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December 21, 2015

Company investing $19.5 million to expand Orangeburg County facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 23, 2015) Advanta Industries, Inc. (Advanta), a company that specializes in material handling applications, is expanding its existing Clarendon County facility, which operates as Advanta Southeast, LLC. The company is investing $2.6 million to create 26 new jobs over the next five years.

 

Established in 1997 and headquartered in Petersburg, Mich., Advanta is a family-owned firm that serves the automotive, industrial, energy and defense industries. In 2010, the company opened its first Palmetto State facility in Duncan, S.C., and, three years later, relocated to a larger facility in Manning, S.C.

 

In an effort to meet increased customer demand, Advanta is expanding its existing operations in Manning by constructing a 30,000-sqaure-foot addition to the current facility. Located at 1799 Ram Bay Road, the company also plans to upgrade the plant' equipment by installing a new sheet and tube laser for cutting all types of steel.

 

In total, the expansion is expected to result in the creation of more than 25 new jobs. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2016. Those looking to join the Advanta team should send resumes to jobs@advanta.net or stop in and complete an application. For more information on the company, visit www.advantaindustries.com.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $200,000 grant to Clarendon County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.

 

QUOTES

 

“We are very pleased to announce the expansion of our South Carolina facility. We have found South Carolina and, in particular, Clarendon County to be a great place to grow our business. We continue to see growth and opportunity here in South Carolina, and we are excited to be a part of it.” Advanta President Merle Grams, III

 

“Companies like Advanta flourish in our state thanks to Team South Carolina' investment in our schools, our workforce and our environment for business development.” Gov. Nikki Haley


“South Carolina' manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today' announcement by Advanta is proof of that. The company' continued commitment to our state is meaningful because it makes a statement about the business environment weve cultivated in all corners of South Carolina.” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We take great pride in our existing industry program in Clarendon County. Any time we can help one of our industries grow, it' a great testament of our pro-business climate. On behalf of Clarendon County Council, we wish them much success. ” Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart

 

“Advanta' initial $3.5 million investment in the Central S.C. Region in 2013 was a great win for the region and for Clarendon County. Today' expansion announcement attests to the leadership and skilled workforce at Advanta in the Manning community, and we look forward to their continued growth over the years to come.” Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

  • Advanta Industries, Inc. is expanding its existing Clarendon County operations.
  • $2.6 million investment to create 26 new jobs.
  • Established in 1997 and headquartered in Petersburg, Mich., Advanta is a family-owned firm that serves the automotive, industrial, energy and defense industries.
  • Advanta is expanding its existing operations in Manning by constructing a 30,000-sqaure-foot addition to the current facility, which is located at 1799 Ram Bay Road.
  • Those looking to join the Advanta team should send resumes to jobs@advanta.net or stop in and complete an application.

 

About Advanta Industries, Inc.
Advanta Industries specializes in material handling applications. We design and manufacture returnable steel racks. We offer custom packaging systems using totes, bulk bins, and steel containers for all your WIP and shipping needs. For more information, visit www.advantaindustries.com.


About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $10.9 billion in capital investment and 64,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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 15, 2015

Company investing more than $40 million to create 100 new jobs in Lexington County

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 16, 2015) - Akebono Brake Corporation, a leader in advanced brake and friction material development production, is expanding its existing Lexington County operations. The company is investing more than $40 million in the project, which is expected to create 100 new jobs in West Columbia, S.C. over the next five years.

Akebono Brake Corporation, a subsidiary of Tokyo, Japan-based Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd., provides the world' automotive industry with advanced braking and noise, vibration and harshness solutions. With more than 85 years of brake systems expertise, Akebono manufactures its products in 30 wholly-owned or affiliated facilities, employing more than 8,200 associates worldwide. Its North American co-head offices are located in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

As a result of increased sales, the company has decided to increase the capacity of its existing Lexington County facility, expanding its casting foundry and adding a new bay to accommodate machining and assembly. Located at 201 Metropolitan Drive in West Columbia, the expanded operations are expected to house 100 new jobs. Hiring for the new positions will begin in 2016. Those looking to join the Akebono team should visit the company' career opportunities page online.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $200,000 Set Aside grant to Lexington County to assist with the costs of real property improvements. For more information on Akebono Brake Corporation, visit www.akebonobrakes.com.

 

QUOTES

 

Akebono'x continued investment in our West Columbia facility is a win-win for the company and our local community. We look forward to expanding our operations here with the skilled talent that Lexington County has to offer. - Akebono Brake Corporation West Columbia Plant Manager Fred Ulep

Akebono'x new $40 million investment is a huge win for our state' automotive industry, but most importantly, it' a win for the 100 South Carolinians who will have jobs because of this great company' commitment to our state. - Gov. Nikki Haley

We congratulate Akebono Brake Corporation on the decision to expand operations in Lexington County. This announcement not only indicates the company' commitment to our state, but is also a testament to South Carolina' pro-business environment and hard-working, loyal workforce. - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

Lexington County is honored to have Akebono Brake Corporation expand their facility at the CAE Industrial Park. This expansion will generate new, highly-skilled jobs in the community. Akebono fully embodies the pioneering spirit that we value in the Midlands, and we look forward to the additional growth in the automotive sector. - Lexington County Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat

Akebono'x initial investment announcement of $104 million and the addition of 314 new jobs in 1999 was a great win for Lexington County and for the Central S.C. Region. Today, we celebrate another milestone a $40 million investment and 100 new jobs. Congratulations to the leadership and workforce at Akebono for their dedication and commitment to this region. - Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

  • Akebono Brake Corporation is expanding its operations in Lexington County.
    $40.5 million investment creating 100 new jobs.
  • Akebono Brake Corporation, a subsidiary of Tokyo, Japan-based Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd., operates co-head offices in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
  • The company is expanding its casting foundry and adding a new bay to accommodate machining and assembly at its Lexington County facility, which is located at 201 Metropolitan Drive in West Columbia.
  • Those looking to join the Akebono team should visit the company' career opportunities page online.

 

About Akebono Brake Corporation
Akebono Brake Corporation is a leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production, with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) analysis and control. Akebono manufactures a wide range of brake friction materials and foundation brake assemblies, including disc brake calipers and drum brakes. The company' commitment to innovation, process improvement, quality control and customer service has positioned it as a key resource for leading OEMs, Tier I brake suppliers and the automotive aftermarket. For more information, visit www.akebonobrakes.com.


About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted nearly $10.8 billion in capital investment 64,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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, 2015

The company expects to invest $80 million over the next ten years and create 20 new jobs

Kershaw County, SC – INVISTA, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and fibers, has announced expansion plans at its Kershaw County operation. The company expects to invest $80 million over the next ten years with the installation of nylon polymer and spinning units and other modernization projects. These plans also include the creation of 20 new jobs.

Established in 1950, Koch Industries purchased the former DuPont facility in 2004 to support INVISTA’s production of fibers, fabrics, polymers, and other specialty industrial products that provide innovative solutions to commercial, residential, automotive, and industrial consumers.  Earlier this year, INVISTA’s Camden facility announced the hiring of 200 new positions making it one of the biggest hiring campaigns ever undertaken by INVISTA.

Those interested in joining the INVISTA team should visit the company’s career page online at www.INVISTAcareers.com.

QUOTES

“INVISTA is excited to pursue significant capital investments in South Carolina and thanks the Kershaw County Council, the Kershaw Economic Development Office, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce for their interest and support. The INVISTA projects included in the agreement represent potential capital investments in machinery and equipment, to expand capacity and the capability to position the Camden site in order to better serve changing market needs.” –Juan Flores, INVISTA’s Camden Site Manager

“It’s a great day in Kershaw County! INVISTA’s Camden facility has been an important part of the community since its establishment in 1950 and we could not be prouder to see them expand once again. Their continued growth for more than half a century shows that Kershaw County is indeed open for business.” –Julian Burns, Chairman of Kershaw County Council

“We’re always excited to celebrate additional investment to Kershaw County and its people. Kershaw County has and will continue to support INVISTA’s operations in our community and look forward to watching them thrive for years to come. ” –Vic Carpenter, Kershaw County Administrator

“INVISTA has been a tremendous industrial partner in Kershaw County and their decision to expand their current operations is a true testament to our community’s pro-business environment. We work hard to create the best conditions for growth in Kershaw County and we are pleased about this exciting new opportunity for our workforce and community.” –Peggy McLean, Kershaw County Economic Development Director

About INVISTA
With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER®, and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers, and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex, and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, car parts, and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in The United States, INVISTA operates in more than 20 countries and has about 10,000 employees worldwide. For more information about INVISTA, visit INVISTA.com.

November 15, 2015

Background screening provider investing more than $2.7 million in new Richland County facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 16, 2015) - General Information Services, Inc. (GIS), one of the most experienced and largest background screening providers in the nation, is expanding its Midlands operations with a new facility in Richland County. The company is investing more than $2.7 million in the new facility, which will complement the firm's existing Lexington County corporate headquarters. The expansion is expected to generate 91 new jobs over the next five years.

 

Established in 1966, GIS was initially focused on providing screening services exclusively to the insurance industry. After a change in ownership in 1996, GIS expanded dramatically, becoming one of the fastest growing technology companies in the nation. Today, with a workforce of more than 1,000 people, the firm provides its services to some of the world' largest employers. In addition to its existing South Carolina operations, GIS operates a Western Operations Center in Dallas, Texas and sales offices throughout the nation.

 

 

To expand its Midlands operations, GIS is leasing 18,000 square-feet of office space at 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive in Columbia, S.C. The expansion and additional workforce will allow GIS to successfully meet increased customer demand. Those interested in joining the GIS team should visit the company' career center page online. For more information on the company, visit www.geninfo.com.

 

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $50,000 grant to Richland County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.

 

 

QUOTES
The management and employees of GIS are very excited about our new building location on the east side of Columbia. Over the past 20 years we have been growing our business and increasing the number of employees located at our Chapin Headquarters. Our continued growth allowed us to expand to the new location at Pinnacle Point. We expect to hire in excess of 200 people at that location over the next year. This location will also allow us to hire and employ professionals living in the northeast area around Interstate 20 and Interstate 77. We look forward to continued growth at this second location in Columbia. - General Information Services CEO Raymond Conrad

 

 

We are very excited about and proud of the new location at Pinnacle Point. Partnering with the Department of Commerce and Richland County made this a very smooth process, along with the work done by NAI Avant, 1X1 Design & Hood Construction to get the space renovated and up fitted for occupation. - General Information Services CFO Sharon Mann

 

 

It' always a great day in South Carolina when we can celebrate the success of one of our existing companies. General Information Services has been doing business in our state since 1996, and this $2.7 million investment, which will create more than 90 new jobs in the Midlands, proves that the Team South Carolina approach is working. - Gov. Nikki Haley

 

 

While much of South Carolina' recent economic success can be attributed to the growth of our manufacturing industry, announcements like today' by GIS prove that the Palmetto State boasts a diverse economy and the right ingredients for businesses of all types to succeed. - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

 

Today' announcement from GIS is more good news for Richland County and Columbia. We are glad to assist in the expansion of this fast growing company and to continue to diversify our local economy. - Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush

 

 

General Information Services has been a prominent business headquartered in Central South Carolina for decades, and we are excited about their expansion. With over 91 new jobs and $2.7 million in investment, this growth attests to the pro-business atmosphere and dedicated leadership in South Carolina. Congratulations to General Information Services and to Richland County. - Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • General Information Services, Inc. is expanding its Midlands operations with a new facility in Richland County.
  • $2.7 million investment to create 91 new jobs.
  • GIS was established in 1966 and is headquartered in Chapin, S.C.
  • The company' new Richland County facility will be located at 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive in Columbia, S.C.
  • Those interested in joining the GIS team should visit the company' career center page online.

 

About General Information Services, Inc. (GIS)
GIS is an NAPBS accredited employment background screening company that has been providing screening services since 1966. In recent years, GIS has grown to serve thousands of customers nationwide by providing comprehensive national and international background check solutions and industry-specific services. For more information about GIS and its products or services, visit www.geninfo.com.

 

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted nearly $10.8 billion in capital investment 64,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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 29, 2015

Company investing $34 million in three new Calhoun County solar projects

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 30, 2015) Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken the first step towards investing $34 million in three new solar energy facilities in Calhoun County.


With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016.


The company is working in partnership with Sustainable Energy Solutions, which is assisting Cypress by identifying sites, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with the utilities. Together, they have received approval to build three facilities in and around two different towns within Calhoun County, all of which are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.


In St. Matthews, S.C., Cypress is constructing a 10-megawatt facility off of Preference Road. In Cameron, S.C., the company is constructing a four-megawatt facility and a 20-megawatt facility off of Cameron Road.


For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com. For more information on Sustainable Energy Solutions, visit www.sccleanenergy.com.


QUOTES
Cypress Creek Renewables is a national leader in solar development and we are thrilled with the opportunity to provide clean, stable energy to thousands of homes in Calhoun County. We are grateful to county leaders, the State of South Carolina, and Sustainable Energy Solutions for their leadership and we hope to create more win-win opportunities together in the future. Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern


The experience weve had working with Calhoun County is another example of how the state of South Carolina wants more clean energy and all of the benefits it provides. Projects like these dont happen without the support of the local government and strong partnerships with organizations like Cypress Creek and the rest of our development team. Sustainable Energy Solutions, LLC Owner and Director of Business Development Paul Fleury


Cypress Creek’ continued investment in South Carolina and our people is a reason to celebrate. This Calhoun County project is further proof of the business-friendly environment we have worked to create across our state for companies in all industries and from all around the world. Gov. Nikki Haley


This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’ growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, Im proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


Calhoun County continues to prove that low taxes, reasonable regulation and a business-friendly environment will make you a fertile field ripe for new investment. These solar projects coming into our county will not only bring us a new revenue stream and construction jobs, but also a new era in helping meet our state’ energy needs. The 34 megawatts generated here in St. Matthews and Cameron will help South Carolina and the United States meet the goal of over one new gigawatt in solar projects by the end of 2016. We welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to Calhoun County! Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers, Jr.


We welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to Calhoun County and again to the Central S.C. Region. Their commitment to clean renewable energy is a great benefit to the citizens and stakeholders of this community and for future generations to come. Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS
Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing solar power operations in Calhoun County.
$34 million investment in Calhoun County operations.
Cypress Creek is a national company with offices in Carrboro, North Carolina.
The company currently manages a development pipeline of more than 200 projects.
Cypress Creek’ three Calhoun County facilities are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.


About Cypress Creek Renewables
Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Our business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Our goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com.



About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $10.7 billion in capital investment nearly 64,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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 18, 2015

Company acquires Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company, announces expansion of existing Richland County operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (October 19, 2015) Enstar Group Limited (NASDAQ: ESGR), a company that specializes in the acquisition and management of diversified insurance businesses, through its U.S. subsidiary, has acquired Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company and renamed it Sussex Insurance Company. Enstar US is investing $500,000 in the Richland County operations, allowing the Sussex business to retain all existing 120 positions, as well as creating more than 60 new jobs over the next nine months.


A market leader in completing legacy acquisitions, Enstar has acquired more than 65 companies and portfolios since its formation in 2001. Headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, the publicly traded company and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,300 workers around the world.


To expand its newly-acquired Richland County Operations - Sussex Insurance Company - Enstar US is relocating to a 36,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 221 Dawson Road. The new facility will allow Enstar US to retain all existing 120 positions at Sussex, while also adding more than 60 new jobs. Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those looking to apply should send a resume to USRecruiting@enstargroup.com.


For more information about Enstar Group Limited, visit www.enstargroup.com.


QUOTES

“The 60 new jobs and the investment Enstar is bringing to Richland County are a testament to our workforce, and we look forward to watching them succeed in South Carolina for many years to come.” -Gov. Nikki Haley


“Today, we celebrate Enstar’s decision to establish operations in Richland County. Bringing 60 new jobs to our state, this announcement is a terrific step forward for the company, its existing workforce and the local community.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


“The insurance industry is an important component of our local economy and today’s announcement is further evidence it is alive and well. We welcome Enstar to our corporate community and look forward to working with them as they continue to grow.” -Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush


FIVE FAST FACTS

Enstar (US) Inc., a subsidiary of Enstar Group Limited, is establishing operations in Richland County.
$500,000 investment creating 60 new jobs.
Enstar has acquired more than 65 companies and portfolios since its formation in 2001.
Enstar (US) Inc. is relocating to a 36,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 221 Dawson Road.
Those looking to apply should send a resume to USRecruiting@enstargroup.com.


About Enstar

Enstar Group Limited and its operating subsidiaries acquire and manage diversified insurance businesses through a network of service companies in Bermuda, the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and other international locations. Enstar is a market leader in completing legacy acquisitions, having acquired over 65 companies and portfolios since its formation in 2001. Enstar’s active underwriting businesses include the Atrium group of companies, which manage and underwrite specialist insurance and reinsurance business for Lloyd’s Syndicate 609, and the StarStone group of companies, an A- rated global specialty insurance group with multiple global underwriting platforms. For further information about Enstar, see www.enstargroup.com.


About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $10.7 billion in capital investment nearly 64,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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 13, 2015

Calhoun & Orangeburg Counties receive Work Ready Certification

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 14, 2015) - On Wednesday, September 30th, Governor Nikki Haley announced that two additional Central SC counties received work ready certification through the South Carolina Work Ready Communities initiative. The two counties, Calhoun and Orangeburg, join six other Central SC counties receiving the designation. South Carolina is leading the nation with the most certified work ready communities, with thirty-nine counties being certified.

 

 

For a community to become certified as a work ready community, a county must reach or exceed goals in workforce and education set by the ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC). The NCRC is a certificate recognized at the State level, as well as nationwide, by all employers from all industry sectors.

 

 

The six other Central SC counties having obtained their certification include: Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, and Newberry.

 

 

For additional information on the South Carolina work ready initiative, visit: www.scworkready.org.

 

 


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 $10.7 billion in capital investment nearly 64,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland.) To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

August 30, 2015

$565,000 investment expected to create 100 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (August 31, 2015) Total Quality Logistics (TQL), a third-party logistics provider, is establishing logistics and sales operations in Richland County. The company is investing $565,000 in the facility, creating an expected 100 new jobs over the next five years.


Established in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Total Quality Logistics has grown into one of the largest freight brokerage firms in North America. With 34 offices nationwide, TQL employs more than 3,500 workers in 19 states. Connecting customers that have freight shipping needs with capable carriers, the firm facilitated the movement of more than one million truck loads last year.


With existing operations in Charleston, S.C. - where TQL recently placed first in the South Carolina Best Places to Work survey - the Richland County facility will be TQL’s second in the Palmetto State. The new office will be in the Bank of America Financial Center at 1901 Main Street in Columbia.


TQL Columbia has a target opening date of Oct. 26, 2015. Hiring for the new positions is underway. Those interested in joining the TQL team should visit the www.tqljobs.com. For more information on Total Quality Logistics, visit www.tql.com.


QUOTES

“We have experienced great success in South Carolina with our Charleston office. We’re excited to expand into Columbia, where we will have access to a deep talent pool and an opportunity to continue growing our business. Reaching into new markets like Columbia is one of the keys to our long-term success.” -TQL President Kerry Byrne


“It’s exciting to see one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies make the decision to open up a new office in our state. With this investment, Total Quality Logistics is creating 100 new jobs in Richland County and making a real commitment to the people of South Carolina. We look forward to working with them as they grow and thrive here in the years to come.” -Gov. Nikki Haley


“Today’s announcement by Total Quality Logistics is a testament to the logistics advantages and pro-business environment that South Carolina offers. We’re excited to have such a dynamic company establish operations in the Midlands and look forward to their success in our state for many years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


“Richland County is pleased to welcome Total Quality Logistics to Richland County and Columbia. This growing logistics company will be a welcome addition to our business community and will add to the vibrancy already exploding downtown.” -Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush


“We’re so excited about today’s announcement not just because of the quality new jobs created and downtown investment secured but because it further positions our city and region as a true center of excellence, innovation and growth. Something special is happening in Columbia and we’re proud Total Quality Logistics to this movement.” -City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin


FIVE FAST FACTS


Total Quality Logistics is establishing operations in Richland County.
$565,000 investment creating 100 new jobs over the next five years.
TQL was established in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The company’s Richland County operations will be housed in the Bank of America Financial Center at 1901 Main Street in Columbia, S.C.
Those interested in joining the TQL team should visit the company’s careers page online.
About Total Quality LogisticsTotal Quality Logistics is one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation. TQL will have 34 offices in 19 states by the end of August. TQL connects customers needing to move truckload freight shipments with carriers having capacity to move them. TQL is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its 2014 sales topped $2 billion and it employs more than 3,500 people nationwide. Connect with TQL on the web at TQL.com, on Facebook at Total Quality Logistics or on Twitter @TQLogistics.

August 27, 2015

Company investing $2.9 million to establish new manufacturing facility in Lexington County

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 27, 2015) -  OMP Mechtron, LLC, a manufacturer of mechanical parts and electronic integration, is expanding its existing Midlands operations by establishing a new facility in Lexington County. The company is investing $2.9 million in its new operations, creating 20 new jobs over the next five years.

 

OMP Mechtron, LLC is the U.S. branch of OMP Mechtron S.P.A., an Italy-based producer of mechanical parts. Established in 1987, the company’s product line includes subracks, rack cabinets, electronic integration racks utilizing printed circuit board assembly and waveguides used in mobile telecommunications. As a truly global firm, OMP Mechtron operates facilities in six different countries across Europe, Asia and North America.

 

To meet increasing customer demand, OMP Mechtron, LLC is establishing a new facility in Lexington County. Located at 4335 Augusta Highway in Gilbert, S.C., the 20,791-square-foot building will house the production of printed circuit board assemblies, electronic and electromechanical assemblies and wiring.

 

Anticipated to be fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2015, hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the fall of 2016. Those interested in joining the OMP Mechtron team should contact info.usa@ompmechtron.com.  For more information on the company, visit www.ompmechtron.com.

 

QUOTES

“OMP is very excited to be part of this expanding market. With the help of Lexington County, the State and the workforce that is available, we believe that this will be a formula for success both for OMP and for the State of South Carolina.” –OMP Mechtron, LLC General Manager Alessandro Mari

 

“It’s always exciting to see a company like OMP Mechtron succeed in our state and make the decision to expand operations here. This $2.9 million investment and the 20 new jobs it will create is a real reason to celebrate, and we look forward to supporting OMP as they continue to succeed and grow in South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“Today, we congratulate OMP Mechtron on its continued success in South Carolina and around the world. There are currently more than 1,200 international firms doing business in the Palmetto State, and we’re proud that companies, like OMP Mechtron, continue to select our state as one of the globe’s top destinations for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“There are a number of foreign-based companies that call Lexington County home. We have a long history of supporting foreign direct investment initiatives. We are pleased that OMP Mechtron is expanding its manufacturing presence here in the County.” –Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat

 

“With over 150 foreign affiliated companies doing business in the Central South Carolina Region, it’s exciting to witness the expansion and growth of one of our foreign industries. South Carolina, Central South Carolina and Lexington County is open for business and looks forward to the continued success of OMP Mechtron, LLC, and other foreign-affiliated industries.” –Mike Brenan, Chairman, Central SC Alliance

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • OMP Mechtron, LLC is expanding its Lexington County operations.
  • $2.9 million investment creating 20 new jobs over the next five years.
  • Headquartered in Italy, OMP Mechtron S.P.A. operates facilities in six different countries across Europe, Asia and North America.
  • OMP Mechtron, LLC is relocating to a larger facility in Lexington County, located at 4335 Augusta Highway in Gilbert, S.C.
  • Those interested in joining the OMP Mechtron team should contact info.usa@ompmechtron.com.

 

About OMP Mechtron S.P.A.         

OMP Mechtron S.P.A. is one of the main producers of mechanical parts and electronic integration in Europe. OMP operates in various industry sectors, such as railway, broadcasting, military, biomedical and the telecommunications sector; the latter being the historical reference market for our activity. For more information, visit www.ompmechtron.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 $10.4 billion in capital investment over 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

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

August 26, 2015

Company investing more than $30 million in three additional Lexington County solar projects

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 27, 2015) Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, is establishing two new operations in Lexington County. The company is investing $20.4 million in the solar projects.


With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016.


Cypress has received approval to build two Lexington County projects off of Southbound Road and George Derrick Road in Swansea. The company is working in partnership with Sustainable Energy Solutions, which is assisting Cypress by identifying sites, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with the utilities. Both Lexington County solar projects will produce 10 megawatts of energy once at full capacity. Twenty megawatts of solar energy is enough to provide inexpensive, secure, clean energy to approximately 4,000 South Carolina homes.


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


QUOTES


The energy we will create in Lexington County is a model of how things go when things go well. The energy is locally created, using underutilized land and delivering local residents secure, long term clean energy dependent only on the sun. We are grateful to officials at Lexington County, the State of South Carolina, SCE&G and Sustainable Energy Solutions for their leadership and we hope to create more win-win opportunities together in the future. Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern


Were very appreciative of the support weve received from Lexington County’ economic development team, South Carolina Electric & Gas and all of our partners that have helped in the development of these projects. The opportunity to provide meaningful construction jobs and a long term revenue stream to the county is extremely satisfying. Sustainable Energy Solutions, LLC Owner and Director of Business Development Paul Fleury


Were excited to welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to the South Carolina family. As a company that specializes in solar power and renewable energy, Cypress investment will not only have a positive impact on our economy but will also help us secure a sustainable, environmentally-friendly energy source to help move our state forward. Gov. Nikki Haley


This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’ growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, Im proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


Lexington County is delighted that Cypress Creek Renewables has decided to locate in the Swansea/Gaston area of the County. We strongly encourage and support initiatives that foster a wholesome and healthy environment. Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat


New energy technologies continue to emerge and the Central South Carolina region is at the forefront of this movement. Cypress Creek Renewables partners with local utilities to develop long-term sustainable energy. They have a proven track record across the United States and we welcome them to Lexington County. Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS
Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing solar power operations in Lexington County.
$20.4 million investment in Swansea, S.C. operations.
Established in 2014, Cypress Creek Renewables is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.
The company currently manages a development pipeline of more than 200 projects.
Cypress Creek’ two Lexington County solar projects are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.


About Cypress Creek Renewables
Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Our business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Our goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com.



About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $10.3 billion in capital investment nearly 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


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

August 25, 2015

$45 million investment to add fiber production capabilities

COLUMBIA, S.C.  (August 26, 2015) Shaw Industries, Inc. (Shaw) has announced it is investing at least $45 million in its Lexington County, S.C. carpet fiber plant for additional capacity for both nylon and polyester production. The investment will create more than 50 new jobs.


The plant’s new polyester extrusion operations will include the use of recycled plastic beverage bottles expanding Shaw’s use of the material. On average, Shaw recycles three billion plastic drink bottles annually at its Clear Path Recycling facility in Fayetteville, N.C., a joint-venture with DAK Americas. Fiber made from that recycled plastic is used in Shaw’ ClearTouch residential carpet products. This keeps a significant volume of waste out of the landfill and saves 1.9 trillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) of energy each year enough energy to power more than 51,000 U.S. homes a year (based on the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer in 2013).


Production on the new equipment will begin at the Lexington County plant in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the past two years, Shaw has committed more than $600 million in capital investments to enhance its operations, including $350 million in expansions that will add 1,000 new jobs in the U.S. to its hardwood, carpet tile and resilient manufacturing as well as other key growth areas as those facilities reach full capacity.


Shaw acquired and began operating the Lexington County site from Honeywell International, Inc. in 2005. The plant employs approximately 290 associates. Shaw operates seven plants in South Carolina, employing more than 1,500 associates statewide. Those interested in joining the Shaw Industries team should visit the company’ jobs page online.



QUOTES


By continuing to invest in our people, processes and products, Shaw is able to provide a diverse product mix, innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers. Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell


Were excited to congratulate Shaw Industries on the decision to expand its operations in South Carolina. This $45 million investment and plans to create more than 50 new jobs is terrific news for our manufacturing industry, Lexington County and our state as a whole. We look forward to watching Shaw continue to grow here in South Carolina and around the world for many years to come. Gov. Nikki Haley


As a leader in the manufacturing renaissance, the Palmetto State experienced a 13.5 percent increase in manufacturing job growth over the last four years. Today’ announcement by Shaw Industries is proof that, with our positive business climate and world-class workforce, South Carolina’ success in manufacturing will only continue. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


We are extremely pleased that Shaw Industries, a global leader in flooring products, is desirous of expanding its Lexington County facility. This new venture by Shaw proves that the Company’ top management has faith in Lexington County’ leadership as well as its workforce. Lexington County Council remains committed to providing an atmosphere that fosters growth for our long term existing industries. Lexington County Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat


On behalf of the Central SC Alliance, we congratulate Shaw Industries on their continued innovative practices and on their recent announcement of an expanded extrusion operation. Shaw Industries has been a vital manufacturing facility in Lexington County for nearly a decade, and we look forward to their continued growth. Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS

  Shaw Industries, Inc. is expanding its Lexington County operations.
  $45 million investment to create more than 50 new jobs.
  Shaw operates seven plants in South Carolina, employing more than 1,500 associates statewide.
  Production on the new equipment will begin at the Lexington County plant in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  Those interested in joining the Shaw team should visit the company’ jobs page online.


About Shaw Industries
The world’ largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than $4.8 billion (USD) in annual sales and more than 22,000 associates, Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawfloors.com/about-shaw.

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 $10.4 billion in capital investment over 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


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

August 19, 2015

$72 million investment expected to create 410 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 20, 2015)  Haier America has announced plans to expand its Kershaw County refrigerator manufacturing operations, which will support Haier’ continued growth and help the company deliver on its commitment to provide whole-home solutions for modern living in the U.S. A subsidiary of Haier Group, the world’ leading appliance brand, Haier America will contribute $72 million more to its existing $40-million facility, creating 410 new jobs in Camden, South Carolina, within the next five years.


Haier broke ground on the Kershaw County Haier Industrial Park in April 1999, making it the first Chinese company to establish manufacturing operations in the U.S. Located at 50 Haier Boulevard; the facility opened its doors in March 2000. As a part of the expansion, Haier will invest heavily in state-of-the-art equipment and tooling, as well as construct a 250,000-square-foot addition to the existing 365,000 square-foot facility, allowing the company to increase its annual refrigeration production up to 500,000 units.


The expansion of the Camden facility demonstrates Haier’ continued investment in the U.S. market, highlighting Haier’ continued commitment to meeting the needs of American consumers and the importance of the U.S. in the company’ international expansion.


Construction is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2018 with hiring for the 410 new positions expected to begin in the summer of 2016. Those interested in joining the Haier America team should visit the company’ careers page online. For more information on Haier Group, visit www.haier.com.


QUOTES


South Carolina has been a tremendous partner since Haier first established manufacturing here in 2000. As we rededicate ourselves to the American consumer and continue our growth in the U.S., it gives us great pleasure to expand our operations in Camden and provide opportunities for the highly capable local talent. Haier America President and CEO Adrian Micu


It’ a great day in South Carolina as we celebrate Haier’ latest decision to expand in Kershaw County. We couldnt be prouder of the partnership our state has with Haier, and this $72 million investment and the 410 jobs it will create is a huge win the company and for the citizens of South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley


Foreign direct investment continues to be a critical component of our economic development success. With more than 100,000 South Carolinian’ employed by international companies, it’ clear that the reputation weve earned for our workforce and business-friendly environment has made its way around the world. Today, we celebrate Haier’ decision to expand its already robust South Carolina operations and look forward to continuing this extraordinary partnership for many years to come. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


Today’s announcement is a true celebration of the confidence Haier has in our people and our community. We are proud they chose to expand their Kershaw County operation and create over 400 new jobs. This is further proof that Kershaw County is open for business. Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns


A true testament to a region’ business climate is when an industry commits dollars to expand in place. Haier America has been a valued corporate citizen in Kershaw County for 15 years now, and we congratulate them on the decision to add over 400 jobs and $72 million in capital investment to their operation here in the Midlands. Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS

Haier America is expanding its Kershaw County operations.
$72 million investment creating 410 new jobs over the next five years.
Headquartered in Qingdao, China, Haier employs more than 60,000 people worldwide.
Haier broke ground on the Kershaw County Haier Industrial Park in April 1999, marking the company’ entry into the U.S. market.
Those interested in joining the Haier America team should visit the company’ careers page online.


About Haier America


Haier America, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a subsidiary of Haier Group, the world’s #1 major appliances brand by volume as ranked by Euromonitor International 2014 and a global leader in consumer electronics. Haier employs more than 60,000 people worldwide and distributes products in more than 100 countries and regions. Global revenues for Haier Group reached $32.6 billion in 2014. For more information, visit www.haier.com or connect at www.facebook.com/Haieramerica and Twitter @haieramerica.



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 $10.4 billion in capital investment and 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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.

July 28, 2015

Original company ownership investing $5.5 million in new plant, creating an expected 238 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 29, 2015)  Sea Pro Boats, a renowned brand in the boating industry, is returning to the market with The Next Wave an all new line of bay boats and center console offshore fishing boats. The company is investing $5.5 million in a new Newberry County manufacturing facility, generating 238 new jobs in Whitmire, S.C.


Originally founded in 1987, Sea Pro Boats, a Midlands-based company, was purchased by Brunswick Corporation in 2005. Recently, Jimmy Hancock, one of the original owners of Sea Pro, along with Tidewater Boats founder Preston Wrenn, decided to relaunch the company, planning an all-new incarnation of the Sea Pro brand The Next Wave. The line will feature seven new models, which are expected to be introduced by the end of this summer.


Sea Pro’ new Newberry County facility, a 200,000-square-foot building to be located at 25214 Highway 121 in Whitmire, will house the company’ headquarters, as well as its manufacturing operations.


Expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2015, hiring is anticipated to begin in early fall 2015. At that time, those interested in joining the Sea Pro Boats team should contact SC Works. For more information on the company, visit www.seapromfg.com.


The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Newberry County to assist with costs of acquisition and real property improvements. The Council also approved job development credits related to the project.


QUOTES
We are absolutely thrilled to be resurrecting Sea Pro Boats in Newberry County, and the outpouring of support from the town of Whitmire has been both humbling and heartwarming. I cant express how much we appreciate what Newberry County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce have done to help make this dream a reality. Sea Pro Boats Owners Jimmy Hancock and Preston Wrenn


Were excited to celebrate the return of one of our own companies and one of the most recognized brands in the boating industry. Sea Pro’ $5.5 million investment and the 238 new jobs it will create are not only a milestone for the company but also a huge win for our Midlands community and the entire state of South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley


Thanks to announcements like today’ from Sea Pro Boats, South Carolina continues to lead the manufacturing renaissance. A testament to our loyal, world-class workforce and positive business climate, Sea Pro’ decision to locate in Newberry County is a big win for Team South Carolina, and I look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


Newberry County has a strong history in boat manufacturing, so we all take special pride in this announcement. Combine that with home-grown entrepreneurs locating in a historic rural community like Whitmire and it becomes even more special. On behalf of County Council, we welcome Sea Pro Boats back and pledge to do all we can to help make the company successful. Newberry County Council Chairman Henry H. Livingston, III


Today’ Sea Pro Boats announcement of $5.5 million in capital investment and 238 new jobs is a great win for the Central SC Region and for Newberry County. Congratulations to the citizens and stakeholders of this great community, we look forward to watching the company grow and succeed over the coming years. Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS
Sea Pro Boats is relaunching with the establishment of a new manufacturing facility in Newberry County.
$5.5 million investment creating 238 new jobs.
Sea Pro Boats was initially founded in the Midlands of South Carolina in 1987.
Sea Pro’ new 200,000-square-foot Newberry County facility will be located at 25214 Highway 121 in Whitmire.
Those interested in joining the Sea Pro Boats team should contact SC Works.


About Sea Pro Boats
Initially founded in Blair, S.C. in 1987, Sea Pro Boats provides a professional line of bay boats and center console saltwater fishing boats. Sea Pro The Next Wave is the resurrection of a renowned brand in the boating industry. For more information, visit www.seapromfg.com.



About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $10.3 billion in capital investment and nearly 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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.

June 16, 2015

Company investing more than $30 million in new Midlands operation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 17, 2015) GKN Aerospace announced today that it will open a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to produce inlet lip skins for the Boeing 737 MAX and 777X. The company is investing more than $20 million in the new facility, generating more than 75 new jobs in Orangeburg County.


Located adjacent to GKN’ existing Orangeburg, S.C. facility at 348 Millennium Drive, this new 126,000-square-foot facility will be set up to produce the one piece 737 MAX and two piece 777X lip skins, the leading edge of the nacelle the pod-like structure that houses the aircraft’ engine. While the production programs will be completed in Orangeburg, the development articles for both programs will remain at GKN’ Camarillo, Calif. location. The process will be vertically integrated, allowing for incoming material receipt, spin forming, machining, heat treating, chemical processing and all inspection, certification and shipping.


GKN will procure and install all of the major capital equipment to assure that planned program production rates are attained. First part production from the building is scheduled for late 2016, while hiring for the new positions is currently underway. The company aims to recruit the majority of these personnel from the local area. Those interested in joining the GKN Aerospace team should visit the company’ careers page online.


The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on GKN Aerospace, visit www.gkn.com/aerospace.


QUOTES


Our expansion in Orangeburg is directly tied to the recent acquisition of Sheets Manufacturing Inc. and the new inlet lip skin production facility will meet Boeing’ needs for the 737 MAX and 777X. The site is close to the Boeing Propulsion South Carolina facility, allowing GKN and Boeing to work collaboratively. The selection of Orangeburg was also influenced by the ongoing success in our existing facility. We have been able to hire and train the personnel we need and are confident we will have future success as our facilities grow. GKN is proud to be a part of the South Carolina aerospace community and have continued growing our strong partnership with the State of South Carolina, Orangeburg County Council and the City of Orangeburg. GKN Aerostructures North America Chief Executive Officer Daniele Cagnatel


One of our top priorities in our economic development efforts is to make sure companies understand all that our rural counties have to offer, and it’ exciting to see that GKN continues to thrive in Orangeburg County. The 75 new jobs GKN is creating truly will make a difference in South Carolina, and we couldnt be more excited about the fact that this great company has decided to invest in the people of our great state once again. Gov. Nikki Haley


Today’ announcement by GKN Aerospace is proof that the aerospace industry continues to soar in South Carolina. I congratulate GKN and Orangeburg County on this landmark announcement and look forward to watching as both GKN and the aerospace industry continue to thrive in our state. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


We are delighted that GKN Aerospace South Carolina has chosen to locate another facility here in Orangeburg County. We are excited to further strengthening our relationship with GKN and are grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with a tremendous leader in the aerospace industry. Their new operation confirms that Orangeburg County is an excellent place to do business. Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright, Sr.


It’ truly a great day of celebration for Orangeburg County to make an announcement of this magnitude. This announcement will create more than 75 jobs in and around the City and County. This is a positive reflection of our workforce and development going forward. City of Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler


Central South Carolina and Orangeburg County welcomed first-tier aerospace supplier GKN Aerospace in 2011 with an initial announcement of $38 million and 250 new jobs. Today’ expansion announcement bodes another milestone for the stakeholders, workforce, and citizens of Orangeburg County and Central South Carolina. Congratulations to GKN Aerospace on their new product line and new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS


GKN Aerospace is opening a new Orangeburg County facility to produce Boeing Inlet Lip Skins.
Investing more than $20 million creating greater than 75 new jobs.
GKN plc employs more than 50,000 workers in greater than 30 countries worldwide.
The company’ new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will produce the Boeing 737 MAX and 777X inlet lip skins.
Those interested in joining the GKN team should visit the company’ careers page online.


About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 50,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP7.5 billion in the year to 31 December 2014.


About GKN Aerospace
GKN Aerospace is a global first tier supplier of airframe structures, engine components, transparencies and fuel/flotation systems, with sales of GBP2.2bn in 2014 and a global workforce of over 12,000 employees. It has a significant participation on all major aircraft programmes today and a broad customer base spanning commercial, military, business aerospace and space markets. The company’ extensive engineering capability and clear focus on targeted innovation has created technological and manufacturing leads in each of its areas of expertise.


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 $10.3 billion in capital investment nearly 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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.

June 09, 2015

Company investing $10.5 million to construct a new facility in Lexington County

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 10, 2015) Sun Solutions, a locally-owned company that specializes in the delivery of print and other media communications, is expanding its South Carolina operations with the construction of a new building in Lexington County. The company’ $10.5 million investment is expected to result in 50 new jobs.


Established in 1983 and headquartered in Orangeburg, S.C., Sun Solutions operates several facilities throughout the state. Since its inception, the company has expanded on its high-quality, full color, custom printing services. Today, Sun Solutions also provides its customers with marketing, mailing, signage and fulfillment services.


This expansion will be achieved with the construction of a new 105,000-square foot building. Located on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia, the facility will allow the company to grow its workforce and create 50 new jobs. The new positions will focus on print and sign manufacturing, management, sales and information technology.


The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016, with hiring for the 50 new positions anticipated to begin next spring. Those interested in joining the Sun Solutions team should visit the company’ careers page online. For more information on Sun Solutions, visit www.sunsolutionsusa.com.


QUOTES
We are very excited to have the opportunity to expand again in Lexington County. Having started operations here in 2008, we have expanded multiple times and are now looking forward to consolidating our Lexington and Richland County operations into one location and creating 50 new jobs along the way. Sun Solutions VP of Business Development Jacob Cook


Sun Solutions has been doing business in South Carolina for more than 30 years and were thrilled that this great company continues to find success here. This $10.5 million investment in our Midlands community illustrates the company’ commitment to South Carolina, and we look forward to watching them grow here for many years to come. Gov. Nikki Haley


To have a great homegrown company like Sun Solutions continue to thrive here is a testament to the positive business climate weve fostered in South Carolina. More than just a milestone moment for the company, this new investment is a big win for our Midlands community and the entire state. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


Sun Solutions has been an integral part of our business community and we are pleased that they are prospering. This expansion will create job opportunities for the citizens in Lexington County. As a Council, we remain committed to assisting our existing industry in their development and growth. Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat


Congratulations to Sun Solutions on their expansion announcement today in Lexington County. The $10.5 million investment and 50 new jobs is a testament to the leadership team at Sun Solutions and the pro-business climate in the community. We look forward to watching Sun Solutions grow and prosper for another 30 years. Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS
Sun Solutions is expanding its South Carolina operations with the construction of a new facility in Lexington County.
$10.5 million investment creating 50 new jobs.
Headquartered Orangeburg County, Sun Solutions was established in 1983.
This expansion will be achieved with the construction of a new 105,000-square foot building on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia, S.C.
Those interested in joining the Sun Solutions team should visit the company’ careers page online.


About Sun Solutions
Sun Solutions is a world-class printer that was established in 1983 by three individuals that had a vision of becoming one of the best printers in the industry. With state of the art technology, equipment and a team of gold medal employees this vision has become a reality. Sun Solutions aims to benefit each customer by providing high quality, full color, custom printing services in a pleasant, eco-friendly environment. For more information, visit http://www.sunsolutionsusa.com/.



About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $10.3 billion in capital investment nearly 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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.

June 09, 2015

Company creating 30 new jobs with its Midlands expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 9, 2015) Bimbo Bakeries USA, a subsidiary of Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo – one of the world’s largest bakery firms, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Orangeburg County. This expansion is expected to create 30 new jobs in Orangeburg, S.C. over the next five years.

 

Bimbo Bakeries USA will remain in its existing facility, located at 272 Broughton Street in Orangeburg, but will renovate and install new equipment to expand its capability.  

 

Since entering the U.S. bread market in 1997, Bimbo Bakeries USA has grown tremendously and, today, employs approximately 22,000 associates across the United States. Headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Bimbo Bakeries USA is the proud manufacturer of many leading brands including Arnold®, Brownberry®, Oroweat®, Nature’s Harvest®, Ball Park®, Entenmann's® and Sara Lee.®

 

Expansion of Bimbo Bakeries USA’s Orangeburg County operations is expected to be completed by the second quarter of this year. Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those interested in joining the Bimbo Bakeries USA team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Bimbo Bakeries USA, visit www.bimbobakeriesusa.com.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $150,000 grant to Orangeburg County to assist with the cost of real property improvements related to the project.

 

QUOTES

 

“Bimbo Bakeries USA is excited to expand our baking operations in Orangeburg. Aside from its geographic advantage as a logistics center, Orangeburg has nurtured a business-friendly environment and a strong workforce that we hope will enable us to continue to grow in South Carolina.” –Bimbo Bakeries USA Orangeburg Plant Manager Gordon Powell

 

“It’s exciting to see such a well-respected company, like Bimbo Bakeries USA, recognize the benefits of doing business in South Carolina and make the decision to expand here. Today, we congratulate this great American company on their $9.3 million investment and celebrate the 30 new jobs it’s creating in Orangeburg County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“When a firm with such a large, national footprint, like Bimbo Bakeries USA, decides to further invest in South Carolina, it’s truly a testament to our world-class workforce and pro-business climate. We celebrate this big win for the company, the Midlands Community and our state as a whole.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Orangeburg County has a very pro-business environment, and Bimbo’s investment is a testament to that.  We are thrilled to support Bimbo Bakeries in its continued investment efforts here, and we look forward to a continued prosperous relationship.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright

 

“Bimbo’s decision to further invest in its operations in Orangeburg is a testament that our business-friendly climate and skilled workforce are working to continually attract investment and grow our existing business.  Thanks to a team effort, the city of Orangeburg and Orangeburg County will benefit from this investment now and in the future.” –City of Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler

 

“Bimbo Bakeries USA has a long history in South Carolina, and we are pleased to see them once again invest in Orangeburg County.  We greatly appreciate the continued commitment to Orangeburg County by the company and look forward to supporting their continued growth and development.” –Orangeburg County Development Commission Chairman Kenneth Middleton

 

“Bimbo Bakeries USA has long been an important member of the Orangeburg County community. We greatly appreciate the significant investments and job opportunities presented over the years. This announcement further demonstrates their commitment to our community.” –Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson

 

“We congratulate Bimbo Bakeries USA on their expansion announcement today, bringing 30 new jobs to our region. The stakeholders and citizens of Central South Carolina will benefit from this investment, as well as the surrounding communities in our region.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

  • Bimbo Bakeries USA is expanding operations in Orangeburg County.
  • Creating 30 new jobs.
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA is a subsidiary of the Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo, which was founded in 1945.
  • The company’s Orangeburg County facility is located at 272 Broughton Street in Orangeburg, S.C.
  • Those interested in joining the Bimbo Bakeries team should visit the company’s careers page online.

 

About Bimbo Bakeries USA

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) is a leader in the baking industry, known for its category leading brands, innovative products, freshness and quality. Our team of 22,000 U.S. associates operates more than 60 manufacturing locations in the United States. Over 11,000 distribution routes deliver our leading brands such as Arnold®, Bimbo®, Boboli®, Brownberry®, Entenmann's®, Freihofer's®, Heiners ®, Marinela®, Mrs Baird’s®, Nature’s Harvest®, Oroweat®, Sara Lee®, Stroehmann®, Thomas'®, and Tia Rosa.® BBU is owned by Mexico's Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B de C.V., the world's largest baking company with operations in 22 countries.

 

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 $10.3 billion in capital investment nearly 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

 

CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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.

June 08, 2015

9-County Regional Economic Development Partnership Recruits Capital Investment and Jobs

COLUMBIA, SC (June 9, 2015) The Central SC Alliance, the state’ oldest regional economic development alliance, has named the 2015-2016 Board of Directors and Officers. The Alliance Board of Directors will provide governance for the 9-county regional organization as it promotes and brands the region and recruits businesses to the Central Region of South Carolina. The 32 member Board includes: the chair person from each of the member counties, the Mayor of Columbia, leaders from the major private sector investors, as well as several virtue of office members.


The Board Officers elected for 2015-2016 include: Chairman, Mike Brenan, Group/State President, BB&T; Vice Chairman/Public Sector, Johnny Jeffcoat, Chairman, Lexington County Council; Vice Chair/Private Sector, Ted Creech, Director External Affairs, AT&T South Carolina; Chair of Development, John Garrison, Vice President and Chief Counsel for Colonial Life; Chair of Finance, Jim Hazel, Shareholder with Elliott Davis Decosimo.


Private Sector Board Members re-elected: C.W. Chuck Garnett, President and CEO, NBSC; J. Barry Ham, President, Bank of Clarendon; William L. Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Fairfield Electric.


Private Sector Board Members newly elected: W. Keller Kissam, Senior Vice President, SCANA Corporation; Mickey Renner, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo; Eva Nance, Senior Client Manager in the Southeastern Region of the Global Commercial Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan stated, It’ indeed an honor to have this opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Central SC Alliance Board of Directors. For nearly 20-years, the Alliance has been a very effective public/private partnership aimed toward the enhancement of the quality of life for all of our citizens by recruiting world class companies that provide jobs. I am excited to work with a seasoned team of economic development professionals in assisting the efforts to advance this region and state.



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, its partners and allies, have attracted over $10.3 billion in capital investment nearly 63,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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

June 03, 2015

Company investing more than $10 million in South Carolina expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 4, 2015)  Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the fastest-growing distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States, is expanding its South Carolina operations Republic National Distributing Company of South Carolina with the construction of an addition to its existing Lexington County facility. The company is investing more than $10 million and increasing its overall presence in South Carolina.

The origin of RNDC can be traced back to 1898 when the N. Goldring Corporation became the first licensed beer distributor in Florida. The firm, as it’ known today, was established with the 2007 merger of the Republic Beverage Company and the National Distributing Company. Since its inception, RNDC has grown tremendously, expanding its operations across the United States. Today, as the nation’ fastest-growing distributor of alcoholic beverages, the family-owned, privately-held firm employs more than 7,800 workers in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

RNDC’ Lexington County expansion will be achieved with the construction of a 129,500-square-foot addition to its existing 206,000-square-foot facility in the Lexington County Industrial Park. The company will employ more than 500 staff at the facility when the project is completed this summer. Positioned less than a mile from the intersection of Interstate 26 and Interstate 77, the expanded facility will allow RNDC to more efficiently serve its customers throughout South Carolina.

The expansion is expected to be completed later this year, before the end of the third quarter. Those interested in joining the RNDC team should visit the company’ careers page online. For more information on RNDC, visit www.rndc-usa.com.


QUOTES

“We consider ourselves lucky to call South Carolina and Lexington County home and appreciate all the support as we continue to grow our business.” Director of Operations for RNDC South Carolina Steve Platte

“It’ a real reason to celebrate when a company doing business in South Carolina announces an expansion and creates new job opportunities for the people of this state. RNDC’ investment of more than $10 million is a big win for our state, and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow and thrive here for many years to come.” Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is a leader in logistics and distribution, and today’ announcement by the Republic National Distributing Company is a testament to that. I offer my congratulations to RNDC for announcing this expansion and look forward to watching their continued success in our state.” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are pleased that RNDC continues to thrive and flourish in Lexington County. Expanding this operation demonstrates that RNDC is pleased with our labor force and business climate. Congratulations to RNDC’ South Carolina leadership team, and we thank them for the trust they have placed in us.” Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat

“RNDC’ $10 million expansion announcement today is a great win for Lexington County and its stakeholders. The Central SC Alliance looks forward to the continued growth and new job opportunities for the people in Central South Carolina.” Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

FIVE FAST FACTS
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) is expanding its South Carolina operations in Lexington County.
Investment of more than $10 million, increasing its overall presence in South Carolina. RNDC was founded in 1898 in Florida.
Today, RNDC employs more than 7,800 workers in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Those interested in joining the RNDC team should visit the company’ careers page online.


About Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,800 individuals nationwide. For more information, please visit www.rndc-usa.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 allies have attracted over $10.3 billion in capital investment and 62,500 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.
CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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.

June 01, 2015

Company confirms the addition of a new product line at Bethune, S.C. plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 2, 2015)  Suominen, a globally-leading supplier of nonwovens, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Kershaw County. It is the largest single initiative in Suominen’ current growth investment program and is expected to create at least 25 new jobs in Bethune, S.C. over the coming years.

Currently headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, the origins of Suominen can be traced back to 18th and 19th centuries. Since that time, the company has transformed significantly. Today, Suominen specializes in the manufacturing of nonwovens for wiping, hygiene and medical products, such as wet wipes, feminine care products and swabs. As a truly global firm, Suominen employs approximately 600 people in three continents.

The company is expanding its Kershaw County facility by adding a wet laid production line to its existing operations. The new line will be housed in Suominen’ current Midlands facility, located at 500 Chestnut St. in Bethune, S.C. This investment supports the firm’ target growth initiatives for the strategic period of 20152017.
The new line is expected to be installed during the second half of 2016. Open positions will be posted online once hiring progresses. Those with applicable skills and experience, who are interested in joining the Suominen team at Bethune, should e-mail resumes to Jobs.bethune@suominencorp.com.


QUOTES
Bethune is ideally located in the nonwovens hub of North America. The plant already has some specialized production lines and very talented staff, and the investment will further strengthen Bethune’ market position as a leading supplier of nonwovens with higher added value. Suominen Corporation President & CEO Nina Kopola

It’ always a great day when we can celebrate the expansion of one of our South Carolina companies. Suominen’ decision to expand its Palmetto State operation is a win for the company and for our entire state, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact these 25 new jobs will have on the local community. Gov. Nikki Haley

South Carolina’ world-class workforce and positive business climate have made our state the ideal location for industry, and, as a result, the manufacturing sector in our state continues to thrive. Suominen’ Kershaw County expansion is a testament to that, and I look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


It is indeed a great day in Kershaw County. Suominen’ decision to expand its Bethune plant is a direct result of the outstanding workforce and business environment in our community. Suominen could have chosen any of its U.S. locations but decided Bethune is the best place for growth. I am delighted to welcome Suominen’ expansion and look forward to working together for many years to come. Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns


Manufacturing is indeed on an upward trajectory in Central South Carolina. Today’ expansion announcement is a testament to the leadership and outstanding workforce at Suominen. Congratulations to Suominen and to all stakeholders involved. Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS

Suominen is expanding its manufacturing operations in Kershaw County.
The investment will create at least 25 new jobs.
Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Suominen employs approximately 600 employees in three continents.
The company is expanding its Kershaw County operations by adding a wet laid production line.
Those interested in joining the Suominen team at Bethune, should e-mail resumes to Jobs.bethune@suominencorp.com.


About Suominen
Suominen manufactures nonwovens as roll goods for wipes as well as for medical and hygiene products. The end products made of Suominen’ nonwovens wet wipes, feminine care products and swabs, for instance - bring added value to the daily life of consumers worldwide. Suominen is the global market leader in nonwovens for wipes and employs approximately 600 people in Europe and in the Americas. Suominen’ net sales in 2014 amounted to MEUR 401.8 and operating profit excluding non-recurring items to MEUR 26.9 (continuing operations). The Suominen share (SUY1V) is listed in NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange. Read more at www.suominen.fi.


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 allies have attracted over $10.3 billion in capital investment and 62,800 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


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

April 06, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C (April 7, 2015)  A Brazilian company that specializes in the production of plastic and rubber additives is opening a new manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County its first in the U.S. Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda. is investing $7.7 million to establish a chemical additive production facility in Orangeburg, S.C. It will be Inbra’ first investment outside Brazil, where it operates two facilities in the Southeast of the country. The investment is expected to create 14 new jobs. The new facility is scheduled to be in operation by mid-2016.


Founded in 1939 in São Paulo, Brazil, Inbra is celebrating 76 years of business this year. In its early years, the firm specialized in the production of soaps for the textile industry. In 1950, the company relocated to Diadema, Brazil, where it still operates today.


Housing Inbra’ Orangeburg County operations will be a new 24,000-square-foot facility that will be constructed at Orangeburg County’ Oaks Rail Site off of Highway 21 at Methodist Oaks Drive. This facility will specialize primarily in plasticizer production with a focus on polyvinyl chloride market. Because of South Carolina’ favorable logistics network and cost advantages with regards to trade, the Orangeburg County operation will allow Inbra to create a new export base, specifically targeting European and Central America markets, as well as strengthen Inbra’ position in the US market.


The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $75,000 rural infrastructure fund grant to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.


QUOTES

We are enthusiastic about establishing our first international facility in South Carolina and especially glad to have chosen Orangeburg as the optimal location for this development. This is a major step for our organization; however, we are certain that the logistical and cost advantages of this project will enable us to improve our presence in the global market, and, most important, benefit our current and future customers. As a Brazilian family-controlled business, it is important to emphasize the priceless assistance of the state and county entities throughout the process of choosing our new American home. It is very clear to us now that South Carolina is a pro-business state, and we look forward to continuing our excellent cooperation with the state and Orangeburg County officials as we continue to grow our business. Inbra President Paulo Heininger


It’ a real reason to celebrate when an international company, like Inbra, can expand anywhere in the world, and its leadership chooses to do business in South Carolina. This decision speaks to the reputation we have built as a state that is dedicated to helping our businesses thrive, and we couldnt be more excited to welcome Inbra to its new home in Orangeburg County. Gov. Nikki Haley


With more than 100,000 South Carolinians currently employed by international companies, it’ no secret that the recruitment of foreign direct investment is an important piece of our economic strategy. I congratulate Inbra on joining the more than 1,200 foreign-owned firms that have decided that our state is Just right for business. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt


Inbra’ investment in South Carolina represents another example of how our state’ value-added agriculture sector has a significant impact on the global economy while simultaneously contributing to the continual growth of South Carolina agribusiness. I am pleased that Inbra has recognized the success and potential for even greater development of our state’ number one industry. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers


The SC Ports Authority is pleased to fulfill Inbra’ export needs through the Port of Charleston. Our capable, deepwater harbor is an asset to manufacturers of heavy export goods across our state and region. SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome


Inbra is a great company and we welcome them to Orangeburg County. This is another step forward that will benefit economic development and the agriculture sector in the area. South Carolina State Senator John W. Matthews, Jr., District 39


We are excited that Inbra has chosen Orangeburg County for their first facility in North America. We look forward to the job creation and economic growth that this company will provide to Orangeburg County and its citizens. Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright, Sr.


It truly is another great day for the City of Orangeburg and the County. The City and DPU would like to welcome Inbra to Orangeburg County. We know that Orangeburg has the environment that will allow them to succeed and to continue growing. City of Orangeburg Mayor Michael C. Butler


It is a real pleasure to welcome Inbra to Orangeburg County, South Carolina, the place where success is made! We always say, teamwork makes the dream work! Orangeburg County Development Commission Chairman Kenneth Middleton


Central South Carolina is excited to welcome Inbra, the first Brazilian company to locate in our region and in Orangeburg County. As a business friendly, business ready environment, we house over 146 foreign-affiliated companies from 25 different countries. We look forward to Inbra’ growth and success in the region. Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


FIVE FAST FACTS


Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda. is establishing a plasticizer production facility in Orangeburg County.
$7.7 million investment creating 14 new jobs.
Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda. was founded in 1939.
The facility will be constructed at Orangeburg County’ Oaks Rail Site on Highway 21 at Methodist Oaks Drive.
Hiring for the 14 position is expected to begin in Mar/2016. Those interested in applying for an open position may visit Inbra’ homepage at www.inbra.com.br.


About Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda.
Indústria Brasileira de Anilinas S.A (INBRA)., was founded on October 1, 1939 and began the production of soaps for the textile industry in a garage in downtown São Paulo. With the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) innovation that has taken place over the last 60 years, the company began the production of liquid and solid stabilizers for PVC, epoxidized soybean oil and foaming agents (azodicarbonamide). In 2003, the line of metallic stearates was increased, beginning the production of calcium and zinc solid stabilizers for PVC. In 2009, continuing its expansion, Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda. inaugurated its second plant in the city of Elias Fausto, São Paulo. Presently, the firm has more than 40,000 square-meters of production installations on 100,000 square-meters of land in two separate facilities, and a staff of approximately 150 employees. To provide the best service to its clients, Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda. maintains a quality policy that ensures the customers satisfaction through the continuous improvement of products and services, provides a safety and training system to encourage the professional development of all collaborators and protects the environment. For more information on Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda., visit www.inbra.com.br.



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 allies have attracted over $10.3 billion in capital investment and 62,500 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.


CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, 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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