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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 the next three to five years. Founded in 1996 in Athens, Ga., RAI specializes in fast-track installations, relocation […]

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 open a manufacturing facility in Greenwood, S.C. The investment is expected to create 70 new […]

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 to create 35 new jobs in Union, S.C. Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, […]

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 Soil and Fertilizer Company is investing $6.9 million to locate in Pendleton S.C., creating an expected 27 […]

November 21, 2014

Toray lands big contract extension from Boeing

“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 Nikkaku, president of Toray Industries, in a statement. “It also reflects Boeing’s recognition of our world-class technology and firm commitments to expanding composites application to […]

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 investment is expected to create 15 new jobs. SPF is part of the Diana Group’s […]

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 States. Michelin representatives will hold a ceremony next Thursday […]

November 14, 2014

How much cheaper is G-Vegas?

Upstate Business Journal | 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. Read the full article from the Upstate Business Journal here.

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 County. F3 Engineering is investing $3.9 million over three years, resulting in an expected 53 new jobs. Founded in […]

October 17, 2014

Stanco Metal Products, Inc. expanding Anderson County operations

$5.9 million investment to result in 10 new jobs 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 jobs in Anderson, S.C. Founded in 1917 in Michigan, […]

October 16, 2014

Biotech company plans to move production to SC

CreatiVasc Medical to move manufacturing from Boston, merge with Brookhaven Medical and Texas firm | Upstate Business Journal 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. Brookhaven Medical, which invested $5 million in CreatiVasc […]

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 Medical Solutions, which established a presence in the county in 2006, has invested $2.5 million to purchase 67 acres and […]

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 company’s more than $15 million investment will create 11 new jobs in the area. Solar Atmospheres is one of […]

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. Prysmian, whose Abbeville facility is celebrating its 50th year of operation, is investing in a new, […]

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. Read more about the celebration below: Alupress celebrates expansion at Laurens Plant | Clinton Chronicle Laurens Mayor Sharon Brownlee cuts the ribbon Friday for an expansion of the Alupress facility in 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 removal, instrument panels, electrostatic and optical separation. The company has purchased a former textile warehouse building […]

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. Glen Raven’s Anderson Plant is the company’s largest manufacturing center for its market-leading Sunbrella brand of fabrics for awning, marine and upholstery applications. The 1-million-square-foot […]

September 12, 2014

SC Ranks #3 in Top States for Doing Business 2014

TOP STATES FOR DOING BUSINESS 2014: GEORGIA UNSEATS TEXAS, INDUSTRIAL MIDWEST RISES By Area Development Sparking growth in business investment and jobs has proven more difficult than expected for states as they have emerged from the Great Recession. Capital spending and, especially, job creation have remained below par as corporate chiefs and business owners stick […]

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 media marketing efforts. Capps, a native of the area, joins the GADC team […]

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 year the school has been in the top 25. “To be ranked among the nation’s top […]

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 new jobs over the next few years, according to a statement released […]

August 22, 2014

Spartanburg economic development official receives regional award

Article from GoUpstate.com One of Spartanburg’s leading economic development officials was announced as the winner of a regional award on Thursday for helping the county land more than $2 billion in new investments and several thousand jobs over the past year. Carter Smith, executive vice president of the Economic Futures Group, was named Upstate Economic Developer […]

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 Oncology Research (ITOR) of Greenville Health System (GHS) in Greenville County. Mannan plans to expand its research and development team to create up to 34 new positions […]

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, is a BMW Manufacturing Co.-sponsored vehicle and will be shown Monday for the first time to the public in its finished form at the CAR Group Management Briefing Seminar. The […]

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 Clemson’s research on the smart film that can detect banned chemicals. Collaborators from MIT, […]

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 on as senior vice president. The organization’s statement said Farris, 51, was unanimously picked from more […]

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 offers incentives as a New Markets Tax Credit zone. Blackwell said the county paid $400,000 for the […]

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. The new expansion, which is expected to be completed in January 2015, is the second expansion to the Union […]

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 COO, David Orr, serves as our UA Bioscience Task Force Chairman. […]

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. CEO Tyler Droll and COO Brooks Buffington – both just 23 years old – launched the app on Furman’s […]

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 of the world’s most debilitating diseases, ranging from heart disease to spinal cord injuries. Scientists expect the program will encourage an upward […]

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 successful businesses on his resume, companies he’s saved from […]

July 11, 2014

BMW tops 1M vehicles in midyear sales

Aided by the continued sale of the X-series models made in Spartanburg County, the BMW Group sold a record-breaking 1,020,211 vehicles in the first half of 2014, marking the only time the carmaker has ever surpassed 1 million in sales the first six months of the year. Over the same period in 2013, the BMW […]

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 Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to these 24 […]

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 Penny Pritzker announced the Economic Development Administration grant Wednesday. The building […]

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. Aerospace companies are taking a cue from the auto industry and […]

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. “She was our first African-American woman general contractor to do […]

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 from Area Development online.

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. Read the full article from GSA Business.

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 at its facility to increase productivity and add capacity. The larger facility also will allow the company […]

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 would work in a joint venture with an unnamed partner that can […]

March 29, 2014

BMW expanding with $1B investment, 800 more jobs

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 vice president and an eight-year veteran of the organization, has served as […]

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 vice president and an eight-year veteran of the organization, has served as […]

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, joining Sacramento, Calif; Sioux Falls, S.D., Tampa and Phoenix. The company […]

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 activities accounted for nearly 25,000 jobs, according to a new study by the school’s Strom Thurmond Institute. It said Clemson’s net impact on state government revenue was $81.8 million more than its state appropriation, and its net return to local governments was […]

February 17, 2014

USC Upstate incubator open for business

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. The facility in Abbeville is part of Prysmian’s power and telecommunications cable operations. The three-story project follows the company’s more than $600,000 investment in new equipment […]

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