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Bottle, container firm invests $10.8M, creates 40 jobs
SEP 8, 2022

VPET USA, LLC, a leading manufacturer of wide-mouth polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and containers, announced Wednesday plans to establish operations in Greer. The company’s $10.8 million investment will create 40 new jobs.

Located at 861 Victor Hill Road in Greer, VPET USA, LLC’s Spartanburg County operations will initially serve as a blow molding and injection molding facility to supply key customers in the Southeast. The new facility complements four other manufacturing facilities in Fontana, Calif., Romeoville, Ill., and Garland, Tex., as well as in-house production facilities in various locations around the globe.

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Creform cart for manufacturer of electronic storage systems
AUG 25, 2022

Creform engineers have built and developed a cart for a manufacturer of electronic storage systems.
 

Creform engineers have built and developed a cart for a manufacturer of electronic storage systems.

The ESD, high-value electronic parts are stored on two levels for additional security and protection and the cart is used to move parts from the warehouse to the line side assembly point.   

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Historic Tigerville General Store renamed Wood's General Store
AUG 25, 2022

North Greenville University renamed the historic Tigerville General Store to Wood's General Store at a dedication ceremony. Left to right: Helen Wood, Willie Wood, Bobby Wood, and Laura Messer Wood.
 
 

A 168-year-old part of the Tigerville community was renamed, honoring its historic role in the Greenville County community which is home to North Greenville University’s main campus.

NGU’s remodeled campus store on the north edge of the campus is now Wood's General Store, celebrating the Wood family's ties to the building which became a community hub when it was built by Tigerville pioneer B.F. Neves in 1864.

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Huey Magoo's first S.C. restaurant opens on Wade Hampton Blvd.
JUL 2, 2022

Huey Magoos is open at 2029 Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenville.
 

Huey Magoo’s, calling itself the 'Filet Mignon Of Chicken", opened its first store in South Carolina with its 2029 Wade Hampton Boulevard location in Greenville.

Huey Magoo’s restaurants offer dine-in/out, take out, delivery through third-party delivery services, drive-thru and curbside pickup at participating restaurants.  The restaurant's signature feature is its grilled, hand-breaded or "sauced" premium chicken tenders, farm fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps.  Each tender is always made all natural, with no antibiotics ever, no hormones, no steroids and no preservatives, according to the restaurant.

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Creform builds kitting cart for aircraft/ aerospace manufacturer
JUL 2, 2022

Creform has designed and built a kitting cart for an aircraft/ aerospace manufacturer that focuses on inspection and repair of aircrafts and their engines.

Creform Corporation, a manufacturer of unique products for material handling and commercial use, has designed and built a kitting cart for an aircraft/ aerospace manufacturer that focuses on inspection and repair of aircrafts and their engines.

The parts being handled are normally the user’s  customer property and are typically those that not only are critical in terms of their cost but also the potential negative effect on the overall schedule if damaged or lost. Since many of these parts cannot be quickly or economically replaced, they need to be handled carefully. 

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Shooting at McDonald's investigated by GPD
MAY 15, 2022

The Greer Police Department is investigating a shooting Sunday at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 6125 Wade Hampton Blvd., in Taylors.
 

The Greer Police Department is investigating a shooting Sunday at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 6125 Wade Hampton Blvd., in Taylors.

One patron inside McDonald’s was treated on the scene for a minor injury, according to Fortenberry.

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Upstate gas prices tip near $4 a gallon
MAR 8, 2022

The QT on Pelham and Old Boiling Springs Road is showing how close prices are to $4 a gallon for unleaded gas.
 

Gas prices in the Carolinas continued to increase rapidly last week to the highest levels in a decade.  Prices at the pump climbed an average of 41 cents on the week in South Carolina and 41 cents on the week in South Carolina.

Some gas prices throughout the Upstate have reached $3.9e9 for a gallon of unleaded fuel.

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Valet parking returns to GSP April 4
MAR 8, 2022

Valet parking returns to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Monday, April 4. Valet services will be available on a daily basis from 4:15 a.m, until one hour after each day’s last arrival. Valet parking is $21 per day.

Valet service, which was originally launched in May 2017, was suspended at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BMW expanding: $200 million press shop and 200 jobs
MAR 2, 2022

BMW is expanding its Greer operations with the construction of a new 219,000-square-foot press shop. The $200 million investment will create 200 new jobs.
 

BMW announced Wednesday that the company is expanding its Greer and Spartanburg County operations with the construction of a new press shop. The $200 million investment will create 200 new jobs.

The 219,000-square-foot press shop – located on the BMW Greer campus – will take raw coils of steel, cut them into blanks and stamp sheet metal parts for future BMW models. These components include hang-on parts such as the vehicles’ four doors, fenders, exterior body sides and lift gate.

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Creform makes heavy-duty mobile flow rack for auto plant
JAN 3, 2022

This flow rack is 54 inches wide, 72-inches deep, 71 inches tall and has a load capacity rating of 800 pounds. It features 4 inch casters – for easy movement when cleaning or repositioning, and six swivel wheels, two that feature brakes.
 

Creform Corporation, a Greer manufacturer of unique products for material handling structures has designed and produced a mobile heavy-duty flow rack for use in the body shop of a large automotive assembly plant. The flow rack is used to “flow” in production parts on their assembly line.

The rack is built using Creform 42 mm pipe and joints for extra capacity and rigidity, as well as providing for flexibility and reusability by this long-time customer. The unit features wide Creform Placon roller conveyor for excellent flow characteristics and strength, while the low-friction skate wheel conveyors allow for shallow flow lane angles that are suitable for both plastic returnable totes as well as cardboard boxes. The gravity flow rack assists in first-in, first out (FIFO) inventory management.

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BMW Concept XM at Zentrum for public viewing
DEC 6, 2021

The BMW Concept XM will be displayed at the BMW Zentrum Wednesday through Monday (Dec.13).
 

The BMW Concept XM, unveiled at Art Basel 2021 in Miami Beach, will be displayed at the BMW Zentrum museum from Tuesday through Monday (Dec. 13). The series-production model – the BMW XM  – will begin production in late 2022 at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg located in Greer.

The Zentrum hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

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Kennemore inspires return of The Toads on Trade
NOV 30, 2021

Kelci Kennemore helps bring back popular Toads on Trade.
 

The toads are back on Main Street in downtown Greer and if you’re wondering who helped bring them back, look no further than 10 year-old Kelsi Kennemore.

Kennemore decided they needed to return after being displaced during the city’s streetscape project.  Through research and support of her family, city, and downtown businesses, 16 toads have been installed on and off Trade Street.

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Dollar Tree will become $1.25 tree
NOV 24, 2021

Dollar Tree will become $1.25 tree

Dollar Tree announced Tuesday that it will increase its price point to $1.25 nationwide. Some customers will see prices increase in December, and all stores will implement the new iincrease by the end of March 2022, the company stated. 

Dollar Tree has priced its products at $1 for 35 years. The company is headquartered in Chesapeake, Va.

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BMW expands logistics with new $100 million facility
NOV 18, 2021

BMW Manufacturing in Greer is investing about $100 million for a new one million square foot logistics center across I-85 and its production plant.
 
 
 

BMW Manufacturing announced Thursday that it will expand its Greer logistics operations to a new building being developed across Interstate 85 from the plant. The facility, located off Freeman Farm Road, is being constructed by Becknell Industrial.

Total investment in the project is approximately $100 million. When completed, the new logistics center will be nearly one million square feet in size with an opportunity for future expansion.

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Contour Airlines begins service to Nashville from GSP
NOV 18, 2021

Contour Airlines lands at GSP Wednesday to begin service to Nashville from GSP.
 

Contour Airlines began nonstop service to Nashville, Tenn., (BNA.) Wednesday, becoming the seventh airline to offer non-stop service from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. It’s the only non-stop service from GSP to Nashville.

“We are committed to connecting our passengers to the places they need to go,” said Dave Edwards, president and CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District. “With this fast, comfortable, and convenient new service from Contour Airlines, our customers will be able to access all that Nashville has to offer. We are proud to be the first airport in South Carolina to offer scheduled Contour Airlines service.”

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Creform manufactures multi-use kitting cart
SEP 13, 2021

Creform has manufactured a heavy-duty A-Frame kitting cart which brings high capacity and industrial durability to the shop floor.
 
 
 

 

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Engelhorn is new president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing
SEP 2, 2021

Dr. Robert Engelhorn is the new president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing in Greer.
 

Dr. Robert Engelhorn is the new president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing in Greer. In a private handover ceremony at the BMW Zentrum on Wednesday, Engelhorn took over the plant leadership from Knudt Flor, who has retired from the company.

“Plant Spartanburg has been a critical part of BMW’s global production network for decades, and the plant’s impact is far reaching,” said Engelhorn. “Their performance – both in quality and production – is impressive, and I am excited to lead this extraordinary team.”

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Barista Alley takes center stage in downtown Greer
AUG 20, 2021

The view of Barista Alley with its terrace view scheduled to open in 2022.
 

BY SAMANTHA MARTIN

A Greer city treasure, Barista Alley opened at its new location today at 101 Trade Street, virtually across the street from its original location opened four years ago.

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Greer CPW billing software upgrade brings changes
AUG 10, 2021

Greer CPW billing software upgrade brings changes

Greer CPW is upgrading its customer service and billing software to a program call PayGo.

The improvements will allow Greer CPW systems to communicate better with the various departments and provide a smoother customer service experience. Some changes will happen seamlessly, however others will require some steps for customers.

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Leadership Greenville Class participants announced
JUL 14, 2021

The Greenville Chamber’s Leadership Greenville program has accepted 40 participants for its 48th class.

Participants were selected based on a thorough application process including essays, professional resume and community involvement.

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