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Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 30 includes:

Monday, April 30, 9:45 AM:  Gov. Haley will hold a Cabinet meeting, Emergency Management Division, 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, May 1:  Gov. Haley and the Republican Governors Association will host meetings with corporate executives at Kiawah Island, S.C.

Wednesday, May 2, 9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will join South Carolina Future Minds in recognizing Teacher Appreciation Month, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, May 2, 1:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will visit Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, Inc., 1111 Honda Way, Timmonsville, S.C.

Wednesday, May 2, 3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will visit the Governor’s School for Math & Science, Cafeteria, 401 Railroad Avenue, Hartsville, S.C.

Thursday, May 3, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will welcome the 2012 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts winners, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will speak at the South Carolina Republican Party’s Executive Committee meeting, State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, May 5, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will attend the South Carolina Special Olympics’ Summer Games, Aquatics Competition, Knight Pool, Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.


 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: April 23, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 23 included the following:

Monday, April 23

12:45 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:30 PM:  Newspaper interview.

4:15 PM:  Agency call.

4:45 PM:  Economic development call.

5:45 PM:  Call with a constitutional officer.

Wednesday, April 25

2:00 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:45 PM:  Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

3:30 PM:  Legislative meeting.

4:30 PM:  Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

5:30 PM:  Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

Thursday, April 26

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM:  Agency meeting.

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley visited with the South Carolina Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year finalists, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:45 AM:  Gov. Haley visited with Ware Shoals Elementary School, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:55 AM:  Gov. Haley visited with Aiken’s Kennedy Middle School, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:15 PM:  Gov. Haley visited with Cardinal Newman’s 2011 Men’s and Women’s Varsity Soccer teams, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:00 PM:  Gov. Haley honored the 2012 Mother of the Year, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley visited with Pickens’ Hagood Elementary School, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:50 PM:  Legislative meeting.

4:30 PM:  Gov. Haley held “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

4:55 PM: Newspaper interview.

5:05 PM: Newspaper interview.

Friday, April 27

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:40 AM:  Newspaper interview.

10:00 AM:  Agency meeting.

10:15 AM:  Agency meeting.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley attended and spoke at the Education Reform Summit Luncheon, Columbia Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, S.C.

12:00 PM:  Media availability.

1:30 PM:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the first Boeing S.C. 787 roll out, Boeing facility, 5400 International Boulevard North Charleston, S.C.

3:00 PM: Media availability.

 

aeSolutions expanding operations with new Greenville County headquarters

Growth brings new jobs, investment, opportunity to Upstate

April 26th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – aeSolutions, a supplier of performance-based process safety engineering and automation solutions for the petroleum, chemical and process manufacturing industries, today announced the consolidation of multiple Upstate facilities in a single corporate headquarters location in Greenville, S.C., investing upwards of $2 million and adding in excess of 40 new jobs in the process.

aeSolutions was founded in Greenville in 1998 by CEO Brian Merriman, Vice President of Engineering Ken O’Malley, and Vice President of Process Safety Mike Scott. The company has added service and delivery offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Baton Rouge, La.; Johnson City, Tenn.; and Houston, and currently boasts a skilled workforce of nearly 140 associates.

“Our mission is to continuously improve the safety performance of the process industry, and our vision is to be recognized and preferred by industry for our sustainable process safety lifecycle solutions,” said Merriman. “We are pleased to expand our corporate headquarters, engineering, and research and development operations here in Greenville County, and appreciate the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and all who assisted in making this advancement a reality.”

aeSolutions has experienced 100 percent growth over the last 18 months. The company will consolidate multiple Upstate facilities into 24,000 square feet of office space at 250 Commonwealth Drive in Greenville, updating and upfitting the space to accommodate its corporate headquarters, engineering and research and development teams in a single, state-of-the-art facility. The expanded operations will also provide for increased sales, marketing and administrative operations. Local automation manufacturing will remain at its current location in the Merovan complex on Woodruff Road.

“aeSolutions is an excellent example of a local, startup business that continues to prosper and grow in South Carolina. It’s always exciting to see one of our existing businesses expand right here. We celebrate aeSolutions’ decision to invest and create new jobs in Greenville,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since its inception, the aeSolutions’ engineering and automation business has provided process control systems, safety instrumented systems, combustion and burner management systems and fire and gas systems to the process industry. In recent years, the company’s service offering has expanded to include process safety and operations and maintenance consulting services. The new Process Safety Division enhances the services aeSolutions provides to the chemical, petrochemical and oil and gas industries.

Additionally, aeSolutions has created a Software Products Group, chartered to develop world-class internet-based applications, to leverage its full range of engineering knowledge. The first new software product, called aeShield, automates the process industry-standard safety lifecycle and has recently been released to industry and is growing in popularity.

“South Carolina continues to see its manufacturing sector grow, and we appreciate aeSolutions’ decision to continue doing business in the Palmetto State. Our state also boasts a large proportion of engineers in its workforce, and this announcement helps bolster that reputation,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“aeSolutions is a wonderful example of a company that is using world-class technology, performance-based processes and locally developed talent to grow and succeed here in the Upstate,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “The company is an entrepreneurial business with innovative processes that is experiencing rapid growth, and is a great example of the opportunity to be found here in Greenville County.”

The jobs being added include process safety engineers, controls engineers, instrument and electrical engineers, application developers, and quality support positions, along with sales, marketing and administrative positions to support the organization’s rapid growth, noted Ken O’Malley, vice president of Engineering. To fill the remaining positions, aeSolutions is recruiting both locally and nationally; the new positions will pay “competitive-market wages with full benefits based on experience,” he added. Anyone interested in being considered for positions should submit resumes via the company’s career openings page at www.aesolns.com/careers.

For more information on aeSolutions, visit them at www.aesolns.com.

 

Nation Ford Chemical expands operations in York County

$5.5 million investment expected to create new jobs

April 25

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nation Ford Chemical, a custom manufacturer of specialty organic chemicals, today announced expansion plans for its current operations in York County. The $5.5 million investment is expected to generate 16 new jobs.

“We are pleased to further build on our success here in York County. The expansion will give us the opportunity to add to our product range and increase our market share. We appreciate the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Jay Dickson, president of Nation Ford Chemical.

Nation Ford Chemical is in the process of expanding its product line and will build a new chemical production area on its current campus, located at 2300 Banks Street in Fort Mill.

“It’s always exciting to see a company with a long history in South Carolina choose to increase its footprint here. Nation Ford Chemical has been a part of the state’s business community for more than 30 years, and we celebrate the company’s decision to invest $5.5 million and create more new jobs in Fort Mill,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The company will produce a new antioxidant used in manufacturing lubricants. The expansion is expected to be completed by November.

“South Carolina’s chemical manufacturing industry continues to play an important role in the health of our state’s economy. Today’s announcement by Nation Ford Chemical also shows that our state’s business-friendly climate is fostering growth amongst our existing firms,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

In 2011, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Nation Ford Chemical has operated successfully in York County for many decades and we are pleased they have decided once again to reinvest in our community,” said York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell. “In this competitive and challenging global economy, anytime a company allocates precious capital to a new venture they are reconfirming their initial faith and commitment.  York County would like to thank Nation Ford for their past dedication and we welcome the new jobs and investment as we grow together.”

The company is currently in the process of hiring for the new positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities with Nation Ford Chemical should e-mail Janice Giroux of Express at janice.giroux@expresspros.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant for $100,000 for site preparation and infrastructure improvement. readySC will provide pre-employment training.

Founded in 1977, Nation Ford Chemical specializes in the production of a variety of organic intermediates, polymers and colorants for a broad range of customers worldwide. The company’s products are sold worldwide through offices in the United States, Europe, China and Japan. For more information about Nation Ford Chemical, please visit www.nationfordchem.com.

 

JTEKT Automotive expanding in Greenville County

$102 million investment expected to create 80 new jobs

April 24th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – JTEKT Automotive South Carolina Inc., a manufacturer of automotive components today announced plans to expand its operations in Greenville County. The $102 million investment is expected to generate at least 80 new jobs over the next two years.

“We are excited about expanding our manufacturing operation in Greenville County. The South Carolina facility will give us the opportunity to expand our product line and reach new customers as well as grow our overall production capacity and operations. This is an important step in the life of our company,” said Katsuhiko “Ike” Ishikawa, president of JTEKT Automotive South Carolina Inc.

JTEKT Automotive South Carolina will build a new building near the company’s existing facility, located at 1866 Old Grove Road in Piedmont, S.C. The new addition will increase JTEKT’s driveline component capacity and flexibility.

“It’s another great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to increase its footprint here. We celebrate JTEKT Automotive’s decision to invest $102 million and create 80 new jobs in Piedmont with this expansion,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

In 2011, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“With announcements like this, we see South Carolina’s manufacturing renaissance continuing to gain steam. We also see our reputation in the automotive club grow. We appreciate JTEKT Automotive’s confidence in South Carolina as the right place to make new products,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“JTEKT is a world leader in the automotive industry, and had no shortage of options of where to place this investment and new positions, so we’re delighted that they have selected Greenville County,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “As a global manufacturer with a diverse array of technology-driven quality products and a history of success, the company is a valued member of our business community, and another indication of the strong momentum we are experiencing in South Carolina.”

“JTEKT’s decision to substantially increase its presence in Greenville County underscores the advantages that are available here, including our highly trained workforce and strong pro-business environment,” said Butch Kirven, Greenville Area Development Corporation director and chairman of Greenville County Council. “We are proud to be home for JTEKT and our growing family of strong international companies.”

JTEKT Automotive will begin hiring for the new positions in October. For more information about the company, please visit www.jtekt-na.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: April 23, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 23 includes:

Thursday, April 26, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will welcome the Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year finalists, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, April 26, 2:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will join the South Carolina Mother of the Year Committee in presenting the Mother of the Year award, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, April 26, 4:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will hold “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, April 27, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will speak at the Education Reform Summit Luncheon, Columbia Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, April 27, 1:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will attend the first Boeing S.C. 787 roll out, Boeing facility, 5400 International Boulevard North Charleston, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: April 16, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 16 included the following:

Monday, April 16

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:30 PM:  Economic development call.

1:45 PM:  Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

2:15 PM:  Economic development call.

2:30 PM:  Radio interview.

3:00 PM:  Economic development call.

3:30 PM:  Agency meeting.

5:00 PM:  Business call.

Tuesday, April 17

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:45 AM:  Agency call.

10:00 AM:  Economic development call.

10:50 AM:  Economic development call.

11:30 AM:  Constituent call.

2:00 PM:  Agency meeting.

2:45 PM:  Legislative meeting.

4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in the 21st Annual Ambassadors for Economic Development Awards Ceremony, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

4:45 PM:  Agency meeting.

Wednesday, April 18

8:00 AM:  Legislative meeting.

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in the South Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Awards Presentation, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:45 AM:  Policy call.

12:45 PM:  Legislative meeting.

2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley visited with Ocean Bay Elementary School, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:40 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:00 PM:  Economic development call.

3:30 PM:  Agency call.

3:50 PM:  Legislative meeting.

Thursday, April 19

8:00 AM:  Agency meeting.

9:45 AM:  Media briefing at the South Carolina Health & Human Services Department, Jefferson Square office building, 11th Floor, 1801 Main Street, Columbia, S.C.

11:45 AM:  Economic development call.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the 28th Annual Tire Industry Conference presented by Clemson University, Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

1:20 PM:  Policy call.

2:20 PM:  Newspaper interview.

2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the grand opening for Innovative Composites International, 174 Millennium Drive, Orangeburg, S.C.

Friday, April 20

10:45 AM:  Gov. Haley visited Stier Supply Company to discuss the unemployment rate and the administration’s job creation efforts, Stier Supply Company, 1075 Lake Murray Boulevard Irmo, S.C.

11:30 AM:  Economic development call.

11:45 AM:  Economic development meeting.

12:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM:  Meeting with Carolina Chrome magazine.

2:20 PM:  Gov. Haley greeted students from North Myrtle Beach Elementary School.

3:15 PM:  Gov. Haley met with students from Youth Challenge, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, April 21

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina Republican Party’s 7th Congressional District Convention, West Florence High School, 221 North Beltline Drive, Florence, S.C.

 

Duke Sandwich Productions establishing new plant in Anderson County

$5 million investment expected to create 45 new jobs

April 17th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Duke Sandwich Productions, a maker of a variety of sandwich spreads, dips, dressings and dessert items today announced plans to locate its new production facility in Anderson County. The $5 million investment is expected to generate 45 new jobs over the next five years.

“We are pleased to move forward with plans to locate our new operations in Powdersville, S.C. Our company has a long history in the Palmetto State and we look forward to continuing to grow and do business here,” said Andrew Smart, CEO of Duke Sandwich Productions.

Duke Sandwich Productions will acquire the former Rock Tenn building, located at 211 Pine Road in Powdersville S.C., to house its new operations. The company will produce a range of sandwich and other spreads there. The facility is expected to be in operation by the end of the third quarter.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when one of our long-established businesses decides to grow and further invest in our state. We celebrate the 45 new jobs Duke Sandwich Productions will create in Powdersville, and look forward to the company’s continued success in the Palmetto State,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

In 2011, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Duke Sandwich Production can trace its history in this state back nearly 100 years, and we appreciate the company’s continued commitment to South Carolina. This announcement grows both our agribusiness and manufacturing sectors,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Agribusiness, agriculture and forestry have been bright spots in South Carolina’s economy, and Duke Sandwich Productions’ announcement is a great example of new investment and job creation in the industry,” said South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

“I am very pleased that Duke Sandwich Productions has selected Anderson County as its new home. We are happy to have this long established company as a new neighbor,” said Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in September. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact SC Works Worklink Center in Anderson at 864-226-6273.

For more information about the company, please visit www.dukesandwich.com.

 

Grace Plastics locating new operation in Greenville County

$1.2 million investment expected to create new jobs

April 17th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ohio-based Grace Plastics, a plastics recycler, today announced plans to locate a new facility in Greenville County. The $1.2 million investment is expected to generate 16 new jobs over the next two years.

“We are excited about locating our new operations in Greenville County. The South Carolina facility will give us the opportunity to reach new customers in the Southeast as well as grow our overall operations. This is an important step in the life of our company,” said Harold J. Johnson, president of Grace Plastics.

Grace Plastics is establishing a new facility in a 60,000-square-foot existing building located at 3054 Fork Shoals Road in Simpsonville. The company offers a range of services including spotting trailers, shredding and grinding of purge, parts and baled plastics, as well as sorting partially assembled components, breaking them down and grinding.

“We celebrate Grace Plastics’ decision to invest $1.2 million and create new jobs in Simpsonville. More and more businesses from across the country are learning about the benefits of doing business in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since the beginning of 2010, Commerce has recruited more than $430 million in capital investment and more than 1,000 new jobs in the recycling-related sector.

“Grace Plastics’ decision to locate here provides another boost to South Carolina’s growing recycling-related sector. We’ve seen several announcements across the state for recycling-related companies in the past year,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Grace Plastics expects to begin initial operations at the facility later this week. The company will begin hiring for the new positions at a later date.

“We’re pleased that Grace Plastics has chosen to locate their new South Carolina operations here in Greenville County, and appreciate the valuable roles played by partners including the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Upstate SC Alliance in making this happen,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation.

“As a family-owned business with innovative processes, blue-chip customers and a history of positive growth, their announcement is another positive boost to Greenville County’s growing business community.”

“Congratulations to the Greenville Area Development Corporation and the SC Department of Commerce on another successful addition to the Upstate business community,” said Hal Johnson, president and CEO of the Upstate Alliance. “Grace Plastics could have expanded anywhere in the world and chose Greenville. This is a strong testament to the conducive business climate this state has and the fact that the Upstate is a great location for businesses to enjoy continued success.”

“We look forward to Grace Plastics joining our state’s recycling sector. Recycling firms can help other companies reduce costs by avoiding landfill fees, and they also help provide good jobs,” said Ronnie Grant, chairman of the Recycling Market Development Advisory Council.

Founded in 1994, Grace Plastics is headquartered in Batavia, Ohio. For more information about Grace Plastics, please visit www.graceplastics.com.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: April 16, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 16 includes:

Tuesday, April 17, 4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the 21st Annual Ambassadors for Economic Development Awards Ceremony, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, April 18, 10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the 2012 South Carolina Governor's Volunteer Awards Ceremony, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, April 19, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will be the Keynote Speaker at the 28th Annual Tire Industry Conference presented by Clemson University, Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Thursday, April 19, 2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley will attend an economic development announcement, 174 Millennium Drive, Orangeburg, S.C.

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will speak at the South Carolina Republican Party’s 7th Congressional District Convention, West Florence High School, 221 North Beltline Drive, Florence, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: April 9, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 9 included the following:

Monday, April 9

8:30 AM:  Radio interview.

9:30 AM:  Radio interview.

10:00 AM:  Radio interview.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in the RBC Heritage’s Opening Ceremonies and Parade, Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

1:00 PM:  Interview with RBC

3:30 PM:  Economic development call.

4:15 PM:  Economic development call.

5:00 PM:  Television news interview.

6:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held a book signing, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Charleston, S.C.

Tuesday, April 10

9:15 AM:  Economic development reception.

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in an economic development announcement, Michelin, 1 Parkway South, Greenville, S.C.

10:45 AM:  Media availability.

2:15 PM:  Radio interview.

2:45 PM:  Radio interview.

3:15 PM:  Magazine interview.

7:00 PM:  RBC reception.

8:30 PM:  Agency meeting.

Wednesday, April 11

8:10 AM:  Radio interview.

8:33 AM:  Radio interview.

9:45 AM:  Newspaper interview.

10:00 AM:  Radio interview.

10:25 AM:  Radio interview.

11:00 AM:  Newspaper interview.

11:45 AM:  Television news interview.

3:00 PM:  Policy call.

3:15 PM:  Policy call.

3:30 PM:  Policy call.

4:05 PM:  Radio interview.

4:30 PM:  Radio interview.

Thursday, April 12

10:33 AM:  Radio interview.

11:05 AM:  Radio interview.

11:20 AM:  Radio interview.

11:33 AM:  Radio interview.

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

2:00 PM:  Newspaper interview.

2:30 PM:  Radio interview.

4:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

4:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

Friday, April 13

9:35 AM:  Radio call.

9:50 AM:  Radio call.

10:15 AM:  Economic development meeting.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley will speak at the First Gentleman’s Invitational presented by the S.C. Power Team’s Luncheon, Long Cove Club, 44 Long Cove Drive, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

5:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

6:00 PM:  RBC Client Reception.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley hosted, in conjunction with the Heritage Classic Foundation, and attend the Palmetto State Reception, Harbour Town Golf Links, Conference Center, 11 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Saturday, April 14

9:15 AM:  Gov. Haley held a book signing, James F. Byrnes High School, 150 East Main Street, Duncan, S.C.

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina Republican Party’s Fourth Congressional District Convention, James F. Byrnes High School, 150 East Main Street, Duncan, S.C.

2:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held a Books-A-Million, 164 Forum Drive, Columbia, S.C.

5:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held a book signing, Books A Million, Colonial Mall, 10177 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

6:30 PM:  Television news interview.

Sunday, April 15

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

6:00 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the closing ceremonies of the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

 

Diversified Plastics expanding facility in Dillon County

$2.5 million investment expected to create new jobs

April 12th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Diversified Plastics Inc., a maker of material handling containers and carts, today announced plans to expand its current manufacturing facility in Dillon County. The $2.5 million investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

“We are excited to move forward with plans to expand our facility in Latta,” said Tommy Wallace, CEO of Diversified Plastics, Inc. “Demand for our products continues to grow and this expansion will allow us to increase our market share. Dillon County and South Carolina have always provided us with an excellent business climate and skilled workforce and we greatly appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials.”

DPI has upgraded its rotational molding facility, located at 1309 S.C. Hwy 917 West, in Latta, S.C. over the past couple of years and the company plans to further expand its operations. The expansion will allow DPI to increase the capacity of its facilities and will also involve adding new tooling for an additional product line.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of South Carolina’s rural areas. We celebrate Diversified Plastics’ decision to invest $2.5 million and create new jobs in Latta,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Last year, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Diversified Plastics has been a part of the state’s business community for more than three decades. Today’s announcement confirms the company’s commitment to our state and provides another boost to South Carolina’s manufacturing renaissance,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“For many years Diversified Plastics has been a thriving part of this community. With this expansion and the creation of a larger workforce, we look forward to years of continued prosperity,” said Latta Mayor Nancy Brigman.

“It’s always a delight to see one of our existing industries expand and continue to grow in the county. We look forward to a long and productive working relationship with Diversified Plastics,” said Dillon County Council Chairman Aaron Gandy.

“Understanding the needs of existing industry is very critical to the continued success and growth of any company. We were very happy to assist Diversified Plastics with this expansion,” said Dillon County Economic Development Executive Director Tonny McNeil.

The company will begin hiring as new equipment is installed.

About Diversified Plastics

Diversified Plastics Inc., a worldwide leader in rotational molding manufacture since 1976, offers a complete assortment of durable, high-quality material handling carts and heavy duty utility carts. DPI is a plastic container provider for a number of markets, servicing the needs of the industrial, textile, hospitality, laundry, agricultural and marine industries. For more information, please visit www.dpirotocarts.com.

 

Ross Stores opening new facility in York County

April 11th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ross Stores Inc. (“Ross”) will open a new distribution and warehousing facility in York County. Under a five year program, the new 1.2 million square foot facility is expected to generate approximately 600 new jobs over that time period. Ross plans to use the new Rock Hill facility to distribute merchandise to its retail stores located in 30 states. The distribution center is expected to be up and running sometime in 2013.

Michael Wilson, senior vice president of Supply Chain for Ross commented, “Ross has found York County a good place to do business over the past ten years. We currently operate in the county over 1.9 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space as well as our supply chain headquarters. We look forward to adding this new facility to our distribution capabilities.”

“Today’s announcement is another big win for South Carolina. We celebrate Ross’ decision to locate new operations in Rock Hill and create 600 new jobs,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“Ross’ decision to invest in South Carolina shows how critical good transportation infrastructure is in attracting investments that create jobs,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

York County Council Chairman Dr. Britt Blackwell added, “Ross Dress for Less has made several significant investments in York County over the past decade and presently is one of our largest employers with over 1,200 people. This new operation is verification of York County’s focus on the value of existing industry and the benefits they bring to our community. We are excited about the hundreds of new jobs that will be part of this investment as we strive to make York County the most business-friendly county in the nation.”

For more information about Ross Stores Inc. (“Ross”) visit www.rossstores.com.

 

Michelin to grow business in Anderson, Lexington Counties

$750 million investment expected to create 500 new jobs

April 10th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Michelin North America, Inc. today announced that the company will expand its Earthmover tire production in South Carolina with a $750 million investment expected to generate 500 new jobs.

“There is unprecedented demand for Michelin Earthmover tires throughout the world,” said Michelin Chairman and President Pete Selleck. “It’s a tribute to the productivity of our employees and the pro-business environment in South Carolina that the company is expanding its Earthmover capacity in the state where we first began manufacturing in the United States.”

When added to the $200 million announced last May in Lexington, this announcement brings the total Michelin investment in South Carolina to almost $1 billion in the last year.

“Michelin has been part of the economic and social fabric of South Carolina since the first tire rolled off the line in 1975 and has been one of our finest corporate citizens,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “It really is a great day in South Carolina when our largest manufacturer reaffirms its commitment to the state.”

“It’s always rewarding when new companies locate in South Carolina, but it's even better when companies like Michelin that have been here for decades decide to expand and grow,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “It is a tribute to Michelin and its 8,000 employees in the state that the company has decided to grow their presence here.”

“We are pleased to recognize the achievements of Michelin North America. The recent expansion of Lexington plants US#5 and US#7 greatly strengthened the economic activity in our area and helped to foster the growth that we are currently experiencing. Today we are excited about the two announcements and delighted to be able to celebrate this milestone achievement by Michelin North America. We are pleased that they are a part of our community and wish them continued success,” said Lexington County Chairman Bill Banning.

“We are extremely proud to continue and strengthen the long running relationship between Michelin, the SC Department of Commerce and Anderson County,” said Tommy Dunn, Anderson County councilman, District 5. “I’m grateful for the hard work and dedication of Burriss Nelson and his economic development team in their efforts to cultivate relationships that can benefit from Anderson County’s unique mix of a skilled and willing workforce, the support of Tri-County Technical College and our area’s outstanding quality of life. This is another great day in Anderson County.”

Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim B. Apple said, “Michelin’s announcement today of continued expansion in Lexington County, S.C. reaffirms the pro-business environment, quality workforce and strategic location of Lexington County and Central South Carolina. We congratulate Michelin Corporation on their continued success and we congratulate Lexington County on the continued growth of this great corporate citizen.”

“Michelin’s increased investment in the Upstate speaks volumes to their belief in the South Carolina workforce and its business climate. We are grateful for their contributions to our region and for the jobs they bring to our citizens,” said Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO Hal Johnson.

“Michelin is currently one of the Port of Charleston’s largest customers, and I am very pleased to learn of their plans to expand their manufacturing footprint in South Carolina. Michelin has been a consistent partner and ardent supporter of the deepening of the Charleston Harbor to accommodate the new, larger cargo vessels.  This announcement today solidifies the company’s relationship with our port and our state,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority.

State and local incentives were approved for Michelin’s expansion.

About Michelin North America, Inc.

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,200 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.


Accuride expanding facility in Kershaw County

$8.73 million investment expected to create 25 new jobs

April 10th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Accuride Corporation (NYSE: ACW), a leading supplier of components to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced plans to expand aluminum wheel production capacity at its Kershaw County plant. The company will invest at least $8.73 million to add two machine lines as part of the expansion, which will generate at least 25 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with plans to expand our Kershaw County operations. Our investment helps to ensure we have the right production capacity in place where and when our customers need it, at a higher standard of quality and dependability,” said Accuride Corporation President and CEO Rick Dauch. 

“South Carolina has the appropriate business environment and the skilled workforce our facility will require to successfully grow both now and in the future, and we appreciate the support we’ve received from both state and local officials to ensure that this happens,” stated Accuride Camden Director of Operations Don Krampe.

In June 2011, Accuride acquired substantially all of the assets of Forgitron Technologies LLC, including the 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located at 30 Hengst Blvd. in Camden. Shortly thereafter, Accuride converted the plant to its standards, and announced plans to expand capacity and produce a range of forged aluminum commercial vehicle wheels at the facility.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate Accuride’s decision to invest $8.73 million and create 25 new jobs in Camden. South Carolina continues to provide the business-friendly-climate where companies of all sizes can grow and prosper,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

In 2011, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“South Carolina’s manufacturing renaissance continues to build up steam with announcements like this one from Accuride. This announcement also shows that our automotive-related sector continues to create new jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“It is exciting to see that Accuride, one of our industry neighbors, is growing and prospering,” said Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise. “This is the solid result of the supportive pro-business climate we enjoy in Kershaw County.”

“We are excited about today's announcement by Accuride Corporation to expand their operations in Kershaw County. More and more corporations are discovering the benefits of investing in South Carolina. We welcome these new jobs and greatly appreciate being a part of the corporate strategy and development plans of Accuride,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.
The company has already begun hiring for the new positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact SCWorks at (803) 432-5153.

About Accuride Corporation
With headquarters in Evansville, Ind., USA, Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the commercial vehicle industry. The company’s products include commercial vehicle wheels, wheel-end components and assemblies, truck body and chassis parts, and other commercial vehicle components. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Gunite®, ImperialTM and BrillionTM. Accuride’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ACW.  For more information, visit the company’s website at www.AccurideCorp.com.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: April 9, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 9 includes:

Monday, April 9, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will participate in the RBC Heritage’s Opening Ceremonies and Parade, Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in an economic development announcement, Michelin, 1 Parkway South, Greenville, S.C.

Wednesday, April 11: Gov. Haley will attend the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Thursday, April 12:  Gov. Haley will attend the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Friday, April 13, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley will speak at the First Gentleman’s Invitational presented by the S.C. Power Team’s Luncheon, Long Cove Club, 44 Long Cove Drive, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Friday, April 13, 7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will host, in conjunction with the Heritage Classic Foundation, and attend the Palmetto State Reception, Harbour Town Golf Links, Conference Center, 11 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will speak at the South Carolina Republican Party’s Fourth Congressional District Convention, James F. Byrnes High School, 150 East Main Street, Duncan, S.C.

Sunday, April 15, Gov. Haley will speak at the closing ceremonies of the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: April 2, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 2 included the following:

Monday, April 2

8:30 AM:  Television interview.

11:00 AM:  Magazine interview.

2:00 PM:  Radio interview.

5:00 PM:  Television interview.

Tuesday, April 3

8:30 AM: Newspaper interview.

10:00 AM: Television interview.

12:30 PM: Magazine interview.

2:00 PM: Radio interview.

2:20 PM:  Newspaper interview.

3:00 PM:  Television interview.

3:25 PM:  Newspaper interview.

3:45 PM:  Newspaper interview.

4:05 PM:  Newspaper interview.

7:15 PM:  Television interview.

9:00 PM:  Television interview.

Wednesday, April 4

6:50 AM:  Television interview.

8:20 AM:  Radio interview.

9:30 AM:  Radio interview.

10:06 AM: Radio interview.

10:33 AM:  Radio interview.

4:30 PM:  Radio interview.

5:15 PM:  Magazine interview.

6:30 PM:  Television interview.

Thursday, April 5

8:45 AM:  Television interview.

9:50 AM:  Radio interview.

11:30 AM:  Podcast interview.

11:45 AM:  Podcast interview.

12:15 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in an event with Liz Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.

2:45 PM:  Television interview.

4:45 PM:  Television interview.

10:00 PM:  Radio interview.

Friday, April 6

2:30 PM:  Television interview.

2:55 PM:  Television interview.

Saturday, April 7

6:00 PM:  Family Circle Cup reception.

7:00 PM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the Family Circle Cup’s 40th year celebration, “A Night of Empowerment,” Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, S.C.

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