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  • December 17, 2014

    Reinicke Athens, Inc. establishing operations in Laurens County

    $4.5 million investment expected to create new jobs

    Reinicke Athens, Inc. (RAI), a Georgia-based leading industrial contractor, is investing $4.5 million to establish manufacturing operations in Laurens County. The investment is expected to create 30 new jobs over t...

  • December 15, 2014

    Portucel, S.A. establishing operations in Greenwood County

    Industrial manufacturer investing $110 million in a wood pellet facility, creating an expected 70 new jobs
    An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A. is investing $110 million to ope...
  • December 12, 2014

    Standard Textile Co., Inc. to expand Union County manufacturing facility

    $5 million investment expected to create 35 new jobs

    Standard Textile, a leading global provider of end-to-end solutions for the institutional textile and apparel markets, is expanding its Union County manufacturing facility. The $5 million capital investment is expected...

  • November 26, 2014

    FoxFarm Soil and Fertilizer Company establishing Anderson County manufacturing facility

    $6.9 million investment expected to result in 27 new jobs

    A family business that specializes in the manufacturing of garden products, premium potting soils and both natural and organic dry and liquid fertilizers is establishing operations in Anderson County. FoxFarm...

  • November 21, 2014

    Toray lands big contract extension from Boeing

    Deal will mean more work for future Spartanburg County plant

    “We believe this agreement signifies the solid mutual trust Toray has been building with Boeing through the stable supply of high quality carbon fiber materials since the 1970s,” said Akihiro Nikkak...

  • November 20, 2014

    SPF North America, Inc. expanding Greenwood County manufacturing facility

    $12 million investment expected to result in 15 new jobs

    A developer of innovative solutions for pet food manufacturers is expanding its operations in Greenwood County. SPF North America, Inc. is investing $12 million to expand its plant in Hodges, S.C. The inv...

  • November 15, 2014

    Michelin announces new facility in the Upstate, 10th in SC

    Michelin announced the world’s first-of-its-kind facility in the Upstate to build the Tweel, an airless radial tire that never goes flat.

    The facility will open Nov. 20 on Griffin Road in Piedmont. It is the 10th Michelin plant in South Carolina and 16th in the United State...

  • November 14, 2014

    How much cheaper is G-Vegas?

    Greenville is growing, and people are coming from all over the county. A sampling of the most popular points of departure from 2006 to 2012 shows that, for the most part, it’s cheaper to live here. If you’re looking for a bargain, you’ll want ...

  • November 13, 2014

    GSP flights cheaper than Charlotte, Atlanta

    Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) has a lower average domestic fare than Charlotte and Atlanta, according to a recent report by the US Department of Transportation.

    The report ranks the top 100 airports in the country based on average domestic fare.

    November 5, 2014

    The Recon Group, Inc. establishing Cherokee County operations

    $1.3 million investment to result in an expected 248 new jobs

    A leader in fully integrated, secure and auditable reverse logistics solutions is establishing a facility to process consumer electronic returns in Cherokee County. The Recon Group, Inc. is investing $1.3 mill...

  • October 28, 2014

    F3 Engineering to establish North American headquarters in Spartanburg County

    $3.9 million investment will result in the creation of an expected 53 new jobs

    A provider of technology, products and services in military and commercial mission-critical applications will locate its North American headquarters and manufacturing operations in Spartanburg...

  • October 17, 2014

    Stanco Metal Products, Inc. expanding Anderson County operations

    A family-owned provider of metal fabrication services is expanding its South Carolina operations with the acquisition and development of a larger facility in Anderson County. Stanco Metal Products, Inc. is investing $5.9 million to relocate, creating an additional 10 local jo...

  • October 16, 2014

    Biotech company plans to move production to SC

    CreatiVasc, designer of a vascular device used for dialysis, announced at the SCBIO conference this week that it will design and manufacture its devices in South Carolina, moving from Boston.

  • October 6, 2014

    Wofford College professor and his famously intelligent dog featured on 60 Minutes

    Research from Spartanburg's Wofford College was highlighted by Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes airing on October 5, 2014.

    Chaser the border collie — famous for having the largest vocabulary of any known dog — and her owner, Wofford College professor John P...

  • October 2, 2014

    Tactical Medical Solutions expands Anderson County presence

    Trauma supplies company invests $2.5 million on larger campus, is creating 15 new jobs

    A company specializing in medical and triage supplies for first responders, military and law enforcement agencies is expanding its Anderson County operations. Tactical Medica...

  • October 1, 2014

    Solar Atmospheres opening first Southeastern facility in Greenville County

    $15 million investment expected to create 11 new jobs

    Solar Atmospheres, a leading commercial heat treating company, is establishing its first Southeastern operations in Greenville County to better serve customers in the automotive and aerospace-rich region. The com...

  • September 23, 2014

    Prysmian Group Plans $8.2 Million Expansion At Abbeville County, South Carolina, Manufacturing Center

    Italy-based Prysmian Group, a global cable producer serving the energy and telecom industries, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Abbeville County, South Carolina. The company's $8.2 million investment is expected to create approximately 20 new jobs once in full operation.<...

  • September 19, 2014

    Alupress celebrates expansion at Laurens plant

    Our Business Recruitment Officer, Jacob Hickman, joined in the expansion celebration today at the Alupress facility in the Hunter Industrial Park.

  • September 15, 2014

    ACI Plastics expanding Oconee County operations

    Thermoplastics processor and recycler ACI Plastics, Inc. is expanding its manufacturing operations into Oconee County. The company’s $4.1 million investment is expected to create 25 new jobs.

    The Flint, Mich.-based company is known for its separation technologies for paint ...

  • September 12, 2014

    Glen Raven expanding Anderson County Sunbrella® manufacturing center

    Glen Raven Inc., a gloabal leader in high-performance fabrics, is expanding its Anderson County Sunbrella® manufacturing center through a $13.5 million investment that is expected to create 10 new jobs.

  • September 12, 2014

    SC Ranks #3 in Top States for Doing Business 2014


    September 11, 2014

    Emitec to expand in Laurens County

    Automotive supplier Emitec Inc. plans to invest $3 million and hire 20 people at its manufacturing plant in Laurens County.

  • September 10, 2014

    GADC Adds Taylor Capps to Economic Development Team

    The Greenville Area Development Corporation, the county-chartered organization tasked with promoting and enhancing the economic growth of Greenville County, has added Taylor Capps as an Intern for the Fall of 2014. During her internship, she will focus primarily on the GADC’s social m...

  • September 10, 2014

    Clemson named a top 20 national public university

    Clemson University is now ranked among the top 20 national public universities, according to U.S.News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges” for 2015. The university is No. 20 on the list, its highest ranking and seventh consecutive ...

  • August 28, 2014

    Ruhlamat to establish Greenville County HQ, add 35 new jobs

    A designer and manufacturer of customized automation equipment intent on accelerating its growth in North and South America, ruhlamat America Inc. announced Wednesday that it will establish its U.S. operations in Greenville County. The undisclosed investment is expected to add at least 35 n...

  • August 22, 2014

    Spartanburg economic development official receives regional award

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    One of Spartanburg's leading economic development officials was announced a...

  • August 20, 2014

    Mannan Pharma finds home at ITOR

    Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC, an organization dedicated to developing and delivering effective pharmaceutical solutions to various muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers, will establish operations at the Institute for Translational O...

  • August 5, 2014

    Clemson’s Deep Orange concept car aims at niche SUV market

    The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is displaying its automotive engineering students’ latest concept vehicle at an industry meeting.

    The fourth generation of the concept vehicle program, called Deep Orange 4,&nb...

  • August 4, 2014

    Clemson scientist working on weapons-busting chip

    In the basement of Clemson University’s Sirrine Hall, a Ukrainian professor and a Russian graduate student are working side by side on a project that could save the world from chemical warfare.

    Igor Luzinov, a materials science and engineering professor, is leading Cle...

  • July 30, 2014

    GADC’s new top executive coming from York County

    The Greenville Area Development Corp. has hired longtime York County Economic Development Director J. Mark Farris as its second president and CEO. Farris will start work Sept. 15, succeeding Kevin Landmesser, who has held the positions on an interim basis and will stay o...

  • July 28, 2014

    Oconee readying site with inland port rail link

    Oconee County officials are readying an industry site that already has infrastructure in place and rail connections, including a direct link to the S.C. Inland Port at Greer. County Economic Development Director Richard Blackwell said the tract purchased by the county in 2012...

  • July 18, 2014

    Belk announces $47M investment in Union County

    Department store retailer Belk Inc. recently announced a $47 million investment in its Jonesville e-commerce distribution and fulfillment center operations, which is expected to expand the facility’s footprint by 50 percent and add 20 new jobs.

  • July 17, 2014

    Furman grads secure $10M for anonymous social app Yik Yak

    Two 2013 Furman graduates recently raised $10 million from major Silicon Valley investors to fund Yik Yak, a controversial location-based social app that allows users to post messages anonymously to other users in their 1.5 mile radius.
  • July 17, 2014

    SCRA invests in CampusConnectr, KIYATEC

    Bio business continues to move in Upstate, SC. Our region’s leaders work together to connect existing industry and new companies to resources to help grow, and locate in South Carolina. Congratulations are in order for KIYATEC for the recent official SCRA check presentation. KIYATEC C...

  • July 17, 2014

    Clemson University bioengineering center lands $11 million for tissue research

    Research money could help nurture state’s medical-technology industry

    Clemson University has been awarded $11 million to expand a bioengineering center that helps mentor junior faculty members as they research how lab-grown tissue can treat some o...

  • July 17, 2014

    Ranger Aerospace CEO Profiled by Greenville News

    Steve Townes has been called a turnaround specialist, an entrepreneur, a champion, a soldier, a cheerleader and maybe, on occasion, even a stubborn mule. But no one's ever called him a loser.

    The president and CEO of Louis Berger Services, Townes has a long string of successf...

  • July 3, 2014

    Grants awarded to improve 24 South Carolina communities

    Commerce awards $13.3 million in Community Development Block Grant funds

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Communities across the state are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by nearly $13.3 million in funds from the latest round of the Community Developmen...

  • June 19, 2014

    CU-ICAR gets $2 million federal grant for research building

    The federal government is giving $2 million to the Clemson University Center for Automotive Research for its planned Research One Building that will provide office and lab space for companies to develop technologies in the automotive, mobility and energy fields. U.S. Secretary of Commerce P...

  • April 30, 2014

    Aerospace manufacturing takes off in South

    The South is home to auto giants Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Nissan Motor Co. It is increasingly attracting some of the biggest names in aviation, including Boeing Co. in South Carolina, Airbus in Alabama, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Georgia and GE Aviation in North Carolina.


  • April 14, 2014

    BMW conference connects minorities and suppliers

    Among 136 BMW tier-one suppliers at the automaker's 2014 Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference targeting businesses owned by minorities and women, the president and CEO of The Daniele Co. stood out in the crowd. Gloria Shealey was the only one wearing a hard hat.
  • April 4, 2014

    Japan-Based Suminoe Textile of America Plans $5 Million Expansion

    Suminoe Textile of America Corporation, a supplier of textile products for the North American automotive market, is investing $5 million to expand its needle punch automotive carpet facility in Cherokee County, South Carolina, with plans to create 100 jobs.

    Read the full article ...

  • April 3, 2014

    Precrop Inc. to expand in Greer

    Precorp Inc., which designs and manufactures precision tools for the automotive and aerospace industries, is relocating in Greer to a new, larger manufacturing facility and plans to eventually add at least 29 new jobs.

    The new building represents a $14.8 million investment.

  • April 1, 2014

    Copac Global Packaging Completes $14.8 Million Expansion

    Copac Global Packaging, a leading provider of packaging services to domestic and global customers, completed its $14.8 million expansion at its Spartanburg County, South Carolina, production facility.

    The company constructed an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space...

  • March 31, 2014

    Renewable energy firm to open in Anderson County

    CRR Carbon Resources Recovery SC LLC, which uses recycled tires to manufacture renewable energy products, plans to invest $20 million in a new Anderson County facility that will employ 30 people, the S.C. Department of Commerce announced Friday.

    The Commerce Department said CRR w...

  • March 29, 2014

    BMW expanding with $1B investment, 800 more jobs

    BMW Group is expanding again at Greer, investing $1 billion and adding another 800 jobs to build an X7 model and boost the plant's annual production capacity by 50% to 450,000 vehicles. A new study shows every BMW job spins off three jobs elsewhere in South Carolina.

  • March 27, 2014

    Upstate Alliance Taps Lummus as New CEO

    On Monday, the Upstate SC Alliance announced the selection of John Lummus as its new president and CEO. The announcement comes after a four-month search process begun in November 2013, after former CEO Hal Johnson announced his impending resignation.

    Jennifer Miller, the Alliance...

  • February 20, 2014

    Clemson says it has major economic impact

    Clemson University generated approximately $1.9 billion in economic output for South Carolina last year, and its activitie...

  • February 20, 2014

    Esurance bringing 450 jobs to Greenville; some pay $50K

    Esurance, a direct-to-consumer insurance company, says it will put at least 450 jobs in Greenville - some that pay $50,000 per year plus bonuses.

    San Francisco-based Esurance, an Allstate company, said the Greenville office will be its fifth sales office in the United States, joi...

  • February 18, 2014

    Toray selects Spartanburg Co. for its expansion in the U.S. - $1 billion investment expected to create 500 jobs

    A Tokyo-based manufacturer plans to locate its next global facility in Spartanburg County, an anticipated $1 billion investment during the next decade expected to create 500 jobs.

  • February 17, 2014

    USC Upstate incubator open for business

    It's been a long time coming, but USC Upstate's business incubator is finally open for new tenants.

    Two businesses have already moved into the 20,000-square-foot space on the third floor of the university's 

    January 31, 2014

    Prysmian Power Cables to invest $4.5M, add 10 jobs in Abbeville

    Prysmian Power Cables and Systems LLC in Abbeville, which in 2009 started operating the then-tallest building in South Carolina, plans a $4.5 million expansion that will create 10 jobs.
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