A Personal Note From The Editor

After a long career as a professional writer I am now writing simply for pleasure and so it’s time to change up my website. No longer necessary as a conduit for future business, I’ll now be writing for me, and hopefully you, to enjoy.

In over 25 years of writing professionally I have had the great honor of meeting and writing about amazing people, their homes and their lives. From Helen Paul, Miss South Carolina 1937 to Renato Moncini, the First Artist of Space, to being offered, and turning down said offer, to be pepper sprayed when I spent the day with United States Border Patrol training instructor, Paul Thauer, the last 25 years have been phenomenal.

Now along with some of my past print articles this site will also include recipes, rants, reviews and the occasional philosophical musing.  Thanks to all of you who follow and have reached out with comments. I hope you enjoy the new path leeanncarter.net will be taking.





www.EastCooperBuilders.com Will Make Your Life Easier

Published in Realtors’ Who’s Who East of the Cooper 2002 issue and the East Cooper Newcomers Directory 2003 Spring/Fall Edition¬†

Whether you’re moving to the Lowcountry from another state and building your dream home, remodeling the family homestead or updating your office decor, http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com can help make the job easier.

Full of comprehensive information, with links to local architects, builders and home decorating companies, http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com is easy to navigate and offers all the resources necessary for designing, constructing and furnishing your home or business.

Are you unsure how to selected the right architect? http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com offers a list of Coastal Carolina architects and a handy guide containing useful questions and facts to help you choose the architect best suited for your project.

Information about the Top 10 Coastal Carolina Builders is available at http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com. Each builder profile includes a brief bio, diagrams of the builder’s number one selling floor plan, contact information. and a link to the company website. From the comfort of your own home or office, you can discover who is tops in the Charleston new home construction market and see how their company philosophy translates into outstanding customer satisfaction for you.

Do you need help choosing colors or fabrics, or do you simply want some up-to-date decorating tips? Check out the Inner Beauty section which includes new product information and helpful hints on transforming your home into a true reflection of your life. From lighting to home furnishings, to gardening tools and plants, to decorative door hardware, the Inner Beauty section lists Charleston area companies ready to assist clients with all their home and business decorating needs.

As http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com, you will also find a complete relocation package featuring local maps, a copy of the latest Carolina Homes & Interiors magazine and information from some of the area’s leading builders.

Do you have a golfer in the family? http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com has an extensive directory of golf courses located East of the Cooper as well as throughout Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head. You will also find interesting articles on golf legends Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and others.

For up-to-the-minute weather information on Charleston, simply bookmark http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com, where you will find Lowcountry weather forecasts in addition to tidal charts and breaking weather bulletins.

At http://www.eastcooperbuilders.com, you also can access a plethora of exciting links to other coastal South Carolina communities and retirement villages, real estate and lodging information and an offer for a free issue of Carolina Homes & Interiors magazine.

Port Charleston Magazine Quoizel Lighting & Home Furnishings Illuminating Success

Published September, 2001

In 1994 when Quoizel Lighting and Home Furnishings was rapidly outgrowing its New York/New Jersey facilities, the only additional land available for expansion near their Long Island plant was five acres, on the market for more than $1 million. While neither New York officials nor the local utilities made much of an effort to retain Quoizel’s business, economic developers in both South Carolina and Georgia welcomed Ira Phillips, Quoizel’s CEO and owner, with open arms.

Goose Creek won out over Savannah, and Phillips took the offer of 63 acres for $900,000-roughly $15,000 an acre. Incentives offered by the state and Berkeley County included 15-year state and local tax abatements and free training for workers hired who had been on welfare or displaced from other jobs. The area was then designated a foreign trade zone by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, which enabled Quoizel to import parts from overseas duty free.

The perks didn’t end there. Not only were utility rates a third of those in Long Island, but the cost of transporting a shipping container from port to warehouse was $50, compared to $350 in New York.

Construction started in 1995 on the 300,000 square foot, $10 million state-of-the-art facility. In 1999 an additional 200,000 square feet was completed.

Quoizel made national headlines in 1996 when they relocated not only upper management and supervisors but also nearly 75% of the factory workers as well.

While the move cost Quoizel more than 41 million, the novel approach seemed to have worked. Whereas statistics show that most factories struggle during the first year of a major relocation, Quoizel ended 1996 with a 20% increase in revenue. By transferring experienced production employees and going the extra mile to help them relocate, Quoizel benefited in several ways. By transferring experienced workers, new line employees were able to receive hands-on training, so downtime before inventory could be shipped was minimal. Along with lump sums paid for moving costs, Quoizel negotiated special deals with movers and even gave employees new washers and dryers. The company’s generosity also helped boost employee loyalty.

With a straightforward operating philosophy-“deliver value and apply that principle to every phase of the business”-Quoizel offers a full product line of more than 2,000 items, including wall fixtures, table and floor lamps, as well as one of the industry’s largest selections of Tiffany-styled pieces. The company’s designers stay on the cutting edge of trends in residential architecture and interior design. In 1998 Quoizel introduced it’s furniture line and last year debuted Lenox Lighting, a lighting collection in conjunction with Lenox China.

Quoizel has more than 2,000 retail distributors, the majority located within the United States. Approximately 10% of Quoizel’s annual sales are foreign generated, primarily from Canada and South America. International business consists mainly of importing finished goods from Asia, The Philippines, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France and Italy. Approximately 80% of everything shipped into the Goose Creek facility is foreign-made, with China the main producer of almost 90% of all Quoizel imports.

Because transportation plays a major role in Quoizel’s success, Operations Manager Ed Clark applauds both Atlantic Trucking Company and Evergreen America Shipping. “Both companies are very ‘user-friendly’ and run like clockwork,” Clark says. “Quoizel uses the Port of Charleston exclusively because of one work: Location. Their proximity to our plant makes scheduling of shipments a one-step process, and Atlantic Trucking is able to give us a turn-around time of 20-30 minutes, which also simplifies the operation. My hat is off not only to the Ports Authority but to Evergreen and Atlantic as well.”

With revenues exceeding $82 million in 2000, Quoizel has proven that combining a quality-based management philosophy with cutting-edge technology and the ability to track current market cycles can produce illuminated success.