Comporium technician wins at International Cable-Tec games

October 26, 2013 

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Greg Brakefield of Comporium has regained his world title at the International Cable-Tec games.

Brakefield topped 28 competitors in the 23rd annual championship held in Atlanta . The International Games are sponsored by Corning, Dycom Industries and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. At the international games technicians demonstrate their precise workmanship, refined skills, and proper technique.

Brakefield won the title two years ago at Expo 2011, also in Atlanta. A year ago, he finished second at Expo 2012 in Orlando.

Seven contests make up the games. Brakefield was first in cable splicing and meter reading.

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is a nonprofit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information.

Business News

•  Cheri Gall of the Leroy Springs & Co. has been named 2013 HR Professional of the Year by the Carolinas Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.

Gall won for companies with 201 to 750 employees.

“Cheri has used her skills and experience to guide us through the recession and the changing landscape of health care, while also ensuring that Leroy Springs & Co. explains and delivers crucial benefits to nearly 300 employees in eight locations,” said company president Tim Patterson. “She’s a devoted and strategic leader who demonstrates her compassion and good humor every day.”

Her nomination cited her pioneering of an employee wellness program, employee opinion survey, Employee Assistance Program and awards and recognition initiatives.

Leroy Springs & Co., Inc. is a nonprofit company supporting the recreation, education and community needs of residents in the Fort Mill Township, and Chester and Lancaster counties. It operates golf courses in all three communities and oversees operations of the Anne Springs Close Greenway and Recreation Complex on the Greenway in Fort Mill, as well as Springmaid Mountain in Spruce Pine, N.C.

•  Oakes Appliance & Refrigeration recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its offices at 1671 Celanese Road in Rock Hill. The company has been in business for more than 20 years.

•  Comporium is testing two Fort Transit vans powered by compressed natural gas for its daily mail courier routes. With compressed natural gas prices about half that of regular gasoline, Comporium officials estimated they will save about $3,500 annually.

York County Natural Gas and the city of Rock Hill have used compressed natural gas-powered vehicles for several years. York County Natural Gas operates a compressed natural gas fueling station at its East Main Street headquarters. The city has a compressed natural gas station at its maintenance facility off Anderson Road.  

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