Upstate Headlines: GSP studying automated transit system

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of August 10, 2015.

GSP studying automated transit system– Moving passengers from parked cars to the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport’s terminal (and back again) takes up a lot of space in airport operators’ minds. With the completion of the new GSP terminal, the number of passengers flowing through the airport is expected to double- from 2 million to 4 million, according to CEO David Edwards…

Big Money– Sports tourism pumps millions into the Upstate economy each year – with millions more to come. Signs of the Upstate’s growing sports tourism industry have been in full display these last two weeks…

Kitchen Sync expects to become Greenville’s first certified eco-friendly restaurant– Construction began this week on what is expected to be Greenville’s first certified green restaurant. Located at 1609 Laurens Road, near South Pleasantburg Drive, Kitchen Sync will be a locally owned, full-service neighborhood grill and pizzeria specializing in local, sustainable farm-to-table fare in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere…

He’s Got Talent– Greenville singer-songwriter Benton Blount has proven time an time again that he’s up to a challenge. He hopes to be again Tuesday night when he performs live at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for a national television audience during the quarterfinals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”…

Pure Barre expanding internationally– Spartanburg-based Pure Barre fitness franchise is scheduled to open a location in Toronto, Canada. The company received an investment from Catterton private equity firm in May that was to be used for expansion across the U.S. and internationally. The company said the Toronto studio is expected to open late 2015 or early 2016…

ZF’s Gray Court expansion adding 545 jobs– ZF Transmissions is making a $22.5 million investment in an expansion of its automotive transmission manufacturing operations in Laurens County. The company has purchased a 150,000-square-foot building at Owings Industrial Park (.pdf) for new manufacturing and warehousing. Plans to add 545 jobs over the next five years will boost the company’s workforce in the county to more than 2,000…

Camperdown buildings approved by review board– After looking at a city-generated three-dimensional view of the proposed Camperdown site, the Greenville Design Review Board – Urban gave a unanimous thumbs up to both the proposed AC Hotel by Marriott and the adjacent office building at The Greenville News location on Main Street…