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Business Opportunities in Newberry

I enjoy industry visits where I get to see how things are made. I like being able to see how many, or a few, smaller parts turn into a larger product, or visa versa. Have you ever learned about a business that left you thinking, "Oh, I never thought about that being a business opportunity?"


Not long ago, I visited Newberry resident Scott Bellows at his place of business, Palmetto Commerce International, Inc., located behind Oakland Mill in Newberry at 135 Oakland Mill Dr. In an unassuming building, he houses a business that packages cleaning cloths made from recycled clothing. The various fabric types are delivered in large bales weighing many tons and are then sorted and packaged into 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 lb. bags. The various cloth types are suitable for different cleaning uses (automotive, machine shop, painting, custodial, staining, etc.) The method of this repackaging is most interesting, and you can see it all in action on Thursday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. when he holds his Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening. Another interesting part of his business is that 100% of his workforce are from the PRIDE Center right here in Newberry County. Additionally, arrive early, and at 11:00 a.m., you can meet and talk with SC Department of Commerce Existing Industry Manager Ray Davidson about how they can work with your business.


On April 24 from 7:30-9:00 a.m., we will host a breakfast upstairs of Community Hall. The topic will center on the county's economic development efforts. Reservations are required, so call us to claim your spot. Stokes-Trainor is sponsoring this event. There is a $10 charge per person.