The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board of Directors has allocated $1.6 million to expand the Inland Port at Greer in fiscal year 2017.
The expansion will extend the port’s operation west near Moore Avenue. An additional $600,000 has been allocated for FY 2018 to complete the expansion for a $2.2 million investment.
The largest spec warehouse built in Greer is completed and being leased.
Beacon Partners and Cullum Interests partnered on the 240,101-square-foot venture at 545 Brookshire Road in Velocity Park.
The Greer Inland Port handled 8,182 rail moves in April with a lot more on the horizon.
Michelin North America’s announced $300 million tire distribution plant creating 350 jobs was directly related to its accessibility to the Inland Port, according to David Britt of Spartanburg County Council.
The next Greer manufactured BMW milestone will be the four millionth produced.
The 3.5 millionth BMW made in Greer is a Mineral White Metallic BMW X4 xDrive20i and is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine and equipped with Mocha Nevada Leather interior.
The boxcars have rolled back into downtown Greer.
The City of Greer’s commitment to enhance downtown Greer and build on its art culture is ongoing.
The bigger the Greer Inland Port grows the more names are needed for the extra cranes used to move containers.
Two more cranes names winners were recognized by South Carolina Port Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome Wednesday.
The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by the success of Inland Port Greer and demand for enhanced efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston and growing markets in South Carolina and North Carolina.
"While our discussions are preliminary, the success of Inland Port Greer demonstrates the market demand for additional intermodal hubs to support growing volumes of cargo moving to and from Charleston by rail," SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said. The announcement was made the inland port.
Watching a traditional Chinese groundbreaking ceremony for a major manufacturing auto parts supplier in Greer was unique.
The first China automobile parts plant is coming to Greer.
Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corp. will make its formal announcement at its Greer site at 1000 Robinson Road on Tuesday.
The Greer Inland Port handled more rail moves in February than any other month since it opened in October 2013.
The port handled 8,623 rail moves in February. Fiscal year-to-date rail moves have increased nearly 66 percent, with 58,211 moves since July.
The Greer Inland Port rail moves were down 4.4 percent in January, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.
The small decline on 7,457 rail moves could easily be contributed to the port closing in late January for 36 hours due to an ice storm that shut down BMW, its suppliers and other customers. There were 367 fewer rail mails in January 2015 compared to the same time this year.
BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2015 totaled $9.8 billion, confirming the company’s South Carolina facility as the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.
Greer also hosts the largest facility in BMW’s global production network.
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.