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LOCAL #BLESSED CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES ENGAGEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Greenville, SC | November 30, 2017 – FUEL, a local integrated digital and traditional marketing firm, and Greenville-based Smoak Public Relations along with area restaurants are encouraging the Greenville community to use the popular hashtag #blessed throughout the holiday season for a charitable cause that will benefit Greenville’s Harvest Hope Food Bank. Each time the hashtag is used as detailed below, one can of food will be donated to aid those in need this holiday season. The campaign is set to run December 1 through December 24, 2017.

“The hashtag #blessed is one of the most often used in social media and not always in the truest sense of what being blessed is all about,” says Warren Griffith, president of FUEL. “We wanted to take back that hashtag, capitalizing on its popular use to actually help those in need this season.”

In essence, the #blessed Holiday Campaign is an organic social campaign initiated by FUEL, in partnership with Smoak PR and local restaurants, to leverage #blessed on social media, in particular Instagram, and provide donations of canned food to Harvest Hope Food Bank whenever the hashtag is used with defined parameters. As an organic social campaign, it is important that the community uses the hashtag and encourage others to do the same to help provide for those who are less fortunate this holiday season.

The goal is to donate 5,000 cans to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

 

To participate, the Greenville community is being asked to do the following;

1. Eat at a local restaurant

2. Take a picture of their meal

3. Post it on Instagram

4. Use #blessed (& tell how they have been blessed) And

5. Tag @harvesthopefb­

 

For questions regarding this campaign or how to get involved further, please visit fuelingbrands.com/blessed or contact Meredith Kinsey at 864-627-1676 or mkinsey@fuelingbrands.com.   

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About Harvest Hope Food Bank

Harvest Hope started as a grassroots organization in 1981, quickly becoming a recognized leader in bringing many types of hunger programs and services to vulnerable populations across 20 counties in South Carolina. Last year alone, over 28 million pounds of food was distributed. The organization currently provides food to 38,000 people a week who struggle to overcome the effects of poverty and unemployment and put food on their tables.

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Merit Technologies Announces Acquisition of Edge IT

Greenville, SC | September 14, 2017 – Locally owned and operated, Merit Technologies LLC recently acquired Edge IT, an IT company also located in the Upstate. This acquisition enables Merit Technologies to extend their reach and expertise locally, while also bringing into focus the strategic plan for continued growth moving forward.

The acquisition of Edge IT will enhance Merit’s current portfolio of services as well as aid in achieving the following long-term goals; expanding as one of the most recognized IT firms in the Southeast, hiring impressive talent and garnering a broader reach among potential clients.

“Edge IT focused on small and medium businesses who needed reliable and affordable information technology solutions, therefore, it was a smooth transition given our similar visions for success,” stated Abe Varughese, Merit Technologies CEO, “We felt as though this was a perfect opportunity to grow as well as provide an increase in service and expertise to our customers. We look forward to continuing to propel ourselves forward and seeing how this will help us reach our goals and contribute to our mission.”

Merit Technologies prides itself on educating their customers, while providing a full-service approach to handling the maintenance and infrastructure of a business’ IT. This model provides businesses more time and energy to devote to their customers. Simply stated, Merit Technologies offers solutions, as opposed to just services. More information regarding Merit Technologies is available online at https://www.merittechnologies.com/.

 

About Merit Technologies

Merit Technologies, located in Greenville, South Carolina, was founded in 2009. Their services include managed services, networking installation and support, preventative maintenance programs, IT security, disaster recovery planning, and software development services. The Merit Technologies highly qualified team brings a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and expertise to assist in the development and implementation of all your computing needs.

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Spinx Hires New Director of Marketing and Advertising

Greenville, SC | August 31, 2017 – The Spinx Company, an operator of nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, recently announced that is has hired Beth Thomason as its Director of Marketing and Advertising. In this role, Thomason will oversee all branding, advertising, public relations and special events for the state’s largest privately-held retailer. “Beth is the perfect fit to lead our marketing and advertising efforts because of her extensive professional experience and her familiarity with Spinx. Being a Greenville native who grew up with and understands the Spinx brand and our local origins, Beth has a great perspective on our brand.” said Stan Storti, president of Spinx. “We are excited to welcome her to the Spinx team and I know she will do a great job of continuing the progress already made in taking our brand to the next level.”

Thomason’s career spans more than 20 years, and she most recently operated Thomason PR, an independent public relations and marketing firm providing strategic consulting services to local companies and non-profit organizations. Thomason earned the accredited public relations professional (APR) designation in 2002, and she serves on the board of the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA). She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. Thomason resides in Greenville with her husband and two sons.

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About The Spinx Company:
Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with more than 1,400 employees, it is the largest privately-held retailer headquartered in the state. Spinx is committed to making life easier by fulfilling people’s everyday needs with fresh, on-the-go food, beverages and other convenience products delivered in a safe, clean and friendly environment. Through the Spinx Xtras Loyalty program and the Spinx mobile app, the company offers its loyal customers savings on fuel and special promotions. For more information about Spinx or the Spinx Xtras program, visit the company’s website at www.myspinx.com.

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Tucanos Donates School Supplies to Greenville County Schools

GREENVILLE, SC – (August 29, 2017) – Tucanos Brazilian Grill located in Magnolia Park donated a variety of over 400 school supply items during their recent school supply drive to benefit the Greenville County School District. As a token of appreciation for participation, Tucanos provided those who donated an item, a complementary Brazilian lemonade. Throughout the supply drive, Tucanos also provided a free dessert to area teachers who dined at the restaurant. General Manager John Ramm stated, “I am thrilled that our school supply drive was such a success and that we were able to help out our community. The support our staff showed also confirms the values that we foster in our employees every day.” As a family restaurant that values a strong community, hosting this school supply drive was a natural fit for Tucanos, making a difference in the lives of the teachers and students in the area.

General Manager, John Ramm (top right) seen with Tucanos staff holding a variety of items that have been donated.

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ABOUT TUCANOS: The award-winning Tucanos Brazilian Grill is a community oriented, experiential dining destination that combines the traditional Brazilian grilling experience with the fun and flair of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Founder Steve Oldham and co-founder Joe Heeb opened the first Tucanos in 2000 in Provo, Utah, and have since opened nine more locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah, Boise, Idaho, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Newport News, Virginia, St. Charles, Missouri, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Noblesville, Indiana, and Greenville, South Carolina.

For more information visit, www.tucanos.com

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SPINX recognized as “Top 100” Convenience Stores in U.S.

Greenville, SC | August 24, 2017 – The Spinx Company, an operator of nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, received national recognition as one of the largest U.S. convenience stores in the July issue of Convenience Store Magazine. Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., Spinx operates stores in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Columbia and Charleston, and continues to grow through the addition of new locations. Steve Spinks, CEO of Spinx states, “We are honored to be on Convenience Store Magazine’s annual Top 100 list again this year and I consider it an affirmation of our ongoing growth strategy. We are committed to growing the number of Spinx stores to meet the needs of on-the-go consumers in our markets.”

Stan Storti, president of Spinx, adds, “While this list may be based on store count, our focus has always been, and will continue to be, on the quality of our customers’ experience. Our customers love the Spinx brand, and we want to give them more of what they love by growing to serve more of our Carolina neighbors.” Currently, there are more than 155,000 convenience stores in the U.S., and the number of stores has grown exponentially over the past five years. Spinx has added 23 stores since 2012, and has plans to steadily add stores in locations that will serve travelers and commuters looking for fresh, on-the-go food and beverage selections in a safe, clean and friendly environment.

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About The Spinx Company:
Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with more than 1,400 employees, it is the largest privately-held retailer headquartered in the state. Spinx is committed to making life easier by fulfilling people’s everyday needs with fresh, on-the-go food, beverages and other convenience products delivered in a safe, clean and friendly environment. Through the Spinx Xtras Loyalty program and the Spinx mobile app, the company offers its loyal customers savings on fuel and special promotions. For more information about Spinx or the Spinx Xtras program, visit the company’s website at www.myspinx.com.

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Hartness Breaks Ground on First Home and Welcome Center

August 8, 2017 | GREENVILLE, SC – Hartness, the Upstate’s newest and most iconic Traditional Neighborhood Development, is pleased to announce that it has officially broken ground on their first model home, “The MacMillan.” This model home will also serve as the community’s Welcome Center. Milestone Custom Homes, one of the exclusive builders at Hartness, is constructing the home. Sixteen additional homes will be commencing construction over the next two months, showcasing many of the floorplans that are available to interested families. Each home design may be customized to suit individual tastes, ensuring the buyer’s absolute delight. The Hartness exclusive builders are also happy to design/ build custom plans for families wishing to go that route.

 

The MacMillian rendering is pictured above.

Director of construction Jim McCoy stated, “We are very eager to begin vertical development of the Hartness project! It’s extremely exciting to think that more than twenty homes, both models and custom builds, will be in frame this fall. We feel that by having nine models in Phase One, the Hartness family is demonstrating their commitment to this project, and to our customers, who want to see these homes articulated. With asphalt on the streets and the models underway, the vision is becoming reality.”

Lew Oliver, world renowned planner and designer, is crafting the Hartness Community plan. Homes will be situated within a short walk of restaurants, coffee shops, specialized boutiques, private community parks, trails and amenities. Residents will benefit not only from an easy 5- mile drive to GSP, but also from the obvious attractions of Greenville’s award-winning downtown just 15 minutes away.

“This is an exciting time for our team, and also for those considering Hartness as their home. Homeowners will be able to experience the active lifestyle that our unique community offers, spending more time outdoors with family and friends, immersed in nature and a neighborhood that allows easy access to everything one needs, while leaving the car in the garage” says David Pisano Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “Hartness is raising the bar for living in Greenville. There is nothing comparable to what we are doing.”

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ABOUT HARTNESS
Hartness, located in Greenville, SC, is a Traditional Neighborhood Development designed with walkable blocks kept close to daily conveniences, public spaces and nature. Situated on 440 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from cottages to estate and manor homes.

For more information, visit www.hartnessliving.com.

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Corley Plumbing Air Electric Welcomes Eleven New Employees

Greenville, SC – July 18th, 2017 – Corley Plumbing Air Electric recently welcomed eleven new employees to their team. Corley’s old-fashioned, honest, and knowledgeable service has been part of the Greenville community since 1986 and they are thrilled with the recent expansion. Gage Cannon, Aaron Bryson, Ronnie Nolan and Melvin Green are among the newest members of the HVAC division. Eric Badillo, Tim Gentry and Raymond McGowan will join the team as Electricians. Josh Hall will begin work in the Warehouse and Dale Johnson has been hired as the newest Corley Plumber. Jason Bunch will serve as Comfort Specialist and finally, LaShara Free will join Corley as a Customer Service member. “We are excited to welcome eleven new talented individuals to the Corley family! Every part of this company works together to fulfill our goal of providing unparalleled service and we look forward to working with passionate individuals who aim to do so.” said Chris Corley, Founder of Corley Plumbing Air Electric.

Corley is always looking for individuals who have experience in the trades. If interested individuals haven’t yet had hands on experience, they are encouraged to learn more about the Apprenticeship program as well. With this position, applicants should be team oriented, possess excellent customer service skills and have the desire to provide only the best in service and delivery. Corley is grateful to all those who serve our country in the Armed Forces therefore, Veterans, Reservists or National Guard are encouraged to apply!

To apply today at visit the https://www.corleypro.com/careers/.  Corley is located at 8501 Pelham Road.

Back row left to right: Gage Cannon (HVAC Installer), Jason Bunch (Comfort Specialist), Aaron Bryson (HVAC Service Tech), Ronnie Nolan (HVAC Service Tech), LaShara Free (Customer Service), Melvin Green (HVAC Intern), Josh Hall (Warehouse)
Front row left to right: Eric Badillo (Electrician), Tim Gentry (Electrical Apprentice), Dale Johnson (Plumber), Raymond McGowan (Electrician), and Chris Corley (the “Coach”)

ABOUT CORLEY PLUMBING AIR ELECTRIC
Founded in 1986 by Chris Corley, this locally owned company specializes in the service and repair of plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems. Team members are committed to providing a consultative service experience that keeps the customer informed from the moment they make their first call for service. Corley is currently hiring technicians who embody the company core values of character, unselfish, excellence, and engaged. Corley serves the Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, and Spartanburg areas.

For more information on Corley, visit www.corleypro.com.

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Milestone Custom Homes to Construct First Hartness Home & Welcome Center

July 6th, 2017 | GREENVILLE, SC – Hartness recently announced Milestone Custom Homes will construct the highly anticipated Welcome Center and model home located in the new Hartness community. Milestone is one of four custom builders in the exclusive Hartness Builder’s Guild. “After spending a considerable amount of time interviewing builder partners two years ago for this project, we came to the decision to have 4 of the finest builders in the Upstate create Greenville’s most iconic Traditional Neighborhood” stated Sean Hartness. “This is a long-term project and although Milestone will be constructing the first home and Welcome Center within the community, we are absolutely thrilled with the partnership of all our preferred partners.” The Exclusive Builder’s Guild includes Milestone Custom Homes, Hollison Custom Homes, Dillard Jones Builders and Stoneledge Properties. The new walkable village encompasses 440 pristine acres, 180 of which will be permanently preserved green space, including 15 miles of trails connecting neighbors to woodlands, lakes, streams, wildlife and shared recreational areas. Also included will be a state of the art clubhouse and wellness center, resort styled swimming pool and a sports garden. Homes will be situated within a short walk of restaurants, coffee shops, specialized retail and small businesses. Residents will benefit not only from an easy five-mile drive to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, but also from the shopping and dining attractions on Main Street in Greenville’s award-winning downtown, accessible in a 15-minute drive. Lew Oliver, world renowned planner and designer, created the Hartness Community plan.

About Milestone Custom Homes
About Milestone Custom Homes: Staying true to a simple, but unwavering vision that has served us well for over 20 years: building exclusive custom homes with inclusive building practices, integrity and discipline. Our customers expect the very best, and we’re committed to creating stunning homes that are on time, on budget and fulfill every dream. Our goal is to become the best builder in the Upstate, as defined by construction quality, design, materials and customer service.

About Hartness
Hartness, located in Greenville, SC, is a Traditional Neighborhood Development designed with walkable blocks kept close to daily conveniences, public spaces and nature. Situated on 440 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from cottages to estate and manor homes.

For more information, visit www.hartnessliving.com.

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SPINX Charity Classic Raises over $185,000.00 for local Beneficiaries

Greenville, S.C. – June 27th, 2017– On Wednesday May 10th, Spinx held its 17th Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament.  The Tournament raised a total of $185,809.18, which will be distributed to five local charities whose work aligns with Spinx’s Charitable Mission: “Spinx & Kids: Mind, Body & Spirit. Growing healthy kids where we live, work and play!”  The 2017 beneficiaries include the American Red Cross of the Upstate, American Red Cross of the Lowcountry, Safe Harbor, Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, and Harvest Hope Food Bank. These generous donations will allow the charities to better serve their communities. “Spinx continuously demonstrates its commitment to the communities in which it operates and corporate giving is an important way to help support and grow the community,” said Stewart Spinks. “We would like to thank our sponsors and vendors for their continued support in helping to make this event successful.”

Representatives from the beneficiaries came together at the Spinx HQ for a picture and check presentation early last week as seen below.

ABOUT SPINX
Founded in 1972 in Greenville, SC, Spinx aims to always be the friendly company that makes people’s lives easier. Driven by a passion for fulfilling people’s everyday needs, Spinx provides quality fresh food and products in a clean, safe and convenient environment. As an employee owned company, Spinx always strives to operate in a respectful manner that balances profit, community involvement and environmental awareness, all while valuing on-the-go customers, partners, and team members. Spinx operates 79 convenience retail stores in South Carolina and is the largest privately held retailer headquartered in the state.

For more information visit, www.myspinx.com

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ProSource Celebrates New ly Remodeled Greenville Showroom

20+1 year Anniversary is Celebrated with a Newly Expanded and Interactive Showroom

Greenville, SC | June 16, 2017 — In conjunction with its 20 + 1 year anniversary, ProSource celebrated with its newly expanded and interactive designer showroom at its Industrial Drive Location. In 1996, Tonya and Grover Martin saw their dreams become reality when they opened their first ProSource showroom in Greenville, South Carolina. With backgrounds in the wholesale plumbing supply business, Tonya and Grover wanted to utilize their professional experience within the industry to open a luxury plumbing business that catered to clients on a more personal level. Over the course of twenty years, ProSource has expanded into five different locations throughout both the Upstate and North Carolina. The new Greenville showroom is now double its original size to over 10,000 square feet and is equipped with a fully interactive kitchen and bathroom. Incorporating products that one can
use in the store provides customers a firsthand experience during their search for the perfect product. Along with its newly renovated showroom, the Greenville location boasts a spacious 89,000 square foot warehouse and customer service department.

Beginning with just a few employees, ProSource now employs over 100 highly trained staff members and sells products from hundreds of manufacturers worldwide. “Reputable product and service offerings are crucial to our client’s experience and we want this to be nothing less than perfect,” says Grover. “Our new showroom is truly one of a kind. You will not find another showroom like this in the Southeast.” Through their industry and staff expertise, ProSource seeks to go above and beyond customer expectations, providing tailored services to all clientele. Tonya and Grover Martin attribute their company’s success to both their employees and loyal customers. “We already have plans for expansion at another location. There is always something on the horizon for ProSource,” says Tonya. “We are beyond grateful to have a customer base that has chosen to support
locally for over twenty years now.” The Grand Reopening took place on Thursday, June 15, and was a night filled with entertainment, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres by specialty chefs Marge Perry and David Bonom.

About ProSource
At ProSource they bring an enduring sense of luxury to your home and to the way you live. For over a decade they have offered the largest selection of high end plumbing fixtures from the most reputable brands and manufactures in the world. ProSource is dedicated to surpassing their customer’s expectations through extensive product knowledge and industry expertise for both commercial and residential clientele. Their highly trained staff will assist builders, decorators, and homeowners with their p.roduct selections and provide personalized service and support for all kitchen or bath projects.

For more information visit www.prosoursesupply.com.

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