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A few of our most popular commercial and industrial electrical services include but are not limited to:

  • Parking Lot Light Installation
  • Electrical Safety Inspections
  • Electrical Grounding for Businesses
  • Generator and Motor Insulation Resistance Analysis
  • Electrical Troubleshooting for Businesses
  • Ongoing Maintenance Plans for Vital Electrical Equipment
  • Transformer Installation
  • Circuit Testing for Businesses
  • Preventative Maintenance for Electrical Equipment
  • Electrical Wiring for New Businesses
  • Electrical Service Upgrades
  • Much More

A few of our most popular commercial and industrial electrical services include but are not limited to:

Circuit Breakers

Tripped Circuit Breakers

Your businesses' electrical system will trip when it has too much electricity running through it. These problems are very common in commercial properties and usually stem from one of three culprits: circuit overloads, short circuits, and ground fault surges. Obviously, when your circuits are tripped regularly, your business operations suffer. To help solve your circuit breaker problems, our commercial electricians will come to your location for in-depth troubleshooting. Once we discover the root cause, we'll get to work on repairing your circuit breaker, so you can continue working and serving your customers.

Flickering Lights

Flickering Lights

Like tripped circuit breakers, dimming or flickering lights are among the most common commercial electrical problems in South Carolina. These issues typically stem from poor electrical connections. These poor connections will usually cause sparks, which can start fires and wreak havoc on your commercial building. While dimming lights might seem minor, if you leave this problem to fester, you could be looking at permanent damage to your businesses' electrical systems. Given the danger involved in fixing this problem, it's important that you work with a licensed business electrician like Engineered Electrical Solutions as soon as you're able to.

Dead Power Outlets

Dead Power Outlets

Dead power outlets aren't always dangerous, unlike other recurring commercial electrical issues. They are, however, disruptive to your company's productivity. Dead outlets are common in older commercial buildings and are often caused by circuit overloads. Connecting multiple high-wattage devices and appliances to the same power socket can cause overheating. When the power outlet overheats, it can lead to tripped circuit breakers. In some cases, the live wire catches fire and burns until it is disconnected. For a reliable solution using high-quality switches, sockets, and circuit breakers, it's best to hire a professional business electrician to get the job done right.

Residential Electrician vs. Commercial Electrician in Knightsville:
What's the Difference?

Finding a real-deal, qualified commercial electrician in South Carolina is harder than you might think. Whether it's due to availability or budget, you might be tempted to hire a residential electrician for your commercial electrical problem. While it's true that great residential electricians can help solve commercial issues in theory, it's always best to hire a business electrician with professional experience.

Unlike their residential colleagues, commercial electricians are licensed to deal with different materials and procedures suited specifically for businesses. Commercial wiring is much more complex than residential, and is strategically installed with maintenance, repair, and changes in mind. Additionally, commercial properties usually use a three-phase power supply, necessitating more schooling, skills, and technical ability to service.

The bottom line? If you're a business owner with commercial electricity problems, it's best to work with a licensed commercial electrician, like you will find at Engineered Electrical Solutions.

Professional and Efficient from
Call to Technician

Shields Painting has been in the business since 1968. In a world where so much has changed, we are proud to uphold the ideals that make us successful: hard, honest work, getting the job done right, and excellent customer service. Providing you with trustworthy, quality work will always take priority over rushing through a project to serve the next customer. That is just not the way we choose to do business.

As professionals dedicated to perfection, we strive to provide a unique painting experience for every customer - one that focuses on their needs and desires instead of our own. Whether you need residential painting for your home or commercial painting for your business, we encourage you to reach out today to speak with our customer service team. Whether you have big ideas about a new paint project or need our expertise and guidance, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

We want to be sure every one of our customers is satisfied, which is why we offer a three-year guaranteed on our labor. If you're in need of an electrician for your home or business, give our office a call and discover the Engineered Electrical Solutions difference.

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Cool Teacher: Knightsville Elementary School’s Mrs. Kristi O’Callahan

KNIGHTSVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – “She lights up my world.” “She changed my life.” “She’s fun and creative.” “She helped my son.”These are just a few words of adoration used when students and parents talk about Knightsville Elementary Special Education Teacher Kristi O’Callahan – the News 2 Cool Teacher of the week.O’Callahan has a passion for teaching special education. “I feel like this is what I was born to do,” she said. “I never wante...

KNIGHTSVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – “She lights up my world.” “She changed my life.” “She’s fun and creative.” “She helped my son.”

These are just a few words of adoration used when students and parents talk about Knightsville Elementary Special Education Teacher Kristi O’Callahan – the News 2 Cool Teacher of the week.

O’Callahan has a passion for teaching special education. “I feel like this is what I was born to do,” she said. “I never wanted to be anything else.”

The New York native teaches special education kindergarten through fifth-grade math and English at the Dorchester District 2 school. It’s a role she’s had for the past six years.

“A safe place to love, and learn, and just be awesome,” she said, “They’re not less than. They’re awesome. They’re amazing, and I love them! I love my kids.”

Sixteen years dedicated to special education, O’Callahan said she always wanted to be a teacher.

“The special ed part was a close family friend of ours. Growing up, their son had Down’s syndrome. I saw the way people looked at him differently, or the way they acted around him, but my brother, my cousins, his siblings – we didn’t treat him differently. He was just Patty to us.”

She went on to say, “I just knew I wanted him and kids like him to not feel less than. I just want them to feel special and important. I think that’s what we do here every day, myself, my T-A, that’s what we strive for.”

O’Callahan said she uses a fun multi-sensory approach to teaching.

“We do reading and math primarily, we have fun, too. It’s all about a hands-on multi-sensory approach. So there’s kinesthetics, so we’re moving. I think the most important thing is the relationships that we form first. I think the bond, rapport, and communication. I want them to feel safe, and loved, and important, and special.”

“Once they feel those things, I think then we kick in academics and that’s when they really thrive. I just want to make a difference when they come here because being pulled out of your Gen-Ed setting makes you feel a little different and weird, so I just want them to come here and be happy and excited about my classroom,” she added.

Fourth-grade student Ariyah Hallock says Mrs. O’Callahan changed her life. “She lights up my world. I want to come to her classroom every day because how grateful I am. Over the two years, I’ve been with her, she’s been helping me read and everything she’s done for me, and I’m so thankful for her. She is making a difference,” Ariyah said.

The principal at Knightsville Elementary School, Claire Sieber, said O’Callahan’s energy level and expertise to meet children where they are and to help them grow academically make her the right fit for the school.

“She makes those connections with students that help them to engage in the learning, feel proud of their successes, and want to take the next step in their learning to continue to fill in the academic gaps they might have,” she said.

Parent Bridget Sowards’ son, Daniel, is one of Mrs. O’Callahan’s students. She nominated her to receive the Cool School Teacher award. “She’s making a big difference in our school. Mrs. O’Callahan is an amazing support for Daniel. She would send me emails sometimes and say ‘oh I saw this and thought of Daniel, and maybe you can implement this at home as well.’ It just blows my mind how amazing she is with the kids, and how Daniel is so excited to come to school to be with her and how he has improved in the last two years in English Language Arts by leaps and bounds where he was really struggling,” she said. “He’s beginning to catch up to his peers, which is the whole point of her being with her. She’s really amazing.”

O’Callahan said she’s thankful for the special accolades and recognition. “It’s super overwhelming! I just don’t think about things like that. I come here, I love on my kids. I teach my kids and that’s the most important thing. I love it! It’s amazing! It’s such a good feeling!”

If you would like to nominate a Cool School or educator, send an email to Octavia Mitchell at omitchell@wcbd.com.

FIRST ALERT: Tornado watches end for Lowcountry counties

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire as Tropical Depression Nicole moves farther from South Carolina.Remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole put the Lowcountry under tornado watches throughout Thursday night going into Friday morning.Most of the watches ended Friday morning, and a watch for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties ended just before noon. Two tornado warnings were issued in the Tri-County during the storm activity.A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m. f...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire as Tropical Depression Nicole moves farther from South Carolina.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole put the Lowcountry under tornado watches throughout Thursday night going into Friday morning.

Most of the watches ended Friday morning, and a watch for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties ended just before noon. Two tornado warnings were issued in the Tri-County during the storm activity.

A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m. for parts of Charleston County, however, it expired at 12:41 a.m.

Another warning came Thursday afternoon as a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located at 5:17 p.m. near Knightsville The warning expired at 5:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has not verified if any tornados touchdown during either of the warnings. Meanwhile, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division says county emergency managers across the state reported minimal damages. None of the managers requested state assistance.

Click here to download the free Live 5 First Alert Weather app.

Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says gusts to tropical storm force are possible Wednesday through Friday.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form, but does not indicate that any actual tornadoes have been detected.

Tropical Storm Nicole has sent multiple homes collapsing into the Atlantic Ocean. Nicole made landfall as a hurricane early Thursday near Vero Beach, Florida, but the brunt of the damage was along the East Coast well north of there, in the Daytona Beach area. Its damaging coastal surge was hitting beachfront properties in Daytona Beach Shores that lost their last protections during Hurricane Ian.

The Live 5 Weather team declared Thursday and Friday as First Alert Weather Days because of possible impacts from the storm.

Sovine says coastal flooding is likely through Friday around high tides with beach erosion and high surf also likely.

Sovine said heavy rain could be possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. Breezy conditions could occur through Friday and winds may occasionally gust to, or over, 40 mph near the coast.

Nicole became the 14th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on Monday.

As of 10 a.m., Nicole was a tropical depression with its center located near latitude 34.2 north and longitude 84.3 west, about 35 miles north of Atlanta, Ga. The storm was moving to the north-northeast at 23 mph and its estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb or 29.56 inches.

Forecasters say an acceleration toward the north and north-northeast is expected Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move across central and northern Georgia Friday morning and over the western Carolinas later.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Nicole is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone Friday, then dissipate Friday night or early Saturday as it merges with a frontal system over the eastern United States.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for Charleston, Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort counties. Gusts to tropical storm force(40+mph) are possible today through Friday near the coast. pic.twitter.com/VOkWBvcYTx

— Joey Sovine Live 5 (@JoeySovine) November 9, 2022

City of Charleston officials say they will be closely monitoring the tropical storm. Crews have already begun preparing for potential storm impacts.

“Residents are asked to keep an eye on reliable local weather reports over the next few days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said in a news release. “If bad conditions do arise, citizens are advised to follow the guidance of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when they encounter it.”

The city’s stormwater department has prepared temporary pumps for low-lying areas. Crews will also be cleaning out ditches and drains in flood-prone areas.

To find out how you can help, visit the Adopt-A-Drain website by clicking here.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through Nov. 30.

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m. Thursday, more than a hundred miles south of Daytona Beach Shores, before its maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 mph, the Miami-based center said. The storm was centered about 30 miles southeast of Orlando. It was moving west-northwest near 14 mph.

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami advised people to understand that hazards from Tropical Storm Nicole “will exist across the state of Florida today.”

Nicole came could briefly emerge over the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before moving over the Florida Panhandle and Georgia, he said.

The storm left south Florida sunny and calm as it moved north, but could dump as much as 6 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday, the hurricane center said.

Nicole became a hurricane Wednesday evening as it slammed into Grand Bahama Island. It was the first to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019.

For storm-weary Floridians, it is only the third November hurricane to hit their shores since recordkeeping began in 1853. The previous ones were the 1935 Yankee Hurricane and Hurricane Kate in 1985.

Copyright 2022 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

SC small businesses find workarounds as inflation climbs to a 40-year high

With prices rising fast, Christine Kirk’s Washes and Wags started feeling the pinch.The groomers at the Summerville pet grooming shop work on 50 percent commission, and shampooers earn an hourly wage. So when the cost of shampoo more than doubled from $26 to $57 a gallon and material for bandanas jumped by $2 to $4.99 a yard, the small business owner was forced to take action.Kirk tried her best to keep costs down for her loyal customers. She raised nail trimming prices for walk-ins and increased cancellation fees for no-...

With prices rising fast, Christine Kirk’s Washes and Wags started feeling the pinch.

The groomers at the Summerville pet grooming shop work on 50 percent commission, and shampooers earn an hourly wage. So when the cost of shampoo more than doubled from $26 to $57 a gallon and material for bandanas jumped by $2 to $4.99 a yard, the small business owner was forced to take action.

Kirk tried her best to keep costs down for her loyal customers. She raised nail trimming prices for walk-ins and increased cancellation fees for no-shows. But the moves helped only slightly, and there was a time when she thought she would have to close her shop on Bacons Bridge Road for a while.

So far, the demand for services remains high, and her regular clientele has kept the business going through the coronavirus pandemic and the slow economic recovery. But she worries about prices that are still rising and what that will do to her business.

“My profits mostly come from shampooing, and that’s where my costs have almost doubled,” Kirk said.

Owners of small businesses are increasingly pessimistic. The National Federation of Independent Businesses polls its members monthly for its Small Business Optimism Index, which declined for a fourth straight month in April. It is at the lowest level since April 2020 and below the 48-year average of 98 for the third consecutive month.

Of those polled, 32 percent pointed to inflation as their most crucial problem, displacing the labor shortage. That is the biggest share since the last three months of 1980. And small business owners expecting better business conditions over the next six months slipped to the lowest level recorded in the group’s nearly half-century-old survey.

“Small business owners are struggling to deal with inflation pressures,” NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said. “The labor supply is not responding strongly to small businesses’ high wage offers, and the impact of inflation has significantly disrupted business operations.”

Price points

April brought some relief, but not much. After hitting a 41-year high of 8.5 percent in March, the year-over-year inflation rate eased slightly to 8.3 percent last month, the U.S. Commerce Department reported last week.

Some signs in the May 11 report even suggested that inflation might be peaking. For instance, prices rose 0.3 percent from March to April, the smallest gain in eight months. But so-called core prices that exclude the volatile food and fuel category doubled to 0.6 percent over the same period, higher than the 0.4 percent rate that economists had expected.

Food and energy prices remain in flux. Gas prices began to spike again last week, hitting an all-time high of $4.13 on average May 13 for a gallon of regular unleaded in South Carolina.

A recent farm report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture hit home with Julie Boone, the owner of Eggs Up Grill restaurants in Knightsville, Ladson and Moncks Corner. It showed the national average price for a dozen large white eggs is $2.50, up from $1.60 a year ago.

Boone said she sourced eggs locally for her stores that serve breakfast and lunch daily, but the combined effects of the pandemic and inflation on local farmers limited the supply.

She got an assist from the Spartanburg-based parent company, which sells franchises and has more than 50 Eggs Up restaurants and 40 in development across the Southeast. Executives worked with its franchisees to find the best pricing for eggs and other necessities to keep the restaurants stocked.

“Luckily, we have great corporate leadership,” Boone said.

Dave Gugliotti, the owner of a charter boat business based at Charleston City Marina, doesn’t have that kind of safety net. He’s on his own to find solutions for soaring fuel costs.

The diesel Gugliotti needs to fuel Carolina Marine Group’s boats and yacht climbed to another record high of $5.46 a gallon in the Palmetto State on Friday. That’s a difference of $2.50 from a year ago, an 84 percent increase.

Gugliotti said he hadn’t raised prices for harbor cruises and boat tours for fear of pricing himself out of the market.

“We just have to think more about how we do things,” the ship captain said, noting that anchoring and puttering back to shore at lower speeds have helped cut fuel bills.

Like Eggs Up Grill, another problem for his business has been buying supplies.

“Parts are nonexistent because there is no manufacturing. Nothing fazes us anymore. This week you can’t get dark pigment paint,” Gugliotti said. “Next week, it could be batteries.”

He is also having difficulty hiring crew members.

“There is no experienced help. The workforce is just not there,” Gugliotti said.

Pressing issue

But inflation remains the most pressing issue of the moment. A recent Goldman Sachs survey found that 80 percent of small business owners feel the financial health of their companies has suffered because of rising prices over the past six months. Of those, 67 percent have increased wages to retain employees, who are feeling the trickledown effects of inflation at home, and 61 percent have increased wages to attract new help.

Most smaller businesses are not equipped to compete with larger employers that can offer other benefits such as insurance and profit-sharing that draw valuable workers away.

At Washes and Wags, Kirk battles the threat with a personal touch. She pays for employee lunches here and there and does small things to show her appreciation.

But as companies pay more to attract and retain employees and change how they work to soften the blow from inflation, the Federal Reserve is planning several interest rates hikes to rein in rising prices.

The central bank raised its benchmark short-term rate by a half-point this month, double its typical quarter-point hike and the first increase of that size since 2000. For small business owners, that could impose another form of inflation if they rely on lines of credit and other variable-rate loans. Higher rates would make their borrowing costs go up on top of everything else.

The Fed’s move is intended to tamp down inflation by taking money out of the economy through the banking system, said Frank Hefner, director of the College of Charleston’s Office of Economic Analysis. He said companies that use debt financing would be affected, whether big or small. Some will weather the storm better than others.

As for inflation, he said, business owners have to keep “playing catch up.” It will be harder to sell a product at one price as the cost of production increases.

“They have to make hay while the sun is shining to increase revenue,” Hefner said.

The large benefits of a very small berry

A few core beliefs have guided Minde Herbert to build a business that is taking the Lowcountry by storm and giving people a boost towards living more healthfully.Through her company, Sea Island Organics, she is furthering the wisdom that food can heal; that it matters where food comes from and how it’s grown; that it’s easier to stay well than get well; and that when we help each other, we all rise — something especially important in business.Sea Island Organics hand-crafts small-batch elderberry products; chi...

A few core beliefs have guided Minde Herbert to build a business that is taking the Lowcountry by storm and giving people a boost towards living more healthfully.

Through her company, Sea Island Organics, she is furthering the wisdom that food can heal; that it matters where food comes from and how it’s grown; that it’s easier to stay well than get well; and that when we help each other, we all rise — something especially important in business.

Sea Island Organics hand-crafts small-batch elderberry products; chief among them are its elderberry Syrup and elderberry herbal tea blends. It is the first elderberry company in South Carolina to be designated “Certified SC” by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture; its process is distinguished by a Registration Verification Certificate (RCA). Only one other elderberry company in the state has similar credentials.

Minde Herbert has become the familiar face for the business, bringing her products to farmers markets across the local area. On Saturdays, she can be found at the Summerville Farmers Market, dispensing good cheer and useful information about how to use elderberry products. Her products can also be found at Coastal Produce on Cedar Street and Knightsville General Store. Currently, Sea Island Organics offers products in over 40 locations in the Lowcountry area in a variety of places such as specialty farmers markets, food stores, bodegas, neighborhood stores and corner markets. With products found from Awendaw to Edisto, Folly Beach to Summerville, the company continues to grow across the Lowcountry and into out-of-state markets. See the handy store locator on its website: https://seaislandorganics.com/pages/store-locator

Herbert is on a mission to let her customers know that they are buying a beneficial, nutrient-rich food, not a drug or an unregulated supplement. “You use our products like fresh produce, living food,” said Herbert. “It doesn’t sit on the shelf for two years.”

This sets the company apart from other marketers of elderberry products, according to Herbert. Supplements are not regulated in the state of South Carolina. “It is really important to me that I am making a food — a safe, healthy product for children and families to consume,” said Herbert. Depending on the characteristics and factors around a food, manufacturers and crafters have to get approval from either the FDA or DHEC to sell to grocery stores or specialty markets.

“We didn’t want to be regulated by the FDA which is how other elderberry syrups are regulated,” said Herbert. “We know that food heals and we wanted to create a product that helps families stay healthy. We’re regulated by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.” Sea Island Organics products are produced in a DHEC approved kitchen, lab tested by Clemson University and are ServSafe® certified, a food safety program accredited by U.S. Restaurant Association, ANSI, and the Conference for Food Protection.

Sea Island Organics uses six real food ingredients for its products: fresh raw ginger, cloves, raw local honey, Ceylon cinnamon, organic lemon juice, elderberries and Oconee Valley artesian water, directly from the bedrock with no filtering. “You see syrups that have 12 or more ingredients, but I believe less is more,” said Herbert. “We use a simple, traditional recipe.” Their products are made every week; they are sold chilled and need to remain chilled. They will last for four months from the date of creation.

Herbert is critical of companies that use what she calls the ‘dump and boil’ method of processing. “Boiling something to death doesn’t protect or increase the nutrients. You wouldn’t boil your lettuce or kale. We have a very specific cooking and filtering process to preserve as many nutrients as possible.”

Other products offered by the company include seasonal elderberry mulling spices, elderberry powder that can be used in baking or sprinkled on cereal or yogurt, and craft-yourself elderberry syrup kits. “Elderberry for everyone,” said Herbert. “It doesn’t have to be expensive because it’s trendy. If the products aren’t within your budget, buy a kit and make your own.”

Herbert is not allowed by law to make health claims for her products. “We know the fruit has health benefits, but I can’t tell you that my products improve health. I can tell you that there is evidence-based research on my ingredients that says they are beneficial. Nobody’s done research on my syrup, but much is known about the benefits of elderberries. I can talk all day long about those.” Loaded with antioxidants, elderberries are known to offer powerful immune system support that could reduce inflammation, lessen stress, help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms and help protect the heart.

There’s nothing new about the use of elderberry syrup. Many centuries ago, people learned to cook down and sweeten elderberries into simple syrup to access its health benefits. The practice has been revived and is popular today. Sweetening tempers the natural tartness of elderberries.

When asked by potential customers why they can’t just buy elderberries from the grocery store, Herbert explains that they are not to be eaten raw. They are tangy and astringent and just don’t taste very good. Plus, they contain a compound that can cause gastrointestinal problems. The seeds, stems, leaves and roots are considered toxic.

Sea Island Organics obtains its elderberries from small trusted farms that only produce elderberries. The company seeks to buy from local and regional sources as much as possible, according to Herbert. “We’re careful to choose partners that are in line with our integrity and beliefs,” she said. “We seek out growers that are USDA certified organic and practice fair trade. I need to meet the farmer and know the source.”

The small, purplish-black elderberry is not a picky crop. It’s prolific along the highway; scattered in ditches. It grows quickly and is happy with a lot of sun and moisture. It doesn’t have natural pests other than birds, deer or aphids. “The biggest problem is birds,” said Herbert. “They seem to know when they’re ripe before we do.”

Herbert’s background positioned her well to be successful with Sea Island Organics. She has a solid background in public relations and branding and she studied nutrition in college. Recognizing the importance of nutrition for her children, she decided to pursue opportunities in that field. Prompted by the 2008 recession, she started a company to teach people how to live well and affordably organic on a budget. She gave lessons in making elderberry syrup and other products that were typically expensive so people could make them on their own. “Eventually people just wanted to buy my syrup,” said Herbert. “That’s how I became a food producer.”

“I found that I wanted to help other moms and families. It’s really expensive to be sick, nobody wants that. My focus has always been to help people to be well — nutritionally, financially and with businesses,” said Herbert.

Herbert is in the beginning stages of setting up a non-profit to help women establish and grow their businesses and support each other. Her mantra is “We rise together.”

She adds: “When a wholesaler is interested in selling my product, I don’t require delivery fees; I don’t have minimums for sales. We rise together. Share the wealth and we all get rich. We are meant to be on this earth to help each other.”

Living the Life in Summerville: Primate sanctuary is saving thousands of lives

By Casey L. Taylor, JDTucked away near Summerville, SC – the place known as “Flowertown, USA” – is a sanctuary dedicated to gibbons (small apes). It’s a jungle-like wonderland that has lifesaving at the core of its mission.The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) sanctuary is a secret to many locals. It is situated on over 40 acres of land surrounded by lush woods. Neighbors are lucky enough to hear the songs and great calls of these interesting primates throughout the da...

By Casey L. Taylor, JD

Tucked away near Summerville, SC – the place known as “Flowertown, USA” – is a sanctuary dedicated to gibbons (small apes). It’s a jungle-like wonderland that has lifesaving at the core of its mission.

The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) sanctuary is a secret to many locals. It is situated on over 40 acres of land surrounded by lush woods. Neighbors are lucky enough to hear the songs and great calls of these interesting primates throughout the day and night.

The sanctuary is home to 36 gibbons, the smallest of the apes, who have been rescued or retired from laboratories, deplorable “roadside” attractions, or the pet trade. IPPL provides lifetime care to these incredible endangered species and works to educate the community on the plight of gibbons in the wild.

The gibbon residents at the sanctuary have indoor night houses that are hurricane-grade, expansive outdoor habitats, and aerial walkways that give them the choice to safely move about their designated areas as they wish. It is important to the organization that each sanctuary resident is given as much freedom of choice as possible in a captive environment, while keeping them safe. Despite most residents having a rough start to their lives, they thrive at IPPL. They even have some residents nearing the age of 60!

International Outreach

IPPL is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s remaining primates, great and small. For the last 45 years, IPPL has made a global impact by securing an export ban on primates from Thailand (saving thousands and thousands of lives) and working with over 20 reputable primate rescue and rehabilitation centers in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America.

IPPL not only supports their efforts to care for native primates who have been rescued and are in need of rehabilitation or lifetime care, but also to thwart poachers and illegal wildlife traffickers, as well as educate local villages and communities on how they can help be part of the solution in preserving native populations of primates.

Small Team, Big Impact

With a small but mighty team of animal caregivers, maintenance technicians, office staff, and dog nannies, IPPL provides compassionate lifetime care for every resident, which includes nutritious and delicious fresh produce three times a day for the gibbons, as well as veterinary care and enrichment — to stimulate those intelligent minds of theirs!

Forms of enrichment vary from food puzzles that the gibbon must figure out in order to get their healthy treats, to special time with their favorite caregiver. Bubble-blowing is a big hit with some of the gibbons. Tong, who was one of the first four original residents at the sanctuary, loves a good foot rub — what girl doesn’t?

Absolutely nothing beats a life in the wild, but for these residents that is sadly not a reality. The team at IPPL feels that the least they can do is make the rest of these individuals’ lives the happiest and healthiest they can be. From residents used in invasive human vaccination studies and locomotion tests, to those kept in less-than-favorable conditions, IPPL’s sanctuary is a safe and loving place for them to thrive and to live as gibbons should.

Casey L. Taylor, JD is the Executive Director of IPPL.

MORE ABOUT IPPL

The sanctuary is not open to the public as an attraction, but it holds educational events in the community and offers options to visit during special times. Sign up to receive their e-newsletters on their website (www.ippl.org) and be the first to know about opportunities and events.

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