• Jobs are coming to Guardian...just not yet

    A $45 million expansion to Guardian Industries Corp will bring 50 new jobs to Chester County.
    Just not right away.
    The announcement of the expansion on Wednesday obviously got folks excited according to Lance Clarke, Guardian's human resources manager.
    "We got a lot of phone calls," Clarke said. "We probably had 15 or 20 people come by here asking about the jobs."
    Clarke said the hiring will begin later this year, perhaps sometime around August. The groundbreaking on the Guardian Expansion should come in May, he said.

  • Sparks are gonna fly!

    The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory, the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate will hold a demonstration of the wildfire research being conducted at the IBHS Research Center in Richburg on Thursday, March 24.

  • Fifty new jobs, $45 million investment coming at Guardian

    The code name "Project 1036" is no longer necessary after today.
    Chester County, Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce have announced that Guardian Industries Corp., a manufacturer of glass products, will expand its float glass operations in Chester County. The expansion will mean a $45 million investment and is expected to generate 50 new jobs.

  • Dig, plant and harvest some green-money that is

    Gloria Kellerhals is looking to grow Chester County's economy through “acres of opportunity,” she said Tuesday at a Chester Rotary Club meeting. Kellerhals was the invited guest for the weekly gathering of local Rotarians at the Summit Restaurant. She addressed a crowd of about 30 on the possibility of jump starting a sluggish economy in Chester County by putting people to work using their own land resources.

  • Freeman Gas celebrates 75 years and still growing

    Freeman Gas Company has been owned and operated by a single family for three-quarters of a century, said its company's vice president and general manager.
    “It's rare to find any type company owned by the same family for 75 years,” Jim Cannon said proudly. “We owe our success to our employees.”

  • It's going to get hot at IBHS

    Things are going to heat up at the Institute for Business & Home Safety.
    The institute will conduct a full-scale wildfire simulation on Thursday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the  research center in Richburg.
    The mission of the IBHS Research Center is to identify, evaluate and promote effective methods of property loss reduction and prevention.
    Dr. Anne Cope, director of research at IBHS, said no one has been able to do full-scale simulations on this scale ever before.

  • Is Walmart Supercenter coming?

    A meeting to discuss an architectural firm's request for a change in required parking spaces at a local commercial site will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at the Roddey Government Complex. The City of Chester's Zoning Board will hear an appeal to city ordinance section 2-605.18d to reduce the number of parking space requirements for property listed at 1677 J.A. Cochran Bypass. This is the site of the former Kirby Auto Mall.

  • New CEO's mission is "high quality healthcare"

    Page Vaughan, the chief executive officer at Chester Regional Medical Center, says he's new to the position at CRMC but not exactly new to Chester. Vaughan has spent two decades in healthcare administration with Health Management Associates, the parent company of the local hospital, he said.
    Vaughan, 55, served as vice president on the local hospital's board from 2004-2008, he said. Before accepting the position in Chester about four weeks ago, he worked two-and-a-half years as CEO at Midwest Regional Medical Center in Midwest City, Okla.

  • Magnolia Inn keeps owners "as busy as they want to be"

    Some say, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression,” but the grand splendor of the newly renovated Magnolia Inn Bed & Breakfast proves otherwise.
    Mike and Marsha Eland spent 10 months of painstaking labor after a fire reviving their three-story home and business at 120 Academy St.
    On Feb. 3, 2010, the Elands were asleep in the back of their 5,000-square-foot home when an electrical fire started in the attic. The house was totally destroyed by fire or water damage “clear down to the studs,” Marsha said.

  • Bill is back at Gene's

    At Gene's restaurant, in every sense of the term, the customers come first.
    "I get here about 4 a.m. and some of them will already be here," said Bill Robertson. "A couple of them have keys. Whoever gets here first usually puts on the coffee."
    It's because of the customers that Robertson is back in the kitchen after a short time away.