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May 22, 2019

Utility-scale solar developer investing $80 million in 73-megawatt solar farm

This is an exciting opportunity to expand the supply of renewable energy in the local area. Thank you Eastover Solar for selecting Richland County as your next destination for installation, and congratulations to our friends and partners in the County who worked to bring this project to life.

 

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 $14 billion in capital investment and over 71,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the 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.

 


 

S.C. Department of Commerce News Release:

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2019

  

Eastover Solar launching Richland County solar project

Utility-scale solar developer investing $80 million in 73-megawatt solar farm

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Eastover Solar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Energy, an experienced utility-scale solar project developer, today announced plans to construct a new solar farm in Richland County. The company is investing $80 million in the project.

 

Designed to generate the equivalent electricity required to power approximately 18,000 homes, this new 73-megawatt solar project will be located on a 740-acre site outside of Eastover, S.C. Expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2021, this solar farm will sell the electricity it produces to Dominion Energy.

 

QUOTES

“Community Energy is proud to play a leading role in bringing economic solar power to South Carolina's energy mix. Our Eastover Solar project represents the ideal combination of the latest solar technology, an optimum project site, and key support from Richland County and the State of South Carolina. This project proves that innovative and collaborative solar development can lead to low-cost renewable energy with broad economic benefits.” -CEO of Community Energy Brent Alderfer

 

“South Carolina's renewable energy industry is thriving, and today's announcement by Eastover Solar 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 $80 million investment by Eastover Solar 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

 

“We are delighted that Community Energy selected Richland County for this endeavor. This investment will deliver reliable, renewable energy, which will benefit our community and the entire state.” - Richland County Council Chairman Paul Livingston

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Eastover Solar is launching Richland County solar project.
  • $80 million investment.
  • Eastover Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Energy, an experienced utility-scale solar project developer.
  • Expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2021 and will be located on a 740-acre site outside of Eastover, S.C.
  • This 73-megawatt project will generate the equivalent electricity required to power approximately 18,000 homes.

 

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, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018—extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. 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:

Alex Clark, CMP

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 

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May 13, 2019

New operations to help create 500 jobs

Congratulations to our partners in Lexington County on this big win. We welcome JUUL Labs to the Central SC region and this exciting employment opportunity for so many of our local workers.

 

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 $13.8 billion in capital investment and 70,800 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the 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.

 


 

S.C. Department of Commerce News Release:

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2019

  

JUUL Labs, Inc. investing over $125 million in Lexington County operations 

New operations to help create 500 jobs

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - JUUL Labs, Inc. today announced plans to invest more than $125 million in a new assembly facility in Lexington County. This investment is expected to help create more than 500 new jobs to support the assembly operations.

 

JUUL Labs was established to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes. Since launching in 2015, the company has maintained a commitment to keeping all tobacco products, including JUUL products, out of the hands of youth. The company stopped the sale of non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored JUULpods to all of its traditional retail store partners in 2018. 

  

The Lexington County operations will assemble and package JUUL products using advanced production techniques. Operations are expected to come online this summer, and those interested in job opportunities should contact Randstad or Aerotek.

  

QUOTES

 

“Today, we celebrate JUUL Labs' investment in Lexington County and the 500 new jobs that will be created as a result. South Carolina's pro-business environment continues to attract companies to our borders, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for this innovative company.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Investments like this one continue to grow South Carolina's reputation as a top business destination for industries of all types. I congratulate JUUL Labs and celebrate the job opportunities that today's announcement in Lexington County will help to create for hard working South Carolinians.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“On behalf of Lexington County Council, we are extremely energized about JUUL Labs' investment, which will help create 500 jobs and additional economic growth in our county. We know that Lexington County provides favorable economic conditions for all industries, and this partnership and announcement is a testament to that fact. We see the potential for JUUL Labs to experience continued success and growth in our county.” -Lexington County Council Chairman Scott Whetstone

 

“We are excited to work with community leaders to support the creation of high-quality American jobs for a diverse and inclusive workforce drawn from across the Midlands as we continue to invest in helping adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes and combatting youth usage.” -JUUL Labs Chief Executive Officer Kevin Burns

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • JUUL Labs, Inc. is investing over $125 million in a new assembly facility in Lexington County.
  • This new investment is expected to help create more than 500 new jobs to support the operations.
  • JUUL Labs was established to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes.
  • The Lexington County operations will assemble and package JUUL products using advanced production techniques.
  • Operations are expected to come online this summer, and those interested in the job opportunities should contact Randstad or Aerotek.

 

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, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018—extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. 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.

 

S.C. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 

JUUL LABS, INC. MEDIA CONTACT:

Ted Kwong

Senior Communications Manager

JUUL Labs, Inc.

ted.kwong@juul.com

 

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February 20, 2019

$9.5 million investment to accommodate continued growth

COLUMBIA, S.C. (February 20, 2019) – The Quality Model Group of companies (The QM Group) today announced an expansion of its existing Orangeburg County plastic injection molding operations. The firm’s $9.5 million investment is projected to create 37 new jobs.

 

Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, The QM Group is a leading international business, specializing in mold building, injection molding, urethane molding, thermoforming and secondary assembly. The company operates five North American facilities, including locations in Indiana, Michigan, Ontario and South Carolina. The Orangeburg County facility operates under The QM Group’s plastics division, which offers design, tool building and manufacturing services for the power sports, industrial, automotive and aftermarket industries.

 

Located at 190 Global Drive in Orangeburg, S.C., The QM Group’s Orangeburg County facility was opened in 2004. Since that time, the company has invested more than $16 million and created 100 new jobs in the community. 

 

For more information about The QM Group, visit www.qmigroup.com.

 

 

QUOTES

 

“The QM Group is pleased to reaffirm, through this investment, our confidence in the Orangeburg community and in South Carolina for fostering the appropriate competitive advantages for our business. Our preference for this location has been established to the point where we have now designated it as our U.S. operations headquarters. We are excited to be part of the growing community of businesses who are now calling South Carolina home.” –QM Group Founder and Owner Bill Szekesy 

 

“South Carolina is proud to have international manufacturers, like The QM Group, operating within our borders. This announcement is a great win for one of our rural communities, and I look forward to watching The QM Group continue to thrive there.–Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Today, we celebrate the continued growth of another one of our existing industries. The QM Group’s decision to further invest in Orangeburg County is a testament to the business-friendly environment that exists in Orangeburg and across this state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

 

“We’re truly grateful to have The QM Group in the Orangeburg County/City Industrial Park since 2004. The addition of their U.S. operations headquarters is very special. We value their partnership and growth. This is an excellent time to celebrate in Orangeburg County, and we thank The QM Group for helping us start off the new year with this tremendous announcement.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr. 

 

“On behalf of Orangeburg City Council, we congratulate The QM Group on their success and growth. We celebrate this latest expansion and extend our appreciation for investing in Orangeburg, our community and our residents. We wish you continued success in 2019 and beyond.” –Mayor of Orangeburg Michael C. Butler 

 

“The QM Group’s announcement to expand to establish its U.S. headquarters in Orangeburg speaks volumes to the business-friendly environment the company has found locally. Congratulations to The QM Group on this big step and to our partners in Orangeburg County.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • The QM Group is expanding operations in Orangeburg County.
  • $9.5 million investment to create 37 new jobs
  • Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Quality Model is a leading international business, specializing in mold building, injection molding, urethane molding, thermoforming and secondary assembly.
  • The Orangeburg County facility opened in 2004
  • Since establishing operations in Orangeburg, the company has invested more than $16 million, creating 100 new job in the community.

 

 

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 $13.8 billion in capital investment and nearly 71,000 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 18, 2019

Manufacturing facility to create 25 new jobs

Welcome Miwon Specialty Chemical to Richland County. We’re excited to see the company’s development over the next year and a half as it prepares to come online, and are grateful for the opportunities it will create for the economy and workforce in the Central SC region.

 

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 $13.8 billion in capital investment and over 70,700 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the 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.


S.C. Department of Commerce Press Release:

For Immediate Release

January 18, 2019

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. USA, a specialty chemical manufacturer of raw materials and subsidiary of Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., today announced plans to locate new production operations in Richland County. The company's $19.5 million investment is projected to create 25 new jobs.

 

Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., based in South Korea, is a global company with manufacturing plants in South Korea and Spain, as well as research and development centers in Austria, China, South Korea and the United States. Miwon began serving the ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB) markets in 1983. The company produces and supplies raw materials for eco-friendly UV/EB curing systems that are utilized in a variety of applications, including in high-quality inks for food packaging; in special coatings for wood, plastic and metal; and in adhesives for DVD/Blu-ray discs and mobile phones.

 

Miwon Specialty Chemical's new, 65,000-square-foot production facility will be located at 1700 Longwood Road in Columbia, S.C. and is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2020. Hiring is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, and interested applicants can visit www.miramer.com for more information.

 

QUOTES

 

“As the leader in energy curing raw materials, Miwon demonstrates its commitment to enhancing its global presence by supporting the U.S. market with local production. This new plant is Miwon's first manufacturing facility in the United States that is designated to support the growth of domestic customers, many of whom are located in the southeastern part of the country. We are proud to locate in South Carolina, and particularly in Richland County, which offers a business-friendly atmosphere and strong workforce with positive attitudes that are the core of a healthy business.” -Miwon Specialty Chemical Co., Ltd. Chairman H.W. Kim

 

“We're proud to welcome Miwon Specialty Chemical to the South Carolina business community and look forward to seeing all that we know they will achieve in the Midlands. With a workforce at its disposal that is second to none and one of the most competitive business environments in the world, we know that Miwon Specialty Chemical will have the tools necessary for success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“In 25 years, South Carolina has gone from being a textile, tobacco and tourism state to a state that can engage in complex, advanced manufacturing. Miwon Specialty Chemical's new, state-of-the-art production facility shows the world South Carolina's reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse is well-earned.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We welcome Miwon Specialty Chemical to Richland County. This new production operation and the 25 jobs it will bring build on our success in growing our manufacturing sector and strengthening our economy.” -Richland County Economic Development Committee Chairman Paul Livingston


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Miwon Specialty Chemical is locating new operations in Richland County.
  • $19.5 million investment to create 25 new jobs.
  • Miwon is a specialty chemical manufacturer of raw materials that are utilized in inks, coatings, adhesives and other market applications.
  • Miwon Specialty Chemical's new, 65,000-square-foot production facility will be located at 1700 Longwood Road in Columbia, S.C. and is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Hiring is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, and interested applicants can visit www.miramer.com for more information.

 

 

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, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018—extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. 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:

Alex Clark

Deputy Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-0685

aclark@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 

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December 12, 2018

Manufacturing acquisition results in $13.6 million investment

We welcome the company to the region and wish much future success at its first Richland County facility.

 

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 $13.7 billion in capital investment and over 70,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the 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.

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

December 12, 2018

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Owens Corning, a developer and producer of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, has acquired an existing manufacturing facility in Blythewood, S.C., where it will manufacture coated, non-woven products for a variety of applications within the North American building materials industry. The company's $13.6 million capital investment is projected to bring 16 new jobs.

 

Owens Corning develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites. The company's market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning employs more than 19,000 people across 37 countries.

 

The company has acquired an existing manufacturing facility located at 1051 Jenkins Brothers Road in Blythewood, S.C., with plans to convert an existing line to produce coated, non-woven products. The acquisition is the first step in the creation of a glass non-wovens excellence center, where the company will continue to invest to expand its capacity with the best available technologies. With existing South Carolina locations in Aiken, Charleston, Duncan and Starr, this will be Owens Corning's first Richland County presence. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in late 2019.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $150,000 Set Aside grant to Richland County to assist with the costs of building renovations.

 

QUOTES

 

“The Blythewood operation represents a valuable addition to a thriving business. Adding this new capacity and capability for glass-based coating solutions in South Carolina will help us to better serve our residential and commercial building products customers across North America.” -Owens Corning's Global Non-Wovens Business Vice President Nicolas Del Monaco

 

“Today, we're excited to celebrate this announcement and welcome another Owens Corning manufacturing facility to the South Carolina business community. This state has an impressive roster of globally-renowned manufacturers operating within its borders, and we're proud of Owens Corning's commitment to South Carolina.”-Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“It's a great day for the Midlands as Owens Corning has decided to invest in this Richland County facility. A testament to the loyal, highly-skilled workforce that exists within the local community, this new project only adds to South Carolina's reputation as an ideal destination for manufacturing.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are grateful that Owens Corning has chosen Richland County to locate its operations. They are breathing life back into a plant that has suffered many losses, and we are excited to see what the future holds.” -Richland County Economic Development Committee Chairman Paul Livingston

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Owens Corning is launching its first Richland County operations.
  • $13.6 million investment to create 16 new jobs.
  • Owens Corning develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites.
  • The company has acquired an existing manufacturing facility in Blythewood, S.C., where it plans to convert an existing line to produce coated, non-woven products.
  • Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in late 2019.

 

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, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018—extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. 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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December 11, 2018

10-piece collection showcases partners’ resources and benefits to global audience

In collaboration with our regional member counties and the City of Columbia, we have developed a comprehensive 10-piece Executive Summary publication set showcasing the resources and benefits found within the Central SC region. The set is now available in our website’s Download Center, as well as in printed copies through Central SC Alliance and each of the region’s members.  This new Executive Summary set further expands the variety of materials we use in our ongoing marketing campaign to businesses around the world.

In addition to the Executive Summaries, we maintain an expansive catalog of promotional and informational documents on the Central SC region. Among these pieces are:

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 $13.7 billion in capital investment and over 70,000 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.

 

Media Contact: Carrie Turner, Marketing and Research Coordinator

cturner@centralsc.org or 803.403.7315                          

December 11, 2018

Mattress manufacturer creating 250 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 11, 2018) – Healthcare US Co., Ltd., a venture of China-based Healthcare Co., Ltd., today announced plans to establish new operations in Fairfield County. The company’s $45 million investment is projected to create 250 new jobs.

 

Founded in Jiangsu, China in 2003, Healthcare Co., Ltd. is the first publicly-traded, memory-foam mattress manufacturer in China and is now the largest such manufacturer in that country. Becoming a global industry leader, the company has established production operations in both Serbia and Spain, with approximately 3,600 workers worldwide.

 

Healthcare US Co., Ltd. is expected to launch its new, 650,000-square-foot, Fairfield County facility in the first quarter of 2019. Located at 1 Guardian Way in Winnsboro, S.C., the operation will specialize in the production of memory-foam mattresses for a variety of customers. Hiring is also slated to begin early next year, and interested applicants should contact healthcare.us@hkfoam.com for more information.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Fairfield County to assist with the costs of building renovations.

 

 

QUOTES

“We’re happy to be establishing this new facility in Fairfield County, and we are very appreciative of the ongoing support from both the local and state governments. This is a milestone for our company, and we are excited to support the community we will soon be calling home.” –Healthcare Co., Ltd. President James Ni

 

“South Carolina has been attracting business from all over the world for years because we have worked hard to create a business friendly climate and a workforce that is second to none. We’re thrilled that Healthcare US Co., Ltd. has chosen to join the ranks of international companies that call our state home and look forward to many years of success.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina’s ongoing economic success can be attributed, in part, to our manufacturing prowess and ability to recruit foreign direct investment. This $45 million investment in Fairfield County only reinforces that notion. We look forward to this new partnership with Healthcare US Co., Ltd.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Fairfield County is beyond excited and thankful that Healthcare US Co., Ltd. has chosen to locate its first U.S. factory in Winnsboro. The representatives of this company with whom we’ve worked throughout this process have been a pleasure to do business with, and we look forward to their future operation and success within the county. We welcome them with open and supporting arms and are hopeful that others will see this and know that Fairfield County is open for business and focused on the kind of growth that will be beneficial both for our citizens and the businesses that choose to locate and invest with us.” –Fairfield County Council Chairman Billy Smith

 

“We welcome Healthcare US Co., Ltd. to Fairfield County and the Central S.C. region. The company’s enthusiasm for this new location shows promise for great opportunities within the county and for the local workforce. We are excited to see things take shape in the coming months for Healthcare US Co., Ltd. and our friends in Fairfield.” – Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

“We are excited to welcome Healthcare US Co., Ltd. to Fairfield County and the I-77 Alliance region. Healthcare US Co., Ltd.’s commitment to Fairfield County is a testament to the strong manufacturing workforce in the county and the support of county government and community leaders.  Fairfield County’s proximity to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the numerous amenities of the Charlotte and Columbia metro areas continue to make it an extremely attractive community for foreign and domestic investment.” –South Carolina I-77 Alliance President and CEO Rich Fletcher

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Healthcare US Co., Ltd. is launching new Fairfield County operations.
  • $45 million investment to create 250 new jobs.
  • Healthcare US Co., Ltd. is a China-based manufacturer of memory-foam mattresses for a variety of customers.
  • Located at 1 Guardian Way in Winnsboro, S.C., the company is expected to launch its new, 650,000-square-foot facility in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Hiring is expected to begin simultaneously, and interested applicants should contact healthcare.us@hkfoam.com 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 $13.7 billion in capital investment and over 70,000 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.

December 10, 2018

Product line expansion to create 65 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 10, 2018) – Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) today announced plans to expand its existing production operations in Clarendon County. The company’s $5 million investment is projected to create 65 new jobs.

 

BCA was established in 2014 as a venture of Kent International, Inc., a family-owned bicycle importer and manufacturer based out of Parsippany, N.J. As a participant in Walmart’s Made in U.S.A. initiative, Kent International established BCA to augment its import sales. To date, BCA has produced more than 850,000 bicycles.

 

To expand, BCA will be purchasing an existing 140,000-square-foot building at 9104 Alex Harvin Highway in Summterton, S.C. and installing two new product lines. Hiring for the new positions is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2019, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online for more information.

 

 

QUOTES

“We are so happy to be in Clarendon County and so proud that we are the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the United States. We love doing business here, and it is amazing how much support we get from both the local and state government, who understand the true value of job creation.” –Kent International, Inc. Chairman and CEO Arnold Kamler

 

“The people of South Carolina have built an impressive track record manufacturing top-quality products of all types. The decision by Bicycle Corporation of America to expand operations in Clarendon County is a testament to our workforce, and I know they’ll continue to achieve great things with these two new product lines.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“It’s been exciting to watch the explosive growth that Bicycle Corporation of America has enjoyed over the last several years. I congratulate this innovative company on all their success, and I look forward to seeing the difference these 65 jobs make in Clarendon County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We would like to thank Bicycle Corporation of America for their continued confidence in our pro-business environment and skilled workforce. The effects of this significant investment will be felt by all. I would especially like to thank all of the Clarendon County Development Board staff and the volunteer board members who work to promote doing business in our county.” –Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart

 

“We take great pride in our business retention and expansion program. Thank you to Bicycle Corporation of America for your confidence and trust in Clarendon County; we look forward to many years of mutual success.” –Clarendon County Development Board Chairman John Tindal

 

“Congratulations to our friends at Bicycle Corporation of America and our partner Clarendon County. Since bringing assembly operations from China to its Manning facility five years ago, BCA has prospered from the potential of the growing market demand for products produced on American soil. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the company as it continues to roll out new products and enhance its operations.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • BCA is growing its Clarendon County operations.
  • $5 million investment to create 65 new jobs.
  • BCA is a manufacturer and supplier of bicycles with more than 850,000 produced to date.
  • To expand, Bicycle Corporation of America will be purchasing an existing 140,000-square-foot building at 9104 Alex Harvin Highway in Summerton, S.C. and installing two new product lines.
  • Hiring for the new positions is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2019, 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 $13.7 billion in capital investment and over 70,000 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.

November 14, 2018

Company expected to create 75 new positions

We welcome Domino’s to Lexington County and the Central SC community. The iconic pizza brand is a welcome addition to the growing local food production facilities you’ll find throughout the area.

 

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 $13.6 billion in capital investment and 70,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the 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.

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 14, 2018

Domino's to open new processing facility in Lexington County

Company expected to create 75 new positions

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Domino's, the Michigan-based pizza restaurant chain, today announced plans to open a new processing facility in Lexington County. The company's new project is slated to create 75 jobs.

 

Founded in 1960, Domino's is the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, with a significant business in both delivery and carryout pizza. Ranking among the world's top public restaurant brands with an international enterprise of approximately 15,000 stores, Domino's had global retail sales of more than $12.2 billion in 2017.

 

Located in West Columbia, S.C., the company plans to construct a new, 67,000-square-foot processing facility to supply dough, as well as other ingredients and supplies, to its regional franchise stores. Expected to come online in the second quarter of 2020, hiring is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.

 

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

 

QUOTES

 

“This growth in our U.S. business has driven record-level volumes in our supply chain centers. Our investments in supply chain capacity, both to serve current demand and to support our growth plans going forward, are important to our company. South Carolina has been a great partner in this important process.” -Domino's Supply Chain Services Executive Vice President Troy Ellis

 

“We're excited to welcome an industry leader like Domino's to South Carolina as they set up their new processing facility. Our state is known the world over as a state that can get any job done, and this announcement is just further proof of that.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“A testament to South Carolina's status as a leader in food processing, we are proud that Domino's has decided to join the impressive roster of name brands that call South Carolina home. Moving forward, we're excited to see what the future has in store for Domino's in our state.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are ecstatic that Domino's decided to call Lexington County home for their new processing facility. This lends further proof that our county is the perfect place for companies searching for a real opportunity to locate and prosper. We know they will do exceedingly well in Lexington County.” -Lexington County Council Chairman Debbie Summers

 

“Food processing is and continues to be a key segment for our state's growing agribusiness industry. We welcome Domino's to South Carolina and look forward to working with them to establish a healthy product supply chain with our hardworking farmers.” -Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Domino's is locating a new processing facility in Lexington County.
  • Creation of 75 new jobs.
  • Domino's ranks among the world's top restaurant brands with a global enterprise of approximately 15,000 stores.
  • The company's new facility will supply dough to its regional franchise stores and is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2020.

Hiring is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.

 

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, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018—extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. 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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November 08, 2018

Automotive supplier creating 78 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 8, 2018) – Gnotec Group a supplier to the automotive industry, is locating new operations in Orangeburg County. The company’s $5.9 million investment is projected to create 78 new jobs in the community.

 

Gnotec specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of metal components for automotive and commercial vehicles’ body-in-white and chassis structures. With operations in China, Slovakia and Sweden, the company utilizes state-of-the-art automated technology in metal stamping, welding and assembly to provide customers with premium-quality solutions.

 

The company will be establishing operations in a 30,000-square-foot production facility at 152 Regional Parkway in Orangeburg, S.C. and is expected to come online in the first quarter of 2019. Hiring is slated to begin later this quarter, and interested applicants should visit www.gnotec.com for more information.

 

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

 

 

QUOTES

“We at Gnotec Group are excited to take the next step in our development to support our global customers by adding operations in the United States. We are very satisfied with Orangeburg County’s great logistics position, as well as South Carolina’s growing automotive industry, skilled workforce and excellent support for our establishment.” – Gnotec Group CEO Jörgen Oldenstedt

 

“The talented workforce in South Carolina has established a reputation as one of the best in the world. Gnotec Group’s decision to locate here represents not only the strength of our automotive industry, but the strength of our state’s economy as a whole.” – Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina features an automotive constellation that’s second to none, and Gnotec’s new facility in Orangeburg County is further proof of that. Our workforce has consistently demonstrated an ability to get the job done, and we look forward to watching Gnotec succeed here for years to come.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are grateful and honored that Orangeburg County has been selected by Gnotec for their first North American location. Gnotec is a leading Scandinavian company that will support nearby Volvo Cars. We welcome many more suppliers to Orangeburg County and the South Carolina Global Logistics Triangle. My fellow county council members, Orangeburg County Development Commission, Central S.C. Alliance as well as the S.C. Department of Commerce are to be commended for all their efforts in support of this project.” – Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“We are very excited to welcome a Swedish-based Volvo Cars supplier to Orangeburg County. Our Central S.C. Alliance staff has worked diligently over the past years to market our eight-county region to Scandinavian automobile suppliers, and Gnotec’s decision to locate in the area is a great start to a growing local Volvo supplier base. Congratulations to the company and our partners in Orangeburg County.” – Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

“Gnotec is an ambassador for the Swedish automotive supply sector supporting Volvo Cars in South Carolina. FKG, the Scandinavian Automotive Supplier Association has more than 350 member companies that we support by working to create meeting places, strengthen relationships and growth opportunities. Over the past three years, FKG has led delegations to South Carolina to explore the landscape. Today, we are very excited with the news that Gnotec has selected the Central SC region and Orangeburg County to establish their first facility in the United States. We congratulate the Central SC Alliance for their marketing efforts in the Nordics.” – FKG CEO Fredrik Sidahl

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Gnotec Group is locating its new operations in Orangeburg County.
  • $5.9 million investment to create 78 new jobs.
  • Gnotec is a supplier to the automotive industry, specializing in engineering and manufacturing of metal components.
  • The company will be establishing operations in a 30,000-square-foot production facility at 152 Regional Parkway in Orangeburg, S.C.
  • Hiring is slated to begin in the coming weeks, and interested applicants should visit www.gnotec.com 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 $13.6 billion in capital investment and over 70,000 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.

October 25, 2018

Congratulations to Nucor and Lexington County on this latest announcement. Seeing the growth of a long-standing company is evidence of the opportunities available to businesses in the region.

 

 

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 $13.5 billion in capital investment and 67,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and the 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.

 

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

October 25, 2018

 

Nucor Building Systems expanding Lexington County operations

Facility expansion to create 60 new jobs

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Nucor Building Systems, a leading manufacturer of custom, pre-engineered metal building systems, is growing its existing operations in Lexington County. The company's $7 million investment is projected to create approximately 60 new jobs.

 

Nucor Building Systems has been operating in Lexington County since 1995 and provides sophisticated metal building solutions created exclusively for its customers' unique applications. All Nucor products are designed by in-house, registered engineers and supported by a network of more than 1,200 authorized builders serving all of North America.

 

To expand its Lexington County operations, located at 200 Whetstone Road in Swansea, S.C., the company will be adding 57,000 square feet to its existing facility. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the coming weeks, and interested applicants should visit www.nucor.com for more information.

 

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

 

QUOTES

 

“This $7 million expansion will add 60 new teammates and 57,000 square feet to our plant, allowing us to meet the growing customer demand for our pre-engineered, custom metal buildings in South Carolina and across the Southeast. This investment shows Nucor's ongoing and long-term commitment to our customers, to our teammates, the town of Swansea, Lexington County and the state of South Carolina.” -Nucor Building Systems South Carolina General Manager J.J. McCoy

 

“The fact that Nucor Building Systems has chosen to expand in South Carolina, continuing to invest in our people, is something for which our state should be proud. This sends a signal to the world that South Carolina remains open for business.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Nucor has been a longtime member of Team South Carolina, and we're excited to watch their ongoing success in Lexington County. Our state's manufacturing sector continues to thrive, and announcements like this one are further proof of that.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Nucor's growth of operations is resounding proof that Lexington County offers favorable economic conditions for all industries. This expansion will be of mutual benefit to both Nucor and the county; we hope to grow because of its impact here and that Nucor continues to flourish as it establishes its future with Lexington County.” -Lexington County Council Chairman Debbie Summers


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Nucor Building Systems is expanding its Lexington County operations.
  • $7 million investment to create 60 new jobs.
  • Nucor Building Systems is a leading manufacturer of custom, pre-engineered metal building systems.
  • The company will be adding 57,000 square feet to its existing facility, located at 200 Whetstone Road in Swansea, S.C.
  • Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the coming weeks, and interested applicants should visit www.nucor.com for more information.

 

 

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, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018—extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. 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:

Alex Clark

Deputy Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-0685

aclark@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 

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October 18, 2018

Georgia-Pacific's Clarendon OSB facility will be expanding and upgrading with the help of a $4.5M investment

Clarendon County, SC – The Georgia-Pacific Clarendon OSB facility will soon be expanding and installing upgraded equipment with the help of a $4.5 million investment. The investment will cover an expansion of the facility to include a new 30,000 sq2 warehouse, a state-of-the-art laminating line and additional equipment. The upgrades will fulfill the need for Georgia-Pacific to service its growing customer base, support a future 24/7 run schedule and accommodate future automatic guided vehicles.

 

In the past 12 months, Georgia-Pacific invested just over $6 million in capital at Clarendon OSB allowing the plant to enter an automated digital operating platform while opening the door for more investments in technology.

 

“Adding to our digital platform raises the technical knowledge bar for current and future employees. Raising the bar also puts us on a similar footing with other high-tech manufacturers in our region - so we can successfully compete for the same qualified workforce,” said Tobey Elgin, Clarendon OSB plant manager.

 

Georgia-Pacific, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, has seven manufacturing facilities in South Carolina directly employing approximately 1,400 people. These jobs, combined with those created by other Koch companies in the state, employ more than 2,000 people directly and support nearly 7,500 South Carolina jobs overall with total compensation of $384 million annually.

 

“It is with much pride that we welcome this existing industry expansion in Clarendon County by Georgia-Pacific. GP has been providing high paying jobs for Clarendon and surrounding counties for many years and for that we thank them,” said Chairman of the Clarendon County Council, Dwight Stewart.

 

“GP has been a staple in our community for many, many years. This expansion solidifies our commitment to them and many other industries by creating an environment where business can grow and prosper,” said Chairman Clarendon County Development Board, John Tindal.

 

“It’s always exciting to see companies flourishing in the community, but even more so when we see the fruits of their labor yield expansions and continued investments. Georgia-Pacific has a strong presence in Clarendon County, and throughout the Central SC region, which has had a great impact on the lives of workers and the business community alike. We congratulate both our partner, Clarendon County, and Georgia-Pacific on this exciting announcement,” said Central S.C. Alliance Chairman, Mike Brenan.

 

Georgia-Pacific OSB products include Blue Ribbon ® rated sheathing and sub-floor, Thermostat ® OSB radiant barrier sheathing and DryGuard ® enhanced OSB sub-floor, plus larger panels used in specialty applications.

September 26, 2018

Manufacturing facility to create 28 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 26, 2018) – Longleaf Packaging, LLC today announced plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. The company’s $6 million investment is projected to create 28 new jobs in the community.

 

Longleaf Packaging will analyze and produce dry mix products for professional trade and retail end users. Manufacturing materials such as mortar mix, concrete mix and more, the company will also produce specialty items, including non-shrink grout and colored mortar mixes. 

 

Located at 621 Good Farm Road in Holly Hill, S.C., Longleaf Packaging’s new, 18,700-square-foot facility is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will package and distribute bagged, pre-blended, dry mix products. Those looking to join the Longleaf Packaging team should contact lmarchant@longleafpackaging.com for job inquiries.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of site preparation and infrastructure improvements.

 

 

QUOTES

“With its abundant natural resources and well-established workforce, Orangeburg County has proven to be a great fit for our first packaging facility. We are excited to be in one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation and look forward to an exciting future.” –Longleaf Packaging President Ray Love

 

“Today, we welcome Longleaf Packaging to the impressive roster of manufacturing companies that have decided to call our state home. This new plant and the 28 jobs it will create will have a significant impact on Orangeburg County, and I look forward to watching it thrive there.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“From cars to planes and everything in-between, it’s been proven that in South Carolina, we make things and make them well. Congratulations to Longleaf Packaging, and we look forward to watching our world-class workforce succeed in producing quality products in Orangeburg County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Welcome Longleaf Packaging to South Carolina’s Global Logistics Triangle. We’re grateful that you selected Interstate 95 and the Holly Hill/Santee area for your first central South Carolina facility. The workforce and location will pay dividends to you and your customers with the ability to access such a strong growth market of the southeast. It’s indeed a great day in Orangeburg County thanks to Longleaf Packaging.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

 

“We extend a warm welcome to Longleaf Packaging, LLC and congratulate the company on the launch of its first Midlands-area facility. Longleaf Packaging’s selection of Orangeburg County for a dry mix packaging plant puts it in an ideal location to meet the needs of purchasers from around the state.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Longleaf Packaging, LLC is locating new manufacturing operations in Orangeburg County.
  • $6 million investment to create 28 new jobs.
  • Longleaf Packaging will manufacture, package and distribute a variety of dry mix products.
  • The new facility will be located at 621 Good Farm Road in Holly Hill, S.C.
  • Operations are expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018, and those looking to join the Longleaf Packaging team should contact lmarchant@longleafpackaging.com for job inquiries.

 

 

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 67,000 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.

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.

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