$20M, 600 new jobs: President Biden talks economy, jobs at Flex LTD in West Columbia

July 6, 2023

COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Joe Biden touted his economic policies at a visit at plant in West Columbia Thursday.

Biden spoke at Flex LTD, a company he says is benefitting from those policies. It's located a short distance away from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, where Biden arrived around 11:45 a.m.

Biden toured the facility before his speech.

Biden began his speech thanking Rep. James Clyburn for his support over the years and said that it was great to be back in South Carolina. He also thanked the management of Flex before going into his talk about his Investment in America program.

Biden said Flex will partner with Enphase Energy to manufacture microinverters used for solar panels. Enphase will invest approximately $60 million in capital investments nationwide and create 1800 jobs with this partnership. That investment would be $20 million in South Carolina and the potential for 600 new jobs between Enphase and Flex. Biden announced Midlands Technical College will be working with Flex to train workers to fill the positions created by the Enphase/Flex partnership.

According to its website, Flex LTD delivers technology innovation, supply chain leadership, and manufacturing solutions and services worldwide to diverse industries and end markets.

Biden also touted other investments in South Carolina -- most were investments in clean energy solutions such as lithium batteries, electric vehicles, and solar power. The president told the audience that money and progress of Bidenomics in local communities can be tracked online at invest.gov.

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