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From a sprout to a seedling, Roseburg steadily growing

To use a lumber metaphor that the people of Roseburg Forest Products might be somewhat familiar with, the Chester Engineered Wood plant started as a sprout, and has now grown into a seedling, on it’s way to becoming a full-grown tree. In other words, the Chester site has been at the current location for about […]

‘A moment we’ll all look back to’: Rock Hill’s new free bus service is ready to roll

Rock Hill is putting a model for the entire world on its streets. But for people only needing to go a block at a time, it’ll be there, too.

The first of four My Ride Rock Hill bus routes begins Monday. Service to the downtown and Knowledge Park areas starts the free, electric bus program followed by routes […]

Billions of dollars in gold sparks mine expansion, promise of 250 jobs near SC town

Potentially rich deposits of gold in South Carolina are fueling the expansion of a huge mine that has boosters excited about the prospect of 250 new jobs in a tiny community with a history of unemployment.

OceanaGold’s expansion plan says the Australian company would increase its existing 4,552-acre Haile Gold Mine site by more than 900 […]

Census puts numbers to the area’s rapid population growth

The U.S. Census Bureau released new municipal population estimates Thursday. Those numbers show some areas are growing like wildfire – especially along Interstate 77 – since the most recent official census in 2010.

Fort Mill

At the rate it’s going, Fort Mill is likely to double its population in the decade since the 2010 census.

The town […]

HS sewer project cost rises $10K

Replacing one of its aging sewer lift stations and repairing two others will cost the town about $10,000 more than anticipated.“It’s going to be little a more than we thought,” said Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore. The original construction cost was estimated at $490,000, but the low bid of came in at $595,500. But the […]

YouthBuild wins $787K federal grant

YouthBuild Lancaster has received $787,621 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor. YouthBuild, a program of Communities in Schools Lancaster, is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 complete high school or state equivalency degree programs.

YouthBuild members earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand […]

Development activity strong in Rock Hill, economic leaders say

To hear economic leaders tell it, Rock Hill is open for business.

The Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. met Tuesday to offer a snapshot of the city’s development scene. The nonprofit has several major projects on its horizon, from the redevelopment of the former Herald newspaper site on West Main Street to several large-scale spec buildings […]

County near top in S.C. population growth

Lancaster County was the fourth fastest growing county in the state last year, behind Horry, Berkeley and York, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates. Fueled by Panhandle growth, Lancaster County’s population soared 24.5 percent from 2010 to 2018. It increased 3 percent from 2017 to 2018. The county has jumped from 76,652 residents in 2010 to […]

Rock Hill unveils free, clean My Ride bus with service to begin in June

Rock Hill’s newest — and free — transportation option is off and rolling. Next stop? Summer service connecting the city.

The city received its first My Ride bus, debuting it Tuesday morning at Fountain Park in downtown to a crowd of more than 100 people. My Ride buses start their routes July 1, with a downtown […]

Job Seeker Services Coming to Clover and Surrounding Areas

Reaching
into the rural areas of York County has been top of mind for SC Works Catawba,
the region’s reemployment system. Job seekers in some of those rural pockets of
York County will soon have close access to job seeker services.

York
County Business Retention & Expansion Manager Teresa Curtice introduced Clover
Town Administration Allison Harvey to SC Works Operator and […]

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.7 Million for Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Infrastructure Upgrades in South Carolina

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $3.7 million in grants to the state of South Carolina to make critical infrastructure upgrades needed to help the state respond to recent natural disasters.

“The Trump Administration has repeatedly emphasized the need to upgrade America’s infrastructure,” said […]

’A headquarters destination’: What Project Silver may bring Lancaster County

An 87-acre Indian Land site is up for rezoning and could bring a massive corporate location near Bridgemill, Ansley Park and Thousand Oaks.

The 9258 Charlotte Hwy. site currently has a home with a garage and barn.

The plan for what’s called “Project Silver” shows a two-story, 300,00-square-foot office building. The site would have 350 employee parking […]

A startling development (or even two or three)

“You’re it.”

That’s what brokers and developers of all kinds are telling Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker Dean when it comes to considering Chester County as the Next Big Thing for development.

The growth in the county, not only in the industrial sector but now also in the housing sector, has led those developers and […]

Federal grant will upgrade Heath Springs sewer facility

Heath Springs will get a much-needed $1.4 million upgrade at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, thanks to a federal grant that pays for 86 percent of the work. The money for the upgrades is coming from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated by the S.C. Commerce Department. Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to provide […]

York County leaders turn focus to mass transit needs

As Charlotte plans for mass transit, neighboring communities in South Carolina soon may look to join them.

There may be little alternative.

“We talk about roads,” Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study director David Hooper told his group’s policy committee late last week. “We’ve widened most of the roads. I keep saying this. Everyone is not going […]

Straight Talk interview on Fort Mill School District population growth

Straight Talk with Manning Kimmel radio interview with Dr. Chuck Epps, Fort Mill Schools Superintendent and Cole McKinney from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments on January 25, 2019. The interview discussed population projections for the Fort Mill School District. Click here to hear the interview.

Clemson Extension partnering on Resource Rodeo for S.C. farmers

The Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team is partnering on an event aimed at offering a plethora of resources and programming to help South Carolina farmers succeed.

Centrally located in the state’s capital, the 2019 S.C. Farmer Resource Rodeo is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the River Center at Saluda Shoals, 5605 Bush River […]

2018 a very successful year

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ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation

ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation | TheLancasterNews.com

ServiceMac, a new mortgage-servicing company, is setting up its headquarters in Indian Land and plans […]

City part of ‘Project of The Year’

A program that enabled the City of Union to demolish and clear away dilapidated houses has been named the SC Association of Regional Councils (SCARC) Project of the Year for 2018.

In a statement released at the end of November, Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) Executive Director Randy Imler announced that “Catawba Regional’s ‘Neighborhood Initiative […]

York County may buy 1,900-acre riverfront location

York County soon could buy roughly 1,900 acres for an Anne Springs Close Greenway-type project on the Rock Hill side of the Catawba River.

“It’s a very exciting project,” said Bill Shanahan, county manager. “When you think about it, how often does council get to make a decision like this?”

As of Monday morning, the county hadn’t […]

Another 1,000-job prospect on radar

Another company is eyeing Lancaster County for a corporate headquarters/customer service center that could create almost 1,000 high-paying jobs by 2024.
Dubbed “Project Mustang” by Lancaster County Economic Development, the company is looking at multiple locations in the Charlotte area, including one here.
“Mustang is Indian Land focused. That’s all I can say about the specifics at […]

A Chester County manufacturer is bringing new jobs. It isn’t the first time

A major Chester County manufacturing plant is expanding and adding 75 new jobs.

Carolina Poly Inc. produces trash bags, plastic sheeting, shrink films and other products. It’s part of Poly-America, one of the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the U.S. Carolina Poly announced in 2015 is was investing $100 million in Chester County. The 500-square-foot facility […]

Nutramax upping local jobs by 60%

Eight years after arriving in Lancaster, Nutramax Laboratories is expanding for the third time, announcing Wednesday that it will invest another $20 million in facilities and hire 225 employees – a 60 percent increase in its local workforce.
From the governor’s office to Lancaster County, officials hailed the move.
“It’s difficult to put into words just how […]

County targets federal grant to demolish rundown houses

The Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a $40,500 commitment Monday night to go after a $405,000 Community Development Block Grant to tear down a dozen dilapidated and uninhabitable homes in the mill village.
The 12 homes are in Brooklyn Avenue area, as well as the Midway corridor on York Street.
If the county gets the grant, the […]

Local workers get paid, on-the-job training through SC Works program

At 64, Lancaster resident James Blackmon is learning a new trade.

After retiring as a truck driver in 2016, Blackmon realized he wanted to fund home projects and needed a job. That’s where SC Works stepped in.

SC Works is a brand of services aimed to help job seekers in South Carolina. At no cost to the […]

River tourism in Great Falls

Serenity envelops the Catawba River just outside Great Falls, where red-shouldered hawks surf the thermals in search of bass, catfish and prehistoric-looking gar in a 450-acre reservoir.
Things will get much livelier just downriver, however, when this stretch of the Catawba River is reborn with two whitewater runs and enhanced recreational opportunities including kayaking, fishing and […]

ShayoNano makes it official, announces Chester operations, 40 new jobs

For two weeks now, all that has been needed to make ShayoNano’s the latest addition to Chester County’s industrial boom has been an official announcement. That came on Wednesday.

ShayoNano USA Inc., an innovative developer of advanced materials has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Chester County. The company’s $14.7 million capital investment […]

Slowing down? Think again. York County paves way for $7.9M, 100-plus job site

The company makes its money slowing down, but Performance Friction Corp. is accelerating business in York County.

Performance Friction is expanding its Clover operation by investing $7.9 million in new building and equipment for the next five years. The expansion will create 100 to 110 new jobs.

“The equipment and building is necessary for us to modernize […]

Pacolet Milliken launching solar project in Union County

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises is launching a new renewable energy operation, Midway Green Solar, LLC, in Union County. This project is expected to bring approximately $12 million of capital investment.

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. is a private, family-owned investment company with a history that dates back to the 1860s. Located on property adjacent to Midway Green Industrial […]

Steel maker to bring HQ and 139 jobs

Lancaster County’s already dominant manufacturing base is set to expand even further.
County and state officials announced Tuesday that Synergy Steel, based in Union County, N.C., will be moving its headquarters and metal fabrication facility to Lancaster over the coming months.
With its relocation, the company is expected to invest $2.8 million and create 139 jobs during […]

Steel company expanding to Rock Hill, expected to bring 180 jobs to area

A new steel manufacturing site is expected to be up and running later this year in Rock Hill, bringing 180 new jobs and a $9 million investment to the area.

Schuff Steel Company will update an existing 148,000-square-foot fabrication site at 1345 Spencer Hall Road. The 45-acre site adds to a nationwide footprint for Schuff Steel, […]

Sharonview FCU to relocate headquarters, add jobs

Sharonview Federal Credit Union is relocating its corporate headquarters within Lancaster County and plans to add scores of new jobs, the organization announced Wednesday.
Sharonview’s President and CEO Bill Partin said the credit union will move from its current digs near the Redstone Ventures campus in Indian Land to new headquarters a little further south on […]

SC is about to pave 600 miles of road. Here’s where in York, Lancaster, Chester

For more than 30 miles of tri-county area asphalt, the drive is about to get a good deal smoother.

Off a record-breaking year for rebuilding state roads, the South Carolina Department of Transportation just approved $417 million to pave another 600 miles.

That money will pay for 19 projects in York, Lancaster and Chester counties.

York County is […]

Timken announces $2.5M expansion

Timken Tyger River Plant, a leading manufacturer of bearings and bearing components, announced today that it is acquiring new equipment and machinery to increase capacity at the Union County facility. The project is expected to bring over $2.5 million in capital investment to expand operations and industrial growth.

The Timken Company is a Fortune 500 company […]

IL sidewalk project gets final OK

The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study committee (RFATS) gave final approval Friday to a measure that will provide the additional funding to build a sidewalk near Indian Land High School.
The sidewalk will be built on the northwest side of River Road.
“The project will be a go sometime later this year. I just can’t tell […]

New headquarters to bring 1,100 jobs, $34 million investment to Fort Mill

A mortgage service company is bringing more than 1,000 jobs and a $34 million investment with its new headquarters in the Fort Mill area.

RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corp. is coming to 2280 Deerfield Drive in the Southbridge Business Park at the former Knights Stadium property. The company announced the move Tuesday morning after York County Council […]

Brownfields assessment grant will lead to evaluations of Eureka, Mill No. 1

A $600,000 grant to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will fund some environmental assessments of potentially contaminated sites, called “brownfield” sites in Chester, Lancaster, Union and York Counties. In Chester County, these funds will allow assessments to be conducted at the Eureka Mill site in Chester […]

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report 2017 open for comments

The State of South Carolina has prepared a draft of its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, or CAPER, for Program Year 2017. The CAPER covers the State’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs […]

Tega Cay wants Community Input on Services

The City of Tega Cay is conducting a strategic planning project and evaluating City services provided to the community. The City with assistance from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments is undertaking the planning project in advance of an updated Comprehensive Plan. The project is incorporating input from residents through focus group meetings and a […]

‘An even better day in Union County’

The groundbreaking ceremony for Union County’s newest spec building also symbolized the groundbreaking nature of the partnership responsible for its development.

In a statement released Thursday evening, Lockhart Power announced that, earlier that day, the company and Union County “broke ground on the Midway Green Industrial Spec Building — a new industrial building designed for a […]

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Catawba Regional receives $600,000 brownfields assessment coalition grant

Brownfields 2018 Assessment Grant Fact Sheet

Press Release for EPA Assessment Award

$350,000 allocated for sewer lines

It will cost just over $1 million to upgrade sewer lines in the Monarch Mill area and the City of Union will contribute at least $350,000 to help cover the cost of the project.

At its March meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution allocating at least $350,000 to serve as […]

From farm to fork: Agriculture still thrives in Lancaster, York and Chester counties.

Even as farmland continues to be developed into new subdivisions across the tri-county region, agriculture remains alive and well.

Nobody knows that better than Mark and Mindy Robinson, co-owners of Tega Hills Farm in Fort Mill.

When the Robinsons bought the farm in 1999, they continued growing the much-anticipated Tega Hills tomatoes, but also branched off experimenting […]

Zones in Rock Hill, Chester, Lancaster may get a boost

Downtowns in Rock Hill, Lancaster and Chester would become magnets for new business, if one federal program works the way it’s intended.

Those cities combine for eight of the 135 “opportunity zones” S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster submitted last week in an effort to bring long-term investment to low-income areas. The U.S. Department of Treasury first must […]

RedStone opening this week

Few of Indian Land’s development projects have stirred as much excitement in recent years as the RedStone shopping center, with its plans for a dozen new restaurants and the area’s first movie theater.

And now, after three years in the making, the wait is nearly over – RedStone Theatre 14 will hold its grand opening Friday, […]

Road and sidewalk improvements planned

Getting to and from Fort Mill’s biggest downtown destinations could get a little easier. And that’s just for walkers.

The town has its latest list of C-funds projects ready for discussion. Fort Mill Town Council approved them last week. Next they head to York County planners for consideration. The list includes seven sidewalk and road resurfacing […]

Spec space boom is driving business to York County

David Swenson can remember a time when a manufacturer or distribution company in need of large-scale, existing space for a move into York County would be about out of luck. Then the spec boom hit two years ago.

LegacyPark West built two shell structures — totaling almost 560,000 square feet — in […]

“Opportunities” keep knocking at Chester County’s door

Business and industry is alive and well in the county, says Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Dean. That new industry or business that comes in under the label “Opportunity” continues to knock at Chester County’s door.

Dean sat down with The N&R recently to reflect on how 2017 treated Chester County and what was ahead […]