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Business

  • Pillow-maker 3i Products targets Walmart shelves

    3i Products, a Lancaster-based pillow manufacturer, is making a pitch to Walmart executives today in Bentonville, Ark., at the colossal retailer’s annual Open Call event.

  • Lancaster-native Sam Hagins is top federal energy engineer

    The Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas, is saving more than $245,000 in taxpayer money each year on its power bills, thanks to energy-saving systems designed by Lancaster native Sam Hagins.

    A 1977 graduate of Lancaster High School, Hagins has been named the 2018 Federal Energy Engineer of the Year.

    He figured out a way to use the 170-bed facility’s air conditioning system at night to create 32,000 gallons of ice slush every 24 hours and then use that stored slush to cool the hospital during the day under the baking West Texas sun.

  • Portofino's brings taste of authentic Italy to IL

    INDIAN LAND – Portofino's speaks the language of Italian cuisine. Because, literally, they speak Italian here.

    It's one of the first signs tipping off customers that they haven't stepped into a run-of-the-mill American-style ristorante Italiano.

    One of the newest eateries in booming Indian Land, Portofino's Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria opened a little more than two weeks ago in the ever-growing Redstone development on U.S. 521.

  • Benford Brewery draws praise at international beer competition

    A beer crafted by Bryan O’Neal of Benford Brewery in Lancaster, with label artwork by local artist Ray Douglas, has won high praise at the New York International Beer Competition.

    Benford Brewery was chosen “South Carolina 2018 Weiss Beer Brewery of the Year,” competing among over 600 entries from 14 countries in 50 categories. This was the seventh year of the international competition, the only such contest judged by industry trade buyers. 

  • Pelican’s Snoballs in Lancaster experiences blizzard of business

    Caleb Clayton-Molby had dreams of being an NFL linebacker.
    He gave it his best shot, but fell just short. So now he's tackling the business world as owner of Pelican's Snoballs – and it's as big a hit as he ever experienced on the football field.
    “It’s been awesome,” he said.
    The establishment, which serves New Orleans-style shaved-ice treats, opened just weeks ago at 331 S. Main St. in downtown Lancaster. Already, it has become a go-to spot for families, who routinely swamp the shop seven days a week.

  • 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.”

  • IL Walmart adding home delivery

    Whether you need a carton of eggs or a lawnmower, your local Walmart is gearing up to serve you in a way it never has before.

    Starting May 17, the Indian Land Walmart, located at 10048 Charlotte Highway, will become the first store in South Carolina to offer home-delivery for nearly everything the retailer sells, said Heidi Welch, assistant manager of e-commerce.

    The only exceptions? Alcohol and apparel. Aside from that, the store will deliver groceries and anything else it has in stock – no matter how big or small, according to Welch.

  • Keer America ramping up new plant

    A fresh infusion of manufacturing jobs is coming to Lancaster County.

    China-based Keer America is set to add 350 jobs when its newest yarn production plant on Old Bailes Road in Indian Land opens later this month and becomes fully operational sometime in mid-June, company officials said Tuesday.

  • 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.