Business In Brief - June 22, 2007

Great Falls, Lewisville cable TV sale pending

Comporium announced that it has agreed in principle with TruVista to sell its Great Falls and Lewisville cable TV systems to the Chester-based communications provider. TruVista is the service mark for Chester Telephone Co. and its subsidiaries.

According to Comporium's Bryant Barnes, president and CEO, the agreement for the Great Falls system is scheduled to be finalized by the end of this month. The change will affect about 800 of Comporium's cable TV subscribers in Great Falls.

Comporium plans to complete the sale of its cable TV assets in the Lewsivlle area on July 27. That will affect more than 350 subscribers.

This is the second time Comporium has sold cable TV assets to TruVista, which serves Chester, Fairfield, and Kershaw counties.

Five years ago, Comporium sold its Winnsboro and Ridgeway facilities with about 2,000 subscribers in Fairfield County to TruVista. Barnes said that transition went smoothly, and both companies will continue to work closely to ensure that this ownership exchange will also go well.

Job fair to be held in Lancaster on June 28

LANCASTER -- The Catawba Regional Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 at USC-Lancaster's Bradley Arts & Sciences building, 476 Hubbard Drive.

Both job seekers and businesses are invited to participate in the fair.

Setup for exhibitors will begin at 8 a.m. During the morning, employers will be offered free coffee, juice and donuts. Later, free box lunches will be provided to all employers. Door prizes will be offered to businesses and will be handed out in the afternoon.

Registration is due today to assure table space. For more information or to register to be an exhibitor, call 313-7000.

Job seekers are advised to dress professionally and to bring a picture ID and Social Security card, pen and resumes.

The event is sponsored by S.C. Employment Commission, Catawba Regional WIB and S.C. Department of Social Services.

Admission is free for both exhibitors and job seekers.

Flooring business' ribbon-cutting Monday

YORK -- Carpenter's Tile, Stone and Flooring, 16 E. Liberty St., will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon Monday.

The store has been in business for 10 years, and an expansion to the showroom will be completed this month. The expansion includes a carpet division, headed up by Brooke Kelderhouse, the daughter of owners Sam and Teri Carpenter.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Appointments are recommended for design consultations. For more information, call 628-0888 or visit the Web site Both the Greater York Chamber of Commerce and the York County Regional Chamber will assist in the ribbon-cutting.

Home Builders name 'Leader of the Pack'

Curtis Sieck, board chairman of the Home Builders Association of York County and president of Jeff Carey Homes, was named the "Leader of the Pack" for recruiting the most members in York County for the May National Association of Home Builders' 2007 Membership Campaign. Members coming in second were Mari-Ann Taylor from Compact 2 Technologies and Lisa Dean of LD Construction Sales.

Sieck designs and builds custom homes and is launching a new development, Beattie's Glen Estates on Lake Wylie Road. Sieck has earned the designation of Master Builder of South Carolina and won a Pinnacle award for Excellence in Home Building from the South Carolina Home Builders Association.

Sieck and Dean have been very active in the Home Builders Association of York County, and both serve on the board of directors.

The Home Builders Association of York County meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information on joining or visiting a meeting, contact Linda Wilson, executive officer, at 328-8460 or

American Greetings sees profits double

CLEVELAND -- American Greetings said Thursday that its first-quarter profit nearly doubled from a year ago on strong sales of greeting cards designed to be more personal.

The company made $30 million, or 54 cents per share, for the quarter ended May 25 compared with earnings of $15.4 million, or 24 cents per share, a year ago. Sales rose to $418 million in the quarter from $404.2 million a year ago.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial were looking for the company to post earnings of 34 cents per share for the most recent quarter.