Greer Business News



Russell Ashmore receives the Order of the Silver Crescent
AUG 31, 2012

Russell Ashmore, Jr., center, Rep. Rita Allison and Larry Copeland mark the historic moment with a photo request at the Ashmore Brothers annual Labor Day BBQ.

Russell C. Ashmore Jr. thought he was only on stage at the Ashmore Brothers annual Labor Day BBQ in GreerToday to give thanks.

But it was the employees, suppliers and customers who thanked Ashmore with a prolonged standing ovation when Rep. Rita Allison (District 36) presented him the Order of the Silver Crescent. “I had no idea what was going on when they asked me to stay on stage,” Ashmore said. “I was overwhelmed by it. I have had a lot of help.”

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Beach Blast celebrates "Carolinas Chamber of the Year"
AUG 31, 2012

Phil Rhoads, left, Supervisor for the City of Greer Department of Building and Development Standards, and Rudy Painter, vice president Countybanc Insurance, enjoy the “Beach Blast” at the Cannon Centre this evening. They were among guests celebrating the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce’s winning “Outstanding Chamber of the Year” in the Carolinas.

Several businesses hosted a “Beach Blast” at the Cannon Centre this evening to honor the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce being named “Outstanding Chamber of the Year”.

Allen Smith, CEO and President of the Greer Chamber, received the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce (CACCE) award representing the outstanding chamber of the Carolinas last month. The chamber also won the Communications of Year program for last January’s annual banquet with Gov. Nikki Haley the guest speaker.

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ZFest adds Greer as part of its Saturday itinerary
AUG 31, 2012

The ZFest returns this year with a lunch date in downtown Greer. Trade Street will be partially closed Saturday to accommodate the caravan of BMW Zs and their drivers who will shop and eat in downtown Greer. 

Labor Day weekend in Greer’s central business district is one of the most colorful of the year.

Drivers of BMW Z roadsters will be coming to lunch on Saturday as part of the ZFest 2012 itinerary.  The upper part of Trade Street to Poinsett will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to accommodate the caravan of roadsters that will park to eat and shop.

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Brophy joins Dillard-Jones Builders
AUG 30, 2012

Jim Brophy has joined Greer-based Dillard Jones Builders.

Jim Brophy has joined the staff of Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC as marketing and sales manager for the lake region of Oconee County.

Brophy retired from Caterpillar Inc. after a 40-year career serving in various executive positions including product manager, operations director, plant manager, and managing director of a Caterpillar subsidiary in Europe. His experience includes design and development of Caterpillar earthmoving and agricultural products, as well as production processes and customer support of those products.

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The Cliffs emerges from bankruptcy; operates under Silver Sun Partners
AUG 28, 2012

The Cliffs Communities announced today that the entities known as the Cliffs Club and Hospitality Group, Inc., have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings under the ownership of Silver Sun Partners, LLC.

Formed as a partnership between The Carlile Group, a diversified company based in Marshall, Texas, Arendale Holdings, a real estate investment and development company specializing in residential communities and golf course operations, and SunTx Urbana, a real estate management and development company – Silver Sun Partners provides The Cliffs with the capital to deleverage, operate and improve a network of clubs and amenities.

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Boyd, Williams promoted to senior VPs at Greer State Bank
AUG 28, 2012

Jim Boyd has been named Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Manager responsible for the activities, direction and results of the commercial team at Greer State Bank.

Greer State Bank has promoted Jim Boyd and Tommy Williams, two banking veterans, to senior vice president positions. 

Boyd has been named Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Manager responsible for the activities, direction and results of the commercial team at Greer State Bank.  He has been with the bank for five years and has been involved in the banking industry for 19 years. 

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CPW's enhanced vehicle tracking system in pilot program
AUG 27, 2012

Brian Forrester, IT specialist for CPW, introduced commissioners for the Greer Commission of Public Works, to Track Star, a pilot vehicle tracking system it expects to fold into its operation. The presentation was part of the CPW’s monthly public meeting.

It will enhance the tracking system now in place, Forrester said. “Track Star will have five seconds delay updating the system, which makes its virtually on-time." The system will be a  component of the mobile system that gives dispatch and supervisors “at-a-glance” information about crew locations, availabilities and proximity to calls for service.

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Lanphere validates CPW's social media initiative
AUG 27, 2012

Teresa Lanphere is all smiles while Eugene Gibson, Board Commissioner for CPW, presents her a NEST home energy management thermostat for winning a social media contest sponsored by the Greer utility.

Teresa Lanphere was the happiest person at the Greer Commission of Public Works monthly meeting in GreerToday. Commissioners recognized her as the winner of its multimedia promotion, earning a NEST Thermostat.

Brian Forrester, IT specialist for CPW, promoted a contest where people who “Liked” CPW on Facebook became eligible for the prize when its total reached 500. NEST is a home energy management thermostat that retails for $249. “It’s a ‘smart’ thermostat that can be managed by customers by their iPhones.

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Greer inland port approved for $26 million in funding
AUG 21, 2012

The South Carolina Port Authority (SPA) board agreed today to move forward with plans for an inland port in Greer at a cost of up to $25 million. SPA already approved $1 million for engineering studies. The money for the port is already in the budget.

Norfolk Southern would spend $7.5 million for the rail infrastructure for the facility, on land the Port Authority owns adjacent to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

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Coldwell Banker Caine opens real estate gallery at 104 Trade Street
AUG 21, 2012

Linda Wood, an agent with Coldwell Banker Caine, works at one of the stations at the 104 Trade Street location. CBC opened for business on Monday at its new real estate gallery.

Coldwell Banker Caine opened a real estate gallery at the Greer Small Business Center at 104 Trade Street in GreerToday.

The real estate firm closed its office at 218 Trade Street earlier this month and its agents have been at its other gallery locations, in downtown Greenville and Mauldin. Ten agents will be located at 104 Trade.

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Greer Business Center awarded LEED certification
AUG 15, 2012

The Greer Business Center at 104 Trade, in historic downtown Greer announced in GreerToday that it has been awarded LEED Certification.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the achievement and acceptance of 104 Trade as a LEED Certified building in Greer,” said Russ Braasch, President, Braasch Building Group. “All parties involved – from the contractors and engineers, to the city and surrounding businesses – put forth a cooperative effort to support us in accomplishing this goal, and we hope it adds an architectural feature to a community with so much growth and exciting new ventures ongoing already. At our onset, one of our core values has been to promote sustainable building practices in each of our projects. Achieving LEED Certification  is a statement of our commitment to this value, as well as to the community.” 

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Cobb joins Chamber as marketing, events coordinator
AUG 15, 2012

Cobb joins Chamber as marketing, events coordinator

Jennifer Lowe Cobb has joined the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce as Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator. She takes over the duties previously held by Mark Owens until his promotion to vice president.

Cobb is a graduate of North Carolina State University and brings over 10 years experience in graphic design, marketing, and special events planning.

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D&D Ford move-in date to new showroom is Oct. 1
AUG 14, 2012

The service bays at the new D&D Ford location at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. give the dealership a face as construction continues on the state-of-the-art showroom facility.

Skip Davenport said D&D Ford will be moved into its new showroom at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. on Oct. 1. “We had a meeting that makes October 1 the date we will be moved into our new showroom,” Davenport said. “Everything is in line for us to make the move on that date.”

D&D Ford, a three-generation business, will celebrate its 75th anniversary as an automobile dealer in Greer in October. The $7 million state-of-the-art showroom and service facility will be 36,642 square feet and located on 6.19 acres of land.

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Walmart Market files for $2.4 million commercial upfit
AUG 14, 2012

The Walmart Neighborhood Market is beginning to show signs of growth with the Greer Plaza facade and parking lot getting a complete makeover. A $2.4 million upfit for the former Winn-Dixie store will begin after the facade and parking lot are completed.

A $2.4 million interior commercial upfit permit has been filed with the City of Greer for the Walmart Neighborhood Market that will be built at Greer Plaza and become the first in South Carolina.

The upfit will follow the $768,500 façade facelift that is ongoing and a new parking lot upgrade complete with landscaped islands and upgraded lighting. The opening date remains in the first quarter of 2013.

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Public invited to celebrate Chamber's success at 'Beach Blast'
AUG 11, 2012

Greer Memorial Hospital, Greer Commission of Public Works, Citizens Building and Loan, Prudential C. Dan Joyner – Donna O. Smith, City of Greer and Langford Electric are hosting a beach-themed celebration to honor the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce being named “Outstanding Chamber of the Year”. The event — Summer Blast — will feature beach music, beach drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs and will be held at the Cannon Centre on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. The event is free and people can RSVP by contacting Lynn Pascazio at 864-877-3131, ext. 106.

“This is a state and region wide recognition that speaks volumes about the Chamber, the Greer community and all the businesses we are honored to serve. I’m happy to join our other partners as we share this award with the entire Greer community,” said Donna Smith, 2011 Chairman of the Board.

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Greer High All Sports Program Sneak Peak
AUG 9, 2012

Sneak Peak at Week 1's cover featuring Alex Waters.  The cover and stories within will change for ever game.

GreerToday.com has been selected by Greer High School to produce its 2012 game football program. The cover and content will change every home game.

This year’s program will be full color - advertising and news - and include content featuring player profiles, game previews, rosters, up to date standings, week-by-week scores and statistics. Greer’s fall sports will have its own section and content, and a weekly update on its seasons as they progress.

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GSP short-term parking lot closes Friday; Aug. 20 deadline to remove cars
AUG 7, 2012

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at Greer will close its short-term parking lot Friday morning for new car entry. All cars currently parked in the short-term parking lot will have until Monday, Aug. 20 to exit. 

The short-term parking lot will permanently close as construction begins on the North Wing of the terminal. Once completed, the North Wing will sit in what is now the short-term lot and it will eventually house the airport’s administration offices.

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CertusBank acquires Myers Park Mortgage
AUG 3, 2012

CertusBank announced today the acquisition of Charlotte-based Myers Park Mortgage, Inc

Walter Davis, co-CEO for CertusBank, said, "Now is a great time to be augmenting our mortgage origination business and this acquisition positions us to provide a wider and more substantive range of mortgage services to customers."

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City has Allen Bennett hospital complex back in its marketing portfolio
AUG 1, 2012

The Allen Bennett Hospital campus on Wade Hampton Blvd. had been tied up in U.S. Bankruptcy Court since March.

The Allen Bennett Hospital campus is now available to be marketed again by the City of Greer. The property on Wade Hampton Blvd. had been tied up in U.S. Bankruptcy Court since March.

The city was set to foreclose on the property and hold a court-ordered public auction in March when Cardinal Real Estate Group, a Maryland-based company, filed for Chapter 11 protection. Cardinal owed the city and a list of creditors, including Langley & Associates, more than $1.6 million since agreeing to purchase the property from Greer in December 2010, according to court filings. Garrick Good, a Union native whose mother and grandmother live in Greer, is CEO of Cardinal Real Estate.

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