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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.

"She was our first African-American woman general contractor to do a job for us in our paint shop," Louise Connell, a BMW procurement buyer who organized the Thursday event, said of Shealey. Connell said the third annual diversity matchmaker provided a day of face-to-face time around dozens of booths at TD Convention Center.

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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.

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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.

 

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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 at its facility to increase productivity and add capacity. The larger facility also will allow the company to consolidate operations that are currently performed in separate buildings into a single, more efficient workflow.

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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 would work in a joint venture with an unnamed partner that can design, finance, develop, construct, operate and manage large-scale energy projects. Additional details about the joint venture and CRR were unavailable.

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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.

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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.

 

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Clemson University generated approximately $1.9 billion in economic output for South Carolina last year, and its activities accounted for nearly 25,000 jobs, according to a new study by the school's Strom Thurmond Institute.

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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, joining Sacramento, Calif; Sioux Falls, S.D., Tampa and Phoenix.

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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.

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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 George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics, what some refer to fondly as "The George," in downtown Spartanburg.

The university has been planning an incubator in the previously unfinished space since the business school opened in 2010. Tentatively named The Center for Innovation and Business Engagement, the program will target companies and startups looking for flexible space in an educational environment.

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The incubator is only one of the options that area startups and entrepreneurs have to take their venture to the next level.

For example, the city of Spartanburg is in the second year of its Main Street Challenge competition, which will award three businesses $12,000 in rental subsidies for a location downtown along with startup business services. Spartanburg County's Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development provides business services and over 363,000 square feet of warehouse and office space, making it the fourth largest in the U.S.

Spartanburg is also home to The Iron Yard Spartanburg, which offers co-working space at The Mill in addition to its small business accelerator.

The Upstate SC Alliance will be hosting our Q1 Board Meeting at the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics and our guests will be able to view the new incubator space.

 

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