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Business

  • 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.

  • Business cards and body language:

    You might say Chester County is like a dancer in a musical, taking their first steps in a big production number as, with international companies the likes of Singapore-based Giti Tire and China-based Sunfiber moving into the area, the county takes its first steps out onto the international stage.
    At the Chester County Chamber of Commerce 58th Annual Banquet, chamber members heard from someone who can teach them where to put their feet.

  • Spratt's Jim Bennett is 2016 Economic Development Ambassador

     Jim Bennett with Spratt Savings & Loan has been named the Chester County 2016 Ambassador for Economic Development.
    As part of the 25th Annual Industry Appreciation Week, the South Carolina Department of Commerce on Thursday announced the 2016 Ambassadors for Economic Development.
    Recognized for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina, the ambassadors were honored in a ceremony held on Thursday, April 28, at the Governor’s Mansion Complex.

  • New president discusses role of Chamber of Commerce
  • Fuller fullfilled

    For nine years, Jim Fuller has climbed the back stairs to the Chester County Chamber of Commerce offices to begin his work as president of the chamber. After March 31, Fuller won’t be making the climb any more. The congenial, back-slapping president who has been the face of the chamber, seen at every ribbon cutting and community function for almost the past decade has put in his retirement notice.