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September 20, 2010

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), today will cut the ribbon on its regional jet maintenance facility at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). CAE is Atlantic Southeasts primary overnight maintenance base for its regional jet fleet serving United Express, and the airline has invested significantly in refurbishing the existing facility (formerly the Doolittle Hangar) that can accommodate up to three aircraft at a time. Atlantic Southeast br

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), today will cut the ribbon on its regional jet maintenance facility at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). CAE is Atlantic Southeast’ primary overnight maintenance base for its regional jet fleet serving United Express, and the airline has invested significantly in refurbishing the existing facility (formerly the Doolittle Hangar) that can accommodate up to three aircraft at a time. Atlantic Southeast brought more than 75 jobs to the Columbia area when it began performing overnight maintenance at CAE last year, but it has not had a permanent hangar facility until now. Renovations are scheduled for completion by mid-October 2010.

Moving into a hangar environment in Columbia is playing a strategic role as Atlantic Southeast continues growing to become the world’ largest operator of regional jets, said Atlantic Southeast President Brad Holt. The CAE facility will allow us to maintain a growing fleet that will serve both our Washington (Dulles) and Chicago (OHare) hubs. We also are very pleased with the partnerships we have developed with CAE airport officials, and various government and civic agencies that have made opening an overnight maintenance base in Columbia possible, Holt said.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport Executive Director Dan Mann added, Atlantic Southeast Airlines has been a great partner with CAE for some time now so I am pleased with this opportunity of growth that relocating to the Doolittle Hangar will support. Our teams have worked together to refurbish this facility, making it possible for us to be one of five key Atlantic Southeast maintenance facilities located around the country.


South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor said, Atlantic Southeast’ regional jet maintenance operation at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport has brought employment opportunities over the last year and the company’ decision to establish a permanent facility to house this work is a reminder of South Carolina’ ever-growing aviation industry. Our state has the workforce talent and resources necessary to continue to attract new investment, and we are proud to count Atlantic Southeast Airlines as a member of the state’ business community.


Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance agreed. Atlantic Southeast fully embodies the pioneering spirit that we value within our community, and we are proud to see this growth in our aviation corridor, said Lexington County Council Chairman Jim Kinard.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, We are fortunate that Atlantic Southeast has expanded its presence and brought more than 75 jobs to the Columbia area. We are proud to have them in our business community.


With the Columbia hangar, Atlantic Southeast employs 600 maintenance personnel at five maintenance facilities in five states—a 218,000-square-foot headquarters maintenance base in Atlanta, Ga.; a 39,000-square-foot maintenance base in Baton Rouge, La.; the 356,000-square-foot Columbia base and line maintenance centers in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Washington, D.C.


About Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Atlantic Southeast, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., operates more than 900 daily flights using its all-jet fleet to 104 airports in 28 U.S. states, District of Columbia, and Canada. Under the SkyWest, Inc. umbrella, Atlantic Southeast and SkyWest Airlines form the world’ largest regional airline alliance. Founded in 1979, Atlantic Southeast operated solely as a Delta Connection carrier until adding United Express operations in February 2010. The airline operates a fleet of 166 aircraft and employs more than 3,500 aviation professionals across its route system. For more information, visit flyasa.com.

September 12, 2010

Chris Goodall, CEO of Continental American Insurance Company (Aflac Group Insurance), was joined today by Governor Mark Sanford, Mayor Steve Benjamin, Insurance Commissioner Scott Richardson, Central South Carolina Alliance CEO Mike Briggs, local dignitaries and elected officials, in announcing that Aflac , the company that pays you cash fast when you have been hurt or become ill, will lease an additional 27,000 square feet of office space in the City of Columbias central business district to a

Chris Goodall, CEO of Continental American Insurance Company (Aflac Group Insurance), was joined today by Governor Mark Sanford, Mayor Steve Benjamin, Insurance Commissioner Scott Richardson, Central South Carolina Alliance CEO Mike Briggs, local dignitaries and elected officials, in announcing that Aflac , the company that pays you cash fast when you have been hurt or become ill, will lease an additional 27,000 square feet of office space in the City of Columbia’ central business district to accommodate anticipated expansion at Aflac Group Insurance.

In January 2011, Aflac Group Insurance will shift 120 of its existing employees from the Aflac Group main office on Devine Street to the newly leased space at 400 Laurel Street. The company plans to double the number of workers at the new location over the next three to five years by adding new employees, while continuing its full operations on Devine Street.


The seven-year lease ensures that Aflac Group can accommodate its anticipated growth with new office space at a convenient location for employees and customers to come and go with easy access and ample parking. Aflac Group Insurance, formerly known as Continental American Insurance Company, has a 30-year history in the city of Columbia and Richland County, and remains committed to the area, as was promised when the company merged with Aflac Incorporated to form Aflac Group Insurance.


We couldnt ask for a better location in Columbia’ business district as we renew our dedication to expanding our business right here in Richland County, Goodall said. We are excited to demonstrate our strong commitment to our employees and customers, to the city of Columbia, Richland County and the state of South Carolina. We appreciate the tremendous enthusiasm that our state and local officials have shown us here in Columbia.


What made Continental American Insurance, now Aflac Group Insurance, such an attractive partner is our shared values, dedication to community, and strong commitment to the people we serve, Aflac President and COO Paul S. Amos II said. With this expansion, Chris Goodall and his hard-working team have given us every reason to believe that we were right, and that Aflac Group is poised for tremendous growth in the future.


Aflac’s plans to expand their footprint in South Carolina, and Columbia in particular, are yet another telling dividend of our state’s continued efforts to improve business soil conditions, Gov. Mark Sanford said. Today’s news speaks highly of these efforts, and indeed is another notch in what has become a string of economic development successes lately on the recruitment and investment fronts. While immense economic challenges remain for our state, I’d join many in celebrating Aflac’s announcement and welcoming them to downtown Columbia.


“We are honored a company of this stature is increasing their presence in South Carolina, State Insurance Director Scott Richardson said. The people of South Carolina are best served when government and the private sector share a mutual trust, so we are extremely pleased to continue the relationship that we have developed with Aflac Group Insurance to ensure that they remain a valued part of the economic engine of Columbia and South Carolina.


We are delighted that an international, Fortune 500 Company, with a history like Aflac’, chose our city to build its group insurance operations, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said. Aflac’ long-term commitment to Columbia is a great sign that our economic development plans are on the right track and sends a strong message that Columbia is an attractive city for any business to locate and grow.


Aflac Group will occupy the entire fifth floor of the five-story building; however, the terms of the lease provide Aflac Group with the first opportunity to lease any additional space that becomes available in the future. The building currently houses offices leased by AT&T.


South Carolina’ burgeoning reputation as a preferred business location continues to attract the most well respected and globally recognized companies in the world. Aflac has received numerous recognitions, among them Fortune Magazine’ global designation as No. 1 on the magazine’ Most Admired Companies list. The fact that Aflac has chosen to invest and grow in South Carolina is a compliment to our skilled workforce and to the state’ efforts to focus on the fundamentals necessary to help businesses compete and succeed. We congratulate Chris Goodall and the entire Aflac team on today’ announcement and wish the company much success in Columbia, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Richland County is extremely proud that Aflac Group Insurance has chosen to expand its operations here in the capital county. This is a great testament to the county’ continued focus on a pro business environment. We look forward to Aflac’ continued presence, and wish them many more successful years in Richland County, said Richland County Council Chairman Paul Livingston.


About Aflac
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For 55 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for four consecutive years and has been named by the Reputation Institute as the Most Reputable Company in the Global Insurance Industry for two consecutive years. In 2010, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the twelfth consecutive year. In addition, Fortune magazine ranked Aflac No. 1 on its global list of the Most Admired Companies in the Life and Health Insurance category. Aflac was also named by Forbes magazine as America’s Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.

August 15, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Kershaw County today announced that TB Kawashima USA Inc. will expand its facility in Kershaw County. The $9 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs over the next five years.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Kershaw County today announced that TB Kawashima USA Inc. will expand its facility in Kershaw County. The $9 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs over the next five years.

We are pleased to move forward with our new expansion at our plant in Kershaw County. This represents the second expansion to this plant in the last couple of years. Demand for our products has continued to grow, and Kershaw County has provided us with an excellent business environment in which to operate. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials, said Yuzo Mori, president of TB Kawashima USA.


TB Kawashima USA, a leading producer of fabric for the automotive industry, will expand its operations at its existing facility in Lugoff. The expanded operations at the facility are expected to come online in the fourth quarter of this year.


TB Kawashima’ expansion is another reminder that South Carolina’ automotive sector continues to present opportunities. TB Kawashima’ decision to increase its footprint in Kershaw County is also a sign that our state’ business-friendly climate, skilled workforce and exceptional market access are working to attract new investment and jobs. By continuing to keep regulatory costs and taxes low, South Carolina is well positioned to compete nationally and globally for new investments and growth among existing industries, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Kershaw County is pleased to have worked with TB Kawashima on the expansion of their Lugoff facility. In light of these interesting economic times, having a company create new jobs is especially welcome. Since locating here in 2003, TB Kawashima has been a strong asset to our manufacturing community, and we look forward to working with them in the future as their growth continues, stated Max Ford, chairman of Kershaw County Council.


ReadySC will assist Kawashima in providing a personalized training program for the new hires. The company will begin hiring for the positions in the fourth quarter of this year. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the Human Resources Department or e-mail sarmstrong@tbkawashimausa.com.


TB Kawashima USA is a leading provider of textiles used by the automotive industry for car interiors. The company’ fabrics are used in cars produced by Honda, Nissan, Toyota and GM. For more information about the company, please visit www.tbkawashimausa.com.

August 02, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that FPL Food LLC will locate its further processing facility in Lexington County. The opening of this facility is expected to generate 75 new jobs, with a total employee count of over 150.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that FPL Food LLC will locate its further processing facility in Lexington County. The opening of this facility is expected to generate 75 new jobs, with a total employee count of over 150.

This move allows us to expand production and logistic capabilities for our customers. Lexington County offers us an excellent business environment and offers a building that fits our specific needs. We look forward to bringing our new facility online, and we appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials, said Francois Leger, CEO of FPL Food.


FPL Food is a producer of high-quality, value-added beef products and the facility will house the further processing function of its beef operations.


FPL Food’ decision to locate in Lexington County is another indication that our state is competitive in today’ economy. From our unparalleled market access to our skilled workforce, South Carolina has the resources to help companies get products moving quickly. In order to attract more jobs and encourage continued growth, it is important that the state works to foster an environment where businesses of any size can be successful. This means continuing to focus on the business fundamentals such as low taxes and low regulatory burdens. By further strengthening our business-friendly climate, the state will be well positioned to attract more investment and job opportunities for South Carolinians, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


We are pleased that FPL Food LLC will call Lexington County home. The company is a major producer of beef products and it will complement the host of other industrial food service providers in our community. We look forward to the job creation and economic growth that this company will provide for our local, regional and state’ economy, said Jim Kinard, Chairman of Lexington County Council.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, The Midlands Region continues to attract companies that need a location that offers a superior transportation network which makes it cost effective to reach customers. We have a number of high-quality food-related companies that are known to be the best in their industries when it comes to quality. Our team appreciates the support from the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Lexington County Council.


The company is currently accepting applications. Anyone interested in job opportunities with FPL Food should visit www.fplfood.com or apply in person at the Lexington OneStop Center at 714 South Lake Drive in Lexington.


About FPL Food LLC
FPL Food LLC is the largest privately held beef provider in the Southeast. The company provides customers with quality beef solutions and value added products that cater to a specific niche for their business’ success. For more information about the company, please visit www.fplfood.com.

May 19, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Richland County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Palmetto State Armory will locate its new facility in Richland County. The more than $2.9 million investment is expected to generate up to 50 new jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Richland County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Palmetto State Armory will locate its new facility in Richland County. The more than $2.9 million investment is expected to generate up to 50 new jobs.

Establishing this new manufacturing and distribution center is an important part of our company’ growth plan, and we look forward to completing work on the facility. Richland County offers us an excellent business environment, and the location allows us to easily reach customers across the state and region. We appreciate all the support weve received from state and local officials, said Jamin McCallum, president of Palmetto State Armory.
Palmetto State Armory’ new facility is located in Northeast Richland County off Farrow Road. The company will manufacture its own rifles as well as have retail and distribution facilities for its own shooting sports products and other brands. The company has operated for the past two years as an online retailer. The company’ retail space is already open and the manufacturing facility is expected to start up in the next couple of weeks.


South Carolina continues to provide an excellent business environment for start-up companies to establish and grow their business, and Palmetto State Armory’ decision to continue to do business here is yet another indication of the state’ success. Palmetto State Armory’ decision to make the Midlands its home is also a strong reflection on our state’ strength in manufacturing as well as our accessibility to markets. We congratulate Palmetto State Armory on its investment and wish them well in their endeavors here, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


The Palmetto State Armory’ new facility in northeast Richland County, as well as the addition of up to 50 new employees, signifies the company’ strong presence in the market, and bodes well for its expanding customer base. We are pleased that Palmetto State Armory calls Richland County home, and we wish them many years of continued success, stated Richland County Chairman Paul Livingston.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple stated, Palmetto State Armory is a locally owned start-up company that discovered a niche market in the shooting sports industry. The Central SC Region offers a strategic location for distributors. Our superior interstate system along with the United Parcel Service southeast region air hub provides Internet- and retail-based companies a competitive edge.


Palmetto State Armory has already begun hiring for the positions and expects to continue hiring through the rest of the year. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact info@palmettostatearmory.com. For more information about Palmetto State Armory, please visit www.palmettostatearmory.com.

May 18, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Sumter County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Kaydon Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in Sumter County with an $8.9 million investment that is expected to generate 75 new jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Sumter County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Kaydon Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in Sumter County with an $8.9 million investment that is expected to generate 75 new jobs.

The expansion of our custom bearing facility in the Sumter area will help us grow our market share and increase our competitive edge. Our company has found an excellent business environment in Sumter, and we are pleased to grow our operations there. We look forward to increasing our presence in Sumter and appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials, said Kaydon Corporation Chairman and CEO James OLeary.


Kaydon has purchased a building formerly occupied by Bosch in Sumter near the campus of its custom bearings facility, where it produces bearings for a wide range of general industrial markets. The company will add equipment to the building and expects to have the new facility online in the fall of 2010. Kaydon also has an industrial tank turret/wind turbine bearing production facility in Sumter.


South Carolina continues to provide the economic advantages that allow companies to increase their bottom line, and expand in South Carolina. Kaydon has been part of the South Carolina business community for a number of years and this announcement further strengthens the company’ commitment to our state. By providing a business-friendly climate and skilled workforce, and ensuring existing buildings are ready for adaptive reuse, our state can continue to attract investments that create new job opportunities for South Carolinians. We look forward to Kaydon’ continued growth in our state and wish them well in their endeavors here, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


This expansion is only the latest in a string of local expansions for the Michigan-based manufacturer. Beginning in 2006, Kaydon added 40 new jobs and invested $4.5 million in new equipment. Also in 2006, Kaydon invested $18.5 million and added another 50 new jobs. Again in 2008, Kaydon made a $4.5 million additional capital investment and added 10 jobs.


Weve been working with Kaydon for several years now to find ways to help make them more competitive, more productive and more profitable, said Sumter Development Board Chairman Greg A. Thompson. Weve made several trips to Michigan to convince Kaydon that Sumter is poised and ready for their corporate growth.


On behalf of county council, were all very pleased with this announcement and with Kaydon’ continued investments in our community, said Sumter County Council Chairwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney. Sumter County’ partnership with Kaydon has been strong for 30 years, and this will only make our partnership and our community stronger.


When an existing industry expands, it sends a message that Sumter is a great place to do business. In competitive expansions like this one, a solid relationship with our corporate partners is indispensable, said Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen. Once again Sumter has competed with other communities for a highly sought-after project and won. That should tell folks a lot about our community.


We were pleased to have played an integral role in recruiting this project to Sumter County. The Alliance continues to aggressively market the region on a daily basis to the renewable energy sector and strongly feel that we are well positioned to attract more companies like Kaydon. Today’ expansion announcement by Kaydon is further testament to the strong regional economic development environment that exists here in the Central South Carolina region. We applaud Sumter County Council members and the Sumter development board for continuing to provide a pro-business atmosphere which results in announcements like today’, said Central SC Alliance President and CEO Mike Briggs.


Hiring for these positions will start immediately and be ongoing during 2010. readySC in cooperation with the Central Carolina Technical College will soon be conducting a pre-employment training program for assemblers and machine operators. These jobs are for second and third shifts, and CNC and manufacturing experience desired. An advertisement will be featured in the local newspaper May 30 giving details on how to apply for this training. readySC will be coordinating with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Development to process the applications.


Kaydon Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom engineered, performance-critical products, supplying a broad and diverse group of alternative energy, industrial, aerospace, medical and electronic equipment and aftermarket customers. For more information about the company, please visit www.kaydon.com.

May 17, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI) will locate its new facility in Richland County. The $480,000 investment is expected to generate 70 new well-paying jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI) will locate its new facility in Richland County. The $480,000 investment is expected to generate 70 new well-paying jobs.

Health IT is a critical focus area for our nation, and QSSI offers leading solutions that address the many aspects of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2009. We are excited about becoming a part of the business community in South Carolina, which offers a wealth of talented and trained personnel with experience consistent with our company mission, said Bikram Bakshi, president and CEO of QSSI.


QSSI is a software engineering and security services firm that delivers a broad range of healthcare information technology solutions. The new facility will be located at 7909 Parklane Road and will be an IT service provider that will focus on custom software development, help desk support and testing services.


QSSI has a wealth of experience in the information technology sector and is a leading contractor for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services among other commercial industries. South Carolina has seen steady growth in its information technology sector over the past several years and this announcement along with other recent announcements clearly shows that Commerce and its allies are successful in recruiting companies that grow the knowledge base in our state. We appreciate QSSI’ decision to do business in South Carolina and wish them success in their endeavors here, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, We are very pleased to welcome the investment and new jobs by QSSI. Richland County and the Central SC Region have an established information technology sector with a skilled and trained workforce. The economic momentum continues in South Carolina and we want to recognize our friends at the Department of Commerce for their continued support.
We are proud that Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI) has chosen Richland County in which to locate a custom software development, help desk support, and testing services operation, which will result in 70 new jobs. Richland County Council Chairman Paul Livingston said, “Richland County continues to remain a destination for new and expanding businesses, due in large part to our business friendly environment, and excellent quality of life. Richland County heartily welcomes QSSI!



QSSI has begun hiring for the positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the company’ recruiting team at qs_staff@qssinc.com.


About QSSI
Founded in 1997, QSSI is a rapidly growing firm with a broad set of information technology solution offerings. A SEI CMMI Maturity Level 3 rated firm, QSSI focuses on enterprise software development, security Services and critical IT infrastructure solutions as core competencies. QSSI has successfully performed on over 200 federal contracts in the civilian market and has over 300 IT professionals. For more information about QSSI, please visit www.qssinc.com.

April 07, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Central SC Alliance and the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) today announced that Immedion LLC will expand its operations into Richland County. The multi-million dollar investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Central SC Alliance and the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) today announced that Immedion LLC will expand its operations into Richland County. The multi-million dollar investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

We have been operating in the Upstate for the past few years, and this new data center in the Midlands allows us to extend our reach to all areas of South Carolina. The demand for our services is expected to continue to grow, and the SCRA USC Innovation Center provides us a perfect location to accommodate this demand. Richland County has an exceptional business environment and the skilled workforce we need for our operations, said Frank Mobley, CEO of Immedion.


Immedion operates an enterprise-level data center in Greenville near the CU-ICAR campus, and the new facility is located in a 15,000-square-foot space in the SCRA USC Innovation Center. The company expects to begin operations in early August.


It is always great to see a home-grown company prosper to the degree that Immedion has demonstrated in recent years. The company has witnessed success in Greenville, and the decision to open a new facility in Richland County means more well-paying jobs for South Carolinians. Immedion’ announcement is another sign that South Carolina continues to encourage growth by providing a solid foundation for success with a skilled workforce and business-friendly climate. We congratulate Immedion on its expansion and wish them continued success in the Palmetto State, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, Immedion is a great example of how a home-grown company can prosper with the technology support system that exists here in Central South Carolina. The region certainly offers everything needed to support data centers as evident by today’ announcement and the recent purchase of property in northeast Richland County by Google.


The SCRA USC Innovation Center at Columbia is designed to serve high-growth start-up companies like Immedion, with whom our SC Launch program has worked extensively, said Bill Mahoney, SCRA CEO. This center has become a reality because of the dedication by our business, academic, government and economic development partners to build the knowledge economy in South Carolina.


The company expects to begin hiring for the new positions in June. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should send an e-mail inquiry to employment@immedion.com.


About Immedion
Immedion’ objective is to keep customer business-critical data and applications available 100 percent of the time, year-round. They accomplish this by coupling a world-class data center facility and a strategic array of managed services developed to deliver the highest degree of reliability at a very competitive price. Since 2007, Immedion has been delivering fully redundant power, Internet bandwidth, cooling and humidity control to the Upstate business IT infrastructure. Customers leverage the Immedion enterprise level data center to minimize critical computer system downtime caused by commercial power outages, Internet problems, or other system failures. Immedion is headquartered in Greenville. For more information please visit www.immedion.com.

March 15, 2010

Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Newberry County and the Central SC Alliance today announced Caterpillar plans to increase operations at its facility in Newberry County. The state and Newberry County have worked to assist the company with its expansion plans for Newberry, which should be completed in the next several years. The company expects employment at the Newberry facility to increase by about 500 people as a result of the capacity expansion project. Caterpilla

Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Newberry County and the Central SC Alliance today announced Caterpillar plans to increase operations at its facility in Newberry County. The state and Newberry County have worked to assist the company with its expansion plans for Newberry, which should be completed in the next several years. The company expects employment at the Newberry facility to increase by about 500 people as a result of the capacity expansion project. Caterpillar is making a multi-year, significant capital investment in support of the Newberry expansion plan. The company opened the Newberry generator set facility in 2006 as part of Caterpillar’ Electric Power Division.

The expansion of our Newberry operation is part of the Electric Power Division’ strategic global manufacturing plan for better serving our customers, said Joseph Mulay, Newberry facility manager for Caterpillar. South Carolina has been an excellent fit for our company, and we are pleased to be increasing operations at our Newberry facility. We appreciate the continued support we have received from the state Department of Commerce and local officials in Newberry County, Mulay added.
Caterpillar’ Electric Power Division includes global design, packaging and marketing responsibilities for Caterpillar electric power generation products, including U.S. locations in South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana and Georgia and international locations in Northern Ireland, India, China and Brazil. The Electric Power Division includes products branded with the FG Wilson, Olympian and Caterpillar names. The Newberry facility currently produces a full range of diesel gensets under 200 kW for the North American market. It also produces a limited range of products in the 250 KW to 700KW range. The expansion plan would increase genset production in the 250-1250 kW range primarily for North American customers. These gensets are typically used as backup power for smaller retail operations, homes, farms and in municipal applications.


As we work to compete in today’ global economy, our state’s commitment to lowering taxes, reducing regulatory burdens and maintaining a pro-business environment is critical. Today’ announcement to create 500 new jobs is indeed a sign that we are moving in the right direction, and we remain committed to further enhancing the state’ business environment to allow our existing businesses, like Caterpillar, to be more competitive during these challenging economic times. Id like to thank Caterpillar for choosing to grow in our state, and also applaud the hardworking team at Commerce as well as the local economic development community in Newberry County, said Gov. Mark Sanford.


Caterpillar continues to enhance its four-county footprint in South Carolina, and this expansion is a positive indication that the efforts of dedicated economic development professionals at the state and local level are working to separate us from the competition for new jobs in this economy. The expansion of the Newberry facility will allow Caterpillar to reach its customers in the nation’ fastest growing market efficiently and reaffirms South Carolina’ ability to provide a high-skilled workforce and unmatched market access. Caterpillar is truly a world-class operation and its growth in Newberry County is sure to positively impact the local community and strengthen the company’ commitment to our state over the long-term, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Around 10 years ago, Caterpillar made the decision to make a significant investment in Newberry County in the form of a very large diesel generator manufacturing plant. Several years later, the company occupied the building and began limited production. Now, the decision to hire up to 500 additional employees means the original decision to invest in Newberry has come full circle. We are ecstatic that Caterpillar has decided to increase its investment in Newberry and look forward to a long and close relationship with Caterpillar. This announcement means a much brighter future for many in and around Newberry County. Many thanks to the Newberry County Development Team and the County Council who have spent many hours in making this event possible. A special thanks to Secretary of Commerce, Joe Taylor, and his staff for their continued pursuit of jobs in the Midlands area and for making this historic announcement possible, said state Senator Ronnie Cromer.


Newberry County could not be more pleased with today’s announcement, commented Newberry County Council Chairman Henry Livingston. It is always positive to see an existing industry grow and continue to invest in the community. Most importantly, it brings much needed quality job opportunities to the citizens of Newberry County. Caterpillar is reinforcing its commitment to Newberry’s power generation facility reflecting continued confidence in the county’s business environment and workforce. We are happy to support Caterpillar’ success with this venture.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, Today’ expansion announcement by Caterpillar further demonstrates the strong work ethic that exists here in Central South Carolina. Caterpillar is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-speed diesel generator sets and engines and we could not be prouder to have them in Newberry County. We offer a lot of unique and distinct business advantages to companies that have a direct impact on the bottom line including a superior transportation network, a deep water seaport and employees that are highly productive with the skills to make best in class products.


The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in the coming months. Individuals interested in job opportunities are encouraged to visit www.jointeamcaterpillar.com.

March 08, 2010

Company will move its distribution operations into a new facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 8, 2010) – The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) will expand its operations with a new facility in Lexington County. The company expects to invest more than $11.8 million in its new facility over the next five years.
 
“Our company continues to grow and gain market share, and this new facility will give us the room we need to remain competitive. The new site in Lexington County is perfect for our needs and we are pleased to continue doing business in the Midlands. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” said Peter Fawcett, CEO of RNDC.
 
RNDC will locate its new facility in the Lexington County Industrial Park, located just off U.S. 321. The company will build a 200,000-square-foot facility there, and expects to occupy the building by September. All employees from the company’s current location will be transferred there.
“An important element of success in economic development is producing top-notch buildings and sites strategically located for companies needing to move products efficiently. RNDC’s decision to locate in the Lexington County Industrial Park is an indication that the county’s work in this area is paying dividends. Today’s announcement is also a positive sign that our state’s strong market access and business-friendly climate are a winning combination working to attract new investments and helping our existing industries grow. We appreciate Peter Fawcett’s and RNDC’s decision to further invest in South Carolina and look forward to their continued success in our state,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.
 
“As we examined corridor development in Lexington County, distribution was one of the four sectors identified for the Cayce-West Columbia region. We are extremely pleased that one of our long standing existing industries decided to develop its next generation facility here in Lexington County. The company’s expansion validates the workforce, its work ethic, our geographic location and our commitment to assist existing industry,” said Lexington County Council Chairman James E. Kinard Jr.
 
Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, “RNDC’s announcement today further demonstrates the exceptional transportation and logistics network that exists here in the Central SC Region. More and more companies that have a need of moving product expeditiously to customers have discovered that our access to four interstate highways, the Port of Charleston and the UPS air hub located at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport is the perfect cost-effective location for growth oriented companies.”
 
RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

January 25, 2010

R&D Facility to Support Company’s Manufacturing Operations in Blythewood

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 25, 2010 – The South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Central SC Alliance and Richland County today joined Pure Power Technologies, a Navistar company, in celebrating the inauguration of the company’s research and development operation in the Columbia Technical Center. Company representatives and state and local leaders were on hand for the event.


In October, Navistar Inc. announced the finalization of an agreement to acquire certain assets and the membership interests of Continental Diesel Systems U.S. LLC, to manufacture key fuel injection components for its MaxxForce® diesel engines.


“One of Navistar’s strategic pillars is to achieve a competitive cost structure by controlling our own destiny. By designing and manufacturing our own fuel system technologies, Pure Power Technologies enables us to do exactly that,” said Eric Tech, president, Navistar Engine Group. “With Pure Power Technologies, we not only acquired a cutting-edge technology company, we also gained a skilled workforce with the know-how and enthusiasm to take us into the future. We look forward to being part of the South Carolina business community for a long time to come.”


Pure Power Technologies LLC will vertically integrate research and development, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to produce world-class diesel power systems and advanced emissions control systems for commercial and defense markets. Based in Columbia, S.C., Pure Power Technologies will operate a research and development center there as well as a manufacturing plant in nearby Blythewood, S.C.


The Columbia and Blythewood facilities are former Continental assets. Navistar’s acquisition of these facilities and development of Pure Power Technologies LLC preserved jobs that would have otherwise been lost due to the announced closure of the Continental facility.


“I could not be more excited to welcome a new partner to the South Carolina automotive industry. The Navistar facility, with its dedicated workforce, will produce innovative products for commercial and defense markets. Through Navistar’s investment, we establish yet another example of how the business environment in South Carolina is among the best in the country. The S.C. Department of Commerce, Navistar and all local leaders and partners should be congratulated for their continued commitment to growing this region and our state. I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship,” said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.


“I am pleased Navistar has chosen South Carolina and the Sixth Congressional District for this venture,” Congressman James E. Clyburn said. “The company is bringing good jobs today and creating new jobs for the future with its research and development facility. Innovation is the key to building South Carolina’s economy in the future, and Navistar is contributing to our state’s image as a leader in the automotive innovation industry.”


“Navistar is a true innovator in the design of truck engines, and the company’s newest venture will augment South Carolina’s ever-growing automotive sector. After Continental announced its decision to close its Richland operations, Commerce, the County, the Central SC Alliance and state and local leaders worked closely with Navistar to facilitate the acquisition and preserve jobs at the Continental facilities. Navistar’s decision to invest in South Carolina and establish Pure Power Technologies here is another strong sign that our business-friendly climate, skilled workforce and exceptional market access continue to attract new investors to our state. We are extraordinarily pleased to have Navistar in our business community, and as the market rebounds we believe that these operations will now be stronger and better positioned for future growth,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

January 15, 2010

Investment expected to create 283 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 15, 2010) – The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Akebono Brake Corporation will locate its new facility in Lexington County. The $35.6 million investment is expected to generate 283 new jobs over the next five years.


“Opening this new facility is exciting for us. It will allow us to meet growing customer demand and for our products and better position us as the automotive market picks back up. Lexington County will be an excellent fit for our company, providing us with an excellent business climate. We look forward to beginning operations at our new plant in South Carolina and appreciate all the support from state and local officials,” said Brandon Kessinger, director of Legal Affairs for Akebono.


Akebono recently purchased Bosch Chassis Systems Columbia and will locate its new operations in that facility in West Columbia. The company expects to install equipment in the building and hopes to have the plant completely online by the end of 2010.


“South Carolina’s automotive sector continues to bring opportunities to our state, and this announcement is just the latest example as this facility will create hundreds of new well-paying job opportunities for Midlands’ residents. Akebono Brake is a world-class company and a leading maker of brakes and brake parts for a number of automotive companies. The company’s decision to invest in South Carolina is a positive reflection of our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce. “We welcome Akebono Brake to Lexington and wish them much success in their endeavors here.”


“Lexington County earnestly welcomes Akebono, a company whose 75 years of expertise and reputation for success, quality and exceptional performance will greatly benefit our business community. Akebono’s investment will allow them to prosper based on the facility’s existing capacity and enable them to take advantage of Lexington County’s outstanding workforce. We are extremely pleased that they will be providing employment opportunities for 283 people,” said Lexington County Council Chairman Jim Kinard.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple stated, “On behalf of the Central SC Alliance, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Akebono Brake Corporation. Over the years, we have worked closely with the plant leadership team and general manager David Wheeler in terms of future growth and development of the site. We recognize the importance of maintaining a close working relationship with existing industry. The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Lexington County have been important partners through the PBR Automotive, Bosch and now Akebono transactions. We are very excited by the news of additional investment and new job creation.”

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