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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.

  • Primary-care practice starts online appointment set-up

    Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care in Lancaster is bringing health care into the modern age with a free online scheduling service for medical appointments.

    The new service allows patients to access their health practitioner’s calendar and independently set up appointments.

    “The reason why this was started was to have more ease of access and convenience for patients,” said Ashley Shannon, marketing director at Springs Memorial Hospital. SMH and Palmetto Tri-County are owned by the same company.

  • 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.

  • 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 wins top award from Carolinas group

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has been named Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
    The local chamber competed against 27 other accredited chambers with 700 or fewer members. The award was presented at the CACCE’s annual management conference in Blowing Rock, N.C.

  • As developers arrive, IL couple giving up horse-riding business

    In 1996, Charlotte Cannon purchased Fox Point Farm in Indian Land and built it into a successful horse-riding business.
    She and her husband, Tommy Robinson, taught riding lessons five days a week and hosted summer camps at the 20-acre farm off Henry Harris Road.
    “It’s a very family-orientated business,” Cannon said. “I’ve taught the parents and the children. I just adore doing this job.”