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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.