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August 28, 2018

Company investing $28 million in solar farm development

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 28, 2018) – Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with a new facility in Orangeburg County. The company is investing $28 million in this latest project, which will be known as Ulmer Solar, LLC.

 

Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.

 

This project follows Southern Current’s $10 million solar facility in Orangeburg County, announced in March 2017.

 

For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.

 

 

QUOTES

“Southern Current’s entire team commends Orangeburg County and its partners on this commitment to harness reliable, cost-effective solar energy for the future. This $28 million investment will produce a substantial amount of clean energy, which is good for the community and the entire state of South Carolina. We’re proud to be part of this important movement.” –Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury

 

“We’re grateful that Southern Current continues to invest in our rural communities and helps provide clean, abundant energy that is vital to the economic prosperity of our entire state.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“The renewable energy market continues to be a major driver of South Carolina’s economy, and today’s announcement in Orangeburg County is proof of that. I congratulate Southern Current on this latest $28 million project and wish them years of continued success.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are grateful for the additional investment that Southern Current is making in Orangeburg County. Our growing partnership creates a positive impact for our citizens by bringing economic and environmental benefits to our county. We wish you much success.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“Congratulations again to our friends in Orangeburg County and to Southern Current on this latest investment. The company’s growing presence signifies just how robust the opportunities are for the alternative energy industry here, and speaks volumes to the collaborative, business-friendly spirit shared among those looking towards S.C. and the Central SC region for a brighter future.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Southern Current is launching new solar operations in Orangeburg County.
  • $28 million of capital investment.
  • Southern Current is a leading owner and developer of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar projects across the southeastern United States.
  • The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
  • For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13.5 billion in capital investment and 69,800 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

August 23, 2018

Professional services firm creating at least 200 jobs in Columbia, S.C.

We congratulate Capgemini, the City of Columbia and Richland County on this announcement. This latest expansion of Capgemini's facility at the BullStreet development strengthens the insurance and information technology (IT) industry in the Central SC region and this state, and speaks to the efforts made to attract modern, knowledge-based companies statewide. 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted more than $12.7 billion in capital investment and 68,600 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the eight counties of Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

 

Media Contact: Carrie Turner, Marketing and Research Coordinator cturner@centralsc.org or 803 403 7315

 


 

S.C. Department of Commerce News Release:

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2018

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. Capgemini, a global consulting and technology firm, today announced it is expanding its operations in Richland County with the opening of an advanced technology and development center. The new center is projected to create at least 200 jobs, with the potential for additional positions in the future.

 

Capgemini’s expanded operations are part of its worldwide, connected network of advanced technology and development centers, where diverse teams of innovators develop and implement new technology and digital experiences.

 

In February 2017, Capgemini acquired Columbia-based insurance and information technology (IT) services firm TCube Solutions, Inc.; and, in December 2017, the company opened a new office in The BullStreet District (BullStreet), which is designed to attract modern, knowledge-based companies.


With this latest investment, Capgemini will expand its footprint in the First Base Building at Spirit Communications Park at BullStreet. The company will hire, train and develop a team of technology experts focused on emerging and advanced technology solutions for a variety of critical clients across  multiple industries. Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and those interested in joining the Capgemini team in Columbia can visit https://www.capgemini.com/us-en/careers/columbia/.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $400,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Richland County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

 

QUOTES

 

“We’re excited to lead the growth of emerging and digital technologies in Columbia and the region. This investment will be a place where our clients and employees will be exposed to a new way of approaching strategy and growth, using emerging technologies that will radically change the way we do business.” –Capgemini Executive Vice President Paul Naquin

 

“Capgemini is a perfect example of the type of innovative companies that are revolutionizing South Carolina’s economy, and we’re proud to welcome these 200 new jobs to Richland County. This announcement is a milestone for the community, and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for Capgemini.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“This is the largest announcement of technology jobs in Columbia in the last decade and was made possible by partnership with Governor McMaster, the S.C. Department of Commerce, the City of Columbia and the developer of The BullStreet District. These jobs will pay 50 percent more than the average hourly earnings in Columbia, and are a testament to the type of workforce we have in South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Capgemini’s decision to locate this state-of-the-art technology center in Richland County is a huge stride in our community’s efforts to create knowledge economy career opportunities and retain talented young people.” –Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson

 

“BullStreet continues to thrive. We’re thrilled to welcome the Capgemini expansion to The BullStreet District. Their creation of 200 new jobs in application and cloud development in the quickly-developing First Base Building confirms that the Spirit Communications Park complex isn’t just a ballpark but a true ‘live, work, play’ destination for a new generation of talented and educated IT leaders.” –Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

 

“From leading-edge research projects to internship and pipeline programs for talented students, the relationship we’re establishing with Capgemini is a great example of how universities and private industries can work together toward a common purpose. These partnerships are also beneficial to the local economy because they help create and retain high-value jobs right here in the Midlands.” –University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

  • Capgemini is expanding operations in Richland County.
  • Creation of at least 200 new jobs.
  • Capgemini is a global consulting and technology firm.
  • The company will be opening an advanced technology and development center in the First Base Building at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, S.C.
  • Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and those interested in joining the Capgemini team can visit https://www.capgemini.com/us-en/careers/columbia/.

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities' State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998
afairwell@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

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August 14, 2018

Company investing approximately $10 million in solar farm development

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 14, 2018) – Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with three new solar facilities in Clarendon County. The company is projected to invest approximately $10 million in these new projects.

 

Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.

 

Two of the projects will be located outside of Summerton, S.C., and the third will be outside of Manning, S.C. In total, the three facilities will generate six megawatts of solar energy. For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.

 

 

QUOTES

“Southern Current is thrilled to make these clean energy investments in Clarendon County. These projects are the culmination of strong partnerships with our landowners, county council, the economic development team and all our consultants. Without their support and teamwork, none of this would be possible.” –Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury

 

“This new $10 million investment in one of our rural counties is further proof of the business-friendly environment we’ve worked hard to build here in South Carolina. We’re excited for what the future will bring not only for Southern Current, but for the entire renewable energy industry in our state.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina continues to attract capital investment from companies of all types, and today’s announcement is proof of the diverse economy that’s been cultivated within our borders. I congratulate Southern Current and look forward to their continued success.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We welcome this clean, sustainable and affordable green energy investment by Southern Current and wish them many years of success.” –Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart

 

“Today’s announcement builds upon the flourishing and innovative alternative energy industry in the Central S.C. region and helps strengthen the diversification of resources available for the growing economy. Congratulations to Southern Current and Clarendon County on taking steps toward a progressive future for all.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Southern Current is launching three new solar projects in Clarendon County.

•           $10 million of capital investment.

•           Southern Current is a leading owner and developer of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar projects across the southeastern United States.

•           The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.

•           For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13.5 billion in capital investment and 69,800 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

May 24, 2018

Company’s first U.S. manufacturing site will create 47 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 24, 2018) – Valagro, a producer of biostimulants and fertilizers for the agriculture industry, is launching its new production operations in Orangeburg County. The company’s $14 million investment is projected to create 47 new, high-skilled jobs.

 

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Valagro is a global leader in the world of biostimulants. The company specializes in the production and marketing of specialty nutrients for use in agricultural production and other industrial applications. Valagro operates through its 12 subsidiaries and owns a commercial network covering more than 80 countries worldwide. Providing innovative and effective solutions for plant nutrition and care, the company’s mission is to increase the quantity and quality of plants and harvested crops while enhancing productivity and reducing environmental impact.

 

Located at 397 Millennium Drive in Orangeburg, S.C., Valagro’s new, 65,000-square-foot Orangeburg County facility is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2019. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

 

For more information on Valagro, visit the company’s website at https://www.valagro.com/en.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of building construction.

 

 

QUOTES

“The construction of this U.S. production facility greatly supports our ability to better serve some of the most strategically-important markets, such as the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This means fully implementing Valagro’s principle of putting the customer in the center; the new facility will allow us to improve our ability to meet customers’ needs by providing them with a wide range of sustainable and effective nutritional solutions.” –Valagro CEO Giuseppe Natale

 

“Today, we celebrate yet another international firm choosing to do business in South Carolina, a further testament to our business-friendly climate and well-trained workforce. I congratulate Valagro and Orangeburg County on this terrific new partnership and look forward to watching it thrive for years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“When a new business comes to South Carolina, it speaks volumes not only about our business climate, but also about our workforce. I am excited to see what the future has in store for Valagro and their new home in Orangeburg County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We welcome Valagro to South Carolina and to Orangeburg County. Valagro is joining one of the state’s top industries, and we’re eager to share our agribusiness-friendly climate with this international company as it builds its new U.S. production facility.” –S.C. Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers

 

“South Carolina Ports Authority welcomes Valagro to our state and looks forward to serving its import needs. The Port plays an important role in the international supply chains of manufacturers across our state, and we look forward to supporting their addition to our growing economy.” –S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

 

“Orangeburg County welcomes Valagro to our community. We are grateful they have chosen Orangeburg County as your first manufacturing facility in the U.S. It is a testament to our skilled workforce, location and pro-business environment. We thank Valagro for their investment in our county and our citizens.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“I join with the Orangeburg City Council in welcoming Valagro, a leader in the production and marketing of biostimulants and specialty nutrients. Their commitment is a positive reflection of our workforce and will provide quality careers for our citizens. By creating these jobs, 47 families will benefit, and our community will continue to prosper. We look forward to working with the company and celebrating its success.” –Orangeburg Mayor Michael C. Butler

 

“We’re delighted that Valagro has selected Orangeburg County for its next facility. The company’s expansion into Orangeburg County is a boon for the local economy and workforce and further confirms South Carolina’s position as a strong competitor in attracting international companies looking to grow their business in the U.S.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Valagro is launching a new production facility in Orangeburg County.

•           $14 million investment to create 47 new jobs.

•           Valagro is a producer of biostimulants and fertilizers for the agriculture industry.

•           Located at 397 Millennium Drive in Orangeburg, S.C., Valagro’s new 65,000-square-foot Orangeburg County facility is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2019.

•           For more information on Valagro, visit the company’s website at https://www.valagro.com/en.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13.3 billion in capital investment and 69,700 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

May 09, 2018

Company investing $5.2 million in assembly line upgrades

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 9, 2018) – Meritor, a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle markets, is expanding its existing operations in Clarendon County. The $5.2 million investment is projected to create 31 new jobs.

 

Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Meritor is a leading global supplier of commercial vehicle systems and solutions for a variety of industries. With a legacy of providing innovative products for more than 100 years, the company serves truck, trailer, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world.

 

Located at 2398 Ram Bay Road in Manning, S.C., Meritor is investing in its existing Clarendon County facility, making upgrades to its assembly lines to improve safety, quality and efficiency to accommodate demand in the commercial vehicle market. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in early summer 2018.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of site preparation and building improvements.

 

 

QUOTES

“As our company continues to grow, we are pleased to make this significant investment in our Manning, S.C. facility. This plant is vital in providing a leading share of the brakes for the commercial vehicle industry in the United States and plays an important role in our global operations network.” –Meritor Senior Vice President Chris Vallavarayan

 

“Today, we celebrate the success of a company that already calls Clarendon County home. Meritor’s decision to expand and create more than 30 new jobs is a testament to the strength of our workforce and our competitive business climate here in South Carolina.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina has emerged as a leader in advanced manufacturing, and our business-friendly climate and trained workforce are responsible for that. Expansions like this one by Meritor underscore our state’s ability to not only make things, but make them well.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We have always felt like Clarendon County was a great place to live, work and play. Today’s announcement solidifies those thoughts, as one of our longest-standing industries chooses to expand right here in the place we call home. We wish them much success.” –Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart

 

“Any time an existing industry expands, it’s a testament to not only our pro-business environment, but also the top-quality, highly-skilled workforce. We welcome Meritor’s expansion with open arms and look forward to many more years of success.” –Clarendon County Development Board Chairman John Tindal

 

“Meritor’s expansion is part of the ever-growing commercial vehicle industry in the region. After two decades of manufacturing in Clarendon County, Meritor continues to add quality manufacturing jobs and investment. We applaud both Meritor and Clarendon County on today’s announcement and their commitment to growth.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Meritor is expanding its existing operations in Clarendon County.
  • $5.2 million investment to create 31 new jobs.
  • Meritor is a leading global supplier of commercial vehicle systems and aftermarket solutions for a variety of industries.
  • Located at 2398 Ram Bay Road in Manning, S.C., Meritor will be upgrading its assembly lines to improve safety, quality and efficiency.
  • Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in early summer 2018.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13.3 billion in capital investment and 69,700 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

April 03, 2018

Manufacturing plant to create approximately 120 new jobs over the next several years

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 3, 2018) – Gov. Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce today announced that Universal Forest Products, a provider of wood and wood-related products, plans to open a manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. Operating as UFP Cameron, LLC, the $6.1 million facility is projected to create more than 120 new jobs over the next several years.

 

UFP Cameron, LLC will be located at 106 Logistics Drive in Cameron, S.C. and is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018. The facility will be dedicated to manufacturing products for the industrial market.

 

Its parent company, Universal Forest Products, Inc., is a nearly $4 billion public company (NASDAQ: UFPI) that was founded in 1955 and supplies the retail, industrial and construction markets. The firm has approximately 130 facilities in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. 

 

Those interested in joining the Universal Forest Products team should visit the company’s careers page online.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Additionally, a $500,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant was also awarded to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

 

 

QUOTES

“We are excited about this opportunity, which has been made possible, in large part, through the assistance and cooperation of the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Orangeburg County Development Commission.” –Universal Forest Products Regional Vice President J.F. Granger

 

“As we continue to work to make South Carolina the best place to do business, we are encouraged by global companies like Universal Forest Products that choose to come here. We’re grateful for this new partnership and look forward to strengthening it in the years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Manufacturing continues to be a source of wealth creation throughout our state. Universal Forest Products’ investment adds to South Carolina’s manufacturing portfolio, and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for this new partnership.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“On behalf of the Orangeburg County Council, we welcome Universal Forest Products to our community. As the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of wood and wood-alternative products, we are grateful to be part of UFP’s continued success. We also want to thank Santee Cooper and Tri-County Electric for their vision in helping us establish a speculative building program at Matthews Industrial Park.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“We congratulate Universal Forest Products on today’s announcement and thank the company for its decision to expand within Orangeburg County. Universal Forest Products’ investment is another valuable addition to the thriving wood and paper manufacturing industry within the region.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Universal Forest Products is opening a new facility, which will operate as UFP Cameron, LLC, in Orangeburg County.
  • $6.1 million investment to create more than 120 new jobs over the next several years.
  • Universal Forest Products manufactures and distributes wood and wood-related products, pressure-treated wood and more.
  • Located at 106 Logistics Drive in Cameron, S.C., the company’s operations are expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Those interested in joining the Universal Forest Products team should visit the company’s careers page online.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13.2 billion in capital investment and 69,600 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

March 08, 2018

Recycling plant expected to create 200 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 8, 2018) –  Ecomelida, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation, today announced plans to locate its first North American operations in Orangeburg County. The $52 million investment is projected to create 200 new jobs.

 

Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation is an importer and recycler of waste paper and plastic. Utilizing creative processes to separate pulp, plastic and aluminum from soft drink cartons and other products, the company’s recycled plastics are used in foam, cast plastic parts and more.

 

Located at 2084 Rowesville Road in Orangeburg, S.C., Ecomelida’s new Orangeburg County facility is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2018. Hiring for the new positions should commence in the third quarter of 2018, and those interested in joining the Ecomelida team should email contact@ecomelida.com.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.

 

QUOTES

 

“Today marks another chapter for our company as we invest in this new Orangeburg County plant. We are thankful for the assistance we have received from the state and county governments and look forward to years of continued success.” –Ecomelida, Inc. Madam Chairman Xi Cheng

 

“We’re excited to welcome Ecomelida to the South Carolina business community. Any time another company chooses to call South Carolina home, it’s a testament to our great workforce and business-friendly environment. The 200 jobs they’re bringing to Orangeburg County will be a tremendous, positive impact to that community.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Foreign direct investment continues to play an important role in supporting South Carolina’s diverse economy. Ecomelida’s new investment in Orangeburg County is a milestone for this community, and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for this innovative company.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are grateful to add another Chinese manufacturing facility to our family of international companies. Orangeburg County has one of the highest concentrations of international companies in the state, and we welcome Ecomelida with open arms. Diversity makes us stronger in culture as well as in products made. The green initiatives of this company and the recycling of waste are major wins for our environment and landfills across the county. We look forward to many years of success.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“We’d like to congratulate Ecomelida, Inc. on announcing its first North American facility. We are excited that the company has selected Orangeburg County for this investment. This new facility will bring many new job opportunities and create additional capacity to reduce landfill waste, while providing environmentally responsible raw materials to manufacturers. We congratulate the company and our partners in Orangeburg County on this announcement.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

“South Carolina Ports Authority congratulates Ecomelida on their new operations in South Carolina. With the Port’s big-ship handling abilities and weekly Asia services, we look forward to serving their export needs.” –S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome


FIVE FAST FACTS

 

  • Ecomelida is launching its first North American operations in Orangeburg County.
  • $52 million investment to create 200 new jobs.
  • Ecomelida is a U.S. subsidiary of Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation, an importer and recycler of waste paper and plastic.
  • The company’s Orangeburg County recycling plant will be located at 2084 Rowesville Road in Orangeburg, S.C.
  • Hiring for the new positions should commence in the third quarter of 2018, and those interested in joining the Ecomelida team should email contact@ecomelida.com.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13 billion in capital investment and 69,500 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

February 28, 2018

Utility-scale solar developer investing $87.9 million in new solar farm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (February 28, 2018) – Eagle Solar Group today announced plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art solar farm in Orangeburg County. The company is investing $87.9 million in the new operations.

 

Eagle Solar Group develops utility-scale solar farms in several U.S. regions, with a specific focus on the Midwest and the Southeast. Designed to generate the equivalent electricity required to power approximately 15,000 homes, this new 75-megawatt (MW) project outside Bowman, S.C. is expected to be complete by late 2020.

 

For more information on Eagle Solar Group, visit www.eaglesolargroup.com.

 

 

QUOTES

“We are excited to be part of the growing solar energy industry in this region, and we appreciate the welcoming and pro-business environment here in Orangeburg County and the State of South Carolina.” –Eagle Solar Group Managing Director of Origination Chris Kellar

 

“South Carolina’s renewable energy industry is thriving, and today’s announcement by Eagle Solar Group is just the latest example of that. This investment proves that our state is an ideal business destination for companies of all types, and by working together to maintain our pro-business environment, we can ensure a future of prosperity in all corners of our state.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina is playing an important role in the alternative energy renaissance, as new, state-of-the-art solar projects continue to come online. This $87.9 million investment by Eagle Solar Group is proof that our economic development efforts are paying off, and we are excited to welcome this innovative company to Team South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Orangeburg County is pleased to continue to establish reliable, clean energy solutions for our residents. We are grateful for the investment of Eagle Solar Group in our county and certainly appreciate the opportunity to share in the benefits of clean, solar power.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“As our business operations and day-to-day lifestyles demand a greater need for alternative energy sources, we’re excited that Eagle Solar Group is announcing this new location. We congratulate Eagle Solar Group and Orangeburg County on today’s announcement.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Eagle Solar Group is planning a new solar farm in Orangeburg County.
  • $87.9 million investment.
  • Eagle Solar Group develops utility-scale solar farms in several U.S. regions, with a specific focus on the Midwest and the Southeast.
  • Projected to come online by late 2020, the 75-MW project will generate the equivalent electricity required to power approximately 15,000 homes.
  • For more information on Eagle Solar Group, visit www.eaglesolargroup.com.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13 billion in capital investment and nearly 69,500 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

February 14, 2018

Solar and wind development company investing $89 million

COLUMBIA, S.C. (February 14, 2018) – Tradewind Energy – one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S. – is launching a new, $89 million solar production facility in Orangeburg County. Known as the Bowman Solar Project, this new facility will complement an existing $85 million solar facility in Orangeburg County, which the company announced in February 2017.

 

Projected to come online by early 2020, the 75-megawatt (MW) project will generate the equivalent electricity required to power 15,000 homes.

 

For more information on Tradewind Energy, visit www.tradewindenergy.com.

 

 

QUOTES

“We are thrilled to partner with Orangeburg County to continue the growth of solar energy. The community has been very welcoming to solar energy, and we appreciate all the work of Orangeburg County and the State of South Carolina for helping create new opportunities for economic development through the Bowman Solar Project.” –Tradewind Energy Senior Development Manager Justin McGeeney

 

“South Carolina is a place where companies of every kind can succeed and grow. The fact that Tradewind Energy has decided to invest $89 million and continues to call our great state home is an important signal to the world that South Carolina is open for business.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina is blazing a trail in the renewable energy generation markets, and this latest investment by Tradewind Energy reinforces that fact. I congratulate this innovative company on further growing their operations in South Carolina and look forward to what the future has in store for Orangeburg County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are committed to working with companies that provide reliable and increasingly cleaner sources of energy, and solar power is becoming a more important part of energy diversity. We are grateful for the continued investment that Tradewind Energy contributes to our county.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“Tradewind Energy’s expansion in Orangeburg is a testament to the value and growth potential of the county. We are excited to welcome another investment by this great company and to support the clean, affordable production of energy within the Central S.C. footprint.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Tradewind Energy is establishing a new solar project in Orangeburg County.
  • This new, $89 million facility will complement an existing $85 million solar facility in Orangeburg County, which the company announced in February 2017.
  • Tradewind Energy is one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S.
  • Projected to come online by early 2020, the 75-MW project will generate the equivalent electricity required to power 15,000 homes.
  • For more information on Tradewind Energy, visit www.tradewindenergy.com.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted nearly $12.9 billion in capital investment and over 69,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

February 06, 2018

Polymer extrusion manufacturer creating 20 new jobs

Zeus Industrial Products expanding its Orangeburg County operations

Polymer extrusion manufacturer creating 20 new jobs

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (February 6, 2018) –  Zeus Industrial Products (Zeus), Inc., a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Orangeburg County. The company's $15.9 million investment in Orangeburg complements a $76 million Calhoun County expansion, which was announced last week. With this project, Zeus is expected to create an additional 20 new jobs in Orangeburg.

 

Founded in 1966, Zeus develops and manufacturers polymer tubing for a variety of industries, including the medical, fluid handling and electrical markets. Zeus works with customers in collaborative relationships to design, engineer and produce fluoropolymer and specialized plastic tubing that delivers the temperature resistance, chemical resistance and high tensile strength demanded by today's applications.

 

Zeus' global headquarters is located at 620 Magnolia Street in Orangeburg, S.C. The company will be adding 64,000 square feet to its existing facility in order to house engineering, equipment and tooling design, parts fabrication, tooling production and machine assembly operations in one centralized engineering center. Initial hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online for more information.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.

 

 

QUOTES

 

“We are truly excited about expanding our presence in Orangeburg. We have been pleased with all of the local and state support that we have received since commencing our Orangeburg operations back in 1982. We remain committed to being a good citizen of the county, meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and, most importantly, providing quality careers for all of our employees in an atmosphere that will allow them to flourish.” -Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. President and CEO John Winarchick

 

“For more than three decades, Zeus has been a tremendous member of the South Carolina business community, and we're proud to see them grow once again. I offer my congratulations and look forward to many more years of success for this innovative company.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Zeus has been a longtime member of Team South Carolina, and I'm excited to see their operations grow once again. Over the last two decades, South Carolina has built an international reputation as a place that not only makes complex products, but makes them well. This announcement is a further testament to that.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are so grateful to have Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. headquartered in Orangeburg County and for their commitment to our residents and community with this most recent expansion. The success and growth of Zeus, both in Orangeburg and statewide, reinforces their sustainability and commitment to their associates. It's indeed a great day in Orangeburg County!” -Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright

 

“We congratulate Zeus on this latest expansion announcement, as well as thank them for the more than 30 years that they've been an invaluable member of the business community. This is an exciting win for Orangeburg County, and we look forward to Zeus' ongoing success in the region.” -Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. is expanding its Orangeburg County operations.
  • $15.9 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
  • This project complements a $76 million Calhoun County expansion, which was announced last week.
  • Located at 620 Magnolia Street in Orangeburg, S.C., the company will be adding 64,000 square feet to house its engineering, equipment design, tooling production and more.
  • Initial hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online for more information.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted nearly $12.9 billion in capital investment and over 69,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

February 02, 2018

Polymer extrusion manufacturer creating more than 350 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (February 2, 2018) –  Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. (Zeus), a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Calhoun County. The company’s $76 million investment is expected to create an additional 350 jobs over the next several years.

 

Founded in 1966, Zeus develops and manufacturers polymer tubing for a variety of industries, including the medical, fluid handling and electrical markets. Zeus works with customers in collaborative relationships to design, engineer and produce fluoropolymer and specialized plastic tubing that delivers the temperature resistance, chemical resistance and high-tensile strength demanded by today’s applications.

 

The expansion will occur approximately two miles from Zeus’ existing Gaston, S.C. facility, located off of I-26 near Exit 119. When completed in 2019, the facility will contain approximately 148,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Hiring for the initial phase of new positions will begin during the first quarter of 2018. Interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online for more information.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $1 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant was also awarded to Calhoun County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.

 

 

QUOTES

“We are truly excited about expanding our presence in Calhoun County. We have been pleased with all of the local and state support that we have received since commencing our Gaston operations back in 1996. We remain committed to being a good citizen of the county, meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and, most importantly, providing quality careers for all of our employees in an atmosphere that will allow them to flourish.” –Zeus Industrial Products President and CEO John Winarchick

 

“Zeus has been a friend to South Carolina for decades, and we’re grateful for the continued commitment they’re showing to our people and the Calhoun County community by investing and creating more than 350 jobs there.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Zeus has been a longtime member of Team South Carolina, and I’m excited to see their operations grow once again. Over the last several decades, South Carolina has built an international reputation as a place that not only makes complex products, but makes them well. This announcement is a further testament to that.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“It is always exciting when a business chooses to invest its dollars into Calhoun County, but when an existing industry with a long-term relationship in our county chooses to expand their operations, it is a cause for celebration. We are thrilled that Zeus’ footprint in Calhoun County will be growing, and we know their future endeavors will be successful. Calhoun County continues to provide low taxes, reasonable regulation and a business-friendly environment, making a fertile field ripe for new investments. We are proud to have Zeus as part of the Calhoun County industrial family!” –Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers Jr.

 

“We congratulate Zeus on this outstanding announcement. Zeus’ decision to construct another facility in Calhoun County will provide hundreds of local workers with top-notch employment while expanding the visibility of a much-admired brand. Zeus’ continued growth and success in the region is something we look forward to celebrating for many years to come.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Zeus Industrial Products is expanding its Calhoun County operations.
  • $76 million investment to create more than 350 new jobs.
  • Zeus Industrial Products is a developer and manufacturer of fluoropolymer tubing for a variety of industries.
  • When completed in late 2019, the facility will contain approximately 148,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
  • Hiring for the initial phase of new positions should begin in the first quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online for more information.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted nearly $12.9 billion in capital investment and over 69,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

January 10, 2018

Manufacturer creating 28 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 10, 2018) –  Tree Brand Packaging, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pallets, skids and specialty crating, is launching its new operations in Orangeburg County. With a capital investment of $1.3 million, the company is projected to create 28 new jobs.

 

Tree Brand Packaging is a family-owned manufacturer and custom services provider operating in the southeastern U.S. Providing a variety of custom pallets, skids, crates, packaging and more, the company brings more than 20 years of packaging experience and service expertise to design and deliver cost-effective packaging solutions.

 

Located at 825 Bunch Ford Road in Holly Hill, S.C., the company’s operations are already coming online. For more information on Tree Brand Packaging, visit the company’s website.

 

 

QUOTES

“Being closer to our customers in South Carolina is an important part of our strategic growth. In addition to customers, South Carolina offers a healthy and robust forest sector that is an important part of our growth strategy. We are excited to be manufacturing in South Carolina, a great place to live and work.” –Tree Brand Packaging President Chris Helms

 

“South Carolina is full of talented people, and that’s why we know a company like Tree Brand Packaging can succeed here. This is the beginning of what we know will be a long partnership between our state and this fantastic company.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina continues to see its manufacturing and forestry sectors grow and create jobs. Tree Brand Packaging’s new investment builds on our state’s success in those sectors and strengthens our global reputation. I congratulate Orangeburg County on this tremendous news, and we look forward to what the future has in store for this community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Orangeburg County welcomes Tree Brand Packaging to eastern Orangeburg as another solid employer to our community. We are grateful of their investment in our growing community and our residents. This is another great win for Orangeburg County!” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright

 

“As a member of the Orangeburg County Development Commission’s Executive Committee, we are excited to welcome Tree Brand Packaging to Holly Hill and look forward to having them join our community. We are strengthened by the capital investment and increase in opportunities for quality new jobs that a project like this brings to the greater Holly Hill area. We look forward to working with the company in the years to come.” –Mayor of Holly Hill William R. Johnson

 

“We extend a warm welcome to Tree Brand Packaging as the company announces its first South Carolina facility. This location in Orangeburg County will help strengthen the wood and paper packaging manufacturing industry locally, and supply the ever-increasing demand for shipping supplies for manufacturers and distributors.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

“Tree Brand Packaging’s expansion into the Palmetto State reflects its confidence in our state’s healthy, abundant and resilient forest resource. The company is joining a very strong network of more than 700 secondary forest product manufacturers in South Carolina, each one strengthening the supply chain that supports our state’s $20 billion forest products industry.” –S.C. State Forester Scott Phillips

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Tree Brand Packaging, Inc. is launching its new operations in Orangeburg County.
  • $1.3 million investment to create 28 new jobs.
  • Tree Brand Packaging is a manufacturer and provider of wood pallets, crating and other packaging solutions.
  • The company’s new operations will be located at 825 Bunch Ford Road in Holly Hill, S.C.
  • For more information on Tree Brand Packaging, visit the company’s website.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted nearly $12.9 billion in capital investment and 69,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

January 03, 2018

New facility to produce larger boats and generate 100 new jobs

We’re excited to start off this new year with an expansion announcement. Congratulations to Tidewater Boats on plans for a new satellite location in Lexington County. We wish the company decades more of success.

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted more than $12.8 billion in capital investment and 68,900 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the eight counties of Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

 

Media Contact: Carrie Turner, Marketing and Research Coordinator cturner@centralsc.org or 803 403 7315

 


 

S.C. Department of Commerce News Release:

For Immediate Release

January 3, 2018

 

Tidewater Boats growing its Lexington County operations

New facility to produce larger boats and generate 100 new jobs

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tidewater Boats, a designer and manufacturer of premier saltwater boats, is growing its Lexington County operations. To accommodate the production of larger models, the company is investing $8.3 million and creating 100 new jobs.

 

Founded in 2006, Tidewater Boats uses state-of-the-art marine craftsmanship to design and build some of the most popular saltwater boats in the industry. The company has grown from a modest five models 10 years ago to 24 models today. Boat sizes range from 17 to 32 feet, with more models currently in the design process. Tidewater Boats accommodates a variety of customers by offering plush amenities for the whole family and the tools for the serious fisherman.

 

The company will be constructing a new satellite facility at 1 Brickyard Road in Lexington, S.C. to produce its larger models. The site will allow for more modernized, streamlined production, while also freeing up space at Tidewater's original facility to expand production. 

 

For more information on Tidewater Boats, visit the company's website.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.

 

QUOTES

“Our mission is to build a boat that is of great value and worthy of proud ownership. We accomplish this by utilizing historically-skilled South Carolina craftsmen, the most advanced composite materials available and a classic, distinctive design that sets us apart from our competition. We are thankful to be able to keep our facility in the Midlands of South Carolina where government officials are working hard to give us the best resources available to aid in growth and add jobs. Because of our team's commitment to excellence, we make it possible to deliver a unique boating dream.” -Tidewater Boats General Manager Chris Martin

 

“Tidewater Boats is a South Carolina company through and through - and one that the people of our state should be proud of. Today, we celebrate this great company's continued success in Lexington County and look forward to the many years of prosperity we know are in its future.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina continues to build a reputation for itself as a state that not only makes things but makes them well. With today's announcement by Tidewater Boats, the company is sending a message to the world that South Carolina has everything they need to continue making their state-of-the-art products.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“This expansion of Tidewater Boats' operations bolsters the fact that Lexington County and the Midlands are a formidable area for economic foundation, development and growth. We are very excited that this thriving company will add even more jobs to our area, and that this expansion will help forge a path forward for other companies who are looking to locate to a rapidly-growing area with a highly-motivated workforce.” -Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Tidewater Boats is growing its Lexington County operations.
  • $8.3 million investment to create 100 new jobs.
  • Tidewater Boats is a designer and manufacturer of some of the most popular saltwater boats in the industry.
  • The company will be constructing a new satellite facility at 1 Brickyard Road in Lexington, S.C. to produce its larger models.
  • For more information on Tidewater Boats, visit the company's website

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, South Carolina has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

Media Contact:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR

Director of Marketing and Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998

afairwell@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 

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December 18, 2017

75-megawatt facility to bring $115 million investment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 18, 2017) –  Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, today announced a new $115 million solar project in Orangeburg County. The new 75-megawatt facility is expected to be placed into service by 2019.

 

With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. The company has an established track record of developing and constructing solar projects throughout South Carolina. 

 

For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com.

 

 

QUOTES

“Cypress Creek is committed to helping grow the economies of local communities by providing renewable energy for homes and businesses. Clean energy is an important strategy toward building energy independence in the United States and we appreciate all the work of our utility partners, Orangeburg County and the State of South Carolina for making Project Huntley a reality.” –Cypress Creek Renewables Executive Vice President of Operations Jaime Carlson

 

“Any time a company invests in South Carolina, it’s a sign of the state’s strong economy. But when a company from a new and innovative industry like solar decides to do business here, it shows that we have the tools in place to maintain and grow our economy in the long run. We’re grateful for Cypress Creek Renewables’ continued investment in South Carolina, and we’re excited for what the future holds for this partnership.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“The growing renewable energy market in South Carolina continues to revolutionize our economy. Cypress Creek Renewables has become a dependable member of Team South Carolina, and we congratulate them on this new $115 million investment.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to Bowman. It is indeed a great day in Orangeburg County and we welcome sustainable energy to our county. Thank you for your investment in our community. We are grateful.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“Congratulations to Cypress Creek Renewables, Orangeburg County and all the participating partners on this latest announcement. The company’s continued investment within the Central SC region in recent years is providing a surge in alternative energy resources for local industry.” –Central S.C. Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Cypress Creek Renewables is constructing a new solar plant in Orangeburg County.
  • 115 million capital investment.
  • New 75-megawatt facility expected to be placed into service in 2019.
  • Cypress Creek Renewables specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects.
  • For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit the company’s website.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted more than $12.7 billion in capital investment and 68,700 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

December 07, 2017

HVAC manufacturer creating 100 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 7, 2017) –  Allied Air Enterprises, a manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions, has committed to investing approximately $10 million at its existing Orangeburg County manufacturing facility over the next five years. This new capital investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.

 

Allied Air is a component of Lennox International, Inc. (NYSE: LII), a global leader in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration markets.  Allied Air brings together the collective strengths of six comfort brands – Armstrong Air™, AirEase™, Concord™, Ducane™, Allied Commercial and Magic-Pak™). The company is headquartered in West Columbia, S.C., with its flagship manufacturing plant located in Orangeburg, S.C.

 

Located at 355 Millennium Drive in Orangeburg, S.C., the company’s Orangeburg County plant produces complete HVAC units, along with replacement parts, for both residential and commercial HVAC products. With this new investment, the company will employ an additional 100 new employees by the end of 2018.

 

 

QUOTES

 

“Our commitment to invest in our Orangeburg facility is a direct result of the hard work and efforts of our local team members at the plant. We have become a part of the local community over the last 16 years and look forward to a successful partnership for many years to come.” – Allied Air Enterprises Director of Human Resources Baxter Krutsch

 

“The fact that a company like Allied Air Enterprises continues to grow its operations in Orangeburg County shows that South Carolina is open for business. These 100 new jobs will make a big difference in the community, and we’re grateful for this terrific company’s commitment to our state.” – Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“It’s always an inspiration to see one of South Carolina’s existing industries succeed. I’m proud to congratulate Allied Air Enterprises and look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow and thrive here.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We’re truly grateful for Allied Air in our community.  Lennox has been a great partner in our community and we appreciate the local leadership.  Currently Allied Air represents over 900,000 sq. ft. of space in our County and we welcome the additional jobs and capital investment.  What a wonderful Christmas present for many families.” – Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“We are excited to celebrate Allied Air’s latest expansion in Orangeburg County. With nearly two decades in the community, Allied Air has been a valuable contributor to the manufacturing industry and its workers. We look forward to seeing the progress of their ongoing growth in the Central SC region.” – Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Allied Air Enterprises is investing in its Orangeburg County manufacturing facility.
  • $10 million investment to create 100 new jobs.
  • Allied Air Enterprises is a manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions and equipment.
  • The company’s plant is located at 355 Millennium Drive in Orangeburg, S.C.
  • For more information on Allied Air Enterprises, visit the company’s website at www.alliedair.com

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted more than $12.7 billion in capital investment and 68,600 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

December 06, 2017

Company adding 125 new employees by June 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 6, 2017) –  Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nephron), a manufacturer of sterile inhalation and 503B outsourcing medications, today announced a $12.5 million expansion to add 36,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The new investment is expected to create 125 new jobs.

 

In October 2011, the company announced a $313 million facility would be constructed in West Columbia, and 600 employees would be hired by 2017. To date, Nephron has invested more than $320 million, and currently, 640 people are employed. After 20 years in Orlando, Fla., Nephron relocated its headquarters to South Carolina.

 

This expansion is a result of tremendous growth in both the Nephron 503B Outsourcing Division, and the existing respiratory therapy drug portfolio. The Outsourcing Division of Nephron is arguably the fastest growing 503B facility in America. 30 new products have been developed in 2017 in an effort to solve the nationwide drug shortage crisis.

 

 

QUOTES

“The improvement of the facility will help us meet our commitment to solve the critical problem of drug supply shortages impacting healthcare in the United States.” –Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation CEO Lou Kennedy

 

“Nephron’s commitment to growing and expanding its operations in West Columbia and investing in South Carolinians is something we are extremely grateful for. We congratulate this fantastic company on the success it’s found here, and look forward to seeing it continue for many years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Nephron has been a longtime member of Team South Carolina, and we congratulate this great company on today’s announcement. South Carolina continues to blaze a trail in the life science industries, and announcements like this one are a further testament to that.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Nephron Pharmaceuticals has been an excellent job provider and bastion of economic prosperity for Lexington County. Their new expansion is exciting and encouraging, as it means their good work will continue to produce positive results for people in our state, as well as nationwide.” –Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum

 

“We congratulate our friends at Nephron Pharmaceuticals on today’s announced expansion. We are proud to have the company among our flourishing industries in the Central S.C. region. Nephron’s continued growth within Lexington County speaks to the company’s dedication and commitment to the area and the future of South Carolina.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation is expanding its Lexington County facility.
  • $12.5 million investment to create 125 new jobs.
  • Headquartered in West Columbia, S.C., Nephron is a manufacturer of sterile inhalation and 503B outsourcing medications.
  • This expansion will add 36,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
  • For more information on Nephron, visit www.nephronpharm.com.

 

 

About Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Nephron is a woman-owned, private manufacturer of generic respiratory medications, ophthalmic, injectable drugs, and sterile compounded outsourcing medications. The company has been inspected by the Food and Drug Administration as a sterile manufacturer of generic respiratory medications, and 503B outsourcing products to provide sterility and quality, across their portfolio. Nephron received an honorable mention as the 2017 Facility of the Year Award (FOYA) by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.  All products are proudly made in the USA! For more information, please visit www.nephronpharm.com

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted more than $12.7 billion in capital investment and 68,600 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

November 30, 2017

$10 million investment to expand operations

We congratulate The Ritedose Corp and Richland County on this announcement. This latest expansion of TRC’s facility in the county further strengthens the pharmaceutical industry in the Central SC region and this state, and speaks to the efforts made statewide in supporting existing industries. 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted more than $12.7 billion in capital investment and 68,600 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the eight counties of Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

 

Media Contact: Carrie Turner, Marketing and Research Coordinator cturner@centralsc.org or 803 403 7315

 


S.C. Department of Commerce News Release:

For Immediate Release

November 30, 2017

 

Ritedose Corporation to construct new Richland County facility

$10 million investment to expand operations

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Ritedose Corporation, a pharmaceutical products manufacturer, is once again expanding its Richland County operations with a $10 million investment.

 

Ritedose, which specializes in the production of inhalation products, eye drops, ear drops and oral liquids, has operated at Carolina Research Park for more than 20 years. In 2014, it expanded its operations and now plans to do so again with a new 140,000-square-foot facility at the Enterprise Industrial Campus of Midlands Technical College. Owned by the college, the business park is a 150-acre property off Powell Road in northeast Columbia, S.C.

 

For more information on The Ritedose Corporation, visit www.ritedose.com.

 

QUOTES

 

“This new facility represents the Ritedose Corporation's continued commitment to Richland County, and is indicative of the company's mission of maintaining our position as a global market leader.” -Ritedose President and CEO Umesh Dalvi

 

“To see a company like Ritedose choose to continue investing in our state is an important sign to the business community around the world that South Carolina is the place to be. We look forward to seeing the new heights the relationship between our state and this company will reach in the years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“We're excited to see the continued success of our state's thriving life sciences industry. I offer my congratulations to Ritedose Corporation on this tremendous achievement and look forward to supporting them as they grow and prosper in our state.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“The Ritedose Corporation's decision to invest in Richland County is further evidence of the attributes of doing business in our community.” -Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson

 

“Economic development and workforce development are the cornerstone of our mission at Midlands Technical College, and we are happy to partner with The Ritedose Corporation as they expand on our Enterprise Campus.” -Midlands Technical College President Dr. Ron Rhames

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Ritedose Corporation is constructing a new Richland County facility.
  • $10 million investment.
  • Ritedose is a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products.
  • The company will be constructing a new 140,000-square-foot facility at Midlands Technical College's Enterprise Industrial Campus off Powell Road in Columbia, S.C.
  • For more information on The Ritedose Corporation, visit www.ritedose.com. 

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, South Carolina has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

Media Contact:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR

Director of Marketing and Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998

afairwell@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 

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S.C. Department of Commerce

SCcommerce.com

(803) 737-0400

marketing@sccommerce.com

1201 Main Street, Suite 1600

Columbia SC 29201

November 01, 2017

Company to invest $3 million, create 10 new jobs

Newberry, S.C. – Trucast LLC., a manufacturer of components for automotive engines and power generation, announced today it will be expanding its Newberry operations, investing $3 million and creating 10 new jobs over the next few years.

Part of the United Kingdom-headquartered Doncasters Group, Trucast was the first industry in Newberry County Industrial Park, launching its operations in 1996. The company supplies well known auto manufacturers such as Borg Warner, Cummins and Honeywell and ships its locally-made product worldwide.

Chris Pritchard, Divisional Managing Director of the Doncasters Turbocharger Components Division, has longstanding ties to the Newberry facility, relocating to South Carolina in 1996, with his family from Derby, U.K., to project manage the new plant build and opening. 

“I was on the original team that chose Newberry County more than 20 years ago, and we have never regretted that decision. This investment is a sign of the continued confidence Doncasters has in the facility we have here in Newberry and gives us the means to better serve our customers, strengthening our future in this community,” Pritchard said. “Our strong relationship with the community and our committed local workforce have been key factors in the long-term success of Trucast.”

Henry H. Livingston, III, chairman of Newberry County Council, said he takes a special pride in local expansions.

“The new announcements get all the attention, but when an established company like Trucast decides to expand, I take that as a vote of confidence in our community and our workforce,” Livingston said. “We welcome this continued investment, and we’re delighted Trucast chose us once again.”

“We congratulate the team at Trucast and our partners in Newberry County on this latest success.   The company’s dedication to manufacturing in Newberry County is truly appreciated, and we are excited to see them continue to grow,” said Mike Brenan, chairman of the Central SC Alliance.

Trucast’s Pritchard said the expansion will commence immediately, with equipment being added over the next several years. Trucast will also begin hiring for the new jobs immediately at the Newberry facility.

 

 

About Trucast

Doncasters Trucast LLC.  is based in Newberry, South Carolina, USA and is a part of the Doncasters Turbocharger Components Division. From its state-of-the-art 50,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, Doncasters Trucast LLC, specializes in the manufacture of hot-end turbocharger wheels for demanding applications in the automotive and power generation industries. The site has the capacity to produce over 1.5 million hot-end wheels per annum and boasts a number of industry certifications including: ISO 9001:2008 — Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2004 — Environmental System, 18001:2007 — Health & Safety System, ANSI/AIHA Z10:2005 — Health & Safety System and Level 2 FPI.

 

About Doncasters Group

The Doncasters Group is a leading international manufacturer of high-precision alloy components which are designed to operate in the most demanding of conditions.

With over 240 years of experience, this fast-moving group is constantly developing its broad range of products and processes to best serve the aerospace, industrial gas turbine, automotive, petrochemical, construction, industrial and transportation markets. Core areas of expertise include precision casting, forging, fabrication, machining and the production of superalloys and fasteners.

 

For further information please contact (UK office hours):

Mike Lawrence, Corporate Communications Manager, Doncasters Group

Tel: +44 1332 864900        Cell: +44 7815 923 243     Email: MLawrence@doncasters.com

More information and latest jobs can be found at www.doncasters.com

October 19, 2017

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PROSPERITY, S.C. (October 19, 2017) - MM Technics, an American subsidiary of Muhr Metalltechnick, Gmbh + Co. KG, celebrated the grand opening of its first North American facility on October 19, 2017. The facility, located in Newberry County, is a metal stamping facility for the automotive industry, including parts for BMW. 

(click to read the 2016 announcement)

October 09, 2017

$15 million investment to increase production of fiber cable

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 9, 2017) –  Prysmian Group, a world leader in the telecom cables and systems industry, today announced a planned expansion of the company’s North American headquarters in Lexington County. The expansion will exceed $15 million of capital investment and is projected to create 30 jobs over the next five years.

 

In May 2017, Prysmian Group, which employs approximately 20,000 people across 50 countries worldwide, announced plans to make significant investments throughout North America. The investments will allow the company to execute a three-year, $300 million contract to aid Verizon in the development of its 5G and new broadband networks. Under this agreement, Prysmian Group will supply nearly 11 million miles of ribbon and loose tube cables.

 

The Lexington County expansion is part of that North American investment and, once completed, will make the facility Prysmian’s top producer of fiber cable in the world. This project complements two additional South Carolina investments, which the company announced earlier this year.

 

In July, Prysmian announced a $14 million investment in its Abbeville facility to fulfill future renewable energy projects. In August, the company broke ground on a new research and development center expansion in Lexington, bringing additional industry experts from around the world to South Carolina.

 

For more information on the Prysmian Group, visit the company’s website.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

 

 

QUOTES

“Over the years, the manufacturing industry has grown dramatically throughout the State of South Carolina, creating a unique ecosystem in our region that attracts top-tier talent. As a global leader in innovation, Prysmian Group plans to continue investing in the talent and manufacturing opportunities in South Carolina and beyond.” –Prysmian Group North America CEO Hakan Ozmen

 

“Prysmian continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the State of South Carolina, and we couldn’t be more proud to see them thriving here. By announcing their third expansion this year, this company is making a statement that our workforce, infrastructure and pro-business environment are ‘Just right.’” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina offers businesses a strong foundation on which to build success, and Prysmian Group’s decision to further expand their operations here is another indication of that fact. We are proud of the partnership that the State of South Carolina has cultivated with this great company.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are delighted by Prysmian’s commitment to the further expansion of their operations in Lexington County. With the addition of 30 new employees as the result of this expansion, Prysmian is nearing the 400-employee level here and we are eternally grateful.” –Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum

 

“The expansion of Prysmian Group’s Lexington County headquarters’ affirms the company’s vested interest in the county and in the state. Congratulations to Prysmian, and we look forward to their continued success in the future.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Prysmian Group North America is expanding its Lexington County operations.
  • More than $15 million investment and the creation of 30 new jobs over the next five years.
  • Prysmian Group is a world leader in the telecom cables and systems industry.
  • This Lexington County expansion will support the company’s $300 million agreement with Verizon Communications.
  • For more information on Prysmian Group, visit the company’s website.

 

 

About Prysmian Group

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry with global headquarters in Milan, Italy, and North America headquarters in Lexington, S.C., is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offer a wide range of products, services and technologies. They operate in the business of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, special cables for applications in numerous industries, and in medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, Prysmian Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video, and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fiber, optical and copper cables, and connectivity systems. Prysmian Group is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index. For sales inquiries, contact energy.cables.na@prysmian.com. For more information, visit http://na.prysmiangroup.com.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted nearly $12.7 billion in capital investment and 68,500 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

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