State and local officials and community business leaders gathered at the state house's south side steps to witness the historic official signing ceremony of the Scout Motors Inc. Project Development Agreement.
Governor McMaster, along with Scout President & CEO Scott Keogh, Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey, Richland County Council Chairman Overture Walker, and City of Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, all signed the agreement after the state house and senate jointly approved the House Bill 3604 or 'Scout bill' earlier Monday morning.
The new development will be the most significant economic investment in the state's history and has the potential to create 4,000 or more permanent jobs and produce more than 200,000 all-electric Scout SUVs and pick-up trucks per year. Governor McMaster said Blythewood was one of 74 locations considered and added that what made South Carolina stand out was how everything was in place and ready to go, which helped expeditiously finalize the process in roughly 60 days. He added that the quick turnaround shows that 'South Carolina is open for business.'
"One of the biggest companies in the world has chosen us that shows the strength of our people, and what that will mean is not only for jobs and happiness in careers in the Midlands but all across the state. Also, it will be yet another signal to those other companies looking for a place to invest that this is the place to do it."
Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey said the success from the BMW site located Upstate shows how impactful Scout will be across the Midlands.