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

4:30 PM: Policy call.

6:30 PM: Legislative meeting.

Thursday, November 15

9:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:15 AM: Gov. Haley participated in the AARP’s Teletownhall to discuss the S.C. DOR data breach.

10:45 AM: Legislative meeting.

1:00 PM: Economic development call.

1:50 PM: Economic development call.

2:15 PM: Gov. Haley visited with students from Thomas Hart Academy, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, November 16

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:45 AM: Agency meeting.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley participated in a conference call with editorial board writers.

3:20 PM: Newspaper interview.

Monday, November 19

11:30 AM: Agency meeting.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:15 PM: Television news interview.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Tony Keck, Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Director Catherine Templeton, and March of Dimes representative Dr. Amy Picklesimer held a press conference to discuss the work by state and private groups to improve the Infant Mortality Rate, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

2:40 PM: Agency call.

3:00 PM: Policy call.

Tuesday, November 20

9:15 AM: Agency meeting.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

11:30 AM: Agency meeting.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley held a press conference to discuss the SCDOR information breach, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

3:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

Wednesday, November 21

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Haddon House Food Products Inc. expanding facility in Chester County

$3.1 million investment expected to create 100 new jobs

November 21

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Haddon House Food Products Inc., an exporter, importer and distributor of food products, today announced plans to increase operations at its Chester County facility. The $3.1 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.

“We are pleased to take the next big step for our company and move forward with plans to greatly expand our Chester County facility. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent place to do business and an exceptional workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Bob Blake, facility manager for Haddon House food products.

Haddon House Food Products Inc. is expanding its existing facility, located at 578B L and C Industrial Park in Richburg, to allow for increased volume for the company’s distribution operations. The company currently has more than 250 employees at the location. The expansion is expected to be complete by 2017.

“It’s great to see another one of our state’s existing businesses build on its presence here. We celebrate Haddon House Food Products decision to invest $3.1 million and create 100 new jobs in Richburg. Today’s announcement is also another big win for one of South Carolina’s rural areas,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $322 million in capital investment and more than 2,800 jobs in the distribution and logistics sector.

“South Carolina has continued to show that it is the right place for companies to do business, especially for those whose business is getting products to customers. Our state continues to see its distribution and logistics sector grow, and today’s announcement by Haddon House Food Products is another indication of that success,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Since 1988 Haddon House Food Products has been a strong community member and partner in the economic success of Chester County,” said Chester County Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey. “We are extremely pleased that they made the decision to expand their Richburg operation. Chester County appreciates the company’s investment in our community, and we will continue to work with them and our other existing industrial partners to create the best possible conditions for the growth of business.”

“We are pleased Haddon House Food Products, a long-time corporate citizen of Chester County, is expanding their operation here. Haddon House Food Product’s capital investment of $3.1 million and the creation of 100 new jobs affirm that Chester County is an excellent location to do business,” said Chester Development Association Chairman Mike Enoch.

The company expects to begin hiring for the new positions in fall 2013. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should send inquiries to Bob Blake at 578B L and C Distribution Center Richburg, S.C. 29729.

For more information about Haddon House Food Products, please visit www.haddonhouse.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley releases report on S.C. DOR data breach, pens letter to IRS, accepts Etter resignation

November 20

Governor Nikki Haley today released a report from information security company Mandiant regarding the information security breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue (S.C. DOR) during an afternoon news conference at the Statehouse in Columbia. Mandiant’s report is attached, and video of the governor’s news conference is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OV6TZHZKqg&

The governor also encouraged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to require all states to have stronger security measures in place for handling tax information. A copy of the governor’s letter to the IRS is attached.

Finally, the governor today accepted S.C. DOR Director Jim Etter’s resignation effective December 31 and announced Bill Blume, who currently serves as Executive Director of the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority, as the next Director of S.C. DOR. Information about Blume is available here: http://peba.sc.gov/meetbill/default.htm

JTEKT Corporation expanding manufacturing facility in Richland County

$130 million investment expected to create 175 new jobs
November 20

COLUMBIA, S.C. – JTEKT Corporation, an automotive systems and industrial components supplier, announced plans today to expand its Koyo brand bearing manufacturing facility in Richland County, South Carolina. The $130 million investment is expected to generate 175 new jobs over the next three years.

“We are excited for our associates and the community to expand our current operation in Richland County. Customer demand continues to increase for our bearing products, and this expansion will provide the capacity needed to meet this demand,” said Bobby Rowell, JTEKT plant manager and lifelong Richland County resident. “We are proud of the success at this plant since it opened in 1995. This expansion, plus our continued hard work to satisfy our customers, will ensure our future success.”

The company’s planned expansion will double the size of the facility to more than 500,000 square feet. The plant manufactures bearing hub units for automotive customers including Toyota, BMW and General Motors.

“This is a great announcement for our Richland County plant,” added Steve McCullough, JTEKT vice-president and general manager. “Many locations were considered for this large capital investment by JTEKT. One of the key reasons we selected this location was the collaborative effort of Richland County, the town of Blythewood, the state of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric & Gas.”

“South Carolina continues to prove to companies from around the globe that it is the right place to do business. We celebrate JTEKT Corporation’s decision to invest $130 million and create 175 new jobs in the Midlands area. By further strengthening our state’s business-friendly climate and developing our workforce talent, we can continue to expect more job-creating announcements like this one,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $4.4 billion in capital investment and more than 6,800 jobs in the automotive-related sector.

“The manufacturing renaissance continues to grow in South Carolina, especially with announcements in the automotive sector, like this one from JTEKT. The automotive industry continues to be a creator of wealth and a source for good jobs throughout the Palmetto State,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Today’s announcement by JTEKT is significant not only for the size of the capital investment, but more importantly, for the trust the company has in our citizens to produce a world class product,” said Kelvin Washington, chairman of Richland County Council. “JTEKT has been a great corporate citizen since 1995, and we look forward to continuing that relationship.”

“We congratulate JTEKT Corporation on this significant capital investment and job creation announcement. The Central SC Alliance has worked with JTEKT on projects in both Richland and Orangeburg counties for nearly two decades. They have a long and productive history of manufacturing quality products for the automotive industry here in the Central South Carolina region. I want to express my appreciation to all of our partners that worked together in assisting JTEKT. We continue to see solid economic momentum in the region and state,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

Construction is expected to begin in early January and additional hiring will begin later during 2013. For additional information please contact Leon Harris, JTEKT project manager, at leon.harris@jtekt.com or 864-770-2490.

JTEKT is a major global producer of automotive systems and industrial components. For more information about the company, please visit www.jtekt.co.jp.

Transaxle Manufacturing of America Corporation increasing investment in York County facility

Company to invest $7.5 million, add equipment at plant

November 20

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Transaxle Manufacturing of America Corporation, a maker of vehicle transaxles, today announced plans to further invest in its operations in York County. The company plans to increase its investment $7.5 million over the next five years.

“We are pleased to move forward with this additional investment which will allow us to meet the needs of customers who manufacture vehicles used in a wide range of applications in the utility vehicle and compact utility tractor markets. This investment will continue to allow us to manufacture high-quality transaxles to meet demanding customer’s needs. South Carolina and York County have always provided us with an excellent business environment and available labor force. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials in making this project a reality,” said Steven E. Pehowski, president of Transaxle Manufacturing of America.

Transaxle Manufacturing of America will add new equipment to increase capacity at its plant located in the Waterford Industrial Park in Rock Hill.

“Our existing companies continue to see South Carolina as the right place to do business, and that shows we’re on the right track with our economic development efforts. We celebrate Transaxle Manufacturing of America’s $7.5 million investment in its Rock Hill facility and look forward to the company’s continued growth here in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 18,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Today’s announcement provides another boost to South Carolina’s manufacturing renaissance. Transaxle Manufacturing of America’s investment shows that our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce, along with top-notch worker training programs, are helping companies prosper,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell said, “TMA has been a significant corporate partner and stable employer in York County for over two decades. Their decision to re-invest here is proof York County has developed a conducive business environment and also demonstrates our ability to compete world-wide for new and expanding industrial investment.”

Transaxle Manufacturing of America was formed in July 2001 to be a supplier of high-quality, cost effective transaxles to meet the needs of customers who manufacture vehicles used in a wide range of applications in the lawn and garden and recreational markets. The company produces transaxles to the customer’s designs and specifications. For more information about the company, please visit www.transaxlemanufacturing.com.

Advanced Inventory Solutions Inc. establishing new operations in Dorchester County

Investment expected to create 35 new jobs

November 19

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Advanced Inventory Solutions Inc., a provider of inventory auditing services, today announced that has located new operations in Dorchester County. The $250,000 investment is expected to generate 35 new jobs.

“Our new location in Dorchester County provides an excellent opportunity for our company. We look forward to building our business there and adding new customers in the area. South Carolina provides us with an excellent business environment, a skilled workforce, and we appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Tim Bayer, president of Advanced Inventory Solutions.

Advanced Inventory Solutions has located new operations in an existing building in Summerville. The company will provide physical inventory auditing services to retail customers, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and specialty retail stores, among others.

“We work hard every day to show companies the benefits of doing business in South Carolina, and so it’s exciting to see announcements like this one. We celebrate Advanced Inventory Solutions’ decision to invest and create 35 new jobs in Summerville,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The new operation represents Advanced Inventory Solutions’ first location in South Carolina. The company also provides a range of additional services to customers, including competitive pricing tracking and assessment, product buy-back coordination, defective write-ups, out-of-stock reporting and pricing assistance.

“More and more businesses are seeing a world of opportunity that South Carolina provides. Investments like this one from Advanced Inventory Solutions bring new jobs to our communities and help make them sustainable. Every one of these jobs will have an impact in Summerville,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“We are delighted and very proud Advanced Inventory Solutions has chosen Dorchester County for their location,” said Chairman Larry Hargett of Dorchester County Council. “Their decision is a testament to the quality of our community and the determination of the team that worked to make this investment possible. When a company invests in this area and creates jobs, it’s not only a win for Dorchester County, but a win for the entire region.”

“I am pleased to welcome Advanced Inventory Solutions, Inc.’s regional support office to Summerville. Our area’s blend of businesses was a driving force in bringing this project to fruition. AIS’s inventory auditing solutions should be beneficial to grocery, convenience stores, other retailers and pharmacies. We look forward to a long and profitable stay for AIS in Summerville,” said Mayor Bill Collins.

“Advanced Inventory Solutions will be an asset to the Charleston region,” said Wayne Hall, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board chairman. “Our business friendly climate, Piggly Wiggly’s significant presence and our ready supply of highly-skilled workers are critical factors in AIS’s decision to locate here, and we’re glad they have.”

“Piggly Wiggly was searching for an inventory solutions provider. We needed a company that would provide us with the most accurate physical inventory count, give us a higher level of technology and truly partner with us in those efforts. We feel we found that with AIS. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with them,” said Lynn Willard, vice president of asset management for Piggly Wiggly.

The company is in the process of hiring for the new positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities should contact Holle Gridley at (616) 459-8712 or humanresources@aisservice.com for further information.

For more information about Advanced Inventory Solutions, please visit www.aisservice.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley to Sebelius: S.C. will not set up a state-based health care exchange

November 15

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for states to decide if they intend to participate in the health exchange program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

A copy of the governor’s letter to Sec. Sebelius is attached.

In the letter, Gov. Haley informed Sec. Sebelius that South Carolina “should not and will not set up a state-based health care exchange.”

Under PPACA, the governor wrote, “the federal government is required to establish exchanges and gave individual states the choice to participate. Yet, as we worked through the process of analyzing options available to South Carolina, it became abundantly clear that state ‘participation’ was in name only.”

“[T]he law’s state-based exchange programs are not state-based at all. Instead, they simply pass along to the state the burdens of a new and cumbersome bureaucracy,” she continued.

The governor also urged federal officials to provide all states with clear guidance on how state-based, partnership, and federally-facilitated exchanges will work or to delay the implementation deadline.

“The amount of uncertainty in our economy is growing given the lack of information available from the federal government at a time when we can hardly afford it,” the governor wrote.

Gov. Nikki Haley announces 46th Annual Governor’s Carolighting

Live 5 News anchor Bill Sharpe will emcee event

November 15

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and the First Family will join Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin at the 46th Annual Governor’s Carolighting on Monday, December 3, at 6:00 PM on the north side of the Statehouse. The event is sponsored by the City of Columbia, Columbia Breakfast Optimist Club, Columbia Garden Club and Garden Club of South Carolina.

“Our family is excited to participate in what is a beautiful kickoff to the holiday season for all South Carolinians,” said Gov. Haley.

Live 5 News anchor Bill Sharpe, a Charleston native who has been with the Lowcountry television station for more than 30 years, will emcee the 46th Annual Governor’s Carolighting.

Members of the media wishing to cover the event should contact Ray Borders Gray at (803) 545-3779 or rbgray@columbiasc.net.


 

State officials announce new Cabinet-wide cyber-security measures

Executive Order directs all Cabinet agencies to begin twenty-four hour a day monitoring

November 14

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, Budget and Control Board Executive Director Marcia Adams, Division of State Information Technology (DSIT) Director Jimmy Earley and State Inspector General Patrick Maley today announced new cyber-security measures to minimize the risk of cyber attacks and data breaches in state government.

An executive order signed by the governor today directs Cabinet agencies to work with DSIT to implement Network Monitoring to include twenty-four hour a day monitoring as well as intervention and interrupting of unusual events or viruses. The governor also encouraged all non-Cabinet agencies to work with DSIT to identify weaknesses in current network monitoring and implement stronger monitoring services where needed.

A copy of the governor’s executive order is attached. Video of today’s press conference is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGhl5DEDG0M&

Using equipment and trained IT personnel to monitor IT systems around the clock, Network Monitoring identifies potential security breaches, such as the downloading of viruses and malware, collects and monitors network traffic, intercedes and interrupts in real time the download of detected viruses and malware to a specific network computer, and collects and correlates this information across all agencies so that they can better identify trends and common IT vulnerabilities.

Once a potential threat or attack is identified, DSIT will notify the agency and request that agency’s IT staff remove the infected computer from the network and begin remediation action. Agency networks will be monitored around the clock by DSIT staff and by six agency personnel who will be dedicated to this task. The new approach will minimize cost and increase agency knowledge and experience in IT security.

The device DSIT Network Monitoring will employ to intercede and interrupt in real time the download of detected viruses and malware is the Mandiant Intelligent Response (MIR) appliance. A Mandiant product also known as “The Hand,” MIR was put in place at DSIT to help monitor and manage the South Carolina Department of Revenue network in the wake of the breach, and the equipment will be re-positioned to cover all Cabinet agencies.

As of Wednesday morning, the Experian call center set up to assist South Carolina taxpayers had received approximately 775,500 calls and approximately 789,500 signups for Experian’s ProtectMyID program. Access to unlimited fraud resolution beyond the one year enrollment period is included in Experian’s ProtectMyID membership and available to any taxpayer affected by DOR’s information security breach. Taxpayers who sign up for protection will also be notified – by email or letter – about how to sign up for a “Family Secure Plan” if they claim minors as dependents.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp offers South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product that will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file. Even something as simple as a change to a business address or a company officer change would set off an alert to the business owner. The cost will be waived for business filing tax returns since 1998. Business owners can visit http://www.dandb.com/sc/ or they can call customer service toll free at this dedicated phone number 1-800-279-9881.

Experian is offering those impacted South Carolina businesses Business Credit AdvantageSM - a self-monitoring service that allows access to a company’s business credit report and score. South Carolina businesses can sign up for Business Credit AdvantageSM at http://www.smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina.

Gov. Haley reiterated that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:

- Call 1-866-578-5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service. (The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.)

- For any South Carolina taxpayer who wishes to bypass the telephone option, there currently is an online service available at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year. Complimentary 12-month ProtectMyID memberships available to South Carolina taxpayers affected by the DOR information security breach include:

- Credit Report: A free copy of your Experian credit report.

- Daily 3 Bureau Credit Monitoring: Alerts you of suspicious activity including new inquiries, newly opened accounts, delinquencies, or medical collections found on your Experian, Equifax® and TransUnion® credit reports.

- Identity Theft Resolution: If you have been a victim of identity theft, you will be assigned a dedicated, U.S.-based Experian Identity Theft Resolution Agent who will walk you through the fraud resolution process, from start to finish.

- ExtendCARE: Full access to the same personalized assistance from a highly-trained Fraud Resolution Agent even after your initial ProtectMyID membership expires.

- $1 Million Identity Theft Insurance: As a ProtectMyID member, you are immediately covered by a $1 Million insurance policy that can help you cover certain costs including, lost wages, private investigator fees, and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.

RMF expanding Greenville County operations with new facility at Matrix Technology Park

$13 million investment expected to create 20 new jobs

November 14

COLUMBIA, S.C. – RMF will expand its current operations in Greenville County, building a custom facility in Greenville County’s Matrix Business & Technology Park. The $13 million investment is expected to generate at least 20 new jobs over the next three years.

“We have discussed the new facility for five years and we are excited about the decision to expand RMF operations here in Greenville County and to locate at the Matrix Business & Technology Park,” said John Pazdan, president of RMF. “Ultimately combining all of our operations at The Matrix is an important part of the successful future we envision and this expansion will help to make us even more competitive. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business climate and the skilled talent we require as we enter our second half-century of serving an expanding automotive, heavy truck and industrial equipment customer base.”

RMF currently operates two facilities in Greenville County, and may ultimately combine all operations at the new Matrix facility. The Matrix facility will initially be 85,000 square feet, and the site will have room to expand to over 200,000 square feet as demand warrants in the future, Pazdan noted. Some of the current associates will transition to the new facilities over time.

“While we work every day trying to bring new companies to South Carolina, it is always exciting to see one of our existing businesses grow in our state. We celebrate RMF’s decision to invest $13 million and create 20 new jobs in Piedmont. Announcements like this show we are doing the right things to help companies prosper,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Construction on the new Matrix facility, to be located at 1515 Old Grove Road in Piedmont, is under way and is expected to be operational in June 2013.

“South Carolina continues to see its reputation in the automotive club grow. When companies like RMF expand, it strengthens our state’s manufacturing renaissance and helps create wealth in our communities. Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Greenville County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

RMF’s two current facilities serve many of the Interstate 85 corridor’s 200-plus automotive, heavy truck and industrial equipment suppliers and “many of the nearly-1,000 related suppliers located within 400 miles of this region,” added RMF CEO Cliff Roy. “Manufacturing in the Southeast has rebounded recently with the U.S., German, Japanese and Korean automotive assembly plants all doing well. We also are seeing opportunities within the heavy truck and industrial equipment markets. This new facility will also allow us to increase our presence in the growing aerospace industry. Our strategy is to reach out into new arenas, and this expansion will certainly enable us to do so.”

“We’re pleased that RMF will continue to enjoy the advantages that Greenville County offers their company for continued success,” said H.G. “Butch” Kirven, director of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council. “Their decision to expand and consolidate operations at The Matrix Park is an important affirmation of this region’s focus on growing our automotive and aerospace clusters. As an innovation-driven organization with blue-chip clients, RMF is a prized member of the Upstate business community.”

Persons interested in being considered for hire should contact Kristen Beddingfield of Spartan Staffing at 864.553.7073 or via email at kbeddingfield@spartanstaffing.com.

Founded in 1961 as Roy Metal Finishing, RMF is the largest corrosion resistant coating jobshop in the Southeast providing zinc and zinc alloy electroplating, electrocoating, zinc phosphating and passivation. Since expanding their services to the automotive market, Pazdan and CEO Cliff Roy have focused on automating processes and chemical controls, introducing the latest in environmentally-friendly corrosion protection for metal parts and ductile iron castings and forgings, and delivering high-quality electroplating on a just-in-time basis to hundreds of organizations across the Southeast.

For additional information on RMF, visit them on the web at www.roymetal.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley announces Ray Farmer as next Insurance Director

November 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Raymond G. Farmer, who currently serves as Vice President of the South East Region for the American Insurance Association, as her selection to be the next Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance. Farmer has over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, working for an organization of over 300 insurance companies.

Video of the governor’s announcement is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5afn9383_rU

“It’s a great day in South Carolina because we have been working to find not a good but a great insurance director,” said Gov. Haley. “And that’s what we found in Ray Farmer. We had a lot of people who were very good, but we wanted, like the rest of the Cabinet, to have a business person in the job. What excites me most is he knows policy. He knows what works in other states, and he knows what doesn't. He knows what businesses are looking for: what earns them a good profit margin, but yet still ensures they deliver good customer service.”

Farmer was part of the team at the American Insurance Association that worked extensively with state legislative leaders from across the country through the National Conference of Insurance Legislators. Prior to joining the American Insurance Association, Farmer was employed by the Georgia Insurance Department as Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the Enforcement Division for eight years. As part of his service to the property-casualty industry, Farmer served for over thirty years on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Arson Control Program, an industry organization aiding fire fighters and prosecutors combating the crime of arson. He served in every leadership capacity during his tenure on the Board.

“Insurance is a crucial element in just about everything we do: in our personal lives, in our business lives, in our financial lives,” said Farmer. “We've found the more competitors you have in a marketplace the better the consumers are served. Competition brings the customer choices in regard to pricing and service. The more competitors you have that have a presence in this state brings more jobs to our citizens. Currently the insurance industry employs in excess of 38,000 people in this state. We look to grow that number.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: November 13, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of November 13 includes:

Tuesday, November 13, 2:00 PM: Gov. Haley will hold a press conference to make a cabinet announcement, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: November 5, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of November 5 included the following:

Monday, November 5

9:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM Agency meeting.

11:30 AM: Agency call.

Tuesday, November 6

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley voted, Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, Gymnasium, 1205 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington, S.C.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, November 7

8:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:00 AM: Agency meeting.

12:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM: Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

2:45 PM: Agency meeting.

3:35 PM: Legislative meeting.

4:15 PM: Economic development meeting.

Thursday, November 8

8:40 AM: Agency call.

10:00 AM: Agency call.

11:30 AM: Economic development call.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 33rd Annual Summit Luncheon, Wild Dunes, Palms Ballroom, 4600 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, S.C.

1:50 PM: Media availability.

2:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:35 PM: Agency call.

4:00 PM: Agency call.

4:50 PM: Newspaper interview.

Friday, November 9

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:10 AM: Constituent meeting.

10:40 AM: Gov. Haley visited with the 345th Bombardment Group and families, Double Tree Hotel, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, S.C.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the Palmetto Center for Women’s Tribute to Women in Industry Awards Luncheon, Columbia Marriott Downtown, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, S.C.

1:40 PM: Media availability.

2:05 PM: Agency call.

2:15 PM: Agency call.

Veterans Day statement from Gov. Nikki Haley

November 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement:

“Michael and I ask that you join us in celebrating the courage and sacrifice of our Veterans and their families. They gave so much, and they deserve our thanks not just on Veterans Day but every day.

“May God continue to bless our Veterans and their families and keep them strong. And may He continue to bless the United States of America.”

W. Lee Flowers and Company expanding in Florence County

$6.5 million investment expected to create 15 new jobs

November 8

COLUMBIA, S.C. – W. Lee Flowers and Company, a wholesale grocery company, today announced plans to expand its operations in Florence County. The $6.5 million investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

"We are pleased to move forward with plans to expand our Florence County operations. This expansion will help us meet increased demand from our customers. South Carolina continues to provide the right fit for our company's operations. We appreciate the support we've received from state and local officials like Rusty Smith, Waymon Mumford, and Joe King," said Henry Johnson, president of W. Lee Flowers and Company Inc.

W. Lee Flowers is expanding with a 75,000-square-foot addition to its warehouse operation located at 127 East W. Lee Flowers Road in Scranton. The company supplies IGA retail stores and independent supermarkets across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. The first phase of the expansion is expected to be completed in 2013.

"It's exciting to see a home-grown company with a long history in South Carolina, like W. Lee Flowers and Company, increase its footprint here. We celebrate the company’s decision to invest $6.5 million and create new jobs in Florence County. By continuing to strengthen our state’s business-friendly climate, we can create an environment for success for all our existing businesses," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $322 million in capital investment and more than 2,800 jobs in the distribution and logistics sector. Additionally in the agribusiness sector, more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,400 jobs have been recruited during the same time period.

"South Carolina's location and solid infrastructure provide companies with the ability to reach markets across the East Coast and throughout the Southeast. W. Lee Flowers and Company has built a reputation on providing goods to customers for nearly a century, and we appreciate the company's decision to expand and create more jobs in the Palmetto State,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

"This expansion is another indication of how vital agribusiness is to South Carolina. W. Lee Flowers and Company is well-respected in the food industry, and is a great partner to farmers in South Carolina. I look forward to seeing the impact of the company's further investment in our state," said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

"On behalf of the state of South Carolina, I thank W. Lee Flowers for their commitment to Florence County," said Senator Hugh K. Leatherman. "As State Senator and a resident of Florence County, I am thrilled to see retention of current employees, new capital investment and an increase in jobs for the citizens of this fine county."

"W. Lee Flowers has been a part of the fabric of our county for many decades. Once again, Florence County has proven its dedication to grow and prosper economically," said Florence County Council Chairman K.G. "Rusty" Smith.

The company expects to begin hiring for new positions in late 2013. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the company's human resources department at (843) 389-2731.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant for $100,000.

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday’s presidential election results

November 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement:

“First, Michael and I want to offer our congratulations to Mitt and Ann Romney – two wonderful people filled with grace, strength and love of country, and two people we are proud to call our friends. They ran a campaign that offered a vision of America that is strong, prosperous and free, and inspired millions of Americans in the process. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.

“Second, we congratulate President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their hard-fought and hard-earned re-election. Since the day he was sworn into office back in 2009, we have hoped and prayed for President Obama’s success as, more than anything, we want to raise our children in an America that’s thriving and that offers our children the same blessings and opportunities it has offered the generations that preceded them. Those hopes and prayers continue today.

“Although South Carolina cast a majority of its votes in the other direction, our country has spoken. As Americans, we must respect this outcome, and, as governor, I will work together with President Obama wherever I can for the betterment of our state and country.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: November 5, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of November 5 includes:

Tuesday, November 6, 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley will vote, Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, Gymnasium, 1205 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington, S.C.

Thursday, November 8, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 33rd Annual Summit Luncheon, Wild Dunes, Palms Ballroom, 4600 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, S.C.

Friday, November 9, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker at the Palmetto Center for Women’s Tribute to Women in Industry Awards Luncheon, Columbia Marriott Downtown, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: October 29, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 29 included the following:

Monday, October 29

8:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:00 AM Agency meeting.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel, South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Jim Etter and other officials held a press conference to update the people of South Carolina on the DOR information security breach and reiterate what every South Carolinian can and should do to protect themselves, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:45 PM: Economic development meeting.

3:45 PM: Constituent call.

7:00 PM: Policy call.

8:50 PM: Policy call.
Tuesday, October 30

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:15 AM: Gov. Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel, South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Jim Etter and other officials held a press conference to update the people of South Carolina on the DOR information security breach and reiterate what every South Carolinian can and should do to protect themselves, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Columbia, S.C.

11:30 AM: Media availability.

1:00 PM: Legislative meeting.

5:50 PM: Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

7:25 PM: Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

7:30 PM: Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

Wednesday, October 31

9:25 AM: Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

9:55 AM: Agency call.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended agency meetings in Bamberg, S.C.

1:20 PM: Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

1:30 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:15 PM: Economic development call.

4:30 PM: Gov. Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel, South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Jim Etter and other officials held a press conference to update the people of South Carolina on the DOR information security breach and reiterate what every South Carolinian can and should do to protect themselves, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, November 1

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:30 PM: Gov. Haley held a cabinet meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Columbia, S.C.

2:50 PM: Media availability.

3:45 PM: Policy call.

4:00 PM: Policy call.

4:50 PM: Policy call.

Friday, November 2

9:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Agency call.

11:45 AM: Newspaper interview.

Gov. Nikki Haley thanks utility companies and electric cooperatives for assisting state response to DOR breach

November 2

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that public and private utilities and the twenty electric cooperatives of South Carolina are including a message regarding identity theft protection in customers’ electric and gas bills. More than 3.1 million customers across the state will be reached as customers begin to receive messages in November and December bills.

The governor’s office reached out to presidents and chief officers of utility companies and electric cooperatives to ask for assistance in contacting customers in the wake of the South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) information technology security breach, and executives were more than willing to offer help.

“As I said yesterday, in the wake of bad people doing bad things, it’s wonderful to see good people stepping up to do good things,” said Gov. Haley. “I can’t thank these companies and executives enough – including Mike Couick from Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Keller Kissam from South Carolina Electric & Gas (a SCANA company), Clark Gillespy from Duke Energy of South Carolina and Lonnie Carter of Santee Cooper – for stepping up to help the people of our state. They are great corporate citizens.”

The message each utility or cooperative will include, in whole or in part, is the following:

Protect yourself against identity theft

In October, the S.C. Department of Revenue learned that its records were breached in a criminal cyber attack. As a result, anyone who has paid SC taxes since 1998 may have had his or her personal information compromised.

S.C. individual taxpayers should do the following by Jan. 31, 2013:
• Visit www.ProtectMyID.com/SCDOR (code SCDOR123) or call 1-866-578-5422 (M-F 9am-9pm EST; S-S 11am-8pm EST) to enroll for one year of identity theft protection.

S.C. business owners should do one or both of the following by Jan. 31, 2013:
• Visit www.DandB.com/SC or call 1-800-279-9881 (M-F 8am-8pm EST) to register for lifetime credit alert protection.
• Visit www.SmartBusinessReports.com/SouthCarolina to register for lifetime business credit monitoring.

All services are free of charge. For more information, please contact the SC Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-922-1594 or visit www.consumer.sc.gov.

S.C. DOR last week announced that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers had been exposed in a cyber attack, and state officials said Wednesday that information from up to 657,000 businesses was also exposed.

As of Friday morning, the Experian call center set up to assist South Carolina taxpayers had received approximately 665,000 calls and approximately 561,000 signups for Experian’s ProtectMyID program. Access to unlimited fraud resolution beyond the one year enrollment period is included in Experian’s ProtectMyID membership and available to any taxpayer affected by DOR’s information security breach. Taxpayers who sign up for protection will also be notified – by email or letter – about how to sign up for a “Family Secure Plan” if they claim minors as dependents.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp offers South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product that will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file. Even something as simple as a change to a business address or a company officer change would set off an alert to the business owner. The cost will be waived for business filing tax returns since 1998. Business owners can visit http://www.dandb.com/sc/ or they can call customer service toll free at this dedicated phone number 1-800-279-9881.

Experian is offering those impacted South Carolina businesses Business Credit AdvantageSM - a self-monitoring service that allows unlimited access to a company’s business credit report and score. Beginning Thursday, South Carolina businesses can sign up for Business Credit AdvantageSM at http://www.smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina.

Gov. Haley reiterated that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:
- Call 1-866-578-5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service. (The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.)

- For any South Carolina taxpayer who wishes to bypass the telephone option, there currently is an online service available at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year. Complimentary 12-month ProtectMyID memberships available to South Carolina taxpayers affected by the DOR information security breach include:

- Credit Report: A free copy of your Experian credit report.

- Daily 3 Bureau Credit Monitoring: Alerts you of suspicious activity including new inquiries, newly opened accounts, delinquencies, or medical collections found on your Experian, Equifax® and TransUnion® credit reports.

- Identity Theft Resolution: If you have been a victim of identity theft, you will be assigned a dedicated, U.S.-based Experian Identity Theft Resolution Agent who will walk you through the fraud resolution process, from start to finish.

- ExtendCARE: Full access to the same personalized assistance from a highly-trained Fraud Resolution Agent even after your initial ProtectMyID membership expires.

- $1 Million Identity Theft Insurance: As a ProtectMyID member, you are immediately covered by a $1 Million insurance policy that can help you cover certain costs including, lost wages, private investigator fees, and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.

Honda marks 2.5 millionth ATV built in South Carolina, commits to plant expansion

$27 million investment expected to create more than 65 new jobs

November 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 1, 2012 – Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc. (HSC) today marked its 2.5 millionth all-terrain vehicle (ATV) production milestone. The company also announced that it will add production of Honda’s next generation of side-by-side (multi-utility vehicle) products in mid-2013 at its Florence County plant. The $27 million investment is expected to generate more than 65 new jobs.

“Reaching the milestone of 2.5 million units is a testament to the commitment of our associates and the entire Honda team to produce products that exceed our customer's expectations,” said HSC plant manager Scott McKenzie. “Adding the new side-by-side production demonstrates the confidence Honda top management has in our associates and their capabilities to produce these new vehicles.”

The ATV production milestone occurs just 14 years after Honda began ATV production in the Timmonsville plant. HSC has manufactured many different models of ATVs since its start in 1998, including the FourTrax and SporTrax series, which the plant continues to produce today.

“We congratulate Honda of South Carolina in reaching a milestone with the production of the 2.5 millionth ATV at the Florence facility. We are also excited that Honda has chosen to invest $27 million and create more than 65 new jobs in Timmonsville. When a world-class company like Honda increases its footprint here, it shows that South Carolina is the right place to do business,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 18,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“South Carolina continues its manufacturing renaissance with the help of world-class companies like Honda. Today’s production milestone and expansion announcements are great news not only for Timmonsville, but also for the state as a whole. Foreign-affiliated companies continue to have a huge positive impact on our state’s economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Honda side-by-side production will transfer from Honda de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (HDM) to HSC. Based on the potential for increased production and future expansion at HSC, along with plans to expand the side-by-side dealer network throughout the U.S. in 2013, the company determined that HSC was the right location. Following the move of side-by-side production, HDM will increase capacity for the production of additional two-wheel products to meet growing market demand in Mexico.

“We’re very fortunate to have another flagship industry decide to expand here,” said state Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. “It is evident that Florence County continues to be a competitive and desirable location for manufacturers.”

Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Dr. Charles Gould said, “Honda’s presence in Florence County has been and will remain incredibly significant. They have been one of our largest employers for quite some time and the epitome of an outstanding corporate citizen. The Florence County Economic Development Partnership congratulates them on their 2.5 millionth ATV.”

As with other Honda plants in North America, the Timmonsville plant has undergone continuous innovation over the years to maintain flexibility and efficiency. HSC is actively renovating an existing 94,000-square-foot building to receive the production equipment from Honda de Mexico’s side-by-side plant. In the second half of 2013, HSC will be ready to begin production for a new generation of Honda side-by-side.

“The Timmonsville plant has established a strong foundation in South Carolina by continually improving our plant operations in order to exceed the expectations of our customers,” said Brian Newman, president of Honda South Carolina. “The addition of this new product will allow the Timmonsville plant to grow its commitment to the great state of South Carolina by investing in new expansion, tooling and new jobs for this area. Production of the side-by-side also will benefit the region by increasing the volume and range of parts purchasing from domestic suppliers.”

With the flexibility to produce many powersports product models, associates at the Timmonsville plant currently manufacture all Honda ATVs for the North American market and the vast majority for global sales. HSC is also the exclusive North American production site for all utility models. In addition to manufacturing, Honda has established R&D and engineering, as well as the company’s export handling operations in South Carolina, along with a parts distribution center and other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales in North America.

About Honda South Carolina Mfg.
Honda South Carolina Mfg. employs more than 850 associates. The plant began production of the four-wheeled Honda FourTrax ATV model line in 1998. In fall 2000, operations expanded to add engine production to the plant. The Timmonsville plant’s production line has the capacity to manufacture a quarter of million vehicles and 310,000 engines per year.

Honda operates nine manufacturing facilities in the U.S. that produce a wide range of products, including automobiles, light trucks, engines and automatic transmissions, as well as all-terrain vehicles and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers, and general-purpose engines. Honda also operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products produced in North America, including ATVs and side-by-sides.

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley’s Cabinet meeting and media availability

November 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley held a Cabinet meeting today to discuss how state agencies can assist South Carolina taxpayers affected by the South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) information security breach.

Video of the governor’s Cabinet meeting is available here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxE8KZluW88

Video of the governor’s media availability following the Cabinet meeting is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MHg3NXLqnM

S.C. DOR last week announced that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers had been exposed in a cyber attack, and yesterday state officials said that information from up to 657,000 businesses was also exposed.

As of Thursday morning, the Experian call center set up to assist South Carolina taxpayers had received approximately 653,000 calls and approximately 521,000 signups for Experian’s ProtectMyID program. Access to unlimited fraud resolution beyond the one year enrollment period is included in Experian’s ProtectMyID membership and available to any taxpayer affected by DOR’s information security breach. Taxpayers who sign up for protection will also be notified – by email or letter – about how to sign up for a “Family Secure Plan” if they claim minors as dependents.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp will offer South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product that will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file starting Friday. Even something as simple as a change to a business address or a company officer change would set off an alert to the business owner. The cost will be waived for business filing tax returns since 1998. Business owners can visit http://www.dandb.com/sc/ beginning Friday or they can call customer service toll free at this dedicated phone number 1-800-279-9881.

Experian is offering those impacted South Carolina businesses Business Credit AdvantageSM - a self-monitoring service that allows unlimited access to a company’s business credit report and score. Beginning Thursday, South Carolina businesses can sign up for Business Credit AdvantageSM at http://www.smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina.

Gov. Haley reiterated that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:

- Call 1-866-578-5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service. (The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.)

- For any South Carolina taxpayer who wishes to bypass the telephone option, there currently is an online service available at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year. Complimentary 12-month ProtectMyID memberships available to South Carolina taxpayers affected by the DOR information security breach include:

- Credit Report: A free copy of your Experian credit report.

- Daily 3 Bureau Credit Monitoring: Alerts you of suspicious activity including new inquiries, newly opened accounts, delinquencies, or medical collections found on your Experian, Equifax® and TransUnion® credit reports.

- Identity Theft Resolution: If you have been a victim of identity theft, you will be assigned a dedicated, U.S.-based Experian Identity Theft Resolution Agent who will walk you through the fraud resolution process, from start to finish.

- ExtendCARE: Full access to the same personalized assistance from a highly-trained Fraud Resolution Agent even after your initial ProtectMyID membership expires.

- $1 Million Identity Theft Insurance: As a ProtectMyID member, you are immediately covered by a $1 Million insurance policy that can help you cover certain costs including, lost wages, private investigator fees, and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.

 

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