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USFibers Expanding Edgefield County Manufacturing Facility

Fiber Manufacturer Adding Production Capacity And Creating New Jobs  

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 17, 2016 - USFibers, a manufacturer of recycled polyester fiber, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Edgefield County. The company intends to create more than 20 jobs to accommodate its continued growth and expand its product offerings.
 
With South Carolina locations in Trenton and Laurens, USFibers offers a wide variety of polyester staple fiber products, serving various market segments, including automotive, home furnishings, filtration and geotextiles. The company’s products support several end uses, including polyester’s continued growth in non-woven applications.
 
To meet increased customer demand, USFibers is investing in its Edgefield County facility. Located at 30 Pine House Road in Trenton, S.C., the company is expanding its product offerings into specialty markets, providing additional value to its already diverse customer base. In addition to the new jobs, this new capacity will include a significant expansion into research and development capabilities and personnel. 
 
QUOTES
 
“This latest investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the fiber industry. We are excited about the opportunities that this new operation affords us and the ability to enter new markets. As we launch this next phase of our evolution at USFibers, we want to thank our employees, customers and suppliers for their continued support. Without them and their commitment, none of this would be possible.” – USFibers President and Founder Edward Oh
 
“It’s always exciting to see one of our existing businesses succeed and have the ability to expand in our state. USFibers’ decision to invest further in South Carolina and create 20 new jobs in Edgefield County is a real reason to celebrate, and we look forward to seeing this fantastic company continue to grow here for a very long time.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“In South Carolina, we know how to make things and make them well. Manufacturers of all sizes continue to create opportunities and help our economy grow, and today’s announcement by USFibers is yet another sign that our manufacturing base is strong.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“I am excited about USFibers’ continued growth in Edgefield County. Over the past six years they have been consistently expanding, which demonstrates their innovative capabilities in the competitive fiber industry. Congratulations to Edward Oh and his team on this latest news. Edgefield County Council is committed to working closely with our strong existing industry community.” –Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell
 
“Congratulations to USFibers on their expansion. Their commitment to innovation is impressive and demonstrates a great partnership between the company and Edgefield County.” –Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• USFibers is expanding its Edgefield County manufacturing facility.
• Expansion expected to create 20 new jobs.
• USFibers is a manufacturer of recycled polyester fiber and serves a variety of markets, including automotive, filtration, furniture and geotextile.
• The facility is located at 30 Pine House Road in Trenton, S.C.
• For more information on the company, visit www.usfibers.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley Issues Proclamation Recognizing Clemson University Football

Proclamation Designates Saturday As “Clemson Tigers National Football Champions Day”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 13, 2017 - Governor Nikki Haley has issued a proclamation recognizing the Clemson University Tigers for winning the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

The proclamation designates tomorrow, Saturday, January 14, 2017, as “Clemson Tigers National Football Champions Day” throughout the state of South Carolina and encourages all South Carolinians to join together in congratulating the Clemson Tigers football team and Head Coach Dabo Swinney for their outstanding performance in the 2017 College Football Playoff.

On Tuesday, the governor ordered a Clemson University flag be flown over the Statehouse to honor the Tigers and issued the following statement:

"I'm a proud Clemson alum, I'm a proud governor, and I'm a proud South Carolinian. Clemson showed their heart and humility throughout the entire season, and in an unforgettable national championship victory, they reminded us that, with faith and hard work, anything is possible. That's what defines South Carolina."

To view a copy of the proclamation, click here.

TCube Solutions Expanding Richland County Operations

Innovation Firm Investing $1.7 Million And Creating 100 New Jobs In Rapid Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 11, 2017 - TCube Solutions, a software services provider and innovation firm, is expanding its existing operations in Richland County. To accommodate its continued growth, the company is investing $1.7 million to move into a new facility and create 100 jobs.
 
Founded in 2007 with the assistance of the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator program, TCube provides efficient and cost-effective software systems implementation, configuration, maintenance and integration services to insurance industry clients worldwide. With more than 100 existing employees in the United States, the company utilizes innovation accelerators and complementary solutions to reduce clients’ cost and risk, allowing them to maximize revenues.
 
The company will be moving into a 25,000-square-foot workspace in the First Base Building at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, S.C., and adding additional equipment. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
 
QUOTES
 
“Columbia is a thriving insurance technology hub offering experienced local talent and community resources that continue to accelerate our business growth. Specialized educational programs from USC, Midlands Tech and local industry groups help sustain a rich talent pool. We continue to receive outstanding support from local, state and community leaders. We want to especially thank Representative James Smith for helping TCube connect with the many support groups and local leaders that have been so instrumental in our success. Partnerships with the USC Business and Technology Incubator, USC and Midlands Tech enable TCube’s business to thrive in Columbia.” –TCube Solutions CEO Sam McGuckin
 
“TCube’s growth in Richland County, with its decision to invest an additional $1.7 million, is another success story that shows that Team South Carolina has developed a business environment where companies of all kinds can thrive. We’re excited to thank TCube for the commitment they have shown to our people by creating 100 new jobs, and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Today, we’re thrilled to celebrate a great win for South Carolina’s rapidly-growing tech industry. With this announcement, TCube builds on the momentum achieved by this dynamic sector, which employs approximately 60,000 workers across our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“The TCube success story is a prime example of what can be achieved when we invest time and energy in the talents of local entrepreneurs. That was the mission upon which the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator was founded. Thanks to the collaboration of all the Incubator community partners, we are developing local talent, creating jobs and making the Midlands a great place to live, learn and earn.” –USC President Harris Pastides
 
“Sam and the team at TCube have worked hard to build a great company. They are an example of the type of tech start-ups the Midlands is becoming known for, and their continued success will have a ripple effect -- boosting the local economy and drawing even more talent to the region.” – USC-Columbia Technology Incubator Executive Director Bill Kirkland
 
“Richland County is proud to support an environment that fosters innovation and encourages the growth of small businesses such as TCube Solutions.” –Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson
 
“The City of Columbia is thrilled to see TCube Solutions, a local insurance tech start-up and graduate of the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator, expand to Bull Street as they continue to grow into a highly-successful, innovative solutions provider. From their beginnings a decade ago with three employees, their creation of 100 new jobs and $1.7 million investment showcases the incredible growth potential of their company. Their commitment confirms that Columbia is indeed a vibrant, world-class entrepreneurial city, and we congratulate them on their continued success.” –City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin
 
“Columbia and the Central South Carolina region have long been hubs for the insurance sector, and today offers a thriving insurance technology environment. TCube Solutions is a start-up company that continues to grow and expand here at home. Companies operating in the knowledge economy understand the value of operating in a region that offers tremendous higher education support that generates a trained and skilled workforce. Congratulations to TCube Solutions; we look forward to future growth and development.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• TCube Solutions is expanding its Richland County operations.
• $1.7 million investment to create 100 new jobs.
• TCube Solutions is a software services provider and innovation firm for clients around the world.
• The company will be moving into a 25,000-square-foot workspace in the First Base Building at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, S.C.
• Interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online.

Gov. Nikki Haley Honors Clemson University National Football Champions

Tigers' Flag Will Fly Atop Statehouse Dome

COLUMBIA, S.C. - January 10, 2017 - Governor Nikki Haley ordered a Clemson University flag be flown over the Statehouse on Tuesday, January 10, in honor of the Tigers' national football championship.

"I'm a proud Clemson alum, I'm a proud governor, and I'm a proud South Carolinian," the governor said. "Clemson showed their heart and humility throughout the entire season, and in an unforgettable national championship victory, they reminded us that, with faith and hard work, anything is possible. That's what defines South Carolina."

Previous national championship teams honored with flags flown over the Statehouse include: Clemson University football (1981), University of South Carolina baseball (2010, 2011) and Coastal Carolina University baseball (2016).

NARENCO Constructing New Solar Projects In Orangeburg County

Two Utility-Scale Solar Farms Will Bring $89.1 Million Capital Investment

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 5, 2017 - NARENCO (National Renewable Energy Corporation) will be constructing two new utility-scale solar farms in Orangeburg County. The projects are expected to bring $89.1 million in new capital investment.
 
Established in 2009 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., NARENCO has matured into one of the largest solar developers in North America and was ranked No. 6 in Solar Power World’s list of the nation’s Top Solar Developers in 2015. The firm has more than 65 solar facilities in various stages of development across the Southeast, with an additional 125 megawatts under long-term operations and maintenance contracts.
 
Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2018, the Orangeburg County facilities, the first located at 238 Juniper Street in Neeses, S.C. and the second on Capital Way in Springfield, S.C., will produce renewable solar energy from photovoltaic panels currently sized at more than 80 megawatts AC (alternating current). One megawatt AC of solar energy is enough to provide clean energy to approximately 200 South Carolina homes.
 
For more information on NARENCO, visit www.narenco.com.
 
QUOTES
 
“We are excited to advance two of the largest solar projects in South Carolina and look forward to being a contributing member of the Orangeburg County business community. Once constructed, NARENCO’s solar facilities will provide significant discretionary tax income to the local community and will deliver clean, cost-competitive, on-peak power to South Carolina ratepayers. We would like to thank South Carolina Electric & Gas and the South Carolina Public Service Authority for their willingness to work with us to make these projects successful. We are truly honored to partner with the State of South Carolina and Orangeburg County on these projects, and we look forward to making additional infrastructure investments in the state in the near future.” –NARENCO President of Development Jesse Montgomery
 
“It’s another great day in South Carolina as we celebrate NARENCO’s decision to invest $89 million in Orangeburg County. Team South Carolina has worked hard to create a competitive business environment for all industries, and when we see a company in the renewable energy industry choose South Carolina as a place to make such a significant investment, it’s a huge win for the entire state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“This tremendous investment by NARENCO continues to grow South Carolina’s reputation as a top business destination for industries of all types. I’m proud to welcome NARENCO to Orangeburg County and celebrate the environmental and economic opportunities that this project will create.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“It is indeed a great day in Orangeburg County! We welcome one of the top solar companies in the Southeast. NARENCO has proven to be a dynamic and diversified company that is committed to both the community and the environment. Their decision to locate in Orangeburg County once again validates our superb location and robust utility network. We are truly grateful for their investment and commitment to sustainable alternative energy.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.
 
“Our thanks go out to the Orangeburg County leadership for their continued efforts and vision to make our community a significant leader in manufacturing, distribution and, now, solar energy in South Carolina. NARENCO’s potential to provide clean energy to roughly 20,000 homes is a big deal for Orangeburg County. We look forward to reducing the carbon footprint on our community with cutting-edge technology.” –Orangeburg County Development Commission Chairman Kenneth Middleton
 
“We proudly welcome NARENCO to the Central S.C. community and to Orangeburg County. Today’s announcement of $89.1 million will provide economic benefit for decades to come. Renewable energy has had a profound impact on our region over the past year, with three major announcements in three of our member counties.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• National Renewable Energy Corporation (NARENCO) is establishing two new utility-scale solar farms in Orangeburg County.
• The company is investing $89.1 million in the project.
• Established in 2009, NARENCO is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
• The two new Orangeburg County facilities will be located at 238 Juniper Street in Neeses, S.C. and on Capital Way in Springfield, S.C.
• Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2018, the facilities will produce renewable solar energy from 80-megawatt AC (alternating current) photovoltaic panels.  

Ebtron Expanding Operations In Horry County

Existing S.C. Company Investing More Than $2.5 Million And Creating 100 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 22, 2016 - Ebtron, a Loris, S.C.-based company that designs and manufactures air flow measuring devices, is expanding its operations in Horry County. The project is expected to bring more than $2.5 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 100 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Ebtron, along with its sister companies, designs and manufactures innovative measurement solutions for the monitoring and maintenance of air quality, humidity, climate and other environmental conditions. Ebtron serves customers across a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, educational, laboratory and office settings.
 
To expand its operations in Horry County, the company will construct up to four additional facilities on property adjacent to its current location off of U.S. Highway 701 in Loris, S.C. Ebtron will hire for a wide variety of positions, and those looking to apply should visit the SC Works website.
 
QUOTES
 
“After 22 years of operation in Horry County, Ebtron and its sister companies are pleased to announce their decision to expand management, manufacturing and product development operations near our existing facilities just south of Loris. We are excited and appreciative of the outstanding effort provided by the Myrtle Beach Economic Development Corporation (MBEDC) over the past several years to keep our businesses in South Carolina, and specifically, Horry County. We are also very grateful of the support from our local community and elected officials that have supported our effort to remain in the county. We look forward to continued growth and community service in our great county.” –Ebtron President Dave Dougan
 
“It’s always a great day when we can celebrate the success and growth of one of our companies. The fact that Ebtron is able to contine to invest in our people and has decided to create 100 new jobs here is a huge win for Team South Carolina, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the impact that this fantastic company continues to have in Horry County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“When one of our existing businesses expands, like Ebtron, it sends a message to other companies that South Carolina is truly a place where they can find success. I congratulate Ebtron on this announcement and look forward to watching them succeed for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“On behalf of Horry County Council, I am excited to announce the expansion of Ebtron. Their decision to expand in Loris will create great job opportunities for Horry County residents. This announcement is just another example of our commitment to our existing industries, as well as the partnerships we have formed to promote Horry County as the right location for businesses.” –Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus
 
“Ebtron’s expansion is another great sign that Horry County is right for manufacturing. With operations in other locations in North and South Carolina, Dave and his team could have chosen to expand anywhere. We are excited about Ebtron’s growth and look forward to working with them for many years to come.” –Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Josh Kay
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Ebtron is expanding operations in Horry County.
• $2.5 million investment to create 100 new jobs over the next five years.
• Ebtron designs and manufactures air flow measuring devices for the monitoring and maintenance of air quality, humidity, climate and other environmental conditions.
• The company will construct new facilities adjacent to its current operations off Highway 701 in Loris, S.C.
• Those interested in applying for the new positions should visit the SC Works website.

Bintelli LLC Expands Charleston County Operations

Powersport Manufacturer Adds New Equipment To Lowcountry Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. - December 21, 2016 - Bintelli LLC, an Inc. 5000 company and manufacturer and distributor of mopeds, scooters and electric vehicles for a variety of applications, has expanded its existing operations in Charleston County. The investment is expected to generate 23 new jobs over the next five years, 10 of which have recently been filled.
 
Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., Bintelli LLC is a powersport manufacturer and distributor that represents Bintelli Scooters, Adly Scooters and citEcar Electric Vehicles. The company offers more than 40 customizable electric vehicles, including electric golf carts, electric shuttles, street-legal golf carts, low-speed vehicles and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compatible shuttles, along with a full line of parts and accessories.
 
To meet growing demand from both its dealers and end users, Bintelli has increased its electric vehicle manufacturing output, as well as its available inventory. To accommodate this growth, the company has decided to add 23 new positions to its Charleston County operations, which are located at 620 Dobbin Road in Charleston, S.C. While 10 of the new positions have already been filled, hiring for the additional positions is expected to begin immediately. Interested applicants should visit www.bintelliscooters.com for more information.
 
QUOTES
 
“Our recent Charleston expansion has given us the ability to continue to grow and better support our dealer family and end users. With a large manufacturing team, increased inventory and additional sales and support staff, we are finally able to run our program the way we have envisioned for the last few years. It’s a really exciting time for us at Bintelli, and thus far, our dealers and customers have been extremely excited about the early returns of our expansion.” –Bintelli President Justin Jackrel
 
“Each time one of our companies in the manufacturing industry is able to expand here, it shows the world that South Carolina’s workforce is second to none. We’re excited to congratulate Bintelli and its leadership on the success it has found here and look forward to seeing the impact that this investment, and the 23 new jobs it means for Charleston County, will have in the lives of South Carolinians.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina continues to lead the way in manufacturing, and today’s announcement by Bintelli is a testament to that. As a member of the Lowcountry community, we congratulate Bintelli and look forward to seeing all that they accomplish as they continue to thrive here.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Our congratulations go out to Bintelli on their electrifying new facility in West Ashley. The strategic advantages that the Port of Charleston offers Bintelli will translate into success both for the company and for our community.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey
 
“The announcement of the expansion of Bintelli is great news for Charleston. West Ashley is a fine home for Bintelli because of the unique qualities West Ashley offers growing businesses, including a great quality of life for their employees and easy access to the Port of Charleston.” –Mayor John Tecklenburg
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Bintelli LLC has expanded its existing Charleston County operations.
• Investment expected to generate 23 jobs.
• Bintelli is a powersport manufacturer and distributor of scooters, mopeds and electric vehicles for a variety of applications.
• Located at 620 Dobbin Road in Charleston, S.C., the company will begin hiring for the new positions immediately, and interested applicants should visit the company website.
• For more information on the Bintelli LLC, visit www.bintelliscooters.com.

Labon Establishing First U.S. Facility In South Carolina

Textile Manufacturer Investing $3.1 Million In Orangeburg County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 12, 2016 - Labon, a leading technical fiber and textile manufacturer, is establishing its first operations in South Carolina. The Orangeburg County project is expected to bring $3.1 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of 23 new jobs.
 
Established in Shanghai in 2005, Labon specializes in the research, development and manufacturing of technical fibers and textiles for use across a variety of applications, including sealing, friction, hand protection and flame-retardant products.  
 
To launch its first operations in the U.S., Labon has purchased a 15,700-square-foot facility, which will utilize raw materials to produce fibers. Located at 122 Industrial Boulevard in Orangeburg, S.C., the company’s new facility is projected to be operational by January 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately, and those interested in applying should contact yxl@lbang.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“Labon is excited to launch our first operations in the United States in Orangeburg County. Between the skilled workforce and friendly business climate, this decision was easy for us. This development will allow us, not only to accommodate our continued business growth, but better serve our customers as well.” –Labon General Manager Hongxin Chen
 
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Labon to the South Carolina family. It’s special any time a company decides to invest in one of our rural counties because it drastically improves the lives of those in the area. We thank Labon and its leadership for the commitment this investment represents to our state and our people, and look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the Orangeburg community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“It’s always exciting when foreign-based firms choose the Palmetto State for their new operations. Today, we celebrate China-based Labon and their decision to do business in Orangeburg County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“SC Ports Authority welcomes Labon’s first U.S. operations facility to South Carolina, and looks forward to serving their growing cargo needs. Our ability to capably and efficiently handle imports and exports for manufacturers across South Carolina is a top priority for the SCPA.” –SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome
 
“We welcome this quality international company. Labon’s decision to locate in Orangeburg County once again validates our quality workforce, superb location and robust utility network. We are truly grateful.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.
 
“Over 60 percent of the announced capital investment here in our region over the past two years has been from foreign-owned enterprises. Today, South Carolina and, specifically, Orangeburg County celebrate another foreign direct investment win for our communities. Congratulations to Labon on their first United States location. We look forward to their successes and watching them grow for many years to come.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Labon is establishing its first U.S. facility in Orangeburg County.
• $3.1 million investment to create 23 new jobs.
• Labon is a leading technical fiber and textile manufacturer based out of China.
• Located at 122 Industrial Boulevard in Orangeburg, S.C., the company has purchased a 15,700-square-foot facility to accommodate its operations.
• The new facility is expected to be operational by January 2017.

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 15, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement:

"It is my hope that the survivors, the families, and the people of South Carolina can find some peace in the fact that justice has been served."

Techtronic Industries Continues Growth In Anderson County

$75 Million Investment Expected To Create 250 New Jobs In The Upstate

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 15, 2016 - Techtronic Industries (TTI), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional and industrial products, is expanding its Power Equipment Group’s operations in Anderson County. The $75 million investment is expected to create 250 new jobs in the Upstate over the next several years.
 
Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Hong Kong, TTI has continuously expanded around the world through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. TTI now boasts among its product offerings some of the world’s most famous and iconic brands, including Milwaukee®, AEG®, Ryobi®, Homelite®, Hoover®, Oreck®, Vax® and Dirt Devil ®. As a global leader in the home improvement, construction and consumer product markets, the company employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.
 
To continue its growth in Anderson County, TTI is building a new 300,000-square-foot Innovation Center. This latest project complements the company’s $85 million expansion project, which was announced last year and completed this year.
 
QUOTES
 
“Continued investment in our people and product innovation is pivotal to TTI’s success. This new world-class campus will provide an exceptional environment for fostering the development of talented associates and industry leading products. We’d also like to thank the State of South Carolina and Anderson County for their continued partnership.” –Mike Farrah and Lee Sowell, Presidents of TTI Power Equipment, Power Tool and Outdoor Products
 
“TTI’s decision to expand in Anderson County further strengthens its position as an important part of South Carolina’s manufacturing industry. This $75 million investment, and the 250 new jobs it means for Anderson County, will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we look forward to seeing the impact this fantastic company will continue to have on our state for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“TTI’s expansion is a further testament to the growth of South Carolina’s economy thanks to our business-friendly climate, market access and quality infrastructure. I’m proud that global firms, like TTI, continue to find success within our borders.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“I am very pleased TTI has chosen to grow and expand their Anderson operations. We take pride in the fact that our quality workforce and business-friendly environment influenced their decision to invest in our community.” –S.C. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian White
 
“Approximately two years ago, TTI announced more than 200 jobs and the construction of an $85 million, 1.3 million square foot TTI Distribution Center at Exit 27 that started great change at this intersection. Today, we are very proud to celebrate the announcement of the TTI Corporate Innovation Center, to be located at the Exit 27 TTI campus, bringing 250 new jobs. Congratulations!” –Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn
 
“Techtronic Industries Power Equipment’s decision to expand here is a great vote of confidence for Anderson County. Techtronic Industries’ products are recognized worldwide for outstanding quality, performance and innovation. The superior leadership and workforce currently residing in Anderson County will be enhanced and sustained by this new facility. Anderson County is blessed with this innovative commitment.” –Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen (District 4)
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Techtronic Industries Power Equipment Group is expanding its operations in Anderson County.
• $75 million investment to create 250 new jobs.
• TTI was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.
• The company will construct a new 300,000-square-foot Innovation Center.
• For more information on TTI, visit www.ttigroup.com.

ProBrass Inc. Establishing Clarendon County Operations

Manufacturing Company To Invest $40 Million To Establish Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 15, 2016 - ProBrass Inc., a startup firm specializing in the manufacturing and remanufacturing of rifle brass cartridge cases, is establishing operations in Clarendon County. The company has recently acquired a 144,000-square-foot facility located on 47 acres. The company is investing $40 million in the facility, machinery and equipment, creating more than 70 new jobs in Summerton, S.C. 
 
With machine designs for both the new manufacturing and remanufacturing of brass cartridge cases for small arms ammunition, ProBrass provides military standard, Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute quality products. The company plans to sell its products through distributors specializing in consumer ammunition.
 
Hiring for the new positions will begin in early 2017, and readySC will be assisting with the recruitment process. For more information on the company, contact www.probrassinc.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“We made the decision to locate in South Carolina because, in the Palmetto State, pro-business is not a bland statement but a hard core reality. We’ve benefited enormously from the rapid response to our needs, round-the-clock assistance in our location search and continuous support by the S.C. Department of Commerce, Clarendon County officials, the Business Development Corporation of S.C. and the South Carolina Research Authority.  We are truly grateful for all the support and feel most welcome.” –Pro Brass Inc. Co-Founder and CEO Christopher Moe
 
“Any time a company decides to invest in one of our rural counties, it shows a commitment to our state that we couldn’t be more grateful for. ProBrass Inc.’s decision to choose South Carolina as the place to begin its business is a testament to our competitive business environment and our world-class workforce that has made a name for itself as one of the best in the world.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“We’re always excited to see startups investing in our state, and specifically in our rural areas, such as Clarendon County. Today’s announcement by ProBrass Inc. is a testament to the solid, stable business climate that we’ve created in South Carolina, which gives new companies the best opportunity to succeed.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“It is with open arms that we welcome a new corporate citizen to our growing industrial base. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Clarendon County and we look forward to working side by side with ProBrass Inc. and wish them much success.” –Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart
 
“Welcome ProBrass Inc., to the Central South Carolina community. We are confident you will have the resources needed to grow and thrive in this innovative, business friendly state. Congratulations once again to Team South Carolina on another big industry announcement.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• ProBrass Inc. is establishing operations in Clarendon County.
• $40 million investment creating 70 new jobs.
• ProBrass Inc. is a startup firm specializing in the manufacturing and remanufacturing of rifle brass cartridge cases.
• Hiring for the new positions will begin in early 2017.
• readySC will be assisting with the recruitment process.

MM Technics To Construct First North American Plant In South Carolina

Automotive Supplier Investing $12.6 Million In Newberry County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 14, 2016 - MM Technics, a newly formed American subsidiary of Muhr Metalltechnik, Gmbh + Co. KG, is constructing a metal stamping facility in Newberry County. The company is expected to invest at least $12.6 million and create 65 jobs over the next five years.
 
Headquartered in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Muhr Metalltechnik employs more than 200 associates at its flagship facility in Wenden and a second facility constructed in Poland in 2012. The company uses state-of-the-art mechanical feed presses, deep drawing hydraulic presses and fully-automated cutting and welding equipment to supply more than 15 automotive companies throughout Europe.
 
MM Technics will begin construction of a new 40,000-square foot Newberry County facility in January and expects the new operation to be online by November of 2017. The facility will begin with a new 800-ton mechanical feed press, which it will use to stamp metal structural parts as a Tier 1 BMW supplier.
 
Those interested in joining the MM Technics team should contact Newberry County Economic Development by email at info@newberrycountysc.org.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
 
QUOTES
 
“We are delighted to be expanding to the United States and to Newberry County. Our site selection process was long and difficult, but in the end we found that Newberry County had the right site and the right community for us. We thank the county and its leadership for guiding us through the process and solving every problem that presented itself along the way. We look forward to a very long and prosperous relationship with the county, the state and our customers.” –MM Technics President Meinolf Muhr
 
“Foreign investment continues to be a major driver of South Carolina’s economy, and we are thrilled that MM Technics is the latest international company to invest in our state. This investment shows MM Technics’ commitment to the people of South Carolina, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this commitment will have in Newberry County and throughout the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“With today’s announcement, MM Technics joins a roster of globally-renowned companies that have concluded that South Carolina is ‘Just right’ for business. I congratulate MM Technics and look forward to supporting them as their Newberry County operations come to fruition.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“We couldn’t be more pleased that our community has been chosen by MM Technics for its first plant outside of Europe. From top to bottom, our team worked incredibly hard to bring this win home. These are the kinds of quality and sustainable manufacturing jobs we want in Newberry County and we couldn’t be happier to get our first tenant in Mid-Carolina Commerce Park. On behalf of Council, we pledge to continue working hard for Meinolf and his company and do everything we can to help him be successful in our community.” –Newberry County Council Chairman Henry H. Livingston III
 
“Today’s announcement in Newberry County is evidence that both the public and private sector stakeholders in our state and region continue to advocate for positive economic growth. We welcome MM Technics to the Central SC region, and look forward to being a catalyst in helping them succeed.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• MM Technics is constructing a new manufacturing plant in Newberry County.
• $12.6 million investment to create 65 jobs over the next five years.
• This facility will be Muhr Metalltechnik’s first North American manufacturing facility, and the Newberry County plant will supply stamped metal parts to BMW’s Upstate assembly plant.
• The company expects construction to begin in January, and the plant is expected to come online by the end of 2017.
• Those interested in joining the MM Technics team should contact Newberry County Economic Development by email at info@newberrycountysc.org.
 
About MM Technics:
 
Based in Wenden in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Muhr Metalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG is a growing automotive supplier with more than 30 customers throughout Europe. Started as a radiator manufacturer more than 50 years ago, the company offers its customers fully integrated and optimized solutions from component design to large batch production. Over the years it has developed a reputation for flexibility and reliability, and houses a wealth of experience in its core expertise of metalworking and welding.

R+L Carriers Building New Distribution Center In Hampton County

Company Investing $7 Million In Yemassee Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 14, 2016 - R+L Carriers, a national LTL (less than truckload), global logistics and shipping company, is expanding its current footprint in Hampton County. To accommodate its continued growth, the company will be investing $7 million in the project, creating 25 new jobs.
 
Formed in 1965, R+L Carriers has grown from a single-truck company into a fleet of 13,000 vehicles and is now a global logistics and shipping company. R+L serves all 50 states, along with Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Offering a variety of shipping services, the company’s freight services include options for LTL, truckload, logistics, warehousing and more. When shipping, R+L also has freight service options to guarantee delivery via air service, rail service and sea service.
 
To expand its current operations in Yemassee, S.C., the company plans to construct a new 50,000-square-foot distribution terminal on S.C. Highway 68. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in 2017, and interested applicants should visit www.rlcarriers.com for more information.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Hampton County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
“We look forward to growing our company in Hampton County, and we appreciate the support from our county council, SouthernCarolina Alliance and the S.C. Department of Commerce. We are pleased to be able to create new jobs and investment in our community as we continue to provide value and quality to our customers.” –R+L Carriers Vice President Jeff Haungs
 
“Today’s announcement by R+L Carriers is another testament to the competitive business environment that South Carolina has to offer. We’re thrilled to see one of our existing companies succeed to the point that its able to grow here, and congratulate R+L’s leadership on its decision to continue to invest in South Carolina and our people.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Team South Carolina remains steadfast in its effort to provide an unmatched logistics network, so we can continue to support the growth of these kinds of businesses. It is great to see R+L Carriers expand their operations, and we congratulate them on their continued success.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“We congratulate R+L Carriers on their success and growth in Hampton County. We appreciate the job creation and investment that they are making through their expansion. Our county council looks forward to working with companies like R+L Carriers to provide the most business-friendly environment for continued job creation and expansion.” –Hampton County Council Chairman Shedron Williams
 
“SouthernCarolina Alliance welcomes the expansion of R+L Carriers in Hampton County, and we will continue to support their operation in any way that we can. Each of the 25 jobs created by this expansion changes the outlook for a family in our region and stimulates our regional economy. We are truly grateful that R+L Carriers has once again chosen to grow their business in our region.” –SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips
 
“R+L Carriers is a great company that has been an asset to our local economy, all the while growing into a global logistics operation. Their success is a testament to the workforce and great location that Hampton County provides to businesses. We applaud them for their accomplishments, and we are thankful for the investment and the addition of 25 jobs at the new facility.” –Hampton County Economic Development Committee Chairman Bill Hager
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• R+L Carriers is building a new distribution center in Hampton County.
• $7 million investment to create 25 jobs.
• R+L Carriers is a global logistics and shipping company serving all 50 states, along with Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
• The company will be constructing a 50,000-square-foot distribution terminal in Yemassee, S.C.
• Hiring for the new positions will begin in 2017, and interested applicants should visit www.rlcarriers.com.

PL Developments Launching New Greenville County Operations

Manufacturing And Distribution Center To Bring $45 Million Investment And Create 450 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 14, 2016 - PL Developments, a manufacturer, packager and distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products, is launching new Greenville County operations to expand its presence in South Carolina. The new development is projected to bring $45 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 450 jobs.
 
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Westbury, N.Y., PL Developments primarily serves U.S. retailers with an assortment of more than 450 unique products across several healthcare applications, the company’s nationwide facility footprint exceeds one million square feet.
 
Located at 513 Old Griffin Road in Piedmont, S.C., the company’s new Greenville County facility will include enhanced logistics capabilities along with new pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging capabilities for the company. Logistics operations at the Old Griffin Road site will commence in early 2017 with new manufacturing capabilities expected to begin in early 2018. Once commissioned, the Old Griffin Road location will be PL Developments’ second operation in South Carolina and sixth in the country.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $750,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Greenville County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
“The commissioning of the Old Griffin Road site provides both short- and long-term opportunities to enhance the capabilities of our business. The strategic location provides us efficient access to major rail, highway and ocean ports, which will benefit our business immediately. Longer term, the company has several growth initiatives which will be made feasible through the investments made at the site. Opening a sixth production site has been a strategic objective for nearly two years. We are thrilled to partner with South Carolina and Greenville County; both teams have been wonderful to work with and supportive of our vision for a bigger and better PL Developments.” –PL Developments President Evan Singer
 
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome PL Developments to the South Carolina family and to its new home in Greenville County. This $45 million investment, and the 450 new jobs it means for Greenville County, represents the beginning of a new partnership between our state and this fantastic company that will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Congratulations to PL Developments for announcing their new Greenville County operations. As a state that prides itself on its booming manufacturing sector, we celebrate this new announcement by PL Developments and look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Greenville County offers the ideal requirements for PL Development: a skilled workforce, attractive for recruiting talented people and a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the company. We thank PL Development for choosing Greenville County, and welcome them to their new home in Piedmont. We are positive the company will be very successful here.” –Greenville County Council Vice Chairman H.G. (Butch) Kirven Jr.
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• PL Developments is establishing new operations in Greenville County.
• $45 million investment to create 450 jobs.
• PL Developments is a manufacturer, packager and distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products.
• The new facility, located at 513 Old Griffin Road in Piedmont, S.C., will focus on pharmaceutical manufacturing, packaging and distribution.
• The new site will allow PL Developments to offer new products and capabilities to its clients and consumers.
 
About PL Developments:
 
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Westbury, NY. PL Developments is a leading manufacturer, packager and distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products. PLD operates pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities across the United States; its operations include more than 1 million square feet of real estate and 1,100 employees. PLD primarily serves US retailers in their store brands with an assortment of more than 450 unique products across several healthcare categories. To learn more, visit www.pldevelopments.com.

Evonik Corporation Launching Manufacturing Operations In Berkeley County

New Development Will Result In At Least $120 Million Of New Investment In Lowcountry

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 13, 2016 - Evonik Corporation, a German chemical manufacturing company, is launching new operations in Berkeley County. The project will result in at least $120 million of new capital investment and the creation of more than 50 jobs.
 
Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies and employs more than 33,500 people worldwide. With business activities across more than 100 countries, Evonik produces chemicals for a variety of applications, including adhesives, cleaning products, construction materials and more.
 
Located at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 1588 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C., Evonik is building a precipitated silica plant to supply the tire industry. The industry requires high-quality precipitated silica to produce fuel-efficient tires with wet grip properties, which can save up to eight percent in fuel consumption compared to conventional car tires.
 
Construction on the new facility is expected to begin this month with completion expected by mid-2018. For more information on joining the Evonik team, visit the company’s career page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $500,000 grant was also awarded to Berkeley County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
“The construction of a world-scale silica plant will strengthen our Resource Efficiency growth segment in the long-term and boost our leading market position as a provider of silica. This facility is an important part of our strategy to expand our position as a global partner for the automotive supplier industry.” –Evonik Industries AG Executive Board Chairman Klaus Engel
 
“We are excited to welcome Evonik Corporation to the South Carolina family and to congratulate its leadership on the decision to invest in our people and our state. This $120 million investment, and the 50 new jobs it means for Berkeley County, is a real reason to celebrate, and we look forward to seeing the impact that this fantastic company will have in the Lowcountry.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Congratulations to Evonik for announcing their new Berkeley County operations. We’re thrilled to see South Carolina’s manufacturing base continue to expand, creating jobs and opportunities for the people of this great state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Berkeley County is truly honored to have Evonik call our community its new home and welcome their investment and the jobs they offer. Evonik’s selection of Berkeley County is further proof that Berkeley County is open for business, and Berkeley County means business. While working with Evonik over the past year, I am confident that they will succeed in Berkeley County and look forward to working with them to see job creation opportunities for our residents for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler
 
“Evonik’s decision to locate in the Charleston region demonstrates that this community offers the competitive advantages global companies need to succeed, including an adaptable and enthusiastic workforce. Foreign direct investment is a key component of this region’s economic development strategy. The opportunities here for business and talent are tremendous, and we’re glad to welcome Evonik.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Todd Gallati
 
“Charleston International Manufacturing Center is pleased to welcome Evonik to our growing number of international companies located within the park. Evonik’s rich history, German roots and company values will augment very well with the parks’ other tenants. With an exceptional area workforce, existing infrastructure, marine, rail, interstate access and more, CIMC has proven to be the perfect site to establish and grow business.” –President and CEO of Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) Marc Fetten
 
“SC Ports Authority congratulates Evonik on announcing its new manufacturing plant, and looks forward to serving its growing cargo needs through the Port of Charleston. We welcome Evonik to the Lowcountry.” –SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Evonik Corporation is building a new precipitated silica manufacturing facility in Berkeley County.
• At least $120 million of new investment to create more than 50 new jobs.
• Evonik is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty chemicals across a variety of applications.
• The new facility will be located at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 1588 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C.
• For more information on joining the Evonik team, visit the company’s career page online.  
 

CompuCom Establishing New Global Headquarters In Lancaster County

Information Technology Solutions Provider Investing $41 Million And Creating 1,500 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 8, 2016 - CompuCom Systems, Inc. (CompuCom®), a leading technology infrastructure services company, is locating its new global headquarters operations in Lancaster County. The new development is projected to bring $41 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 1,500 new jobs over the next five to sev0en years, making this the largest single job announcement in Lancaster County history.
 
Founded in 1987, CompuCom is a global company which provides IT managed services, infrastructure solutions, consulting and products to Fortune 1000 companies. With approximately 11,500 employees, CompuCom manages and supports more than 4.4 million end users and is a partner to six of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies.
 
Located in the Bailes Ridge Business Park on S.C. Highway 160, CompuCom will be leasing a 150,000-square-foot building to serve as its new global headquarters. The newly-constructed building will house corporate offices and global contact center operations. Work on the site is already underway, and those interested in applying for the new positions should visit the company’s career page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project, along with a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant of $1 million to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
“This is an exciting new chapter in CompuCom’s journey. We will build a state-of-the-art Command Center in the South Carolina office to serve as the hub of our Service Experience Management global contact center operations and corporate operations as well. In addition, CompuCom’s new headquarters in South Carolina places us closer to many of our clients, as well as near an expanding network of IT professionals in North and South Carolina.” –CompuCom CEO Dan Stone
 
“When a company like CompuCom decides to build its global headquarters and create 1,500 new jobs here, it sends a message to the entire world that South Carolina is open for business. The commitment that this $41 million investment represents is extremely important to our state, and we could not be more excited to welcome this fantastic company to the South Carolina family.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Our state excels, not only in manufacturing and agribusiness, but is increasingly a top choice for corporate headquarters and the technology sector. CompuCom joins an ever-growing community of tech businesses that call South Carolina home, and we look forward to watching them grow in Lancaster County for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Lancaster County is ecstatic that CompuCom has selected Indian Land for its new global headquarters. This is very exciting news for the county, region and state, as we are getting one of the world’s leading IT and network solutions providers and over a thousand high-salary jobs. The project is the largest job announcement in Lancaster County history and reinforces the strength of our community as a premier location for corporate facilities. I applaud the efforts of our county and state economic development teams in the successful recruitment of CompuCom, and we look forward to working with the company as they establish and grow their operations in the county.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• CompuCom Systems, Inc. establishing new global headquarters in Lancaster County.
• $41 million investment to create 1,500 new jobs.
• CompuCom is a global IT management and infrastructure solutions provider with more than 11,500 employees.
• Located at the Bailes Ridge Business Park on S.C. Highway 160, the company will be leasing a new 150,000-square-foot building to serve as its global headquarters.
• Hiring is projected to start in the fourth quarter of 2016, and interested applicants should visit the company’s career page online.
 
About CompuCom:
 
CompuCom Systems, Inc., a global company headquartered in Plano, Texas, provides IT managed services, infrastructure solutions, consulting and products to Fortune 1000 companies committed to enhancing their end users’ experience. Founded in 1987, privately held CompuCom employs approximately 11,500 associates. CompuCom manages and supports more than 4.4 million end users and is a partner to six of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.compucom.com.

VELUX Expanding Greenwood County Operations

Company Investing $4 Million In Product Line Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 7, 2016 - VELUX, a world leader in skylights and roof window manufacturing, is expanding its Greenwood County operations. The company intends to invest $4 million and create 21 new jobs as a result of the expansion.
 
Celebrating 75 years in business, VELUX provides skylights and roof windows through home centers, building material suppliers, lumberyards and independent door, window and roofing retailers. The company also provides a complete catalog of blinds, electronic accessories, solar panels and shades.
 
Located at 450 Old Brickyard Road in Greenwood, S.C., VELUX will be adding a new line of products targeting the industrial and commercial skylight business. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.
 
For more information on the company and its products, visit www.veluxusa.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has committed a $100,000 grant to Greenwood County to be used toward the costs of building upfit.
 
QUOTES
 
“Thanks to the high quality of our products and services, the strength of our brand reputation and our outstanding workforce, we have enjoyed great success here in Greenwood since opening our first plant 37 years ago. We considered opening a new manufacturing plant on the West Coast, but we instead chose to make the investment here in Greenwood, where we have enjoyed so much long-term success.” –President of VELUX Greenwood John W. Pillman
 
“Any time one of our existing companies succeeds to the point that it is able to grow, it speaks to the competitive business environment and world-class workforce that Team South Carolina has worked so hard to create here. We thank VELUX for their continued commitment to the Greenwood community and look forward to seeing the success they will have here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“We’re always excited to see an existing company succeed in our state. Congratulations to VELUX on this latest expansion and the creation of these excellent job opportunities for the people of Greenwood County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“We are excited that VELUX has chosen to grow and expand their Greenwood operations. We take pride in the fact that our workforce played a role in that decision and allows them to continue to produce the high-quality products for which they are known. Greenwood County Council is committed to supporting VELUX as they continue to grow.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steven Brown
 
“VELUX choosing to continue their growth in Greenwood County is another testament to our excellent business environment, talented workforce and exceptional market access. We want to thank them for the confidence to grow their business here, and look forward to working with them on future opportunities.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Board Chairman Frank J. Wideman III
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• VELUX is expanding its existing operation in Greenwood County.
• $4 million investment creating 21 new jobs.
• VELUX is a leading provider of skylights and roof windows to consumers throughout the United States.
• The company, located at 450 Old Brickyard Road in Greenwood, S.C., is expanding to add a new line of products targeting the industrial and commercial skylight business.
• For more information on the company and its products, visit www.veluxusa.com.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Sumter County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 6, 2016 - A disaster recovery center will open for two days in Sumter to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Sumter County center will be open Thursday, December 8, and Friday, December 9.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Sumter County
 
Cherryvale Community Center
4340 Confederate Road
Sumter, SC 29154
9 AM to 5 PM, Thursday and Friday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Magna International Constructing Fourth Manufacturing Plant In South Carolina

Automotive Supplier Investing $29 Million And Creating 480 Jobs In Spartanburg County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 6, 2016 - Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is constructing a new seat manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County. Representing its fourth manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the company is projected to invest $29 million in the facility, creating 480 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Magna International operates facilities across the globe, employing approximately 155,000 people worldwide. The company’s product capabilities include producing many parts of the automobile, such as the body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as contract manufacturing.
 
Located in the Tyger River Industrial Park on Highway 290, Magna’s new 230,000-square-foot seating plant is expected to be operational in June 2017. The facility will feature dedicated assembly and sequencing lines to supply seats to BMW’s nearby assembly plant. Magna currently has three manufacturing locations in South Carolina and employs approximately 1,450 people in the state.
 
Those interested in joining the Magna team should visit the company’s careers page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
 
QUOTES
 
“This is a new chapter in the ongoing collaboration between Magna and BMW, as it’s our first seating business award with this valued global customer. With this investment and job creation, we are extremely pleased to join the growing automotive industry in South Carolina.” –President of Magna Seating Mike Bisson
 
“Magna International has been a tremendous partner to South Carolina for over 20 years, and the fact that it will now operate 4 world-class manufacturing facilities here is a huge win for our state. This $29 million and the 480 new jobs it means for Spartanburg County is a real reason to celebrate, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the commitment Magna International continues to show toward South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“I congratulate Magna on this tremendous new investment in Spartanburg County. It’s exciting to see South Carolina’s automotive sector continue to thrive, and it means that our pro-business strategy is paying dividends.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“We are extremely pleased that Magna International is constructing a new manufacturing facility in the Tyger River Industrial Park of Spartanburg County. The Economic Futures Group, along with key allies with the S.C. Department of Commerce, Pacolet-Milliken Enterprises, Spartanburg Community College and all the utility providers, worked collaboratively to land the facility here. As a leading global automotive supplier, Spartanburg County will benefit from Magna’s investment now and in the future.” Spartanburg County Council and Board Member of the Economic Futures Group David Britt
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Magna International is constructing a new manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County.
• $29 million investment to create 480 new jobs over the next five years.
• This is Magna’s fourth manufacturing plant in South Carolina, and the new Spartanburg County plant will supply seats to BMW’s nearby assembly plant.
• The company expects the new 230,000-square-foot seating plant to be operational in June 2017.
• Those interested in joining the Magna team should visit the company’s careers page.

B&W Fiberglass, Inc. Launching First South Carolina Operations

Fiberglass Manufacturer Investing At Least $5 Million In Greenville County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 6, 2016 - B&W Fiberglass, Inc., an advanced materials manufacturer, is launching its first operations in South Carolina by acquiring a new facility in Greenville County. The company will be investing at least $5 million and creating 46 new jobs with this new development.

Founded in 1991, B&W Fiberglass is a global producer of advanced solutions focused on high-performance textiles and textile components. Over the last decade, the company’s product offerings have evolved to encompass a myriad of fibers including, but not limited to, glass, aramid, basalt and thermoplastic fibers. B&W Fiberglass is focused on a multitude of end markets, encompassing automotive, aerospace, filtration media, medical devices, marine, thermal barriers, recreational equipment, personal protection and general industrial applications.

Located at 101 Slater Road in Slater, S.C., the company is acquiring an existing 450,000-square-foot weaving facility, which produces industrial fabrics used for construction and filtration media for industrial and commercial applications. The South Carolina operation will join seven other operating locations in North Carolina and the United Kingdom.

Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately, and interested applicants should visit the company’s website at www.bwfiberglass.com for more information. 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Greenville County to be used toward the costs of building upfit.

QUOTES

“I would like to thank Governor Haley, the State of South Carolina and Greenville County for their support during this process. It is not only our goal that textile manufacturing remains in Greenville County, but that it thrives. My family is committed to continually investing in this operation to ensure its viability long into the future. We will approach this opportunity with the same commitment to innovation, excellence, responsiveness to customer needs and quality products that we value at our core within the diverse industrial textile business we serve.” –President of B&W Fiberglass Brent Beason

“The investment that B&W Fiberglass is making in the people of South Carolina represents a significant commitment to our state, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that. The 46 new jobs this fantastic company is creating in Greenville will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the Upstate for a very long time.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Congratulations to B&W Fiberglass for deciding to do business in South Carolina by launching their new operations in Greenville. With this announcement, B&W Fiberglass joins a community of globally-respected manufacturing firms that operate here, and we look forward to watching them grow.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The Slater/Marietta community is fortunate to have B&W Fiberglass. With the closing of JPS Slater and the 6.9% unemployment rate within the community, B&W Fiberglass is extending opportunities to the community, and Greenville County is grateful.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

• B&W Fiberglass, Inc. is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Greenville County.
• At least $5 million of ongoing investment to create 46 new jobs.
• B&W Fiberglass is a global producer of advanced solutions focused on high-performance textiles and textile components. 
• The South Carolina operation will join seven other operating locations in North Carolina and the United Kingdom.
• Located at 101 Slater Road in Slater, S.C., the company is acquiring an existing 450,000-square-foot weaving facility, and hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately.

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 5, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement:

"It is my understanding that there will be, as quickly as possible, a new trial where the Scott family and all of South Carolina will hopefully receive the closure that a verdict brings. Justice is not always immediate, but we must all have faith that it will be served - I certainly do. I urge South Carolinians - in Charleston and across our state - to continue along the path we have walked these last two years: a path of grace, faith, love and understanding. That is who we are, and who I know we will continue to be."

Ortec Expanding Anderson County Operations

Company Investing $20 Million In Production Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 2, 2016 - Ortec, a leading biomaterial and polymer technology company, is expanding its existing operations in Anderson County. Complementing recent growth at its facilities in both Pickens and Greenville Counties, the company intends to invest $20 million and create 60 new jobs in Anderson County.
 
Founded in 1980, Ortec helps its clients reach market goals through technical expertise, high-quality systems, regulatory compliance, confidentiality and personalized service. The company develops and manufactures custom polymers for a wide variety of industries.
 
To expand in Anderson County, Ortec is upfitting its existing 200,000-square-foot building, which is located at 500 Westinghouse Road in Pendleton, S.C. Ortec will be investing in new production equipment and support infrastructure, allowing for an added focus on the production of materials going into specialty coatings, adhesives, automotive applications and graphic arts technology.
 
The expanded facility is projected to be operational in the third quarter of 2018, and hiring of new positions will begin in early 2018.
 
QUOTES
 
“Ortec is pleased to continue to grow its business footprint in upstate South Carolina. I want to acknowledge the Anderson County Economic Development Group, the Anderson County government officials and the S.C. Department of Commerce for their efforts in creating a pro-business environment to support this growth.” –Ortec, Inc. President Larry Brotherton
 
“It’s always exciting to see one of our businesses prove how committed they are to South Carolina by continuing to invest in our people and create new jobs here. This $20 million investment and the 60 new jobs it means for Anderson County will make a real difference in the local community and should be celebrated across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to grow, and today’s announcement by Ortec is a further testament to that. Going forward, I am thrilled to support the company as they continue to succeed and create new opportunities for hardworking South Carolinians.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“I am delighted that Ortec is bringing 60 new high-tech jobs to the Pendleton area. This investment and the reuse of a long vacant manufacturing facility is great news for our community and our state. Congratulations and best wishes to Ortec!” –Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Ortec is expanding its existing operations in Anderson County.
• $20 million investment to create 60 new jobs.
• Ortec is a leading biomaterial and polymer technology company.
• The upgraded facility, located at 500 Westinghouse Road in Pendleton, S.C., is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2018.
• Hiring for the new positions should begin in early 2018.

Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House Scheduled For December 5

First Family Welcomes South Carolinians For Holiday Celebration

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 30, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and their children, Rena and Nalin, invite South Carolinians and their families to join them for a Christmas Open House on Monday, December 5, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Governor's Mansion.

The event is free of charge, open to the public, and no reservations are required.

The First Family asks that open house guests consider bringing canned goods to be donated to the Harvest Hope Food Bank. The donations will be accepted at the entrance to the Governor’s Mansion.

The Columbia Garden Club, which has decorated the Governor’s Mansion for Christmas every year since 1981, began decorating last week when the Governor’s Mansion received three live Christmas trees from the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association and poinsettias grown by the Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center – all of which will be on display during the open house.

Governor’s Mansion Executive Chef, Steven Jankowski, and Chef Jared Hudson will build a classic gingerbread house, and wreaths within the Mansion Complex will be made and hung by the Horticulture Division of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Additionally, the Carillon Carolers of Columbia, S.C. and the Heart of Columbia Chorus will perform for guests.

Regular guided Christmas tours will also be available December 6-8 and 13-15 at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM. They are also free of charge, but are by reservation only. Anyone interested in scheduling a tour should call Nancy Bunch at (803) 737-1710.

Safran Expands Existing Charleston County Operations

Aerospace Supplier Invests $7 Million In New Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 29, 2016 - Safran -- a leading provider of systems and equipment for aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner -- has expanded its Charleston County footprint by constructing a new facility adjacent to its existing operations. This $7 million expansion is expected to create 15 new jobs.
 
Operating in the Charleston area since 2008, Safran is the provider of landing and braking systems, propulsion components, electrical wiring and electronics and engineering services for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Safran is the worldwide leader in wiring solutions and landing and braking systems and ranked second worldwide in electrical power generation for aircraft.
 
Located in Suite 107 of 8351 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in Ladson, S.C., the company’s new facility supports the assembly of wiring and landing gear activities for the Dreamliner. With the new facility already operational, Safran’s wire harness inventory management, delivery and repair services will continue. Additionally, the company is also performing final assembly on the 787 landing gear to integrate wheel and brake system components.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Charleston County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
“This growth demonstrates our long-term commitment to our customers. Through partnerships, organic growth and investment of $3 billion in the U.S. over the past few years in acquisitions and new facilities, Safran has gained new competencies to back our long-term strategy. As we approach nearly half a century of presence here, we will continue to create jobs and bring cutting-edge technologies to our U.S. customers.” –President and CEO of Safran USA Peter Lengyel
 
“Partnering with the Safran Electrical & Power team will enhance the company’s support capabilities for the Boeing 787 final assembly line and provide optimized and custom solutions for our customer. To be able to work jointly with our sister company to better serve our customer is incredibly important.” –Vice President of North American Programs at Safran Landing Systems Deane Weatherby
 
“It is with much anticipated excitement that we are opening this new facility with a capital investment of $7 million in South Carolina, a rapidly booming aerospace cluster. We have increased our footprint significantly with this customized facility and are also expanding our local workforce.” –Safran Electrical & Power Charleston General Manager Paul McDowell
 
“We’re excited that Safran continues to enjoy success as a member of South Carolina’s aerospace industry. This new $7 million investment and the 15 new jobs they are creating is a big win and will have a real impact on the people of this state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“The aerospace sector continues to be a major driver of South Carolina’s economy, and today’s announcement by Safran is a further testament to that. I congratulate them on this new investment and look forward to watching them continue this growth for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“It is with marked excitement that we congratulate Safran on their announcement to expand their presence in Charleston County. The relationships we have cultivated over the years between Safran and Boeing have reaped benefits and demonstrate our continued commitment to the aerospace industry. By judiciously approving economic development incentives, Charleston County Council is helping to foster a diverse economy to support a desirable quality of life for county residents.” –Charleston County Chairman Elliott Summey
 
“Since opening its first location in North Charleston, we have stood with Safran through multiple expansions, ensuring city services were rendered effectively and in a timely manner. We are happy to once again congratulate Safran on its growth and look forward to seeing the company’s advancing role in North Charleston’s dynamic economy.” –City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
 
“We’ve been talking with Safran for some time about the competitive advantages the Charleston region offers. Our highly-skilled workforce, business-friendly climate and globally-connected infrastructure influenced Safran’s expansion decision to offer multiple capabilities to better serve its customer Boeing. Safran will be a tremendous asset to our growing aerospace cluster for many years to come.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Todd Gallati
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Safran is expanding its existing Charleston County operations.
• $7 million investment creating 15 new jobs.
• Safran is a provider of aerospace services to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, including the assembly of wiring and landing gear activities.
• Located in Suite 107 of 8351 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in Ladson, S.C., the new Charleston County facility is already operational.
• The company has operated in the Charleston area since 2008. 
 
About Safran:
 
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defense and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros ($19.3 billion) in 2015. Working independently or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of more than 2 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index. For more information, www.safran-group.com / Follow @SAFRAN on Twitter.

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 23, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement:

"Six years ago, South Carolinians bestowed upon me the greatest honor of my life. They took a chance on a little-known, 38-year old, minority, female governor – something our state had never done before. I will be forever grateful, and I expect I will never again receive a higher honor.

"In the six years that followed, our state has reached incredible heights. We made South Carolina's economic development the envy of the nation and brought new jobs to every county. We cut our unemployment rate by more than half, employing more South Carolinians than ever before. We reformed how we fund education, moving more resources to communities in greatest need. We passed landmark ethics reforms that make state government more accountable to our people.

"Our state has also persevered through some of the most difficult times. Nature damaged many of us with the thousand-year flood and Hurricane Matthew. Our hearts were broken for those we lost when tragedy struck Walter Scott's family, Mother Emanuel, and Townville Elementary School. Yet through it all, the greatness of our people overcame those tragedies, even coming together to heal the old wounds represented by the Confederate Flag on the Statehouse grounds.

"This month’s elections have brought exciting changes to America. Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally. Last week, President-elect Trump asked if I would meet with him to discuss those challenges, which I was happy to do. He has asked that I serve our country as our next Ambassador to the United Nations. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, I have agreed.

"I always expected to finish the remaining two years of my second term as governor. Not doing so is difficult because I love serving South Carolina more than anything. I was moved to accept this new assignment for two reasons. The first is a sense of duty. When the President believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed. The second is a satisfaction with all that we have achieved in our state in the last six years and the knowledge that we are on a very strong footing.

"I will remain as governor until the U.S. Senate acts affirmatively on my nomination. We still have much to do in South Carolina, and my commitment to the people of our state will always remain unbreakable, both while I continue to hold this office, and thereafter.

“In this holiday season, we all have much to be thankful for. Michael and I wish every South Carolinian a joyous Thanksgiving.”

Preparations Begin For Annual Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 22, 2016 - Preparations for the annual Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House will begin on Monday, November 28, at 10:00 AM.

The decorations for this year’s open house will include poinsettias grown and donated by the Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center and Christmas trees donated by Price’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lexington, S.C., on behalf of the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association.

Representatives from FFA and the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association will make a brief presentation, which is open to the public and the media, and the process of decorating the Mansion for the holidays begins immediately thereafter. Guests, including media, should enter though the main gate off of Lincoln Street. Media who have questions about covering the event should contact Brian Symmes at (803) 673-9437 or BrianSymmes@gov.sc.gov. Guests who have questions about the event should contact Kelly Ervin at (803) 737-0369 or KellyErvin@gov.sc.gov.

The Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House will be held on Monday, December 5, and details will be announced next week.

WHO: Lexington Technology Center Future Farmers of America and South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association
WHAT: Preparations for Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House
WHEN: Monday, November 28, 10:00 AM
WHERE: Governor's Mansion Complex, 800 Richland Street, Columbia, S.C.

Adger Solar Investing $200 Million In Clarendon County Solar Projects

Solar Farm Development To Bring $200 Million In New Investment

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. Along with this investment, the project will create at least five new 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 S.C. 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 average annual 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 (photovoltaic) 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 toward 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 lower-cost, solar-electric generating facilities.
• The first of these two facilities is projected to be operational by the end of 2018.
• For more information on Adger Solar, visit the company’s website online.

Gov. Nikki Haley And The First Family Announce 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting

WYFF 4 Anchor Nigel Robertson Will Emcee Event

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 21, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and the First Family will kick off the holiday season at the 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting, held on the north steps of the South Carolina Statehouse, on Thursday, December 1. Family festivities will begin at 6:00 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM. The event is open to the public.

“Each year, Michael, Rena, Nalin and I look forward to this special night when we can invite family and friends from every part of South Carolina to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy our beautiful Statehouse,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

This year’s Carolighting is sponsored by the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitor Bureau, the Columbia Garden Club and the Garden Club of South Carolina.

WYFF 4 (NBC/Greenville) anchor Nigel Robertson will serve as the evening’s emcee.

The state Christmas tree is a 35-foot-tall sheared Concolor Fir and comes from Pinetum Christmas Tree Farm in Swanton, Maryland.

As the holiday season approaches, the Haley family encourages those interested in helping South Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Matthew and the 2015 flood to do so by making a donation to the One SC Fund. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to assisting South Carolinians:

Online: Visit www.onescfund.org to make an online donation using your credit card.

Mail: Mail a check to:

Central Carolina Community Foundation
One SC Fund
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213
Columbia, SC 29204

Governor Nikki Haley, The Central Carolina Community Foundation and a team of South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service established the One SC Fund in November 2015, as a way for neighbors to help neighbors after unprecedented, historic flooding touched South Carolinians from every walk of life.

Questions about donating? Email info@yourfoundation.org or call 803-254-5601

Members of the media wishing to cover the event should contact Andrea Mensink at 803-545-0011 or AMensink@Columbiaauthority.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Next Department of Revenue Director

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 21, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today announced Hartley Powell as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR). Powell, who served in South Carolina state government for ten years before taking a position in the private sector, has most recently been principal of the accounting and professional service firm KPMG since 2007.

"Any time you have director who has done a phenomenal job, you hate to see them go, but it’s exciting when you can see an agency evolve,” Gov. Haley said. "Hartley’s experience is everything, and when we change directors, we try to take it to a whole new level. We have done a great job focusing on the state as a whole – and Hartley will be part of that, as we go in and assist the counties in any way that we can from an economic development standpoint."
 
Prior to joining KPMG in June 2001 as senior manager in the state and local tax practice, Powell served at the South Carolina Department of Commerce as international project manager, Director of the agency’s European Office, and as Chief of Staff.

"I am deeply humbled to accept the position of director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue," Powell said. "During my career at KPMG, I had the opportunity to work with many different Departments of Revenue, and what I can say with a lot of confidence is that South Carolina’s department is one of the best, if not the best, in the country. … I will work to build on the successes the agency has experienced under Director Reames’ leadership and I’m excited to have an opportunity to work with him on a seamless transition."

"The successes we’ve seen are in large part due to Governor Haley’s leadership and it’s due to the public servants that we have at the department," said former Director Rick Reames.

"I appreciate everything they have done in working with South Carolina business and taxpayers to make the agency and our state better. I am thrilled that Hartley is here and is going to continue to build upon our success. We recruited him for that sole purpose and we are excited to have him in the saddle."

Powell, 60, is married with two children.

Advanced Ceramic Coatings Launching New Operations In Spartanburg County

New Project To Bring $15 Million Of New Capital Investment To Upstate

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 21, 2016 - Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC), a 50-50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Turbocoating Corporation, will be launching new operations in Spartanburg County. This project represents $15 million in new capital investment and the creation of 50 new jobs.
 
Formed in 2014 and headquartered in Hickory, N.C., ACC combines Turbocoating’s proprietary coatings technologies and industrial processes with GE Aviation’s coatings processes developed specifically for ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material. This combination will allow the company to produce advanced coatings for GE’s high-temperature CMC components in jet engines.
 
Located at 1191 Howell Road in Duncan, S.C., the company’s new 62,500-square-foot facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and those interested in applying should email the company at ACCcareers@advanced-ceramic-coatings.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $250,000 Set Aside grant to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“Duncan and Spartanburg County offered the right mix of skilled employees and resources to help ACC expand its production capabilities over the next few years. GE and Turbocoating will invest more than $15 million in equipment and the new facility and will employ around 50 people by 2022.” –ACC General Manager Scott Hayes
 
“ACC’s decision to build its newest facility in Duncan is a real reason to celebrate, not just for the 50 South Carolinians who will now work there, but for the state as a whole. Each time a company has the ability to expand anywhere in the country and they choose South Carolina, it shows the world that every part of our state is open for business and we are ready to partner with any company looking for a place to call home.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s undeniable prowess in the manufacturing industry continues to help us attract companies from across the country and around the world. We’re proud that ACC has chosen Spartanburg County for its new operations, and we look forward to watching them succeed in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“We are extremely pleased that Advanced Ceramic Coatings is establishing an operation in Spartanburg County. The Economic Futures Group, along with key public/private allies like the S.C. Department of Commerce, Spartanburg County Council and private developers, helped secure this operation, and Spartanburg County Council will benefit from this investment now and in the future.” –Chairman of Spartanburg County Council’s Economic Development Committee and Board Member of the Economic Futures Group David Britt
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC) launching new operations in Spartanburg County.
• $15 million investment to create 50 jobs.
• ACC is a joint venture between GE Aviation and Turbocoating Corporation and will be producing advanced coatings for jet engine components.
• Located at 1191 Howell Road in Duncan, S.C., the company’s new 62,500-square-foot facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017.
• Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should email the company at ACCcareers@advanced-ceramic-coatings.com. 
 
About GE Aviation:
 
Headquartered in Evendale, Ohio, GE Aviation is an operating unit of GE and a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft with a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.geaviation.com.

Palace Foods Launching New Operations In McCormick County

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.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Sumter County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 17, 2016 - A disaster recovery center will open for three days in Sumter to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Sumter County center will be open Monday, November 21, through Wednesday, November 23.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Sumter County
 
Cherryvale Community Center
4340 Confederate Road
Sumter, SC 29154
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday - Wednesday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Clarendon County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 16, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is open for three days in Manning to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Clarendon County center will be open today Thursday, November 17, through Saturday, November 19.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Clarendon County
 
Clarendon County Community Complex
7 Maple Street
Manning, SC 29102
9 AM to 7 PM, Thursday and Friday
10 AM to 6 PM Saturday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Statewide Prayer Vigils

"We Know How To Have Compassion...We Are One State, One People"

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 15, 2016 - As South Carolinians prepare for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, Governor Nikki Haley announced a day of prayer vigils throughout the state on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

The governor, working together with leaders of the faith community, urges everyone, regardless of their faith or denomination, to pray for continued strength and healing across the state and give thanks for the state's blessings. Prayer vigils will be held in individual places of worship at 12:00 PM when bells will ring in observance of services statewide.

"Faith, prayer and helping our neighbors is what got us through a challenging time last year, and those things will get us through these two trials and the aftermath of the hurricane," said the governor. "In South Carolina, we know how to have compassion toward each other, count our blessings, and remember that we are one state, one people."

Two significant criminal trials are underway in Charleston, and many families along the coast and throughout the Pee Dee are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Bamberg County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 14, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is open for three days in Bamberg to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Bamberg County center will be open today Monday, November 14, through Wednesday, November 16.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Bamberg County
 
Bamberg County Emergency Management
847 Calhoun Street
Bamberg, SC 29003
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday - Wednesday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Hampton County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 10, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is open for three days in Hampton to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Hampton County center will be open Thursday, November 10, through Saturday, November 12.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Hampton County
 
Town of Hampton Fire Department
600 West Second Street
Hampton, SC 29924
9 AM to 7 PM, Thursday and Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Thorne Research Establishing Headquarters And Manufacturing Operations In Berkeley County

Nutritional Supplement Company Investing $35 Million And Creating 330 Jobs In Berkeley County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 10, 2016 - Thorne Research, Inc., a privately-held nutritional supplement manufacturing company, will be constructing a new manufacturing facility and corporate office complex in Summerville, S.C. The $35 million project is expected to create 330 new jobs in Berkeley County.

Thorne is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to improving individual outcomes through science and technology. For 30 years, Thorne has led the nutritional supplement industry in providing researched-based, high-quality natural products, including foundational vitamins and minerals and therapeutic-focused nutritional supplements. By leveraging cutting-edge research and personalized data through its affiliate, WellnessFX, Thorne offers customized preventive health solutions for practitioners, their patients and athletes.

Thorne Research’s new state-of-the-art, 240,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters will be located at 620 Omni Industrial Blvd., on a 26-acre parcel, in the Omni Industrial Campus in Summerville. Expected to be fully operational by the middle of 2018, hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the second quarter of 2018. Anyone interested in joining the Thorne Research team should visit the company’s career page online. For additional information on the company, visit www.thorne.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

QUOTES

“Given the dramatic impact and planned growth arising from our collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Colorado Hospital Association and others, combined with dramatic increases in new professional customers, particularly medical doctors and our international businesses, our new Summerville facility will meet our need to increase capacity and productivity to meet our anticipated future growth. The State of South Carolina, particularly Governor Haley, who was personally involved, as well as so many officials with the Department of Commerce and Berkeley County, have been exceptionally helpful and worked tirelessly with us to make this a reality.” –Thorne Research, Inc. CEO Paul Jacobson

“The fact that Thorne Research has decided to move its headquarters to Summerville is a real reason to celebrate, and it shows that the Team South Carolina approach to creating a competitive business environment and developing one of the most skilled workforces in the world is working for the state as a whole. We’re excited to welcome Thorne to the South Carolina family and thank its leadership for the commitment that this investment, and the 330 new jobs it will create, shows they have toward the people of our great state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“It’s always exciting when a company decides to locate new operations in South Carolina, and we’re pleased to welcome such an innovative company, like Thorne Research, that’s focused on cutting-edge technology and advanced manufacturing. I congratulate them on this new investment and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them here.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Thorne’s announcement of arguably the largest life science project in the Lowcountry is extremely exciting for Berkeley County; we are honored to welcome Thorne, their investment and the hundreds of jobs they offer. Thorne’s announcement is also further proof that Berkeley County is open for business, and Berkeley County means business. Through meetings with the company’s team, I am confident Thorne will thrive in Berkeley County and also be incredible partners in job creation opportunities for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“The Charleston region successfully competed against major U.S. metros to attract the largest life sciences headquarters and manufacturer in our community’s history. Governor Haley was an influential and persuasive factor, along with a comprehensive group of local leaders, in Thorne Research’s decision to locate in Berkeley County. We are proud to welcome Thorne to our region’s growing life sciences cluster.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Todd Gallati

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Thorne Research is establishing company headquarters and manufacturing operations in Berkeley County.
•    $35 million investment to create 330 jobs.
•    Thorne is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to improving individual outcomes through science and technology.
•    Located at 620 Omni Industrial Blvd. in Summerville, the company’s new facility is projected to be operational by the middle of 2018, and hiring is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.
•    Those interested in joining the Thorne Research team should visit the company’s career page online.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. Expanding York County Operations

Financial Services Company Bringing 175 Jobs To Fort Mill, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 10, 2016 - OneMain Holdings, Inc., a leading consumer finance company, is expanding its existing operations in York County. The expansion is projected to bring $279,000 in new capital investment and create 175 new jobs.

For more than 100 years, OneMain has been providing personalized, best-in-class service at more than 1,800 branches in 44 states, including 83 branches in South Carolina. With a primary focus on assisting customers with personal loans and services, the company has more than 11,000 team members nationally.  

OneMain’s facility is located at 605 Munn Road East in Fort Mill, S.C. The company will be leasing approximately 58,000 square-feet of new space adjacent to its existing operations. Hiring for the new positions began in the fourth quarter of 2016, and those interested in joining the OneMain team should visit the company’s career page online.
For additional information on OneMain Holdings, Inc., visit the company’s website at www.onemainfinancial.com.

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

QUOTES

“OneMain is proud of our growth and accomplishments in the great state of South Carolina, and we remain committed to building our business here for many years ahead. I would like to thank the team at the New York Grant Company, an economic incentives consulting firm, for their diligence in helping us navigate the process and obtain the benefits under the South Carolina Enterprise Program.” –President and CEO of OneMain Jay Levine

“The 175 jobs that this investment from OneMain Holdings means for York County should be celebrated throughout the state. Each time one of our companies decides to expand its operations here, it shows that Team South Carolina’s hard work toward creating the most competitive business environment and most skilled workforce possible is paying off for South Carolinians.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s business-friendly environment continues to have a positive impact on existing industry in the state, and today’s announcement by OneMain Holdings is a testament to that. I congratulate them on their expansion and look forward to watching them thrive for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“On behalf of York County, we congratulate OneMain on their new expansion. Their decision to expand here will create more diverse job opportunities for our vibrant workforce. We look forward to watching their continued growth and success.” –Chairman of York County Council Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    OneMain Holdings, Inc. is expanding its existing operations in York County.
•    $279,000 investment to create 175 new positions.
•    OneMain Holdings is a leading consumer financial services company with more than 1,800 branches in 44 states.
•    Located at 605 Munn Road East in Fort Mill, S.C., the company will be leasing approximately 58,000 square feet of new space adjacent to its existing operations.
•    For information on joining the OneMain team, visit the company’s career page online.

Harris Pillow Supply Growing Beaufort County Operations

Family-Run Pillow Manufacturer Investing $2.1 Million To Expand

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Harris Pillow Supply, a family-run pillow manufacturer based out of Beaufort County, is expanding its existing operations. The expansion is projected to bring $2.1 million in new capital investment and create 22 new positions over the next five years.

Founded in 1958, Harris Pillow Supply is a family-owned manufacturer and provider of high-end pillows to a variety of customers. The company has grown to service more than 7,000 customers in every state, along with multiple international markets. Harris Pillow is also the only company in the industry to manufacture its own pillow renovating machine, the Pillow-Vac.

Currently located at 3026 Trask Parkway in Beaufort, S.C., the company will be relocating to a larger facility at 5 Parker Drive in early 2017. For its new, expanded operations, Harris Pillow will be looking for skilled and experienced workers to join its production and administrative teams. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and those interested in applying should visit www.harrispillow.com or email sales@harrispillow.com.

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

QUOTES

“We are blessed to have experienced a growth in business over the past few years and are tremendously grateful for the support given to us by our local chamber of commerce, Beaufort County government, as well as the S.C. Department of Commerce. We are excited about the move as the new facility will enable us to install more equipment and expand into even more markets.” –Harris Pillow Supply Vice President Patrick Harris

“The fact that Harris Pillow has decided to expand its South Carolina operations is a huge win for the people of Beaufort County and for our state’s growing manufacturing industry. Our state is on the move in so many ways, and this $2.1 million investment that means 22 jobs is just one more example of Team South Carolina’s hard work paying off for the talented people who make up our elite workforce.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is proudly leading the manufacturing renaissance, and Harris Pillow’s expansion is yet another win for the manufacturing sector in our state. Their growing footprint here underscores the fact that South Carolina continues to be ‘Just right’ for both new and existing businesses.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Our congratulations to Harris Pillow Supply on their decision to expand in Beaufort County. We are delighted to partner with the Harris family again as their business grows and thrives. As their family-owned and operated manufacturing company expands into their new facility, we look forward to celebrating this company’s continued achievements for many years to come.” –Beaufort County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Harris Pillow Supply is expanding its operations in Beaufort County.
•    $2.1 million investment to create 22 new jobs.
•    Harris Pillow Supply is a family-run pillow manufacturer that supplies high-end pillows to a variety of customers.
•    Located at 3026 Trask Parkway in Beaufort, S.C., the company will be moving, in early 2017, to its new location at 5 Parker Drive in Beaufort. 
•    For more information on Harris Pillow, visit the company’s website at www.harrispillow.com.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Charleston And Jasper Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in North Charleston and Ridgeland to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Charleston and Jasper County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Charleston County
 
3887 Leeds Avenue
At the corner of Leeds Avenue and Bridgeview Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Jasper County
 
Jasper Emergency Service Headquarters
1509 Grays Highway
Ridgeland, SC 29966
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Martin Printing Co. Expands Operations In Pickens County

Homegrown Company Invests $2 Million In Upstate Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Martin Printing Co., a family-run print solutions company, is expanding its Upstate operations in Pickens County. This project is expected to bring $2 million in new capital investment and create 20 new jobs.

Founded in 1902, Martin Printing is in its third-generation of family ownership and provides a complete range of print solutions, including concept development, graphic design, printing, digital publishing and fulfillment. The company specializes in the production of magazines, direct mail, custom collateral, packaging and more.

To expand, the company has relocated its production operations into a larger, 80,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 1765 Powdersville Road in Easley, S.C. Additionally, the company has invested in a Heidelberg XL Press – the first of its kind in the Upstate and one of only two in South Carolina. The company is also adding new prepress, bindery and mailing equipment.

Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those interested in joining the Martin Printing team should visit the company’s career page online. For more information on Martin Printing Co., visit the company’s website at www.martinprinting.com.

QUOTES

“Our expansion is part of our continued dedication to improving efficiency, so we can provide outstanding service for our clients. We wouldn’t be here without loyal clients and a hard-working team. Pickens County, the Upstate and South Carolina have provided a wonderful business environment in which to grow our company.” –Martin Printing CEO William Ragsdale

“It’s always exciting to watch a homegrown company, like Martin Printing, as they expand its business in our state. This $2 million investment and the 20 new jobs it means for Pickens County is something that all of Team South Carolina should be proud of.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Martin Printing has a long history of success in South Carolina, and we congratulate them on their new expansion. Today’s announcement is yet another testament to the pro-business environment we’ve worked hard to create here in the Palmetto State.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Pickens County is delighted to celebrate the success, growth and expansion of Martin Printing Co. We are thrilled to congratulate this third-generation company! The growth of this company, in today’s changing print marketplace, is a testament to the company’s ownership and leadership, as well as the talented workforce who have helped this company succeed for over 100 years. From my student days at Clemson (when Martin Printing Co. printed the student paper, The Tiger) to their sophisticated print offerings today, this company embodies the spirit of a successful business. Pickens County is glad to have them in our business community, and we look forward to watching their continued growth and success for future generations.” –Pickens County Council Chair Jennifer H. Willis

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Martin Printing Co. is expanding its production operations in Pickens County.
•    $2 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
•    Martin Printing is a family-run print solutions company featuring a variety of print production capabilities for multiple applications.
•    To expand, the company has relocated its production operations into a larger, 80,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 1765 Powdersville Road in Easley, S.C.
•    Those interested in joining the Martin Printing team should visit the company’s career page online.

Gov. Nikki Haley Congratulates President-elect Donald Trump

"This Is An Opportunity For Our Country To Unite And Work Together"

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley released the following statement on the results of Tuesday’s presidential campaign:

“We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his historic victory. After a hard-fought campaign, where we have seen great passion and frustration among voters, the people have spoken. This is an opportunity for the country to unite and work together, and, as governor of South Carolina, I will partner with our new president to move our state and nation forward.”

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Dillon County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 7, 2016 -  A disaster recovery center is now open in Latta to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Dillon County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Dillon County
 
Old Latimer Elementary School
134 Latimer Street
Latta, SC 29565
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Golfbreaks.com Chooses Charleston County For First U.S. Operations

International golf travel company utilizing new state Landing Pad program to establish presence in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 4, 2016 - Golfbreaks.com, a specialty golf travel company and participant in the state’s new Landing Pad program, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Charleston County.

Established in 1998 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, Golfbreaks.com organizes golf travel vacations for approximately 220,000 golfers annually. With a workforce of more than 150 at its Windsor, U.K. headquarters facility, the company anticipates tremendous growth potential for its new location in the Charleston region.

With an initial focus on golf vacations to the UK and Ireland, the North American arm of Golfbreaks.com will soon be expanding its offerings outside of the British Isles. To do so, the company will be adding destinations, such as Mexico and the Dominican Republic by January 2017 and domestic North American destinations later in 2017.

Golfbreaks.com has already hired five employees to manage its new North American operations, which are headquartered at 1156 Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Future growth is expected as the company continues to expand its offerings further into the North American market. Hiring for new positions will be ongoing, and interested applicants should contact the company directly at recruitment@golfbreaks.com.

To properly navigate the economic development process in South Carolina, Golfbreaks.com has participated in the state’s Landing Pad program, which aims to assist established companies looking to enter the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time. A collaborative effort between the S.C. Department of Commerce and the state’s regional economic development alliances, the program assists companies with a variety of issues and services, including regulation, taxation and translation, as well as finding suitable office space.

For more information on Golfbreaks.com, visit the company’s North American market website at http://usa.golfbreaks.com/. For more information on the state’s Landing Pad program, contact GrowfromSC@SCCommerce.com.

QUOTES

“There are 30 million golfers in North America compared with four million in the U.K., and if we can capture the same five percent market share as we have in the U.K., we will be sending 1.5 million North American golfers on golf vacations annually at some point. This, in turn, will provide career opportunities for literally hundreds of Charleston area residents. The opportunity is hugely exciting, and we are thrilled to have chosen the Lowcountry for our North American headquarters. From the State of South Carolina to the Charleston region, we could not have been given more support so far, for which we are extremely grateful!” –Golfbreaks.com USA CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Grave

“It’s always special when a foreign-based company decides to establish its first U.S. operations in South Carolina, and we look forward to seeing the impact that Golfbreaks.com will have on our entire state’s tourism industry and world-class golf culture.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“With Golfbreaks.com’s announcement, it’s great to see that South Carolina’s new Landing Pad program is already making a difference. Team South Carolina will continue to work together to ensure that we provide the most welcoming environment possible for businesses from all corners of the globe.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Congratulations to Golfbreaks.com on their expansion into the world’s most acclaimed travel destination. Charleston County is a natural fit. Our community has a passion for golf, and more importantly, we have a desire to foster business growth alongside our favorable quality of life. This a hole in one.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey

"We're delighted Golfbreaks.com has chosen Mount Pleasant, S.C. for its North American headquarters and look forward to watching them flourish here. We're confident Landing Pad businesses will continue to find the town's stunning natural beauty, low taxes, unmatched quality of life and hands-on, real-time business support attractive for putting down roots in Mount Pleasant." –Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page

“We are so pleased to welcome Golfbreaks.com to our community and look forward to its continued growth and success. This was a seamless team effort, and the region’s available talent and business-friendly climate made all the difference.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Todd Gallati

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Golfbreaks.com is establishing its first North American operations in Charleston County.
• With a workforce of more than 150 at its UK headquarters, the company anticipates tremendous growth potential for its new location in the Charleston region.
• Golfbreaks.com is a specialty golf travel company that books more than 220,000 golfers annually on regional and international trips.
• Golfbreaks.com has participated in the state’s Landing Pad program, which aims to assist established companies looking to enter the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time.
• Hiring for new positions will be ongoing, and interested applicants should contact the company directly at recruitment@golfbreaks.com.

Teijin Ltd. Establishing Manufacturing Operations In Greenwood County

Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Facility To Bring $600 Million Investment And Create 220 Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 4, 2016 - Teijin Ltd., a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, will be constructing a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Greenwood County. Creating 220 new jobs, the project is expected to bring $600 million in new capital investment to Greenwood County – the largest initial capital investment by a company in the county’s history.

Founded in 1918, Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation; information and electronics; safety and protection; environment and energy; and healthcare. The company’s main fields of operation include high-performance fibers, such as aramid, carbon fibers and composites, resin processing, polyester fibers and more. The group has approximately 150 companies and 16,000 employees spread across 20 countries worldwide.

Located along S.C. Highway 246 in Greenwood, S.C., the company will be constructing a carbon fiber manufacturing facility to supply the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets. With a very high strength-to-weight ratio, carbon fiber is an environmentally-friendly solution for the advanced manufacturing industry.

Details on hiring for the new positions will be announced after completion of ongoing engineering studies. For more information on the company, visit www.teijin.com.

QUOTES

“After an extensive site selection process that included 6 states, Teijin selected Greenwood, S.C. because of its pro-business atmosphere and proactive support from Governor Haley and her team, as well as local government officials. We were also attracted to the diversity of Greenwood’s citizens, the community’s rich history of welcoming foreign investment and the excellent training opportunities available at Piedmont Technical College. We plan to invest in resources to develop new and innovative products to meet the increasing demands of the global carbon fiber market.” –Teijin Director of Government Relations Wayne Trotter

“When a company invests $600 million in our state and our people, it shows a real commitment to working on a lasting partnership, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the commitment Teijin has shown today. We’re excited to welcome the newest member of the South Carolina family to its new home and look forward to seeing the tremendous impact these 220 new jobs will have in Greenwood County and across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“We’ve worked hard to create a pro-business, pro-manufacturing environment in South Carolina, and this new announcement is further evidence that our strategy is paying off. I congratulate Teijin on their incredible commitment to our state, and we welcome them to our world-renowned business community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Today’s announcement represents the largest initial capital investment by a company in our county’s history. We attribute this success to our local leadership, our highly-skilled workforce and our pro-business atmosphere that we strive to create. We welcome Teijin to Greenwood and will work hard to make sure their industry is a success for years to come.” –Chairman of Greenwood County Council Steve Brown

“Greenwood County is a great place to do business, and we are excited to welcome Teijin and their state-of-the-art carbon fiber facility to our world-class manufacturing base. We are thankful to all of our partners that worked collaboratively with us to help make this investment a reality.” –Chairman of Greenwood Partnership Alliance Frank J. Wideman, III

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Teijin, Ltd. is establishing manufacturing operations in Greenwood County.
•    $600 million capital investment to create 220 new jobs.
•    Teijin is a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, with a focus on the production of high-performance fibers. 
•    Teijin will be constructing a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Greenwood to supply the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets.
•    Details on hiring for the new positions will be announced after completion of ongoing engineering studies.

About the Teijin Group:

Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY790.7 billion (USD 7.4 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

Audio-Technica Officially Opening New Operations In Berkeley County

Leading Audio Manufacturer Establishes Southeast Distribution Center

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 3, 2016 - Audio-Technica, an industry leader in audio manufacturing, is officially opening its new Southeast distribution center tomorrow in Berkeley County. The $3.3 million project is expected to create six new positions in Berkeley County.

Established in 1962, Audio-Technica designs and manufactures a wide range of products, including high-performance microphones, headphones, phonographic magnetic cartridges and other audio equipment.

Located at 1325 Garrott Avenue in Moncks Corner, S.C., the new facility will augment Audio-Technica’s distribution center located at its U.S. corporate headquarters in Stow, Ohio. It will handle warehousing and distribution operations, as well as order processing. The 56,000-square-foot facility has seven loading docks and is designed to meet the increased market demand for Audio-Technica products.

For more information on Audio-Technica, visit www.audio-technica.com.

QUOTES

“With our continued growth, we needed to expand our distribution capabilities. The site in Moncks Corner is an ideal fit based on the favorable cost, availability of skilled labor and proximity of the Port of Charleston to our existing customer base. We are confident that this new location will meet the current and future needs of our customers and support our ongoing growth. We are excited to begin this new chapter.” –Audio-Technica US, Inc. Vice President of Operations Richard Sprungle

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Audio-Technica to the South Carolina family. Each time a company invests in our state and our people, it shows a commitment to our partnership, and we take that commitment seriously. We congratulate Audio-Technica on its decision to move here, and look forward to watching it grow here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today’s announcement by Audio-Technica is a testament to the power of the Palmetto State’s strong logistics sector. Team South Carolina continues to invest in our state’s infrastructure and logistics assets, and this latest announcement is further proof that this strategy is paying off.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Berkeley County is honored to have Audio-Technica call our community its new home. Today’s announcement and tomorrow’s event is further proof that Berkeley County is open for business and Berkeley County means business. From meetings with the company leadership over the last several months, I am extremely excited about the incredible partnership Berkeley County and Audio-Technica has formed and the job creation opportunities our residents will have for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“SC Ports Authority congratulates Audio-Technica on the opening of its first distribution center in the Southeast and looks forward to serving its growing import needs through the Port of Charleston. We welcome Audio-Technica to the Lowcountry.” –South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Audio-Technica is officially opening its new distribution center in Berkeley County.
•    $3.3 million investment to create six new positions.
•    Audio-Technica is an industry leader in transducer technology and the development of high-performance audio equipment.
•    Located at 1325 Garrott Avenue in Moncks Corner, the new 56,000-square-foot facility is designed to accommodate increased market demand.
•    For more information on Audio-Technica, visit www.audio-technica.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley, State Leaders, Crime Victims’ Advocates Announce The Crime Victim Services Of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 17, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley, Attorney General Alan Wilson and victims advocates today announced the formation of the Crime Victim Services of South Carolina.

In an effort to improve services for crime victims, legislation will be proposed to consolidate, co-locate, and better coordinate multiple state agencies to the Attorney General’s Office. The new “Crime Victim Services” will include the State Office of Victim Assistance and the Crime Victim’s Ombudsman, currently at the Department of Administration, and the Division of Victim Assistance Grants, currently at the Department of Public Safety. Approximately 55 employees will be affected with no fiscal impact to the state.

“We are giving crime victim services a home in South Carolina for the first time in our state’s history,” said Gov. Haley during an event held at Columbia’s Crime Victims Memorial Gardens that was attended by members of the General Assembly and other stakeholders.

“Combining these agencies and streamlining their services is the right thing to do. Citizens deserve good government, victims deserve justice, and this is one more step forward to improve how we work for the people.  We are grateful for victims’ advocates who have championed this reform and do hero’s work every day, and we thank the attorney general for leading this effort and for continuing to have the backs of crime victims.”
You can find video of the full event on the governor's YouTube page.

With a targeted effective date of July 1, 2017, the governor will issue Executive Order 2016-43, which establishes a Crime Victim Services Transition Team to develop a plan for transitioning the administration of agencies and employees. A plan for addressing human resources, finance, information technology, and other operational matters must be submitted to the governor no later than January 10, 2017, the first day of the General Assembly’s 2017 Session. Members of the Transition Team will be comprised of representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Administration, and the Department of Public Safety.

“This the most significant reform for crime victims since 1998 when we passed the Victims’ Bill of Rights was added to the State Constitution,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson. “With this legislation, victims across the state will have a much needed unified voice. These South Carolinians deserve our best, and this proposal will enable us to better serve their needs with improved efficiency.”

The proposal to centralize crime victims services stems from the ongoing work of the Domestic Violence Task Force (Recommendation 42) as well as various reports, including the Department of Administration OEPP Restructuring Report in 2015 and three Legislative Audit Council Reports from 1999, 2007, and 2009.

When the proposal is passed into law, the consolidation will be the most significant reform for crime victims services since the Victims’ Bill of Rights was added to the State Constitution in 1998.

Central Wire, Inc. Expanding Lancaster County Plant

Specialty Wire Manufacturer Investing $2 Million In Facility Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 13, 2016 - Central Wire, Inc. (CWI), a stainless and specialty alloy wire manufacturer, is expanding its Lancaster County wire operation. The expansion is expected to bring $2 million in new capital investment and create 18 new jobs.

Established in 1955 and headquartered in Perth, Ontario, CWI manufactures and distributes stainless, nickel and specialty alloy wire, as well as engineered cable assemblies. The company maintains 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the U.S., U.K. and Canada, and provides a broad range of innovative wire products and cable assembly solutions.

CWI will be adding two state-of-the-art welding wire manufacturing lines at its Lancaster facility, which is located at 1552 Cedar Pines Lake Road and currently employs 32 people. The new lines will allow for stainless, nickel and copper alloy welding wire in multiple packaging configurations. Work on the expansion is projected to begin in January 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
For more information on CWI, visit www.centralwire.com

QUOTES

“This product line expansion will make CWI a big player in welding wire and greatly increase our local manufacturing workforce over time. This CWI and Lancaster County investment and expansion will provide new manufacturing technology and enhance our capabilities to service new customers that consume quality welding wire products in their manufacturing processes.” –General Manager of CWI Lancaster Facility Wesley Grider

“CWI’s decision to invest further and expand in Lancaster County is a huge win for Team South Carolina. Each time a company is able to expand here, it shows that our approach to developing the most competitive business environment possible is working for the people of the state, and that’s a real reason to celebrate.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s robust manufacturing sector continues to power the state’s economy; and, today, we celebrate Central Wire’s decision to help us achieve yet another huge win for that industry. We wish them well and look forward to watching their ongoing growth.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are excited to assist in this expansion as it will create new employment opportunities for residents of the county. This project not only creates much-needed manufacturing jobs, but also helps the local economy by increasing overall long-term business activity.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy

“Lancaster County believes economic development starts with our existing businesses. Central Wire’s decision to invest and grow its Lancaster operation is very much appreciated and demonstrates the county’s strength as a location for advanced manufacturers. We are pleased to be able to assist them.” –Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Central Wire, Inc. (CWI) is expanding its Lancaster County manufacturing operations.
•    $2 million investment to create 18 new jobs.
•    CWI is a stainless and specialty alloy wire manufacturer supporting multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, construction and more.
•    CWI will be adding two state-of-the-art welding wire manufacturing lines at its Lancaster facility, which is located at 1552 Cedar Pines Lake Road.
•    For more information on CWI, visit www.centralwire.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley, State Leaders, And Crime Victims' Advocates To Make A Special Announcement  

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 2, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley will hold a press conference tomorrow with Attorney General Alan Wilson, members of the General Assembly, and stakeholders from around the state to make a special announcement regarding crime victims services.
 
WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, Attorney General Alan Wilson, members of the General Assembly, and crime victims’ advocates
 
WHAT: Press conference regarding crime victim services
 
WHEN: Tomorrow, Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 AM
 
WHERE:  Crime Victims’ Memorial Garden by Riverfront Park,1704 Gist Street, Columbia, S.C.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Beaufort And Colleton Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 2, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is now open in Walterboro to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew, the Colleton County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice. Another disaster recovery center will open tomorrow, Thursday, November 3, on Hilton Head Island to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew, the Beaufort County center will be open Thursday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Beaufort County
 
Town Hall Council Chambers
1 Town Center Court
Hilton Head, SC 29928
9 AM to 7 PM, Thursday and Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday - Wednesday
 
Colleton County
 
The Colleton County Recreation Center
280 Recreation Lane
Walterboro, SC 29488
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Nikki Haley To Host Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day

State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 1, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley will visit Conway on Friday, November 4, for a Team South Carolina Hurricane Matthew relief event. Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day will serve residents impacted by the storm from Horry and Georgetown counties and will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the City of Conway Recreation Center.

For those impacted by river flooding in the Waccamaw River area caused by Hurricane Matthew, the Team South Carolina event will serve as a one-stop where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses to aid recovery. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake flooding and other destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

At the Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day residents can:

• Register for financial assistance from FEMA
• Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
• Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
• Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
• Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
• Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
• Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
• Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
• Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
• Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day

WHEN: Friday, November 4, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: City of Conway Recreation Center, 1515 Mill Pond Road, Conway, SC 29527

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Berkeley And Georgetown Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 1, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in Georgetown and St. Stephen to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Berkeley and Georgetown County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Berkeley County
 
Alvin Community Center
2191 Santee River Road
St. Stephen, SC 29479
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Georgetown County
 
Beck Recreation Center
2030 West Church Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Florence And Marion Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 26, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in Gresham and Lake City to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Florence County and Marion County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Florence County
 
Ragsdale Old Warehouse
245 S. Church Street
Lake City, SC 29560
8 AM to 6 PM, Monday- Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Marion County
 
Safford Building
6882 Highway 908
Gresham, SC 29546
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Berkeley, Charleston And Chesterfield Counties Eligible For FEMA Individual Assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 25, 2016 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved three additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Berkeley, Charleston, and Chesterfield.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.

Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Dorchester And Williamsburg Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 25, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in Kingstree and Summerville to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Dorchester County and Williamsburg County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Dorchester County
 
Miles Road Baptist Church
819 Miles Road
Summerville, SC 29485
8 AM to 6 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Williamsburg County
 
Williamsburg Recreation Center
2084 Thurgood Marshall Highway
Kingstree, SC 29556
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Nikki Haley To Host Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day

State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 21, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley will visit Marion on Friday, October 28, for a Team South Carolina Hurricane Matthew relief event. Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day will serve residents impacted by the storm from Darlington, Dillon, Florence and Marion counties and will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Marion County Administrative Building.

For those impacted by river flooding in the Pee Dee area caused by Hurricane Matthew, the Team South Carolina event will serve as a one-stop where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses to aid recovery. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake flooding and other destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

At the Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day residents can:

• Register for financial assistance from FEMA
• Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
• Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
• Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
• Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
• Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
• Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
• Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
• Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
• Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control


WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day

WHEN: Friday, October 28, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: Marion County Administrative Building, 2523 East Highway 76, Marion, SC 29571

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Marion County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 21, 2016 - A disaster recovery center will open tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, in Mullins to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Marion County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Marion County

Mullins City Hall
111 NE Front Street
Mullins, SC 29574
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

FEMA Approves Reimbursement Of Hurricane Matthew Infrastructure Costs For 18 Counties, State Agencies

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 19, 2016 - South Carolina state agencies, local governments and non-profit organizations in 18 counties are now eligible through FEMA to recoup costs associated with infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The FEMA Public Assistance Program will provide a partial reimbursement of costs for damages to roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, and parks and recreational facilities in the following counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.
 
Previously, 17 of these counties, not including Orangeburg County, were only approved for Categories A and B, debris removal and emergency response measures. At this time, Charleston and Darlington Counties are only eligible for Categories A and B but are still being assessed by local, state, and federal officials.
 
The FEMA Public Assistance program categories approved for reimbursement are as follows:
• Category A: Debris Removal.
• Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
• Category C: Roads and Bridges. 
• Category D: Water Control Facilities.
• Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
• Category F: Utilities.
• Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.
The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
 
FEMA previously approved direct Individual Assistance to residents who experienced losses as a result of Hurricane Matthew. To determine if they are eligible for federal disaster aid, residents in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties should register with FEMA by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Once registered, FEMA will work with each resident to determine what aid, if any, might be available.
 
State and local agencies continue damage assessments in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. The results of these preliminary damage assessments are then submitted to FEMA to determine a county’s eligibility for the Individual Assistance and the Public Assistance programs. To date, no counties have been denied any federal aid by FEMA as part of this process.

Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 17, 2016 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved fifteen additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Marion and Orangeburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.
Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Six counties were also approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance to help them recover from the storm: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Lee and Sumter. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response and debris removal.

The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows:

• Category A: Debris Removal.
• Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
• Category C: Roads and Bridges. 
• Category D: Water Control Facilities.
• Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
• Category F: Utilities.
• Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.

The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
 
Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Public Assistance.

International Mold Corporation Establishing First South Carolina Operation

Injection Molding Company Investing $6.2 Million In New Spartanburg County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 18, 2016 - International Mold Corporation (IMC), a Michigan-based aluminum design and build company, is establishing a new manufacturing operation in Spartanburg County. The project is expected to bring $6.2 million in new investment and create 60 new jobs.
 
Established in 2006 and headquartered in Clinton Township, Mich., IMC offers a comprehensive variety of services, including aluminum injection, reaction injection molding (RIM) and blow mold design and build services, as well as engineering, in-house tryouts, in-house low-volume production runs, prototype and low-volume production assembly, 3-D laser scanning, reverse engineering scanning, logistics and more. With greater than 100 employees across seven facilities, IMC utilizes state-of-the-art technology to supply products to a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
 
Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., the company will be constructing a new 24,000-square-foot facility, with the ability for future expansion of up to 100,000 square feet. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of April 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and those interested in joining the IMC team should apply in person or visit the company’s career page online.
 
For more information on International Mold Corporation, visit www.internationalmold.net.
 
QUOTES
 
“We are very excited to expand our operations to South Carolina. There is a lot of business potential within South Carolina’s automotive cluster, as well as other opportunities in neighboring states.” –International Mold Corporation Treasurer Michael Lilla
 
“The business-friendly environment we’ve worked hard to create in South Carolina is paying off for the people of our state, and this announcement by International Mold Corporation is further proof of that. This $6.2 million investment and the 60 new jobs it means for Spartanburg County are huge reasons to celebrate across South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s manufacturing sector continues to thrive, attracting world-class businesses like IMC. I congratulate them on their new investment and look forward to watching them succeed within our borders.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Spartanburg County enthusiastically welcomes the addition of International Mold Corporation to our vibrant manufacturing community. International Mold Corporation’s decision to locate their facility in Spartanburg County demonstrates our community’s ability to attract quality companies providing excellent job opportunities for the citizens of Spartanburg.” –David Britt, Chairman of Spartanburg County Council’s Economic Development Committee and Board Member of the Economic Futures Group
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• International Mold Corporation (IMC) is establishing its first South Carolina operation in Spartanburg County.
• $6.2 million investment to create 60 new jobs.
• IMC is a Michigan-based injection molding company that supplies a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
• Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., IMC will be completing a new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the spring of 2017.
• Hiring for the new positions will begin in the second quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the facility in person or apply online.

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. Expanding Operations In Anderson County

Automotive Supplier Investing Additional $5 Million In Upstate Plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 18, 2016 - EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is expanding manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The automotive supplier has decided to invest an additional $5 million in its Upstate facility, which is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C. This new project is expected to result in the creation of 29 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Established in 1968 as a supplier of only metal products, the EuWe Group has grown tremendously since its inception. In 1970, the company expanded its production offerings to include plastic parts. Then, in 1993, the EuWe Group established its first international operations with a facility in Mexico. Today, the firm employs more than 1,700 workers in three countries and exclusively supplies the automotive industry. It boasts a client list featuring 10 of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers.
 
In 2015, the company announced an $11 million investment to create its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Anderson County. This new $5 million project will complement the original investment, allowing EuWe to meet increased demand from its customers. The Anderson County operations focus solely on the production of automotive plastic interior parts.
 
Hiring for the facility is currently underway. Those interested in joining the EuWe Group team should visit the company’s jobs page online. For more information on the company, visit www.euwe.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Anderson County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
“EuWe still is in the preparation and ramp-up phase of its new facility in the United States, supporting our main customer, BMW. We were extremely excited having already been awarded additional business prior to our actual launch of our production. This enabled us to increase the size and set-up of our operations and to create even more new jobs right here in Anderson County. Being a company that is still managed by the founding family and always plans for the long run, we are confident to make this endeavor a success as well.” –EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. CEO Markus Gosse
 
“It’s always exciting when a company decides to double down on its commitment to our state and to our people. We were thrilled last year when the EuWe Group announced that it would be locating its first U.S. facility here, and we’re even more excited today because this $5 million investment shows that companies of all kinds can find success and thrive in South Carolina.”  –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“As the nation’s leader in the export of completed passenger vehicles, South Carolina continues to prove to the world that we are a force to be reckoned with on the global automotive stage. Announcements like the one today from the EuWe Group will help ensure that the Palmetto State remains an automotive powerhouse for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“In 2015, Anderson County welcomed EuWe Eugen Wexler to our community. Today, EuWe announces an additional $5 million expansion to their project and the creation of 29 more jobs, strengthening their intent to make Anderson County their home for many years to come.” –Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn
 
“Council District 7 simultaneously welcomes EuWe Eugen Wexler to Anderson County and is delighted to know they are expanding before their official opening. This is a testament to a great company, our county and our people.” –Anderson County Council Member Cindy Wilson, District 7
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. is expanding operations in Anderson County.
• $5 million investment creating 29 additional new jobs.
• EuWe Group was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Germany.
• The company’s Anderson County facility is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C.
• Those interested in joining the EuWe Group team should visit the company’s jobs page online.
 
About the EuWe Group:

The EuWe Group produces high-tech plastic products for the automotive sector. For more than 40 years, the company has been dedicated to excellent quality, innovation and customer-oriented flexibility. Included among the EuWe Group’s products are center consoles, pillar trim, trunk panels, window frames, cladding, door sills, rear vents, engine compartment fairings and more. For more information, visit www.euwe.com.

Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 17, 2016 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved fifteen additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Marion and Orangeburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.

Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Six counties were also approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance to help them recover from the storm: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Lee and Sumter. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response and debris removal.
 
The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows:

• Category A: Debris Removal.
• Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
• Category C: Roads and Bridges. 
• Category D: Water Control Facilities.
• Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
• Category F: Utilities.
• Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.

The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
 
Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Public Assistance.

Gov. Nikki Haley, SCE&G Officials, And The Central Carolina Community Foundation Give Update On One SC Fund

SCE&G Announces $200,000 Donation, Gov. Haley Renews Call For South Carolinians To Donate

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 17, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today celebrated the One SC Relief Fund's work during a visit to South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's (SCE&G) Delivery Operations Center.
 
As a part of today's celebration, SCE&G President of Retail Operations Keller Kissam announced a surprise $100,000 donation to One SC from SCE&G. Combined with the company's previous pledge of $100,000, SCE&G's total contribution to One SC is now $200,000.
 
"When you look at the donations of a company like SCE&G that’s thinking past just getting the power back on, but actually thinking about getting people back into safe homes, and when you look at what neighbors are doing to help each other, whether they know each other or not, this is one South Carolina, it has always been one South Carolina, and that’s why we call this the One SC Fund," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
 
SCANA Corporation CEO Kevin Marsh and Central Carolina Community Foundation CEO JoAnn Turnquist were also on hand for the governor's visit.
 
"It's hard to believe that just one year after the historic floods in South Carolina, the Palmetto state is now recovering from Hurricane Matthew," said Marsh, chief executive officer of SCANA Corporation, parent company of SCE&G. "We are grateful for everything the One SC Relief Fund has done to help our neighbors here in South Carolina recover from these natural disasters, and we're proud to announce our support for these relief efforts today. Although there's still lot of work to be done to get the lives and homes of many South Carolinians back to normal, we believe our state will be stronger in the long run."
 
Established to assist South Carolinians recovering from natural disasters, the One SC Fund’s first project was providing relief and recovery assistance to South Carolinians in the aftermath of last year’s thousand year flood. Thanks to generous donors, One SC has distributed nearly $2,000,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations supporting flood recovery projects across our state. Those grants have resulted in approximately 1,500 families returning home.
 
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Governor Haley, alongside the Central Carolina Community Foundation, announced a plan to expand fundraising efforts of the One SC Fund to help those impacted by the storm.
 
How to Give to One SC:
 
Online: Visit www.onescfund.org to make an online donation using your credit card.
 
Mail: Mail a check to:
 
Central Carolina Community Foundation
One SC Fund
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213
Columbia, SC 29204
 
Governor Nikki Haley, The Central Carolina Community Foundation and a team of South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service established the One SC Fund in November 2015, as a way for neighbors to help neighbors after unprecedented, historic flooding touched South Carolinians from every walk of life.
 
Questions? Email info@yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601

Marion and Orangeburg Counties Eligible For FEMA Individual Assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 15, 2016 - Residents in Marion and Orangeburg counties who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew are now eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual Assistance program.

Survivors who sustained losses in these two designated counties can apply for federal assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.
Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

SCEMD and county emergency managers are still conducting preliminary damage assessments in other storm-impacted counties in order to gather the necessary documentation to apply for additional federal assistance to help families and communities recover from the storm. Meanwhile, rescue crews continue to search for survivors, and utility crews work to restore power, clear debris and open roadways.

Anyone with unmet needs such as food, clothing and shelter should call 2-1-1 to be connected with local relief supplies. Residents with damage from Hurricane Matthew can call 1-800-451-1954 to request volunteers from Helping Hands to with assist debris and mold cleanup. Visit scemd.org for the latest on South Carolina’s Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

President Declares Disaster For State Of South Carolina And 13 Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - In response to Governor Nikki Haley’s request, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 13 counties most severely affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program helps reimburse local governments, state agencies, eligible private non-profit organizations and electric co-operatives for certain expenses they have incurred. Federal disaster aid is not available for individual residents at this time.

On October 10, Governor Haley formally requested a disaster declaration from the White House for Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg counties. Her request followed an assessment of damages by representatives of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, affected electric co-operatives, and local and municipal governments.

As emergency managers assess the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, FEMA could determine that additional counties are eligible to receive federal assistance.

Under the Public Assistance Program, state and affected local governments are eligible to apply for federal funding to pay 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal and emergency services related to the storm. The division of the remaining 25 percent will be determined later. More information about this program can be found here.

The declaration also makes cost-shared funding available to the state for approved projects that reduce - or mitigate - future disaster risks. Funds under this program will be available to state agencies, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations only. A wide variety of potential projects are eligible.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division will explain procedures for requesting assistance at a series of applicant briefings at locations to be announced shortly in the affected areas.

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Horry And Georgetown Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Monday, October 10, 2016 - In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley announced Monday that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Horry and Georgetown counties as of 8:00 AM. Orders for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties were lifted Sunday, and there are no effective evacuation orders remaining.

Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas and are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders. Most of the previously evacuated zones will have unrestricted access; however, certain areas may still be closed due to safety precautions as determined by local officials.

Even though weather conditions have improved, motorists should prepare for fallen trees, downed power lines and standing water in and around roadways. Citizens also should anticipate power outages at their homes or businesses, which may last for several days or weeks. 

To see a list of road closures, visit http://www.scdot.org. General information can be found at http://www.scemd.org

Although Hurricane Matthew has moved away from South Carolina’s coast, hazardous conditions still exist in many parts of coastal and inland counties:

Avoid flood waters or standing water. Do not use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water, or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines, or other hazardous debris that may be under the surface.

Do not use generators indoors. Running generators in homes, garages, or other closed areas can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and may cause death.

Be sure tap water is safe to consume. Watch for boil water advisories on your local news or call your water utility.  Use only bottled or stored water until it is determined that the water is safe to drink. If water is not safe to drink, boil water vigorously for at least one minute and then cool before use.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division’s website, http://scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services. Coastal evacuees without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line at 1-866-246-0133 with questions and needed assistance. 

For more information visit http://www.scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Beaufort And Jasper Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sunday, October 9, 2016 - In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Beaufort and Jasper counties as of 6:30 PM. At the request of local officials, evacuation orders for zones in Georgetown and Horry counties remain in effect as local law enforcement and officials continue to assess areas for potential dangers. Evacuation orders for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counities have previously been lifted and were effective as of 10:00 AM.

Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas and are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

Even though weather conditions have improved, motorists should prepare for fallen trees, downed power lines and standing water in and around roadways. Citizens also should anticipate power outages at their homes or businesses, which may last for several days or weeks.

To see a list of road closures, visit http://www.scdot.org. To check the status of conditions on I-26, visit http://www.511sc.org. General information can be found at http://www.scemd.org.

Although Hurricane Matthew has moved away from South Carolina’s coast, hazardous conditions still exist in many parts of coastal and inland counties:

Avoid flood waters or standing water. Do not use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water, or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines, or other hazardous debris that may be under the surface.

  • Do not use generators indoors. Running generators in homes, garages, or other closed areas can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and may cause death.
  • Be sure tap water is safe to consume. Watch for boil water advisories on your local news or call your water utility. Use only bottled or stored water until it is determined that the water is safe to drink. If water is not safe to drink, boil water vigorously for at least one minute and then cool before use.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division’s website, http://scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services. Coastal evacuees without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line at 1-866-246-0133 with questions and needed assistance.

For more information visit http://www.scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

Gov. Nikki Haley Expands One SC Fundraising Efforts In The Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

Disaster Recovery Fund Will Assist South Carolinians Impacted By Storm

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sunday, October 9, 2016 -  Governor Nikki Haley, alongside the Central Carolina Community Foundation, announced a plan to increase fundraising efforts of the One SC Fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Established to assist South Carolinians recovering from natural disasters, the One SC Fund’s first project was providing relief and recovery assistance to South Carolinians in the aftermath of last year’s thousand year flood. Thanks to generous donors, to date, One SC has distributed $2,000,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations supporting flood recovery projects across our state and has helped over 1,500 of our families return home.

"South Carolinians from all walks of life have been so generous through the challenges of the last few years.  We are now faced with a new challenge, and in the spirit of our state, of neighbors helping neighbors, we have expanded the mission of the OneSC Fund to help deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  Thank you, to anyone and everyone, in advance, for your gracious support - trust that every dollar we raise will go directly to helping a fellow South Carolinian in need," said Governor Nikki Haley 

All donations go directly to nonprofit organizations helping our state recover and rebuild.

How to Give to One SC:

Online: Visit www.onescfund.org to make an online donation using your credit card.

Mail: Mail a check to:

Central Carolina Community Foundation

One SC Fund

2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213

Columbia, SC 29204

Governor Nikki Haley, The Central Carolina Community Foundation and a team of South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service established the One SC Fund in November 2015, as a way for neighbors to help neighbors after unprecedented, historic flooding touched South Carolinians from every walk of life.

Questions? Email info@yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley And Colleton Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. –Sunday, October 9, 2016 -In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counties as of 10:00 AM. At the request of local officials, evacuation orders for zones in Beaufort, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper counties remain in effect as local law enforcement and officials continue to assess areas for potential dangers.

Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas and are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

Even though weather conditions have improved, motorists should prepare for fallen trees, downed power lines and standing water in and around roadways. Citizens also should anticipate power outages at their homes or businesses, which may last for several days or weeks.

To see a list of road closures, visit http://www.scdot.org. To check the status of conditions on I-26, visithttp://www.511sc.org. General information can be found athttp://www.scemd.org.

Although Hurricane Matthew has moved away from South Carolina’s coast, hazardous conditions still exist in many parts of coastal and inland counties:

Avoid flood waters or standing water. Do not use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water, or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines, or other hazardous debris that may be under the surface.

  • Do not use generators indoors. Running generators in homes, garages, or other closed areas can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and may cause death.
  • Be sure tap water is safe to consume. Watch for boil water advisories on your local news or call your water utility. Use only bottled or stored water until it is determined that the water is safe to drink. If water is not safe to drink, boil water vigorously for at least one minute and then cool before use.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division’s website, http://scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services. Coastal evacuees without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line at 1-866-246-0133 with questions and needed assistance.

For more information visit http://www.scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Additional Areas In Jasper and Colleton Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Thursday, October 6, 2016 - As Hurricane Matthew continues to threaten the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of additional coastal areas in Jasper and Colleton, South Carolina.

Residents and visitors in Zone B of Jasper and Colleton Counties should begin evacuating effective immediately TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6. This evacuation is in addition to the previous evacuation for the areas of Jasper and Colleton Counties in Zone A, which went into effect yesterday, October 5.

To verify whether you are located in an evacuation zone, please visit www.scemd.org and click, “Know your Zone,” to enter your home address. Evacuation details, by region, are listed below and detailed via an interactive map at that South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website.

Maps of coastal evacuation routes, including interactive and downloadable maps, are available at the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) website.

The scope of the evacuation may be expanded to include other areas as recommended by local officials. South Carolina residents, especially those who live in low-lying areas along the entire coast, should monitor the status of Hurricane Matthew through local news media.

Evacuees should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy: required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items. Individuals and families should make plans to stay in hotels, with family, friends or other trusted loved ones living outside evacuation areas.

Emergency shelters have been opened throughout the state for people with nowhere else to stay. The majority of shelters do not allow pets, owners should have a plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. A list of open shelters, including the two pet friendly shelters, is available as part S.C. Emergency Management Division’s Hurricane Matthew online information at: www.scemd.org.

People who live in the following coastal areas should evacuate immediately:

Southern South Carolina Coast

Colleton County Zone A

All areas east of I-95 from the southern county line to Walterboro and all areas south of Alt. US17 from Walterboro to the northern county line plus all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the County.

Jasper County Zone A

All areas east of I-95 and all areas south of Sand Hills Road (Hwy 119) and Tillman Road (Hwy 336), plus all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the county.

Today’s announcement expands the areas along the South Carolina coast under the Governor’s evacuation order.

South Carolina’s emergency helpline is now active around the clock. Anyone with questions Hurricane Matthew should call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133.

For all of the latest information about Hurricane Matthew, visit scemd.org.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Horry And Georgetown Areas

COLUMBIA, S.C. - As Hurricane Matthew continues to threaten the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Horry and Georgetown, South Carolina.

Residents and visitors in certain parts of Horry and Georgetown Counties should begin evacuating no later than 12:00 PM TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6.

To verify whether you are located in an evacuation zone, please visit www.scemd.org and click, "Know your Zone,"" to enter your home address. Evacuation details, by region, are listed below and detailed via an interactive map at that South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website.

Maps of coastal evacuation routes, including interactive and downloadable maps, are available at the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) website.

The scope of the evacuation may be expanded to include other areas as recommended by local officials. South Carolina residents, especially those who live in low-lying areas along the entire coast, should monitor the status of Hurricane Matthew through local news media.

Evacuees should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy: required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items. Individuals and families should make plans to stay in hotels, with family, friends or other trusted loved ones living outside evacuation areas.

Emergency shelters have been opened throughout the state for people with nowhere else to stay. The majority of shelters do not allow pets, owners should have a plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. A list of open shelters, including the two pet friendly shelters, is available as part S.C. Emergency Management Division’s Hurricane Matthew online information at: www.scemd.org.

People who live in the following coastal areas should evacuate immediately:

Northern South Carolina Coast

Georgetown County Zone A

Areas East of Highway 17 to the Atlantic Ocean from the South Santee River and North to the Horry County line, including Sandy Island; areas East of Dawhoo Lake and South of Walker Road and Powell Road to the South Santee River; all low-lying areas along the Waccamaw River, Great Pee Dee River, Black River, and Sampit River South of Highway 521 (17A), including Maryville; and all mobile home residents in the County.

Horry County Zone A

All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway), up to intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) and then all areas east of US 17 (Kings Highway) to the northern county line. Today’s announcement expands the areas along the South Carolina coast under the Governor’s evacuation order. South Carolina’s emergency helpline is now active around the clock. Anyone with questions Hurricane Matthew should call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133. For all of the latest information about Hurricane Matthew, visit www.scemd.org.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Charleston and Beaufort Areas

Traffic Lanes of I-26 Will Be Reversed

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - As Hurricane Matthew threatens the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina.

Residents and visitors in Charleston and Beaufort Counties should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5. Residents and visitors in certain parts of bordering coastal counties – Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester and Jasper Counties – should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5.

To verify whether you are located in an evacuation zone, please visit www.scemd.org and click, “Know your Zone,” to enter your home address. Evacuation details, by region, are listed below and detailed via an interactive map at that South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website.

Maps of coastal evacuation routes, including interactive and downloadable maps, and information about highways where lane reversals will be used as a part of the evacuation are available at the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) website.

Beginning around noon today, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, SCDOT and supporting agencies will begin closing eastbound lanes of I-26, starting in Columbia at I-77 heading towards Charleston. At approximately 3:00 PM, all lanes on I-26 will be moving westbound from I-526 in Charleston toward I-77 in Columbia. Travel will only be possible in one direction while the evacuation is in progress. Complete lane reversal information is available here.

The scope of the evacuation may be expanded to include other areas tomorrow, including parts of Horry and Georgetown. South Carolina residents, especially those who live in low-lying areas along the entire coast, should monitor the status of Hurricane Matthew through local news media.

Evacuees should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy: required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items. Emergency shelter locations will be announced as soon as they are open.

Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.
People who live in the following coastal areas should evacuate immediately:

Central South Carolina Coast

Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley County Evacuation Zones A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and I

Zone A: West of the Ashley River - Unincorporated areas of Charleston County from the Ashley River to the Colleton County line; Atlantic Ocean to the Dorchester County Line. This includes the Town of Hollywood, Town of Meggett, Town of Ravenel, Town of Folly Beach, Town of Rockville, Town of Kiawah Island, the Town of Seabrook Island, James Island, Johns Island, Wadmalaw, and unincorporated Charleston County.

Zone B: Central Charleston - From the tip of the Peninsula to Ladson Road; from the Ashley River to the Wando River. This includes City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, the Town of Lincolnville, Daniel Island, Thomas Island, and unincorporated Charleston County.

Zone C: East of the Wando River - Unincorporated areas of Charleston County from the Atlantic Ocean to the Berkeley County line; Wando River to the Georgetown County line. This includes the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Town of Isle of Palms, Town of Sullivan's Island, Town of Awendaw, the Town of McClellanville, Dewees Island, Capers Island, and Goat Island.

Zone D: Sand Hills Area - West of Dorchester Road and the Ashley River, 17A to the Colleton County line and all areas bordering Charleston County.

Zone E: Miles Jamison/Oakbrook Area - Miles Jamison Road, between Ladson Road, to Bacons Bridge Road: including the Lakes of Summerville, Newington Plantation, Crestwood Subdivision south to Orangeburg Road, and South Main Mobile Home Park.

Zone F: The Swamp - Any other low-lying areas including the Cypress Swamp area, the Edisto River area and the Twin Lakes Subdivision.

Zone G:

  • Hanahan
    1. North of Woods Ave from end of road at east edge of rail yard to its intersection with Remount Rd.
    2. North of Remount Rd from its intersection with Woods Ave to its intersection with the railroad tracks just west of Dutton Ave.
    3. East of the railroad tracks from their intersection with Remount Rd to crossing over the Goose Creek (just south of Middle Earth Nursery and Infinger Furniture).
  • Goose Creek/Ladson/Summerville
    1. Including all homes and businesses northeast of the intersection of Hwy 52 and Camelot Dr, continuing along Ryan Dr and Holly Ave across to Westview Blvd (includes buildings on both sides of Camelot Dr, Ryan Dr and Holly Ave).
    2. Crowfield Plantation from Westview Blvd near Holly Ave across I-26 along Ancrum Rd to its intersection with Hwy 78.
    3. Northeast of Hwy 78 from its intersection with Ancrum Rd (Ladson Rd) to its intersection with Hwy 17A (Main St) in Summerville.
    4. Southeast of Hwy 17A (Main St/S Live Oak Dr) from its intersection with Hwy 78 to its intersection with Cypress Gardens Rd.
  • Whitesville/Pimlico/Cordesville
    1. South of Cypress Gardens Rd from its intersection with Hwy 17A (S Live Oak Dr) to its intersection with Pimlico Blvd.
    2. South of Pimlico Blvd from its intersection with Cypress Gardens Rd through to its end.
    3. The area east of Wappaoolah Plantation and west of the Cooper River, north of Pimlico Blvd and south of Mepkin Abbey.
    4. Southeast of the railroad tracks from the Cooper River by Pimlico to its intersection with Hwy 402.
  • Huger/Cainhoy/Wando
    1. South of Hwy 402 from its intersection with the railroad tracks near Cordesville to its intersection with Hwy 41 (Hwy 402 becomes Steed Creek Rd).
    2. Southwest of Steed Creek Rd from its intersection with Hwy 41 to its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd. West of Halfway Creek Rd from its intersection with Steed Creek Rd to its intersection with Guerins Bridge Rd.
    3. West of Guerins Bridge Rd from its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd to its intersection with Wando River (just after Drew Ln).
    4. Northwest of the Wando River from its intersection with Guerins Bridge Rd to its intersection with Nowell Creek with the addition of Patterson’s Academy.
    5. North/northeast of Nowell Creek from its intersection with the Wando River to its intersection with Rebellion Farms Pl.
    6. Northeast of Rebellion Farms Pl from its intersection with Nowell Creek to its intersection of Clements Ferry Rd.
    7. Northeast of Yellow House Pl from its intersection with Clements Ferry Rd to the Cooper River (across from the Goose Creek).

Zone I:

  • Shulerville, Honey Hill, Jamestown, Alvin, St Stephen
    1. East of Halfway Creek Rd from its intersection with Forest Rd 200 (on the Berkeley/ Charleston county line) to its intersection with Slash Rd.
    2. East of Slash Rd from its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd to its intersection with Yellow Jacket Rd.
    3. North of Yellow Jacket Rd from its intersection with Slash Rd to its intersection with Horse Island Rd.
    4. East of Horse Island Rd from its intersection with Yellow Jacket Rd to its intersection with Tiger Corner Rd.
    5. Northeast of Tiger Corner Rd from its intersection with Horse Island Rd to its intersection with Hwy 17A.
    6. North of Hwy 17A from its intersection with Tiger Corner Rd to its intersection with Greenwood Dr.
    7. East of Greenwood Dr (becomes Peaceful Woods Rd) from its intersection with Hwy 17A to its intersection with Schurlknight Rd.
    8. Southeast of Schurlknight Rd from its intersection with Peaceful Woods Rd to its intersection with Hwy 45.
    9. Northeast of Hwy 45 from its intersection with Schurlknight Rd to its intersection with Belle Isle Rd.
    10. East of Belle Isle Rd from its intersection with Hwy 45 to the Santee River.
      11.Southwest of the Santee River from Belle Isle Rd to its intersection with the Berkeley/ Charleston county line.
    11. Northwest of the Berkeley-Charleston county line from its intersection with the Santee River to its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd.

Southern Coast Evacuation Zones

Colleton County Evacuation Zone A: All areas south of the CSX Railroad, and all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the County.

Beaufort County Evacuation Zone A: All residents and tourists in Beaufort County are to evacuate.

Jasper County Evacuation Zone A: All areas east of I-95 and all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the county.

For all of the latest information about Hurricane Matthew, visit South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Gov. Nikki Haley Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley today issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and asked residents to prepare for a potential evacuation of the South Carolina coast in advance of any impact from Hurricane Matthew.

As state officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the governor will update residents about preparations for Hurricane Matthew, including the need for an evacuation of coastal areas, during a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, at 9:00 AM.

Schools and county and state government offices in the following counties will be closed starting Wednesday, October 5, 2016: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Marlboro, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties.

Residents in the following evacuation zones should make preparations for a potential evacuation beginning at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

  • Beaufort: Zone A, Entire county
  • Jasper: A and B
  • Colleton: A Only
  • Charleston: A,B,C
  • Dorchester: B,D,E, and F
  • Berkeley: A,B,C,G, and I
  • Horry: A only
  • Georgetown: A only

Know Your Zone: Your zone is how you will know to evacuate and which evacuation route to use. This information is detailed in the 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide and available via in interactive map at scemd.org/knowyourzone.

Prepare to evacuate: Residents preparing to evacuate tomorrow should become familiar with evacuation routes, which are marked with special signs. Consider where you will stay once you evacuate. Options include: a hotel, motel, or friend’s home that is outside the vulnerable area or an American Red Cross shelter. Hotels and motels fill up quickly and out-of-county evacuations take time. Emergency shelters will be announced as soon as they are open.

Fuel cars, keep supplies in vehicles, secure important documents: If the storm approaches South Carolina, individuals and families should fill up their cars with gas. Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car. Secure important documents in waterproof packaging.

Consider the safety of pets: Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets' collars.

If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane watch, a hurricane will be possible within 48 hours, and residents who live in vulnerable areas should stay tuned. If a hurricane warning is issued, a hurricane is expected within 36 hours. If you live in a highly vulnerable area and are advised to evacuate, you should be prepared to leave immediately. The state urges individuals and families to do the following:

Everyone in South Carolina is urged to continue to monitor the developing forecasts from the National Hurricane Center through local news media and trusted sources online. Pay attention to emergency warnings from local and state public safety officials and take safety actions if instructed to do so.

South Carolina’s Emergency Response Team is operating 24-hours a day from the state’s emergency operations center preparing for hazardous conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew. For more information visit scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook