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      SC ports see best month in more than 7 years

      By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Container volume continues to grow sharply at the Port of Charleston and May was the best month in more than 7 years on the docks.

      The South Carolina Ports Authority was told Wednesday that the port handled almost 92,000 containers during May. That was an increase of more than 15 percent over May of last year.

      May also proved to be the busiest month at the port since March 2007.

      The increases come as the port continues to recover volume that dropped sharply during the Great Recession.

      Activity should increase even more in the coming years as Giti Tire builds its first North American manufacturing plant in Chester County, investing $560 million and creating 1,700 jobs.

      The company said the Charleston port was a key reason it chose South Carolina.

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