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Posted on: December 5, 2019

APP Ordinances effective 01/01/2020

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The Area Performance Planning ordinances will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

The Performance Zoning Ordinance will be in effect in the Southwest Planning Area.  It’s design standards and sign regulations will be effective countywide....

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Recycle Spartanburg

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Jes Sdao Swanson

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Spartanburg County

864-949-1658

Annual Household Toxics Recycling and Rain Barrel Event Date Set

Spartanburg SC – Over the past eleven years, one household at a time, Spartanburg County resid...

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Announcement: New webpage highlights efforts to improve appearance of roadways

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Spartanburg County’s major roadways are the entrances to our community. These thoroughfares frequently color visitors’ first impression of Spartanburg County, affecting tourism and economic development.

Spartanburg County is fortunate t...

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Posted on: April 7, 2018

GoUpstate: Official to Roll Out Plan for Southwest Spartanburg County

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By Bob Montgomery, GoUpstate

Photo by Alex Hicks Jr., Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Changes are coming to the rapidly growing southwestern portion of Spartanburg County, and a new performance zoning plan that officials say seeks to welcome growth while maintai...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

GoUpstate: Magna Seating Celebrates $8M Expansion

Magna Seating Expansion

Photo by: Zach Pippin, Governor's Office

Article by: GoUpstate Staff Reports

BMW supplier Magna Seating of Moore celebrated the opening of an $8 million expansion that will create 130 new jobs, officials announced Monday.

Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, th...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

GoUpstate: Magna Seating Planning $8M Expansion, 130 New Jobs

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Article by, Bob Montgomery, GoUpstate

A BMW supplier that recently opened in Spartanburg County is already planning to expand.

Magna Seating at Tyger Industrial Park North has asked the county for $120,000 in additional inf...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

Upstate Business Journal: Michelin, SCC Introduce "Learn and Earn" Scholars Program

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By Trevor Anderson, UBJ

Spartanburg Community College and Greenville-based Michelin North America have partnered to offer a new scholars program aimed at bolstering workforce development in the Upstate.

According to both groups, the SCC Michelin Manufacturi...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

OneSpartanburg Checks Progress, Looks to Grow

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By Elise Franco, GoUpstate

In its first year, OneSpartanburg launched 22 projects and put irons in the fire for continued forward movement.

But Allen Smith, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, and the initiative’s 312 volunteer...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

GoUpstate: BMW's Spartanburg Plant Leads US in Auto Exports

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By Elise Franco, GoUpstate

When BMW Manufacturing Co. moved into Spartanburg County in 1994, it was a 600-person operation. Now, it’s the leading automotive exporter in the United States.

It’s the plant’s ability to bring inter...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Penny Sales Tax Information

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Important update for retailers on the penny sales tax

Spartanburg County retailers who have questions about the implementation of the capital penny sales tax are encouraged to contact the S.C. Department of Revenue.

The one cent sales tax will begin May 1, ...

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Posted on: January 14, 2018

GoUpstate: Michelin Moves to Second Phase of $270M Project

Michelin Expansion

By Bob Montgomery, GoUpstate

Greenville-based Michelin North America has moved into the second phase of a $270 million project to build a 3.3 million-square-foot distribution center in Spartanburg County that is expected to create 350 jobs.

The tire maker a...

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Posted on: January 6, 2018

GoUpstate: Greer Tops $1.3B in Retail Sales in 2017

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By Staff Reports

Greer’s continued growth led to the city passing $1.3 billion in retail sales this fiscal year.

S.C. Department of Revenue data showed Greer recorded a record $1,302,896,294 in gross retail sales during the 2017 fiscal year. The figure is a...

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Posted on: January 6, 2018

Go-Upstate: BMW Planning Regional Training Center in Greer

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By Bob Montgomery, Staff Writer

Staff Writer, Elise Franco contributed to this report

BMW of North America has submitted plans to Spartanburg County to build a vocational training center at a site on Woods Chapel Road in Greer.

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

American Farm Bureau Federation Selects New National Committee Members

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AFBF Seats New National Committee Members

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2017 – The American Farm Bureau Federation has appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s Young Farmers & Ranchers and Promotion & Education committees.

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Posted on: December 3, 2017

Upstate Biz SC: Tindall Announces New Vice President of its South Carolina Division

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By Upstate Biz SC

Tindall Corporation, a national leader in precast, prestressed concrete structures, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Britt to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the South Carolina Division. David will be ...

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Posted on: December 3, 2017

GoUpstate: Downtown Development Pushes Boundaries of City's Center

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Photo by Tim Kimzey, Spartanburg Herald Journal

By Alyssa Mullinger, Staff Writer

There’s hardly a block in downtown Spartanburg today where you won’t find economic development taking place. Whether it’s the construction of new...

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Posted on: December 3, 2017

GoUpstate: Spartanburg Chamber Launches Diversity Initiative

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By Elise Franco, Staff Writer

A new initiative by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce aims to invest in building a community that is more economically cohesive and inclusive.

The three-pronged initiative, announced Tuesday during the Spencer Hines Prop...

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Posted on: December 3, 2017

GoUpstate: Latest BMW Manufacturing Production Numbers

BMW Production Numbers

By Staff Reports

For the week of Nov. 5-11, BMW Manufacturing Co. produced 8,109 cars in Spartanburg County.

Of those, 2,543 were X3s; 743 were X4s; 3,959 were X5s; and 864 were X6s.

So far this year, the German automaker has built 321,424 cars in the Upstat...

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Posted on: December 3, 2017

GoUpstate: Arcadia Mill No. 1 set for Renovation into Loft Apartments

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By Chris Lavender, Staff Writer

Renovation of Arcadia Mill No. 1 on Hayne Street is expected to begin in February, transforming the historic site into 70 loft apartments and providing space for the arts.

Georgia developer Pace Burt said he plans to invest a...

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Posted on: September 30, 2017

GoUpstate: County Manufacturing Jobs Hit Pre-Recession Levels

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by Elise Franco, Staff Writer

Manufacturing jobs in Spartanburg County have reached a 10-year high.

Will Rothschild, vice president of strategic communications for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, said data released in June by the Bureau of Labor S...

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Posted on: September 9, 2017

GSA Business Report: Albis Plastics Corp. Opens $14 Million Plant in Duncan

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Staff Report

A Germany-based polymer manufacturer opened a $14 million plant in Duncan.

Albis Plastics Corp. started production in July and plans to add up to 60 new jobs at the site in the next few years. The company said it plans to manufacture 30 million...

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Posted on: September 9, 2017

Upstate Business Journal: Albis Plastics Corp. Opens New Compounding Facility in Duncan

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by Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal

Texas-based Albis Plastics Corp. celebrated the opening of its new compounding plant in Spartanburg County.

The $14 million, 20,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to the 250,000-square-foot Albis Barnet Polymer p...

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Posted on: August 29, 2017

GoUpstate: Job Growth in Spartanburg County Exceeds Rest of Upstate

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By: Chris Lavender, Staff Writer

Job growth in Spartanburg County continues to outpace most other regions in the state.

Since June 2016 the county has added more than 4,300 jobs, and with 2.9 percent job growth, it leads the Upstate, according to a report f...

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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

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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

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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: 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

“The increased availability of the highly popular BMW X models...

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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