Fountain Inn

Column: Inn the Know… Bell’s Bits

Congratulations to the Hillcrest High School on winning its very first baseball state championship!

Shawn Bell, Fountain Inn City Administrator

Ice cream is back in downtown! Visit The Chill Factory and try one of their famous stuffed shakes. https://www.facebook.com/thechillfactory109
Prisma Health has announced they are preparing to build a 14,000 square-foot medical practice in Fountain Inn on North Nelson Drive, just off Interstate I-385. The first of its kind in southern Greenville County, the Prisma Health Primary Care will offer pediatric and adult services, internal medicine, and advanced care across as many as eight providers. Modular units will begin offering services as early as this fall and completion of the permanent building is planned for spring 2023.

European-based Frauenthal Gnotec has announced they are establishing their latest manufacturing and distribution facility in Laurens County. With an investment of $8.2 million and the creation of 82 new jobs, the company is expanding production to an existing facility at 400 South Nelson Dr. in Fountain Inn, SC. Gnotec has been a leading international manufacturer of metal components to the automotive and commercial vehicle industry for over 70 years. Gnotec employees around 1,300 highly skilled workers at operations in China, Czechia, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden, and offers state of the art technology in automatic pressing, welding, and assembly. Their products are found in premium cars, trucks, and safety systems. High automation, together with lean manufacturing, continuous improvement and zero-defect principle are part of the DNA at each Gnotec plant location. The company is headquartered out of Gothenburg, Sweden, and first established operations in the US in late 2018.

As the City of Fountain Inn experiences tremendous growth, so does its gas department, Fountain Inn Natural Gas. Founded in 1954 to serve the residents and businesses of Fountain Inn, it has grown very rapidly in the past few years to reach the 10,000 customers mark this Spring.

To celebrate this major milestone Mrs. Tara Gouin, who recently moved into the service area, was selected as the 10,000th customer. Mayor GP McLeer, Jr., Gas Director Eduardo Noriega, and I welcomed Mrs. Gouin and her son Brayden who recently finished the school year at Fountain Inn Elementary. Mrs. Gouin and family are from Rhode Island and are very excited to be residents of the City of Fountain Inn and look forward to all the activities offered here. Mayor GP McLeer, Jr. presented her with a gift of acknowledgement, which included a plant and several gift cards from local businesses. For more information about Fountain Inn Natural Gas, please visit our website at www.fountaininngas.org

Upcoming events:

• Farmers Market from May 22-August 28; Saturdays from 8am-noon in Commerce Park
• Sounds of Summer from June 4-August 27; Fridays from 7-9:30pm in Commerce Park
• Independence Day Celebration on June 2 from 6-9:30pm on Main Street in downtown
o Cravin’ Melon, kids’ entertainment, food trucks, and fireworks at dusk

Shawn Bell is the City Administrator of Fountain Inn. He is an ICMA-Credentialed Manager.

For more information, go to www.fountaininn.org, call 864-862-4421, or email shawn.bell@fountaininn.org.■

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