SC Inland Port


Inland port is a magnet for new commerce and community growth
JAN 23, 2015

'Using a baseball analogy, we are in the second inning of a nine-inning game.'
Jim Newsome
President and CEO of South Carolina Ports Authority

Jim Newsome delivered a glowing message to more than 400 business leaders on the impact the Inland Port at Greer plays in the state’s commerce. 

“We are very much dependent on trucks. Every container in the world somehow rides a truck,” Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, said. “They (containers) come by rail to Greer and they still have to go out by truck to somewhere else.”

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Harvey awarded Citizenship and Service honor at annual chamber banquet
JAN 23, 2015

Chief Chris Harvey of the Greer Fire Department was honored as the recipient of the Citizenship and Service Award.

Chief Chris Harvey of the Greer Fire Department was honored as the recipient of the Citizenship and Service Award at the 77th Annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Thursday night.

Just hours earlier Harvey’s retirement was officially announced for May 1, ending a 38-year career with the Greer Fire Department.

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Inland Port records 42,555 rail moves in first full calendar year
JAN 21, 2015

GreerToday was there to capture the first cargo being loaded at the Inland Port

The South Carolina Inland Port at Greer handled 3,741 rail moves in December, completing its first full calendar year of operation in 2014 with 42,555 total rail moves.

Greer’s container traffic helped the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) to report container traffic up 12 percent in 2014.

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Inland Port nearly 50 percent ahead of plan in fiscal year
DEC 17, 2014

The inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

The Inland Port in Greer is 47 percent ahead of plan, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

The SCPA reported Thursday at its monthly board meeting the inland port handled 3,972 rail moves in November. The 21,686 lifts completed fiscal year to date has the facility nearly 50 percent ahead.

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CNG site in Greer projected to be most productive in U.S.
NOV 20, 2014

The ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the Spire Natural Gas Fueling site at S. Highway 101. Left to right: Greer Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Mark Owens, Greer CPW Engineering and Planning Manager Randy Olson, Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers, Spire COO Peter Stansky, Siemens Alternative Energy Project Director Scott Keeley and Greer Mayor Rick Danner.

A 21st century vision has been launched in Greer by a group of alternative fuel pioneers.

Spire, a natural gas fueling solutions company, came to Greer Thursday to claim its stake in becoming a hub for vehicles – trucks and automobiles – traveling the I-85 corridor.

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Inland port rail lifts show slight increase
NOV 19, 2014

The Greer Inland Port has exceeded its performance expectations with rail lifts at the facility up 1.5 times over plan with 17,714 moves since July.

The South Carolina Ports Authority reported Wednesday, at its monthly board meeting, the inland port handled 4,678 rail lifts in October. The $50 million Greer port received its first container in mid-October 2013.

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Norfolk Southern adds Saturday outbound train from Inland Port
OCT 16, 2014

Norfolk Southern has added a Saturday outbound train from the Greer Inland Port to Charleston. 

Norfolk Southern has added a Saturday outbound train from the Greer Inland Port to Charleston. That increases outbound NS service to six trains a week with a Saturday cutoff of 5 p.m. and availability in Charleston by noon the following Monday.

The schedule of inbound trains per week remains at five while the container gates at the South Carolina Inland Port are open 24/7 for truck activity.

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Olson calls it a career at CPW at the end of the year
OCT 13, 2014

Randy Olson, white shirt, background, oversees a hydrant test downtown before the Sooie't Relief BBQ Benefit.

Randy Olson, who helped oversee the greatest growth of Greer Commission of Public Works, will retire effective Dec. 31.

The official announcement for Olson, Engineer & Planning Manager, made mention of his intent to retire. “Randy was in the mix of everything and had more knowledge than anyone. We relied on (Randy) and he delivered,” said Commission Chairman Jeff Howell. “I wish he would stay around. We will definitely miss him.”

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Public invited to participate in design workshop for Greer Community Master Plan
OCT 9, 2014

Greer City Hall and the Municipal Complex were part of the original Greer Community Master Plan. The public is invited to participate in the next step of the future Greer Community Master Plan Oct. 21 at the Cannon Centre.

The public is invited to participate in the next step of the Greer Community Master Plan, a design workshop to be held on Oct. 21 at the Cannon Centre.

Two sessions are being planned: noon – 2 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Presentations are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Bensons donate $3 million to Greenville Tech, Greer campus renamed
AUG 8, 2014

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.

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City receives top state economic award for Inland Port
JUL 15, 2014

The nearly $50 million Inland Port was built just short of eight months. 


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CPW, GSP agree to property lease for a new substation
JUN 25, 2014

Greer CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District have agreed on a lease with an option to purchase 5.07 acres of property to build a substation near the Inland Port.

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.

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Residents invited to express vision for the future of Greer
JUN 11, 2014

David Langley, center, said Greer is ripe for a third master plan that will produce results like the city and municipal complexes.

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?’”

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$1 million bid for automated gate infrastructure at Greer port
JUN 6, 2014

South Carolina Ports Authority executives announced that Melloul-Blamey Construction bid $1.048 million for installation of new weigh-in scales and associated components.

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.

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Inland Port taking bids for automated gate infrastructure
MAY 13, 2014

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.

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Greer leaders' thoughts on BMW's $1 billion expansion
MAR 29, 2014

Left to right: Rep. Tommy Stringer, Ken Harper, Countybank, Ed Driggers, City Administrator, and Mayor Rick Danner.

Landmark announcement

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$1 billion, X7, 800 jobs is BMW announcement heard around the world
MAR 28, 2014

The $1 billion investment will mean 800 more jobs, 450,000 capacity a year by 2016 and production of the X4 begins for July exports. The X7 SAV is a high-end vehicle of the future. Left to right: Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board for BMW Group,  U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, BMW Group Board member for Production, Harald Krüger, and President of BMW Manufacturing in Greer, Manfred Erlacher.

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Study: $16.6 billion is BMW annual impact in South Carolina
MAR 28, 2014

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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BMW to present more big news for Greer. Watch it live
MAR 28, 2014

BMW is scheduled to announce that the X7, a full-sized SAV, will be built in Greer. A 675,000 square-foot body shop will be part of the company's expansion that is expected to produce 400,000 vehicles a year.

 Click here to watch 1 p.m. announcement

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.

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Inland Port receives Economic Development Impact Award
MAR 28, 2014

Containers, empty and occupied, form a wall between the rubber tiered gantry cranes. Empty containers may be stacked eight high and filled containers are limited to seven.

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.

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