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Reader: Is Allegiant expanding at GSP? Answer is here.
JUL 27, 2017

Reader: Is Allegiant expanding at GSP? Answer is here.

Matt Davidson sent an email asking about updates on Allegiant Air routes from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. A story posted here suggested Allegiant was showing interest in expanding its market at GSP.

GSP President/CEO Dave Edwards, in a May meeting with the Board of Commissioners, stated he attended the annual Allegiant conference in Las Vegas. Edwards told commissioners the meeting was positive. GSP is the fifth lowest cost airport in the Allegiant system even with the increase based on the new rate structure. With regards to GSP, Allegiant remains focused on four cities in Florida with no particular growth plans at this time.

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Thompson is first NGU employee to participate in Leadership Greenville
JUL 26, 2017

Dr. H. Paul Thompson Jr., dean of College of Humanities and professor and chair of the Department of History at North Greenville University, will participate in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greenville. 
 

Dr. H. Paul Thompson Jr., dean of College of Humanities and professor and chair of the Department of History at North Greenville University, is one of 57 participants selected for the 44th class of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greenville (LG) program. 

“I am continuously seeking ways to refine my leadership skills. I know several (Leadership Greenville) graduates who speak very highly of the program,” Thompson said.

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Rudolph Logistics investing $18 million, 150 jobs at Business Park
JUL 26, 2017

Rudolph Logistics Group  is projected to bring $18 million of capital investment and create 150 jobs at a new warehousing operation at Greer’s Caliber North Business Park.
 

Rudolph Logistics Group, an international logistics service provider, is projected to bring $18 million of capital investment and create 150 jobs at a new warehousing operation at Greer’s Caliber North Business Park. 

The 171,000 square-foot building is LEED certified and became online in April. The industrial park is now fully leased.

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Owens is designated a Certified Chamber Executive
JUL 26, 2017

Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Mark Owens has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).  Bob Quick, CCE, president presented Owens the certification.
 

Mark Owens, President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant's knowledge of core chamber management areas —management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” Bob Quick, CCE, president, said.

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Bojangles' introduces new prototype in Greer
JUL 24, 2017

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Bojangles’ introduced its “Prototype of the Future” store at its 112 West Wade Hampton Blvd., store’s opening Monday.

The colored crocks that serve sides is to make serving food attractive and “not look like a buffet,” said Joe Pollock, Bojangles’ Marketing Director for South Carolina.

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Section of Business 85 Southbound closes Monday for bridge repair project
JUL 19, 2017

Section of Business 85 Southbound closes Monday for bridge repair project

A section of Business 85 southbound from Hearon Circle to Buffington Road will close Monday as crews begin a bridge repair project, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

The Hearon Circle off-ramp will be closed on SC 85 southbound and extend for a half mile.

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Famous Toastery owners have memorable opening
JUL 19, 2017

Famous Toastery features breakfast and lunch.
 

It was just a simple question for a landmark day for Cindy Stone.

How does it feel on the first day of your restaurant opening? Tears welled in Cindy’s eyes, she paused as her daughter, Jennifer Simmons, put her arm around shoulders.

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Gateway alert: New ramp Wednesday at Exit 51 B
JUL 18, 2017

Gateway alert: New ramp Wednesday at Exit 51 B

Starting Wednesday morning I-85/I-385 Gateway traffic will find a newly realigned ramp.

• The new ramp at Exit 51 B carries traffic from I-85 Northbound connector/distributor lanes to I-385 Southbound. 

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Fluor appoints Stanski chief financial officer
JUL 18, 2017

Bruce Stanski has been appointed as Fluor’s chief financial officer (CFO) effective Aug. 4.
 

Bruce Stanski has been appointed as Fluor’s chief financial officer (CFO) effective Aug. 4, replacing Biggs Porter, whose retirement was announced in March. Porter will continue to support Fluor as an advisor on NuScale Power as well as in other capacities.

Stanski has served as the president of Fluor’s Government Group since March 2009, and under his leadership, has substantially grown Fluor’s business in the sale and delivery of value-added services to government agencies including the United States Departments of Defense, Energy, State and Homeland Security, as well as the United Kingdom's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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Dave Ramsey: Using the grandchild for money
JUL 18, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My wife and I have been helping our adopted daughter financially for some time. She’s 25, has been married for three years, and we don’t see this cycle stopping anytime soon. The worst part is, they will often throw in that our grandchild will go without something unless we help. We’re certain this isn’t teaching them to stand on their own feet, but we don’t know what else to do.

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Honeywell investing $10 million, 30 jobs in Greer's aerospace facility
JUL 11, 2017

Honeywell will invest $10 million, create about 30 skilled high-tech jobs and expand its Greer aerospace facility 5,000 square feet.
 
 

Honeywell will invest $10 million and create about 30 skilled high-tech jobs in its Greer aerospace facility over the next five years.

The expansion includes 5,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

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Dillard's opens second ice cream store
JUL 10, 2017

The original Dillard’s ice cream store opened in Greer 22 years ago on Old Buncombe Road.
 

Dillard’s Farms & Ice Cream Parlor has opened its second store.

The opened last month at 1009 Mauldin Road between the Landon Powell Hit House and Th’ Lumber Yard.

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Smith, Spartanburg chamber president, named to national board of directors
JUL 10, 2017

Allen Smith, former President and CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce
 

Allen Smith, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, has been named to the board of directors of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

His term formally begins at the ACCE’s annual convention next week in Nashville, Tenn.

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BMW X5 shows biggest June sales increase, X4 highest percentage
JUL 5, 2017

BMW X5 shows biggest June sales increase, X4 highest percentage

BMW sales of its X models produced in Greer showed an increase of 4.9 percent in June and an overall year-to-date total of 11.9 percent compared to the same month in 2016.

The highest sales were the X5 model at 4,589 units compared to the same month last year of 4,018 vehicles.

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Foothills Art Glass must vacate 300 Trade Street for a boutique bank
JUN 28, 2017

Eddie Donald has 18 days to leave Foothills Art Glass, a business he has owned for 22 years at 300 Trade Street.
 

Eddie Donald spent 22 years in downtown Greer building his Foothills Art Glass business.

Donald, who has an unwritten monthly lease for $1,000 at 300 Trade Street, learned he is to vacate the building by July 15.

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'Miss Pat', long-time beloved Wood Mortuary employee, dies
JUN 27, 2017

Patsy Golden Mullins, “Miss Pat” beloved long-time Wood Mortuary employee dies
 

• Obituary

The Wood Mortuary has an especially heavy heart this week.

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Dave Ramsey: It may be uncomfortable but tell your dad 'no'
JUN 26, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

My dad wants me to buy a house on a 30-year loan for him and my mom in my name, and let them make the payments. I’m 24 years old and have a good credit score and a nice apartment, but my job depends largely on how the oil industry is doing.

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BMW: 1,000 jobs, $600 million investment headed to Greer over next four years
JUN 26, 2017

The third generation of the BMW X3 was unveiled today as part of BMW's announcement of  its continued investment – $600 million and more than 1,000 jobs in next four years – at the Greer plant.
 
 

BMW will add an additional $600 million in its Greer plant and create more than 1,000 more jobs over the next four years.

CEO Harald Krueger’s announcement Monday in part was in celebrating the German automaker’s 25th year of manufacturing in South Carolina. BMW announced in June 1992 construction of the company’s firs full production facility out of Germany in Greer.

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Teen Cancer Unit planned for St. Francis downtown
JUN 21, 2017

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, along with national nonprofit Teen Cancer America, announced plans Wednesday to open a new inpatient Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer unit.
 

Teens and young adults facing their own cancer battles will soon have a place to congregate among their peers in Greenville.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, along with national nonprofit Teen Cancer America, announced plans Wednesday to open a new inpatient Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer unit at its facility in downtown Greenville. It will be the first dedicated cancer center for this age group (15-39) in the Carolinas and the nation’s eighth when completed.

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Stomping Grounds: Somebody had to be the brick and mortar in Greer's downtown renaissance
JUN 21, 2017

Lisa Garland's imagination was virtually her guide during her first days in Greer.
 

I was visiting with Robyn Zimmerman at the Stomping Grounds on Tuesday when she paused on the way out marveling at the quaintness of the multi-dimensional coffee shop, its décor and mostly the customer-friendly atmosphere.

I described Lisa Garland, owner/operator of Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar, as the epicenter of Greer’s downtown renaissance. Lisa’s store is at 208 Trade Street.

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