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Business

  • Growers focus on buzz-iness

    Kelly Morrissette

    For The Lancaster News

    The Lancaster Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association toured Dixie Bee Supply and Country Store last month to shop, get the buzz on bees, taste locally made raw honey, sample naturally-made skin lotions and observe how to use a manual honey extractor.  

    The association is a group of 25 gardeners and small-scale commercial farmers interested in learning about gardening, farming and farm-related businesses. 

  • Founders partners with Clemson as Tigers’ Official Credit Union

    From release

    Founders Federal Credit Union is teaming up with Clemson University on a seven-year partnership that expands Founders’ involvement with the university and its athletics programs. 

    As part of its $6 million commitment, Founders becomes the university’s Official Credit Union Partner. It will have an enhanced presence in the Clemson community, with expanded visibility in athletics and greater integration into campus life. In addition, Founders will offer its members a Clemson-cobranded debit card.  

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Crenco Food Stores sold

    Hal Crenshaw has sold one of Lancaster County’s most recognizable small businesses, Crenco Food Stores, which grew out of the company his father started a half century ago.
    The group of five convenience stores was purchased this week by Virginia-based GPM Southeast, the sixth-largest private owner of convenience stores in the country.
    The sale has been in the works for months – GPM applied for beer and wine permits several weeks ago – but Crenshaw had refused to talk about it until the transaction was completed.

  • Chamber kicks up heels, dishes out awards

    About 300 local business people, corporate sponsors and guests piled into The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes on Thursday for the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual soiree, a night of celebration, award presentations and the changing of the guard.
    The event, presented by Founders Federal Credit Union, was the chamber’s 62nd annual meeting. Chamber members got dressed up, ate good food, enjoyed live music and toasted the accomplishments of six award honorees – Pamela Trimnal, Odell Steele, J.C. Rainey, Melissa Prince, and Pat and Michael Clancy.

  • Aldi recalls apples sold at some Carolinas stores

    Grocery chain Aldi has voluntarily recalled certain apples supplied by Jack Brown Produce Inc. because of a Listeria contamination.

    The affected products were available for purchase after Dec. 13, and limited to certain Aldi stores in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina, the company said in a statement.

  • Workers cheer ‘mudbreaking’ at Movement Mortgage site

    Movement Mortgage held a raucus pep rally and a “mudbreaking” in the rain Wednesday, launching construction of a facility that will double its workforce in Indian Land.
    Nearly 800 cheering employees packed the lobby of the company’s not quite two-year-old headquarters in Bailes Ridge Corporate Park.

  • Fab Fours adds 88 manufacturing jobs

    Fab Fours Inc., one of Lancaster County’s small-industry success stories, is doubling its workforce, saying big sales growth is driving the expansion.
    The company, which manufactures aftermarket bumpers for vehicles, announced plans Friday to add 88 employees and spend $5.7 million adding equipment to its plant off Riverside Road. It now has about 80 employees.
    With the new workers, Fab Fours’ employment will have increased more than tenfold since it moved to Lancaster County just seven years ago.

  • Opening soon! We’re nearly certain, says Fancy Pokket

    The owner of Canadian bakery Fancy Pokket said Friday that the company’s long-delayed Lancaster County manufacturing operation should be up and running in January.
    Mike Timani made the announcement during a conference call from Canada to the company’s gleaming new plant in Lancaster’s Air and Rail Industrial Park on S.C. 9 West.
    The January estimate is the latest of many start-up projections for a company plagued by delays almost from the start. As of late last year, it was to have begun producing gluten-free baked goods this past March.