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Business

  • Roddey meant business, a lot of business for county

    When it came to economic development and the health of Chester County, long time Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey meant business. It was under his administration, both the first and second times in office, that Chester County saw the most industrial growth, bringing the county out of the slump created by the withdrawal of the Springs Corporation textile plants in the region.

    The advent of Sunfiber, Jones-Hamilton and Giti Tire all happened under Roddey’s administration and due to his vision, a vision shared by those who worked for him.

  • KJ's Market offers customers a different shopping experience

    Manager Chad Friel and his staff along with corporate representatives cut the ribbon on the newest star in the Chester supermarket galaxy, the all-new KJ’s Market.

    “KJ’s is owned by King and Johnson. They own 43 stores across South Carolina and Georgia. There’s a new KJ’s Market that recently opened in Winnsboro,” Friel said. KJ’s is part of the Independent Grocer’s Association (IGA).

    He said there are some features at this market that make it unlike anything Chester has seen before.

  • CompuCom bringing 1,500 jobs to the region

    More growth is coming to the region as a huge economic development project was announced for Lancaster County Thursday.

    CompuCom, Systems, Inc., a leading technology infrastructure services company, is locating its new global headquarters operations in Lancaster County. The new development is projected to bring $41 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 1,500 new jobs over the next five to seven years, making this the largest single job announcement in Lancaster County history.

     

  • Unusual and hard-to-find now has a new address: No. 9 Junktion

    If it’s unusual, hard-to-find or just plain scarce, you’ll probably find it at its new address, No. 9 Junktion outside of Richburg.

  • Stuart briefs Rotary on economic development

    The Chester Rotary Club got to hear a briefing on Chester County economic development issues from one of their own recently; Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart was inducted into the club and as his first official act as a Chester Rotarian, by way of presenting the program, was asked to provide an update on Chester County issues.
    Stuart, never shy about public speaking, did so with a will. He touched on topics ranging from the latest news from Giti Tire, Carolina Poly and PPG to announcements of some personnel changes at Chester County.

  • A shot in the arm, a dose of reality

    Entrepreneurs attending the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Start Up workshop at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce offices recently had their dreams of opening their own business given a shot in the arm along with a dose of reality. Anyone starting a business needs a little bit of both, say SBDC consultants.

  • Will Smith's Nationwide office is on your side...in Richburg

    Nationwide Insurance agent Will Smith who has had a long and successful business in Chester, took a leap of faith recently and opened a satellite office in the Richburg area. Staff, supporters and well-wishers joined Smith last Thursday in celebrating the opening of the office in an event that included a ribbon cutting and exhibition of the Chevy SS Nationwide #88 show car and a racing simulator.
    Smith said he has always had his eye on the potential growth in Richburg, even before the coming of Giti Tire to the area.

  • Federal grant will aid Carolina Poly

    The Poly America Carolina Poly facility is under construction on S.C. Highway 9 and is already growing at a remarkable pace. That growth got an apparent boost on Tuesday.
    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that her department’s Economic Development Administration was awarding $2.9 million to make "vital infrastructure improvements needed to create jobs and attract significant investment to the county."

  • Duracell to power down Lancaster plant

    Duracell will start phasing down operations at its Lancaster location next March to consolidate production of AA and AAA line of batteries at a single plant in LaGrange, Ga.
    Company officials told The Lancaster News of its future plans early Wednesday afternoon.
    The S.C. 9 Bypass West plant, which manufactures AA alkaline batteries, has about 430 employees and is the county’s seventh largest employer.

  • New "workers" now in service on L&C Railroad

    There are a couple of new workers on the Lancaster & Chester Railroad these days, but you might not recognize them; the new workers are a “mother-slug” combination.
    What’s a “mother-slug”?
    Ed Sharpe of Richburg worked for L&C many years and is one of the founders of the L&C Museum. He explained what it means.