April 2024 Newsletter

Apr 30th, 2024

MBREDC April 2024 Newsletter

A Timeline of I-73

Adam Benson (WBTW)

Over its nearly 40-year history, the planned construction of Interstate 73 has taken on near mythical status — spanning seven presidential administrations, countless studies, and passionate arguments on both sides.

If it ever gets built, the roughly 80-mile, $2 billion highway would be South Carolina’s sixth interstate, linking the state’s tourism hub directly to the North Carolina border through rural areas of the Pee Dee, running from Rockingham, North Carolina through Marlboro and Dillon counties.

It would then cross Interstate 95 and feed onto Highway 22 in Horry County.

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Next Gen Tech: Breakthroughs that will transform the world

From Bank of America Institute

Innovation leads to transformation

The pace at which shifts in innovation are transforming businesses, and the world, is unprecedented. Between the exponential growth of data (doubling every two to three years), cheapening computing power, and the rise of a connected world (e.g., IoT (internet of things), mobile devices, social media), BofA Global Research believes that the fastest transformation in human history is ahead of us.

What’s more, the commercialization of new technologies and breakthroughs will happen much faster than ever before and as a result, society is preparing for what is coming next, today.

The AI revolution- read more

Homewood Metalworks Celebrates Grand Opening

Homewood Metalworks recently celebrated the opening of their new 68,000-square-foot facility in the Ascot Valley Industrial Park. The Conway building, an over $5 million capital investment, currently has 28 employees.

Owner, Jimmy Hardwick, has been in business in Horry County since 1968, opening Homewood Metalworks in 1980. We are proud to have Homewood Metalworks in Horry County and appreciate their continued commitment to our community.

Upcoming MBREDC Events

Interested in sponsoring an

MBREDC 2024 Event?

Benefits of sponsoring:  

  • Your company name/logo/hyperlink emailed in the invitation to all MBREDC members at least twice prior to the event.
  • Your company name/logo displayed at the event.
  • 3-5 minutes to discuss your business during the event.
  • Opportunity to hand out and/or display materials during the event.
  • Shared guest list after the event.
  • Additional invitations to the event as possible.

Contact Sandra James for more information

and to reserve an event

MBREDC May Event:

Made In Myrtle

An Existing Industry Expo

Thursday, May 16, 2024

11:00 am – 2:00 pm (drop-in)

HGTC Grand Strand Campus Conference Center

950 Crabtree Lane

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Made in Myrtle Industry Expo
950 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC
05/16/24 11:00am – 05/16/24 2:00pm US/Eastern
Drop-in and Walk-through Event
I’ll Be There!

Horry County and the Grand Strand area are home to nearly 200 existing industries.

Join the MBREDC as we showcase many of the industries that are currently thriving in Horry County.

Learn about the items being created, manufactured, and distributed in our area and the jobs that may be available.

Talk to industry leaders about the latest trends.

Network with business leaders.

Sponsored by:

Participating Companies:

bFIVE40 Shade & Shutter Expo Carolina Powder Coating Integra Fabrics

East Coast Signs Benjamin’s Bakery Surteco DC BLOX Teknoware Aalberts

Moose Logistics HTC Skutchi Designs Homewood Metalworks Zephyr

Archetype SC Lewis Truck Lines

CRP Worksman Cycles Pepsi

And More!


MBREDC April 2024 Event:

Members’ Spring Social at Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The MBREDC Members’ Spring Social was a homerun hit with over 100 members in attendance. Thank you to Shade & Shutter Expo for sponsoring this yearly event.

The MBREDC Industry Awareness Class

Our March class began in the Ascott Valley Industrial Park at Skutchi Designs, specializing in creating customized office furniture and cubicles.

Also in Ascott Valley, we visited Homewood Metalworks new facility, a family-owned business, that manufactures metal buildings, roofs, and all accessories.

Lewis Truck Lines is a family-owned trucking company that has been in business since 1935. They focus on meeting customer’s needs by transporting the goods safely to desired destinations in 48 states.

Next up was a tour of the Academy for Technology and Academics where students are being prepared for the future through a variety of majors, including Culinary Arts, who prepared a delicious meal for us.

We rounded out the day at PTR, a firearms manufacturer located in the Cool Springs Industrial Park, and Zephyr International who design, develop and manufacture products and services that enhance the safety of helicopter rescue hoist teams. What a day!

Visit the websites of these local industries to learn more about what is being made in Horry County and the jobs they offer.

Thank you to each of these businesses for welcoming our class.

If you are interested in being part of the next Industry Awareness Class that will begin in September 2024, contact Sandra James for more information. Applications will be accepted beginning in June 2024.

New & Renewing Partners

New Members

King Asphalt

Germ Bust My Bins


Renewing Members

Little River Chamber of Commerce

New York Life- Ulitza Kronemeyer

Shed Windows & More

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Byrne Media

SC Power Team


Burroughs & Chapin

Bank of America


Partner News

McLeod Health Unveils Plans for New Hospital in Carolina Forest

McLeod Health, a leading healthcare provider in the region, celebrated a momentous occasion on Monday, April 22nd, as it unveiled plans for the new state-of-the-art hospital at the McLeod Health Carolina Forest Campus.


The groundbreaking event marked the beginning of construction for a $56 million, four-story, 48-bed facility that will serve the growing population of Horry County and the Grand Strand area. The construction project is expected to take two years to complete with an anticipated opening in 2026. This will be the first new hospital built in Horry County since McLeod Health Seacoast opened in 2011.

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HGTC Professor Appointed to SREB Commission on Artificial Intelligence

HGTC is proud to announce that Professor Stan Greenawalt, a distinguished faculty member in the Cybersecurity and Information Technology, has been invited to join the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI). This esteemed commission, chaired by the Governor of South Carolina, is dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence in education and workforce preparation.

“We are immensely proud to announce Professor Greenawalt’s appointment to the Southern Regional Education Board Commission on Artificial Intelligence. This prestigious recognition not only underscores the caliber of expertise within our faculty but also reinforces HGTC’s commitment to shaping the future of education. We are confident that Professor Greenawalt will bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to this influential commission. The appointment reflects not only on the excellence of Professor Greenawalt but also on the standing of HGTC as a leading institution dedicated to innovation and educational excellence,” said Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC president.

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Chairman’s Partners
Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation

2050 Hwy 501 East, Building 100

Conway, SC 29526


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