Work is ongoing at four construction projects in Lancaster that will create more than 1,500 jobs.
Three of the four projects will be operational this year with the fourth set to open in early 2015.
The largest of the four companies is Keer America which is building a 236,000 square-foot textile manufacturing plant and a 10,000-square-foot office building in Indian Land on Old Bailes Road and S.C.160. Keer America plans to hire more than 500 area residents within three years. The investment in the Keer America project is $218 million.
Red Ventures, which has its headquarters and an operations center building in Indian Land on Red Ventures Way is nearing completion of a 185,000 square-foot expansion of its corporate headquarters. Red Ventures will grow to more than 2,000 employees at the corporate campus location when the new facility is fully operational. Construction is set to be completed and the new building open for business by June of this year.
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Surefin Industries, a manufacturer of coils, is building a 30,000 square-foot facility at S.C. 5 near the Catawba River. The plant will employ more than 20 workers and has an about $3 million.
Fancy Pokket is building a 58,000 square-foot bakery in the Lancaster Air-Rail Business Park. Scheduled to begin production in August, the $13 million facility will employ 68 workers when fully operational and will be one of the largest gluten free bakeries in the United States.
• TheYork County Regional Chamber of Commerce
recently held its annual York County Day in Columbia, a way for members to learn about state government and lobby for business friendly legislation.
Thomas O. DeLoach, CEO of SC Business and Industry Political Education Committee , was the scheduled featured speaker. There were also several smaller sessions on issues such transportation, education, the environment, and health insurance.
• TheFort Mill Area Council
of theYork County Regional Chamber of Commerce
is now accepting nominations for awards to be presented in April at the organization’s annual Fort Mill Education and Volunteer Awards Reception. Nominations are being accepted for: Citizen, Young Citizen, and Civic Volunteer of the Year; Service Award for Public Safety and Awareness; and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations will be reviewed and award recipients selected by the Chamber’s Fort Mill Area Council Board Members, along with representatives of the program’s sponsoring organizations.
The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. April 7. Award criteria and nomination forms are available at www.yorkcountychamber.com or at the Regional Chamber’s Fort Mill office, 210 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.
Diane Wagner of Fort Mill has been awarded The Growth Coach’s “No Parking Award.”
“The No Parking Award is a coveted award and it’s not one that’s won every year. We only give this award to those people who are quickest to action – the one or two people every five years who finish training, push away from the desk and get moving. People like Diane,” said Nathan Owens, president of The Growth Coach. “The No Parking Award is really the founder’s award for The Growth Coach and it truly signifies that the winner is extremely passionate about launching their business..”
The Growth Coach is a business and sales coaching operation.
“I was totally blindsided by the award. The ‘No Parking’ sign from Dan actually means a lot to me. I have it prominently displayed above the computer in my office to remind me to get out, meet people, spread the word about The Growth Coach and to build my business,” she said. “It’s easy to spend time just getting ready, but you have to get moving. I take that very personally.”
Wagner started her business in early November of 2013.
THURSDAY The Clover and Lake Wylie Chambers of Commerce are hold a St. Patrick’s Day Business After Hours session from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clover Community Bank, 5196, N. Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie.