Greer Business News



Chamber's membership manual is best 'Advertising and Marketing' piece
APR 30, 2015

Katie Witherspoon, of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, designed the organization's membership manual that earned best

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has been awarded the best “Advertising and Marketing piece” among both South Carolina and North Carolina chambers for its Membership Manual.

Katie Witherspoon of the chamber designed the manual.

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Fire Chief Harvey given heroic send-off in retirement
APR 28, 2015

Retiring Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey was honored with a reception Tuesday at City Hall. Harvey is pictured with his son, Justin, who is a firefighter with the Wade Hampton Fire Department on Wade Hampton Boulevard.

Seeing smoke billowing from a neighbor’s yard a young Amy Harvey called 911, thinking a house was on fire.

The call turned out to be a neighbor cooking on an outdoor grill but Amy reacted to seeing smoke, just as her father, Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey taught his children and hundreds of others on fire safety.

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Road closings announced for weekend Family Fest
APR 28, 2015

Roads, including Depot and Randall streets, will be closed during Friday and Saturday's Greer Family Fest.

Roads in the downtown central business district will be closed Friday and Saturday for the 31st Annual Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Fest.

All roads will be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the entire event.

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Bridge opening on Memorial Drive pushed into late May
APR 27, 2015

A 10-foot concrete culvert is replacing the 96-inch drainage pipe, left, that collapsed last August.

School will most likely be out before the Memorial Drive Extension bridge will be repaired.

Weather and construction delays will push the completion of the project, near the intersection of Chandler and Taylor Road, into late May and possibly June. A mid-April finish was previously announced.

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Check out what ALDI is bringing to Greer
APR 25, 2015

The entrance into ALDI will be from Mt. Vernon Road, near a traffic light at Wade Hampton Blvd. and W. Poinsett Street.

Thom Behtz, ALDI Jefferson division vice president, answered a series of questions about ALDI’s coming into the Greer market. Behtz explains the store’s decision where to locate, when it will open, the store model, and the company’s purchasing philosophy.

Jim Fair: The main entry into the property will be from Mt. Vernon Road, while ALDI will face Wade Hampton Blvd. Why is a side entrance and a traffic signal at the store’s entrance part of its selection philosophy? What goes into site selection for ALDI in a community?

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Wild Ace opening gives Greer downtown district a new dimension
APR 24, 2015

Becca Wactor, Denise VandenBerghe and Holden Graves at their new Wild Ace Pizza and Pub at 103 Depot Street.

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A less-stressed Chris VanderBerghe was telling all who asked, opening night at Wild Ace Pizza and Pub on Thursday, “was the easiest opening we have ever had.”

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Teacher of Year gets wrong geography lesson from BMW
APR 23, 2015

Suzanne Koty was handed the keys to a Greer-produced 2015 mineral white metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i she will drive throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.

Suzanne Koty, an English teacher at Sumter High School, was named 2015/2016 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Koty was handed the keys to a Greer-produced 2015 mineral white metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i she will drive throughout South Carolina as the state’s public education ambassador.

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Williams brings images to life at home and from far away
APR 22, 2015

DC and McGee, boyhood friends, were photographed by Perry Williams more than 40 years ago under the crabapple tree at the old Greer High School.

Perry Williams has been taking photographs since he attended Greer High School. A camera, sometimes three or four, are nearby at all times.

Williams, a commissioner on the Greer Commission of Public Works, entrepreneur and professor at Clemson University, all but swept the Greer Juried Arts photography contest judged last month. He finished 1-2-3 in “Greer Goes Global” and 1-2 in “Greer – An Upstate Destination”.

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Greer Bancshares Inc. trails first quarter net income FY 2014
APR 22, 2015

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Wednesday reported quarterly net income attributable to common shareholders of $761,000 or 31 cents per diluted common share, as compared to the prior year first quarter net income of $1.153 million or 46 cents per diluted common share.

Fiscal year 2014 was aided significantly by $579,000 of gains on the sale of securities compared to $247,000 in the current period and the reversal of $700,000 of previous loan loss provisions compared to none in the current period.

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Greer port zips along in rail moves, is marketing plum for SC Ports
APR 21, 2015

The Greer Inland Port continued its record-setting pace in rail moves and is 52 percent ahead of planned volumes, according to the S.C. Ports Authority.

Greer’s Inland Port continued its record-setting pace in rail moves and is 52 percent ahead of planned volumes, according to the S.C. Ports Authority.

The Inland Port handled 5,187 rail moves in March, achieving its highest volumes since the facility opening in October 2013, according to the S.C. Ports Authority. Fiscal year to date, the Inland Port has handled 40,313 rail moves.

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Vintage Market in the Park also bringing sun, warmer temperatures
APR 16, 2015

Clear skies and warmer temperatures appear to be the norm for Saturday's Vintage Market in the Park.

Vintage Market at the Park will host about 60 vendors, food trucks and music Saturday on what is expected to be a warm, sunny day with temperatures reaching into the low 80s.

The bi-annual outdoor market at Greer City Park, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., features vintage finds, repurposed décor, jewelry, furniture, handmade crafts and goods and clothing.

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Greer comes clean during Touch a Truck event
APR 15, 2015

Trade Street was busy early during Touch a Truck with children and adults checking out the vehicles.

City Administrator Ed Driggers presents a City Administrator’s report to City Council during each meeting, alternating the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Here’s some of the highlights we got out of the dialog, including a humorous exchange from Driggers and Mayor Rick Danner on last Tuesday’s Touch a Truck event, sponsored by the Greer Station Association for its Tuesday on Trade.

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Fire department awarded prevention grant
APR 15, 2015

FM Global’s Peter Beshay congratulates Fire Chief Chris Harvey on receiving a fire prevention grant. Fire Marshal Scott Keeley (left) and Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers (right) were also present for the announcement.

The City of Greer Fire Department has received a $2,310 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a commercial property insurer.

The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning, as the department is purchasing three iPads to mount in emergency response vehicles to collect and track data related to local buildings. The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

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Greer's Lewis finds hard knock life buoys her entrepreneurial drive at Clemson
APR 15, 2015

Kaitlynn Lewis, left, was with Co-Ed Supply where she participated in care package donations to ClemsonLIFE special needs students.

College of Business and Behavioral Science

CLEMSON — Kaitlynn Lewis has taken a circuitous route, unlike many others, in arriving at Clemson University.

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Health care power of attorney drop-in at Greer Memorial
APR 15, 2015

Ralph May, chaplain at Greer Memorial Hospital, discusses the South Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney document, with hospital volunteer Grace Hawkins. A drop-in is 1-3 p.m. today in the hospital lobby.

A second “Decision Day” drop-in is scheduled Thursday, 1-3 p.m. in the lobby at Greer Memorial Hospital.

Greer Memorial chaplain Ralph May will be available to discuss the South Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney document and learn about advance care planning. Individuals can make directives for the medical care they want when others are making those decisions.

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Greer production puts BMW global sales in rarefied air
APR 14, 2015

Greer production puts BMW global sales in rarefied air

It was another great day, month and quarter in Greer, according to BMW March sales figures released Tuesday.

In fact production by BMW Manufacturing Co., of the popular X5 and X6 in Greer, helped make March and the first quarter of 2015 a record.

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Wykes promoted, Romp's duties expanded at Ovation Brands
APR 14, 2015

Richard Wykes has been promoted to senior vice president (SVP) of Restaurant Operations for Ovation Brand's Buffet Division,

Ovation Brands announced the promotion of company veteran Richard Wykes to senior vice president (SVP) of Restaurant Operations for the company’s Buffet Division, and the expansion of duties of Chip Romp to vice president of training and operations support spanning both the Buffet and Ryan’s divisions.  Pete Pascuzzi retains the role of SVP of Restaurant Operations for the Ryan’s Division. The positions report to Greg Graber, chief operating officer for the company.

“We have been laser-focused on reinventing our brands and even pioneered a new segment in our category we call family casual. We now feature the ‘best of both worlds,’ with individually made, fresh for you entrees, but still offer all you can eat variety. The elevated menu offerings paired with updated decor and casual dining level service and hospitality have contributed to the incredible success we are experiencing,” said Anthony Wedo, CEO and president of Ovation Brands. “This move continues our mission of celebrating the uniqueness of our brands by having strong brand leaders focused on each division to continue to customize our operations and offerings.”

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$3,000 donated to Taylors Free Medical Clinic
APR 13, 2015

Left to right: Christy Blackwell, chairman of Greer State Bank Foundation, Pam Batman, secretary, Karen Salerno, executive director of Taylors Free Medical Clinic, Jolynne Beck and Greg Sisk from the bank's Taylors branch.

Taylors Free Medical Clinic is the recipient of a $3,000 donation from the Greer State Bank Foundation. Greer State Bank has been a supporter of Taylors Free Medical Clinic for nearly 10 years.

Greg Sisk, senior vice president and Taylors Community Executive for the bank, served on the original steering committee that started the clinic. He then served on the board of directors for six years. “We are proud to once again be a partner with the clinic in fundraising efforts for the increasing demand for their services,” said Sisk.

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Picture-perfect day for International Festival
APR 11, 2015

Picture-perfect day for International Festival

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Greer went global at City Park Saturday with nearly two dozen cultures represented at the second International Festival.

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CPW Fitch rating affirmed at A+, outlook revised to positive
APR 9, 2015

Greer CPW received a double dose of good news when Fitch Ratings affirmed the Commission of Public Works with an A+ long-term credit rating and revised the utility’s financial outlook from stable to positive.

The rating is based on several revenue bonds totaling $51.4 million from 2002 and 2007, according to a CPW news release.

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