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Business

  • Lancaster ranks No. 1 in Carolinas

    When it comes to attracting investment, few places have been better at it recently than Lancaster County.
    For the third time in the past four years, Lancaster has ranked first in incoming economic investments among all 46 S.C. counties, according to Smart Asset, a New York-based financial technology and investment information firm. This year, we outpaced all 145 other counties in the Carolinas.
    Nationally, for 2018, the county ranked 26th out of the 3,007 counties in the continental United States.

  • Victory lap for county

    What a difference a decade can make.
    It was just 10 years ago, as the Great Recession took hold, that Forbes magazine listed Lancaster as the “most vulnerable” town in America.

  • Scott visits 'Bentley of bumpers' plant

    Business is booming at Lancaster-based Fab Fours. But business would be a lot better if the company didn’t have to contend with Chinese-made knockoffs resulting from theft of the manufacturer’s intellectual property, according to owner and CEO Greg Higgs.
    Chinese IP theft was Higgs’ major focus Wednesday as he hosted a visit from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

  • Steel maker to bring HQ and 139 jobs

    Lancaster County’s already dominant manufacturing base is set to expand even further.
    County and state officials announced Tuesday that Synergy Steel, based in Union County, N.C., will be moving its headquarters and metal fabrication facility to Lancaster over the coming months.

  • Business incubator to open downtown

    Downtown Lancaster’s path to revival is on the cusp of taking yet another step.
    A family-owned company based in Indian Trail, N.C., is in the final stages of purchasing the long-vacant First Citizens Bank building at 115 W. Gay St. – ideally situated at the intersection of Catawba Street directly across from the historic Springs House.

  • Sharonview expanding, relocating HQ

    INDIAN LAND – Sharonview Federal Credit Union is relocating its corporate headquarters within Lancaster County to a larger facility and plans to add more than 100 jobs as a result, the organization announced Wednesday.
    Sharonview President and CEO Bill Partin said the credit union will move from its current cramped digs in the 521 Corporate Center near the Red Ventures campus in Indian Land to new headquarters located less than a mile south on U.S. 521 in the former HSBC building at Edgewater Corporate Center.

  • 400 acres on 521 may become site of industrial park

    A new business and industrial park could be in the offing for Lancaster County.
    Duke Energy this week announced it has selected a 400-acre parcel 4 miles north of downtown Lancaster as one of four sites in the Carolinas for potential development under its 2018 Site Readiness Program.
    The site is located at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Lewis McAteer Road, said Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.

  • Craft Stand bringing specialty coffee shop back to downtown

    Downtown Lancaster is getting its first specialty-coffee shop in half a decade, as The Craft Stand broadens its usual offerings to include perkier brews starting Monday morning.
    The Main Street craft-beer retailer and gathering spot will be serving coffee drinks from 7 until 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
    “It will be basic in the beginning,” owner Brandy Geraghty said. “We will have drip and an espresso machine to make lattes and cappuccinos and I don’t know what else because I haven’t learned yet.”

  • Chamber is China-bound

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is betting that a 15,000-mile excursion will bring local business people – and the community as a whole – closer together.

    The organization, led by incoming chairwoman Melissa Prince and Vice President Melissa Walker-Price, is inviting chamber members – and anyone else who wants in – on a sight-seeing tour of China.

  • Fancy Pokket ‘hiring event’ draws crowd, no start date

    After four years of delays, Lancaster’s Fancy Pokket USA baking operations may soon be ready to inject some steam.
    Wednesday morning at the SC Works building on White Street, about two dozen people had gathered by 9:30 a.m. in search of 20 advertised jobs at the 58,000-square-foot plant at Lancaster County Air-Rail Business Park along the S.C. 9 Bypass.