Originally created 06/30/00

Business briefs



State sues agency over air regulations

WASHINGTON - Wisconsin legislators sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday over clean air regulations they blame for high gas prices in southern Wisconsin.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, claims the EPA failed to consider the price consequences of new formulation requirements for cleaner-burning gasoline. It seeks suspension of the rules, which went into effect June 1.New, old banks plan to mergeOne of South Carolina's newest bank companies and one of its oldest said Wednesday they would join forces.

RHBT Financial Corp., parent company of 4-year-old Rock Hill Bank & Trust, has signed a letter of intent to acquire 102-year-old Bank of Ridgeway for $15.8 million.

Automaker will expand facility

COLUMBIA - BMW Manufacturing Corp. will spend $300 million at its Spartanburg County plant and add 500 jobs there to meet demand for the German automaker's new sport utility vehicle. BMW officials did not announce any new vehicle models or specific new facilities Tuesday. Supplier considers Georgia moveATLANTA - An auto parts supplier to Honda Motor Co.'s minivan plant in Alabama is considering a 100-employee plant in Rockmart, Ga., in 2002. Officials with Jefferson Southern Corp. and the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism are scheduled to sign an agreement for the $33 million factory project this morning.

Rockmart is in Polk County, 20 miles northwest of Atlanta.