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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Electric Car Manufacturer, Hockey in Greenville, Trader Joes Coming to Wodruff Rd, New Water Parks

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New Electric Car Manufacturer

Electric CarThe automotive cluster of manufacturers is growing in the Upstate. CT&T Korea Ltd. has announced that they will build a "mega" site in Spartanburg that will be an assembly plant for small electric cars and will also supply components to a series of upcoming sites around the U.S. They expect to hire 370 for this facility. Their zero-emissions electric vehicle can run up to 35 mph for a distance of 80 miles before needing a recharge, which meets the demand from police, military, and Americans that use a car mainly for short trips. CT&T acknowledged that the presence of Clemson University's International Center for Automotive research in Greenville had a big influence over their decision to locate in the Upstate. The company is also planning a 50-worker research center in Greenville, probably at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, and formerly known as the Donaldson Center. In related news this year, electric hybrid bus maker Proterra Inc. is also building a plant on the ICAR campus and expects to hire 1300 over the next seven years.

Road Warriors Hockey

Professional Hockey is back in town and will be known as the Greenville Road Warriors. The name of the team and logo was recently announced after a "Name Your Team Sweepstakes" brought in more than 2,000 original names and Mark McLamb came up with the winner, alluding to Greenville's automotive industry, bicycling community and the history of car racing in the area. With 400 season tickets sold, The Road Warriors are looking for more fans to start the ECHL season on October 21 at the Bi-Lo Center.

New Grocer - Trader Joes
Trader Joes grocery is coming to Woodruff Road next to the new Academy Sports after months of speculation. The popular west coast chain has almost a cult following and is known for its discount pricing, organic products, and variety of inexpensive wines that are great taste for the value. The nearest Trader Joes are in Charlotte where they have three stores; this location will be the first in South Carolina. The location on Woodruff Road builds on the commercial corridor that is already popular with shoppers. Nearby is the new Rooms To Go furniture store which is part of the Magnolia Center that is revitalizing the old Greenville Mall.

New Water Parks
Summer is here and kids in Greenville County will appreciate the two new water parks built by the Greenville County Recreation District. Otter Creek is north of Greer out highway 290 and 7th. Inning Splash is south of I-85 on Piedmont Highway at Lakeside Park. These two projects are the results of a 2% hospitality tax on prepared food and beverages in the country that have filled the GCRD's coffers. That has worked out well for contractors and the district alike: more competitive bids coming in on these jobs and more work for the contractors. There have been $29 million worth of projects completed since 2008 and County Council has approved more than $9 million in additional work. You gotta love The CGRD for providing more places to play!

Greenville SC Weather
Hot Weather
The heat is upon us this week with highs in the mid to upper 90s. No thunderstorms are predicted, so be sure to put on the sunscreen. It should cool off over the weekend with highs back in the high 80s.