Metrolina Greenhouses of Huntersville, N.C. has finalized the purchase of the assets of Stacy's Greenhouses of York.
Metrolina officials said while the acquisition process has been long, “we are now in move forward mode. This is a great step forward for the Metrolina team and the Stacy's team. We are excited by the growth we will achieve together.”
Metrolina’s goals include transferring Stacy’s employees to the Metrolina family of companies and then “fill in gaps as needed.”
Core business operations and staffing will continue all the growing locations in North and South Carolina. Metrolina also plans to invest in the combined ventures.
“We will learn from Stacy's and apply it to the current business we have,” Metrolina officials said.
The official closing was Aug. 30. Sometime in October, Metrolina plans to share its longer-term plans for the business. But, our main goal in the first 10 weeks is to get the employees taken care of, to execute the fall business, and to get spring business produced as we begin the process of growing the company again.
Abe VanWingerden, co-CEO of Metrolina Greenhouses, said, “We are happy this part of the process is now complete......but is not the end of the Stacy's story......it is merely an exciting, new chapter. As part of Metrolina's continuing expansion, the asset acquisition of Stacy's improves our business growth as we continue with our 2025 long-term plans. Stacy's perennial business is a natural addition to our current product lineup as we continue to provide new and innovative solutions and concepts for our retail partners to drive business growth. “
• Jody Odom of Rock Hill was recognized today as the Appraisal Institute’s September “Volunteer of Distinction” for Region IX.
Odom is S.C. chapter vice president and will serve as president in 2014. She served as second vice president in 2012, treasurer in 2011 and secretary in 2010. She was Atlanta Area Chapter president in 2000, vice president in 1999, secretary in 1998 and treasurer in 1997. She served as chair of the Appraisal Institute’s Chapter Services Committee in 2002, and chair of the National Candidate Guidance Subcommittee from 1996-1997, as well as on a variety of other national and chapter committees. She joined the Appraisal Institute in 1986 and received her MAI designation in 1990. Odom has been vice president of Richard Odom & Associates, Inc., in Rock Hill, since 2002.
• Ruth Flinn Cunnup has joined the law firm of Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll, LLC as an associate.
Cunnup is a native of Rock Hill. She has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia International University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School. Following law school, Cunnup clerked for the Judge Lee S. Alford of the 16th Judicial Circuit. Ruth will be an associate practicing in commercial real estate.
• DrivewayCars.com held a ribbon cutting at its offices at 830 North Anderson Road in Rock Hill on Sept. 5. DrivewayCars.com has been in business for more than three years but celebrated its one-year anniversary at North Anderson Road location. Their services include used car sales and service. DrivewayCars.com is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Our Friend's Den, a dog care facility, has opened at 1320 Cherry Road. The den offers doggie daycare, boarding and grooming. The owners are Dean and Erin Miller. Dean Miller is from York. For more information go to www.ourfriendsden.com or call 803-817-6488.
• Land managers who conduct outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming certified prescribed fire managers. The South Carolina Forestry Commission has scheduled four classes for 2013 statewide, Oct 10 in Walterboro, Oct. 30 in Florence, Nov. 2 in Columbia and Dec. 11 in Columba.
Achieving certification provides burners with limited liability protection under state law. To register for any session, contact Leslie Woodham at 803-896-8809 or visit www.trees.sc.gov. The cost of the course is $50.
MONDAY – Newk’s Eatery is holding a ribbon cutting at noon at 2338 Dave Lyle Boulevard. Justin Karas is the franchise owner of Newk's.
TUESDAY – A “How to Start A Small Business” Workshop will be Tuesday Winthrop University College of Business at the room 208 of the Thurmond Building. The course Includes basics of development of a business plan, anticipated expense and projected income, and allows for questions. $25 charge. Call 803-323-2283 for information.
TUESDAY –The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead sponsor First Command, will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Charlotte,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses from 2 to 5 p.m. at the ECPI University, 4800 Airport Center Parkway in Charlotte. More than 50 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience.