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SC Energy Sector Growing in Importance

John Weidner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  You may not be aware of this but the Carolinas have the largest energy economy in the Eastern US and are among the most diverse in the world.  Our next guest is contributing to this important economic sector of our state through his work in education and research and was honored for such by receiving an Energy Leadership Award at the recent Energy Inc. Summit in Charlotte, NC.

Mike Switzer interviews John Weidner, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.