A pre-bid conference will be held February 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at the BMW Site Operations Center Parking Lot, located at 1400 Highway 101, Spartanburg County, SC.
There will be a public opening of bids received at the South Carolina Inland Port Terminal, 100 International Commerce Boulevard, Greer, South Carolina, at 11:00 a.m., on March 9, 2016. Instructions for submitting a Bid are included in the specifications.
Products made in Greer can now be certified as GreerMade in an initiative presented by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at its annual celebration Thursday night. The chamber is marketing the logo as one word.
Mark Owens, President/CEO of the Chamber, said the program is to promote and market the diversity of products made in Greer. “We’re doing a certification of origin, a registered trademark that shows the product comes from Greer,” Owens said.
Most churches have cancelled or curtailed services Sunday as roads in the upstate remained icy overnight from snow and ice that fell across greater Greer this weekend.
The Greer Inland Port more than doubled the facility’s December volume in rail moves, the South Carolina Ports Authority reported at Wednesday’s board meeting in Charleston.
The Inland Port handled 7,824 moves in December. Rail volumes grew 76.5 percent during its second full calendar year of operation, with 75,111 total rail moves completed in 2015.
BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer is officially the brand’s largest annual production facility in the world, company officials announced Monday.
Greer recorded BMW’s largest annual production in 2015 when 400,904 X-models rolled off the line.
Rail moves at the Greer Inland Port is 58.2 percent ahead of the same period last year, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced.
The SCPA reported 6,076 rail moves in November at the inland port, totally 34,307 rail moves handled. Fiscal year to date, the facility has handled 34,307 rail moves, an increase of 58.2 percent compared to the same period last year.
Somewhere beyond all the impressive numbers contained in the economic impact study on the S.C. Ports Authority is one subtle truth: We, as South Carolinians, have reinvented ourselves and are no longer at the behest of King Cotton and international trade deals.
“We saw a major decline in textiles throughout the nineties and really because of that a decrease in manufacturing through 2007, even though automotives were coming on with the arrival of BMW in 1994,” University of South Carolina Moore School of Business Professor Joseph Von Nessen said. “Now, we’re beginning to see gains since 2010 as the automotive cluster and as more advanced manufacturing industries have begun taking off.”
DUNCAN – S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome expects the next five years to include much investment and development for the organization, including imminent expansion to Greer’s Inland Port facility.
“I predict that we’ll have to add to that physical footprint in the next fiscal year,” Newsome said Wednesday after a SCPA meeting and announcement of details from an economic-impact study produced by the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business.
Spire, a compressed natural gas (CNG) fill station for trucks and other vehicles, has opened at Hwy. 101 South and 85 Freeman Farm Road.
The Greer CNG station is one of the five largest in the nation, a Spire official said.
“Don’t you love it when a plan comes together,” City Administrator Ed Driggers gushed.
Greer received another economic jolt of optimism today as Mitsubishi Polyester Film (MTF), Inc., announced it is investing $100 million in the expansion of one of the world’s largest suppliers of polyester film.
The announcement coincides with the 51st anniversary of the plant in Greer. MTF officials at the 50th anniversary celebration last year (Sept. 25) hinted the expansion announcement would be announced this month.
The vehicles are following the same route as the original 1920 Transcontinental Motor Convoy route.
The MVPA 2015 Bankhead Convoy left Washington, D.C., last Saturday and is expected to arrive in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 17.
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What will be the largest speculative industrial facility ever built in Greer is breaking ground at Velocity Park.
Beacon Partners and Cullum Interests are partnering on a 240,020-square-foot venture at 545 Brookshire Road with a completion date set for January 2016.
The lure of the Greer Inland Port has another company investing in the upstate because of the proximity to intermodal infrastructure.
Moderna Products, a family-owned company headquartered in Izegem, Belgium, will locate in an existing 116,000-square-foot building in Gaffney. Modern specializes in creating, producing and distributing plastic products for pets such as litter boxes, food bowls and “traveling solutions for both dogs and cats, as well as other small animals.”
The Greer Inland Port surpassed initial annual volumes projected five years into the terminal operations.
The South Carolina Port’s Authority’s 2015 fiscal year showed the inland port’s first full fiscal year of operations concluded with 58,407 rail moves. The monthly volumes peaked in June, with 6,736 rail moves handled during the month. The inland port opened in October 2013.
Greer-manufactured BMWs continue to propel the company’s brand to its second consecutive record month in June.
Sales for Greer-produced BMW X5 SAVs increased 89 percent in June compared to one year ago to help BMW brand vehicles to a second consecutive record month. The X6, although on a smaller scale, tripled its sales last month to 1,448 compared to 567 in 2014 for a 155 percent increase.
BMW brand sales increased 6.5 percent in June for a total of 32,176 vehicles compared to 30,201 sold in June 2014.
The Greer Inland Port set record volumes in May, with 5,845 rail moves.
The facility has handled 51,671-rail moves fiscal year to date, already surpassing initial volume projections for five years of terminal operations.
Russia will assemble the Greer-manufactured X4s, BMW confirmed.
BMW Manufacturing will ship parts from the Greer production facility to Russia where the kits will be completed at Russia’s Kaliningrad plant.
Site preparation is underway for a 675,000-square-foot body shop, the third on Greer’s BMW Manufacturing Co. campus, off of Brockman McClimon Road. The new road has been completed and suppliers are already making deliveries using that entrance.
“The body shop is part of BMW’s $1 billion expansion,” Steve Wilson, spokesman for BMW Manufacturing, said. “We’ve just completed our second paint shop.”
The Greer Inland Port handled its highest ever monthly rail moves, with 5,513 moves completed in April, according to the S.C. Ports Authority at its board meeting today.
Fiscal year to date, the Inland Port has handled 45,826 rail moves.