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Haley marks PermaShrink groundbreaking

Gov. Nikki Haley will help PermaShrink break ground at 10 a.m. Monday for its new manufacturing plant at the Westgate Industrial Park in Clover.

The groundbreaking is at the Larne Building, 103 North Main St., at the intersection of U.S. 321 and S.C. 55. Parking is limited. Those attending are asked to park behind the building.

PermaShrink announced in December that it will invest $3.3 million to equip a plant in Clover. When operating, the plant will employ about 16 people in manufacturing and office positions.

The company will lease its building from the York County Natural Gas Authority, the industrial park's owner.

The plant will make SanforSet rubber belts used in compressive shrinking machines, the final step in the textile process. Most of the belts will be shipped to overseas markets, particularly to companies in the Far East.

Product Recall

Kroger Co. is advising shoppers of stores in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and eastern Tennessee to check their refrigerators and freezers for ground beef with "sell by" dates of July 29 through Aug. 12. This ground beef is part of a recall announced by National Beef because the product might contain E. coli 0157:H7. Customers should return the items to stores for a full refund or a replacement.

The recalled items are:

Kroger 5 lb. package Flavorseal Ground Chuck (UPC: 1111097028). only date included for this product is "Freeze By 8-12-2011."

Kroger Beef Chuck Ground 80-85% (UPCs: 22251500000, 22251510000, 22251520000, 22251530000, 22251550000, 22251560000, 22251570000, 22251580000)

Ground Beef Patties - Regular & Family Pack (UPCs: 22250400000, 22250410000, 22250420000, 22250430000, 22251600000, 22251610000, 22251620000, 22251630000)

Ground Beef Seasoned Patties - Regular & Family Pack (UPCs: 29116750000, 29116760000, 29116770000, 29116780000, 29116850000, 29116860000, 29116870000, 29116880000)

In-Store Made Meatballs - packaged and service case (UPCs: 29119600000, 29119610000, 29119620000, 29119630000, 29119640000)

In-Store Made Meatloaf - packaged and service case (UPCs: 29109100000, 29109110000, 29109120000, 29109130000, 29109140000)

Business News

Our Three Sons Broadcasting recently won nine awards from the S.C. Broadcasters Association's State Television group, including radio station of the year award of merit. WRHI & Interstate 107 (WRHM) also received two awards from the S.C. National Guard for stations' commitment to public service.

In April WRHI was one of 10 winners of a National Association of Broadcasters' Crystal Award for year-round commitment to community service.

WRHI and Interstate 107 winners recently announced were:

Chris Miller, Sportscaster of the Year Award of Merit; Chris Miller and Matt Sy of Comfort Systems for the STAR Award Commercial "Critters in the Crawl Space" on WRHI; Sheila Caldwell, Andrew Kiel and Allan Miller for the STAR Award Promo for "ChristmasVille 2010" on WRHI; Rob Crawford, Andrew Kiel and Dean Faile of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce for the Award of Merit - Promotional Ad for "Think Lancaster First" on WRHM; Sheila Caldwell, Andrew Kiel and Allan Miller for the STAR Award for public service ads - "Don't Text & Drive" on WRHI; Allan Miller and Benton Evenson of York County Natural Gas for award of merit for a public service ad for "Dragnet 811" on WRHI.

Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, 1860 S.C. 5, York, has opened for the fall apple season.

The orchard features activities and local products for adults and children. Pick-your-own-apples begins Saturday. This year, Windy Hill Cidery is featuring its award-winning hard ciders. For information, visit or call 803-684-0690.

Hospice & Community Care's Resale Shop will open Thursday, selling used clothing, furniture, electronics and home goods at thrift-store prices. All proceeds from the Resale Shop at 121 S. Main St., Lancaster, benefit Hospice & Community Care patients and families.

Hospice & Community Care opened its first Resale Shop in Rock Hill more than six years ago. Hospice decided to open a second store to meet the demands of customers driving to Rock Hill.

The Resale Shop is run by volunteers and will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop accepts gently used items for resale throughout the year. Call 803-283-1101 for information.

Margaret Wallace, formerly of Rock Hill, is Gilmore Entertainment's new group sales director.

Gilmore Entertainment produces live entertainment shows including The Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special and is the host theater for LIGHT Laser Shows in Myrtle Beach.

Wallace has more than 25 of sales and marketing experience, including the last 11 years as the director of sales for the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has also been the tourism coordinator for the City of Rock Hill's parks, recreation and tourism department.

She has a marketing degree from the University of South Carolina and is a certified Tourism Marketing Professional designated by the Southeast Tourism Society Tourism Marketing College.

The Inspiration Networks have hired Mark Kang as senior vice president of worldwide distribution. Kang comes to Inspiration after stints at the Sportsman Channel and Court TV (TruTV).

Kang has been named one of CableFAX's "20 to Watch: Rising Stars of Cable;" one of the "Most Influential Minorities in Cable" as well as one of the "Top 100 Executives in Cable Television." He will split his time between New York and Inspiration's headquarters in Indian Land.

Rock Hill lawyer and state Rep. Tommy Pope is among 12 attorneys statewide featured in a series of videos by the South Carolina Bar that show glimpses into the diverse lives of lawyers and their commitment to their clients and the community. Pope is a managing partner at Elrod Pope Law Firm.

Family Trust Federal Credit Union will hold Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University beginning Sept. 8 at its operations center on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill.

The class, which begins at 6 p.m., will be conducted by Jennifer Panther, certified financial counselor at Family Trust. The cost is $100 for members and non-members. Register by Sept. 2 online at, or call 803-367-4130.

Michell Jaworski of Rock Hill has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. For information about Tastefully Simple products, contact Jaworski at

Britax Child Safety, Inc. is holding free monthly car seat check events. Britax employees are trained to inspect any brand of car seat. Britax is located at 13501 South Ridge Drive, Charlotte, in the South Point Business Park, near the corner of Carowinds Boulevard and South Tryon Street. The checking station will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.


Wednesday - The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, in association with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, will holding its annual York Region Grassroots Networking Meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St.

This session is one of the first steps in creating the 2011 Competitiveness Agenda, the business community's annual list of legislative priorities. The cost to attend is $18, which includes a lunch buffet and materials. To register, contact Trina Ricks with the York County Regional Chamber at 803-324-7500 or email

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