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Business

  • Gilbert to become master in his field

    Some might rightfully say Jamie Gilbert has already become a “master practitioner” of economic development, but soon he could have a piece of paper certifying it.

    Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, has been approved for a new and highly selective program for senior-level economic development leaders that should only burnish his skills, and potentially help the county accrue even more business investment in coming years. 

  • Charley’s Cafe shuts down, new owners going casual

    Charley’s Cafe and Catering – downtown Lancaster’s only fine-dining spot – is no more.
    Owner and head chef Ken Killingsworth, who opened the restaurant in 2000 at 306 S. Main St., served his last dish Saturday night, said his friend and fellow downtown business operator Don Geraghty, owner of The Craft Stand beer pub and a huge fan of Killingsworth’s crab cakes.

  • ‘Can’t wait to get inside’ Hobby Lobby

    The long-awaited shopping at The Promenade at Carolina Reserve has officially begun.

    At a little past 9 a.m. Monday morning, as more than 100 people waited patiently outside for an official ribbon-cutting to conclude, Hobby Lobby opened its doors to customers.

    It’s the first retailer to open in the mammoth 300,000- square-foot complex, located at the corner of U.S. 521 and Jim Wilson Road, across from Carolina Commons shopping center and Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Old Springs plants again rumble with textile manufacturing

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    Putting a new coat of paint on the water tower overlooking the Springs Frances Plant is symbolic of the new face that Derrick Close is putting on the textile industry in Fort Lawn.

  • 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.

  • 10 days of events for IL Fall Festival

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    The best week of fall will be Oct. 26-Nov. 4 when the 13th annual Indian Land Fall Festival takes place. 

    Festival chairman Michael Neese previewed this year’s event at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Morning Business Connection on Aug. 3. 

  • ‘Boss Lift’ shows employers Guard and Reserve in action

    Thanks to a U.S. Defense Department program, a small group of Lancaster County employers will get a first-hand look this week at what it’s like to train and serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

    Despite low unemployment currently for most veterans, the impetus is to enable employers to gain greater appreciation and understanding of their service-member employees, who may either be deployed overseas or called away periodically from their jobs to train.

  • 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.