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November 22, 2016

Solar farm development to bring $200 million in new investment and create at least five jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 22, 2016) –  Adger Solar, a clean-energy development company, intends to invest $200 million in two separate solar farm projects in Clarendon County. The company is projected to arrange $200 million of new investment and create at least five jobs in the process.

 

Active in the southeastern United States since early 2014, Adger Solar is a clean-energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, utility-scale solar-electric generating facilities, with developments underway in six different counties. Adger Solar is a joint venture with one of the nation’s oldest private energy investors, which has participated in the financing and development of more than 10,000 megawatts (MWs) of wind and solar projects now in operation around the country.

 

The first of these two 72MW solar farms is expected to be operational by the end of 2018, and together these projects will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 25,000 homes on an annual average basis, including customers of the two major local utility providers. 

 

For more information on Adger Solar, visit the company’s website online.

 

 

QUOTES

“Adger Solar has been developing these projects for nearly two years, and we’re very excited to have the strong support of Clarendon County as we move into the next phase of development. These low-profile solar PV projects will complement the county’s strong agricultural base and will become important contributors of jobs, tax revenue and clean power to the local community.” –Adger Solar Principal Bill Moore

 

“Adger Solar’s investment in Clarendon is a real reason to celebrate because it shows that South Carolina is a place where companies in every industry can thrive. This $200 million investment shows that Adger Solar is serious about its commitment to our state and our people, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“I am excited and encouraged by the decision of Adger Solar to invest $200 million in Clarendon County. This investment will not only provide a boost to one of South Carolina’s persistent poverty counties, but more importantly it is an investment into eliminating this nation’s reliance on both fossil fuel and foreign energy sources.” –U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn

 

“This investment by Adger Solar will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both environmental and economic impacts, I’m proud to welcome Adger Solar to Clarendon County and look forward to growing this terrific partnership.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“We have always known Clarendon County to be a great place to live, work and play. Today’s announcement cements our place in the solar energy world and builds towards the county’s goal of green energy and sustainability. We welcome Adger Solar with open arms and look forward to many years of success.” –Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart

 

“Today’s announcement by Adger Solar is the largest solar energy project to date in central South Carolina, and we are honored they selected Clarendon County and the Central SC region. Clean, affordable and reliable energy will support our growing population for many, many years to come.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Adger Solar constructing two new solar projects in Clarendon County.
  • $200 million investment and the creation of at least five jobs.
  • Adger Solar is a clean-energy development company focused on creating low-cost solar-electric generating facilities.
  • The first of these two facilities is projected to be operational in 2018.
  • For more information on Adger Solar, visit the company’s website online.

 

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted $11.5 billion in capital investment and over 65,000 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.

November 18, 2016

Food company investing $5 million in new facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 18, 2016) –  Palace Foods, a specialty food manufacturer, is establishing new operations in McCormick County. The company is expected to invest $5 million in the project and create at least 30 new jobs.

 

Founded in 1977, Palace Foods manufactures food products that are sold by major retailers and through food service distributors in the United States and Canada. With plans for continued growth, the company is well-positioned to do private label manufacturing and product development, focusing on meat pies, cooked proteins, sous-vide products and ready-to-eat meals.

 

Located at 8399 S.C. Highway 28 South in Plum Branch, S.C., the company will be establishing a new 20,000-square-foot facility to expand its production in the United States. Production is expected to begin in the spring of 2018, and hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the fall of 2017.

 

 

QUOTES

 

“Palace Foods is honored to be joining the South Carolina business community. We thank the people of South Carolina for their generosity and look forward to working together.” –Palace Foods Owner Michael Davidson

 

“Palace Foods’ investment in Plum Branch not only means jobs for the people of McCormick County – it means progress for South Carolina because, as of today, we have announced jobs in each one of our 46 counties, and that’s something we can all celebrate.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“A testament to South Carolina’s status as a leader in agribusiness, we are proud that Palace Foods has decided to join the impressive roster of successful agribusiness firms operating within our borders. I congratulate McCormick County on this tremendous news, and we look forward to watching Palace Foods thrive there for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“I am excited to welcome Palace Foods to McCormick County. This company will add value to our state’s number one industry, agribusiness; and, their investment brings jobs to rural South Carolina.” –South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers

 

“On behalf of county council and the residents of McCormick County, we are very pleased that Palace Foods has shown an interest in selecting McCormick County as a place to locate its business. We look forward to the construction of a new facility to create jobs and provide an economic boost for McCormick County.” –McCormick County Council Chairman Charles Jennings

 

“We are very excited to have Palace Foods become the first tenant in our new McCormick County Industrial Park. As we celebrate our “100 Years of Progress” centennial, we look forward to a long and prosperous venture, and we welcome this new industry to the McCormick County family.” –McCormick County Economic Director Thessa G. Smith

 

“On behalf of South Carolina Power Team, Little River Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, we welcome Palace Foods to McCormick County. As partners in progress and prosperity, we are excited to see Palace Foods invest in McCormick County and its people. We look forward to serving as their utility partner, helping them grow and succeed for years to come.” –South Carolina Power Team President and CEO James Chavez

 

“We are honored to welcome Palace Foods to McCormick County, South Carolina. This announcement today will have a lifelong positive effect on the McCormick County community and workforce throughout the region. Congratulations to Palace Foods, South Carolina and McCormick County on this terrific industry location.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Palace Foods is launching new operations in McCormick County.
  • $5 million investment to create at least 30 new jobs.
  • Palace Foods is a specialty food manufacturer that produces products sold by major retailers in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Located at 8399 S.C. Highway 28 South in Plum Branch, S.C., the company will be establishing a new 20,000-square-foot production facility.
  • Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the fall of 2017.

 

 

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 $11.5 billion in capital investment and over 65,000 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.

November 09, 2016

County of Lexington is excited to announce the hiring of Mike Eades as the County’s next Economic Development Director

After a thorough search, the County of Lexington is excited to announce the hiring of Mike Eades as the County’s next Economic Development Director.

Eades, a 39-year veteran of economic development, will be charged with increasing the County’s industry, economy and job growth, while providing abundant opportunities for all in a quality environment.

A native of Washington County, Virginia, Eades received his B.A. Degree from Emory & Henry College, double majoring in Geography and Geology. He then took postgraduate studies in Economic Geography at the University of South Carolina, and graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

Eades’ extensive education and wealth of knowledge of economic development is coupled with the illustrious experience he brings to the position. He began his full-time economic development in South Carolina in 1976. Since then, Eades has served in executive positions for a variety of economic development companies throughout South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Louisiana. 

Eades most recently served as the President and CEO of Ascension Economic Development Corp. in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. In the last five years, he’s worked on 16 new projects, representing $933 million in capital investments and 585 new jobs. He also assisted in 35 projects with expansions representing $6.48 billion in capital investment and 1,145 new jobs.

Due in part to his work, Ascension Economic Development Corp. was recognized by the International Economic Development Council and Atlas Advertising for having the highest level of announced new-and expanding-capital investment per capita of any county-political subdivision in North America.

He was also recognized in Southern Business & Development Magazine as one of the “Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South in 2012.”

Eades previously lived in Lexington County for 18 years and participated in a multitude of economic development projects within the County, including Michelin, Pirreli, Golden State Foods and Otis Spunkmeyer. His work also extended beyond County lines, including Union Camp and FN Manufacturing to Richland County.

Eades will begin with the County of Lexington on November 21st. We are honored to welcome Eades’ talents back to Lexington County, as part of the County’s Economic Development team and look forward to seeing him grow within our County.

October 18, 2016

Diversified wood products company investing $33 million in new expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 18, 2016) – West Fraser, a diversified wood products company, is expanding its Newberry County sawmill operations. The project is expected to bring $33 million in new capital investment.


Established in 1955, West Fraser produces lumber, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), medium-density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, pulp, newsprint and wood chips, as well as energy through several bioenergy initiatives. Beginning as a small, three-man operation, the company has grown into the largest lumber producer in North America, operating facilities throughout western Canada and the southern United States.


Located at 3287 College St. in Newberry, S.C., West Fraser’s Newberry sawmill directly employs 155 workers. Since 2007, the company has invested millions to modernize the mill and plans to invest $33 million more to procure wood, services and goods in Newberry County. West Fraser also plans to install a log merchandiser designed to increase production by more than 37 percent.


For more information on West Fraser, visit the company’s website at www.westfraser.com.

 


QUOTES
“West Fraser believes in making investments to improve our operations. This initiative will support our capital investment to expand production at the mill. Building a strong business supports our mill’s competitiveness so we can continue to be an active employer and a positive contributor to Newberry County.” –West Fraser Newberry Lumber Mill General Manager DJ Russell


“We are proud to celebrate West Fraser’s latest investment in South Carolina and our people. Anytime a company is able to grow and expand its South Carolina operations, it proves what we already know – that we have one of the most competitive business environments in the world and a workforce that can get the job done for companies in every industry.” –Gov. Nikki Haley


“It’s exciting to see a company with such a long history here continue to invest in the people of South Carolina. West Fraser’s decision to invest $33 million more in Newberry County is a great win for the county, the region and the state as a whole.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“West Fraser’s sizable reinvestment in South Carolina is a testament to the state’s healthy, abundant and resilient forest resource. The company’s expansion expresses the utmost confidence in the private landowners whose sustainably-managed forestlands power the economic engine of our nearly $20 billion forest products industry.” –South Carolina Forester Gene Kodama


“We’re delighted that West Fraser continues to invest in Newberry County. I think existing industry expansions are a vote of confidence, not only in the local company’s workers and management, but also in the community itself. We’re proud to continue to call West Fraser a partner in this community’s growth and success.” –Newberry County Council Chairman Henry H. Livingston III


“Over 60 percent of the announcements last year in the Central S.C. region were from existing industries, and Newberry County and Central South Carolina continue to constitute a positive environment for business growth. West Fraser’s decision to expand operations in Newberry County is further evidence of this. Congratulations to West Fraser and Newberry County on this great announcement.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • West Fraser is expanding its Newberry County sawmill operations.
  • $33 million capital investment.
  • West Fraser is a diversified wood products company with operations in western Canada and the southern United States.
  • Located at 3287 College St. in Newberry, S.C., the company will install a log merchandiser that promises to increase production by more than 37 percent.
  • For more information on West Fraser, visit www.westfraser.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 $11.4 billion in capital investment and over 65,000 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.

September 01, 2016

Initiative designed to assist established companies with small-scale entry operations in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 1, 2016) - The South Carolina Department of Commerce today announced the official launch of its new Landing Pad program. A collaborative effort with the state's regional economic development alliances, the Landing Pad program aims to assist established companies from around the world who are looking to enter either the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time.

 

Through this program, the Department of Commerce will encourage and enable global companies to put feet on the ground in South Carolina by streamlining what can be perceived as an overwhelming process in an unfamiliar market. From regulation and taxation issues to translation or office space, the Landing Pad program will connect businesses to the appropriate service providers through the state's regional economic development partners, helping them get started in a reliable and cost-effective way.

 

“We frequently come across successful and growing global companies who know that they have market potential here, but aren't quite ready to dive in and open a full-scale manufacturing facility before testing the waters,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “These firms want to be conservative and begin with a sales and marketing office, or a small warehouse with a few employees - but they don't know where in the U.S. to go, or how to start. The Landing Pad program will allow us to help these companies minimize the risk of establishing operations in a new market and guide them through the process.”

 

By helping businesses make necessary connections and navigate the requirements for doing business in the state, this program will allow companies to focus more on securing new North American sales and expanding existing customer bases. In the end, the goal for the Landing Pad program is to ensure an even greater success rate for these companies and lay a foundation for future investment and job creation in South Carolina.

 

“Our hope is that our Landing Pad participant companies thrive here, so that, in the future, when they are ready for something larger, it will be here in South Carolina due to their positive experience and our pro-business climate,” said Hitt.

 

For more information on the Landing Pad program, contact the S.C. Department of Commerce's Division of International Strategy & Trade at GrowfromSC@SCCommerce.com

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998 

afairwell@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com 

August 24, 2016

CSCA awarded merit award for second straight year in Communication Awards Competition

Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) awards Central SC Alliance communication merits for new website and European delegation brochure


COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 24, 2016) – For a second year in a row, the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) has awarded the Central SC Alliance (CSCA) a merit award in its annual Communication Awards Competition. The 2016 awarded merit is for the design, aesthetics, and overall information on the newly launched CSCA website. The 2015 merit award was for the design of the organization’s European delegation brochure.


The newly redesigned CSCA website was launched in May of 2016 with numerous enhancements that expand on regional data and boost user-friendliness. Among the most notable changes, the property search function has been redesigned to provide users faster, more comprehensive searches of available properties, as well as customizable downloading of maps, property details, and documents. Expanded landing pages for the nine member counties and the City of Columbia provide increased insight into the demographics, workforce, and quality of life available. CSCA also added two new filterable databases; including one for regional employers for prospect research, and another for private Alliance investors, which offers users contact and general information for potential vendors.


CSCA’s European delegation brochure, a European marketing collateral pamphlet, was created for dissemination during a 10-day economic development recruitment mission to destinations in half a dozen European countries. The brochure highlighted the purpose of the mission, along with details on the Central SC region and delegates participating on the trip.


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 $11.4 billion in capital investment and over 65,000 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 19, 2016

Company investing $32 million to establish operations in Holly Hill, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 19, 2016) –  Carolina Chips, Inc., a subsidiary of The Price Companies, Inc., is establishing new operations in Orangeburg County. A leader in wood processing, the company is investing more than $32 million in the facility, creating 15 new jobs. The operation will produce wood chips and processed bark for the KapStone paper mill in North Charleston, S.C.

 

Based in Monticello, Arkansas, The Price Companies, Inc. has more than 50 years of forestry-related operations experience. The company currently operates 25 wood processing operations across 11 states that provide a variety of services, including chipping, wood storage and trucking.

 

To establish operations in Orangeburg County, Carolina Chips, Inc. will design, build, own and operate a new chip mill and wood storage yard in Holly Hill, S.C. The facilities are scheduled for completion and operation in the first half of 2017.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded Orangeburg County a $100,000 grant to assist with the costs of road improvements.

 

QUOTES

 

“We are very happy about becoming a member of the Holly Hill and Orangeburg County community. We are also very proud and excited to be developing a long term relationship with a solid, progressive and customer-driven company like KapStone.” – The Price Companies, Inc. President and CEO Dick Carmical

 

“This announcement is another big win for one of our rural communities that will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians. We’re excited to welcome Carolina Chips to the South Carolina family, and we look forward to watching it succeed and grow here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“Last year, rural counties accounted for approximately 30 percent of the jobs recruited to the Palmetto State. With today’s announcement that Carolina Chips has selected Orangeburg County for its new operations, rural South Carolina has achieved yet another big victory.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“It’s indeed another Great Day in South Carolina and Orangeburg County.  This validates the importance of our strategic location in South Carolina’s Global Logistics Triangle (I-26 * US-301 * I-95) and our close proximity to Charleston.  We welcome Carolina Chips to Holly Hill with open arms and are committed to a partnership of success.”  - Senator John W. Matthews, Jr. Chairman, Orangeburg County Legislative Delegation

 

“We are grateful that Carolina Chips has chosen to locate their newest facility here. It’s always exciting when new companies confirm Orangeburg County as an excellent location to do business. We appreciate Carolina Chips for their investment, new job opportunities and for their confidence in our community.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright, Sr.

 

“We congratulate Team South Carolina on the continued success recruiting new industry and jobs to our great state. We welcome Carolina Chips, Inc. to Central South Carolina knowing our workforce and leadership will sustain the company for years to come.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Carolina Chips, Inc. is establishing operations in Orangeburg County.
  • $32 million investment to create 15 new jobs.
  • Carolina Chips, Inc., a subsidiary of The Price Companies, Inc., is a leader in wood processing and operates 25 wood processing operations across 11 states.
  • The Orangeburg County facility will produce wood chips and processed bark for the KapStone paper mill in North Charleston, S.C.
  • The company’s new facilities are expected to become operational during the first half of 2017.

 

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 $11.4 billion in capital investment and over 65,000 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 30, 2016

Company investing $15 million to expand Midlands operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Pure Power Technologies, Inc., a leader in the engineering and manufacturing of new and remanufactured diesel fuel injectors for OEMs and the aftermarket, is expanding their existing operations in Richland County. The new development is expected to bring $15 million in new investment and result in the hiring of 79 new employees.

Founded in 2009, Pure Power Technologies is the aftermarket’s leading independent supplier of precision fuel, air-management and after-treatment systems for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The company integrates research and development, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to produce world-class diesel power systems and advanced emissions control systems for commercial engine markets.

Located at 1410 Northpoint Boulevard in Blythewood, S.C., the company will be adding additional new injector technology to accommodate their continued growth for commercial vehicle OEMs and the aftermarket. For more information on the company, visit www.purepowertechnologies.com.

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

QUOTES

“The skilled workforce in Richland County provides us with an ideal location for our dedicated employees to continue to deliver our world-class diesel technologies and precision manufacturing expertise. This new addition affords us the opportunity for aggressive growth and to pursue new market channels in the OEM and aftermarket space.” –President and CEO of Pure Power Technologies Jerry Sweetland

“Pure Power Technologies’ decision to expand in our state is a true testament to South Carolina’s business-friendly environment and our skilled workforce. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate their $15 million dollar expansion and the 79 new jobs it means for Richland County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s robust manufacturing industry continues to drive economic success in our state, and today’s announcement from Pure Power Technologies is a testament to that. I’m excited to see both continued growth and what our loyal, world-class workforce will achieve with this expansion in the months and years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Pure Power’s decision to expand here is a great vote of confidence in Richland County. Pure Power employs some of the most technology-driven processes in the Southeast, and this new investment is a reflection on our community’s commitment to education and workforce development.” –Richland County Councilman Torrey Rush
 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Pure Power Technologies expanding operations in Richland County.

  • $15 million investment and hiring 79 new employees.

  • Pure Power Technologies is a leader in the engineering and manufacturing of new and remanufactured diesel fuel injectors for OEMs and the aftermarket.

  • Located at 1410 Northpoint Boulevard in Blythewood, S.C., the company will be adding new injector technology to accommodate their expansion.

  • For more information on the company, visit www.purepowertechnologies.com

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

May 31, 2016

Company investing $300 million and creating 400 new jobs to build first U.S. manufacturing facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 31, 2016) – China Jushi, a global manufacturer and promoter of fiberglass products, is establishing its first U.S. fiberglass manufacturing operations with an 80,000-ton production line in Richland County. The first phase of the project is expected to bring $300 million in capital investment and create 400 new jobs.

Headquartered in Zhejiang, China, China Jushi is a leading supplier of fiberglass reinforcements and fabrics to the reinforced plastics industry worldwide. With more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. market, Jushi already has a strong brand influence in American markets. The new production line is designed to supplement the growing composite material industry in the United States.

Located in Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia, S.C., the company expects to begin construction on the new facility in the fourth quarter of 2016 and complete the installation within two years.
 

QUOTES

“The Jushi USA project is a big move for the strategic development of China Jushi. As the leading fiberglass manufacturer in the world, China Jushi will constantly provide top-grade products and excellent customer service for the global market. With the dynamic development of the American composite global market, plus the great support from South Carolina state government and Richland County, we believe that this USA project will achieve great success. Also, we always welcome talented people to join Jushi USA and witness the growth of Jushi in the American fiberglass industry.” –China Jushi CEO Zhang Yuqiang

“South Carolina’s workforce has proven to the world that we can build planes, cars, tires and carbon fiber, and now because of China Jushi’s investment in Richland County, we are going to be making fiberglass products for one of the biggest companies in the market. This investment, which means 400 new jobs for South Carolinians, is a huge win for our state, and we couldn’t be more excited to prove to this fantastic company that its first U.S. fiberglass manufacturing facility is in great hands in Richland County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“We would like to congratulate Jushi Group for their tremendous investment in Richland County and in the State of South Carolina. The Palmetto State has been leading the way in advanced manufacturing for some time now, and announcements like this one ensure that South Carolina will continue to stay on top.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Jushi’s decision to locate in Richland County is a major step forward in our quest to recruit world-class companies. While today’s announcement is a reason to celebrate, the County is committed to the company’s long-term success in South Carolina. I want to personally thank Richland County Council for their commitment to develop the Pineview Industrial Park and to the City of Columbia for their partnership in helping provide the necessary infrastructure.” –Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush

“South Carolina Ports Authority welcomes the nation’s first Jushi Group fiberglass manufacturing operations facility to South Carolina. The Port looks forward to serving their international supply needs through our Charleston facilities and celebrates the continued growth of our state’s manufacturing economy.” – SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome
 

FIVE FAST FACTS 

  • China Jushi is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Richland County.
  • $300 million investment to create 400 new jobs.
  • China Jushi is a global manufacturer and promoter of fiberglass products.
  • The facility will be located at Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia, S.C., situated just off Shop Road.
  • For more information on the company, visit www.jushi.com

 

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

May 12, 2016

Expansion to bring $6 million in new investment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 12, 2016) –  Southeast Frozen Foods, a company which provides retail distribution to grocery stores and cold storage for processors, manufacturers and distributors, is expanding its operations in Calhoun County. This new expansion will result in a capital investment of $6 million and create 30 new jobs. This is Southeast Frozen Foods’ third expansion over the last eight years, representing more than $20 million in cumulative capital investments and more than 100 jobs created.

 

Located on 17 acres in Gaston, S.C., Southeast Frozen Foods distributes frozen and refrigerated foods to hundreds of retail grocery stores and provides cold storage services to processors and manufacturers of quality South Carolina food products.

 

With this project, the company will be expanding the total square footage at its Gaston facility to more than 200,000 square feet. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the summer of 2016. Those interested in joining the Southeast Frozen Foods team should visit the company’s careers page online.

 

QUOTES

 

“We’re proud to announce yet another expansion and are proud to be a part of this community. We’d like to thank the Department of Commerce and Calhoun County for their continued commitment throughout this process.” –Southeast Frozen Foods President and CEO Rich Bauer

 

“Southeast Frozen Foods’ commitment to both the local community in Gaston and our state as a whole is something we are extremely proud of. This investment of $6 million, and the 30 new jobs it means for Calhoun County, is a huge win for Team South Carolina, and we congratulate Southeast Frozen Foods on their continued success there.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“South Carolina continues to lead the way in business growth, and today’s announcement by Southeast Frozen Foods is a testament to that. As an existing member of our Midlands community, we are proud to see them grow and thrive.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Calhoun County has always shown that low taxes, reasonable regulation and a business-friendly environment not only prime areas for new investments, but expansions as well. This expansion by Southeast Frozen Foods is a clear illustration that our industries view Calhoun County not just as a location for brick and mortar to be built, but also as a permanent home. We applaud Southeast Frozen Foods for its continued and growing investment into Calhoun County.” –Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers, Jr.

 

“Our region, counties and local communities continue to prosper because of our workforce and leadership like that found at Southeast Frozen Foods. Congratulations on another expansion announcement, and thank you for your commitment to Calhoun County.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Southeast Frozen Foods is expanding its Calhoun County operations.
  • $6 million investment to create 30 new jobs. This is the third expansion for this facility in eight years, with more than $20 million in investment and 100 jobs created.
  • Southeast Frozen Foods is located at 220 Frontage Road in Gaston, S.C.
  • The company provides cold storage services for retail grocers and distributors.
  • For more information, visit the company’s website at www.seff.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 $11.1 billion in capital investment and over 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.

May 05, 2016

Company investing more than $29 million to expand operations in Orangeburg County

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 5, 2016) – Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A., Inc., a leader in the manufacturing of outdoor power products, is expanding its existing operations in Orangeburg County. The company is investing more than $29 million in a new Main Distribution Center on its Orangeburg Manufacturing Campus.

 

Husqvarna North America is part of the Husqvarna Group, a firm with a rich history that can be traced back to 1689. As the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products, including robotic lawn mowers, ride-on mowers and chainsaws, the company employs more than 14,000 employees in 43 countries across the globe. In addition to its global headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Husqvarna’s largest operations are located in Germany, China, Japan and South Carolina.

 

To expand its Orangeburg County facility, the company will be constructing a new 513,000-square-foot building on its current site, which is located at 172 Old Elloree Road in Orangeburg, S.C. The expanded area will serve primarily as warehousing, staging and storage for the existing facility.

 

The distribution center is scheduled for completion in December 2016, in preparation of the 2017 outdoor power season. Career opportunities are available for talented and motivated individuals, and those looking to join the Husqvarna team should visit the company’s careers page online.

 

For more information on Husqvarna North America, visit http://www.husqvarna.com/us/.

 

QUOTES

“We are very excited about the addition of the distribution center to our Orangeburg operations and the operational efficiencies which will be realized on the integration of this new warehouse facility with the current manufacturing operations. We want to thank the State of South Carolina, Orangeburg County and the City of Orangeburg for their full support of this project.” –Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A., Inc. President Jeff Hohler

 

“It’s another great day for our manufacturing industry as we celebrate the expansion of Husqvarna North America. This $29 million investment sends the message to companies around the world that South Carolina is an ideal place to do business.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“It’s always important to have businesses expand their operations in our state, but it’s even more significant when it’s a globally-recognized brand, like Husqvarna. We’re proud to have one of the world’s premier manufacturers of outdoor power products operating and succeeding within our borders.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“This is exciting news for the Orangeburg community. Husqvarna has been a longtime user of our Port, and we look forward to supporting their continued success.” –S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

 

“We are grateful that The Husqvarna Group is located in Orangeburg County and continues to grow and support our community. Orangeburg County Council is ready to assist in the most aggressive way we can to ensure the success of Husqvarna for years to come.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright

 

“The City of Orangeburg is proud to have Husqvarna part of its community. We celebrate their continued success and stand ready to provide the best low-cost utilities in the region with Orangeburg’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU).” –City of Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler

 

“Husqvarna is a leader in the manufacture of lawn and garden equipment, and they have been an important part of the state’s business community for decades. This expansion provides another indication that South Carolina’s global logistics triangle (I-26, U.S. 301 and I-95), business-friendly climate and skilled workforce are continuing to attract investment and help our existing businesses grow. Global logistics are critical in business and this location is ideal.” –Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson

 

“Foreign direct investment in Central South Carolina totaled almost half of the announced capital investment last year. We are excited to hear of Husqvarna’s expansion in Orangeburg County totaling $29 million dollars, thus proving why foreign owned companies succeed in Central South Carolina.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products is expanding its manufacturing operations in Orangeburg with the addition of a 513,000-square-foot Main Distribution Center.
  • The company is making a $29.8 million investment, which includes automation to transfer the finished products from the assembly lines to the new distribution center.
  • The investment also includes the purchase of an adjacent 134-acre site.
  • The facility is expected to be operational in December 2016, in preparation for the 2017 outdoor power season.
  • The Orangeburg manufacturing operations will now exceed 1.9 million square-feet with the Main Distribution Center addition.

 

About Husqvarna Group

Husqvarna Group is a world leading producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to end-customers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2015 amounted to SEK 36 billion, and the Group had more than 14,000 employees in 40 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 $11.1 billion in capital investment and over 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.

March 24, 2016

Company investing $1.5 million in new facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 24, 2016) - Falcon Boats is establishing operations in Newberry County to manufacture a new line of quality, affordable sportfishing boats. The company purchased an existing building, located at 750 Wilson Road in Newberry, S.C., and plans to invest $1.5 million, creating 35 new jobs over the next five years.

 

Initially established as Marine Pro in Irmo, S.C., the company previously specialized in boat repair and modification. However, following the vision of company president Stephen Walker and his two partners, Falcon Boats aims to make a significant impact on the bass fishing market. As avid fishermen with a combined 90 years of boat manufacturing experience, the leadership at Falcon Boats are in tune with what the modern fisherman, both competitive and hobbyist, want in a fishing boat.

 

 

The company has already begun manufacturing its first model, the F-215, a fast and stable design that handles rough water with ease.The 21-foot boat features an extra wide beam for added stability and a larger casting deck.

 

 

For more information on the company, visit www.falconbassboats.com.

 

 

QUOTES

 

 

It' an awesome feeling to be building boats in Newberry again. Were starting out small, and plan to grow as business allows, but we have high hopes of producing quality and affordable boats for many years tocome. Falcon Boats President Stephen Waller

 

 

Falcon Boats decision to expand to Newberry County is a testament to the reputation South Carolina' world-class workforce has built as one of the best in the world. This $1.5 million investment, creating 35 new jobs, is a huge win for Newberry and our entire state' manufacturing industry. Gov. Nikki Haley

 

 

It' always exciting to celebrate a homegrown company, like Falcon Boats, as they open a new facility in our state. I look forward to watching this impressive company grow and thrive in South Carolina for many years to come. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

 

It' great to see that the boat manufacturing industry is alive and well in Newberry County. Since we have a long history of boat building in our community, we have the right people with the right skills to make Falcon Boats successful. We wish them well and well do whatever we can to help the company and its people prosper.Newberry County Council Chairman Henry Livingston, III

 

 

We eagerly welcome another boat manufacturer to the Central S.C. Region. The announced capital investment and new jobs is a win for our community, stakeholders and citizens. We congratulate them on their success and look forward to watching them thrive.Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

 

 

  • Falcon Boats is establishing operations in Newberry County.

     

  • $1.5 million investment to create 35 new jobs.

     

  • The company was initially established as Marine Pro in Irmo, S.C.

     

  • Falcon Boats Newberry County facility is located at 750 Wilson Road in Newberry, S.C.

     

  • The company has already begun manufacturing its first model, the F-215.

About Falcon Boats

 

Falcon Boats was created with the goal to provide a high quality, high performing, tournament worthy boat at an affordable price. The three Falcon founders have over 90 years of combined boat manufacturing experience.This experience, along with a passion for fishing, provides a wealth of knowledge on what goes into making the best fishing boat. Learn more at www.falconbassboats.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 $11 billion in capital investment and over 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.organd be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

March 01, 2016

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 1, 2016)  Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken first steps toward investing $30 million in three solar energy facilities in Lexington County. This project complements two Lexington County solar facilities, located in Swansea, S.C., which the company announced in August 2015.

 

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. 

 

The company is working in partnership with Southern Current, which is the newly-merged entity comprised of long time development partners Sustainable Energy Solutions and Solbridge Energy. Southern Current oversees local development activities including site identification and acquisition, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with the utilities amongst other due diligence activities. Together, they have received economic development approvals to build three additional facilities in Lexington County.

 

The projects, all three of which are ten-megawatt facilities, will be located off of Old Charleston Road in Pelion, S.C. Ten megawatts of solar energy is enough to provide inexpensive, secure, clean energy to approximately 2,000 South Carolina homes.

 

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

 

 

 

QUOTES

 

“We are thrilled that Lexington County continues to support local solar and the efforts of Cypress Creek to provide inexpensive renewable energy to local homes and businesses. Thanks to community leaders, Southern Current, our utility partners, and the state of South Carolina for recognizing that solar plays an important role in our nation’s energy mix.” – Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern

 

“We are very excited and thankful that Lexington County is continuing to support the growth of renewables throughout the county and the state. These projects are the culmination of a lot of hard work, perseverance & team work of which we are proud to play a part.” – Southern Current, LLC Principal and Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury

 

“In South Carolina, we practice a team-first approach to economic development, which helps ensure a positive business climate in all regions across the state. Cypress Creek’s continued investment in Lexington County is a testament that Team South Carolina’s hard work continues to pay off, attracting investments from companies of all types.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

 

“This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I’m 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

 

“We are excited that Cypress Creek Renewables has chosen to expand further in Lexington County. With solar energy becoming a more cost-effective and competitive energy source, the Council is hopeful that Cypress Creek Renewables’ investment will prove to be a hugely valuable resource for the residents of Lexington County.” – Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum

 

“It’s exciting to see a company once again decide to expand operations within the Central S.C. Region. Cypress Creek Renewables’ continuous growth in the region and the state are a testament to the economic strength and value that businesses find here. Their investment and commitment to clean renewable energy means a brighter future for this community.” – Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

 

 

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing three additional solar power facilities in Lexington County.
  • 40-60 jobs created during construction.
  • $30 million investment in three Lexington County facilities.
  • 10 megawatts can power about 2,000 homes per year.
  • Cypress Creek Renewables is the largest and fastest growing dedicated provider of local solar farms.

 

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 $11 billion in capital investment and over 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 22, 2015

Company investing $2.6 million to expand Manning, S.C. 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 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.

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