Lake Wylie Chamber’s Holiday Gala Dec. 6

December 3, 2012 

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce annual Holiday Gala will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Dec. 6, at River Hills Country Club.

Music will be by The Classics. Call 803-831-2827 for information.

Clover plans energy training

The town of Clover will hold free training on the new International Energy Conservation Code from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St.

The new code goes into effect Jan. 1. The training is recommended for licensed residential builders, general contractors, framing contractors and HVAC contractors who work in the town of Clover.

To register, call 803-222-9495.

Food Lion emphasizes fruit, veggies

Food Lion has launched a new initiative in stores, focusing on improved quality, enhanced freshness and expanded variety of produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables now come with a double-your-money-back guarantee, and customers will soon find tips in the store for keeping produce fresher longer at home.

Learn about auto buying Dec. 11

A free workshop on auto-buying basics will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the York County Library on Black Street.

Tavis Johnson, branch manager for Family Trust Federal Credit Union York, will explain how to find a used or new car, insurance and maintenance costs, and resources for managing repairs and other issues. This workshop targets teens and young adults interested in purchasing a vehicle. Handouts will be provided and books on the topic will be available for checkout.

Other workshops will be: Understanding Home and Auto Insurance: Jan. 8; Investing with Confidence: Feb. 12; Identity Theft: Who’s got Your Number?: March 12; and Legal Planning for Seniors: April 9.

Registration required. Call 803-326-2187 or visit familytrust.org/knowyourdough.

Business growth workshop scheduled

The Chester County Economic Development and South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership are hosting a Business Innovation Masterclass Workshop to help companies implement a sustainable business growth system. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Gateway Commons Business Park, 3200 Commerce Drive, suite B, in Richburg.

South Carolina’s leading economic development engines along with statewide private consulting groups are facilitating the event. This half-day workshop will teach companies how to implement a sustainable system to introduce new products or services, expand into to new markets, and launch new messaging campaigns. The workshop covers business innovation strategy, marketing, and modeling and simulation for growth. Executives and upper level managers from manufacturing and distribution companies are encouraged to attend.

The workshop facilitators are representatives from the SCMEP, which will help participants with developing better business innovation strategies to benefit companies. Participants will learn how Nike, Hewlett Packard, Walt Disney, Procter & Gamble, Slumberger and Ford Motor Co. have applied this system to generate sustainable business growth. The workshop will include presentations, demonstrations and one-on-one breakout sessions.

The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. To register, call 803-252-6976 or visit scmep.org/business-innovation-workshop/.

Investment consultant featured on magazine cover

Matt Griffin, financial consultant with Family Trust Investment Services, is featured on the cover of Bank Investment Consultant magazine’s November issue.

Griffin, who joined Family Trust Investment Services in 2009, is included in the cover story about baby boomers who can’t afford to make any mistakes with their retirement funds. He was photographed at Rock Hill City Hall.

An online version of the magazine can be found at http://www.bankinvestmentconsultant.com.

Griffin, 36, of Fort Mill is a registered representative through LPL Financial. He worked 10 years at Smith Barney in Charlotte, where he was trained in portfolio management; and two years as a wholesaler at SunAmerica Asset Management. A graduate of UNC Charlotte, Griffin writes a blog, “Wall Street Steward.”

New auto repair shop opens

Steve’s Auto Repair is open for business at 1431 E. Tom Hall St. in Fort Mill at the Valero station.

The shop services all makes and models and promises “quality repairs at a reasonable price” by ASE certified technicians. Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 803-548-0888.

York sign company announces purchase

Michael and Debbie Wilson, owners of Diversified Sign and Graphics, announce the acquisition of the company by Marcus Higgins and John Elvington.

Diversified Signs, a full-service wholesale architectural sign company offering consultation, design, fabrication and installation throughout the Southeast, specializes in quick-turn manufacturing.

“I am excited about this new chapter in the history of Diversified Sign and Graphics,” Wilson said. “I have been working in the signage industry for more than 30 years, and I see in Marcus and John, quite a few of the same traits Diversified has practiced since its founding in 1999.

Their relationships with sign resellers will help us make a lasting impression in our industry and set us on a path toward greater growth.”

Wilson said he will remain with Diversified and oversee the company’s fabrication and installation departments.

Together, Higgins and Elvington have nearly a quarter century of work growing other signage businesses. Higgins worked as a vice president of operations for a national sign company.

Elvington has managed sales during his 15 years in the signage industry and most recently worked as vice president of sales for a national sign company.

To learn more, visit diversified-signs.com.

Continental Tire named ‘best place to work’

Continental Tire of the Americas was recently recognized by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as a “Best Place to Work.”

Continental competed in the large business category, which consists of businesses of more than 250 full-time employees.

The awards recognize companies with benefits, policies and practices that are among the best in the area.

Awards are determined by an evaluation of the work environment, which is based on an employee survey managed by a third party.

Continental’s corporate headquarters are located in Indian Land just off of Hwy. 160.

The company employs about 400 people in region. Continental is also building a new manufacturing facility in Sumter that will create 1,600 jobs.

Due to the significant growth in the business, Continental recently invested $4 million in an 16,000 square-foot expansion of its Lancaster County headquarters.

The investment also includes the creation of 80 new jobs at the headquarters location over the next four years.

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