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Business

  • 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.

  • Book tracks history of Haile mine

    KERSHAW – We’ll admit it. Some of us are hard to buy Christmas gifts for.
    But if you’re a local history buff, there’s one book on Lancaster County you might want to drop hints about.
    It’s “The History and Rebirth of the Remarkable Haile Gold Mine,” by Jack Morris, a former bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal.
    “It’s a book that the movers and shakers of Lancaster County ought to be aware of,” Morris said.

  • Punky’s On Main: New décor, varied menu, lots of business

    Punky’s On Main, which opened last month in the old Charley’s Café space on Lancaster’s South Main Street, is off to a bustling start.
    The restaurant’s “soft opening” began at 11 a.m. Nov. 26, and soon every table at the newly renovated eatery was filled.
    “There wasn’t nothing soft about it!” said co-owner Scott Edwards. “It was awesome. We were packed.”

  • Kershaw moves toward costlier business licenses

    KERSHAW – For the first time in more than a quarter century, the town of Kershaw will increase its business license fees.
    “There’s been a lot of change since 1992, and the business license fees have not,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    On Nov. 19, town council unanimously approved first reading of an eight-tiered rate-classification system that sets minimum fees based on business type, as well as a rate based on gross income.

  • Epworth gets double scoop of grant money

    Megan Parrott
    Carolina News & Reporter
    Epworth Ice Cream, a Columbia company launched in July, announced in mid-October that it received $100,000 in grant money from the Google Impact Challenge.
    The company initially announced on Oct. 2 that it had won a $50,000 Google Impact Challenge grant. The additional $50,000 was received after winning a People’s Choice voting event.

  • Indian Land projects win Heavy Hitter Awards

    MPV Properties
    Indian Land was a big winner at the Charlotte Business Journal’s fifth-annual Heavy Hitters Commercial Real Estate Awards dinner at the Westin Hotel on Nov. 1.
    On a night when the real-estate industry recognized the 25 best developments in commercial real estate from 2017-18 in the Greater Charlotte region, two Indian Land projects – RedStone and CompuCom – walked away with two of the top awards.
    Top retail development

  • Lennar gives children’s home $10K

    VAN WYCK – Homebuilder Lennar Carolinas has donated $10,000 to the nonprofit Lancaster Children’s Home.
    “Our whole purpose is to get some additional notoriety for the children’s home. Hopefully, this will get some more local companies to pay attention to them,” said Jon Hardy, president of Lennar Charlotte.

  • Founders Federal Credit Union opens Rock Hill Center

    Founders Federal Credit Union recently opened its Rock Hill Center. Purchased in 2016 from the Rock Hill School District, the location is 42,000 square feet and houses 80 back-office employees, with a future capacity of 200. Operations include eBranch, contact center, loss control, recovery services and consumer lending. Lancaster-based Founders Federal, founded in 1950 in Fort Mill, serves more than 219,000 members at more than 30 locations and has more than $2.3 billion in assets.

  • Executives sample Discovery Education

    More than 100 Lancaster County business owners and executives gathered at Second Baptist Church on Thursday to explore the Lancaster County School District’s newest partnership – Discovery Education.
    “We’re letting the community know our vision and goals for education,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We want to have better partnerships with the community, seeing schools ready for kids to get going to work.
    “Part of the things we need to ask is, are we teaching kids what they need to know in the workforce?”

  • 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.