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SPF North America, Inc. Expanding Greenwood County Manufacturing Facility
$12 Million Investment Expected To Result In 15 New Jobs 

COLUMBIA, S.C. November 20, 2014 – A developer of innovative solutions for pet food manufacturers is expanding its operations in Greenwood County. SPF North America, Inc. is investing $12 million to expand its plant in Hodges, S.C. The investment is expected to create 15 new jobs.

SPF is part of the Diana Group’s pet food division. Diana, which was acquired by Symrise AG in July 2014, is a world leader in natural functional solutions for the food, pet food, nutraceuticals, aquaculture and cosmetics industries. Created in 1990 as a division of Guyomarc’h Group and headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison, France, Diana is currently established in 23 countries and employs approximately 2,100 people worldwide. The group is structured around three divisions – pet food, food and nova – in order to enhance its fields of expertise and develop synergies between activities linked to the same markets.

The Greenwood County plant, located at 5300 Highway 25 North in Hodges, produces pet food flavor enhancers. The expansion will allow the company to meet growing customer demand and will be facilitated by an increase in machinery needed to manufacture new flavorants.

Hiring for the new positions is taking place in November, 2015. Those interested in applying may contact SPF human resources by fax at 864-374-4141. For more information on SPF North America, Inc., please visit


“Our business has grown substantially since we located in South Carolina 7 years ago and this expansion will position us to continue our leadership position for the foreseeable future for both domestic as well as export business. We have been very pleased with the support we receive from the State of South Carolina, Greenwood County and the Greenwood Partnership Alliance as well as the overall favorable business climate in South Carolina.” –David Berry, head of SPF / Diana Petfood in North America

“It is always great to see a company succeeding in our state - especially one like SPF North America, which is expanding for the second time since locating in South Carolina seven years ago. SPF’s decision to invest $12 million and create 15 new jobs is great news for the local community and the hardworking people who live there.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“SPF North America’s announcement today builds on South Carolina’s already thriving manufacturing sector. A key part of our economic development strategy, the growth and expansion of existing business is critical. We congratulate SPF on all they have achieved and look forward to their future success in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The greatest evidence of a business-friendly climate is the growth and success of our existing industries. We congratulate SPF North America, a world-class company, and appreciate their investment and the prosperity it will bring to our citizens.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Mark Allison

“When one of our existing businesses expands like SPF North America is doing, it further demonstrates the importance of staying connected with our industry to ensure they are successful and continue to thrive in Greenwood County. The Partnership Alliance is committed to doing just that and we congratulate SPF on their job creation and economic investment in this community.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chairman Rudy Powell


•           SPF North America, Inc. is expanding its operations in Greenwood County.
•           $12 million investment creating an expected 15 new jobs.
•           SPF North America, Inc. is part of the Diana Group’s pet food division.
•           The Diana Group employs approximately 2,100 people in more than 23 countries worldwide.
•           Those interested in applying for an open position may fax their resumes to 864-374-4141.

About SPF North America, Inc.:

As part of the Diana Group’s pet food division, SPF North America, Inc. develops innovative solutions for pet food manufacturers, intended to improve the palatability of food and the well-being of dogs and cats. With a profound knowledge of animal food preferences, SPF offers a wide variety of flavor enhancers for dry foods, moist foods and treats. SPF’s range includes liquid and powder appetence factors, used as coatings or for inclusion within the food. SPF’s technical experts ensure that our products are used in a way suited to industrial application constraints. With the strength of this wide-ranging expertise behind it, SPF is the world number one for pet food appetence factors. For more information on SPF North America, Inc., please visit

Zapp Precision Wire, Inc. Expanding Dorchester County Manufacturing Facility
$30 Million Investment Expected To Bring 20 Additional Jobs To Summerville

COLUMBIA, S.C. - November 20, 2014 – Zapp Precision Wire, Inc., a manufacturer of stainless steel, nickel alloys and titanium wire is expanding its operations in Dorchester County. The company will be investing $30 million in the expansion, adding an expected 20 new jobs in Summerville, S.C.

Founded in 1701 in Germany as a craft trade firm, the Zapp Group has committed more than three centuries to the steel industry. In that time, the companies of the Zapp Group have expanded their offerings to include three main business areas – precision strip, precision wire and materials engineering. With operations in Asia, Europe, North America and South America, the Zapp Group possesses a truly global footprint.

In 1996, the Zapp Group opened its first United States production facility in Dorchester County. Located at 475 International Circle in Summerville, this expanded facility will allow the firm to accommodate a new production line, as well as manufacturing machinery and equipment. The expansion will add approximately 30,000 square feet to the existing facility.

Hiring for new positions is expected to begin in January 2015. Anyone interested in applying should forward their resume to For more information on Zapp Precision Wire, Inc., please visit


“Zapp has found South Carolina to be a welcoming, family-oriented location for our American wire operations. As a 300-year-old, family-owned company, we have enjoyed being part of the Summerville and Charleston area community for the past 20 years. We are very pleased to be expanding our operations and adding people, capacity and capabilities. Over the next several years, we will break ground for a new building addition and install the steel-working equipment needed to produce precision metallic bars. While Zapp operates similar equipment in Europe today, this state-of-the-art equipment will give us the ability to better support our North American customers while also increasing our global capacity to produce close-tolerance metallic bars.” –Zapp Group Executive Board Member Dr. Stefan Seng

“Zapp Precision Wire established operations in South Carolina nearly 20 years ago, and their decision to expand in Dorchester County is a testament to our state’s world-class workforce and strong business environment. We congratulate them on this $30 million investment and the addition of 20 new jobs, and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed in our state for years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“I am proud that Zapp Precision Wire, Inc. has decided to expand their Dorchester County operations. Continuing a rich tradition of German investment in our state, this expansion is great news for Zapp, the local community and the state of South Carolina. ” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are extremely pleased to learn of Zapp’s decision to expand at their Dorchester County location, and stand ready to assist them in any way.” – Dorchester County Council Chairman William Hearn


•           Zapp Precision Wire, Inc. is expanding its operations in Dorchester County.
•           $30 million investment to create 20 jobs.
•           The Zapp Group was founded in 1701.
•           In Summerville since 1996, Zapp Precision Wire, Inc. is expanding its facility, located at 475 International Circle, by approximately 30,000 square-feet.
•           Anyone interested in career opportunities with Zapp Precision Wire, Inc. may visit the company’s career page.

About Zapp:

Founded in 1701, Zapp Group has committed more than three centuries to the steel industry. In that time, the companies of the Zapp Group have expanded its offerings to include three main business areas – precision strip, precision wire and materials engineering. Wire from Zapp consists of all types of rustproof special steel or can be formed from nickel and nickel based alloys and as titanium wire. Zapp Precision Wire supplies clients with round wire and profile wire made of stainless steel, nickel alloys and titanium for a wide variety of areas of application including Automotive, Industrial, Medical and Oil &Gas. According to the application and the type of treatment, customers can have stainless steel wire with special surfaces and coatings. Special fixed lengths, completely free of welds, can also be made. For more information on Zapp Precision Wire, Inc., please visit

Nestlé Waters North America To Open New Bottling Facility In McBee, S.C.
Company To Create At Least 40 New Jobs In Chesterfield County

COLUMBIA, S.C. - November 18, 2014 – Nestlé Waters North America, the nation’s leading bottled water company, plans to build a $40 million, two-line water bottling facility in Chesterfield County near McBee, S.C. The approximately 200,000 square-foot facility will produce bottled spring water under the company’s Deer Park® brand and bottled purified water under the Nestlé Pure Life® brand for distribution to customers primarily in the Southeastern United States. The facility is anticipated to open in early 2016 and is expected to create at least 40 new jobs that will pay competitive wages and offer a comprehensive array of benefits.

According to an economic impact study conducted by independent economists with Miley and Associates, Inc., the bottling plant will positively impact the local economy by approximately $40 million per year once the facility is operational. This $40 million impact takes into consideration economic factors such as payrolls for direct and indirect jobs, increased spending in the community by employees, and inter-industry spending.

Almost $400,000 in property taxes is expected to be generated annually for the local government and school district. In addition to the employees directly employed at the bottling facility, the plant is expected to support another 40 to 50 jobs indirectly.

Nestlé Waters North America has a strong track record of hiring locally. The hiring process is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2015. Specific job openings and how to apply for positions will be provided to the community as the information becomes available.

For more information on the South Carolina project visit


“We’ve been studying water in Chesterfield County for several years and we look forward to continuing to build strong relationships in the community as this new facility becomes operational.” –Nestlé Waters Senior Natural Resource Specialist Lance Tully

“We're excited to congratulate Nestlé Waters on their decision to establish a new bottling facility in Chesterfield County. Their $40 million investment and plans to create 40 new jobs is terrific news for the McBee community, our manufacturing industry, and the entire state. We look forward to supporting Nestlé as they grow and thrive in South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Nestlé Waters joins a roster of globally respected brands that call South Carolina home. We appreciate their commitment to Chesterfield County and to the state, a commitment that underscores that South Carolina is just right for business and for manufacturing.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“This is a victory for everyone who lives and works in Chesterfield County. Nestlé Waters’ decision to build and operate a bottling facility here is a testament to our region’s strengths as a good place to do business and create jobs. Also, Council would like to thank Kim Burch and Cherry McCoy of Chesterfield County Economic Development. Their hard work and dedication have been a huge part of our success.” –Chesterfield County Council Chairman J. Matthew Rivers

“Having a world-class company like Nestlé Waters will enhance our economic development efforts. This will help us attract other companies and grow employment opportunities. We look forward to continuing to work together with Nestlé Waters as the company continues to become a part of our community as an employer and neighbor.” –Chesterfield County Council Vice Chair Lenora Powe


•           Nestlé Waters North America is establishing a two-line water bottling facility in Chesterfield County.
•           $40 million investment creating at least 40 new jobs.
•           The 200,000 square-foot facility is anticipated to open in early 2016.
•           Nestlé Waters North America is the nation's leading bottled water company.
•           Specific job openings and how to apply for positions will be provided to the community as the information becomes available.

About Nestlé Waters North America:

With 36 years of experience providing healthy hydration in the bottled water segment, Nestlé Waters North America is the nation's leading bottled water company. The company produces six regional natural spring water brands in the U.S. including Deer Park® brand 100% natural spring water, which is sourced only from carefully selected springs. Nestlé Waters North America also sells Nestlé® Pure Life® brand, the number one U.S. bottled water brand (by volume) according to Beverage Marketing Corporation. Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water goes through a multi-step filtration process and is enhanced with a unique blend of minerals for a pleasant, refreshing taste. Completing its beverage portfolio are three international bottled water brands, and ready-to-drink iced teas, including Nestea® Iced Tea. The company's dedication to quality products, bringing shared value to communities, and its commitment to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has led Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Visit to learn more.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces World Diabetes Day In South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C.- November 17, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley issued a statewide proclamation Friday designating November 14, 2014 as World Diabetes Day in South Carolina. The Governor’s Mansion was also lit blue in recognition of this day.

Approximately 800,000 South Carolinians are affected by type 1 or type 2 diabetes and more than 250 million people around the world suffer from diabetes with only 25-50 percent being aware of their illness. The governor’s proclamation comes as a part of a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, diagnosis, and management of diabetes.

In an effort to ensure that the disease does not go undiagnosed and that those affected can receive proper treatment, Gov. Haley urges South Carolinians to be aware of type 1 diabetes and its symptoms, which often first appear in childhood. The governor also encourages citizens to make healthy lifestyle decisions in order to diminish the effects of type 2 diabetes, which can be managed by maintaining a healthy weight, diet and by exercising regularly.

To learn more about World Diabetes Day, visit

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces New Chief Of Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C.- November 13, 2014 – Governor Nikki Haley today announced James H. Burns, a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, as her new chief of staff. Gov. Haley’s current chief of staff, Ted Pitts, will be stepping down from his role and joining the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

“From the moment we stepped into office, I have been incredibly blessed to have Ted Pitts as a member of my staff and for the past fourteen months serving as chief of staff,” said Gov. Haley. “His character, ability, and sense of duty made him indispensable – and he is not only a trusted adviser but someone who I also consider a dear friend. Whether in the National Guard, as a member of the General Assembly, or in the governor’s office, I know how much time and dedication he has given to South Carolina, and I want to personally thank him for his contributions to our state and wish him all the best going forward.”

Prior to being partner at Nelson Mullins, Burns was deputy assistant for legal and legislative matters for the Office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon, and served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) from 2002-2008. Burns is a 1996 graduate of The Citadel and a 2002 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is the former chairman of the South Carolina State Ethics Commission and worked as pro bono counsel to the South Carolina Ethics Reform Commission.

“As a widely respected member of both the legal and professional community, James Burns will be a great addition to Team Haley, and I am excited to start working with him and continue building on the progress we have made.” said Gov. Haley. “His integrity and outstanding reputation as a leader, combined with his understanding of both our policy and legislative goals, is exactly what we need to start this second term the same way we ended the first – fighting to make South Carolina a better place to live. The last four years have been great ones for our state, but we still have a lot to accomplish and I know that James is the best person to help us get the job done.”

“What Governor Haley and her team have accomplished over the past four years is remarkable, and I could not be more honored to be named her next chief of staff and to follow in Ted's footsteps,” said James Burns. “Under the governor’s leadership and vision, our state has reached new heights. I look forward to doing my part to not only continue this record of success, but to build on it.”

The transition will take place over the next few weeks.

Burns, 40, currently resides in Richland County and is married with three children.


Governor Nikki Haley Announces New Department Of Health And Human Services Director

COLUMBIA, S.C. - November 10, 2014 – Governor Nikki Haley today named Christian Soura as the acting director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), effective November 20, 2014. Soura has been Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff of Budget and Policy since January of 2011. Current director, Tony Keck, simultaneously announced his resignation and will be taking a position in the private sector. 

“Tony Keck did a remarkable job at the Department of Health and Human Services, and South Carolina will be forever grateful for his service,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “When it was time to look for his replacement, I knew I had to find someone who was brilliant, trustworthy and capable of building on what Tony was able to do. I can think of no person better than Christian Soura to go into the agency and do exactly that.”

As Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff of Budget and Policy, Soura was the lead author of the governor’s Executive Budget and was instrumental in developing many of the administration’s key policy initiatives.

Prior to joining Governor Haley’s staff, Soura served as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Administration from 2008-2011. While in Pennsylvania, he also served as the Deputy Director for the Governor’s Office of Management and Productivity, the Chief of Performance Measures, and the Senior Advisor of Recovery Implementation. Soura holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, along with a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Tony Keck’s leadership and bold ideas transformed and strengthened the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Healthy Connections Medicaid program,” said Christian Soura, Interim Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “I look forward to building upon the success of his efforts to meet our commitments and improve the health of all South Carolinians.”

“I've been so inspired and impressed by the efforts of people state-wide to improve the health of South Carolina,” said Tony Keck, former Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “I will miss South Carolina and the people at DHHS and know that under the direction of Christian Soura the department will continue to produce strong results for taxpayers and Medicaid members.” 

“The governor’s appointment of Christian Soura is a great thing for the state and people of South Carolina,” said Chairman Thomas Alexander. “The Department of Health and Human Services needs a leader who is capable of picking up where Director Keck left off, and I believe Christian is the right man for the job. His experience leading the Office of Administration in Pennsylvania and his time in Governor Haley’s office will serve the state well in his new role.”

“Christian is an excellent choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Senator Shane Massey. “During his time in the governor’s office, he built a reputation as an extremely capable leader and innovative policy advisor. I have no doubt that he will continue the great work and positive direction the department has experienced under Director Keck.”

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Romarco Minerals, Inc. Developing Lancaster County Operations At Haile Gold Mine
$353 Million Investment To Result In An Expected 270 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C.- November 6, 2014 - An exploration and development company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metals mineral properties is entering into the construction and production phase of its Lancaster County operations. Registered in Canada, but headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., Romarco Minerals, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Haile Gold Mine, Inc., is investing $353 million to develop the Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw, S.C., creating an expected 270 new jobs.

In addition to this $353 million investment to enter into the construction and development phase, Haile Gold Mine, Inc. has already invested $91 million in its Lancaster County operations and currently employs approximately 86 workers, a majority of which are from the local area.  The rule of thumb in mining is that for every one direct job on site, an additional three or four indirect jobs will be created to support the activity in the local and regional community.

Prior to selecting Kershaw County and Haile, Romarco completed a competitive assessment of multiple sites in both North and South America. In 2007, the company selected the Haile site and began purchasing land. Today, Haile Gold Mine Inc. owns approximately 12,000 acres of land in the vicinity of the mining project.  Haile Gold Mine, Inc. is Romarco’s primary asset.

Located at 7283 Haile Gold Mine Road in Kershaw, S.C., the Haile Gold Mine has been operated off and on since 1827 and is part of a much larger gold district. As of today, Romarco has delineated four million ounces of measured and indicated mineral resource with an additional 800,000 ounces in the inferred mineral resource category.

As Haile Gold Mine prepares to develop its operations, the company has acquired nearly all necessary approvals needed to commence construction. On October 27, 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted the Federal 404 permit, completing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. Following nearly seven years of exploration, land acquisition and permitting, Romarco is prepared to enter the construction and production phase.

The company is hopeful that hiring will begin prior to year-end 2014, but it will be dependent on market conditions. To join the Haile Gold Mine, Inc. team, please register with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce at For more information on Romarco Minerals, Inc. or the Haile Gold Mine, please visit or, respectively.


“We are delighted to be a part of the community of Kershaw and Lancaster County.  Since arriving in this area seven years ago, we have demonstrated our commitment to hire locally and buy locally. Part of our contribution and sustaining legacy to the community was the construction of a $5 million, state-of-the-art assay lab in Kershaw in 2011, the only certified lab on the East Coast of the U.S.  We are pleased with the permitting achievements which allow us to move forward to develop this truly world-class asset.  The project will generate an economic benefit to the county in excess of $68 million annually over life of the mine, which currently stands at 13.5 years.” –Haile Gold Mine, Inc. President and CEO Diane R. Garrett

“It’s no secret that South Carolina is blessed with natural resources, and Romarco Minerals’ decision to expand their operations at the old Haile Gold Mine is an example of the positive impact those resources can have on our economy. We congratulate them on their decision to invest over $350 million and create 270 jobs in Lancaster County, and look forward to seeing them succeed in the Palmetto State.”  –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Congratulations to Haile Gold Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Romarco Minerals, Inc. on reaching this milestone as they prepare for the development of Haile Gold Mine project. I appreciate their community-first approach and desire to be a productive partner in the Lancaster County community and in the state of South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Lancaster County has worked with Haile Gold Mine for nearly eight years in support of this project, and this announcement today is exciting for the Town of Kershaw as well as for the entire County. We know that HGM will be good stewards of the environment and will continue to operate a world-class facility in Kershaw at the Haile Gold Mine site. The HGM facility will utilize modern mining technology and will set the standard for future facilities to follow around the globe. The job creation, investment, and payroll from this company will spur additional economic growth in the Town and County, and we are excited about the opportunities to come with this project.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough

“Haile Gold Mine has been a strong supporter of the Town of Kershaw and our residents for nearly a decade, and we’re excited about the decision by the Corps of Engineers and the State of South Carolina to approve permits so the mine can begin operations. We’ve worked closely with HGM to develop a plan and program that will protect the environment while creating economic growth in the Town of Kershaw and surrounding communities. The facility to be constructed at the site and the mining operations to come will be world class and operated by world class people. I also want to thank Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Governor Nikki Haley for their assistance on this project as well as Lancaster County and the LCEDC.” –Town of Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes


•           Romarco Minerals, Inc. is developing Lancaster County operations at Haile Gold Mine.
•           $353 million investment creating an expected 270 new jobs.
•           Romarco Minerals, Inc. is registered in Toronto, Ontario and headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C.
•           Haile Gold Mine Inc. has acquired 12,000 acres of mine land in the vicinity of the Haile Gold Mine.
•           To join the Haile Gold Mine, Inc. team, please register with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce at

About Romarco Minerals, Inc.: 

Romarco Minerals Inc. is an exploration and development company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metals mineral properties. The Company is formed under the laws of British Columbia with its head office in Toronto, Ontario. The Company’s primary asset is the Haile Gold Mine (“Haile”) located in Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA. The Company owned or leased approximately 11,751 acres (4,756 hectares) of land at December 31, 2013, including approximately 6,164 acres (2,495 hectares) of regional and other properties. The Company’s interest in the fee simple properties includes surface, water and mineral rights with no associated royalties and is free of all claims and access restrictions. At December 31, 2013, there were 232 acres (94 hectares) for $1.8 million under contractually committed land purchase contracts. In addition, the Goodwill Plantation property with 2,560 acres (1,036 hectares) is under contract for $20.0 million and included in the submitted mitigation plan but is contingent upon receipt of all Federal and State permits and expiration of all applicable appeals. The Company is a reporting issuer in all of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Québec and trades on the TSX under the symbol “R”. For more information, visit

The Recon Group, Inc. Establishing Cherokee County Operations
$1.3 Million Investment To Result In An Expected 248 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. - November 5, 2014 – A leader in fully integrated, secure and auditable reverse logistics solutions is establishing a facility to process consumer electronic returns in Cherokee County. The Recon Group, Inc. is investing $1.3 million to locate in Blacksburg, S.C., creating an expected 248 new jobs.

Incorporated in 2007 and headquartered in Miami, F.L., The Recon Group maintains a global reach with operations in the United States, Canada and China. Boasting a large repertoire of in-house developed Standard Operating Procedures, The Recon Group adopted the terminology of Intelligent Disposition, Smart Touch and Smart Returns to describe its offerings. With a client list including all big box consumer electronics retailers, the company excels in consumer electronics.

The Recon Group’s Cherokee County facility, located at 153 Gibbons Road in Blacksburg, S.C., will be the firm’s seventh in the United States and ninth worldwide. Utilizing more than 180,000 square-feet of warehouse space, with plans for future expansion, this Blacksburg facility will specialize in the refurbishment of customer return high-definition televisions, with the ability to accommodate flex space for pilot programs.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training of Repair and Lead Technicians at The Recon Group facility. To apply for these positions, please visit

TRG has secured Mancan Staffing to recruit, screen and hire employees for all other positions. Mancan has 3 local offices; Gastonia, Gaffney and Blacksburg.  The Blacksburg office is located within the TRG facility and is accepting applications on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  However, all three locations are participating in the recruiting process and have begun to take applications/resumes.  Interested candidates should contact a staffing office by phone, apply in person on-site or submit resumes to

For more information on The Recon Group, please visit


“With our rapid expansion, Blacksburg is simply the next logical step for many reasons.  Along with its proximity to key suppliers’ distribution centers, its location provides faster turnarounds and reduced logistics costs for our east coast based customers. ” –Matt Gallagher, TRG Chief Customer Officer

“We at TRG are all excited to be here in Blacksburg, and would especially like to thank everybody in South Carolina that have made this expansion possible.  Your continued support, quick turnarounds and goodwill have made this possible.  We look forward to our continued relationship, growth and future possibilities that we can bring to the area.” –Adam Ziegler, TRG VP of Operations

“The Recon Group bringing nearly 250 new jobs to Cherokee County is a big win for Team South Carolina, and we thank them for their commitment to our state. We look forward to watching them succeed here and we are very confident they will find our world-class workforce is more than capable of getting the job done.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“In South Carolina, we are extremely proud of our supply chain and logistics capabilities. Adding a reverse logistics firm, like The Recon Group, only strengthens our state’s ability to efficiently transport goods both before and after they go to market.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“On behalf of Cherokee County and its great citizens, I would like to welcome The Recon Group to our business community.   We are certainly thankful for their decision to invest in our county.  We look forward to partnering with them to ensure their success.” –Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer

“The announcement of The Recon Group to Cherokee County is a great testament to our state’s locational advantage and logistic capabilities. On behalf of the Upstate region, we want to extend a warm welcome to the Recon Group and congratulate Team South Carolina on another great win for our state.” –Upstate SC Alliance President/CEO John Lummus


•           The Recon Group, Inc. is establishing operations in Cherokee County.
•           $1.3 million investment creating an expected 248 new jobs.
•           The facility is located at 153 Gibbons Road in Blacksburg, S.C.
•           The Recon Group, Inc. is headquartered in Miami, F.L.
•           To apply and train for Repair and Lead Technicians positions at The Recon Group, please visit Hiring for all other initial positions will be handled by Mancan’s Gaffney office. Interested candidates should contact a staffing office by phone, apply in person on-site or submit resumes to

About The Recon Group, Inc.:

The Recon Group (TRG) was incorporated in 2007. Throughout the years, TRG focused its efforts on the Intelligent Disposition, Smart Touch and Smart Returns aspects of the Reverse Logistics' Industry. Having added every big box consumer electronic retailer to our client roster, The Recon Group's area of expertise lies in Consumer Electronics, however, it is not limited to this category. TRG has developed and executed programs for a multitude of consumer level products, including soft goods, hard goods, clothing and toys. TRG’s roots are deep in first-hand experience, our team consists of individuals collaboratively working together, to each bring their versatile backgrounds and experiences, goals, achievements, certifications and inter-industry networking, creating TRG. For more information, visit



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