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Business

  • 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.

  • LHS grad editor of Myrtle Beach Herald

    Janet Blackmon Morgan, a 30-year veteran journalist who grew up in Lancaster, is the new editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald.

    Morgan has spent the last 20 years in Myrtle Beach working for The Sun News. She is an accomplished news photographer who has won dozens of S.C. Press Association awards. In 2010, the SCPA named her photojournalist of the year.

    “I like telling stories,” Morgan said. “We get to see people at their highest and lowest points, and we get to share that with people.

  • 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.

  • Campbell buys Snyder’s-Lance

    CHARLOTTE – Campbell Soup Co. announced Monday that it will expand its interest in the snack business by buying Snyder’s-Lance Inc. for $4.87 billion.    

    Campbell said on Monday it would pay Snyder’s shareholders $50 per share in cash.

    “This acquisition will dramatically transform Campbell, shifting our center of gravity and further diversifying our portfolio into the faster-growing snacking category,”  Campbell’s CEO Denise Morrison said in a statement.

  • County rec leaders busy at state level

    Two staff members at Lancaster County Parks and Recreation are taking their game to the state level.

    LCPR Programs Director Mike Barnes has been elected programs chairman for the S.C. Recreation & Parks Association (SCRPA) Board of Directors.

    LCPR Deputy Director Katherine Small was recently selected for SC LEADS, a series of advanced training SCRPA classes.

    Barnes said that recreation programs extend beyond typical league sports. 

  • Using insurance benefits before end of year

    From release

    During this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in holiday planning and forget to take advantage of your insurance benefits.  Individuals should direct their attention to outstanding healthcare needs and take full advantage of paid-up deductibles or available funds in Flexible Spending Accounts.

  • 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.

  • Small-business optimism soars

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Not since the roaring Reagan economy has small-business optimism been as high as it was in November, and S.C. business owners share that sentiment, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday.

    “We haven’t seen this kind of optimism in 34 years, and we’ve seen it only once in the 44 years that NFIB has been conducting this research,” said NFIB President Juanita Duggan, releasing the group’s Index of Small Business Optimism. 

  • Clemson launches center for manufacturing research

    From release

    CLEMSON – Clemson University this month announced the creation of its Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the centerpiece of the university’s commitment to education, research, innovation and workforce development in an industry sector crucial to South Carolina’s future.

    From 2011-16, manufacturing job growth in South Carolina increased 16 percent, and manufacturing now accounts for 11 percent of the state’s total employment.