The Greer Campus of Greenville Technical College today became the Benson Campus honoring Jim Benson and his $3 million gift to the college.
Benson’s $2 million cash gift is the largest ever received by the Greenville Tech Foundation. In addition, he also pledged an additional $1 million to be paid over five years. In recognition of both gifts, the campus has been renamed and Building 302 will bear the names of Evelyn and Jim Benson.
Greer CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District has agreed on a lease with the option to purchase approximately 5.07 acres for a substation to serve east Greer. Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting also approved a low bid of $684,250 for a Bent Creek pump station upgrade.
The substation property is in Spartanburg County near Victor Hill Road and Hendrix Road. The Inland Port and the BMW Manufacturing warehouse are nearby.
Residents of Greer are invited to express their vision for the community’s future at a workshop Thursday, 5:30 – 7:30 at the Cannon Centre.
“The underlying thing not talked about is that Greer is a small town with a lot of character and is in the middle of an international business community,” said David Langley. “The question is ‘how do you grow without losing the value that makes Greer unique?’”
Only one bid was received for the construction of an Automated Gate Infrastructure at the Inland Port in Greer.
Melloul-Blamey Construction's bid if $1.048 million was accepted for installation of new weigh-in scales and associated components. The work will include scanners and cameras to scan license plates and other identifying components on the tractors and containers.
A pre-bid conference is scheduled Wednesday, May 21 at 11 a.m. for Automated Gate Infrastructure at the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer.
Plans and specifications will be available for distribution to qualified contractors by the South Carolina Ports Authority. How to submit a bid is included.
A new study just released by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, reports that the BMW Group has a $16.6 billion annual impact on the state economy. Its presence in South Carolina supports more than 30,000 jobs throughout the state.
The study found that for every job created at the Greer plant, an additional three jobs are created elsewhere in South Carolina through the economic multiplier effect.
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A new BMW model, X7, confirmed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, and additional significant expansion is scheduled to be announced Friday at 1 p.m. by BMW Group at the Greer manufacturing plant.
The SC Inland Port (SCIP) in Greer received the Economic Development Impact Award at the Upstate Alliance's annual meeting.
The annual award recognizes a public or private sector project that strengthens the Upstate business climate and enhances the area's marketability to prospective industry, resulting in an overall positive impact to the economic development efforts of the region.
The Greer Fire Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a specially designed badge.
Greer’s fire department was organized Nov. 1, 1914 after the city put in a citywide water system. The first fire chief of record was Mack Fowler. The first fire truck was bought in 1919.
BMW officials are expected to announce substantially increased vehicle production and possibly another expansion at the Greer manufacturing plant next week. The expansion would include hundreds of more jobs.
Greer’s Inland Port could also benefit from the increased Norfolk Southern rail traffic and the BMW warehouse adjacent to the port could also be affected by the announcement.
The Inland Port has some unfinished landscaping along Moore Street and Norfolk Southern trains are causing longer than planned delays at city crossings, according to city staff and a city council member.
City Councilman Jay Arrowood first spoke out on these two topics more than a ago to GreerToday.com, at the time the nearly $50 million South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA) declared the port complete and operational with a grand opening in Greer. City Administrator Ed Driggers addressed those two topics at last Tuesday’s council meeting, confirming Arrowood’s concerns.
Due to predicted severe winter weather, South Carolina Ports Authority facilities in Charleston are closed until Tuesday at noon. The Greer Inland Port will remain open Tuesday, according to a port authority official.
An advisory by the SCPA on Monday evening reported all facilities would be closed Today. Michael Hoffman, Terminal Manager for the Greer Inland Port, said it will be business as usual Tuesday.
Wick Moorman, Norfolk Southern CEO, made a bold phone call last January to Jim Newsome, President/CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority.
Fast forward one year later to Friday’s invitation only party that included guests Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Lindsey Graham, political leaders, and business and industry decision makers. The celebration was for the $50 million Inland Port that began receiving containers 7.5 months after the March 1 groundbreaking.
A Norfolk Southern inspection train will arrive at the Greer Inland Port this afternoon delivering Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Lindsey Graham among others in a review of the $50 million project that broke ground only 11 months ago.
Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority and Wick Moorman, Chairman, President and CEO of Norfolk Southern, will join state and port officials and customers served by the South Carolina Inland Port.
History will record 2013 as a landmark year for Greer. The city vaulted into an era of prosperity and promise unmatched since the economic boom of 2006-2007.
While BMW Manufacturing was the impetus for residential, commercial and business growth during that period, the City of Greer is the fuse that ignited a second explosion of growth for 2014 that includes residential (more than 1,000 new homes next two years), intermodal transportation (Inland Port), industrial and manufacturing (Michelin, Mitsubishi Polyester Film and BMW), commercial (Kohl’s opening, Belk upfit and restaurants (IHOP, Cook-Out). And more businesses are coming to downtown Greer, including at least two more restaurants.
Craneous Maximus, selected by fifth grader Fermin Redondo of Crestview Elementary School, is the final name selected for the third rubber-tired gantry crane at the Greer Inland Port.
The students earned their schools $500 and they each were awarded a plaque commemorating their achievements. The names will be painted on the cranes.
The Greer Inland Port is working through its punch list as container traffic continues to become more frequent. There were a reported 1,000 containers on site Wednesday.
The South Carolina Port Authority has invested $50 million, which had groundbreaking on March 1 and opened for business on Oct. 15. The nearly 100-acre site required a massive amount of grading – 950,000 cubic yards. There were 180,000 square yards – 40 acres – of concrete poured.