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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce: Spartanburg County Manufacturing Employment Hits 10-Year High

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by Will Rothschild

Spartanburg County manufacturing employment has hit a 10-year high, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thirty-thousand people were employed in the manufacturing sector in June, according to the lat...

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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Marketplace: The Place Where Globalization Kept its Promise

Market Place

By Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Twenty-five years ago, the going economic idea was that globalization would make the entire world rich. Countries wouldn’t try to make everything, instead, they would make what they were best at, export those goo...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

GoUpstate: Brose Celebrates Opening of Duncan Plant

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By: Bob Montgomery, Staff Writer

BMW supplier Brose North America celebrated the opening of its new $6 million manufacturing plant in Duncan.

“I am proud to say Brose Spartanburg is now operational,” plant general manager Michael Morgenr...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Rudolph Logistics Group Announces Caliber North Facility

Rudolph Logistics

by: Trevor Anderson

Spartanburg County’s automotive sector has attracted another international logistics provider.

Germany-based Rudolph Logistics Group announced Monday it plans to invest $18 million to establish its first U.S. warehousing operat...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Area Development: Adhesive Materials Manufacturer Ritrama Expands Moore, South Carolina Plant

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by:  Area Development News Desk

Ritrama, an adhesive materials manufacturer, will invest $15 million to expand its existing manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

The company’s latest investment at the facility, whi...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

GoUpstate: Study shows SC best place for manufacturing

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By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

South Carolina is well-positioned to win the battle for jobs as the United States works to lure manufacturing companies from overseas, a new report says.

The Palmetto State ranks the lowest in the nation in annu...

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Posted on: July 23, 2017

Citizens Academy Fall 2017

Citizens Academy

SPARTANBURG COUNTY CITIZENS’ ACADEMY

Register now for the fall class of the Spartanburg County Citizens’ Academy.

The Citizens’ Academy Class offers an insight into Spartanburg County Government. The fall class runs from Septe...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

GreenvilleOnline: BMW Brings Tastes, Sounds of Europe to the Upstate

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By: Anna B. Mitchell, Staff

The impact that BMW has had on the Upstate’s economy since breaking ground in Greer 25 years ago is unmistakable – a 2014 study by the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business e...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

GreenvileOnline: Robots Part of Workforce Evolution at BMW

BMW Robots

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By: Abe Hardesty, Staff

When he joined the BMW production staff in 1994, Chad Johnson had never built a car. Nor had anyone else on that original crew.

"We were used-car salesmen, cooks, college kids, mechanics, cotton mill wo...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

GoUpstate: BMW to invest $600M, create another 1,000 jobs in Spartanburg

New BMW Jobs

Photo by: Alex Hicks, Jr./Spartanburg Herald-Journal

By Bob Montgomery, Staff Writer

BMW Chief Executive Officer Harald Krueger said Monday that his company will invest another $600 million in Plant Spartanburg and create another 1,000 jobs here over the ne...

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Posted on: June 25, 2017

GreenvilleOnline: BMW May Drive Growth for Suppliers

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BMW May Drive Growth for Suppliers by David Dykes

"The automotive industry in the U.S., especially here in the Southeast, is growing," Stefan Bude, president and chief financial officer for DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America, told The Greenvil...

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Posted on: June 25, 2017

GreenvilleOnline: BMW's Lasting Impact

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BMW’s Lasting Impact by Maayan Schechter

The BMW effect on the Upstate and the entire state of South Carolina is hard to miss.

While billions of dollars have been funneled directly and indirectly into the state, the cultural influ...

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Posted on: June 25, 2017

7 News WSPA.com: 25th Anniversary of BMW

BMW 25th Anniversary

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It’s a big week for Spartanburg County.

This week marks the 25th anniversary of BMW’s announcement that it was coming to the county.

Council members also announced this week the creation of 420 new jobs from 4 companies looking to locate here, and...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

GoUpstate: Councilman Brown selected for national panel to discuss mental health care in jails

Michael Brown

By: Daniel Gross, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Spartanburg County Councilman Michael Brown will visit Washington, D.C., Wednesday to discuss efforts to improve treatment for inmates with a mental illness. The Council of State Governments has invited Brown to...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

CBS: "U.S. losing to Germany in trade? South Carolina community doesn't think so"

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By David Begnaud CBS News

President Trump’s tweet about trade with Germany struck a nerve in a southern state he won: South Carolina.

"This is one of those cases where the president should have gotten his facts first before he went on attack because it...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

Drayton Mills Expected to Help Boost Spartanburg's Economy

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By:  Bob Montgomery, Staff Writer        Staff writer Alyssa Mulliger contributed to this story

The economic impact of the $60 million Drayton Mills project will be huge by stimulating job growth and boosting th...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

SC Commerce News Release: BMW Receives 2017 Industry Impact Award

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As part of the 26th annual Industry Appreciation series, the S.C. Department of Commerce recognized its 2017 Industry Impact Award recipients during an event on Thursday, May 11 at The Hall at Senate’s End in Columbia, S.C. Honoring businesses t...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Palmetto Business Daily: Data Shows Spartanburg County Leads in Foreign-Owned Businesses

Foreign Owned Business.

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GoUpstate recently announced Spartanburg County is now home to 207 foreign-owned businesses and companies.

“The Upstate’s density of foreign-owned firms outranks that of the United States, ...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

GoUpstate: Foreign Investment Helps Diversify County Economy

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By Bob Montgomery, GoUpstate 

The world is on to Spartanburg County.

An area once dependent on textiles is now home to 207 businesses and companies that are foreign-owned — a far cry from the 1980s and 1990s when only a handful of such co...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

7 News WSPA: Councilman Promotes Spartanburg During Japan Visit

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By Brianna Smith, WSPA.com

Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt is looking to expand the workforce in Spartanburg, with international companies.

Three Japanese companies have announced ventures in Spartanburg County over the past few years, including K...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

GoUpstate: Chemical Manufacturer Bringing 53 Jobs to Spartanburg

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By Chris Lavender, GoUpstate.com

New jobs are coming to Wingo Park in Spartanburg County.

Michigan-based Pacific Industrial Development Corp. plans to invest $9,75 million and create 53 new full-time jobs. The company plans to manufacture specialized chemic...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

USC Upstate-Watershed Ecology Center: Discover Your Watershed Event

Watershed

By Watershed Ecology Center, USC Upstate

Discover Your Watershed is a family friendly annual event sponsored by SJWD Water District, Spartanburg County Storm Water and the Spartanburg Water Quality Partners. It is a great time to come out to the lake and t...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Greenville Business Magazine: Turn up the Volume: Spartanburg Music Trail

Spartanburg Music Trail

By Greenville Business Magazine

Visitors can now listen to and learn more about some of Spartanburg County's most famous musicians on the Spartanburg Music Trail.

The Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has partnered with the Hub Ci...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Tourism Officials Unveil Digital Tour of Local Agricultural Destinations

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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Spartanburg County residents and visitors have a new digital tool that will help them find agricultural activities in the community.

The Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) announced it has launched...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Lear will Invest $7.7m to Expand Spartanburg Operations

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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

BMW supplier Lear Corp. announced Thursday it will invest $7.7 million to expand its operations in Spartanburg County.

The company said the funds will cover facility improvements and new manufacturing equipment a...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

GoUpstate: BMW Says it's Top US Auto Exporter by Value

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By Bob Montgomery, Staff Writer

BMW Manufacturing on Wednesday laid claim to being the nation's top automobile exporter by value in 2016, due to its U.S. manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County.

In a statement, the company said 287,700 X models f...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

GoUpstate: BMW X Models Boost January Sales

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By staff reports, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Sales of BMW X models made in Spartanburg County helped boost the total number of BMW

brand vehicles sold in January, the company announced.

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

GoUpstate: Spartanburg County Residents Invited to Walk with Elected Officials

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By Staff Reports, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Photo care of: The Tryon Daily Bulletin

County Council members Bob Walker, Justin Bradley, and David Britt along with other elected officials from six municipalities and Spartanburg County government have agreed ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

A Chinese Chemical Manufacturer Plans to Open a $13 million Facility in Spartanburg County, Creating

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Pacific Industrial Development Corp., a specialty chemical manufacturer, announced the company will be moving into two buildings at 5396 N. Blackstock Road.

The company's plan "to repurpose an existing ...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Lear Corporation expanding operations in Spartanburg County

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COLUMBIA, S.C. Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating, is expanding its existing operations in Spartanburg County to accommodate its continued growth. The company will be adding additional equipment and upgr...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

The Spartanburg County Citizens’ Academy is celebrating their 20th Class.

20th Class

The Citizens’ Academy Class offers an insight into Spartanburg County Government.  The spring class runs from March 14th to May 9th. The classes are Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graduation is on Monday May 15th during the County Council’s mont...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

GoUpstate: Berrang celebrates opening of Spartanburg distribution center

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By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

German auto parts maker celebrated the opening of its new facility, a 60,000-square-foot distribution center at Velocity Park next to its largest customer and compatriot, BMW. Berrang Inc. relocated from Greenv...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Gateway improvement plans progress in Spartanburg

Spartanburg Gateway

By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

A grassroots effort aimed at improving gateways to the city and county of Spartanburg took a step forward. Construction crews placed a new sign bearing the Spartanburg County seal on the northbound side of Inter...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development gives Spartanburg Coun

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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Local officials believe the facility is one of the most important tools in the county’s repertoire of economic development assets that has continued to attract new investment and, perhaps most importan...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Brose announces $6M investment in new Spartanburg facility

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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Spartanburg Community College’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development received another major vote of confidence. Automotive supplier Brose North America Inc. announced it will invest $6 m...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Röchling Automotive USA plans to add 12,000 square feet of office space

Rochling Automotive

By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

An automotive supplier in Spartanburg County has beefed up its expansion plans to accommodate growth in customer demand and new business. Röchling Automotive USA LLP, a subsidiary of Germany-based R&...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Ritrama announces $85 million investment in Spartanburg County

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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

The economic development project in Spartanburg County codenamed “Apollo 17” has officially landed. Ritrama, the Italian chemical company previously connected to the project, announced its pl...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: International Mold investing $6.2 million to bring plant, 60 jobs in Spart

International Mold Corporation

By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

BMW supplier International Mold Corp. announced more details about its new plant in Spartanburg County. Upstate Business Journal initially reported on June 30 that the Michigan-based company planned to build the ...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Holroyd Precision Rotors opens first U.S. plant in Spartanburg

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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Spartanburg County added another company to its roll of international businesses on Friday. British manufacturer Holroyd Precision Rotors officially opened its new 35,000-square-foot facility at 130 Corporate Dr...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: From Adidas to Amazon, distribution center upward trend is set to continue

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By: Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

The Upstate’s inventory of major distribution centers has continued to expand during the past decade. Companies including Adidas, Rite Aid, TechTronic Industries, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Amazon have nea...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Advanced Ceramic Coatings opening new facility in Spartanburg County

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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Spartanburg County’s specialty chemicals sector has landed another high-flyer. Hickory, N.C.-based Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC), a joint venture between Ohio-based GE Aviation and Turbocoating Corp....

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Magna breaks ground on new $29 million seating plant in Spartanburg County

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By: Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Canadian automotive supplier Magna International officially broke ground on its new $29 million seating plant in Spartanburg County. The 230,000-square-foot facility is under construction on about 20 acres betw...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Michelin distribution center site plans filed

Michelin Distribution Center

By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Site plans have been filed for the first two warehouses of Greenville-based Michelin North America’s proposed 3.9 million-square-foot distribution centers in Spartanburg County. The plans, filed on Dec. 9, show ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

GoUpstate: Robbie Swofford receives Modern Woodmen of America's Hometown Hero award

Robbie Swofford Hometown Hero Award

By Staff reports, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Robbie Swofford, Senior Research Analyst of the Spartanburg County Emergency Management Services, was chosen to receive the Modern Woodmen of America's Hometown Hero award for 2016. Swofford was chosen becau...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

GoUpstate: Housing Boom Underway in Lyman Duncan and Wellford

Housing Boom

By: Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Fueled in part by the arrival of new companies and the expansion of others, new home construction is booming, particularly along the Highway 29 and Highway 290 corridors. But with more residential growth e...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

GoUpstate: Tokyo Gas Engineering Solutions and Sterling Packaging invest in Spartanburg County

Sterling Industries

Tokyo Gas Engineering Solutions plans to invest $68 million in the construction and installation of equipment at a new facility at the Toray Industries site near the intersections of highways 290 and 221 in Moore. Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Exec...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

GoUpstate: Valeant plans Spartanburg County distribution center

Valeant Distribution Center

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

A Canadian-based pharmaceutical company that plans to build a 432,000-square-foot distribution facility purchased a 220-acre site on the southwest corner of Highways 101 and 417 just south of Reidville for ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

GoUpstate: Tyger River Industrial Park North ready to develop

Tyger River Development

By Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald Journal

A nearly 900-acre tract of land at Tyger River Industrial Park North on Highway 290 in Moore is open for development. Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Carter Smith said the Paco...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

Spartanburg Corporate Center to expand

Corporate Center Expansion

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Build it and they will come. That’s been the working philosophy of Peter Weisman, who moved from New York to Spartanburg in 1989 and one year later opened the Corporate Center on 193 acres off Business 85. ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 21, 2016

UpstatebizSC: Spartanburg County recognized in healthiest cities and county challenge

Healthy Community

By: Staff report, UpstatebizSC

Spartanburg County has been selected as one of 50 communities to participate in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge: HealthyCommunity50. The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American P...Read on...

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

GoUpstate: "Gateway to the World" SC Inland Ports Fuels Upstate Growth; Expansion Planned

Inland Port Fuels Growth

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

In economic terms, the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer has become the Upstate's “gateway to the world" and has exceeded all expectations since it opened just three years ago to serve its first cust...Read on...

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Panthers break camp attendance record

Panthers Camp Attendance Records

By Brian Strickland, Senior Writer, Carolina Panthers.com

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Carolina Panthers have a new attendance record, and they're not even close to the finish line. Just halfway through 2016 training camp presented by Lowe's, the Panthers ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg Housing Market Booming

Upstate Housing Market

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

The housing market here is hotter than an August day in Spartanburg. “It's most definitely a seller's market,” said home builder Manning Lynch of Spartanburg. “I'm selling everything I'm building well befor...Read on...

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

GoUpstate: Olympians' outfits have ties to Inman Mills, Spartanburg County

Olympians Outfits

By Zach Fox, Spartanburg Herald Journal

The outfits American athletes will be wearing during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games have close-knit ties with Spartanburg County. Workers at the Inman Mills plant in Enoree produced ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

GoUpstate: SC Inland Port in Spartanburg County reports record volume in last fiscal year

Inland Port record volume

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

The Inland Port in Greer handled a record number of containers this past year, as its customer base continues to grow. The S.C. Ports Authority …said the Inland Port handled 91,698 containers during the fi...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

GoUpstate: BMW Supplier, International Mold Corporation, to build plant in Greer

IMC building in Greer

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

A BMW supplier says it will build a new plant in Spartanburg County and employ up to 110 new workers, with hiring to start in early 2017. International Mold Corp. of Clinton Township, Mich., recently bought...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

GoUpstate: Xytel invests in Spartanburg-based HQ

Xytel Relocates HQ

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

If you've taken vitamins, had decaffeinated coffee or used biodegradable plastic, that product might have been made better with the help of a Spartanburg-made pilot plant. Helping oil, chemical and biofuel...Read on...

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Posted on: June 13, 2016

Drayton Mills Marketplace to welcome new Rick Erwin restaurant

Drayton Mills Marketplace

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Drayton Mills Marketplace, a first-its-kind, mixed-use commercial space, announced on Thursday four anchor tenants, including a new concept from noted Upstate restaurateur Rick Erwin. Drayton Mills Marketplace is the commercial portion...Read on...

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Posted on: June 6, 2016

GoUpstate: BMW's $1B project to boost vehicle production to 450,000 a year

BMW Exspansion

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Not only is BMW adding 800 new jobs to its 8,000-employee workforce with a $1 billion expansion project announced in March 2014, but it will have 1,700 robots doing much of the work when the latest body sho...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

GoUpstate: Kobelco celebrates opening of Spartanburg facility

Kobelco Opening

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

A Japanese company that makes excavators for worldwide distribution celebrated the opening of its new $41 million facility that will create 131 jobs at the Tyger River Industrial Park in Spartanburg County....Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

GoUpstate: New Rite Aid distribution center opens in Spartanburg County

Rite Aid Distribution

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Rite Aid Corp. on Wednesday officially opened its new $90 million Spartanburg County distribution center that is designed to get its products to 1,000 stores in the Southeast more quickly and efficiently. T...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2016

Spartanburg County Citizens’ Academy Spring 2016

Citizen's Academy Spring 2016

Spartanburg County Citizens’ Academy:

Spartanburg County held its 18th Citizens’ Academy Graduation at its County Council meeting on Monday, May 16th.

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Discover South Carolina: Bicycle Friendly South Carolina Communities

Bicycle Friendly

By Marie McAden, Discover South Carolina, SCPRT

Last year, the League of American Bicyclists awarded Hilton Head Island silver status as a “Bicycle Friendly Community,” making it one of a select group of cities in the Southeast to receive the prestigio...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Discover South Carolina: 5 Fun Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Spartanburg

Enjoy Spartanburg Outdoors

By: Marie McAden, Discover South Carolina, SCPRT

Tucked among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg, South Carolina has no shortage of opportunities to get outdoors for a little fun time. You won’t have to travel far from its historic ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Greenville News: Hwy 290 develops into industrial growth "hot spot"

Highway 290 Hot Spot

By Rudolph Bell, Greenville News

Industrial development is occurring in many places across the Upstate but nowhere more intensely than along the State 290 corridor in western Spartanburg County. The longtime cluster of factories near the intersection w...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg Regional begins upgrades with ER renovation

Spartanburg Regional

By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Spartanburg Medical Center has begun renovating space above its emergency room, part of the first phase of Spartanburg Regional Health System's 10-year, $500 million project to modernize facilities.

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

GoUpstate: J. Grady Randolph Inc relocating offices to Spartanburg County

J. Grady Randolph Inc

By Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Trucking company J. Grady Randolph Inc. plans to bring 100 jobs to Greer in July. The company has outgrown its facility in Greenville and is currently constructing a 12,000-square-foot building at 3085 High...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

GoUpstate: Inman lays groundwork for growth

Inman Growth

By: Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Anyone looking for the next hot spot for growth need look no farther than Inman. Community leaders are busy planting the seeds they hope will produce new development for years to come.

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

GoUpstate: Michelin plans to bring jobs, distribution center to County

Michelin Distribution Center

By Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Michelin's plan to build a distribution center and bring up to 350 jobs to Spartanburg County continues to move forward.

"This is one of the most outstanding and exciting developments because the M...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

GoUpstate: 3.5 Millionth BMW produced in Spartanburg County

BMW 3.5 Millionth

From Staff Reports, Spartanburg Herald Journal

The 3.5 Millionth BMW produced in South Carolina, a BMW X4 xDrive20i, is driven off the Assembly Line.

"This achievement is due to the outstanding commitment and dedication of our Associates to pro...Read on...

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Posted on: April 28, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg County Detention Center to offer GED program to inmates

Inmate GED

By Daniel Gross, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Inmates at the Spartanburg County jail will soon have the opportunity to earn their GED behind bars.
On Monday, the detention center and Spartanburg County Adult Education will begin offering General Educati...Read on...

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Posted on: April 28, 2016

GoUpstate: New Park Opens in Spartanburg County

New Park

By Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald Journal

A new park is offering Spartanburg County residents another place for recreational activities.

Construction on Holston Creek Park at 7561 New Cut Road, Inman, was completed in March. Spartanburg County C...Read on...

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Posted on: April 28, 2016

GoUpstate: Disc golf players to test-drive new Spartanburg County course

Disc Golf

By Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Disc golf enthusiasts will inaugurate the new 27-hole course at Holston Creek Park with a tournament Saturday.

One hundred players are registered for the 10 a.m. event in Inman, with 30 more on a waiting...Read on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

GoUpstate: Chinese manufacturer to build Spartanburg County plant

New Manufacturer Coming to Spartanburg County

From staff reports, Spartanburg Herald Journal

A BMW supplier from China will break ground Tuesday on a new production plant in Spartanburg County.
Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corp. announced Monday it will invest $45 million to build a 260,000-s...Read on...

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Posted on: April 4, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg County-made X models a bright spot for BMW March sales

BMW X Models

By Trevor Anderson, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Sales of BMW X models produced in Spartanburg County — the X3, X4 and X6 — increased in March, despite a more than 13 percent decrease in the automaker’s U.S. sales during the month.

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Posted on: April 4, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg County to play role in $317M textile innovation initiative

Economic News

By Trevor Anderson, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Four South Carolina institutions, including two in Spartanburg County, will be part of a national effort marrying technology with textiles to create “an industry that does not yet exist.”

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

Delta Power Equipment Corp. is moving to Spartanburg

Economic News

Staff Reports, GSA Business News

Delta Power Equipment Corp. is moving from rented space in Anderson to a larger, 133,240-square foot complex the company has purchased in Spartanburg. Brian Marshall, the company’s business development director, said t...Read on...

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Posted on: March 21, 2016

County unveils new Website App

Mobile App

Spartanburg County has launched its much awaited website app as another tool for citizens and businesses to use to contact the County and to access information electronically. Job posting, news alerts, FAQs, online forms, the County calendar, staff direct...Read on...

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Posted on: March 21, 2016

GoUpstate: "There's Only One. Spartanburg."

There's Only One Spartanburg

By Trevor Anderson, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Hundreds of business leaders and elected officials toasted Spartanburg County's successes from the past year and momentum for the future during the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce annual celebration T...Read on...

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Posted on: March 21, 2016

GoUpstate: 2 millionth Spartanburg County Made BMW shipped through Charleston

2 Million BMW

By Bruce Smith, Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Two million BMWs made in South Carolina have been exported, a milestone reached Thursday when a metallic gray BMW X-5 was driven aboard a green-and-white auto carrier ship at the docks in downtown Charlesto...Read on...

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Posted on: March 21, 2016

National Association of Counties: Spartanburg County SC Lands RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Announcement

By Andrew Whitacre, National Association of Counties County News

Spartanburg County, S.C. is the recipient of a 2015 Culture of Health award presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps pro...Read on...

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Posted on: March 21, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg Children return to reopened Cleveland Park

Cleveland Park

By Allison M. Roberts, Spartanburg Herald Journal

The playground at Cleveland Park was once again filled with the shouts and laughter of children Saturday morning.

Jim Campbell, former director of for the Spartanburg County Parks Department, first p...Read on...

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Posted on: March 18, 2016

GoUpstate: Chesnee Cheerleaders Win 3rd Straight 2A Title

Chesnee Chearleaders

From Staff Reports, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Chesnee won its third straight 2A competitive cheer state title.

On March 21, 2016, County Council will recognize the team for the pride and honor that the team has brought to the County by being regio...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

GoUpstate: Landrum named one of the South's best small towns

Landrum Small Town

By Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Landrum's charm and attractions continue to draw national attention.

The city was named by Southern Living Magazine as one of the South's Best Small Towns for 2016. The magazine's list of 20 best small t...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg County-based BMW: 2015 Leading Automotive Exporter in USA

BMW Leading Exporter

From staff reports, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. said it was the leading automotive exporter in the country in 2015.

Citing data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the automaker said its exports throug...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

GoUpstate: Koeberlein & Seigert validates decision to locate in Spartanburg County

Economic News

By Trevor Anderson, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

A local manufacturer with German roots recently celebrated its 15th year in Spartanburg County.

Koeberlein & Seigert, at 7461 Highway 11 in Campobello, has carved out a niche in North America with i...Read on...

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Posted on: February 16, 2016

County wins prestigious Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award

Award

The Spartanburg County Parks Department’s senior wellness initiative recently earned a statewide honor that recognizes government groups that work cooperatively on projects.

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Posted on: February 9, 2016

Praxair will build air separation plant next to Toray

Economic News

By Trevor Anderson, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Construction of Toray’s $1.4 billion carbon fiber plant in Moore has just begun, and the Japanese manufacturer has already attracted more economic development to Spartanburg County.

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Posted on: February 9, 2016

Environmental Enforcement Director Jamie Nelson Receives National Recognition

Palmetto Pride

Keep America Beautiful, Inc, (KAB) presented top honors to South Carolina affiliates and to Jamie Nelson, Director of Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Agency, at its national conference this week. Jamie Nelson received the Law Enforcement Awar...Read on...

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Posted on: February 4, 2016

Spartanburg County, City Announce Changes to Recycling Programs

Recycling Changes

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 3, 2016) — Due to significant changes in the recycling marketplace, glass will no longer be accepted as of March 1 at Spartanburg County recycling centers or through the City of Spartanburg’s residential curbside recycling collecti...Read on...

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Posted on: January 28, 2016

GoUpstate: Italy-based Trelleborg Wheel Systems opens new Spartanburg manufacturing plant

Trelleborg Wheel Systems

By: Trevor Anderson, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Italy-based Trelleborg Wheel Systems unveiled its $50 million, 150,000-square-foot production plant in Spartanburg County. A company official said the plant has already hired 52 employees and expects to a...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2016

Senior Citizen Travel: Spartanburg County has 'lots to offer' visitors

Spartanburg Senior Citizens

By Jim Becker, Senior Citizen Travel

Spartanburg, the county seat of Spartanburg County, with a population right at 38,000 residents, has lots of offer senior visitors.

This region of the Carolina Piedmont was for centuries a cherished hunting groun...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Spartanburg County facility is ‘the biggest plant in the BMW world now’

Arial shot of BMW

A top-ranking BMW Group official on Monday praised the automaker’s Spartanburg County plant.

During a conversation with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau about the new X4 M40i, Ian Robertson, with BMW Group’s Board of Management, said the Spartanburg County facility ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2016

Kevin Stiens Named New Director of Parks and Recreation for Spartanburg County

Kevin Stiens

Kevin Stiens has officially stepped into the role of Director of Parks and Recreation for Spartanburg County. He joined the department on Monday, January 11th. Stiens comes to Spartanburg County from the City of Greenville’s Parks and Recreation Departmen...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

WYFF: Upstate city is ‘biggest economic development success story in state’

City of Spartanburg

WYFF: Upstate city is ‘biggest economic development success story in state’

By Mike McCormick, WYFF

Expansion, extended hours and construction are signs of Spartanburg's ongoing success.
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Posted on: January 8, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg named 'recession busting' city

Spartanburg Rainbow

By: Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Spartanburg's rebound from the Great Recession has received national attention

Area Development magazine ranked 373 metropolitan areas across 21 economic and work force indicators. Spartanburg ranked 16...Read on...

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