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Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Swati S. Patel As Chief Of Staff

Patel Takes Over From James H. Burns; Holly Pisarik Will Be Chief Legal Counsel

 


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Swati S. Patel as her new Chief of Staff.

Patel takes over as Chief of Staff from James H. Burns, who recently announced plans to return to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where he was a partner before joining Gov. Haley’s team in 2014.

“When James Burns joined our team last year, he had an immediate, positive impact,” said Gov. Haley. “He was the right person to lead us into a second term. We have been incredibly blessed by his leadership and integrity – and by the sacrifice of his entire family – during one of the most challenging periods in our state’s history, and we couldn’t be prouder to forever call him a member of Team Haley.”

Patel has served as Chief Legal Counsel for Gov. Haley since January 11, 2011 and served as transition counsel in the Office of Gov.-elect Haley.

“I can’t think of anyone who is more widely respected or uniquely qualified to lead our team than Swati Patel,” said Gov. Haley. “Swati’s steady leadership as legal counsel has strengthened our staff, guided our administration, and helped us deliver results to the people of South Carolina – and, as Chief of Staff, Swati will keep that momentum going.”

Patel’s career in public service spans eighteen years – in the executive and legislative branches – and includes ten years as a legal counsel in the Governor’s Office. Patel was appointed Deputy Legal Counsel in 2003 and then Chief Legal Counsel in 2007 by Gov. Mark Sanford, and she joined Gov.-elect Haley’s team as transition counsel in November 2010.

A native of Anderson, S.C. and mother of two, Patel received a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Patel worked as Assistant Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, and Staff Counsel to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission and the House Legislative Ethics Committee.  From 2006 to 2007, Patel was a staff attorney with the Legislative Council, drafting legislation for the state House of Representatives and Senate.

Holly Pisarik, special assistant to Department of Social Services Director Susan Alford, will replace Patel as Chief Legal Counsel. Pisarik previously served in Gov. Haley’s Cabinet as Director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR). Before coming to LLR, Pisarik was an attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, practicing in the area of healthcare law. Pisarik also served as a health educator and public information officer at Florida’s Department of Health.

Pisarik, a mother of three, graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School, where she earned the Bronze Compleat Lawyer Award. She earned her undergraduate degree in business administration, with an emphasis on healthcare administration, from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

 

Gerber Childrenswear Establishing Lowcountry Operations

Company Investing $33 Million To Construct New Distribution Center In Berkeley County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – August 5, 2015 - Gerber Childrenswear LLC, a leading marketer of children’s apparel, is constructing a new distribution center in Berkeley County. The $33 million investment is expected to create 45 new jobs over the next five years.Established in 1980, Gerber Childrenswear is based in Greenville, S.C., with offices in New York City and Bentonville, Arkansas. Providing a wide variety of everyday apparel for a child’s needs, some of the company’s licensed brands include its flagship brand, Gerber®, as well as Jockey®, NFL® and New Balance®. Proprietary brands include Onesies® and Always Baby®. Included in Gerber Childrenswear diverse product offerings are everything from layette, sleepwear, playwear and sports-related apparel to undergarments, hosiery, bibs and bedding, as well as cloth and reusable diapers.

 

The company’s new, state-of-the-art distribution center in Berkeley County will be located in The Rockefeller Group - MeadWestvaco Foreign Trade Zone, a joint-venture of The Rockefeller Group and WestRock Land and Development (formerly MWV). Located in close proximity to Interstate 26, the 477,000-square-foot facility will provide Gerber Childrenswear with convenient access to the Port of Charleston, as well as South Carolina’s network of five interstate highways, allowing the company to efficiently serve its growing customer base in North America and around the globe.

Anticipated to be fully operational in the second  quarter of 2016, hiring for this facility is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2016. Those interested in joining the Gerber Childrenswear team at the new facility should contact humanresources@gerberchildrenswear.com after December 1, 2015. For more information on the company, visit www.gerberchildrenswear.com.

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

QUOTES

“Gerber Childrenswear is thrilled to invest in Berkeley County and to work with Rockefeller Group and MWV on our new facility, as we continue our relationship with the Charleston Port Zone. The investment in this new facility is one of our largest to date and reflects our commitment to South Carolina and plans for future growth. This facility will service our traditional retail accounts but also be built to handle direct-to-consumer purchases, reflecting growth in e-commerce. We appreciate the strong support by the county and state in this strategic investment.” –Gerber Childrenswear LLC President and CEO Gary Simmons

“It’s always exciting when a company like Gerber Childrenswear decides to create new jobs in our state. This $33 million investment in a new distribution center and the 45 new jobs it will create will have a real impact on Berkeley County and in the Lowcountry. We look forward to supporting Gerber Childrenswear as they continue to grow and thrive in our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s transportation, logistics and distribution industry continues to thrive, and today’s announcement by Gerber Childrenswear is proof of that. With this facility, Gerber Childrenswear will be joining an impressive roster of globally-recognized firms that have recently decided to do business in the Lowcountry, and I look forward to watching them succeed there for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“It is with great excitement that we welcome Gerber Childrenswear here to Berkeley County, where Berkeley County means business, and Berkeley County is open for business. Berkeley County is proud to support Gerber Childrenswear and their work to serve young families throughout Berkeley County, South Carolina and the world. Our commitment is to assist Gerber Childrenswear in job creation opportunities and additional business opportunities for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“South Carolina Ports Authority congratulates Gerber Childrenswear on expanding their footprint in our state. We welcome them to Berkeley County and look forward to handling their increased import cargo needs through our capable Charleston facilities. The growth of distribution centers in South Carolina is reflective of our proximity to the expanding Southeastern consumer population as well as the connectivity to international manufacturers and markets necessary for import distribution.” –South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Gerber Childrenswear is establishing distribution operations in Berkeley County.
•           $33 million investment creating 45 new jobs over the next five years.
•           Headquartered in Greenville SC, the company was established in 1980.
•           The company’s new 477,000-square-foot facility will be located in The Rockefeller Group - MeadWestvaco Foreign Trade Zone in Berkeley County.
•           Those interested in joining the Gerber Childrenswear team should contact humanresources@gerberchildrenswear.com after December 1, 2015.

About Gerber Childrenswear:

Gerber Childrenswear LLC is a leading socially responsible marketer of children's everyday basic/fashion apparel and related products which it offers under some of the world's trusted brands. Licensed brands include our flagship brand, Gerber®, as well as New Balance®, Jockey® and NFL®. Proprietary brands include Onesies® and Always Baby®. The company sells layette, sleepwear, playwear, undergarments, accessories, hosiery, bibs/burp cloths, bath and bedding, as well as reusable and cloth diapers, to all channels of distribution. For additional information about the company, please visit www.Gerberchildrenswear.com.

KING Automation Expanding Upstate Operations

Company Investing $4 Million To Relocate To Larger Spartanburg County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 31, 2015 - KING Automation, an industrial automation engineering company, is expanding its Spartanburg County operations by relocating to a larger facility in Roebuck, S.C. The $4 million investment is expected to create 80 new jobs over the next five years.

A Palmetto State-based firm, KING Automation was incorporated in South Carolina in 2005. The company specializes in the design, development and deployment of manufacturing projects for the automotive industry; automated warehousing to serve logistics expansion; and other related engineering services to industry.

Expanding its geographic base to include Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Kentucky, South Carolina, Germany and Brazil, KING’s customer demand has increased significantly since its inception a decade ago. To meet the increased demand, the company is relocating from its leased space in Greer to a more than 80,000-square-foot heavy manufacturing facility in Roebuck. Located at 4300 Stone Station Road, the new building will be retrofitted to incorporate energy efficient strategies.

Hiring for the 80 new positions is expected to begin this fall. Those interested in joining the KING Automation team should visit the company’s jobs page online. For more information on the company, visit www.king-automation.com.

QUOTES

“South Carolina has provided a dynamic business climate for us to grow. Our highly responsive teams are dedicated to developing and implementing the best solutions for our customers. It is their commitment for intelligent and innovative engineering that has enabled us to offer the highest standards of excellence and forward thinking expertise for all segments. This energy efficient facility will allow us to continue and expand our services to automotive, textile, metalworking, food and beverage industries.” –KING Automation President Emerson Stobel

“It’s always a reason to celebrate when one of South Carolina’s very own companies decides to expand operations in our state. This $4 million investment and the 80 new jobs it will create will have a real impact in the upstate, and I look forward to watching them continue to thrive here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

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

"Spartanburg County welcomes and appreciates this expansion by King Automation and the numerous well-paying jobs they will create.  The purchase and renovation of this building also stands to breathe new life into a once vibrant manufacturing facility in the Roebuck community.” –Russ Weber, chairman of the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group Board of Directors 

FIVE FAST FACTS

•             KING Automation is expanding its Spartanburg County operations by relocating to a larger facility.
•             $4 million investment creating 80 new jobs over the next five years.
•             A Palmetto State-based firm, KING Automation was incorporated in South Carolina in 2005.
•             The company is relocating from its leased space in Greer to a more than 80,000-square-foot heavy manufacturing facility at 4300 Stone Station Road in Roebuck, S.C.
•             Those interested in joining the KING Automation team should visit the company’s jobs page online.

About KING Automation:

King Automation is an industrial automation engineering company which designs, develops, and deploys manufacturing projects for the automobile industry since 2005.We have the knowledge and experience to provide what our customers need in nearly all areas of the manufacturing process. For more information, visit www.king-automation.com.

Moderna Products Establishing Upstate Manufacturing Operations

Company Investing $6.5 Million To Open Cherokee County Plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 30, 2015 - Moderna Products, a Belgian company that specializes in the creation, production and distribution of well-designed plastics for the pet industry, is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing operations with a new injection molding facility in Cherokee County. The $6.5 million investment is expected to create 35 new jobs over the next five years.

With roots that can be traced back to 1932, Moderna remains an entirely family-owned company. Currently serving more than 65 countries worldwide, the Izegem, Belgium-headquartered firm aims to be a global leader in the manufacturing of innovative plastic products for pets. Included among the company’s expanding product offerings are litter boxes, food bowls and traveling solutions for both dogs and cats, as well as other small animals.

Moderna’s Cherokee County operations are to be located in an existing 116,000-square-foot building at 16 Commerce Drive in Gaffney, S.C. As home to the company’s first U.S. manufacturing operations, this facility, situated off of Interstate 85, will provide exceptional connectivity to national and international markets via South Carolina’s network of five interstate highways and the Inland Port in Greer, allowing Moderna to efficiently serve its growing North American customer base.

Anticipated to be fully operational by late 2015, hiring for the Cherokee plant is expected to take place this fall. Those interested in joining the Moderna Products team should contact Mike Bisson at mike@modernaproducts.com. For more information on the company, visit www.modernaproducts.com. For images of MPA and its products, visit the company’s photo album on the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s flickr page.

QUOTES

“We are very excited with this major step in Moderna’s growth. It is wonderful to be present as a domestic manufacturer in the biggest pet market in the world. Over the next months, we plan to turn this location into a genuine Moderna Products facility that will not only considerably shorten our supply chain but also significantly improve service to our customers. We are looking forward to becoming a very active member of the Cherokee County and South Carolina business communities.” –Moderna Products CEO Bart Bonte

“When a company from overseas chooses South Carolina as its home, there’s no better testament to the strength of our workforce and our climate for business development. Moderna Products’ $6.5 million investment and the 35 new jobs it will create are wins for Cherokee County and the Upstate, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the South Carolina family.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“International investment continues to drive our economy, ensuring prosperity for South Carolinians in all regions of our state. I offer my congratulations to Moderna Products on this milestone announcement and the establishment of their first U.S. manufacturing facility.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“SC Ports Authority welcomes Moderna Products to South Carolina and looks forward to serving their import needs. The port plays an important role in the logistics and supply chain of international manufacturers like Moderna, who recognize that SC is an ideal location for distribution centers to serve the expanding Southeastern consumer population.” –SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

“On behalf of our County Council and citizens, I am pleased to welcome Moderna to Cherokee County. Our low taxes and pro-business environment continue to be a beacon for successful businesses. We appreciate Moderna’s vote of confidence in selecting our county to do business in.” –Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Moderna Products is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Cherokee County.
•           $6.5 million investment creating 35 new jobs over the next five years.
•           Headquartered in Izegem, Belgium, Moderna serves more than 65 countries worldwide.
•           The company’s Upstate manufacturing operations will be located at 16 Commerce Drive in Gaffney, S.C.
•           Those interested in joining the Moderna Products team should contact Mike Bisson at mike@modernaproducts.com.

About Moderna Products:

Moderna Products aims to be a global leader in creating, producing and distributing well designed plastics for the pet industry. As a family-owned business, the Belgium-based company ships innovative solutions for the pet industry to more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.modernaproducts.com.

US Building Innovations, Inc. Expanding Upstate Operations

Company Investing $1 Million In New Oconee County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 22, 2015 - US Building Innovations, Inc. (USBI), a company that specializes in the production of advanced coatings, is expanding its Upstate South Carolina operations with a new facility in Oconee County. The $1 million investment is expected to generate 31 new jobs in Seneca, S.C.

Founded in Pickens, S.C. in 2011, USBI began as a wholesale provider of hydrophobic surface coatings. In an effort to meet the growing demands of its customer base, the company expanded its operations to include product development and manufacturing. Specializing in advanced coatings, USBI serves a vast spectrum of industries, ranging from marine, auto and aviation to electronics, architectural and residential applications.

As the future home of USBI’s headquarters, the company’s new 17,000-square-foot facility, located at 391 Newry Road in Seneca, S.C., will also house a research and development lab, warehouse and distribution space and manufacturing operations. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016, with hiring for the new positions anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015. Those interested in joining the USBI team should contact info@usbiinc.com.

For more information on US Building Innovations, Inc., visit www.usbiinc.com.

QUOTES

“USBI is proud to announce the launch of our new facility in Oconee County. We are grateful for the environment to grow, and for the support the state of South Carolina and Oconee County provide for business. We look forward to being part of the continuing economic success of the Upstate. ” –USBI President Erin Roussey

“It’s exciting to see one of our very own companies find success here and continue to invest in the people of South Carolina. USBI’s decision to invest $1 million in building a new facility and creating 31 new jobs in Oconee County speaks to South Carolina’s extraordinary workforce and pro-business climate.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Team South Carolina has truly cultivated a positive business climate throughout our state, allowing businesses like US Building Innovations to grow and thrive. I offer my congratulations to USBI on their decision to expand, affirming that the South Carolina is ‘Just right’ for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“USBI will be a great addition to Oconee County’s economy. I look forward to being one of the first to welcome the company to our community and ensuring they continue to find a successful business climate here for their operations.” –Oconee County Council Chair Wayne McCall

“On behalf of the Oconee economic development team, this is great news for Oconee County and for our growing economy here as every job counts. USBI has made a great decision in choosing to locate here in Oconee County.” –Oconee Economic Alliance Chair Glenn Buddin

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           US Building Innovations, Inc. is establishing a new facility in Oconee County.
•           $1 million investment creating 31 new jobs.
•           US Building Innovations, Inc. was founded in the Upstate of South Carolina in 2011.
•           As the future home of USBI’s headquarters, the new facility will also house a research and development lab, warehouse and distribution space and manufacturing operations.
•           Those interested in joining the USBI team should contact info@usbiinc.com.

About US Building Innovations, Inc.:

A veteran-owned company, USBI was founded in 2011 as a wholesale provider for hydrophobic surface coatings. In an effort to meet the growing demands of its customer base, USBI expanded its operations to include product development. Specializing in advanced coatings for use in a vast spectrum of industries, ranging from marine, auto and aviation to electronics, architectural and residential applications, USBI has the capability to formulate coatings for any need. For more information, visit www.usbiinc.com.

MAIREC Establishing Recycling Operations In Spartanburg County

Company Investing $4.6 Million To Open New Upstate Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 21, 2015 - MAIREC, a Germany-based metals recycler, is establishing operations in Spartanburg County. The $4.6 million investment is expected to create 35 new jobs in Spartanburg, S.C. over the next five years.

Headquartered in Alzenau, Germany, MAIREC specializes in the recovery of high-valued rare metals from recycled goods which contain them. This is a first overseas operation for MAIREC, which already boasts a diverse customer base across a number of industries, including automotive, chemical, electronics, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, porcelain, solar, surface technology and telecommunications.

To house its new South Carolina operations, MAIREC is leasing a 50,800-square-foot building at 230 Converse Road in Spartanburg. Situated less than four miles from Interstate 85, the facility will allow the company to meet increasing demand in both the North American and global markets and service its well-established client base in North America.

Expected to be fully operational by September 2015, hiring for the 35 positions is anticipated to begin in August 2015. At that time, those interested in joining the MAIREC team should contact Phillips Staffing in Greenville, S.C. More information about the company can be found at www.mairec.com.

QUOTES

“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for MAIREC, and we are very proud to be working so closely with the state, the county and all the stakeholders to make it happen. Being present in North America and servicing this market is a major milestone for our company, and we are glad to be able to bring our technology and know-how and combine it with the business-friendly and open environment of South Carolina. We fell in love with the state and its people as soon as we set out to find a location for the plant.” –MAIREC President Mikhail Khaimov

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome MAIREC to the South Carolina family. This $4.6 million investment that will create 35 new jobs in Spartanburg County is terrific news for both the company and for the entire Upstate community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Congratulations to MAIREC for deciding to establish operations in South Carolina, joining a roster of more than 500 recycling companies that call our state home. This announcement is a big win for both our recycling industry and the local Spartanburg community, and I look forward to watching MAIREC thrive there for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Spartanburg is thrilled to welcome MAIREC to our community and the life they will breathe into an existing building. MAIREC’s advanced recycling technology serves the needs of their clients and will also benefit our existing industry. This project represents great collaboration amongst our local public and private sector businesses and I thank the Economic Futures Group, County Council, and the Department of Commerce for their leadership.” –David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board 

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           MAIREC is establishing operations in Spartanburg County.
•           $4.6 million investment creating 35 new jobs.
•           Headquartered in Alzenau, Germany, this is the first overseas operation for MAIREC.
•           The company’s Spartanburg County facility will be located at 230 Converse Road in Spartanburg.
•           Those interested in joining the MAIREC team should contact Phillips Staffing in Greenville, S.C.

About MAIREC:

MAIREC is a technology-based metals processing and recycling facility specializing in rare and high-valued materials. By adding its know-how to the process of recycling and reclaiming metals from complex materials, MAIREC not only adds value to the supply chain, but also ensure safeguarding of rare resources for future generations. For more information, visit www.mairec.com.

Dollar Tree Establishing Upstate Distribution Facility

Company Investing $104.4 Million To Create 400 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 13, 2015 - Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) is establishing new distribution operations in the Upstate Corporate Park located in both Cherokee and Spartanburg counties. The $104.4 million investment is expected to create 400 new jobs over the next five years.

Dollar Tree operates more than 13,600 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Its stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Canada and Deals. The company is supported by a coast-to-coast logistics network and employs more than 145,000 associates.

A Fortune 500 company, Dollar Tree has served North America for more than 28 years. The company’s store support centers are located in Chesapeake, Virginia and Matthews, North Carolina.  With more than 100 store locations in South Carolina, Dollar Tree continues to grow and is reaching new customers online at www.DollarTree.com.

Dollar Tree will locate its Upstate South Carolina distribution operations at a new facility in the Upstate Corporate Park, situated off of Interstate 85. Construction of the 1.5-million-square-foot facility is expected to begin this month, with hiring for the new positions expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016. Those interested in joining the Dollar Tree team should visit the company’s career center page online. For more information on the company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $1.5 million Set Aside grant to assist with the cost of real property improvements as well as job development credits related to the project.

QUOTES

“Dollar Tree is a large organization with tremendous growth opportunities ahead of us.  We have been very impressed with the business-friendly approach and support that the State of Carolina and counties of Cherokee and Spartanburg have provided.  This project demonstrates our commitment to the Upstate area by creating hundreds of jobs in the region.  We are proud to become a bigger part of the local community.” –Dollar Tree Chief Executive Officer Bob Sasser

“Dollar Tree has been extremely impressed with the South Carolina transportation infrastructure which will support the Upstate distribution center. The current Interstate 85 widening project and the efficiencies associated with the Greer Inland Port were instrumental in our site selection process. We also look forward to the recruiting and training assistance offered by the State's Ready SC program as it will position us well in attracting and retaining long-term distribution center associates.  We are excited about this Upstate project and are eager to initiate operations in 2016.” –Dollar Tree Chief Logistics Officer Stephen W. White

“Dollar Tree’s decision to build a new Upstate distribution center is a real reason to celebrate in South Carolina. This $104 million investment creating hundreds of new jobs truly will make a difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and I look forward to watching both Dollar Tree and the local community thrive for many years because of this partnership.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today’s announcement by Dollar Tree is a testament to the logistics advantages and pro-business reputation the Palmetto State has earned. We’re excited to have such a successful, nationally-recognized company select the South Carolina for a major distribution operation, and I look forward to supporting their future growth and success in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"SC Ports Authority is excited to welcome Dollar Tree to South Carolina. Their Upstate location is ideally suited for serving the growing Southeastern consumer market, and the Inland Port in Greer provides them with overnight access to import cargo for retail distribution. The port's investment in infrastructure to support Dollar Tree operations will be returned through significant volumes over the coming years, and we look forward to serving their import logistics needs.” –SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

“Cherokee County looks forward to Dollar Tree becoming an integral part of the business community that currently thrives throughout our community.  We are proud of the relationship that we have with Spartanburg County and feel that this project demonstrates the strength of partnerships for our region.  It is our hope that this investment will demonstrate Cherokee County’s ability and continued desire to make Cherokee County a better place to live, work, and invest.” –Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer

“Spartanburg County prides itself on the long-term partnerships we create with the companies locating and expanding here, and we look forward to this same partnership with Dollar Tree. The 15 years of teamwork, planning, investment, and vision exhibited by Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties in the creation of the Upstate Corporate Park is a testament to the whole being greater than the parts. The manner in which the Cherokee County Development Board and the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group work is to be commended.” –David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Dollar Tree is establishing a distribution center in Cherokee County.
•           $104.4 million investment creating 400 new jobs.
•           Headquartered in Chesapeake, Va., Dollar Tree operates more than 13,600 stores in North America.
•           The company’s Upstate distribution center will be located in the Upstate Corporate Park off of Interstate 85.
•           Those interested in joining the Dollar Tree team should visit the company’s career center page online.

About Dollar Tree:

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operates more than 13,600 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

“We continue to heal, as one people and one state”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 9, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement:

“Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity. I'm grateful for their service‎ and their compassion. It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”

Cott Beverages Expanding Upstate Operations

Company Opening New $10 Million Warehouse And Distribution Center In Greer, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 8, 2015 - Cott Beverages , U.S. subsidiary to Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT; TSX:BCB) , one of the world’s largest producers of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors, is expanding its existing Greenville County operations with the addition of a new warehouse and distribution center. The new facility represents a $10 million investment.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the company was established as Cott Beverages Ltd. in 1955. Today, Cott Corporation operates approximately 60 manufacturing facilities and 180 distribution facilities, employing more than 9,000 workers worldwide. Cott also develops and manufactures beverage concentrates, which it exports to approximately 50 countries around the world.

Expansion of the company’s Greer, S.C. campus, which produces fruit and vegetable juices and beverages for national brand and retailer-brand customers, is being achieved with the opening of this new warehouse and distribution center. Construction of the 190,000-square-foot facility, which will be located adjacent to Cott’s existing manufacturing facility in Greer, S.C., began in September 2014. The new center will allow the company to better serve its growing customer base while alleviating traffic congestion on local roadways. The facility is expected to eliminate approximately 30 tractor-trailer trucks per weekday in each direction on Wade Hampton Boulevard between Greer and Taylors, S.C.

For more information on Cott, visit www.cott.com.

QUOTES

“We are grateful to the Greer Development Corporation for supporting this initiative upon its conception two years ago.  We would like to express gratitude to the administrative offices of the City of Greer, Greer CPW and Greer Fire Department on Hood Road for their support throughout the development and construction period. This project is the result of a joint effort by many individuals and is a testament to the City of Greer and its culture of supporting the economic prosperity of its businesses and citizens.” –Cott Beverages Plant Manager William Wise

“When a company like Cott Beverages decides to invest in South Carolina and our citizens, it’s a testament to our world class workforce and business-friendly environment. This $10 million investment is a real reason to celebrate throughout South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Congratulations to Cott Beverages on the opening of their new warehouse and distribution center. This new facility shows that not only do we make things well in South Carolina, we’re also ideally positioned to move product around to serve our companies’ global customers.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We’re thrilled that Cott Beverages is adding a warehouse and distribution center to their already established manufacturing facility in Greer. The decision to stay in Greer and expand capabilities at their existing location reinforces the benefits of doing business in this city and Greenville County.” –Chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation Dick Wilkerson

“Greer continues to be a hub of choice for enterprise-sized companies. Our city’s physical location in the center of the I-85 corridor is a big appeal for companies like Cott Beverages, offering quick and easy access to East Coast customers. We see this expansion and organic growth from established area businesses, to be a good indication of the overall thriving business climate in the area.” –City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Cott Beverages is expanding its Greenville County operations.
•           $10 million total investment toward a new warehouse and distribution center in Greer, S.C.
•           Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company was established as Cott Beverages Ltd. in 1955.
•           The new warehouse and distribution center is located adjacent to Cott’s existing facility in Greer, S.C.
•           Cott Corporation operates approximately 60 manufacturing facilities and 180 distribution facilities worldwide.

About Cott Corporation:

Cott is one of the world’s largest producers of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors, and has one of the broadest home and office bottled water and office coffee services distribution networks in the United States, with the ability to service approximately 90 percent of U.S. households, as well as national, regional and local offices. 

Cott produces multiple types of beverages in a variety of packaging formats and sizes, including carbonated soft drinks, 100% shelf stable juice and juice-based products, clear, still and sparkling flavored waters, energy drinks and shots, sports drinks, new age beverages, ready-to-drink teas, beverage concentrates, liquid enhancers, freezables and ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages, as well as hot chocolate, coffee, malt drinks, creamers/whiteners and cereals.  Cott’s large manufacturing footprint, broad distribution network, substantial research and development capability and high-level of quality and customer service enables Cott to offer its customers a strong value-added proposition of low cost, high quality products and services. In addition, Cott is now a national direct-to-consumer provider of bottled water, office coffee and water filtration services offering a comprehensive portfolio of beverage products, equipment and supplies to approximately 1.5 million customer locations through its network of over 180 warehouse, branch and distribution facilities and daily operation of over 2,200 routes. 

With over 9,000 employees, Cott operates approximately 60 manufacturing facilities and 180 distribution facilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico.  Cott also develops and manufactures beverage concentrates, which it exports to approximately 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.cott.com.

Titan Stainless Establishing Operations In Chesterfield County

Company Investing $2.6 Million To Establish Manufacturing Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 7, 2015 - Titan Stainless, a custom stainless equipment manufacturer, is establishing manufacturing operations in Chesterfield County. The $2.6 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs in Pageland, S.C. over the next five years.

Established in February 2013 in Waxhaw, N.C., Titan Stainless boasts an extensive product portfolio, featuring cabinets, dish tables, floor troughs, sinks, work tables and more. Primarily serving the foodservice and healthcare industries, the company only operates with National Sanitation Foundation-approved equipment. In addition to the design and manufacturing of its products, Titan also offers professional installation services.

Located at in the Lynches River Industrial Park in Pageland, S.C., Titan’s Chesterfield County operations will allow the company to meet increased customer demand. Construction of the 50,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in the 4th quarter of 2015.

Hiring for the new facility is anticipated to begin in December 2015. Those interested in joining the Titan Stainless team should visit SC Works. For more information on Titan Stainless, visit www.titan-stainless.com.

QUOTES

“We, at Titan Stainless, are very excited about our move to Pageland, S.C. The foresight of the state and local governments in South Carolina has created a business friendly atmosphere that allows for job creation. This benefits all South Carolinians. We are proud to call South Carolina ‘home!’” –Titan Stainless President Dillon Melton

“We’re excited to welcome Titan Stainless to South Carolina’s growing manufacturing industry. This $2.6 million investment and the 50 new jobs it will create truly will make a difference in Chesterfield County, and we look forward to watching the positive impact Titan Stainless will have on the local community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina continues to lead the manufacturing renaissance thanks to companies like Titan Stainless that are choosing to make their products in our state. This announcement is terrific news for the Chesterfield community, and I look forward to watching Titan succeed there for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Chesterfield County Council is extremely pleased to have Titan-Stainless as our newest corporate neighbor and look forward to many years of working together.” –Chesterfield County Council Chairman James M. Rivers

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Titan Stainless is establishing manufacturing operations in Chesterfield.
•           $2.6 million investment creating 50 new jobs.
•           Headquartered in Waxhaw, N.C., Titan Stainless was established in February 2013
•           The company’s 50,000-square-foot facility will be constructed in the Lynches River Industrial Park in Pageland, S.C.
•           Those interested in joining the Titan Stainless team should contact visit SC Works.

About Titan Stainless:

Titan Stainless is a National Sanitation Foundation-listed custom stainless equipment manufacturer serving the foodservice and healthcare industries. The needs of these industries are in constant change, and Titan’s flexibility not only meets but exceeds those needs above reproach. Owned and operated by partners with over 60 years’ experience in the manufacture of stainless steel fabrication, Titan’s commitment to excellence extends from the moments an inquiry is made until the product is completed to the customer’s satisfaction. For more information, visit www.titan-stainless.com.

MPW Establishing Georgetown County Operations

Company Investing $10 Million To Open Regeneration Plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 7, 2015 - MPW Industrial Services, a company that provides a variety of industrial cleaning, water purification, facility management and environmental management services, is building an industrial water regeneration plant in Georgetown County. The company’s $10 million investment is expected to result in 32 new jobs in Andrews, S.C.

MPW’s regeneration facilities serve clients within a 500-mile radius, restoring the exhausted resin from the company’s mobile deionization systems back to an ionic form capable of purifying more water. Clients requiring pure water for their processes include the automotive, power generation, petrochemical and refining and pulp and paper industries.

To house its Georgetown County regeneration operations, MPW has purchased an existing building constructed and owned by Georgetown County and will refit it to suit their needs. To be located in the Georgetown County Business Center at 373 Technology Drive in Andrews, the Georgetown facility will be MPW’s fifth regeneration plant, and strategically important to serving clients in the Southeast region. The company’s other regeneration facilities are in Newark, Ohio; Port Arthur, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; and Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Construction on the facility is expected to begin this fall, and hiring is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2016. At that time, those interested in joining the MPW team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on MPW Industrial Services, visit www.mpwservices.com. 

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

QUOTES

“This new plant will enable us to meet the needs of our growing customer base in the Southeast. In addition to being business friendly, Georgetown is a great location because we can easily reach clients from Florida to Alabama, all of whom depend on us for prompt and timely service.” –MPW Industrial Water Division General Manager Jared Black

“Today, we celebrate MPW Industrial Services’ decision to locate its newest water regeneration facility in Georgetown County. MPW’s $10 million investment and the 32 new jobs it will create will make a real difference, we’re excited to welcome them to the South Carolina family.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“With today’s announcement, MPW Industrial Services joins a roster of globally-respected firms that have determined that South Carolina is ‘just right’ for business, and I look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are delighted that MPW Industrial Services has chosen to build in Georgetown County and make an investment of this size here. The jobs the company will bring will have a lasting impact and greatly benefit our community and the Andrews area in particular. We are committed to working with and attracting businesses that provide more opportunities for Georgetown County residents, and we consider MPW's decision a great success.” –Georgetown County Council Chairman Johnny Morant

“Today’s announcement isn’t just important because of the number of jobs or the level of investment that a great company such as MPW Industrial Services is making in our region. It’s important because they, as a company, know they can be successful in our region. They know that our workforce, infrastructure and overall business environment provide them with everything they need to be successful.” –NESA Executive Committee Chairman Yancey McGill

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           MPW Industrial Services is building an industrial water regeneration plant in Georgetown County.
•           $10 million investment creating 32 new jobs.
•           MPW was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Hebron, Ohio.
•           The Georgetown facility will be MPW’s fifth regeneration plant.
•           Those interested in joining the MPW team should visit the company’s careers page online.

About MPW:

With nearly 3,000 employees and 72 locations in the United States and Canada, MPW Industrial Services provides industrial cleaning, water purification, facility management and environmental management services to clients in the power generation, primary metals,  chemicals, refining, oil and gas, automotive, food and beverage and pulp and paper industries.

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

“Senate today rose to this historic occasion”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 6, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement:

“The South Carolina Senate today rose to this historic occasion, with a large majority of members from both parties coming together in the spirit of unity and healing that is binding our state back together and moving us forward in the right direction. I applaud the Senate’s decisive action, look forward to the Senate giving the bill third reading in the morning, and ask that the House act swiftly and follow the Senate's lead.”

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. - June 18, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley tonight released the following statement:

“Michael, Rena, Nalin and I are praying for the victims and families touched by tonight's senseless tragedy at Emanuel AME Church. While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we'll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another. Please join us in lifting up the victims and their families with our love and prayers.”

GKN Aerospace Opening New Orangeburg County Facility To Produce Boeing Inlet Lip Skins

Company Investing More Than $20 Million In New Midlands Operation

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

“One of our top priorities in our economic development efforts is to make sure companies understand all that our rural counties have to offer, and it’s exciting to see that GKN continues to thrive in Orangeburg County. The 75 new jobs GKN is creating truly will make a difference in South Carolina, and we couldn’t be more excited about the fact that this great company has decided to invest in the people of our great state once again.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About GKN plc:

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

About GKN Aerospace:

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

Pantex Americas, Inc. Establishing First U.S. Facility In Greenville County

Company Investing $10.4 Million To Open Upstate Manufacturing Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – June 17, 2015 - Pantex International S.p.A., a hygiene materials producer primarily serving the global personal care market, is establishing its first U.S. operations – Pantex Americas, Inc. – in Greenville County. The $10.4 million investment is expected to create 45 new jobs in Simpsonville, S.C. over the next five years.

Established in 1987, Pantex first began to pursue a more global presence in 2007. The company’s new U.S. operations will help further this effort, complementing an existing production facility in the United Arab Emirates as well as the company’s Sulmona, Italy headquarters. Pantex’s international growth is allowing the firm better serve increasing customer demand.

Located at 844 S.E. Main Street in Simpsonville, Pantex’s Greenville County manufacturing operations will focus on the production of perforated nonwovens, composites and films for the feminine hygiene applications as well as elastic laminates for baby care and adult incontinence fastening system. The 140,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2015. Hiring for all positions is currently underway. For those interested in joining the Pantex Americas, Inc. team, please contact recruitment@pantexglobal.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on Pantex International, S.p.A., visit www.pantexinternational.it.

QUOTES

“This investment, giving Pantex plants in Europe, the Middle East and, now, in the U.S., will further strengthen Pantex’s effort to expand its global leadership role in the hygiene specialty materials industry. Specifically, the U.S. investment serves two purposes – to expand the capacity of successful, Innovative products such as ‘cloth-like’ top sheets and increase the speed at which we bring new innovations to our customers in the American hygiene market. Pantex’s U.S. expansion reaffirms our commitment to customers in markets where quality, custom solutions and innovation are the main ingredients for success." –Pantex CEO Gianluigi Fornoni

“The fact that Pantex has chosen Simpsonville as the first place in the country to establish operations is further proof that companies from around the world are now looking at South Carolina as an ideal place to do business. The $10.4 million investment and the 45 new jobs it will create are a huge reason to celebrate in Greenville County and across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“With more than 100,000 South Carolinians employed by international companies, it’s clear that the reputation we’ve earned for having a loyal workforce and business-friendly environment has made its way around the world. I congratulate Pantex for joining the more than 1,200 foreign-owned firms that have decided to do business in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Greenville’s long history in the textile and advanced materials industries makes Greenville a natural fit for companies like Pantex. We are proud of our expertise in this industry, as well as the many other advantages we can offer companies looking to expand here, and we are excited to welcome another thriving international company to our community.” –Dr. Bob Taylor, Board Member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Pantex International S.p.A. is establishing its first U.S. operations – Pantex Americas, Inc. – in Greenville County.
•           $10.4 million investment creating 45 new jobs.
•           Headquartered in Sulmona, Italy, Pantex was established in 1987.
•           The company’s Greenville County facility will be located at 844 S.E. Main Street in Simpsonville, S.C.
•           Those interested in joining the Pantex Americas, Inc. team should contact recruitment@pantexglobal.com.

About Pantex International S.p.A.:

Pantex International is a hygiene materials producer which offers Premium products for the Hygienic Market thanks to its three technologically advanced nonwoven and film manufacturing plants. Production facilities in Italy and UAE enable Pantex to effectively support Customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.pantexinternational.it.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Final Unemployment Trust Fund Loan Payment

Early Payment Saves Millions In Tax Dollars, Reestablishes Solvency

COLUMBIA, S.C. – June 11, 2015 - Gov. Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) announced that the almost $1 billion federal loan used to help pay state unemployment insurance benefits since 2008 has been repaid. DEW made a final $120 million early payment today to the U.S. Department of Labor. The deadline to pay off the loan was scheduled for November 2015. However, early and voluntary payments on the loan by DEW between 2011 and 2015 led to returning the Trust Fund to solvency, saving businesses more than $12 million in interest payments.

Governor Nikki Haley and DEW Executive Director, Cheryl M. Stanton, were joined by Sen. Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee), Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson), Rep. Bill Sandifer (R-Oconee), Rep. Kenny Bingham (R-Lexington), and several key members of the business community at the Statehouse today for the announcement.

“This loan payoff is truly a cause for celebration,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “Restoring solvency to the state’s unemployment trust fund is another step in our state becoming debt free and is quantitative proof that our citizens are finding work, businesses are strengthening our workforce and economy, DEW is cracking down on fraudulent claims and South Carolina is open for business.”

The loan, which reached its peak of $977.7 million dollars in March 2011, was issued by the federal government during the height of the Great Recession. As the recession remained, South Carolina was forced to borrow to ensure that unemployment payments could continue during the economic decline.

“Thanks to the great work of businesses now employing more South Carolinians in our state’s history, the work of the General Assembly on tightening eligibility of benefits and the great work of employees at DEW protecting the integrity of the Trust Fund, we have repaid the federal government early, and are now on track to rebuild the fund to an adequate level for the state. This has been a true team effort with our business community and workforce training partners working tirelessly to not only create jobs, but also to fill them with skilled workers, and actively fighting fraud and abuse to the system,” said Director Stanton.

Senator Thomas Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, said, “South Carolina’s ability to pay off its unemployment trust fund loan early is a true testament to the fortitude of the employers in the Palmetto State, the Department of Employment and Workforce, and our state’s General Assembly. Working together, we are continuing to demonstrate that South Carolina leads the nation as a business friendly state.”

Thirty-six different states have taken advances from the federal government during the last six years. However, since the inception of the loan, South Carolina has been the only state to continually maintain the full 5.4% FUTA credit, saving the business community millions of dollars in higher federal taxes

“By paying off the loan early, we are saving employers in our state from having to pay over $12 million in federal unemployment taxes,” said Representative Bill Sandifer, Chairman of the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. “We can then use that money to grow our economy, create jobs, and find innovative ways to put more money back in the pockets of South Carolina taxpayers, which is something we strive to do whenever possible.”

Oakwood Products, Inc. Expanding Hampton County Operations

Company Announces A $1 Million Investment In Estill, S.C. Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – June 10, 2015 - Oakwood Products, Inc., a manufacturer of chemicals used in the pharmaceutical industry, is expanding its existing operations in Hampton County. The company’s $1 million investment is expected to result in 30 new jobs at its Estill, S.C. facility.

Established in 1992 and headquartered in West Columbia, S.C., Oakwood Products produces a wide range of organics, with a particular emphasis on fluorine and sulfur compounds. The company also provides custom synthesis services.

This expansion will be achieved with the purchase and renovation of a 47,000-square-foot building located in the Estill Industrial Park, adjacent to Oakwood’s existing facility. The company is planning to up-fit the facility to house manufacturing operations and approximately 3,000 square feet of office space.

Hiring for the 30 new positions has already begun. As hiring progresses, Oakwood Products will advertise all open positions in The Hampton Guardian newspaper. For more information on Oakwood Products, Inc., visit www.oakwoodchemical.com.

QUOTES

“We are looking forward to growing our business in Hampton County, where the community has fully supported our operation. Their hard work made this project a reality. There have been vast improvements in communications and services that made a consolidation to one location and this expansion of our operations in Hampton possible.” –Oakwood Products, Inc. President Greg Butler

“We’re always excited to celebrate the success of one of our existing firms, but it’s truly inspiring when that firm is one of South Carolina’s homegrown businesses. Congratulations to Oakwood Products on this $1 million investment and the 30 new jobs it will create, generating real opportunities for the people of Hampton County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“While the recruitment of new industry to our state is a significant part of our economic development strategy, the success of our existing firms is just an important. Today, we celebrate the success that Oakwood Products has achieved in Hampton County and throughout South Carolina and look forward to their continued success in the future.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Oakwood Products has been an asset to our industrial community. We welcome the job creation and investment, and we are proud that the company will now employ more than 40 in direct jobs in our community.” –Hampton County Council Chairman Shedron Williams

“We stand ready to assist Oakwood Products in any way that we can.  We appreciate their commitment to our people because every job created improves the quality of life for a family in our county.” –Hampton County Councilman Southern Carolina Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Oakwood Products, Inc. is expanding its Hampton County operations.
•           $1 million investment creating 30 new jobs.
•           Headquartered in Lexington County, Oakwood Products was established in 1992.
•           The company’s new operations will be located on Highway 321 North in the Estill Industrial Park.
•           As hiring progresses, Oakwood Products will advertise all open positions in The Hampton Guardian newspaper.

About Oakwood Products, Inc.:

Oakwood Products, Inc. is a fine organics manufacturing company headquartered in West Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Oakwood produces a wide range of organics, with particular emphasis on fluorine and sulfur compounds. In addition to its extensive catalog, Oakwood also offers custom synthesis services. Customers may contact the company via phone, fax or email regarding custom synthesis and bulk quantities. Oakwood boasts a well-equipped analytical laboratory for qualification of raw materials, in-process work, and analysis of its products. In addition to its in-house capabilities, the company maintains a close relationship with the nearby University of South Carolina and has access to additional analytical equipment at the University. For more information, visit www.oakwoodchemical.com.

Republic National Distributing Company Expanding Lexington County Facility

Company Investing More Than $10 Million In South Carolina Expansion

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Republic National Distributing Company:

RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,800 individuals nationwide. For more information, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

Suominen Expanding Kershaw County Manufacturing Operations

Company Confirms The Addition Of A New Product Line At Bethune, S.C. Plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – June 2, 105 - Suominen, a globally-leading supplier of nonwovens, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Kershaw County. It is the largest single initiative in Suominen’s current growth investment program and is expected to create at least 25 new jobs in Bethune, S.C. over the coming years.

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

The company is expanding its Kershaw County facility by adding a wet laid production line to its existing operations. The new line will be housed in Suominen’s current Midlands facility, located at 500 Chestnut St. in Bethune, S.C. This investment supports the firm’s target growth initiatives for the strategic period of 2015–2017.

The new line is expected to be installed during the second half of 2016. Open positions will be posted online once hiring progresses. Those with applicable skills and experience, who are interested in joining the Suominen team at Bethune, should e-mail resumes to Jobs.bethune@suominencorp.com.

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Suominen:

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

Marleylilly Expanding Upstate Operations

Company Investing $10 Million To Relocate Its Corporate Operations In Greenville County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – June 1, 2015 - The Marley Lilly, LLC or Marleylilly, an e-commerce business specializing in monogrammed gifts, accessories, and non-monogrammed boutique apparel, is expanding its Upstate operations with new corporate operations in Greenville County. The $10 million investment is expected to create 69 new jobs in Greer, S.C. over the next five years.

Established in 2010 and based in Greenville County, Marleylilly’s product line features a multitude of monogrammed and personalized merchandise, as well as non-personalized boutique apparel. With no physical storefronts, the exclusively online business is managed and staffed out of its Greer, S.C. production facility. Marleylilly spent much of 2013 and 2014 launching an online monogram preview feature and establishing a new product offering, boutique apparel available at www.mondaydress.com. In 2015, the company’s focus is still on increasing its online footprint and thus increasing its production capacity.

Having outgrown its existing building, Marleylilly is relocating with the construction of a new 72,000-square-foot facility to house its production, processing and distribution operations. The facility, located at 300 W. Phillips Road in Greer, will also feature 12,000 square feet of office space, which will be integral to the company’s e-fulfillment service. Construction of the facility will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016.

Hiring for some of the new positions is anticipated to begin in September 2015. For those interested in joining the Marleylilly team, please visit the company’s jobs page online. For more information on Marleylilly, visit www.marleylilly.com.

QUOTES

“When we began monogramming on a sewing machine in our living room five years ago we never dreamed we would be blessed with an opportunity like this expansion project. Moving every six months to accommodate unexpected growth is a struggle for any growing business, but it has been a reality for us since 2010. Our dedicated staff deserves this beautiful new facility, and we cannot wait to see the looks on their faces when we open the doors in 2016. We are excited for what this expansion means to the Upstate, but we are most excited to welcome new employees to the Marleylilly family.” –Marleylilly Owners Chad & Kelly Owens

“Marleylilly is a great example of how entrepreneurs can start and grow a successful business in South Carolina. This $10 million investment is a huge step for this great company and is a real reason to celebrate. We look forward to watching Marleylilly continue to thrive in the Upstate for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today, we celebrate Marleylilly’s decision to expand their operations in our state. Coming from one of South Carolina’s homegrown companies, this $10 million investment and the 69 new jobs it will create is a testament to the positive business climate we’ve cultivated in the Palmetto State.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Marleylilly is a thriving online company and another great Greenville success story. We are pleased to help facilitate growth and expansion in a wide range of industries because of the direct and long-lasting benefits for all involved parties.” –Dr. Bob Taylor, Board Member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Marleylilly is expanding its Upstate operations with a new corporate facility in Greenville County.
•           $10 million investment creating 69 new jobs.
•           Headquartered Greenville County, Marleylilly was established in 2010.
•           The company’s new Greenville County facility will be located at 300 W. Phillips Road in Greer.
•           Those interested in joining the Marleylilly team should visit the company’s jobs page online.

About Marleylilly:

Marleylilly is an online boutique specializing in monogrammed gifts and accessories. Offering a plethora of personalized products, Marleylilly has something for you and everyone on your gift list! Open for business 24/7, 365 days a year, Marleylilly and Monday Dress operate exclusively online. For more information, visit www.marleylilly.com and www.mondaydress.com

BorgWarner Inc. Expanding Upstate Manufacturing Operations

Company Investing $13.3 Million To Expand Oconee County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – May 28, 2015 - BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA), a global leader in powertrain solutions, is expanding its existing manufacturing operations in Oconee County. The $13.3 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs in Seneca, S.C., over the next five years.

Borg-Warner Corporation was formed in 1928 by four automotive suppliers, including Borg & Beck, Marvel-Schebler, Mechanics Universal Joint, and Warner Gear--the forerunner of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems. Today, as one of the top suppliers for the global automotive industry, BorgWarner operates 58 facilities in 19 countries, employing approximately 22,000 workers worldwide. With a diverse customer base, the company serves a variety of markets, including the passenger car and light truck, commercial vehicle, off-highway, construction and agricultural markets.

BorgWarner last announced a South Carolina expansion in November 2013, a $24.6 million investment that created 105 new jobs. With this new expansion, BorgWarner will be remaining in its existing facility, located at 15545 Wells Highway in Seneca. Aimed at increasing the facility’s transfer case production, the expansion will be achieved with the purchase of new machinery and the expected hiring of 50 new employees, which will bring its total local employment to more than 750.

In addition to this expansion, BorgWarner also has recently reached an agreement with the City of Seneca to lease approximately 100,000 square feet within the Seneca Commerce Center, located at 320 Shiloh Road. The company will use the newly-leased facility as warehouse space.

Hiring for the new positions is anticipated to begin in June 2015. Those interested in joining the BorgWarner team may visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on BorgWarner Inc., visit www.borgwarner.com.

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

QUOTES

“Through hard work and dedication, our team has built BorgWarner’s outstanding reputation as a premier transfer case supplier. Numerous customer awards attest to the quality we deliver. Our 2015 South Carolina Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence also demonstrates our dedication to promoting manufacturing, supporting education and helping those in need in the local community. We are pleased to continue expanding in South Carolina.” –Dr. Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems

“The fact that BorgWarner has decided to expand its South Carolina operations for the second time in less than 2 years is a testament to South Carolina’s pro-business environment and hardworking workforce. This $13 million investment and the 50 new jobs it will create will make a real difference in Oconee County, and we look forward to watching this great company continue to grow for many more years.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today’s announcement is yet another big victory for South Carolina’s thriving manufacturing industry and automotive sector. I offer my congratulations to BorgWarner for all of the success they’ve achieved in our state, and I look forward to their continued success here and around the world.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“It is great to see BorgWarner continue to take advantage of Oconee’s strong business infrastructure. The company’s expansion reflects not only the strength of Oconee’s growing manufacturing industry but also our dynamic logistics network.” - Oconee County Council Chairman Wayne McCall

“BorgWarner is a great example of a company that’s been able to make the most of all that Oconee County has to offer. We recognize the importance of existing industry and will continue to be an advocate for them for years to come.” – Oconee Economic Alliance Chairman Glenn Buddin

“On behalf of the City of Seneca, it is great to have BorgWarner call our area home and to have them not only conduct another expansion that will create a ripple effect throughout our community but to also have them lease space at the city-owned Seneca Commerce Center, this is quite the winning combination.” – City of Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           BorgWarner Inc. is expanding its manufacturing operations in Oconee County.
•           $13.3 million investment creating approximately 50 new jobs.
•           Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., BorgWarner was founded in 1928.
•           To expand, the company is adding and upgrading equipment in its existing Greenville County facility, located at 15545 Wells Highway in Seneca.
•           Those interested in joining the BorgWarner team, may visit the company’s careers page online.

About BorgWarner Inc.:

BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for powertrains around the world. Operating manufacturing and technical facilities in 58 locations in 19 countries, the company delivers innovative powertrain solutions to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance. For more information, please visit borgwarner.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley Calls On General Assembly To Spend $400 Million Budget Surplus Wisely

COLUMBIA, S.C. - May 26, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today called on members of the General Assembly to spend the expected budget surplus – of $400 million – on tax relief, paying down debt or fixing South Carolina’s roads and bridges.

During a Tuesday morning news conference with House members and Senators, including Senator Tom Davis and Representative Tommy Stringer, the governor said, “We are looking at a situation that is a great problem to have – the BEA is going to meet on Friday and we think they’re going to announce an additional $400 million in estimates. What I will tell you is that our state didn’t get to this point by just throwing money out - we got here by being smart. And what I will also tell you is that I strongly believe this won’t be the only year we have this much new money.”

Gov. Nikki Haley says lawmakers better use $400 million likely to be added to the budget this week to give tax breaks, pay down the state's debt or fix South Carolina's roads and bridges. The Associated Press Reports: “Surrounded by 25 Republican House and Senate members, Haley said Tuesday she's not going to specify what she wants, as long as the money goes toward those three things instead of toward legislators' pet projects.” (Jeffrey Collins, “Haley: Spend extra $400 million on tax cut, debt or roads,” The Associated Press, 5/26/15)

Haley, addressing the media with about 25 lawmakers behind her, said one of three courses would be best for the money: return it in the form of a tax cut, pay down debt or pay for needed road maintenance. (Jeremy Borden, “Haley tells lawmakers to spend budget surplus wisely,” The Post and Courier, 5/26/15)

Haley: “‘I hate to see money wasted. We can fix a lot of roads and a lot of bridges.” (Jeremy Borden, “Haley tells lawmakers to spend budget surplus wisely,” The Post and Courier, 5/26/15)

Gov. Nikki Haley, Firehouse Subs Of America Celebrate $50,000 Donation To Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation

Donation To Go Towards Purchasing 2,000 Carbon Monoxide Alarms For Midlands Families

COLUMBIA, S.C. – May 21, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by executives from Firehouse Subs of America and members of the Carbon Monoxide Safety Consortium of Greater Columbia to celebrate a donation totaling $50,000 to Jeannie and Amber Williams of the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation.

“430 people die and 20,000 people go to the hospital because of Carbon Monoxide poisoning every year, but the whole point of what we’re doing today is that they don’t have to because every bit of this is preventable,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “So I say to all of the moms and dads out there, ‘are you protecting your family?’ We’re here to raise awareness, because it costs less than $25 to protect your family from this thing that so few people actually know about.”

The Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Rock Hill, S.C., and its mission is to increase awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide. The original donation of $29,743 was donated by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and the additional $20,257 was donated by Robin and Chris Sorensen, Co-Founders of Firehouse Subs of America.

The combined $50,000 will go towards purchasing and distributing 2,000 carbon monoxide alarms to homes throughout the Midlands of South Carolina that don’t currently have one.

ITT Corporation Expanding Oconee County Manufacturing Operations

Company Expands Testing Facility As Part Of Expected $2.5 Million, Five-year Investment In Plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – May 21, 2015 - ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) announced today that it is expanding its manufacturing operations in Oconee County by investing approximately $1 million to build a new test facility. The investment is part of a total of $2.5 million that the company expects to invest in the facility over the next five years.

Located at 105 Commerce Way in Westminster, S.C., the expansion of ITT’s operations in Westminster features a new specialized testing facility for natural gas vehicle (NGV) components, which are part of the company’s highly engineered Conoflow brand of products. These NGV components consist of compressed natural gas pressure regulators and liquid natural gas regulators for heavy vehicles.

This facility has been part of the Westminster community since 1979 when the former Compact Air Products relocated to the area. Compact later became part of International Motion Control, which was subsequently acquired by ITT in 2007. In 2011, ITT consolidated its Conoflow brand of products into the Westminster operation.

For more information on ITT Corporation, please visit www.ITT.com.

QUOTES

“This expansion will allow us to deliver our latest advancements in natural gas valve technologies into this exciting and expanding global market, giving us the ability to better meet the needs of our customers with the highest quality products and services they have come to know from ITT. We look forward to continuing to grow our business and product capacity at the Westminster facility.” –ITT Control Technologies Commercial Director Jeff Weisbeck

“We have been a member of the Oconee County community for more than 25 years and are pleased to be able to grow our presence here. This facility expansion will give us enhanced capabilities to test natural gas vehicle components, which are an integral part of the strategic plan for the Control Technologies business.” –ITT Corporation Westminster Plant Manager Rob Hartman

“We’re always excited to celebrate new investment in South Carolina, but it’s special when it’s from one of our existing companies. ITT could do business anywhere, but by deciding to invest an additional $2.5 million in their Westminster facility, this great company is proving that our Team South Carolina approach really is working.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The manufacturing industry continues to thrive in South Carolina. When world-class companies like ITT decide to expand operations in our state, it’s proof that our pro-business climate is encouraging industry to succeed. Congratulations to ITT Corporation, Oconee County and the entire Upstate community on today’s announcement.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Existing industry growth is a huge commitment in our community. We focus on ways to improve competitiveness by producing the best environment for business and assisting our existing businesses with their needs. ITT Corporation is just one example of these relationships.” –Oconee County Council Chairman Wayne McCall

“ITT Corporation could have chosen anywhere in the world to locate its newest business, but it chose Oconee County. I have no doubt that our booming manufacturing environment will help this company’s newest operations grow.” –Oconee Economic Alliance Chairman Glenn Buddin

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           ITT Corporation is expanding its Oconee County manufacturing operations.
•           Company investing $2.5 million over five years to expand existing manufacturing operations.
•           ITT’s Oconee County facility is located at 105 Commerce Way in Westminster, S.C.
•           The facility has been part of the Westminster community since 1979.
•           The expansion of ITT’s operations in Westminster features a new specialized testing facility for natural gas vehicle (NGV) components.

About ITT Corporation:

ITT is a focused multi-industrial company that designs and manufactures highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions. Our customers in the energy, transportation and industrial markets depend on us to solve their most critical problems, and we focus on partnering with them to find solutions to their unique challenges. With its strong Conoflow product brand, ITT is a leader in serving customers in the energy, chemical processing and CNG markets. Founded in 1920, ITT is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with employees in more than 35 countries. The company has sales in approximately 125 countries and generated 2014 revenues of $2.7 billion.

Volvo Cars Selects South Carolina For First American Plant

$500 million Berkeley County automotive factory to create up to 4,000 jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – May 11, 2015 - Volvo Car Corporation has selected Berkeley County, South Carolina for its first manufacturing facility in the Western hemisphere. The new $500 million factory highlights the attraction of the United States as a location for high-technology manufacturing. The plant is expected to create 2,000 new jobs over the next decade and up to 4,000 jobs by 2030.

The new facility will have an initial estimated annual production capacity of around 100,000 cars. Located in northwestern Berkeley County on a portion of the Camp Hall site, the plant will manufacture latest-generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export. Construction will begin in early fall 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018.

Once completed, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture vehicles on three continents, underscoring its position as a truly global car maker. It already operates two plants in Europe and two in China. Additionally, the new U.S. plant forms part of an ambitious medium-term expansion plan to double global sales, boost market share and lift profitability. Volvo began importing cars to the U.S. in 1955. With the development of an American factory, the company crosses an important threshold from an automotive importer to a domestic manufacturer.

Volvo Cars’ location decision was taken as a result of its easy access to international ports and infrastructure, a well-trained labor force, attractive investment environment and experience in the high-tech manufacturing sector. In the broader scope, Volvo Cars’ selection of the Palmetto State underlines the success of South Carolina’s robust automobile industry. Today, the state is home to more than 250 automotive-related companies and suppliers and, as a result, leads the nation in the export of both tires and automobiles.

With today’s announcement, South Carolina’s strong auto industry looks to get even stronger. An economic impact analysis compiled by Dr. Frank Hefner at the College of Charleston estimates that, for an initial 2,000 direct jobs, more than 8,000 total jobs would be created as a result. Operating with 2,000 employees, the plant would contribute approximately $4.8 billion in total economic output on an annual basis.

Additionally, the development of the Camp Hall site will lead to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands in a critical, neighboring watershed that is a priority of Audubon South Carolina.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, is assisting with the recruitment and training for positions at the new plant. All information on hiring will be posted as available at the readySC portal at www.readysc.org/Volvo/. Potential suppliers or vendors interested in doing business with the company should contact the South Carolina Department of Commerce by completing an online information form at www.sccommerce.com/VolvoCarsSC or by emailing VolvoCarsSC@sccommerce.com.

For more information on Volvo Cars, visit www.volvocars.com/us.

QUOTES

“This new global industrial footprint and a complete product renewal forms the foundation for Volvo Car Corporation’s growth and profitability targets.” –Volvo Cars President and Chief Executive Håkan Samuelsson

“We’re excited to build our first American factory in South Carolina and we look forward to helping grow the local community and economy. We were impressed with the friendliness, work ethic and passion of the people in the Charleston area.” –Volvo Cars of North American President and CEO Lex Kerssemakers

“This is a landmark moment and truly a great day in South Carolina as we welcome Volvo Cars’ first American manufacturing plant to our state. By bringing $500 million in new investment and 4,000 jobs to this community, Volvo’s presence and commitment to Berkeley County and the state will be felt for decades to come. We are proud to have this global leader in car manufacturing join and strengthen South Carolina’s automotive industry.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is leading the pack in advanced manufacturing, and we’re excited to celebrate the decision of yet another global leader that our state is ‘Just right’ for business. As the proud home of Volvo Cars’ first American plant, we look forward to watching their Berkeley County operations thrive, contributing to the success of the company’s ventures in the U.S. and around the world.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Today’s announcement is proof that Berkeley means business. In less than 100 days, we were able to accomplish what normally takes a year or more to complete. My team and I are committed to doing all we can to make Berkeley County a place where families and the next generation can not only live, but also work. This is the teamwork that Volvo Cars can count on to ensure job-creating opportunities exist today, tomorrow and 40 years from now.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“Volvo Cars is a world-class manufacturer whose choice of Berkeley County signals a sea change for this community. This decision reflects well on an unprecedented partnership of local and state officials, the South Carolina Power Team and Edisto and Berkeley electric cooperatives, who pulled together for the greater benefit of all. For our part, Santee Cooper is committed to building on this investment for decades to come, to maximize opportunities for Volvo, the people who will work there and the additional development that will follow and transform this corner of South Carolina.” –Santee Cooper President and CEO Lonnie Carter

“Volvo Cars’ announcement is tremendous for our port and state, and SC Ports Authority is proud to be an integral part of their decision to locate in South Carolina. Proximity to a port is critical to automotive manufacturing, and we are a proven leader in the automotive sector on the East Coast. We look forward to supporting Volvo’s import-export needs and serving the significant economic impact it represents for our region.” –SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Volvo Cars Corporation is establishing its first American manufacturing facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina.
•           $500 million investment and 4,000 new jobs.
•           The new plant will manufacture latest-generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export.
•           For more information on open positions and the application and training process, visit the readySC portal at www.readysc.org/Volvo/.
•           Those interested in doing business with Volvo Cars should visit www.sccommerce.com/VolvoCarsSC.

About Volvo Car Group:

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 465,866 in 2014 in about 100 countries. As of December 2014, Volvo Cars had over 25,000 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars of North America is based in Rockleigh, New Jersey. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium) and Chengdu (China).

Gov. Nikki Haley, State Officials To Make Economic Development Announcement

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and state officials will make an economic development announcement during a Monday morning news conference at the Governor's Mansion Complex in Columbia.

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, state officials

WHAT: Economic development announcement

WHEN: Monday, May 11, 10:30 AM

WHERE: Governor’s Mansion Complex, 800 Richland Street, Columbia, S.C.

NOTE: Media wishing to cover the event should park outside of the Governor’s Mansion Complex and will have access through the Lincoln Street entrance.