#ColumbiaAgenda: SC Firms Named to Top Design List, Boeing Unions, Food for Thought Fundraiser, Slow Start for Opportunity Zones, Teachers, The High Price of Anti-Venom, Fake Friends in Your Feeds
May 01, 2019 09:46AM
By Chris Haire
Four South Carolina firms have named to Engineering News-Record's annual Top 500 Design Firms list: The highest ranking firm from the Palmetto State is Charleston-based LS3P, which came in at 195 on the ENR list, a drop from 2018's 177. The next highest was ESP Associates in Fort Mill, ranking 256 this year after 2018's 270 spot. Columbia's Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering leaped from a 353 position in 2018 to 286 this year. The Greenville firm of McMillan Pazdan Smith came in at 290, a slight fall from 288 in 2018. --Chris Haire
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has called for the unionization of Boeing South Carolina workers: Following last week's New York Times raising concerns about alleged safety issues and an alleged retaliatory workplace culture at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plant in North Charleston, Sen. Brown issued a statement in which he argued that unionization would "change Boeing’s corporate culture" and help "improve product safety."
In a letter to Boeing, Brown wrote, "I read with great concern The New York Times’ recent reporting on safety concerns in the 787 Dreamliner production line. I was particularly troubled by the company’s repeated practice of ignoring, harassing, or firing employees who raised safety issues during production."
He added, "Instead of creating a corporate culture where potential safety violations must be reported quickly and processed carefully, multiple former plant employees said they were intimidated, harassed, ignored, or even terminated for raising production quality concerns."
"Your employees are critical to producing high-quality, safe planes, and they should be included in decisions regarding production quality and timing," Brown wrote. "Union representation would facilitate a productive exchange between workers and management and would ensure workers are protected from retaliation when they raise concerns about the production process."
While the Times focused on Boeing South Carolina, an earlier report from Defense One alleged that Boeing's Everett, Wash., site had produced planes for the Air Force in which "tools and parts" had been left inside the aircraft, a potential safety hazard. --Chris Haire
Food For Thought: The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina's new Midlands event, Food For Thought, will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. The Food for Thought tasting event will showcase some of the most notable culinary influencers in the Midlands. Attendees will enjoy an evening of food, beer, and wine pairings to support the statewide mission of the BIASC.
The focus of the conversation throughout this evening reception will be about concussion awareness and the importance of rehabilitation following a traumatic brain injury. To help convey this message, special guests will include former college athletes from across the state of South Carolina, as well as legislators who supported the SC Student Athlete Concussion Law in 2013.
To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-for-thought-tickets-59014085719. Tickets are $50 per person.
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