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Business

  • City’s chief computer geek shows his Cajun roots with new venture

    Jarvis Driggers, the city of Lancaster’s IT director, lives in a world of sophisticated hardware and finicky programs – the go-to guy when municipal computers get the hiccups.
    But when he can tear himself away from the keyboard, Driggers employs a radically different set of skills, chopping up ingredients and creating exciting flavors for his favorite Cajun dishes.

  • Apartment developer targets city for 50 units

    A new affordable-housing complex could be coming to Lancaster, bringing 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments designed for senior living, just behind Belk at Lancaster Square Shopping Center.
    City council approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone property for the complex – 4.2 acres between S.C. 9 Bypass East and Woodland Drive – from general commercial to multifamily at its Feb. 12 meeting.

  • Women of Distinction

    Five of the county’s most active business and community leaders were honored Wednesday at the local chamber’s annual soiree, and for the first time since the group began giving the awards three decades ago, all of the winners were women.
    “It makes me so proud,” said Melissa Prince, the incoming chair of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. “These are professional women who care, and are smart, and are out there making a difference.”

  • RedStone prepares for Phase 2

    Almost a year after its grand opening, the RedStone shopping center has almost completed Phase 1, consisting of over 70,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and commercial space, in addition to the Stone Theatres 14-screen movie complex.
    RedStone, which is being developed by MPV Properties of Charlotte, is located on U.S. 521 at S.C. 160 in the heart of Indian Land.
    “We’re very pleased with Phase 1,” said MPV Properties Development Manager Mike Bilodeau. “We’re happy with the execution. We love the location.”

  • Suncrest plans to build 235 townhomes by Sugar Creek

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News
    A mixed-use development of 235 townhomes with open spaces for public and private recreational use is in the pipeline for the Panhandle.
    At a recent public hearing, the Lancaster County Planning Commission recommended approval of Suncrest Real Estate and Land’s master plan for a 75-acre development along Sugar Creek.
    Lancaster County Council will consider a resolution on the plan at its Jan. 28 meeting.

  • ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation

    ServiceMac, a new mortgage-servicing company, is setting up its headquarters in Indian Land and plans to hire 1,000 employees there over the next five years.
    The company is moving into Bailes Ridge Corporate Park off S.C. 160, according to Wednesday’s announcement from the company and the S.C. Commerce Department. The privately held firm plans to invest $24 million in a 100,000-square-foot office facility there, to be completed in 24 to 36 months.

  • Passion for helping clients overcome life’s obstacles

    Lancaster resident Lana Stover was singled out as one of the top contributors to her field at the state conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities earlier this month.
    Stover, originally from Heath Springs, was presented the award for outstanding service in the areas of research/education, training/supervision and management.
    She has been the program coordinator at the Chester-Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs (CLDSN) office since 2007.

  • Fab Fours honored for innovation

    Cutting edge is more than a catch phrase at Lancaster-based Fab Fours.
    If company owner and CEO Greg Higgs can come up with a better way to design and produce a high-end aftermarket bumper or accessory for a truck or Jeep, you can count him in.
    “Every day, that’s part of our challenge in manufacturing… and Fab Fours is just getting started,” said Higgs, whose company recently was recognized as Innovator of the Year by the S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

  • Grants available to train companies’ existing staff

    From release
    S.C. employers are getting a new tool to upgrade the skills of their current employees, as the state divides up a $1.5 million grant into the state’s 12 Workforce Development Areas.

  • Ross donates $2,500 to Friends of DW Library

    Friends of the Del Webb Library
    The Ross Stores Foundation believes in giving back to the communities where the company’s stores are located.
    The new Ross Dress for Less store at 7810 Charlotte Highway in the Promenade at Carolina Reserve is no exception.
    The foundation researched local nonprofits and chose the Friends of the Del Webb Library as the recipient of a donation in honor of the store’s grand opening celebration.