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Clayton: Net manufacturing losses turned to net gains and regional identity
OCT 25, 2015

John Clayton is a columnist and reporter for GreerToday.com.
 
 

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.”

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Expansion is on the horizon for busy Greer Inland Port
OCT 21, 2015

Jim Newsome, S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO, said expansion at the Greer Inland Port will be included in the next fiscal year budget.
 

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.

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Spire is open to CNG vehicles
OCT 5, 2015

The Spire compressed natural gas site, at Hwy. 101 and 85 Freeman Farm Road, is a fast fill station for vehicles.
 

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.

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$1 billion. Greer retail sales growing at a 22 percent annual clip
OCT 5, 2015

The vacancy rate in downtown Greer has fallen from 30 percent to 15 percent.
 

$1 billion.

“Don’t you love it when a plan comes together,” City Administrator Ed Driggers gushed.

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