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Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

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

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

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

Company Investing More Than $20 Million In New Midlands Operation

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About GKN plc:

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

About GKN Aerospace:

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

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

Company Investing $10.4 Million To Open Upstate Manufacturing Facility

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Pantex International S.p.A.:

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

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Final Unemployment Trust Fund Loan Payment

Early Payment Saves Millions In Tax Dollars, Reestablishes Solvency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakwood Products, Inc. Expanding Hampton County Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Oakwood Products, Inc.:

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

Republic National Distributing Company Expanding Lexington County Facility

Company Investing More Than $10 Million In South Carolina Expansion

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Republic National Distributing Company:

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

Suominen Expanding Kershaw County Manufacturing Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Suominen:

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

Marleylilly Expanding Upstate Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Marleylilly:

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

BorgWarner Inc. Expanding Upstate Manufacturing Operations

Company Investing $13.3 Million To Expand Oconee County Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About BorgWarner Inc.:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITT Corporation Expanding Oconee County Manufacturing Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About ITT Corporation:

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

Volvo Cars Selects South Carolina For First American Plant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Volvo Car Group:

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

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

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

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

WHAT: Economic development announcement

WHEN: Monday, May 11, 10:30 AM

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

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