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LORIS, S.C. (WPDE) — Dalton Pictures is opening a new movie studio in Loris!Construction has been in progress for two years behind paper-backed windows of multiple buildings on Main Street, according to the press release.Complete renovations which include complete demolition from floors to roofs building out of 20,000 square feet of space will become the Dalton Pictures Studio facilities.The infrastructure of the buildings is completely new to make the studio system modern and up-to-date.“We have been ...
LORIS, S.C. (WPDE) — Dalton Pictures is opening a new movie studio in Loris!
Construction has been in progress for two years behind paper-backed windows of multiple buildings on Main Street, according to the press release.
Complete renovations which include complete demolition from floors to roofs building out of 20,000 square feet of space will become the Dalton Pictures Studio facilities.
The infrastructure of the buildings is completely new to make the studio system modern and up-to-date.
“We have been working 6 and 7 days a week for several years keeping the news quiet from the public. Loris city council signed NDAs 2 years ago, as well as a few members of the chamber of commerce. Everyone that knows is very excited and so are we to finally announce the vision of what is to come. In fact “Coming Soon” has a whole new meaning in Loris," said Jerry Dalton, President of Dalton Pictures and Founder/Director of The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival.
Dalton Pictures' last production “A Carolina Christmas” opened in theaters nationwide in 2020 and was even shown in IMAX theatres.
The opening sequence and some of the interior production took place in Loris as well as Pawleys Island, Myrtle Beach and Conway.
Tours of the studio will take place as filming is in progress, allowing a behind-the-scenes interaction and you may just end up in the production.
Those who sign releases while streetscape scenes are being filmed and when extras are needed are likely to come from the tours.
"I’m excited about the investment the folks at Dalton Pictures are making in the Loris community. Welcoming the film industry creates limitless opportunities for our economy, and is very much in line with the theme of diversifying industry in the region."- Cobi Williams of the Loris Chamber of Commerce
A day pass for the tour will include lunch from one of the downtown food establishments as well as merchandise among other exciting experiences.
“Who doesn’t like the adventure of movies or television?” said Dalton. "I talk to many different walks of life and as soon as I mention that I am in the Motion Picture Industry, eyes light up, whether it be a young person looking for their first job or a Neurosurgeon. It invokes a level of fantasy, which is a great thing. When people leave to head back home, not only did they get to stay at one of the best beaches in the United States, they also get to go home and tell their friends and family what they were a part of.”
The studio facility buildout will be complete at the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024.
LORIS, S.C. (WBTW) — A distributor of custom athletic socks has announced plans to build a $2.6 million facility in Loris that will create 75 jobs over three years, according to a news release from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s office.Moose Logistics & Distribution’s new facility at 3535 Franklin St. — its first in South Carolina — is expected to be up and running by March, the release said. The facility will start production of sock sublimation as well as “pick and ship” for other ...
LORIS, S.C. (WBTW) — A distributor of custom athletic socks has announced plans to build a $2.6 million facility in Loris that will create 75 jobs over three years, according to a news release from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s office.
Moose Logistics & Distribution’s new facility at 3535 Franklin St. — its first in South Carolina — is expected to be up and running by March, the release said. The facility will start production of sock sublimation as well as “pick and ship” for other customers.
“Our state has become a place where companies, both new and old, want to do business,” McMaster said in the release. “The logistics and distribution sector booms because of the infrastructure network in place to make business happen. We welcome Moose Logistics & Distribution to Horry County and look forward to seeing what plans they have for the future.”
It’s the third major development project announced in Horry County in the past two weeks. Carolina Refractories Inc. announced plans to build a $3.7 million, 37,000-square-foot facility in Conway and create more than three dozen new jobs over the next five years; Shed Windows and More in Longs plans to expand by building a $4.2 million, 50-square-foot facility that is expected to result in more than three dozen new jobs to the area over the next five years.
Moose Logistics is a subsidiary of UET International and creates custom logos for athletic socks that are distributed to suppliers across the U.S. according to the release. It supplies licensed socks for NFL and NCAA teams to Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club and other major retailers, along with its recently acquired Strideline brand products.
“As owner of UET International, I am very pleased with the choice to open the logistics and operations services in Loris, S.C.,” said Thomas Moose Jr., the company’s founder. “I intend to hire directly from the local community and technical colleges and create good paying, long-term employment.”
Horry County was awarded a $50,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to help with building improvements, the release said.
“Moose Logistics & Distribution is a huge win for Loris and Horry County, Council Council Chairman Johnny Gardner said. “With the huge growth in our county over the past several years, distribution and logistics is a win for our community.”
Those interested in applying for jobs with the company can go to SC Works.
LORIS, S.C. (WPDE) — For the past few months Oaks of Loris has had to overcome a lot of hurdles.From unsanitary conditions to expensive renovations and pushback from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.Owner Terry McLean said it has all become so much, that they are closing their doors."Ever...
LORIS, S.C. (WPDE) — For the past few months Oaks of Loris has had to overcome a lot of hurdles.
From unsanitary conditions to expensive renovations and pushback from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Owner Terry McLean said it has all become so much, that they are closing their doors.
"Everybody is in tears. It’s a heartbreaking situation," McLean said.
McLean and her husband have owned Oaks of Loris for about six months. She said they’ve already poured thousands of their own money into improvements.
"We have $783,053.38," she said.
All that in order to solve mold issues and a number of unsanitary conditions. That doesn’t include the thousands of dollars in citations that were left unpaid by the previous owner that she is now responsible for.
"It was just like you were digging deeper and deeper into something that we had nothing to do with," she said.
Since they're choosing to close down, they're responsible for finding housing for all the residents by June 3.
"We had to find Medicaid placement for them and it’s still hard. We have a few that we are still working on, but we’re still hoping for the best," she said.
ABC15 reached out to SCDHEC and they provided us with this statement:
It's the responsibility of our state's long-term care facilities to ensure they operate in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, as these laws and regulations exist for the purpose of establishing enforceable standards of providing quality care to the residents who live at these facilities and the staff who care for them.
DHEC denied the license renewal for Inlet Oaks on Feb. 3, 2023, for violations of state regulations, as indicated in the attached letter. Additionally, on Feb. 3, DHEC executed an Administrative Order against Oaks of Loris; attached is a copy of that order.
On March 24, DHEC staff spoke with representatives of the facilities to discuss their status. DHEC informed the representatives that we are open to reviewing additional information to see if a mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. The ultimate goal is to have the facilities operate in compliance with state regulations to ensure residents are provided with safe, quality care.
On May 3, 2023, Terry McLean notified DHEC via email of the intent to close Oaks of Loris by June 3, 2023. A facility is required to notify DHEC in writing of the intent to close and the effective closure date.
Within 10 days of the closure (June 3), the facility must notify DHEC of the provisions for the the maintenance of the records, the identification of those residents displaced, the relocated site, and the dates and amounts of resident refunds. On the date of closure, the license must be returned to the Department. There remains a pending contested case at the Administrative Law Court (ALC) concerning DHEC's revocation of the license to operate Oaks of Loris.
DHEC has not received any notice of closure for Inlet Oaks Assisted Living Community. There remains a pending contested case at the ALC concerning the Department’s denial of the renewal licensure application for Inlet Oaks Assisted Living Facility.
McLean said she’s waiting for her date to deal with this situation in court.
"We’re going to get to the nitty-gritty of things, hopefully in the future it’s going to be a brighter day," she said.
Once the facility is completely shut down, they still plan to finish the renovations they have left.
She doesn't know if the assisted living facility will open again, but she's hoping for the best..
McLean and her husband own another assisted living facility Inlet Oaks. Their license for that facility expired. She said they're still waiting for their license renewal request to be approved by SCDHEC.
A man and his fiancée tossed their 3-year-old child down to bystanders to escape a fire at their home in Loris Thursday morning.Two other people were hospitalized in the fire that started on ...
A man and his fiancée tossed their 3-year-old child down to bystanders to escape a fire at their home in Loris Thursday morning.
Two other people were hospitalized in the fire that started on Thomas Street off Highway 701, according to Loris Fire Chief Jerry Hardee.
The couple, Tarran “Star Lyn” Klemann and Trequann Lance, had to jump out of a second-story window in order to escape. They had initially tried to escape through the apartment door, but couldn’t, Klemann said Friday.
Klemann said she didn’t know if she and her daughter would be here if her fiancé hadn’t woken up when he did. She and her daughter were sleeping when the fire started.
“We are very sore and bruised up,” Klemann said in a Facebook message.
Both Klemann and her daughter suffered some minor injuries, such as bruises, scratches and minor burns. Lance received a few minor burns on his stomach.
Klemann added that she was especially grateful to the fire department and the other first responders who were at the scene.
The family is staying with relatives temporarily.
Linda Vance, who works at Elite Home Care, set up a GoFundMe page for one of her employees, Randolph Brown, who was displaced in the fire.
Brown is a senior driver at the adult home care center in Loris.
Vance said that Brown finished driving clients to the day center before returning to his family, who had lost everything in the fire.
“He goes out of his way to help everyone around him,” Vance said.
That evening, members of the community in Loris gathered to help pull furniture out of the destroyed complex, according to Vance. It was very heartwarming, she said.
The fire destroyed two apartments and displaced four families, according to Hardee. It appeared to start in the area of a trash container outside. Most likely from a cigarette, Hardee said.
Two other apartments are unable to be occupied due to the fire and smoke damage.
The Loris Fire Department arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m.
“I would like to thank Horry County for assisting us,” Hardee said. “We’re on automatic dispatch with them, but they helped us with the situation and Tabor City Fire Department.”
This story was originally published April 13, 2023, 4:00 PM.
LORIS, S.C. (WMBF) - You can start calling Loris the Hollywood of the Grand Strand because a film company is building a movie studio in the heart of the city.The company, Dalton Pictures, is currently building 20,000 sq. ft. of studio sound stages right in downtown Loris.Four different stages will transform into any filmmaker’s playground turning them into different movie sets like a restaurant, bank, or clothing store.The city hopes both locals and tourists will get in on the action through behind-the-scenes tours...
LORIS, S.C. (WMBF) - You can start calling Loris the Hollywood of the Grand Strand because a film company is building a movie studio in the heart of the city.
The company, Dalton Pictures, is currently building 20,000 sq. ft. of studio sound stages right in downtown Loris.
Four different stages will transform into any filmmaker’s playground turning them into different movie sets like a restaurant, bank, or clothing store.
The city hopes both locals and tourists will get in on the action through behind-the-scenes tours or even starring as an extra.
The project is expected to bring dozens of jobs and will offer internships for those interested in the film business.
Jerry Dalton, the owner of Dalton Pictures, said Loris is a great place to get the cameras rolling.
“It’s the perfect fit. They want economic development here. They want new things here. They want it to happen, and the infrastructure is here. The city’s willing to work with us. We’re working with the city. And the back lot. We’ve got a beach 25 miles away. We’ve got mountains three hours away, so it’s a perfect shooting place,” said Dalton.
Loris already got a taste of fame when it was featured in the movie ‘A Carolina Christmas’ in 2020.
Dalton said he’s excited to shoot movies on the new stages and see other filmmakers come to Loris and bring their creations to life.
Dalton is also the creator of the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival and says it’s a great way to get into the movie business and make connections.
Mayor Todd Harrelson said he’s excited about the project and many other businesses making their way to Loris too.
“We got a Wing Zone coming in. We just got an urgent care. We just got a tractor supply store. A new bakery, and then boom, here we go on this project. It’s really got people excited around here,” said Harrelson.
The film studio in downtown Loris has been in the works for more than two years and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
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