The Greer community is home to several large international companies, for which CPW provides many utility services. Thanks to planning and careful investment, our system has the capacity to serve the existing and new companies that call Greer home. Together with Greer Development Corporation and the City of Greer, CPW works to attract new companies to our area. As a partner in economic development, we ensure that our community has the necessary capacity for prospective businesses. If you’re interested in our system and need capacity information, please give our engineering department a call at 864.848.5500 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to discuss your needs and what CPW can deliver.
We operate a 24 MGD water plant, averaging about 9 million gallons of daily output. Our water sources are Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham which combine for over 1200 acres of surface water. Our system is primarily within the City limits of Greer.
The Maple Creek Wastewater facility has a capacity of 5 MGD and currently treats about half of that daily. CPW has plans to increase capacity to 10 MGD in the future to handle growth. We maintain 244 miles of collector mains and have an intergovernmental agreement with Re-Wa (another regional sewer provider) to accept some of the flows from our system. We also have a pre-treatment program to help protect our system, our plant, and the environment.
CPW buys its power through the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency which owns 25% of Reactor II at the Catawba Nuclear Power Plant in York, SC. Our system has five substations operating 28 circuits. We have a distribution of over 12,000 volts and approximately 200 miles of overhead lines and 215 miles of underground lines. Our service area is approximately 33 square miles. In addition to a robust system, our community enjoys industry-leading electric system reliability. The average customer sees less than one minute of power loss each year, while the national average is 140 minutes.
CPW provides natural gas service to more than 21,000 customers stretching from southern Spartanburg County to the North Carolina line. Our system is made up of approximately 730 miles of intermediate and striation lines and 131 pressure reducing and regulating stations. CPW receives natural gas via the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation, with two gates receiving gas—one in Crescent, SC and one in Landrum, SC. Additionally, CPW has a Compressed Natural Gas Fueling station near its headquarters in downtown Greer.
Located between metropolitan Atlanta and Charlotte, Greer is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast. The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is located in Greer, helping to make it one of the most accessible communities—especially since GSP International is ranked one of the most convenient airports in the nation.
The Upstate of South Carolina has more than 465 international companies, employing more than 51,000 people. Foreign-owned companies employ 131,900 South Carolinians and represent 8.2% of the state’s private-industry employment. International companies employ 10.6% of the Upstate workforce, twice that of the U.S. average (5%). More than 30 international companies have announced new global locations in the Upstate since 2015.
Greer is home to the BMW Manufacturing Corporation, the South Carolina Inland Port, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Honeywell, Minghua and Plastic Omnium.
The area also boasts excellent transportation, warehousing, and distribution operations. In addition to the Inland Port, several industrial parks are located near BMW, Interstate 85 and GSP including Gateway International Business Park, Velocity Park, Caliber Ridge and GSP Logistics Park.
Retail development has followed industrial and other commercial development in the area. Greer enjoys more than $1 billion in gross retail sales each year with annual increases of at least 13%. Greer's leaders are also planning for the future, with the next 15 years being set down in the community-based Greer Master Plan.
Greer’s Partnership for Tomorrow was formed to focus on Greer's future, and its team works to maintain a vibrant downtown. PFT looks for opportunities to enhance citizen quality of life, including new parks and plazas, streetscaping, and masterplanning. In conjunction with organizations like Greer Station Association, PFT and its members help create a viable and sustainable downtown environment.
In 2017, Greer CPW along with the City of Greer began work on a major infrastructure and streetscaping project that will completely transform the look of Downtown Greer. You can keep up with the progress on the Future Greer page.
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