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#yeahTHATAgenda: Virgin Rails Thru GVL?, New Laurens Rd Development, Nanoparticle Test

Dec 07, 2018 08:30AM ● By Chris Haire
Richard Branson's Virgin Rails USA is eyeing an Atlanta to Charlotte rail line. Although the documents do not note the locations of any potential stops, reason would suggest at least one stop in the Upstate. Virgin Rails' first project will be in Florida. (SEC, see page 9)

The Details on Holland Park: The Latest Step in Revitalizing Laurens Road
  • Location: 813 Laurens Road (Former site of Carolina Retirement Center)
  • Number of acres: 12
  • Developer: Local attorney Darryl Holland
  • Future home of: Home Team BBQ, the successful Charleston chain. (Psst: Get the smoked chicken wings, with Alabama white sauce)
  • Other offerings: 1. Three-story office building. 2. Two yet-to-be-named container restaurants. 3. A local brewery.
  • Office building:  18,300 SF, 6100 SF per floor
  • Adjacent to Swamp Rabbit Trail
  • Other amenities: 0.5 acre park
  • Other items of note: 1. A bridge will take the Swamp Rabbit Trail over Laurens and behind Willy Taco, running to Haywood Road and beyond. 2. The Spinx Family Foundation has purchased East Park Baptist Church, adjacent to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and near the proposed bridge; Spinx has discussed the construction of a new headquarters. 3. Holland owns multiple properties in the area, including along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. 

New Mexican Restaurant on Swamp Rabbit Trail: Meet El Thrifty

Tim Scott Named to the Bloomberg 50: Mr. Opportunity Zone (Bloomberg)

Best Headline of the Day: This Wasn't Even Amazon's First Bear Repellent Accident

Boeing Backs Out of Global IP Satellite Order Financed by China (WSJ)

Daimler and BMW Can Show If China’s Barriers Are Really Falling (Bloomberg)

Moderna just priced the biggest IPO in biotech history, valuing the startup at $7.5 billion (Business Insider)

Afraid of the Yield Curve? You’re Looking at the Wrong One (WSJ)

The Wire
Home Team BBQ To Open In Greenville In New Laurens Rd Development

Greenville To Be Test Site For A New Type Of Concrete Infused With Nanoparticles

DRÄXLMAIER Completes Spartanburg County Expansion

Liberty Fellowship Announces 15th Class Of Fellows

25 Fastest Growing Companies
No. 21: Linden Construction
Year Founded: 2009
Founder: Brandon Linden
Headquarters location: Charleston
Number of employees (start): 1
Number of employees (present): 25 
Linden Construction is a full-service commercial construction company based in Charleston. Drawing on years of experience, the company excels in the construction of new buildings, tenant improvements and renovations, and specialized exterior/interior upfits. Linden Construction successfully delivers superior finished projects by ensuring quality, value, and functionality are held at the forefront throughout the entire construction process. The company’s core values center on their belief in creating teamwork environments which lead to lasting partnerships with their clients. From project superintendents to project managers to executive staff, each member of Linden Construction works together by drawing on a myriad of skills and levels of expertise to ensure that their client’s best interests are a top priority.

What are your firm’s biggest challenges and how do you plan to overcome them?
Brandon Linden (President): Recruiting talent is the firm’s biggest challenge. We will continue to present potential prospects with the tools and incentives that are usually seen within much larger companies, while still maintaining the teamwork mentality that makes us so unique.

What trends and innovations do you see down the line for your industry?
In terms of trends, we are seeing an increase in outside general contractors moving into the Charleston market. This means we need to be that much more on top of our systems and techniques to make sure we are always providing our clients with the best service possible, in addition to making sure our employees feel valued and appreciated.

What are you doing to make sure your company sticks around for the long haul?
We invest in our employees as well as our processes. We are working towards building a collective mindset within the company that aims at ensuring all the employees have a vested interest in the company and wish to help move it in a successful direction in the future.

How important is continued learning to your success and if so, what do you do to ensure that you are always learning about your industry, your company, and yourself?
Continued learning goes hand in hand with success. Staying current with market trends and advancing technology is critical to this industry. Constant communication with clients, suppliers, vendors, subcontractors, and employees enables me to be more aware of issues that arise, and better position myself, and others, to assist in minimizing these same issues in the future. The company prides itself on repeat and referred work, and I believe lots of the company’s success is based on our communication with clients, and our attempts to gather feedback on our performance in an effort to constantly improve.