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Greenville Chamber endorses Governor's call for a mask ordinance
JUL 30, 2020

Greenville Chamber endorses Governor's call for a mask ordinance

The Greenville Chamber believes that healthier citizens make for a more robust economic recovery.

Wednesday, Governor McMaster called on local governments to enact mask ordinances to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Chamber endorses that call and asks Greenville County Council and our municipalities to take swift action.

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Michelin to use Greer Port to move large quantity of tires
JUL 29, 2020

Michelin's Woodruff distribution center is the largest warehouse of the Michelin Group worldwide, equivalent to 57 football fields. 

Michelin will move finished tires between the Woodruff distribution center and Inland Port Greer, which sits 10 miles away along Interstate 85. Inland Port Greer connects to the Port of Charleston via overnight rail service by Norfolk Southern. Woodruff is Michelin’s largest distribution center.

Michelin, which has its North American headquarters in Greenville, operates a 3-million-square-foot Southeast distribution center in Woodruff.

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New GSP store offering branded items
JUL 21, 2020

Luggage tags, golf towels, and novelty socks, are some items offered.
 

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) has a new online store featuring branded items.

“We receive many requests for GSP-branded merchandise,” said Dave Edwards, president and CEO for GSP. “It is gratifying to see such a high level of community support in the region for GSP.”

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Refresco expansion adds 40 jobs in Greer
JUL 1, 2020

Refresco, an independent bottler for retailers and brand-name beverages, will expand its Greer operations for the second time this year.
 

Refresco, an independent bottler for retailers and brand-name beverages in North America and Europe, will expand its Greer operations for the second time this year.

The company, located at 1990 Hood Road, announced through the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), it will create 40 new jobs in a multimillion-dollar investment project. Refresco added 25 new jobs during an expansion completed in the spring.

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Makers Collective offers summer pop-up, online store
JUN 26, 2020

The Makers Collective team decided to hold their first ever summer pop up-shop.
 

BY GERSON PETIT

Encouraged by the success of five consecutive years of holiday pop-up shops, the Makers Collective team – Erin Godbey, Lib Ramos and Jen Moreau – decided to hold their first ever summer pop up-shop.

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Photography during quarantine: Will Crooks's 'You Can't Go Home Again'
JUN 14, 2020

Sue Portrait

By GERSON PETIT

Like many professional creatives, Greenville-based commercial and editorial photographer Will Crooks witnessed his work suddenly dry up after Gov. Henry McMaster issued a stay-at-home order on April 6. Only five days after the quarantine started however, Crooks shot the first images of his new project “You Can’t Go Home Again.”

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5 millionth BMW rolls off the line at Greer plant
JUN 11, 2020

The 5 millionth BMW produced at the Greer plant is a Toronto Red Metallic BMW X5 M Competition equipped with a 617-horsepower M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine, Silverstone Full Merino Leather interior and 21/22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels.
 

BMW Manufacturing has produced the five millionth BMW built Greer.

The historic vehicle is a Toronto Red Metallic BMW X5 M Competition equipped with a 617-horsepower M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine, Silverstone Full Merino Leather interior and 21/22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels. It came off the line on June 4. BMW Manufacturing resumed production May 4 after shutting down due to COVID-19 interfering with the plant and its supply chain of parts facing work interruptions.

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Steinway Piano Gallery in Greenville awarded dealer of year
MAY 23, 2020

Ron Losby, Chief Executive Officer of Steinway & Sons (left) presents the Partners in Performance Dealer of the Year Award to Mark and Katherine Love of Steinway Piano Gallery – Charlotte, Greensboro, and Greenville.
 
 

The coveted “Partners in Performance” dealer of the year award from Steinway & Sons was awarded to Steinway Piano Gallery in Greenville.The Greenville gallery was recognized the top Steinway dealer from more than 65 showrooms across North America. Nomination and selection are based on dealer performance in categories including sales, customer service, technical service, concert and artist activities.

 “The Partners in Performance award is the highest honor bestowed to our dealers each year,” said Todd Sanders, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Steinway & Sons. “This designation highlights Steinway Piano Gallery – Greenville’s successful year and the exemplary work this dealer has done for Steinway since they first opened their doors. We’re pleased to recognize the Loves and to thank them for their ongoing commitment.”

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Greer CPW lobby opens June 1, no rate increase due to virus
MAY 21, 2020

Greer CPW’s customer service lobby will reopen to customers June 1 pending any additional State of Emergency closures by Governor Henry McMaster.
 

Greer CPW’s customer service lobby will reopen to customers June 1 pending any additional State of Emergency closures by Governor Henry McMaster.  A maximum of three customers will be allowed in the lobby at a time.

“We are moving forward with as close to normal operations but with caution.  Many of our employees will continue to work remotely except those employees needed to operate the customer service lobby,” said Mike Richard, Greer CPW General Manager.

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Happy customers flock to White House Salon
MAY 20, 2020

Vanessa Arrowood styles a customer's hair at the White House Salon in downtown Greer. Salons were allowed to open in South Carolina Monday for the first time in two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
 

Colt Davis, owner of the White House Salon on School Street in downtown Greer, has had a busy time ever since the Governor McMaster's announcement that salons could open on May 18. Salons and barbershops were among the last businesses allowed to open since the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close on March 31.

Many salons and barber shops also had non-stop first day back to work schedules and were looking forward to a full week of catching up.

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Diestel gets SCORE Lifetime Achievement Award
APR 15, 2020

Uwe Diestel
 

Uwe Diestel was honored by the Piedmont SCORE chapter in March with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Diestel has been with SCORE for 25 years.

“Uwe is an exceptional leader and has held every office in the Piedmont SCORE chapter,” said Fred Raab, Chapter Chair of Piedmont SCORE. “He is a lifelong learner and an example of extraordinary mentoring to everyone. He is always the first to lend a hand and has encyclopedic knowledge of SCORE operations. Uwe is excellent with our clients and new volunteers as he guides them with respect and appreciation."

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Southeastern Grocers pays grocery bill for community heroes
APR 15, 2020

BILO rewarded healthcare and first responders with free groceries during Monday night’s health care professionals and first responders shopping hour.
 

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BILO, rewarded healthcare and first responders with free groceries during Monday night’s health care professionals and first responders shopping hour.

The community heroes shopping in all BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores throughout seven states in the Southeast were surprised with a $0 grocery total at the register.

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BMW, Michelin announce production shutdowns
MAR 20, 2020

BMW, Michelin announce production shutdowns

Two of the Upstate’s largest employers will temporarily cease production.

BMW Manufacturing and Michelin North America announced they are shutting down all or part of their production operations. Both of the shutdowns were in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BI-LO designates shopping hour for seniors, high-risk customers
MAR 20, 2020

BI-LO designated a special shopping hour, 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday, dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers.
 

Southeastern Grocers, parent company and home of BI-LO designated a special shopping hour, 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday, dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers, in all stores. The response is due to the COVID-19 virus affecting the United States.

The grocer asks all customers to respect this time given to the elderly and other high-risk community members to allow them the comfort of purchasing necessary products in a safe environment.

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CresCom Bank locations without drive-thru lanes closing lobbies
MAR 20, 2020

CresCom Bank locations without drive-thru lanes closing lobbies

CresCom Bank is closing its lobby to the public and offer drive-thru only service.

The COVID-19 has forced businesses to scale back their face-to-face operations to limit contact.

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CPW customer service lobby, lake warden office closed
MAR 17, 2020

CPW customer service lobby, lake warden office closed

The Greer CPW customer service lobby and the lake warden’s office at Lake Robinson (2544 Mays Bridge Road) are closed through at least March 31.  Both Lake Cunningham and Lake Robinson are open for recreation. 

The changes are due to the growing coronavirus concerns and the utility’s attempts to limit exposure to customers and employees.

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Mikelle Porter receives Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce's Chairman's Award
JAN 31, 2020

Mikelle Porter (third from left}) with Greenville Technical College colleagues left to right:  Tameka Brown, Dr. Jermaine Whirl, Allison Keck, Dia Robinson, Judy Wilson, and Beth Todd, receives the Chairman

Mikelle Porter was presented with the Chairman's Award at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, on Jan. 23, 

 The Chairman's Award is presented to an individual who has been invaluable to the chamber's outgoing chairperson. Recipients have helped the chairperson and the chamber execute the organization's mission of championing economic prosperity for chamber members and the community as a whole.

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Lowe's opens distribution center, brings 150 jobs to Duncan
JAN 29, 2020

The Duncan distribution center will replenish inventory at more than 100 stores, serving locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
 

Lowe’s announced Tuesday that it has opened a new bulk distribution center in Duncan that will bring 150 jobs.

The 1.3-million-square-foot facility received its first shipment of goods on Jan. 7 and plans to begin shipping appliances this week out of the Inland 85 Logistics Center near Inland Port Greer.

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Online retailer 193 Mac Store fails to deliver branded goods to U.S. consumers
DEC 31, 2019

Online retailer 193 Mac Store fails to deliver branded goods to U.S. consumers

The Better Business Bureau of the Upstate is warning consumers that 193mac.store is believed to be a scam.

The BBB spent two weeks attempting to contact the business with a non-existent address, an out-of-service phone number, and no response from their support email.

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Mark Owens named head of combined Winston-Salem organizations
DEC 12, 2019

Mark Owens elected President and CEO of consolidated Wnston-Salem business organizations.
 
 

Mark Owens was elected president and CEO of the consolidated and newly named Greater Winston-Salem (N.C.) Inc. by the boards of the two organizations.

Owens was former President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. He began with the Winston-Salem chamber in 2017.

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