Greer Business News



Sunland personifies third-party partner for Inland Port
FEB 28, 2013

Sunland Distribution’s purchase of a 722,000-square foot warehouse near the interchange of interstates 85 and 385 in Greenville County is an example of companies that will be looking at Greer’s Inland Port to facilitate the transportation of goods.

Sunland announced the purchase of the facility at 1312 Old State Road and its new corporate headquarters. No purchase price was announced.

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Inland Port groundbreaking begins new chapter in Greer's history
FEB 27, 2013

Signage pointing to Nordic has been removed with the warehouse one of two buildings scheduled to be razed for the construction of the Inland Port.

Not since BMW Manufacturing Co. announced it was coming to Greer has a groundbreaking ceremony ignited so much enthusiasm in the Upstate.

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) will hold a celebrated groundbreaking Friday at 1 p.m. in Greer at the site of the future $30 million South Carolina Inland Port (SCIP). BMW will be partnering with the SCPA as its premier customer. The funding has been secured and included in this year’s fiscal budget.

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Dave says: HARP excellent, Home Loan Modification is junk
FEB 26, 2013

Dear Dave,

What do you think about the HARP program, and what exactly is it?

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Dave Ramsey: Just lose these ridiculous cars
FEB 25, 2013

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

I’m 27 and married, and we have two kids. I make $90,000 a year, but we have $80,000 in consumer debt — $48,000 of which is in car loans. The rest is credit card debt. My wife’s parents have offered to let us move in with them so we can get out of debt faster. 

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CPW planning new substation for east side of Greer
FEB 25, 2013

Clary Hood Inc. is executing a $1.8 million contract for the clearing of trees on 113.9 acres on property owned by the South Carolina Port Authority and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

General Manager Nick Stegall told CPW commissioners today of the need for a $3.5 million substation, “as soon as possible” to service customers on the east side of Greer, South Carolina Port Authority’s (SCPA) Inland Port and its anticipated ancillary industries and manufacturing facilities.

Stegall acknowledged to GreerToday.com the decision for the substation was facilitated with the port locating in Greer. “It is in our territory so we expected we would be the one servicing it,” Stegall said. The SCPA notified Stegall last week and he forwarded the news to the commissioners.

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Greer CPW to fly flags commemorating Centennial Celebration
FEB 22, 2013

Greer CPW will put flags on utility poles along McCall Street to commemorate its Centennial Celebration.

CPW asked, and was unanimously approved 7-0, by City Council at its Feb. 12 meeting  to put the flags on utility poles along McCall Street for its Centennial Celebration.

“They (flags) will be installed by (CPW) staff and they will be responsible for their removal,” City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “CPW will incur all expenses.”

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Greer CPW Agenda for Monday, Feb. 25, 12:30 meeting
FEB 22, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting for Greer Commission of Public Works will be held February 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm in the Commissioner’s Board Room located at 301 McCall Street.

A. Invocation

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Next Neighborhood Market 8 miles from Greer on Hwy. 29
FEB 21, 2013

Greer Mayor Rick Danner welcomed the Neighborhood Market to Greer Wedneday. His message of Walmart adapting to Greer's existing real estate and work force was echoed by Kevin Clinton, Market Manager, for the nation's No. 1 grocery chain.

Walmart, the nation’s No. 1 retailer and grocery chain, will put its second Neighborhood Market just minutes from its first that was launched in South Carolina Wednesday in Greer.

The second Walmart Neighborhood Market is being built only 7.57 miles from Greer’s location at 805 West Wade Hampton, Blvd., that opened to much fanfare Wednesday morning.

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SMC to present awards to Pioneering Women
FEB 20, 2013

Spartanburg Methodist College, in celebration of Women’s History Month, is hosting Pioneering Women 2013 on Friday, March 1 to acknowledge their leadership in the community.

SMC president, Colleen P. Keith, will recognize nine women and present them with an award for their commitment and leadership in their respective fields.

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Everything is a first today at the Neighborhood Market
FEB 20, 2013

Betty Witthuhn, left, and Mary Leonard arrived at 7 a.m. to be first in line when the Walmart Neighborhood Market opened an hour later.

Greer’s Walmart Neighborhood Market will set a sales record today.  And tomorrow, the next day and every day until the next branded grocery store comes to South Carolina to take its shot at Greer’s opening day sales.

Mayor Rick Danner, speaking on behalf of Greer, welcomed the Neighborhood Market to Greer and its initial sojourn into the state. The traditional ribbon cutting gave way to the first customers to enter the store at 8 a.m. Many had waited since 7 a.m. in temperatures in the mid-20s for the doors to open.

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Allen Tate Realtors is moving from central business district
FEB 18, 2013

Allen Tate Realors will move into the 4,000-square foot former Verizon store at 1380 Wade Hampton Blvd., on April 15.

Allen Tate Realtors is moving from the central business district to the former Verizon store at 1380 Wade Hampton Blvd. The new office will be next door to Starbucks.

The move is scheduled for April 15.

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Tax free day at ACME General Store
FEB 18, 2013

ACME General Store is paying the sales tax today, President’s Day, when customers purchase items with cash.

Denise VandenBerghe, with husband, Chris, announced the promotion is good today only until 6 p.m.

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Rexall sign to get a facelift above former Greer Drug Co.
FEB 18, 2013

Jessica McIlvenny sits atop a ladder to admire the work of here two person Dixie Signs team.

Jessica McIlvenny is painting downtown blue, orange and black.

The former Rexall signage above The Greer Drug Co. at 200 Trade Street is getting a facelift with its original signage featuring its blue and orange color scheme. And McIlvenny will do the honors

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Greer's BMW plant is setting for manufacturing's revitalization message
FEB 15, 2013

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank toured the X3 assembly line at the BMW Manufacturing Co. plant in Greer.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer today and said the Upstate has become a model for reinvigorating manufacturing, driving innovation, and boosting global competitiveness.

Blank toured the X3 assembly line and delivered prepared remarks, leading the charge for the federal government’s role in spearheading increased manufacturing in the U.S. and its resulting jobs. She referenced growing a skilled workforce via education through technical colleges similar to those in Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson counties.

Blank’s trip comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday and his visit to Asheville Wednesday, to a nearby Canadian engine parts factory, promoting the resurgence of American manufacturing.

The text of Blank’s remarks are here.


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Mayor Danner shares story of Greer's revitalization
FEB 14, 2013

Greer Mayor Rick Danner was part of a panel discussion at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Feb. 9 on

Mayor Rick Danner is a member of the Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council, a nonpartisan group of municipal officials who share a passion for building great towns, cities, and communities. Last week, Danner presented the story of Greer’s revitalization at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Kansas City, Mo.

We commend your attention to this report and Danner’s session on “Economically Sustainable Communities – Learning from the Past and Looking Toward the Future”. He was on a panel with Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock, Ark., and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez, of Houston, Tex. The moderator was John Frece, Director, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S. EPA.


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Misprint lures customers a week early to Neighborhood Market
FEB 14, 2013

Gaston Dean of Spartanburg leaves the Walmart Neighborhood Market Wednesday afternoon. A printing error giving the wrong date of the store's opening, causing a steady flow of customers to be turned away. Thje store opens Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Kirsten Tucker, manager of Walmart Neighborhood Market, spent part of Wednesday steering customers out of the store.

Residents from Greenville and Spartanburg counties were lured to the store when they received invitations of its opening. Only the invitation included the wrong date.

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Walmart is throwing a community party for Neighborhood Market
FEB 13, 2013

The Neighborhood Market will offer ammenities to shoppers like the Cafe. The deli will feature a Grab-and-Go section with rotisserie chicken, fresh-baked pizza and standard deli sides.

Walmart (NYSE: WMT)is hosting a party Wednesday, Feb. 20 as it introduces the first Walmart Neighborhood Market to Greer and its initial venture into South Carolina.

A celebration featuring store associates, Mayor Rick Danner and other local dignitaries will participate in a ceremony that includes a ribbon cutting at 7:30 a.m. The store, at 805 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., is officially scheduled to open at 8 a.m.

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Foster honored by Northwestern Mutual as sales leader
FEB 13, 2013

Paul Foster was honored for an outstanding year of performance with Northwestern Mutual.

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Can improving your finances improve your romance?
FEB 12, 2013

Can improving your finances improve your romance?

Talking about money can be difficult. While we’re taught to avoid the potentially sensitive topic in polite conversation, there’s at least one person with whom you need to be able to have frequent and honest financial conversations -- your partner or spouse.

This Valentine’s Day, take the opportunity to strengthen your relationship by understanding what drives your partner’s financial decisions. While experts say it may not always be possible to agree on everything, knowing each other’s perspective can help couples avoid frustrating conversations and make better decisions together.

 "We all bring our own feelings and experiences to the table and that can have a big impact on how we invest and spend money," says Joe Duran, CEO of United Capital, a private wealth consulting firm and New York Times best-selling author of The Money Code, a new book that aims to improve financial decision making. "But by honestly getting to the root of what money means to you and to your partner, you can take steps to improve your financial life together."

In time for Valentine’s Day, here are some ways couples can smooth over their differences:


List your financial priorities and savings goals and determine which are necessary, negotiable and realistic. Draw up a budget and create a financial decision making checklist that satisfies both of you and resolve to stick to it. A clear action plan will help avoid surprise purchases or investments made by you or your partner that could become potential sources of argument.


"I like to think of each of us as having a 'Money Mind,' which motivates the way we think about money," says Duran. "Some of us are driven by fear, some by the pursuit of happiness and others by commitment. Whether you’re spending too much in the pursuit of happiness, or missing key opportunities out of fear, become actively aware of what guides you and your partner financially and the potential consequences."

You’ll be more likely to avoid letting conversations turn into arguments if you're speaking the same language as your partner. Each of you should have an active voice in the discussion and be participating fully in the financial planning process. 

Seek Help

Personal biases can sometimes get in the way of sound judgment. But a financial adviser can help you objectively map out a process to achieve your financial goals. Opt for one who doesn’t just focus on investments, but who can also match your financial aspirations with your current resources.

Don’t let miscommunication stand in the way of a healthy financial future. By taking steps to understand your partner’s perspective, you can develop a joint solution that makes everyone happy.

Source: StatePoint Features

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Smith named to SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads board
FEB 7, 2013

Allen Smith has been named to the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads. Executive Director, Bill Ross announced the appointment of Smith, President and CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

The Alliance is a nonprofit, statewide organization made up of business leaders, associations and chambers of commerce who believe that an efficient, effective and safe highway system is essential to South Carolina's continued economicgrowth and social progress.

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