Category Archives: Featured News

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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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Check out Catawba Regional’s Youtube Channel

See what’s going on in the communities of the Catawba Region.  Check out our new Youtube page by clicking here.  Check back periodically for additional videos that will be added to our channel.

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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

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$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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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Job growth requires ready facilities

Lancaster County is primed for continued job growth this year, county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert says, and it’s scrambling to find enough good facilities to meet their needs.

“The top issue is clearly product development,” said department Director Jamie Gilbert, discussing the county’s 2018 goals for job creation.

“There is strong interest by some local industries […]

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Stanley Black & Decker to bring 500 jobs to York County

Stanley Black & Decker will build a new DeWalt hand tools plant in York County, bringing 500 jobs to the Fort Mill area.

The Charlotte Business Journal reported in May that the toolmaker was eyeing northern York County for a huge tool plant as the company worked to reshore production of its DeWalt and other brands of its hand tools.

The Stanley […]

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$350 million and 1,000 jobs

Much of the $350 million in new capital investment and the more than 1,000 new jobs Union County has enjoyed over the past decade has been due to the growth and expansion of existing industry which is also playing a vital role in the recruitment of new industry to the county.

In looking back at economic […]

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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.
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Second link for transit survey

Residents of Union County interested in weighing in on the feasibility of a transit of a local transit system now have a new online way to make their views known.

The Union County 2017 Transit Feasibility Study is being financed with funds awarded the county by the the South Carolina Department of Transportation. […]

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Duke Energy’s Catawba-Wateree Recreation Management Plan gets green light from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

On December 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave Duke Energy the green light to move forward on the Catawba-Wateree recreation management plan. The plan, submitted for FERC review and approval in November 2016, includes public recreation requirements and agreements included in the new 40-year license FERC issued in 2015 for the Catawba-Wateree’s Hydroelectric […]

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SCDOT seeking public comment on two projects

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing notification that public review and comment is being sought for:

STIP Amendment for Projects in Chester, Lancaster and Union Counties
STIP Amendment for Projects Over I-26 in Newberry County

We are providing this information to you for public review and comment.  Attached are the press releases announcing that public comment […]

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York County Road Closure – News Release

South Carolina Route 97, Wylie Avenue will be closed from S-46-651 (Ebenezer Road) to S-46-780 (McKnight Road) for the rehabilitation of SC 97 between Hickory Grove and Smyrna.  This work is being performed by Eagle Construction Company under a contract with the SCDOT.  These roads will be closed beginning Monday, December 18, 2017 and will […]

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‘Full-blown economic recovery’ continues for York County

Annual job growth for York County nearly tripled the national average in the summer of 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

York County had the fourth-highest percentage increase of employment of the country’s 346 largest counties in this year’s second quarter. The national job growth rate was 1.7 percent.

Employment rose 4.8 percent in […]

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Boom time along the Gateway District

The area along Lancaster Highway outside of the Town of Richburg, popularly termed the “Gateway district” has seen great growth in the past few years, with the coming of Giti Tire and Carolina Poly, the expansion of SunFiber, the groundbreaking for a new Holiday Inn Express and the announcement of a 800-plus housing development, to […]

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Belk looking to hire 800 workers

A growing company is always a busy one but even more so during its peak season and that’s why the Belk Fulfillment Center hired more than 600 new workers over the past month and is looking to hire 800 more.Belk is a department store chain founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, North […]

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Town Hall Meeting set to discuss clean up of old mill site

Kershaw Second Baptist Church will have a community-wide Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church for question and answer session from the surrounding community.

The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to discuss the clean up of “Old Springs Mill” site on North […]

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Creating jobs and opportunities

The story of the success of Standard Textile is the story of the company’s commitment to creating jobs for those who want to work, a commitment that dates back to the company’s founder, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wanted to work and started his own business in order to do so.On Thursday, during a […]

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ATI and GE investing in joint operation in Chester

“1725” has turned into $28 million for Chester County.

Four months after Chester County Council authorized County Economic Development Director Karlisa Dean to proceed with negotiations on “Project 1725” the company behind the code name was revealed on Tuesday when Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) and GE Aviation announced they had selected the property adjacent to ATI’s […]

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IIBS in Chester County shows impact of wind on typical US house

Check out this wind test from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety in Chester County, SC to see how a typical US house would hold up to winds over 100 mph.  Click here to see video.

Reported from CNN News

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8 eyesores demolished in Brooklyn

Eight abandoned houses on Lancaster’s Starnes Street have been torn down through a state program aimed at eliminating community blight.
And no one is happier to see it than Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. Starnes Street is off the east end of Brooklyn Avenue.
“That specific area has been a haven for all types of serious criminal […]

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SCDOT seeking public comment on two projects

SCDOT is seeking public comment on the Proposed 2018 Non-National Highway System (NHS) Primary and Federal Aid Secondary Pavement Improvement Programs.

Click here to view the news release.  SCDOT is receiving comments until October 17, 2017.   To review click here.

Additionally, SCDOT is seeking public comment on the Proposed 2018 Statewide Pavement Improvement Program for Roadways Located […]

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U.K.-based manufacturer bringing 21 new jobs to Lancaster County

A manufacturing company based in the United Kingdom will launch its first U.S. operations in Lancaster County.

The new development by Don Construction Products is projected to bring about $6.2 million in capital investment and create 21 new jobs, according to the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

The company has helped serve the construction industry for more […]

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$6M plant to be built just outside Lancaster

The state has lured another overseas manufacturer and this one is coming to an under-development industrial park in Lancaster County.
Gov. Henry McMaster announced late Thursday that Don Construction Products (DCP) is launching its first U.S. manufacturing plant at KCH Industrial Park on Kershaw Camden Highway.
The initial project, which is expected to create 21 jobs, is […]

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Encouraging Industrial Expansion

Economic growth and industrial expansion often go hand in hand and Union County Council is doing its part to help facilitate that growth by approving two ordinances supporting such expansions.

Property Transfer

Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve first reading of an ordinance “authorizing the sale and conveyance” of property owned by Union County to KG Plus, […]

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SCDOT Road Closure News Release

York County Road Closure News Release: click here to view news release and get detour information.

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2,843 new jobs, $85M in investment

In its first full year as a county department, Lancaster County’s Economic Development team delivered a banner year of growth. Under the leadership of Jamie Gilbert, the county created 2,843 new jobs, the most ever in a 12-month period.
Since Gilbert was hired in July 2016, the LCED brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the county – […]

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Proposed Chester Co. plant promises to create 145 jobs, $200M investment

Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products plans to create a $200 million wood products plant off Highway 9 in Chester County.

Plant officials say the proposed 206-acre facility, which would make wood products for home and commercial buildings, will bring more than 145 jobs to the area.

Chester County economic development officials say they worked with Roseburg for months to induce […]

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Recreation, access improvements planned along Catawba-Wateree

Of all the new amenities and expanded access planned for the Catawba River and its lakes, trails and parks, an additional restroom is among the conveniences people are most excited about.
“It’s not glamorous, but our plans for new restrooms at the Buster Boyd access area have been very well-received,” said John Crutchfield, Duke Energy’s director […]

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