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December 12, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kemira, a global chemicals company, today announced plans to expand operations in Richland County, investing $20 million into the project.

 

Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Finland, Kemira has more than 4,900 employees worldwide. The company utilizes chemistry to add optimal quality; functionality and strength to paper and board products; ensure the safety and hygiene of water and food packaging; and maximize yield from energy resources.

 

Located at 191 Water Station Road in Eastover, S.C., the company's expansion is expected to be completed in 2020.

 

Individuals interested in learning more about Kemira can visit https://www.kemira.com/company/.

 

QUOTES

 

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with Richland County officials on the expansion at our Eastover facility. This investment in our plant demonstrates our long term commitment to the pulp and paper industry, our customers and the dedicated employees who work hard to make our business a success.” -Kemira Senior Vice President of Commercial - North America Billy Ford

 

“When a company grows in South Carolina, it shows that we are one of the best places in the world to be doing business. Kemira's decision to expand operations in Richland County is further testament to our exceptional workforce and business-friendly environment.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“We're excited to celebrate the continued success of our state's thriving business-friendly climate. We offer our congratulations to Kemira on their new investment and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow in our state.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“With more than 20 years of business in Richland County, Kemira is a prime example of the long-term success a company can experience in our community. Kemira's expansion is a testament to the fact that businesses can thrive and grow here and then reinvest back into the county.” -Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston

 

FIVE FAST FACTS 

  • Kemira is expanding operations in Richland County.
  • The company is investing $20 million.
  • Kemira is a chemistry company with a focus on sustainability.
  • Located at 191 Water Station Road in Eastover, S.C.

The expansion is expected to be complete in 2020. 

December 09, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Pharmacy-Lite Packaging, a division of Pacific Management Holdings, LLC, today announced plans to establish operations in Fairfield County. The company's $2.9 million investment is expected to create 33 new jobs.

 

A family-owned business based in the U.S., Pharmacy-Lite Packaging manufactures streamlined vial systems for prescription drugs. The company's innovative packaging features fewer barcodes and offers child-resistant, reversible and easy-open twist caps for dry and liquid vials.  

 

Located at 721 U.S. Highway 321 Bypass South in Winnsboro, S.C., Pharmacy-Lite Packaging's Fairfield County operations will serve as a manufacturing and distribution center.

 

Initial hiring is slated to begin in the spring of 2020. readySC™ will be assisting with recruiting and training.

 

Fairfield County was awarded a $150,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of property improvements.

 

QUOTES

 

“Pharmacy-Lite is happy to have found both a community and facility that we believe will support our continued growth in the production and nationwide distribution of prescription packaging products. Our team first visited Winnsboro in July and found the people to be friendly, welcoming and outgoing. I would like to express gratitude to the business development people at the state, county and city levels for all their help. We look forward to being a member of the community producing plastic products in South Carolina.”-Pharmacy-Lite Packaging President V. Jack Brennan

 

“South Carolina's business-friendly climate continues to attract companies in every industry, and we're proud to welcome Pharmacy-Lite Packaging to our growing business community. I wish the company all the best and look forward to watching them thrive in South Carolina.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“The decision by Pharmacy-Lite Packaging to call South Carolina home is further proof that our state's manufacturing and distribution sectors continue to shine. I applaud this great company for establishing operations in the Palmetto State and look forward to the impact they will have on Fairfield County.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Fairfield County is thrilled to welcome Pharmacy-Lite Packaging. Our newest corporate citizen is a wonderful addition to the county's growing manufacturing base. The Winnsboro location will be well supported by local businesses and a willing workforce. Most good things happen with hard work, and we want recognize the town of Winnsboro's effort to help Pharmacy-Lite Packaging make the decision to select our community.” -Fairfield County Council Chairman Neil Robinson

 

“Pharmacy-Lite Packaging made a great choice in selecting Winnsboro, S.C. as a location to grow their business. Our citizens welcome the job opportunities, and the town stands ready to support Pharmacy-Lite Packaging with utilities and other valuable services. Our partnership with Fairfield County's leadership is paying dividends, and we know the future is bright.” -Town of Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy

 

“We are excited to welcome Pharmacy-Lite Packaging to Fairfield County and the I-77 region. The company's decision to locate in Winnsboro is a testament to the positive business environment, access to a growing labor shed and an outstanding transportation infrastructure. We congratulate Fairfield County and the town of Winnsboro on this announcement.” -I-77 Alliance President and CEO Rich Fletcher

 

“We're delighted that Pharmacy-Lite Packaging is establishing operations in Fairfield County. The company's investment will further strengthen the growing advanced manufacturing base in the area. Congratulations to Pharmacy-Lite Packaging and our partners in Fairfield County for the continued manufacturing growth and success.” -Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Pharmacy-Lite Packaging is establishing operations in Fairfield County.
  • The company's $2.9 million investment is expected to create 33 new jobs.
  • Pharmacy-Lite Packaging manufactures streamlined vial systems for prescription drugs.
  • The company's facility will be located at 721 U.S. Highway 321 Bypass South in Winnsboro, S.C.
  • Initial hiring is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

 

 

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 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, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Provalus, an information technology (IT) support company, today announced plans to establish operations in Clarendon County. The company’s new technology innovation center is creating 105 new jobs.


Founded in 2017, Provalus’ mission is to grow technology jobs in rural areas. The company develops undiscovered talent to deliver technology, business and support services for businesses.

Located at 34 North Brooks Street in Manning, S.C., Provalus’ new innovation center will expand the company’s domestic services for business process outsourcing, formation technology outsourcing and support. This is the third facility to open in just two years of business for Provalus. The company’s other two locations in Alabama and Texas are on target to employ over 500 newly-trained IT professionals.


Operations are expected to be online in January of 2020. Individuals interested in joining the Provalus team should visit https://provalus.com/join-us/jobs/ or email adameverett@provalus.com.


QUOTES


“We’re on a mission to bring jobs back to the U.S. Provalus is not only solving the tech talent shortage in America, it’s also giving families an opportunity to improve their livelihoods.” –Provalus President Chuck Ruggiero


“We’re proud to welcome Provalus to South Carolina and excited for the 105 new jobs the company is bringing to Clarendon County. This announcement is a milestone for the community, and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for Provalus.” –Gov. Henry McMaster


“I am pleased Provalus will be receiving funds to expand its operations into Clarendon County. Rural communities are rarely thought of as hubs for IT companies, and I congratulate Mayor Julia Nelson and the Manning City Council, Chairman Dwight Stewart and the Clarendon County Council, and State and local officials for working with Provalus to help dispel this myth. This project demonstrates that given the right access to broadband and other infrastructure efforts, rural communities can be attractive to high tech and high paying employers.” – Congressman James Clyburn


“The fact that Provalus chose South Carolina for the company’s newest facility further proves that the Palmetto State has the business climate companies are looking for. We welcome Provalus to South Carolina, and we look forward to seeing the company thrive for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


“We are consistently working at diversifying our local economy. Provalus’ decision to locate in downtown Manning builds on that strong foundation. We wish them tremendous success in this partnership.” –Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart


“We are extremely excited to welcome Provalus to downtown Manning, as these information technology-related jobs will make a significant impact on Clarendon County and its citizens for years to come.” –Clarendon County Development Board Chairman John Tindal


“When opportunities like these become available, communities must be ready, not get ready. The city of Manning purchased the former Belk building in 2017; it was an investment for a future economic development opportunity. With Provalus choosing Manning, it proves the investment was definitely a good one. We’re excited that Provalus is establishing a site in our downtown, which will provide career opportunities for our citizens, neighboring communities and additional business opportunities.” –City of Manning Mayor Julia A. Nelson


“Provalus’ visionary decision to establish operations in Clarendon County provides an exciting opportunity for the IT landscape. Congratulations to Provalus and our friends in Clarendon County for amplifying our workforce and charting a bright future for small town tech.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Provalus is establishing operations in Clarendon County.
  • The new innovation technology center is creating 105 new jobs.
  • Provalus is an information technology support company.
  • Located at 34 North Brooks Street in Manning, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Provalus team should visit https://provalus.com/join-us/jobs/ or email adameverett@provalus.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 $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 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 12, 2019

Congratulations to our partners in Kershaw County. Ernest Health, a national healthcare provider specializing in providing medical and rehabilitative services, is establishing a new rehabilitation hospital in Kershaw County. We are excited about this investment and the expanding specialized healthcare options in Kershaw County.

 

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.


For Immediate Release

November 12, 2019

 

ERNEST HEALTH ESTABLISHING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL IN KERSHAW COUNTY

$17.56 Million Investment and 114 Jobs

 

Kershaw County, SC – Ernest Health, a national specialty healthcare provider, is establishing a new rehabilitation hospital in Kershaw County within the Wateree Executive Park located in Elgin, South Carolina. The $17.56 million investment will create 114 jobs with the average wage of $25.61 per hour.

“It’s a great day in Kershaw County as we welcome Ernest Health to our community,” stated Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns. “This is truly a win-win scenario as we are adding 114 new jobs to our county while expanding our local healthcare services at the same time.”

 

The 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be located in The Wateree Executive Park and is expected to open in August 2020. It will be managed by Vibra Healthcare Management, LLC, an affiliate of Vibra Healthcare, LLC, a national specialty healthcare provider. “We are truly excited about this new project in Kershaw County, as we continue to grow our footprint in rehabilitative services across the country,” stated Jake Socha, Ernest Health Division President. “The Elgin hospital not only promises to bring new jobs to the area, but allows for the county and surrounding communities to experience the world-class care and therapy services that we are known for.”

 

Individuals interested in joining the Ernest Health team should contact Ariel Kerek at akerek@vibrahealth.com or visit www.vibrajobs.com.

 

ABOUT ERNEST HEALTH

Ernest Health was founded in 2004 and has been providing specialized rehabilitative services to patients since 2005, when the first hospitals opened. Ernest Health’s rehabilitation hospitals treat thousands of patients every year who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries or illnesses, such as strokes, orthopedic, brain and spinal cord injuries. The hospitals also treat individuals with chronic illnesses such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.

October 29, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 29, 2019) - Pine Gate Renewables is proud to enter into Clarendon County, South Carolina with the commencement of Bonefish Solar, LLC. Bonefish Solar will produce 2.8 megawatts of clean energy, equating to powering roughly 500 homes, removing 79 vehicles from the road, and 131 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled annually.

 

“We’ve worked hard to diversify South Carolina’s growing economy, and that includes supporting the renewable and sustainable energy industry,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Pine Gate Renewables is blazing a trail in the state, and I look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.”

 

“Clarendon County is proud to welcome Bonefish Solar to our growing green industry sector.  We look forward to a mutual beneficial partnership for years to come.” Dwight Stewart, Chairman Clarendon County Council

 

“Congratulations to Pine Gate Renewables and our friends in Clarendon County on this new solar farm location. Alternative energy continues to thrive with the abundance of opportunities in the Central SC region. We are excited about the growth of sustainable energy that Pine Gate Renewables will create for our communities and wish them much success in the future.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

“We take great pride in our diverse industrial recruitment program. Bonefish has been a pleasure to work with during this process and we look forward to seeing them grow.” John Tindal, Chairman Clarendon County Development Board.

 

Bonefish Solar’s anticipated operation is December 2019, adding to Pine Gate’s established portfolio in South Carolina. Cumulatively, the company’s South Carolina projects have raised over $400 million in capital and generated nearly $1 million in personal property taxes for local communities to date.

 

 

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.

October 22, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 22, 2019) Sumter Casket Company, a manufacturer and distributor of caskets, today announced plans to expand its operations to Clarendon County. The company’s $1.8 million investment is projected to create 11 new jobs.

 

Privately held and operated, Sumter Casket Company has been in business for more than 125 years. The company focuses on providing a wide variety of caskets ranging from luxury to economy options.

 

Located in the Clarendon County Industrial Park, at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Highway 301, the company will construct a new 40,000-square-foot building that will allow it to service South Carolina with a complete line of burial containers and cremation products, including both the standard line and custom-painted caskets.

 

The new facility is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2020. Individuals who are interested in joining the Sumter Casket Company team can visit http://www.sumtercasket.com/about.aspx.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $50,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Clarendon County to assist with the costs of site preparation.

 

QUOTES

 

“We have been blessed through the years with loyal customers who see the value in what we do. This new facility will help Sumter Casket carry out our vision as the industry leader and being committed to the celebration of life” -Sumter Casket Company President Michael James

 

“This investment proves that our state is an ideal destination for companies of all types, and by working together, we can maintain our competitive business environment and ensure the future success of companies in all corners of our state.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“It’s always exciting when an existing business decides to invest additional capital and expand operations within our borders. It is especially gratifying when it’s a business like Sumter Casket Company that is respected and appreciated throughout the community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We are extremely pleased to welcome this manufacturing operation to Clarendon County and look forward to many successful years together.” -Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart

 

“One of the main goals of the Clarendon County Development Board is to recruit new industry, increase the tax base and provide new jobs to our citizens. Thank you to Sumter Casket Company for choosing Clarendon County.” -Clarendon County Development Board Chairman John Tindal

 

“Sumter Casket Company joins an esteemed group of existing companies at the Clarendon County Industrial Park. We welcome the company and congratulate them and our partners in Clarendon County on this addition to the growing local industrial market.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

  • Sumter Casket Company is expanding operations to Clarendon County.
  • The company’s $1.8 million investment is projected to create 11 new jobs.
  • Family-owned and operated, the company focuses on providing a wide variety of caskets.
  • The new facility is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2020.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Sumter Casket Company team can visit http://www.sumtercasket.com/about.aspx.

 

 

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.

October 03, 2019

Congratulations to our partners in Newberry County. After announcing their first U.S. plant in Newberry less than 3 years ago, MM Technics has been growing rapidly. As a supplier to BMW’s Spartanburg plant, MM Technics’ expansion represents the strength of South Carolina’s world-class automotive industry. We welcome this investment & continued commitment to growth in Newberry County.

 

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.


For Immediate Release

October 3, 2019

 

MM Technics expanding operations in Newberry County

$6 million investment creating 35 new jobs

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - MM Technics, an American subsidiary of automotive supplier Muhr Metalltechnik, is expanding its Newberry County operations. The $6 million investment is creating 35 new jobs.

 

MM Technics uses state-of-the-art machineries like servo presses and automated welding equipment to supply automotive companies throughout the United States and Europe.

 

Located at Mid-Carolina Commerce Park, MM Technics' expansion includes an 18,000-square-foot addition to its facility, the purchase of a third metal stamping press and the installation of high-speed robotic welding systems. The expansion is designed to raise the capacities of stamping parts and install efficient and high-speed robotic cells for welding assemblies. This additional investment will meet the needs of the company's primary customer, BMW, and will also allow the company to establish new business with other automotive manufacturers.

 

The expansion is expected to be complete in early 2020.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded Newberry County a $100,000 Set-Aside grant for costs related to the project.

 

QUOTES

 

“The launch-up of our green-field project facility at Mid-Carolina Commerce Park is a great story of success. For a year and a half now, MM Technics has supplied a large number of serial body parts for the new SUV models X3 and X5, in perfect accordance with the quality and logistical needs of our major client, BMW, in Spartanburg. Our amazing team at MM Technics is a great mix of experienced high-skilled experts and young college graduates. The trouble-free start-up gives us the opportunity to expand into additional stamping capacity and into high-tech welding assembly work. We greatly appreciate the repeated support by the state, the county and their cooperating partners.” -MM Technics President Meinolf Muhr

 

“We are thrilled that less than three years after establishing operations in South Carolina, MM Technics is already announcing an expansion. This investment shows MM Technics' commitment to the people of South Carolina, and we look forward to the continued positive impact this will have in Newberry County and across the state.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina remains a leader in the global automotive industry, and this expansion by MM Technics is a great example of that. This additional investment further proves that South Carolina has the business climate, workforce and logistics capabilities companies are looking for.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Council is delighted MM Technics has been so successful in such a short amount of time. This expansion not only shows that MM Technics' core business is strong, but we take this as a vote of confidence in our community and our business environment. We're incredibly pleased and thankful the MM Technics experience in Newberry County has been positive and prosperous.” -Newberry County Council Chairman Henry H. Livingston III

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • MM Technics is expanding operations in Newberry County.
  • The $6 million investment is creating 35 jobs.
  • The company uses state-of-the-art machineries like servo presses and automated welding equipment to supply automotive companies.
  • Located at Mid-Carolina Commerce Park, MM Technics' expansion includes an 18,000-square-foot addition to its facility, the purchase of a third metal stamping press and the installation of high-speed robotic welding systems.
  • The expansion is expected to be complete in early 2020.

 

 

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 was among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 - extending its streak of top five finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold or Silver 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

October 01, 2019

We’d like to congratulate our partners in Orangeburg County as they celebrate Valagro’s groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon. Valagro, a producer of biostimulants and fertilizers for the agriculture industry, initially announced their plans to build a new production facility in May 2018. Headquartered in Italy, Valagro’s new facility will be the 22nd international company to join Orangeburg’s diverse business community. CSCA initially engaged with Valagro on our European Marketing Mission to Italy in Fall 2016.

 

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.


Groundbreaking ceremony of the Valagro plant in the US

 

The event officially marks the start of construction work on the Orangeburg County production site in the heart of South Carolina

 

Atessa (CH, Italy) / Orangeburg (South Carolina, USA), 1 October 2019 - Valagro, a leader in the development, production and marketing of biostimulant and advanced nutrient solutions for cash and row crops, is commencing the construction of its Orangeburg, South Carolina plant in the United States, with a groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by members of the local community, esteemed guests, state representatives, as well as members of federal government..

 

Consistent with Valagro’s commitment to innovation, the plant will introduce cutting-edge technologies for the production of plant biostimulants and chelated micronutrients in the United States. The opening of the production site will also involve the creation of nearly 50 new advanced and manufacturing jobs.

 

Thanks to the Orangeburg production plant, Valagro will be able to better meet current and future American demand for innovative sustainable agriculture solutions, better serve our North American customers, and advance the use of biologicals in agriculture.

 

“The new American plant is a fundamental part of Valagro's global production strategy and is further evidence of the company's continued and solid global growth. But beyond this, I would like to emphasize the site’s role in advancing the broader objective of creating conditions that enable the agriculture of the future in a market that is as essential to us as it is to the global farming industry in general. This is why we are also launching our Valagro for Future Farming initiative. The Orangeburg plant will be a facility for innovation, where science is applied to agriculture to produce solutions that can help growers obtain more abundant and better quality harvests more efficiently. And this is our commitment.” -Giuseppe Natale, CEO of Valagro.

 

“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.” –Governor Henry McMaster, State of South Carolina

 

“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, SC Department of Commerce

  

“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 you for your investment in our county and our citizens.” –Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr., Orangeburg County Council

 

“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.” –Mayor Michael C. Butler, City of Orangeburg

 

“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.” –Chairman Mike Brenan, Central South Carolina Alliance

 

Valagro is a leader in the development, production and marketing of biostimulant and advanced nutrient solutions for cash and row crops. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Atessa (Italy), Valagro is committed to providing innovative and effective solutions for plant nutrition and health. Its mission is to increase the quantity and quality of plants and harvested crops while enhancing productivity and reducing the environmental impact of cultivations.

Valagro uses science in the service of mankind to improve nutrition and quality of life while respecting the environment.

 

For further information:

 

Valagro

Marco Rosso +39 334.6737943

m.rosso@valagro.com

September 12, 2019

Congratulations to our partners in Kershaw County. GE Appliances/Haier has been a valued member of the Central SC business community for over 20 years, and we welcome this significant investment & commitment to growth in Kershaw County.

 

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 Relase: 

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2019

 

GE Appliances expanding Kershaw County operations with new Manufacturing Center of Excellence 

Company investing $60 million into facility

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, today announced the creation of a new Manufacturing Center of Excellence for production of water heaters at its Kershaw County plant. The company is investing $60 million in the project.  

 

GE Appliances is renovating and retooling the existing plant, which currently produces refrigerators, into a state-of-the-art, high-volume water heater production facility with capacity for future growth.

 

Through GE Appliances’ expansion, current employees will have the opportunity to assist in creating the new water heater production line – and will resume work in similar positions when the new line begins.

 

Operations are expected to be online in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

QUOTES

“Today, GE Appliances is taking the latest step on our journey to become the leading major appliance business in the U.S. Using the latest, innovative manufacturing technology and processes, our new Water Heater Manufacturing Center of Excellence will enhance our U.S. production footprint and enable us to continue expanding our portfolio of Made in America products.” –GE Appliances CEO Kevin Nolan

 

“The Kershaw County community has a long-standing relationship with GE Appliances, and we welcome the company’s new Manufacturing Center of Excellence. Manufacturing innovation is integral to economic progress, and I am delighted that South Carolina will provide the infrastructure and skilled workforce that enables GE Appliances’ continued success.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“Today’s announcement is the latest welcome addition to investments that innovative businesses like GE Appliances are making in South Carolina. This manufacturing team has been a strong partner to the Kershaw County community for 20 years, and we are excited that the company is continuing to thrive in South Carolina’s pro-business environment.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“GE Appliances/Haier is a longtime pillar of the Kershaw County business community, and we thank them for this significant investment and symbol of their continued commitment. Kershaw County is proud to continue attracting advanced manufacturing investments. This investment is a testament to the thriving business environment we’re creating to promote jobs and economic growth.” –Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns

 

 FIVE FAST FACTS

  • GE Appliances, a Haier company, is creating a new Manufacturing Center of Excellence for production of water heaters at its Kershaw County plant.
  • The company is investing $60 million into the expansion.
  • GE Appliances is renovating and retooling the existing plant, which currently produces refrigerators, into a state-of-the-art, high-volume water heater production facility with capacity for future growth.
  • Current employees will have the opportunity to assist in creating the new water heater production line – and will resume work in similar positions when the new line begins.
  • Operations are expected to be online in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011; 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

August 28, 2019

Big Gun Robotics LLC expanding operations in Newberry County

Investment creating 16 jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 28, 2019) – Big Gun Robotics LLC, a robotic welding company that supplies heavy equipment manufacturers, is expanding its operations in Newberry County. The more than $3.6 million investment is creating 16 new jobs over the next five years.

 

Founded in 2014, Big Gun Robotics LLC services the business-to-business market in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast. The company manufactures large steel assemblies for mining and heavy construction equipment like front loaders and excavators.

 

Located at 114 Mawsons Way in Newberry County, Big Gun Robotics LLC is purchasing the property, as well as adding a 20,000-square-foot expansion to provide space for additional equipment and employees.

 

Individuals interested in joining the Big Gun Robotics LLC team can email info@biggunrobotics.com.

 

QUOTES

 

“This expansion is a testament to our hard-working team and loyal customers, and it will allow Big Gun Robotics LLC to achieve greater efficiency and volume. As a company that’s proud to hire locally, this expansion will have a positive impact on the local economy. Newberry County and South Carolina have provided us with an excellent business environment and we look forward to continuing to grow here.” –Big Gun Robotics LLC Owner Lee Norris

 

“It’s always exciting to watch a homegrown company, like Big Gun Robotics LLC, as they expand their business in our state. This investment and the 16 new jobs it means for Newberry County are something that all of Team South Carolina should be proud of.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina continues to lead the nation’s manufacturing renaissance, and today’s announcement by Big Gun Robotics LLC reinforces that notion. We congratulate Big Gun Robotics LLC on all of their success and look forward to supporting them as they continue to thrive in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Small business is the backbone of our economy, so the council is delighted to partner with Big Gun Robotics LLC on its growth plans. Lee Norris and Jim Page took a company facing closure and turned it into a company that’s growing and adding new customers and new jobs. They should be praised for their hard work and dedication. We wish them all the success in the world, and Newberry County will be there to assist as they continue to grow the business.” –Newberry County Council Chairman Henry H. Livingston III

 

“There’s a lot of exciting activity in the Newberry County Industrial Park, and Big Gun Robotics LLC is part of that momentum. The company’s passion shows through its continued investment in Newberry County and the local workforce. Congratulations to Big Gun Robotics LLC and our friends in Newberry County on this expansion.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Big Gun Robotics LLC is expanding its operations in Newberry County.
  • The more than $3.6 million investment is creating 16 new jobs over five years.
  • Big Gun Robotics LLC manufactures large steel assemblies for the mining and construction industries.  
  • Located at 114 Mawsons Way, the company is purchasing the property, as well as adding a 20,000-square-foot expansion.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Big Gun Robotics LLC team can email info@biggunrobotics.com.
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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 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 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.

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