Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce

Friday, 13 May 2011 19:31
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Fountain Inn, South Carolina

“The Diamond Tip of the Golden Strip”

       “Front Porch of The Upstate"  

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John R. Hastings, Sr. 
President/CEO

Fountain Inn Chamber

Fountain Inn, South Carolina

Welcome to the “Front Porch of The Upstate”


The phrase “Front Porch of The Upstate” brings back memories for me and so many others from decades gone by. Those times when life moved a little bit slower, and families would gather on their porches just to relax and enjoy teach other's company. This is the feeling I trust you will encounter here in this beautiful southern city known as Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

Several years ago, Fountain Inn had a choice to make: remain the same with closed storefronts, losing businesses, tourists, and even families to the larger cities. Or, make some important changes to make life better for all. We chose the latter, making many positive changes to our downtown business district, yet maintaining that important “feel” of a small southern town.

The City of Fountain Inn, Economic Development, the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, the wonderful citizens and businesses of Fountain Inn, along with many others, have done an outstanding job of transforming the downtown area and beyond. Everyone worked hard, and everyone worked together.

 
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In the late summer of 1985, my husband and I moved to Fountain Inn with our 1-year-old daughter, Ashley. It was an exciting time for us as we made what we thought would be the first of many moves as our careers and family grew. We are proud to say that we never had to make those moves. Fountain Inn has been the perfect town to raise our family, growing by another daughter, Rebecca, in 1990, and to build the kind of life we dreamed of as that young family those years ago.

Fountain Inn offers the best of both worlds. We are a charming, small, Southern town community nestled quietly in the Upstate with all the amenities of larger municipalities on a more convenient level.

 
Sunday, 25 July 2010 23:40
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Geography:
Region: Upstate, Piedmont
Counties: Greenville, Laurens
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

Climate:
Annual average temperature:
60 degrees Fahrenheit
Summer average temperature:
77.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Winter average temperature:
42 degrees Fahrenheit
Annual precipitation: 45.55 inches

Population (2011 estimate):
City of Fountain Inn: 7,937
Greenville County: 451,428
Laurens County: 70,045

Median Household income (2010 estimate):
Fountain Inn: $44,109
Greenville County: $46,830
Laurens County: $37,529

Organizations:
Fountain Inn Chamber, Fountain Inn Rotary Club, Fountain Inn Garden Club, Fountain Inn Music Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Fountain Inn Kiwanis Club

Government:
Type of city government: Council/mayor/administrator
Number of city council members: Six
Length of terms: Four years; terms are staggered every two years

Type of county government:
Council/administrator
Number of county council members: 12
Length of terms: Four years

Fire department: 17 full-time personnel, 10 volunteers; fire insurance rating of 5 in town, 7-9 in rural areas; four engines, 100-foot ladder truck, two rescue trucks, two service vehicles, one tanker truck, two brush trucks, four automatic defibrillators

Police department: 24 police officers, 6 communication specialists and administration staff, five reserve officers; 15 equipped cars

Major employers:
Faurecia
D & W Fine Pak
Bosch Rexroth
Caterpillar
Grainger
KS Gleitlager USA, Inc.
Goglanian Bakeries Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ZFManufacturing

ZF Transmission                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  US Plastics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Saati                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rich Products Corp.

 
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