Existing industries are essential partners in the growth and evolution of communities. This latest investment from Westinghouse for its Richland County facility further solidifies the company’s long history in the local area and enhances opportunities for its workers. We celebrate today’s announcement for the company and our friends in Richland County.
PRESS RELEASE: South Carolina Department of Commerce
For Immediate Release
December 15, 2021
Westinghouse expanding operations in Richland County
Company committing $131 million over the next five years toward facility development and environmental safety improvements
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Westinghouse, a leading global supplier of safe and innovative nuclear technology, today announced plans to support and grow operations in Richland County. The company is investing $131 million into the project.
Operating in South Carolina since 1969, the Westinghouse Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility (CFFF) in Hopkins houses fuel manufacturing, product engineering, testing laboratories and fuel marketing and contract administration. Approximately 10% of U.S. electricity comes from nuclear fuel manufactured at CFFF.
Westinghouse’s commitment includes upgrades to equipment and procedures, increasing the company’s capacity and future growth. It will also enhance the facility’s pollution prevention systems and controls. This investment helps expand automation and digitalization, which will improve inspection capabilities and product quality.
The project is expected to be completed by January 2026. Individuals interested in joining the Westinghouse team should visit the company’s careers webpage.
“We believe this investment is a critical element of our long-term growth and risk reduction strategy to better serve and protect our customers, community and employees. We are very grateful for the continued support of Richland County and the state of South Carolina in this effort and throughout our 52-year history in the region.” -Westinghouse VP of Columbia Fuel Operations Michael Annacone
“South Carolina continues to show that we truly are the place to do business, and this $131 million investment is a further testament to that. We’ve worked hard to provide in-state businesses with a highly-trained workforce that meets their demands, and because of that, we are finding success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“Westinghouse has been an integral part of South Carolina’s business community for over 50 years, and we couldn’t be more excited by their continued commitment. This $131 million investment is a big win for Richland County and the entire state.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
"With its more than 50 years and 900 employees here, Westinghouse is a long-standing institution in Richland County's manufacturing landscape. Council is excited to see the company continue its success and growth in our community." -Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Westinghouse is expanding operations in Richland County.
- The company is investing $131 million into the expansion over the next five years.
- Westinghouse is a leading global supplier of safe and innovative nuclear technology.
- Located in Hopkins, S.C.
Individuals interested in joining the Westinghouse team should visit the company’s careers webpage.