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Business

  • Lancaster native’s new job has him in Persian Gulf

    Lancaster native Gregory Kramer was recently appointed as the new editorial manager of the Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global publishing, research and consulting firm, in Bahrain.
    Bahrain is an island country in the Persian Gulf. It’s neighbor to the west is Saudi Arabia.
    In his new role, Kramer will coordinate the work carried out by OBG’s research and editorial team for the group’s forthcoming publication on the kingdom’s economy, “The Report: Bahrain 2011.”

  • Tree-growing tradition

    KERSHAW – The folks at PaPa John’s Christmas Tree Farm think there’s no substitute for a live Christmas tree. And they believe getting it locally is the only way to get a truly fresh tree. But owner, John Mangum, said it goes far beyond a fresh tree.
    For 22 years, he and his family have helped folks establish or carry on the old Christmas tradition of selecting and cutting their own tree right where it grows.
    Open from Thanksgiving Day until Christmas, the farm attracts individuals and families from Charlotte to Camden, and all points between.

  • Belk updates its logo

    With its 125th anniversary less than three years away, Belk Inc. has launched an updated corporate identity that projects the company’s restated mission “to satisfy the modern Southern lifestyle like no one else, so that our customers get the fashion they desire and the value they deserve.”
    A new graphics package will refresh the company’s visual identity with a new corporate logo, color palette and tagline - Modern. Southern. Style. The new logo and tagline represent the first significant change in the company’s brand identity since 1967.

  • Coldwell Banker opens at new Lancaster location

    Coldwell Banker United, Realtors has moved its Lancaster real estate office to 106 N. Woodland Drive.
    The new office is located in the North Woodland Shopping Center, between the S.C. 9 Bypass and North Main Street, beside McDonald’s.
    Coldwell Banker United, Realtors sales associates serve the Lancaster, Indian Land, Kershaw, Heath Springs and Fort Lawn areas.

  • SOI cuts ribbon to open Indian Land headquarters

    Carl Guidice is thrilled to be a part of Lancaster County.
    Guidice, chief executive officer of Strategic Outsourcing Inc., a professional employer service, welcomed a large group of employees, guests and local and state officials at a ribbon-cutting for his company’s new Indian Land headquarters Monday.

  • Software firm breaks ground in IL

    INDIAN LAND – After years of planning, a software company has broken ground for its new Indian Land headquarters.
    Verian Technologies, a provider of software designed to help companies better manage their budgets and finances, began preparing the future location of its new building during the last week of October.

  • Downtown preps for arts draw

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts annual Dark Arts Draw and adult costume contest is this Friday at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster.
    The costume contest has three categories:  Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Woman and Best Dressed Couple.
    The event starts at 5:30 p.m., with live music provided by jazz guitarist Ken Blinko. An exhibit featuring the “dark art” of various local and regional artists will be on display, and refreshments will be served.

  • Hospital using new technology for improved clinical communication

    Springs Memorial Hospital, as part of its commitment to a better patient experience, implemented the Vocera Communication System on Sept. 20.  
    The person-to-person communication system improves communication and processes for care providers, allowing them to spend more time at the patient’s side.

  • Romarco breaks ground for lab

    KERSHAW – Diane Garrett of Romarco Minerals said she plans for her company to be in Kershaw for decades to come.

    Romarco Minerals is drilling at Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw, and will soon begin construction of a laboratory. The 7,500-square-foot lab will house 12 employees, including a team of analytical technicians, said Jim Wickens, process manager for Haile Gold Mine.

  • Think Lancaster First campaign aims to help local businesses

    Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, hopes that group’s new Think Lancaster First marketing campaign can help give local businesses a better chance to stay open.

    The campaign, which was launched Sept. 28, will feature posters, fliers and other materials encouraging Lancaster County residents to think about Lancaster County businesses before heading outside the county to shop, dine or get other services.

    Faile believes the campaign is a “component of a strategy” that can prevent local small businesses from closing.