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eCycling International SC establishing new facility in Allendale County
More than $23 million investment expected to create 18 new jobs
August 28

COLUMBIA, S.C. – eCycling International SC today announced that the company is locating its new facility in Allendale County. The more than $23 million investment is expected to generate 18 new jobs.

“We are excited to open our new operations in Allendale County. South Carolina offers us an exceptional business environment and a talented workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials as we’ve helped to make this project a reality,” said Kevin Fail, facility manager for eCycling International SC.

eCycling International SC is establishing its recycling and processing service facility in the former Mohawk building in Ulmer. The company offers commercial recycling and performs zero-waste landfill services. The facility is expected to be up and running in five months.

“Today’s announcement from eCycling International SC is another win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate the company’s decision to invest $23 million in Ulmer and create new jobs. We are working hard every day to recruit new businesses to all areas of South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

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

“The recycling sector continues to be an important part of our state’s economy and today’s announcement by eCycling International SC builds on that. Every one of these new jobs will have impact in Allendale County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Allendale County welcomes eCycling International to our diverse industrial community,” said Allendale County Council Chairman Carl Gooding. “We appreciate the job creation and investment in our workforce that eCycling will bring through this project, and we look forward to working with the company for many years to come.”

“Every job created in a rural community affects a family and improves their quality of life,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Johnny Williamson. “eCycling’s investment in our region is celebrated because these new jobs will make a big difference to our families.  We are delighted that eCycling International has chosen our region for their operation.”

The company will begin hiring in four months for the new positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Kevin Fail at the new facility at that time.

About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. Commerce has been part of recruiting world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, Heinz, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. Commerce also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and offers grants for community development. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 27, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 27 includes:

Monday, August 27, 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a media availability after the South Carolina and Florida delegation breakfast, Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort, 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL.

Tuesday, August 28:  Gov. Haley will attend the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL.

Tuesday, August 28:  Gov. Haley will address the Republican National Convention in the 9:00 PM hour, Tampa, FL.

Wednesday, August 29:  Gov. Haley will attend the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL.

Thursday, August 30, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will hold a media availability after the South Carolina delegation breakfast, Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort, 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL.

Thursday, August 30:  Gov. Haley will attend the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 20 included the following:

Monday, August 20

10:20 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM:  Policy meeting.

2:00 PM:  Gov. Haley, Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, Oran Smith, Palmetto Family Council joined in a ceremonial bill signing for S. 149 Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act, Midlands Home School Resource Center, 108 Cottage Woods Trail, Lexington, S.C.

2:30 PM:  Media availability.

4:00 PM:  Constituent meeting.

Tuesday, August 21

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley held a ceremonial bill signing for S. 1213 Medal of Valor Act, Anderson Armory, 3111 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Anderson, S.C.

11:30 AM:  Media availability.

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

3:15 PM:  Policy meeting.

Wednesday, August 22

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson held a media availability to discuss ethics reform, Charleston International Airport (CHS), Conference Room, FBO/Atlantic Aviation, 6060 South Aviation, North Charleston, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson held a media availability to discuss ethics reform, Myrtle Beach International (MYR), FBO/Myrtle Beach Aviation, 1250 Airdrome Road, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson held a media availability to discuss ethics reform, Greenville Downtown (GMU) Airport, FBO/TAC Air, 100 Tower Drive, Greenville, S.C.

2:20 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson held a media availability to discuss ethics reform, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:30 PM:  Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

Thursday, August 23

10:00 AM:  Economic development meeting.

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley joined officials from Electrolux for a business visit and announcement, Electrolux, 101 Master's Boulevard, Anderson, S.C.

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held two ceremonial bill signings, Carolina Pregnancy Center,103 Metro Drive, Spartanburg, S.C.

4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in the “Ask the Governor” segment with Bob McLain on News Radio WORD.

5:30 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in the “The Afternoon Drive” segment with Keven Cohen on WVOC

Friday, August 24

9:40 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:45 AM:  Economic development meeting.

11:00 AM:  Economic development call.

12:30 PM:  Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Luncheon, North Charleston Convention Center, Ballroom C, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, S.C.

2:00 PM:  Policy meeting.

4:20 PM:  Economic development call.

Sunday, August 26

5:00 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina delegation’s welcome reception, Sheraton - East, 10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL.

5:45 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at Her New View’s “Lashing Back at the Backlash: How the Media Exploits Conservative Women” panel, David A. Straz, Jr. Performing Arts Center's Teco Theatre, 1010 North W.C. MaccInes Place, Tampa, FL.


 
Gov. Nikki Haley announces ethics reform package
Tours South Carolina with Attorney General Alan Wilson to promote state government transparency, accountability
August 22

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Today, during a statewide tour with Attorney General Alan Wilson, Governor Nikki Haley unveiled an ethics reform package that will give South Carolinians the good government they deserve.

Gov. Haley said, "The most important thing a public official can do is to try and right the wrongs they come across in public life. Our ethics laws and processes are wrong. They are too confusing, too insular, and most of all, far too weak. We're going to change that. No longer will South Carolinians be forced to wonder if their government truly belongs to them. These simple, commonsense changes to our ethics system will make South Carolina one of the most ethically stringent states in the country - which is no less than our people deserve."

The governor’s ethics reform package includes:

No Incumbent Exemption for Elections Filings: All candidates for public office – whether incumbent or non-incumbent – should be required to file the same forms for candidacy. The South Carolina Supreme Court’s recent interpretation of state laws regarding candidate filings of Statement of Economic Interest forms created confusion that resulted in the removal of more than 200 candidates from primary election ballots – none of whom were incumbents for the office they were seeking. Current state law must be clarified to avoid incumbency protection and to promote a democratic election process.

Mandatory Conflict of Interest Recusals by Lawyer-Legislators: Recusal requirements for legislators appearing before boards on behalf of private clients should be strengthened to prohibit conflicts of interest and improper influence. Legislators are influencing the appointments of board members whom they appear before on behalf of private clients. For example, lawyer-legislators continue to influence the appointment process and vote at the committee levels during the confirmation process for the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Department of Health and Environmental Control Board, and other quasi-judicial boards.

One Ethics Commission for all Public Officials: Current ethics review processes lacks coordination - public integrity oversight agencies do not have a coordinated approach to investigating and prosecuting ethical misconduct. They also lack credibility - legislative ethics committees police themselves and their colleagues. The public deserves an ethics review process that strengthens public integrity and can handle violations of ethics laws fairly and consistently. Therefore, it's time for a constitutional amendment to expand the State Ethics Commission's jurisdiction to include members of the General Assembly and dissolve the legislative ethics committees.

Total Income Disclosure for Elected Officials: Income disclosures empower the public to hold their elected officials accountable. Current state law does not require elected officials to disclose private sources of income. In fact, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, South Carolina is one of only four states that do not require private sources of income to be reported. We need to strengthen our financial disclosure laws to expose potential conflicts of interest. An elected official should report all income received by himself or herself, his or her spouse, and his or her immediate family members (children and other dependents), to include the source, recipient, amount, and how the income was earned. This includes income from lobbyist principals and associated businesses that contract with any government entity. Elected officials should report all fiduciary positions held, whether compensated or uncompensated, to include the name of the entity, title of position, and brief description of duties performed.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Applies to All Branches of Government: Public information should be freely and equally accessible to the people of South Carolina. Arguably, the strongest branch of government – the Legislature – has the weakest requirements for public records disclosure under our Freedom of Information laws thanks to the legislative exemption in South Carolina’s FOIA law. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, forty-six states have FOIA laws that are stronger regarding disclosure of legislative records. It's time to do away with the legislative exemption in FOIA so that the public has access to information from all branches of government.

Polydeck Screen Corporation expanding operations in Spartanburg County
$7 million investment expected to create 32 new jobs
August 21

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Polydeck Screen Corporation, a producer of systems for materials screening operations in the aggregate, coal and mining industries, today announced that the company will expand its current operations in Spartanburg County. The $7 million investment is expected to generate 32 new jobs.

“Polydeck chose Spartanburg County as the location for its headquarters in 1978, and we have been blessed with steady growth since that time. We appreciate the positive economic environment, the availability of a talented workforce and the cooperation of county officials that have enabled us to consistently expand our operations, and we look forward to continued growth here,” said Peter Freissle, president of Polydeck.

The company’s expansion includes the acquisition of a neighboring facility on Dewberry Road. The company will add several pieces of state-of-the-art equipment, including a water jet, a CNC router and several injection molding machines in order to produce a new line of screen media products.

“While we work hard to recruit investment from new companies to South Carolina, it’s equally important to help our existing businesses grow. When established companies like Polydeck expand, it is a sign our economic development efforts are on the right track. We celebrate Polydeck’s $7 million investment and the creation of 32 new jobs in the Upstate,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Our state’s manufacturing engine keeps steaming along and today’s announcement by Polydeck is the latest example. South Carolinians know how to make things. Our state’s workforce talent, along with our business-friendly climate, helps companies prosper and grow,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since opening its doors in 1978, Polydeck has been able to expand its Spartanburg operations five times in order to keep up with growing demand for its products.

“We are pleased Polydeck, a long-time corporate citizen of Spartanburg County, is growing their operation here. Polydeck’s investment in machinery and the creation of these additional jobs, along with their 34-year history of supporting the community is greatly appreciated. We are always excited when existing companies grow, confirming Spartanburg County as an excellent location to do business,” said David Britt, chairman of Economic Development Committee of Spartanburg County Council and Economic Futures Group board member.

The company is hiring as needed for the new positions being created. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should visit Polydeck’s careers page on the company website to see a list of current hiring needs.

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

 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 20 includes:

Monday, August 20, 2:00 PM: Gov. Haley, Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, Oran Smith, Palmetto Family Council will join in a ceremonial bill signing for S. 149 Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act, Midlands Home School Resource Center, 108 Cottage Woods Trail, Lexington, S.C.

Tuesday, August 21, 11:00 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a ceremonial bill signing for S. 1213 Medal of Valor Act, Anderson Armory, 3111 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Anderson, S.C.

Thursday, August 23, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will join officials from Electrolux for a business visit and announcement, Electrolux, 101 Master's Boulevard, Anderson, S.C.

Thursday, August 23, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley will hold two ceremonial bill signings, Carolina Pregnancy Center,103 Metro Drive, Spartanburg, S.C.

Thursday, August 23, 4:00 PM: Gov. Haley will participate in the “Ask the Governor” segment with Bob McLain on News Radio WORD.

Friday, August 24, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Luncheon, North Charleston Convention Center, Ballroom C, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, S.C.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 13 included the following:

Monday, August 13

9:50 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

1:30 PM: Constituent meeting.

2:35 PM: Policy meeting.

3:15 PM: Policy meeting.

4:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, August 14

3:15 PM: Gov. Haley met with officials and toured Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, 552 Hyatt Street, Gaffney, S.C.

Saturday, August 18

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley participated in the Original Six Foundation’s Marlboro County Day, Marlboro High School, 951 Fayetteville Avenue Extension, Bennettsville, S.C.

10:10 AM: Television news interview.

12:25 PM: Constituent meeting.

12:35 PM: Newspaper interview.

1:15 PM: Gov. Haley held constituent office hours, Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, 203 Fayetteville Avenue, Bennettsville, S.C.

 
Morgan Olson LLC establishing new facility in Charleston County
$1 million investment expected to create 119 new jobs
August 15

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Morgan Olson LLC, a maker of walk-in van bodies, today announced that it will establish its new plant in Charleston County. The $1 million investment is expected to generate 119 new jobs.

“We are excited about locating our new facility in Charleston County. South Carolina offers a business-friendly environment and the skilled workforce we need for our operations. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Dave Halladay, vice president of Operations at Morgan Olson.

Morgan Olson’s Charleston facility will strip and retrofit truck chassis built by Mercedes in Ladson, as well as upfit cargo vans with modular interiors for Fed Ex, Ryder and other customers.

“More and more companies are learning the benefits of doing business in South Carolina and putting down roots here. We celebrate Morgan Olson’s decision to invest $1 million and create 119 new jobs here in Charleston County,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Morgan Olson will locate its new 100,000-square-foot plant at 7555 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston. The facility is expected to be online by October 1 and producing vehicles by October 22.

“The automotive industry continues to be a real driver in our state’s economy and in our manufacturing sector. When companies like Morgan Olson choose to locate here, it not only creates jobs and wealth for South Carolinians, but also increases our reputation in the automotive club,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $4.4 billion in capital investment and more than 6,800 jobs in the automotive-related sector.

“Congratulations to Morgan Olson on this exciting relocation news,” said Teddie Pryor, chairman of Charleston County Council. “Our automotive sector has led the way out of the recession among area manufacturers, and we are elated to be adding a company of the caliber of Morgan Olson to our corporate family. Their reputation for innovation and quality has preceded them here, and with the ever growing market for the Daimler Sprinter, we believe this facility will become central to their corporate strategy in the years to come. Our world-class Port and our unrivaled workforce will help create the fertile soil conditions for this success, and Morgan Olson can count on Charleston County as its pro-business partner for years to come.”

“The City of North Charleston commits to remain business friendly to support Morgan Olson and the expanding automotive sector of our regional economy,” said Keith Summey, mayor of North Charleston. “Morgan Olson is providing a welcomed capital investment and increased opportunities for high quality new jobs that will further strengthen our community.”

“We are proud to welcome Morgan Olson to our community,” said Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Wayne Hall. “This expansion proves just how competitive we have become. Our three counties offer an incredible combination of assets for global manufacturers, including an established automotive cluster, a skilled workforce and the world-class training programs of readySC. By choosing to locate in the Charleston region, Morgan Olson sends a powerful message to automotive companies around the world.”

The company has completed its first hiring phase and information on additional hiring will be released at a later date.

Morgan Olson is the leading walk-in van body manufacturer in North America. Its portfolio of customers serves a multitude of industries and delivery applications, from baking and snack foods to newspaper, textile rental, vending and parcel delivery. For more information about Morgan Olson, please visit www.morganolson.com.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 13 includes:

Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the Original Six Foundation’s Marlboro County Day, Marlboro High School, 951 Fayetteville Avenue Extension, Bennettsville, S.C.

Saturday, August 18, 1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will hold constituent meetings, Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, 203 Fayetteville Avenue, Bennettsville, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 6, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 6 included the following:

Monday, August 6

9:30 AM:  Policy call.

9:45 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM:  Television news interview.

12:15 PM:  Policy meeting.

10:05 PM:  Gov. Haley appeared on Fox News’ On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.

Tuesday, August 7

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:30 PM:  Policy call.

3:00 PM:  Television news interview.

3:30 PM:  Agency meeting.

4:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Wednesday, August 8

9:45 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:15 PM:  Gov. Haley joined Sen. Lindsey Graham, Adjutant General Robert Livingston, and Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom for a press conference to discuss sequestration, Bluff Road Armory, 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, S.C.

3:15 PM:  Policy meeting.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the Vigil Service at the Sikh Religious Society of South Carolina, 11419 Broad River Road, Chapin, S.C.

8:15 PM:  Media availability.

Thursday, August 9

Gov. Haley attended the PGA Championship, The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.

1:00 PM:  Policy meeting.

2:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:20 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:40 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:20 PM:  Gov. Haley held a media availability at the PGA Championship.

4:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

4:20 PM:  Policy meeting.

4:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

5:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Friday, August 10

Gov. Haley attended the PGA Championship, The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.

1:15 PM:  Economic development meeting.

1:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

1:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:15 PM:  Economic development meeting.

6:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

7:00 PM:  Economic development event.

Saturday, August 11

Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the PGA Championship, The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.

12:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

5:00 PM:  Economic development event.

7:00 PM:  PGA meeting.

7:40 PM:  PGA meeting.

8:00 PM:  PGA meeting.

Sunday, August 12

Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the PGA Championship, The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.

3:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold constituent meetings in Bennettsville on Saturday
Constituents have opportunity to meet with governor to discuss any issue
August 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that she will hold constituent meetings on Saturday, August 18, at 1:00 PM at Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, 203 Fayetteville Avenue, in Bennettsville, S.C. South Carolinians will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Gov. Haley to discuss any issue.

Anyone wishing to schedule a constituent meeting appointment with Gov. Haley should call (803) 734-1999 between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM on Friday, August 17. Appointments are first-come, first-served. For more information, call (803) 734-2100.

 

BauschLinnemann North America to establish operations in Horry County
More than $8 million investment expected to create 55 jobs
August 10

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BauschLinnemann North America, a producer of surfaces and edge bandings for furniture makers, today announced plans to establish a new facility and its North American headquarters in Horry County. The more than $8 million investment is expected to generate 55 jobs.

“We are pleased to establish our new production facility and North American headquarters in Horry County. South Carolina has the right business environment for us and has the skilled workforce we need. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials in moving this project forward,” said Michael Phillips, CEO and president of BauschLinnemann North America.

BauschLinnemann North America recently acquired Coastal Paper, a Horry County company and former supplier. BauschLinnemann also acquired the assets of CDM, a Quebec, Canada company, early in 2012. With these acquisitions it was determined that Horry County would be the ideal location for a consolidated production facility and North American headquarters. The facility will produce the company’s range of laminates and edge treatments.

“It’s always exciting to see another international company discover the benefits of doing business in South Carolina. We celebrate BauschLinnemann’s decision to invest in Horry County and create 55 jobs. We are working every day to attract investment from companies from around the globe,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“South Carolina continues to attract companies from around the world that are looking for a business-friendly climate and talented workforce to make their products. BauschLinnemann’s investment here is another sign of that and further boosts South Carolina’s manufacturing renaissance,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

The facility, located on Harrelson Blvd., will give the company 75,000 square feet of new manufacturing and office space, and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013. The campus has room to expand to 200,000 square feet.

“The scope of industry is widening in Horry County. BauschLinnemann announcing the relocation of its North American headquarters in Horry County comes on the heels of other recent announcements by AvCraft Technical Services and Frontier Communications. This is a clear indication that the strategy Horry County Council and the MBREDC have put in place is working. We are having a great year, and our mission to create jobs is becoming a reality,” said MBREDC Chairman Doug Wendel.

“The North Eastern Strategic Alliance is excited to learn that BauschLinnemann will locate its North American headquarters and consolidate its manufacturing operations in Myrtle Beach. This decision represents a fine example of what happens when we all work together in economic development. BauschLinnemann’s decision makes a strong statement regarding the workforce and pro-business environment within our region, and we are confident that those two factors will help BauschLinnemann to be successful. We welcome BauschLinnemann as our newest corporate neighbor,” said state Sen. J. Yancey McGill.

BauschLinnemann will begin hiring for the new positions in the beginning of summer 2013.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved the company for job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

BauschLinnemann North America is a system supplier of paper-based furniture surfaces, and is a subsidiary of BauschLinnemann GmbH. With a history of almost 30 years in North America, the move to South Carolina sets the stage for future growth. For more information about the company, please visit www.us.bauschlinnemann.com.


 
Gov. Nikki Haley announces PEBA appointments
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced three appointments to the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA). Established as a part of pension reform legislation signed into law earlier this year, PEBA will meet at least monthly and administer the state retirement systems and the employee insurance program.

“We’re grateful that three finance, human resources and employee benefits experts, who will be good stewards of our retirement system, have agreed to serve PEBA,” said Gov. Haley. “Our pension system’s unfunded liability had grown $10 billion over the last decade, and it threatened our long term fiscal health and stability. In talking to credit rating agencies about how to best protect the credit of South Carolina, they repeatedly insisted that the most important action we could take was to reduce those unfunded liabilities and make sure taxpayers alone aren’t on the hook for cost increases. We did just that this year, and as we can see, it’s already paying off.”

Gov. Haley’s PEBA appointments are:

Arthur M. (Art) Bjontegard, Jr.: Mr. Bjontegard is former president of South Carolina National Bank, the state’s largest bank holding company, and he previously headed its pension, investment, and bond departments. Additionally, Mr. Bjontegard has served on the National Episcopal Church’s audit committee, the investment panel of the S.C. Retirement Systems and the investment committee of Palmetto Health System.

Cynthia A. (Cindy) Hartley: With over 40 years of private-sector experience in human resources, Ms. Hartley retired from Sonoco, where she was Senior Vice President for Human Resources. She also chaired the Sustainability Committee for Sonoco, which was selected to join the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. With an MBA from the University of Chicago, Ms. Hartley also serves on the board of S.C. Bank and Trust.

Steve A. Matthews: Mr. Matthews, a respected attorney with significant government and corporate finance experience and a Yale Law School graduate, is a shareholder and past managing director of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. Based in the firm's Columbia office, he is the only South Carolina lawyer to serve as a founder of the American College of Bond Counsel and the first South Carolina lawyer to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

The governor, along with the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, recently appointed Bill Blume as PEBA’s Executive Director. He will serve through the end of 2013. Beginning in 2014, the PEBA Board will be responsible for choosing the executive director.

Pension reform legislation signed into law in June by the governor has had an immediate positive impact on South Carolina’s fiscal condition, according to analysis from Moody’s, one of the country’s three primary credit ratings agencies. The new law reduces the state’s unfunded liability by $2 billion in year one and completely eliminates it over the next 30 years.

“By doing things like getting rid of the TERI program, closing the separate, privileged retirement system for legislators, and cutting the taxpayer dollars going to pay for the retirement of state employees, we have established a solid foundation for the state’s two largest retirement systems, and for South Carolina as a whole,” said Gov. Haley.

Moody’s Weekly Credit Outlook for July 9, 2012, reported, “South Carolina’s $2 billion pension liability reduction is credit positive for state and local governments…Last Tuesday, actuaries for the state of South Carolina (Aaa stable) determined that recently enacted public pension reform legislation reduces the South Carolina Retirement System’s (SCRS) current unfunded liability to $12.4 billion from $14.4 billion, a credit positive for the state and for local governments that participate in SCRS…the law will reverse liability growth and reduce state and local government contributions requirement over time.”


Red Ventures expanding its Lancaster County campus with purchase of 16 acres
The company will create an additional 1,000 jobs in the area within the next five years
August 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Red Ventures, a technology company, announced today that it has acquired 16 acres of land next to its Indian Land, S.C. headquarters in Lancaster County. The expansion is expected to generate 1,000 new jobs over the next five years.

“We are thrilled to be able to add this adjacent land to our campus. The next few years will be full of challenges and opportunities and we are hoping to double the size of our current workforce,” said Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias. “This additional land will allow us to grow, while also maintaining the unique, employee-friendly environment we’ve created.”
Red Ventures currently owns 17 acres at its 150,000-square-foot campus at 521 Corporate Center Park. The company will use the new land to expand its campus, with development on its third building expected to begin by the end of the year. 

“South Carolina continues to be the place where companies can prosper, and Red Ventures’ announcement today in Indian Land is another indication of that. We look forward to the company’s continued growth in our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
The company employed 300 when it moved to South Carolina in 2009, and is now approaching 1,000 employees. Red Ventures employs a total of 1,500 across its locations in Miami, San Antonio, Indian Land and Wilmington, N.C.

“It’s great to see a high-tech company like Red Ventures grow and add to its payroll in South Carolina. Our state’s business-friendly climate and strong workforce talent continue to help draw new job-creating investments like this one,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Red Ventures expects to grow an additional 30 percent in 2012. The new space will also give the company the opportunity to expand its unique employee amenities, which already include: an indoor basketball court, walking/running track, fitness center, locker rooms, putting green, and a gourmet café with subsidized meals.

“We are excited about this announcement and the opportunities that Red Ventures has brought to Lancaster County and the region since locating here three years ago,” said Lancaster County Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare. “They are annually recognized as one of the top places to work in the Charlotte region. As we continue to diversify our local economy, Red Ventures will play an integral part in developing local talent that will lead to successful, high-paying careers for our residents - especially the youth entering the workforce who are excellent candidates for positions with Red Ventures.”

Anyone interested in job opportunities with Red Ventures should visit the company’s career site at www.redventures.com/careers.

About Red Ventures:

Red Ventures is a technology company that builds high-growth businesses. Through a combination of strategic marketing and sales, Red Ventures optimizes the customer lifecycle for large brands, from initial interest in the marketplace to the end transaction. Success is driven by advanced internet analytics, proprietary technology and the company's greatest competitive advantage – the people. Red Ventures has twice been ranked among the top 20 fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 500 list and has twice been named the Best Place to Work in Charlotte. Founded in 2000 by Ric Elias and Dan Feldstein, Red Ventures employs more than 1,500 people in four locations. Learn more at www.redventures.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 6, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 6 includes:

Wednesday, August 8, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, August 9 to Sunday, August 12:  Gov. Haley will attend the PGA Championship, The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: July 30, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 30 included the following:

Monday, July 30

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:45 AM:  Agency meeting.

2:15 PM:  Gov. Haley held a ceremonial bill signing for S.1125 and H.4786 regarding unemployment benefits reform, RPR, Inc., 34 Pelham Davis Circle, Greenville, S.C.

2:40 PM:  Media availability.

3:30 PM:  Meeting with a local official.

3:40 PM:  Call with a local official.

4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held “Open Door After 4” constituent meetings, City of Greenville, City Hall, 10th Floor, 206 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

5:50 PM:  Agency call.

6:00 PM:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley marked the Carolina Panthers’ upcoming 20th anniversary, recognized Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and proclaimed Carolina Panthers Day across South Carolina, Richardson Physical Activities Building, Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, S.C.

Tuesday, July 31

7:05 AM: Radio interview.

7:20 AM:  Radio interview.

7:45 AM:  Radio interview.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in the Romney for President Ann Arbor Victory Center Grand Opening, Main Room, Ann Arbor Victory Center, 4695 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.

12:55 PM:  Radio interview.

1:15 PM:  Radio interview.

1:35 PM:  Radio interview.

1:47 PM: Radio interview.

2:10 PM:  Newspaper interview.

2:40 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in a Romney for President Business Roundtable, Conference Room, Romney for President Michigan Headquarters, Suite 600, 120 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI.

3:15 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in the Romney for President Michigan Headquarters Grand Opening, Romney for President Michigan Headquarters, Main Room, 120 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI.

3:40 PM:  Television interview.

3:50 PM:  Television interview.

4:05 PM:  Newspaper interview.

4:20 PM:  Radio interview.

Wednesday, August 1

Gov. Haley attended the Republican Governors Association’s Executive Roundtable Quarterly Meeting, Aspen, CO.  Note:  All times indicated below are in Mountain Standard Time.

5:40 PM:  Meeting with fellow governors.

6:00 PM:  Gov. Haley joined fellow Republican governors on The Aspen Institute’s panel: A Conversation with Republican Governors, The Aspen Institute, Greenwald Pavilion, 1000 North Third Street, Aspen, CO.

7:30 PM:  RGA event.

Thursday, August 2

Gov. Haley attended the Republican Governors Association’s Executive Roundtable Quarterly Meeting, Aspen, CO.  Note:  All times indicated below are in Mountain Standard Time.

11:00 AM:  Economic development call.

12:15 PM:  RGA event.

3:00 PM:  Agency call.

3:45 PM:  Gov. Haley joined fellow governors and Gov. Mitt Romney for a Roundtable with Governors, Basalt Public High School, 600 Southside Drive Basalt, CO.

5:30 PM:  RGA event.

6:30 PM:  RGA event.

Sunday, August 5

7:50 PM:  Call with a fellow governor.
 
A.I.D. Company establishing new facility in Oconee County
$7 million investment expected to create 75 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A.I.D. Company, a business of RBC Bearings Inc. and a maker of aerospace components, today announced plans to locate its new facilities in Oconee County. The $7 million investment is expected to generate 75 new jobs over the next five years.

“We are excited about growing A.I.D. Company and pleased to locate our operations in Oconee County. South Carolina has created an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce that will help us succeed. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Dr. Michael Hartnett, president and CEO of RBC Bearings Inc.

A.I.D. Company manufactures control rods used in both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. The company will relocate to the new facilities at 123 Commerce Way in Westminster, S.C., which will expand its manufacturing space from 35,000 square feet to 63,000 square feet. The company plans to begin operations in the new facility in the first quarter of 2013.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural counties. We celebrate A.I.D. Company’s decision to locate in Oconee County with a $7 million investment and the creation of 75 new jobs. We remain committed to strengthening our state’s business climate and brining job-creating investments to all areas of South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector. Since 2006, more than $1.2 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs in the aerospace sector have been recruited to South Carolina.

“Manufacturing continues to be a strong sector in South Carolina’s economy, and the aviation and aerospace industry is an increasingly important part of manufacturing here. Today’s announcement by A.I.D. Company location builds on the Palmetto State’s reputation in the aerospace club,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Oconee County Council Chairman Joel Thrift said, “A.I.D. Company is the latest example of companies finding success in Oconee County. This is a testament to the confidence companies have in Oconee’s workforce and our pro-business climate. We look forward to working with A.I.D. Company for many years to come in fostering their success here.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in October and will work with readySC on employment screening.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

A.I.D. Company is a business of RBC Bearings Inc. For more information about the company, please visit www.rbcbearings.com
 

Chester Wood Products expanding in Chester County
$10 million investment expected to create 20 new jobs 
August 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chester Wood Products, a maker and distributor of wood products for the industrial and commercial construction markets, today announced expansion plans for its Chester County facility. The $10 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs.

“We are pleased to be a major presence in a business-friendly area. We strongly believe in our business and the people of the Upstate region and the Chester community,” said Dick Baldwin, vice president and general manager of Chester Wood Products.

Chester Wood Products, one of the largest manufacturing employers in Chester County, plans to upgrade the company’s hardwood plywood production operation, located at 1445 Lancaster Hwy. The expansion is expected to be completed by the middle of 2013.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of South Carolina’s rural areas. We celebrate Chester Wood Products’ decision to invest $10 million and create 20 new jobs in Chester County. When our state’s existing businesses, like Chester Wood Products, increase their footprint here, we know we’re on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The company also supplies softwood plywood and lumber products to the residential construction market. Timber for the company’s products comes from 11 Upstate counties.  

“It’s great to see Chester Wood Products expand operations here in South Carolina. Our state’s manufacturing sector continues to grow and create new jobs. The Palmetto State’s manufacturing renaissance continues to gather steam,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Chester Wood Products is our largest manufacturing employer in Chester County.  We celebrate Chester Wood Products’ decision to invest and create new jobs in Chester County,” said Chester County Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey. 

“We applaud Chester Wood Products investment in modernizing and upgrading their facility in Chester County which will create new jobs. This announcement is just one more sign of Chester County’s business-friendly environment. Their commitment to Chester County, their employees and the surrounding area should be celebrated,” said Chester Development Association Chairman Mike Enoch. 

“South Carolina’s economy continues benefiting greatly from the Agribusiness sector of farming and forestry.  Chester Wood Products’ expansion announcement shows the growing impact the two are making in our state and its future,” said South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Excel Staffing Services at 803-985-9311 or Aerotek at 704-329-8180.


Mercom Corporation expanding operations in Georgetown County
$1 million investment expected to create 30 new jobs
August 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mercom Corporation, a provider of network technology services, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Georgetown County. The $1 million investment is expected to generate 30 new jobs.

“Our company continues to see growth, and we are pleased to move forward with this expansion. South Carolina has been an excellent fit for our business over the years. Georgetown County provides us with an excellent business environment and a strong workforce, and we look forward to continue doing business here. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Mercom Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Larry Mercado.

Mercom specializes in design, integration and installation of information technology systems and program and project management in the commercial and government sectors. The company will expand its facility on Pawley’s Island to meet increasing demand for its services.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural counties. We celebrate Mercom’s decision to expand its Pawley’s Island operation with an investment of $1 million and the creation of 30 new jobs. South Carolina continues to show it’s the right place for a business to grow and prosper,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“It’s always exciting to see a company expand in one of our rural counties and help bolster community sustainability. We appreciate Mercom’s decision to expand in the Palmetto State. Every one of these jobs will have impact in Georgetown County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Georgetown County is excited that a state of the art technology firm such as Mercom is expanding its organization in our county. Its success speaks volumes for the skilled workforce in our area. Georgetown County is committed to creating a pro-business environment that allows quality companies like Mercom to flourish,” said Georgetown County Council Chairman Johnny Morant.

The company has already begun hiring for positions in South Carolina. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should go to www.mercomcorp.com/careers for open positions.

Mercom is a premier technology firm providing the products and services required for critical information technology systems. Mercom's foundation is built on providing its customers with unique solutions based on state of the art technologies for today and tomorrow. For more information about the company, please visit www.mercomcorp.com.

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