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  • A battery recycler from Nevada says it will spend $3.5 billion and hire 1,500 workers on a new plant near the South Carolina coast. Redwood Materials says it plans to pull out key components of batteries such as nickel, cobalt, lithium, and copper, and reuse them to make electrodes for electric vehicles. The South Carolina plant in Berkeley County near Ridgeville will drive down battery costs and emissions to build them and will also reduce reliance on foreign firms since currently so many components for electric vehicle batteries are made overseas. Redwood Materials says it will work with companies like Panasonic, Volkswagen, Volvo, Proterra and Envision to build its recycled batteries and plants to open the South Carolina plant in 2023.
  • A coalition including state representatives, pastors and union leaders wants a tire manufacturer to improve conditions at its South Carolina production facilities, including allowing workers to unionize. According to a copy of the document provided in advance to The Associated Press, a group planned to deliver a letter Tuesday to Giti Tire Manufacturing CEO Phang Wai Yeen. Signatories say workers complain of mandatory overtime and unpredictable schedules at the Richburg plant. Several labor unions, including United Steelworkers, signed onto the letter. The union has criticized Giti for "misspending millions in COVID-19 stimulus funds." The company has said it appropriately qualified for the assistance.
  • A grower-owned peanut shelling company said it plans to set up operations in South Carolina's Orangeburg County. Premium Peanut said it plans a $64.3 million investment that will create 130 new jobs. News outlets report the new facility will provide more capacity and allow South Carolina peanut growers the chance to be a part of a cooperative model. Portions of the new facility are expected to be operational by spring 2022. The company's customers consist of major snack, candy and peanut butter manufacturers.
  • Oshkosh Defense will make new delivery vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service in Spartanburg County, SC, creating 1,000 new jobs.
  • Automation has been increasing in the Palmetto State’s factories for a long time, bringing with it fears of job losses for people whose jobs are…
  • On a clear sunny day executives and government officials in black hard hats push metal shovels into loose dirt. This ceremonial groundbreaking in front of…