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UST NAMES SCOTT MOORE AS PRESIDENT

Greenville, S.C.January 15, 2019 – As of December 2018, UST, Greenville S.C.-based logistical solutions company has named Scott Moore, President of UST. Moore has been with UST for 8 years and a Partner in the company since 2015.

Prior to being appointed President, Moore served as Chief Administration Officer for three years as well as VP of Business Relations, and Director of Corporate Administration.

“It is one of my greatest honors to name Scott Moore as President of UST” stated Scott Ramsey, CEO and Founder of UST. “Scott is a walking manifestation of our company’s core values.  He provides our organization with continual results and our people with an impeccable role model.  I cannot envision success in our mission to transform the industry without Scott Moore by our side.”

As an active corporate citizen within the Greenville community, Moore works with a variety of non-profits including serving on the Board of The Family Effect where UST was recently awarded Corporate Philanthropist of the Year. This award recognizes a business, corporate, or foundation who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the Upstate community.

“As I embark on this new role, I feel very proud to work for UST” stated Scott Moore, President & Partner of UST. “I consider myself lucky to work among such an incredible team, within such a great community and I look forward to a successful future ahead.”

For more information on UST, visit their website at www.uste3.com.

 

ABOUT UST

UST is a national third-party logistics solutions company that specializes in the “final mile” delivery of furniture and appliances from the retailer’s warehouse directly to the customer’s home and is based out of Greenville, SC.  With 137 employees and over 450 independent contractors across 20 states, UST believes that the home delivery experience is not only a commodity, it is key to the consumer’s lasting impression and therefore critical to earning repeat business. UST works with retailers and supply chain providers from all over the country to transform the industry through operations, technology-based systems and creative management solutions.

 

 

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SPINX CELEBRATES NEW STORE OPENING IN GREENVILLE

Largest Spinx store with new tunnel wash opens on Rutherford Street


Greenville, S.C. – January 10, 2019 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 45 car washes statewide, officially marked the opening of its newest store in Greenville with a ribbon cutting today.  Located at 619 Rutherford St. on the corner of Rutherford and Shaw Streets in Greenville, the new store will serve as a marquee entry point of the “Poinsett District,” a corridor along Poinsett Highway that the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority is focused on revitalizing.

At more than 6,600 sq. ft., this is the largest Spinx store to date and features its new interior layout and décor, which is representative of the company’s local, Southern roots. The store offers around-the-clock service with a full-service kitchen, eight multi-product fuel dispenser pumps, a walk-in beer cave featuring local craft as well as national brand beers. The site also has a 72 ft. tunnel car wash with free vacuums as part of its statewide car wash club.

“I’m so excited about opening a store at this location, the very spot where I operated one of my first gas stations,” said Stewart Spinks, Spinx Founder and Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to bringing our legendary fried chicken, convenient on-the-go food and beverage options, tunnel car wash and friendly service to our customers heading in and out of Downtown Greenville.”

The new location provides another convenient location for the community to fill their gas tanks and enjoy Spinx’s legendary fried chicken, breakfast biscuits and chicken sandwiches served fresh all day. Also at this location, Spinx is serving made-to-order milkshakes, smoothies and soft serve ice cream in addition to its wide offering of ice-cold fountain drinks, lemonade, iced tea, slushies and the popular “chewy ice.” Hot beverages, including bean-to-cup fresh coffee and Nitro Cold Brew, will also be available for purchase.

Grand opening specials will run through the end of January and Spinx Car Wash Club monthly memberships are available at discounted prices. Learn more at www.SpinxCarWash.com or www.Spinx.com.

ABOUT SPINX

Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The SPINX Company operates nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 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.spinx.com.

 

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SPINX OPENS TUNNEL CAR WASH ON PELHAM ROAD IN GREENVILLE

Greenville, S.C.January 2, 2019 – SPINX, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 45 car washes statewide, recently celebrated the opening of its newest tunnel car wash on Saturday, December 22nd.  Located at 2601 Pelham Road in Greenville, the new tunnel wash – the company’s first free-standing car wash – is part of the new SPINX Car Wash Club, which offers customers unlimited car washes at any SPINX car wash location for a monthly membership fee.

“We’re so excited to open our first Ride ‘N’ Shine tunnel car wash in Greenville and to expand our Car Wash Club offering,” stated Stewart Spinks, founder and chairman of The SPINX Company. “Our new tunnel wash and statewide wash club set us apart from the competition, delivering quick, thorough car washes across the Upstate and making it easy and affordable for our customers to keep their vehicles clean.”

To celebrate the new car wash, SPINX is offering a grand opening special to customers who sign up for the Car Wash Club at the Pelham Rd. location, where they will receive the first three months for half price. With this special, membership fees range from $9.99/month for the Classic Wash Club to $17.99/month for the Premium Wash Club.

The new tunnel wash system is the second of many that SPINX plans to open in South Carolina. Each wash offers environmentally conscious water reclamation systems and eco-friendly chemicals, as well as advanced technology to give customers the best wash for their budget. The advanced system features a 3D scan of each vehicle to precisely target soap and high-pressure water based on its size and shape for the most accurate clean. The new tunnel wash is also equipped with specially engineered blowers to achieve a drier vehicle while conserving energy. An attendant will be available during operating hours to provide pre-wash prep and to assist customers.

Hours for the SPINX Ride ‘N Shine tunnel wash located off Pelham Road are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Free vacuums provided with any car wash purchase. For more information or to join the SPINX Car Wash Club, visit www.SpinxCarWash.com.

 

ABOUT SPINX

Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The SPINX Company operates nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 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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UST ANNOUNCES FOUR PROMOTIONS TO LEADERSHIP TEAM WITHIN RECENT MONTHS

Greenville, S.C. – December 12, 2018 – UST, Greenville S.C.-based logistical solutions company, is excited to announce the promotion of four employees to new roles within their organization. All individuals work out of the UST headquarters office located in downtown, Greenville, SC and have been with UST for over 20 years combined.

Alanna Martin, former Director of Human Resources, will be taking on the role as Senior Director over the People Operations Division. Joe Curet, former Director of IT, will now be the Senior Director over the Business Optimization Division. Tekisha Roberts, former Director of Compliance, will be advancing as the new Training and Development Director. Lastly, DuBose Ratchford, former Communication Manager, will be transitioning into the Director of Communications role.

“I am thrilled to be surrounded by such hardworking and dedicated people at UST. We have an incredible company culture and these four recent promotions further solidifies our growth and commitment to our people,” stated Scott Moore, Chief Administrative Officer for UST. “Each of these individuals have exceeded expectations in their previous role, while also being a great example of UST’s values. We look forward to seeing what they accomplish in their new positions.”
For more information on UST, visit their website at www.uste3.com .

ABOUT UST
UST is a national third-party logistics solutions company that specializes in the “final mile” delivery of furniture and appliances from the retailer’s warehouse directly to the customer’s home and is based out of Greenville, SC. With 137 employees and over 450 independent contractors across 20 states, UST believes that the home delivery experience is not only a commodity, it is key to the consumer’s lasting impression and therefore critical to earning repeat business. UST works with retailers and supply chain providers from all over the country to transform the industry through operations, technology-based systems and creative management solutions.

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SPINX DONATES $174,000 TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

Greenville, S.C. – DECEMBER 10, 2018 – Stewart Spinks, Founder and Chairman of The Spinx Company, recently presented a check for $174,104 to Kelly Jamerson, Corporate Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society. During the month of October, all Spinx convenience stores participated in the campaign and collected donations from customers to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society. This is the 10th year Spinx has held a store campaign for the American Cancer Society.


All 80 Spinx stores in South Carolina contributed to the donation. In addition, Stewart Spinks matched the donations raised in the top five stores that collected the most donations for the American Cancer Society during the campaign. The top-performing stores were:

o Store #351 in N. Charleston – General Manager: Paul Sanders
o Store #354 in in Ladson – General Manager: Veronica Bethea
o Store #355 in Summerville – General Manager: Maria Jacquet
o Store #156 in Seneca – General Manager: Becky Lovell
o Store #160 in Greer – General Manager: Tomi Lee

“As a cancer survivor myself, I know the importance of the work that the American Cancer Society accomplishes each day,” Stewart Spinks said. “I’m so proud of our team’s efforts, and I know that our local community will benefit greatly from their hard work and the generosity of so many of our customers.”

Spinx is honored to support the mission of the American Cancer Society and its efforts in education, treatment, and research to discover more successful treatments, and ultimately a cure for cancer.

ABOUT SPINX
Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The SPINX Company operates nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 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.

About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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HARTNESS TO HOST “HOLIDAYS AT HARTNESS” EVENT ON DECEMBER 6th

November 13, 2018, Greenville, S.C. – Hartness is excited to invite the Greenville community to “Holidays at Hartness” A Community Tree Lighting Celebration on Thursday, December 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. The event will take place on the iconic Grand Lawn, where one of the largest live holiday trees to be displayed in Greenville will light up the Hartness neighborhood, located just minutes from downtown on Highway 14.
This inaugural community event is open to the public and will feature a gourmet food truck, live entertainment, cookie decorating, festive holiday beverages by an open fire and holiday cheer the entire family is sure to enjoy, including a visit from Santa. The first 100 guests will also receive a complimentary cozy holiday blanket.
In honor of the giving season, the Hartness family invites the community to collect and bring with them new, unwrapped toys to be donated to children in need through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
“We are proud to host an event that is sure to create lasting memories for families and generations to come while also positively impacting the lives of children who need it the most” said Sean Hartness, Hartness CEO. “As our first signature holiday event, we look forward to sharing the beauty of Hartness with those who join us for this exciting celebration of the holiday season.”
This “Holidays at Hartness” event will allow guests to catch a glimpse of this exciting new Traditional Neighborhood Development as well as experience what makes Hartness unique. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit the community’s Discovery Center seven days a week, located at 103 Alester Square, or call 864-626-0618.
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 444 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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The Whats and Whys of Media Relations

What is media relations and why is it so important? No, it’s not a fancier, buzzier word for public relations. Media relations is quite possibly the most important aspect of what we PR professionals do daily. Read on to understand the nuances of this specialty and why it is so critically important to get it right.
Firstly, the basics: media relations is the practice of working with the media for the purpose of informing the public about a company and what they do. By media, we’re referring to those that actually produce the news — producers, writers, editors, bloggers, and others who work in a variety of outlets such as print, TV, online, radio, and more. Reasons for sharing information about an organization with the media include, but are not limited to; product launches, event announcements, company accolades, crisis management, local or community involvement, and other newsworthy topics.
As for why it’s critically important to get it right, you needn’t look any further than the bottom line. When a PR professional pitches a story about your company to the media and it’s deemed newsworthy, it earns the right to run for free, which is why they call it, “earned media” and not “paid media.” Paid efforts like billboards, TV, and radio are important to a good marketing mix. But earned media is the hardest working media that money can’t buy. It’s more credible because media outlets aren’t required to run an opinion editorial in the local paper, an informative column in the business section, or a captivating segment on the evening news. They can say no and they do say no if the story doesn’t check out, isn’t relevant, isn’t interesting, or smacks of fake news. When done right, media relations pieces are priceless third-party validation that moves customers down the funnel.
So how can you be sure it’s done right?
Rule 1: Make friends. Know each media contact intimately. Journalists are absolutely inundated with content that is not relevant. As PR professionals, it is our job to know who the correct writer or journalist is and craft specific pitches to fit their ‘beat’. By building relationships with the local media, we know exactly who to call to get our clients the earned coverage they deserve.
Rule 2: Run. Don’t walk. Social and digital media have completely changed the game when it comes to pushing out quality news coverage. Media professionals are working on tighter deadlines than ever before. Therefore, being able to communicate effectively and efficiently, being agile, and knowing how to shape content for relevance is mission critical.
You can’t pay for that incredible cover story or front page article. However, through strong relationships with media outlets, news organizations and business magazines, media relations can work impressively hard for you. As PR pros, we work to control and distribute content on behalf of the clients we diligently serve every day. Ultimately, success in this business is contingent on getting them the earned coverage and story headlines they want with the audience they deserve.

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SPINX HOSTS HOLIDAY MARKET FEATURING LOCAL VENDORS

GREENVILLE, SC | November 8, 2018 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 45 car washes statewide, will host its annual Holiday Market on Wednesday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at McAlister Square in Greenville to raise money and awareness for the company’s Employee Assistance Fund.
Close to 20 vendors, including several Spinx employees, will be offering a variety of great gift items, including unique art, jewelry, crafts and direct sale items. Ten percent of the sales will go toward the Spinx Employee Assistance Fund, benefitting teammates during times of financial hardship.
“The Holiday Market has become an annual tradition at Spinx, and it continues to grow each year,” said Beth Thomason, SPINX Director of Marketing & Advertising. “We encourage all of our associates, customers, family and friends to stop by the market on Wednesday for some early holiday shopping.”
For more information on this event, please contact Rhonda Hanks via email at RDH@spinxco.com or by phone at (864) 233-5421, ext. 6622.
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ABOUT SPINX
Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The SPINX Company operates nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 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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NEXT PHASE OF HOMESITES NOW AVAILABLE AT HARTNESS

October 29, 2018, Greenville, S.C. – With 31 of 35 homesites already sold from its inaugural offering, Hartness is excited to announce the release of a brand-new collection of homesites, including an intimate cottage enclave and a rare collection of larger estate-sized properties. In just the past three weeks, 11 of these 47 new homesites have been purchased, adding to Hartness’ reputation as the Upstate’s most sought after new home community. Situated just minutes from downtown Greenville and convenient to GSP airport, Hartness enjoys one of Greenville’s most enviable locations.

“With home construction at Hartness moving at a rapid pace, we’re excited to invite Greenville residents to the property to learn more about this new phase of development” stated Sean Hartness, Hartness CEO. “By the end of this year we’ll have nearly a dozen new Featured Builder homes for sale and under construction along with five completed, fully-furnished model homes. There is so much for potential new homeowners to see and to purchase, and we encourage everyone to come out to see how the community has grown over the past year.” New home prices range from the $300,000s to the $800,000s.

The crafting of each home design is carefully overseen by highly regarded town planner Lew Oliver. The Hartness neighborhood development plan features an array of architectural styles, including Federal, Italianate, Greek Revival and Colonial Revival. All phases of the project will boast a wide variety of home sizes and styles, from quaint cottages and townhomes to grand manor homes and estates. In addition, each neighborhood blends seamlessly within a protected 185-acre Nature Preserve, which features a 15-mile trail network along with over a dozen ponds and lakes.

Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit the community’s Discovery Center seven days a week, located at 3500 South Highway 14, or call 864-626-0618.

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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 444 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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J. Francis Builders, CarsonSpeer Builders and Peery Homes Named as Newest Additions to Exclusive Hartness Builder’s Guild

October 22, 2018 | GREENVILLE, SC – Hartness, the iconic Traditional Neighborhood Development, located just minutes from downtown Greenville, is excited to announce J.Francis Builders, CarsonSpeer Builders and Peery Homes as new additions to the exclusive Hartness Builder’s Guild. All three talented builders join forces alongside Hollison Custom Homes, Milestone Custom Homes and Stoneledge Properties.
“On behalf of the entire Hartness community, we are delighted to welcome J.Francis Builders , CarsonSpeer Builders and Peery Homes as the newest additions to our team of talented builders,” stated Sean Hartness, CEO of Hartness. “We are confident that these companies will help us continue bring to Hartness to life, as well as further our vision of creating a lifestyle community that families will enjoy for generations to come.”
J. Francis Builders is owned and operated by Greenville native, Jimmy Francis. With over 20 years’ experience in the Upstate, J. Francis provides homeowners with a positive building experience paralleled with producing a high-quality energy efficient smart home.
“We are extremely honored to be contributing to the development of the Hartness community,” stated Jimmy Francis, Owner of J.Francis Builders. “We are excited to be involved in such a unique building experience.”
CarsonSpeer, also based in Greenville specializes in new home construction and remodeling. Partners Steve Carson and James Speer are nationally recognized with notable awards and honors for quality and service from: Southern Home and Garden “Bridge Awards,” “Best of Houzz” by Houzz, and multiple “Best of Houzz,” Awards for Customer Service.
“We are committed to fostering, maintaining, and exceeding the highest standards of excellence in the home building industry and we look forward to implementing that same attention to detail within every home we build at Hartness” stated James Speer, Partner of CarsonSpeer Builders.
Peery Homes has been serving Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina since 1984 and focuses on building distinctive custom homes while offering superior service to their clients. Integrity is foundation of their building process and their reputation for quality is firmly established among the community.
“We look forward to building inheritable homes at Hartness and being part of an incredible team of dedicated builders,” stated Jon Peery, Owner of Peery Homes. “As a lifestyle community, we are excited to be a part of making Hartness come to life.”
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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 444 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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