Category Archives: Business

Duke Energy W. S. Lee Steam project 77 percent complete

By David Meade
Work on the new 750-Megawatt Natural Gas Combined-Cycle plant at the Duke Energy W. S. Lee Steam Station site is about three quarters complete while excavation and removal of coal ash now includes a second basin.
According to Duke Energy Corporate Communications spokesperson Danielle Peoples, both projects are progressing as expected and remain on time and on budget.

Statewide business license raises questions for local officials

Information presented at County Municipal meetingBy Stan Welch
Two bills purportedly designed to streamline and standardize the issuance of business licenses across the state have ruffled quite a few feathers among the leaders of some of the small towns in the area.
Introduced by Rep. Bill Sandifer, House Bills 3650 and 3651 are the latest efforts to address business license reform in the General Assembly.

Envision Williamston Facade Improvement Grants now available

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall announced this week that the town’s economic development program is launching a “Facade Improvement Grant Program,” this spring.
“It is intended to stimulate improvements to the exterior of commercial buildings within the Town of Williamston,” Crandall said.

PBA Toast and Topics event February 21

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will host the first Toast and Topics event on February 21st at 8 am at Williamston Town Hall.
Barret Foust, President and Owner of Goodwin Foust Custom Homes, will give a presentation on the State of South Carolina Real Estate, addressing future growth patterns, needs for infrastructure, and what to expect over the next decade in real estate trends.

PBA Toast and Topics event February 21

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will host the first Toast and Topics event on February 21st at 8 am at Williamston Town Hall.
Mill Town Place, a new restaurant in West Pelzer, is sponsoring the event, making the event free for Palmetto Business Association members.

Palmetto Business Association starts year under new leadership

And new meeting schedule

By David Meade – Members of the Palmetto Business Association (PBA) began the year with a membership luncheon at Williamston Town Hall Tuesday. 2017 PBA President Blake Sanders welcomed approximately 25 business and community leaders and laid out plans for a revamped meeting and event schedule and other member incentives.

According to Sanders, PBA board members came up with a 2017 calendar of events that alternates a Toast and Topics breakfast meeting and a Business after Hours eventing meeting every other month with regular membership meetings. The meeting events will continue to be held on the third Tuesday of each month, however breakfast meetings will be held at 8 a.m., while after hours meetings will be at 6 p.m. The regular membership meetings will remain at 12 noon.

Palmetto Business Association to meet January 17

All area businesses invited

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will start off the new year with a regular membership luncheon meeting on January 17, 2017 at 12 noon at Williamston Town Hall. There is no charge for this meeting and all business owners, regardless of previous membership standing, are encouraged to attend to learn of the new opportunities that the PBA will offer this year.

Incoming PBA President Blake Sanders said, “The Pametto Business Association is eager to build on the successes of our local business partners and past events. The New Year brings new opportunities for encouragement and engagement within our organization. With a renewed vision of “Building Communities,” the PBA hopes that you’ll choose to be engaged in the many occasions for networking, volunteering, and marketing.”

Anderson County unemployment rate at 3.6 %

Anderson County’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.2% in October to 3.6% in November, according to a report released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW). Anderson County is tied with Berkeley and Dorchester counties for the 7th-lowest unemployment rate among the 46 South Carolina counties. Anderson County’s employment has increased by more than 2,200 over the last twelve months.

TTI announces major expansion in Anderson County

Anderson County and State officials joined representatives of Techtronic Industries (TTI), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional and industrial products, for a major annoncement Thursday that the company is expanding its Power Equipment Group’s operations in Anderson County. The $75 million investment is expected to create 250 new jobs in the Upstate over the next several years.

National company to purchase Medshore Ambulance Service

Priority Ambulance

Priority Ambulance, a national company headquartered in East Tennessee, announced this week its intention to acquire Medshore Ambulance Service, which provides emergency and nonemergency medical transport services in Anderson County and to more than 100,000 patients in South Carolina each year.

“Medshore is a great company with respected, experienced leadership and an outstanding industry reputation for medical excellence and patient care,” Priority Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson said. “The company will be an excellent addition to our operations in the Southeast, and we look forward to completing this process to create a strong, united team.”

Medshore buyout should have minimum impact on county EMS service, Shore says

medshore-ambulancesresBy Stan Welch

As county officials and emergency medical care providers struggle with the changing emergency care landscape in Anderson County, the recent announcement that a Tennessee based corporation has acquired a significant interest in Medshore, South Carolina’s largest privately owned ambulance service, has further confused the scene. That confusion about the impact that Medshore’s acquisition by Priority Ambulance is unnecessary, according to Greg Shore, CEO and primary owner of Medshore.

“Priority Ambulance approached me about six months ago. We had doubled our presence in South Carolina over the previous three years, and Priority has also been expanding their national footprint. They do so by seeking and acquiring ambulance services where the current owners are interested in remaining and running the businesses.”

Shore pointed out that he had been assuming more than $4 million in debt that doubling his company’s size had incurred.

Supporting Economic Development

Innovate Anderson Vice-Chairman Mike Wooles (First Citizens Bank) presents a $10,000 check to Envision Williamston Board Chair Roxanne Hall. The grant funds will be used for an upcoming economic development “Main Street Challenge” program sponsored by the town’s economic develpment and community vitality program Envision Williamston.

Rite Aid Foundation donates to Red Cross

For Hurricane relief

The Rite Aid Foundation announced a $125,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities across the Southeastern United States that were affected by Hurricane Matthew. The donation will support relief efforts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where Rite Aid operates more than 500 stores.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Matthew,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to work with our community partners to provide relief and support to those in need.”

Stage Stores (Goody’s) celebrating 125th Anniversary

Stage Stores is celebrating 125 Years of Style with a huge sale and exciting cash and prize giveaways. What began as a single, family-owned department store has grown into the Palais Royal, Bealls, Goody’s, Peebles and Stage family of stores that operates in over 800 locations across 38 states.

In an industry where styles and customers tastes change quickly, staying in business for 125 years is reason to celebrate. Stage has always celebrated the style of its customers, by providing great fashion at affordable prices. Through October 20, Stage will celebrate with an anniversary event packed with great sale prices and extra savings offers.

Eugen Wexler Plastics expanding operations

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is expanding manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The automotive supplier has decided to invest an additional $5 million in its Upstate facility, which is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C. This new project is expected to result in the creation of 29 new jobs over the next five years. 

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