Entries by Bailey Avent

SiMT Earns Top Manufacturing Honor

FDTC Release Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SiMT) has received the inaugural Xometry Excellence in Manufacturing award. Xometry, the largest online marketplace for custom manufacturing, announced today the winners of the award. The honorees represent the top tier of Xometry’s nationwide network of over 2,500 manufacturing partners based on their performance in delivering high-quality parts […]

Fellows Group Hears About Challenges at Florence Elementary School

by Lauren Owens The Fellows in Education gathered Tuesday at Theodore Lester Elementary School during their February meeting. Fellows in Education is a program sponsored by The School Foundation, Florence One Schools and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. During the presentation, Theodore Lester Elementary School Principal Janette Williams informed the fellows about the school’s […]

Florence Chamber Member of the Month: Ellen Cooke

Freeman’s Bakery has been serving delicious sweet treats since 1964. As they enter their 56th year in business, Owner Ellen Cooke is especially thankful for her employees and her customers. “I love my job!” she exclaims. Freeman’s team of experienced bakers are constantly working to bring new innovative ideas for the pleasure of their customers. […]

Pee Dee Regionald Transportation Authority Names Interim Executive Director

Staff Reports Don Strickland will become interim executive director of the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority on March 1 when Chuck MacNeil retires. Strickland’s appointment was announced Friday by the authority’s chairman, Tyron Jones. The authority’s board of directors met Thursday and voted on the appointment. MacNeil has served as PDRTA executive director since October […]

Pee Dee Motorists: Prepare for Road Construction

by Matthew Robertson Approximately one year after public meetings were first conducted on the project, work is set to begin on improvements to Bentree Lane from West Palmetto Street to David McLeod Boulevard – one of several Florence County road projects set to start in the near future. “This will consist of nighttime work with […]

Florence Chamber and BMW Partner to Host Forum

Staff Reports FLORENCE, S.C. – The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce in partnership with BMW is hosting a one-hour “Doing Business with BMW” forum at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7 in the chamber office at 100 West Evans St. Representatives from BMW will discuss upcoming opportunities for small-, veteran-, woman- and minority-owned businesses, as well […]

Allstate-Hardee Insurance Agency Holds Ribbon Cutting After Joining Florence Chamber

by Matthew Robertson FLORENCE, S.C. — The Hardee Agency had a ribbon cutting Thursday to mark both its joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and its change in ownership as of Jan. 1. Formerly Ben Stevens Allstate, the agency is now owned by Brandon Hardee and has remained with Allstate. Hardee bought the agency […]