Business In Brief - October 16, 2008

Founders plans Lancaster County headquarters

LANCASTER -- Founders Federal Credit Union is planning a new headquarters campus in Lancaster County, on the corner of Gillsbrook and Plantation Roads. Construction will begin in November and the building is expected to be completed by midsummer 2010.

The campus-style headquarters will contain an 110,000-square-foot corporate center with offices for the credit union's call center, accounting, human resources, training, marketing and administrative departments. The 30-acre campus will include an 8,000-square-foot operations support center.

The new headquarters will allow the credit union to consolidate its administrative departments under one roof.

"Founders' growth in recent years has created a need for this new headquarters. Our departments have outgrown their current facilities," Bruce Brumfield, president and CEO of Founders Federal Credit Union, said in a prepared statement.

"The new headquarters will allow our departments to work more efficiently together under one roof and meet our facility needs now and well into the future," Brumfield said.

The campus will feature outdoor areas including a lake, amphitheater and the Springs Clock Tower, which will "serve as a symbol of our deep appreciation for our Springs Heritage," Brumfield said.

General Contractor for the project is Brassfield and Gorrie, based in the Southeast.

Founders Federal Credit Union was founded in 1950 in Fort Mill. Today, Founders serves more than 182,000 members with 26 offices and three service centers in South Carolina and North Carolina. The credit union has more than $1.5 billion in assets.

Queen City to celebrate new location Saturday

Queen City Audio Video & Appliances will host a community event from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the store's opening and new location beside the Super Bi-Lo on Cherry Road.

Events include cooking demonstrations, free barbecue, a classic car show, games, prizes, visits from Carolina Panthers' Sir Purr and the Top Cats Dance Team and more.

A costume contest for children and adults who dress in their favorite football team colors will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teams can be pro, college or high school.

York County chamber luncheon Wednesday

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce's membership luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St.

Pam Morrell and Chet Miller, campaign co-chairs of the Citizens & Business for York County Committee, will speak.

They will discuss the Nov. 4 general election referendum on the issue of on-premise alcohol sales in York County restaurants seven days a week. They also will explain the committee's reasons for supporting a yes vote on the countywide issue.

This month's luncheon is being sponsored by The Palmetto Bank.

Cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. To RSVP or for details, contact Trina Ricks at (803) 324-7500 or e-mail her at