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Governor updates records policy

COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has agreed to preserve a broad range of documents, including e-mails between the governor and her staff, under a new policy that represents a first for a chief executive of the state.

Haley’s office and the state archives agency signed the document this week. It is the first time in the four-decade history of the state Public Records Act that a governor has signed a comprehensive records retention policy specific to the office, said Eric Emerson, director of the Department of Archives and History.

The new policy follows criticism about deleted e-mails. The issue arose last fall after open records requests from media outlets revealed Haley’s office routinely deleted e-mails.

Haley called the update a major step toward transparency, the issue she ran on in 2010.

Caterpillar plant in Sumter to expand

PEORIA, ILL. — Equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. plans to spend $20 million to expand one of its South Carolina manufacturing plants to handle growing demand.

Caterpillar said Wednes­day that the expansion in Sumter, S.C., will add more than 80 jobs at the plant over the next two years.

The project will nearly triple the size of the Sumter plant.

It will make large hydraulic cylinders that Caterpillar currently makes at its Joliet, Ill., plant.

Caterpillar is shifting that work away from Joliet to allow that plant to expand production of other products to help meet growing demand for the company’s construction and mining equipment.

Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., says it expects to begin hiring more workers in Sumter near the end of the year.

– Associated Press


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