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Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Executive Budget FY 2016-17
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced the Executive Budget for FY 2016-2017 – a budget that addresses the state’s greatest needs in education, public safety, and flood recovery efforts, while keeping the state’s fiscal house in order by cutting the state's annual debt service in half and doubling the state’s reserves. 
 
 
To watch video of the governor's press conference, click here: http://goo.gl/lcIHFI
 
Topline Budget Highlights:
 
A Sustaining Commitment to South Carolina Schools
 
Building on the past two years of success in education reform, Governor Haley announced her 2016 Education Reform Initiative at Frances Mack Intermediate School on January 13, 2016. This agenda includes a combination of legislative, budgetary, and process reforms that focus entirely on providing South Carolina children with the tools and resources necessary for the best education possible.
 
Education Governance – 
  • In order to provide South Carolina children with a leadership team sharing a common vision and goals, such as the team Governor Haley and Superintendent Spearman have formed since 2015, the governor will continue to fight to give every governor the ability to appoint the Superintendent of Education. 
School Facilities – 
  • The governor has announced a multi-step process to ensure that every student is going to school in a safe and clean learning environment by addressing the needs of many outdated facilities across the state.
  • Governance of this entire process would fall to a five-person committee, chaired by the Governor or her designee, who will serve along with the Superintendent of Education, Director of the Department of Administration, and Chairs of the House and Senate education committees.
  •  The first step to this plan is a business process during which the committee will evaluate the condition of the facilities districts currently own, prioritize projects based on districts’ needs and ability to self-fund, and then set the constraints under which state funding will be allocated and received.
  • The FY2016-17 Executive Budget allocates $2.5 million for the Department of Education, in consultation with the Division of General Services at the Department of Administration, to contract with facilities management specialists to create a comprehensive view of the condition of South Carolina’s public schools. This allocation will also be used for the Department to contract to develop a stringent set of building standards that allow districts to build age and size appropriate schools.
  • The governor has proposed to set aside 1% of the state’s General Obligation debt capacity for exclusive use of K-12 schools. Upon recommendation of a majority of the committee, bonds may be initiated in annual lots no larger than $200 million. The project list and principal amount will be forwarded to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority for final approval and issuance by the Treasurer. 
First Steps – 
 
The governor has set a new path for First Steps that will preserve all programs currently in existence, but will restructure its governance to ensure adequate resources are available to provide comprehensive oversight.
  • County partnerships will be restructured under the Children’s Trust Fund of South Carolina – a non-profit with a proven record as both a fiscal agent and proponent of children’s issues.
  • 4-year-old kindergarten will be consolidated under an early childhood division within the Department of Education.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services will be designated as the lead agency for Babynet, but will be required to establish a formal partnership to divide fiscal and programmatic responsibilities with the Department of Education.
Technology – 
  • $40 million for district technology initiatives.
Teacher Recruitment – 
  • $13.5 million to expand the governor’s Rural Teacher Recruiting Initiative, which was launched in 2015, to address persistent recruitment and retention challenges in South Carolina’s rural and underserved districts.
Statewide Domestic Violence Reforms
 
On January 7, 2016, Governor Haley and the S.C. Domestic Violence Task Force announced the implementation of the first set of significant, statewide reforms to address domestic violence in South Carolina, which are supported by the Executive Budget.
 
Addressing High Prosecutor Caseloads –
  • $10.8 million to hire 144 new prosecutors in order to make sure all domestic violence cases are prosecuted by a solicitor and reduce the average caseload per prosecutor by 25%.
  • $1.17 million for three new circuit court judges and supporting staff.
  • $6.6 million for the Commission on Indigent Defense to hire 88 new public defenders.
Flood Recovery Efforts
 
In response to the floods of October 2015, Governor Haley kept her promise to restore South Carolina’s infrastructure to pre-storm conditions through the Executive Budget.
 
State/local Match –
  • $75 million for the Adjutant General – Emergency Management Division to cover the state and local share (25%) of public infrastructure damage costs under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.
  • $1.5 million to repair National Guard Armories that were damaged by the storm.
Roads and Bridges –
  • $49 million for the Department of Transportation to cover the cost of repair projects for roads and bridges that are not eligible for federal reimbursement.
Beach Nourishment – 
  • $40 million for the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism to initiate emergency beach nourishment projects that had significant erosion caused by the storm.
Dams –
  • $661,500 to enhance DHEC’s Dam Safety Program and provide for additional field inspections and dam reclassification inspections.
Bolstering South Carolina’s Growing Economy
 
Under Governor Haley’s leadership, South Carolina’s economy has been growing at an unprecedented pace. Since January 2011, the governor has announced $18.1 billion in capital investment and over 73,000 new jobs added to the state’s economy. As investment continues to grow and high paying jobs continue to be created, the Executive Budget builds on these successes through proposals to strengthen the state’s already elite workforce and attract more new jobs.
 
Workforce Development –
  • $5 million to fund the Pathways Initiative, which provides workforce scholarships.
  • $13.5 million as a continued investment in the ReadySC Initiative.
  • In an effort to attract more service members, who boost the state's workforce and economy, to South Carolina, the Executive Budget proposes a $33.7 million tax cut for retirement income derived from active duty military service, 
Economic Development Recruitment 
  • $13 million for the Closing Fund at the Department of Commerce, which supports a variety of economic development projects in order to attract new businesses to the state and encourage existing South Carolina businesses to expand.
  • $1.9 million to the Rural Infrastructure Fund.
Addressing State's Roads, Providing Tax Relief for South Carolinians 
 
​During her 2015 State of the State Address, Governor Haley announced her plan to address the deteriorating condition of South Carolina's roads that would also deliver one of the largest tax cuts in South Carolina history. The Executive Budget reflects her continued commitment to this plan that would save South Carolinians millions.
 
Investing In South Carolina's Roads 
  • $280 million in nonrecurring funds to the State Highway Fund.
  • $65 million in motor vehicle sales tax to the State Highway Fund.
  • ​$49 million motor fuel fees to the State Highway Fund.
Governor's Three Part Plan 
  • A reduction of income taxes at all levels by 30% over the next 10 years.
  • Restructuring of the South Carolina Department of Transportation and refocus the agency on maintaining the roads we have first, in an apolitical way.
  • Add ten cents to the state's gas tax over three years, offsetting a portion of the income tax savings with a priority on infrastructure spending.
Making South Carolina Safer
 
The Executive Budget reinforces Governor Haley’s continued commitment to making South Carolina a safer place to live and work by further investing in law enforcement and public safety.
 
Sustained Commitments to Law Enforcement and Prosecution –
  • $8 million for SLED to enhance the capabilities at its forensics laboratory.
  • $8 million for the Department of Corrections (DOC) to implement a correctional officer hiring and retention plan.
  • $3.5 million for DOC to implement its mental and medical health remediation plan.
  • $1.2 million for the Department of Corrections to hire 20 new healthcare workers to staff its crisis intervention unit.
  • $6.4 million for the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (DPPPS) to replace lost funds revenue caused by the successful implementation of sentencing reform.
 
 
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina to Deliver Republican Address Following State of the Union
 
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today announced that Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

“Nikki Haley has led an economic turnaround and set a bold agenda for her state, getting things done and becoming one of the most popular governors in America,” Speaker Ryan said. “In a year when the country is crying out for a positive vision and alternative to the status quo, Governor Haley is the exact right choice to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation.”  

“Nikki Haley is a proven leader and committed reformer who  believes deeply in the promise of the country we all share,” Sen. McConnell said. “Not only has Governor Haley fought to bring opportunity and prosperity to the people of her state, but she’s also demonstrated how bringing people together can bring real results. Governor Haley knows the American Dream and wants to see every American share in it, and we’re pleased that she will be delivering this year’s Republican Address‎."

“I was honored to be asked by Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell to deliver the Republican address to the nation,” Gov. Haley said. “This is a time of great challenges for our country, but also of great opportunities.  I intend to speak about both.”

About Gov. Haley. Governor Nikki Haley, the 116th Governor of South Carolina, is the first female and the first minority governor in South Carolina history and currently the youngest governor in the country.  She was reelected to a second term in November 2014.

Nikki Haley has delivered results to the people of South Carolina. Under her leadership, South Carolina’s jobless rate hit record lows, the state announced more than 73,000 jobs in 45 of 46 counties, more than 25,000 South Carolinians moved from welfare to work, and the state made its largest infrastructure investment in a generation without raising taxes. Governor Haley brought together leaders of both political parties, educators and the business community to pass landmark education reforms. She has also increased transparency and accountability to state government, and delivered tax relief for small businesses, pension reform, and Medicaid reform.

Born in Bamberg, the daughter of Indian immigrants, Governor Haley’s first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store – at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in accounting. Governor Haley and her husband Michael, a Captain in the Army National Guard and combat veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington. The Haleys have two children, Rena, 17, and Nalin, 14. Learn more by visiting her official website or by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

NOTE: The Republican Address to the Nation will be live streamed at http://gop.gov/SOTU.
 
 Cypress Creek Renewables Establishing Solar Power Operations In Dillon County
Company Investing More Than $10 Million In Solar Project
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken first steps toward investing $10 million in a solar energy project in Dillon County. 
 
With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016.  
 
The company is working in partnership with Southern Current, which is the newly-merged entity comprised of long time development partners Sustainable Energy Solutions and Solbridge Energy. Southern Current oversees local development activities including site identification and acquisition, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with the utilities amongst other due diligence activities. Together, they have received economic development approvals for a facility in Dillon County, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016. 
 
The Dillon County solar facility will be located off of Wix Road in Dillon, S.C. and will produce 10 megawatts of energy at full capacity. Ten megawatts of solar energy is enough to provide inexpensive, secure, clean energy to approximately 2,000 South Carolina homes.
 
For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com
For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.
 
QUOTES
 
“Cypress Creek is thrilled to be making an important investment in the local economy of Dillon County by generating clean energy that will help lead South Carolina and our country toward energy independence,” said CEO Matthew McGovern. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of our partnering utilities and the local leaders who helped make this project possible.” –Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern
 
“Southern Current is thankful to be part of the team developing this project. It’s another example of how South Carolina is furthering its commitment to support a vibrant clean energy economy in the state.” –Southern Current, LLC Principal and Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury
 
“We’re excited to see Cypress Creek continue to invest in our state and our people. We have worked extremely hard to build a business environment in South Carolina that is open to all kinds of companies, and we look forward to seeing both Cypress Creek and the renewable energy industry grow here in the future.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I’m proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Cypress Creek Renewables has proven itself to be a steadfast supporter of our region. This announcement demonstrates we are creating a more diverse economy throughout our region and state. Cypress Creek Renewables is helping our region create a more clean and sustainable economic growth.” –President Pro Tempore of the S.C. Senate and North Eastern Strategic Alliance Executive Committee Chairman Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. 
 
“Today we celebrate another great announcement in Dillon County, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Cypress Creek Renewables. Today’s announcement is a good fit for our community and ‘Just Right’ for Team South Carolina.” –Dillon County Economic Development Executive Director Tonny McNeil
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing solar power operations in Dillon County.
40-60 jobs created during construction.
$10 million investment in Dillon County operations.
The company currently manages a development pipeline of more than 200 projects.
Cypress Creek’s Dillon County operations are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016. 
 
About Cypress Creek Renewables:
 
Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Our business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Our goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com
 
 
Earth’s Creation, USA Establishing Operations In Greenville County
Vitamin Manufacturer Investing $2.8 Million To Establish Upstate Manufacturing Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Earth’s Creation, USA, a family-owned company that develops and manufactures premium quality nutritional supplements in capsules, powders, tablets and liquids is establishing operations in Greenville County. The $2.8 million investment will relocate the company’s existing Miami-Dade County, Fla. operations to the South Carolina Upstate, creating an expected 44 new jobs in Travelers Rest, S.C. 
 
Earth’s Creation not only produces their own brand of products, the company also offers private labeling services to customers who want to build their own brand. Among the products developed under the Earth’s Creation brand are vitamins and minerals, skin creams and lotions, sports supplements and more.
 
Situated on approximately six acres off of U.S. Route 25 at 18 Page Court in Travelers Rest, S.C., the company’s new 99,000-square-foot Greenville County facility is significantly larger than its existing 15,000-square-foot facility in Opa Locka, Fla. As a manufacturer and wholesaler that ships products to a variety of distribution centers, the new Greenville County operations will also provide Earth’s Creation with easy access to South Carolina’s Inland Port in Greer, S.C. 
 
Hiring for the new positions is underway. Those interested in joining the Earth’s Creation team should contact Carlos Passwaters at passwatersc@yahoo.com. For more information on Earth’s Creation, USA, please visit www.earthscreationusa.com
 
QUOTES
 
“Earth’s Creation, USA is excited about our move to the Greenville area and look forward to working with the state of South Carolina and our local city. We are thankful for the time that the Department of Commerce has taken to welcome us to the area. It is a welcome relief to experience such wonderful hospitality.” –Earth’s Creation Owner Donald Passwaters
 
“Companies from all over have recognized that South Carolina is the perfect place to be doing business, and Earth’s Creation’s decision to invest $2.8 million in a facility in Greenville is further proof of that. We’re excited to welcome Earth’s Creation to the South Carolina family, and look forward to seeing the positive impact that these 44 new jobs will have in the Upstate.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Congratulations to Earth’s Creation for making the commitment to better serve its customers by expanding its operations and relocating to South Carolina. I look forward to watching this company flourish in the Upstate for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“I welcome Earth’s Creation to our state and look forward to working with the company as we continue our commitment to increasing opportunities in value-added agriculture for South Carolina’s producers.” –South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers 
 
“With a world class business environment, tremendous workforce and many other great assets in Greenville County, we are very enthusiastic that Earth’s Creation is going to be a part of the community’s future.” –Dr. Bob Taylor, board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council
 
“Travelers Rest is a vibrant community where our quality of life and availability of skilled workers make us an attractive city for investment.  We are thrilled that Earth’s Creation, USA is contributing to our well-planned growth.” –City of Travelers Rest Administrator Dianna Turner
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Earth’s Creation, USA is establishing manufacturing operations in Greenville County. 
$2.8 million investment creating 44 new jobs.
Earth’s Creation, USA was founded in 1988 and has been operating in Miami-Dade County, Fla. 
The company’s Greenville County facility is located at 18 Page Court in Travelers Rest, S.C.
Those interested in joining the Earth’s Creation team should contact Carlos Passwaters at passwatersc@yahoo.com.
 
About Earth’s Creation, USA:
 
Earth’s Creation USA has researched, developed, manufactured and marketed premium quality nutritional supplements as a leading natural health product provider in the domestic and international marketplace. Focused on developing innovative products of unmatched quality, the Earth’s Creation team of experts combines the latest research in nutritional science with the finest ingredients to create quality liquid supplements, private label hair products, diet products and a wide array of vitamin supplements. The company’s full line of high-quality Earth’s Creation supplements will cover all your nutritional needs. Not every nutrition supplement manufacturer can meet complex and changing governmental regulations. Earth’s Creation USA meets this demanding challenge with health supplements that are far ahead of their time. Visit the company’s website at www.earthscreationusa.com and e-mail info@earthscreationusa.com for more information. 
 
Gov. Nikki Haley Discusses South Carolina Flood Recovery Efforts

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley held a Statehouse press conference today to discuss ongoing flood recovery efforts.

A letter Governor Haley sent to South Carolina's federal delegation can be found here: http://goo.gl/IVwyuv

 
Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House Scheduled For December 7
First Family Welcomes South Carolinians For Holiday Celebration
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and their children, Rena and Nalin, invite South Carolinians and their families to join them for a Christmas Open House on Monday, December 7, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Governor's Mansion. The event is free of charge, open to the public, and no reservations are required.
 
The First Family asks that open house guests consider bringing canned goods to be donated to the Harvest Hope Food Bank. The donations will be accepted at the entrance to the Governor’s Mansion.
 
The Columbia Garden Club, which has decorated the Governor’s Mansion for Christmas every year since 1981, began decorating today when the Governor’s Mansion received two live Christmas trees from the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association and poinsettias grown by the Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center – all of which will be on display during the open house. 
 
Governor’s Mansion Executive Chef, Steven Jankowski, will build a classic gingerbread house, and wreaths within the Mansion Complex will be made and hung by the Horticulture Division of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Additionally, the Carillon Carolers of Columbia, S.C. will perform for guests.
 
Regular guided Christmas tours will also be available December 8-10 and 15-17 at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM. They are also free of charge, but are by reservation only. Anyone interested in scheduling a tour should call Nancy Bunch at (803) 737-1710.
 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Request For FEMA Individual Assistance Extension Granted
S.C. Flood Survivors Now Have Until January 4 To Apply For Federal Aid
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Governor Nikki Haley today announced that her request for a 30 day extension of the registration period for Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Individual Assistance was granted.

South Carolinians affected by October's heavy rains and historic flooding now have until January 4, 2016, to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA and the Small Business Administration.

Flood survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) . Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Residents who were affected by severe storms and heavy flooding in the following 24 counties have until January 4, to apply for federal disaster assistance: Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Spartanburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

 
Preparations Begin For Annual Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Preparations for the annual Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House will begin on Monday, November 30, at 10:00 AM.
 
The decorations for this year’s open house will include poinsettias grown and donated by the Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center and Christmas trees donated by the Turkey Creek Christmas Tree Farm in McCormick, S.C., on behalf of the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association.

Representatives from FFA and the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association will make a brief presentation, which is open to the public and the media, and the process of decorating the Mansion for the holidays begins immediately thereafter. Guests, including media, should enter though the main gate off of Lincoln Street. Media who have questions about covering the event should contact Brian Symmes at (803) 673-9437 or BrianSymmes@gov.sc.gov. Guests who have questions about the event should contact Christian Greene at (803) 737-0369 or ChristianGreene@gov.sc.gov.

The Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House will be held on Monday, December 7, and details will be announced next week.
 
WHO: Lexington Technology Center Future Farmers of America and South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association 
 
WHAT: Preparations for Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House
 
WHEN: Monday, November 30, 10:00 AM
 
WHERE: Governor's Mansion Complex, 800 Richland Street, Columbia, S.C.
 
Gov. Nikki Haley Requests Expedited Aid For South Carolina Farmers
No South Carolina Farmer With “A Viable Business Should Lose That Business Solely Because Of This Flood”
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley today requested assistance from United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack in expediting crop insurance payments to South Carolina farmers whose crops were damaged by statewide flooding.
 
In a letter to the secretary, Gov. Haley wrote, “Unfortunately, we are continuing to receive information from farmers that the process to file and receive payment for claims is slow and cumbersome.  In many cases, they are even required to harvest valueless crops at a significant expense. Accordingly, I am requesting your assistance to expedite this process and bring certainty to hundreds of small businesses across South Carolina.”

The full text of the letter can be found here: http://goo.gl/nyDpdo

 
Gov. Nikki Haley and the First Family Announce 49th Annual Governor’s Carolighting
WYFF 4 Anchor Nigel Robertson Will Emcee Event

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and the First Family will kick off the holiday season at the 49th Annual Governor’s Carolighting, held on the north steps of the South Carolina Statehouse, on Monday, November 30. Family festivities will begin at 6:00 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM. The event is open to the public.

“Michael, Rena, Nalin and I look forward to welcoming friends from across South Carolina to our beautiful Statehouse for what has become one of our family’s favorite holiday traditions,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Columbia Garden Club and the Garden Club of South Carolina are sponsors of the 49th Annual Governor’s Carolighting.

WYFF 4 (NBC/Greenville) anchor Nigel Robertson will serve as the evening’s emcee.

Pinetum Christmas Tree Farm – a Swanton, Maryland farm owned by Marshall and Cindy Stacy who own a home in the Lowcountry – donated this year’s tree as a gesture of hospitality and good will toward the state of South Carolina following the tragic flooding earlier this year.

Those interested in helping South Carolinians impacted by flooding can do so by making a donation to the One SC Fund. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to assisting South Carolinians:

Online: Visit www.onescfund.org to make an online donation.

Text Message: Text ‘onesc’ to 843-606-5601

Call: Central Community Foundation at 803-254-5601

Mail: Mail a check made payable to Central Carolina Community Foundation- One SC, Central Carolina Community Foundation- One SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213, Columbia, SC 29204

Members of the media wishing to cover the event should contact Andrea Mensink at 803-545-0011 or AMensink@Columbiaauthority.com.

 
 
Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems, Inc. Establishing Its First S.C. Operations
Generator Enclosure Manufacturer Opening Facility In Abbeville County
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems, Inc. (AMPS), a firm that specializes in the manufacturing of high-quality generator enclosures, is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Abbeville County. The company is investing $2.3 million in the project, creating 48 new jobs in Abbeville, S.C. over the next five years. 
 
Established in 1999 and headquartered in DeLand, FL, AMPS is a specialty severe power systems integrator, servicing the power generation industry. The company was the first, and is still only one of two, State of Florida-certified, high velocity hurricane zone (HVHZ)-rated manufacturers. The firm is owned by Pacific International, LLC, an affiliate of the Triple Five Group, which also owns and operates The Mall of America. 
 
In an effort to better serve its growing customer-base, AMPS has decided to establish its first South Carolina operations in Abbeville County. To house the new facility, the company is leasing space inside the Abbeville County Business Incubator at Lakelands Commerce Center, which is situated off of S.C. Highway 72 in Abbeville. The plant is expected to be fully operational by January 2016. Those interested in joining the AMPS team should visit the company’s employment page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems, Inc., visit www.amps.cc.
 
QUOTES
 
“The collaboration between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the economic development group of Abbeville County has been exemplary. We look forward to opening our new facility in Abbeville and bringing new jobs and growth to the area.” –Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems, Inc. President Joseph Scofield 
 
“The pro-business environment in South Carolina and, in particular the helpful effort put forth by Abbeville County, is noted and greatly appreciated. This is just a first step as we look forward to hopefully significantly expanding this and other businesses into the state.” –Chairman of AMPS and Managing Director of T5 Equity Partners, LLC Ira J. Perlmuter 
 
“Any day that we’re able to announce new jobs in one of our rural counties is a great day in South Carolina. Companies from around the world are hearing about our workforce and our business-friendly environment, and they know they can succeed in every part of our state. The 48 new jobs Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems is bringing to Abbeville County really will make a difference in that community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina continues to be a leader in the manufacturing renaissance, and today’s announcement by Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems, Inc. is a testament to that. Moving ahead, I look forward to supporting AMPS as they grow and thrive in our state.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Working with the AMPS leadership team has shown us that their company’s culture will be an excellent fit for Abbeville County.  We are honored to be their new manufacturing home in South Carolina and look forward to working with them closely over the coming years to help their business flourish.” –Abbeville County Council Chairman Bryan McClain
 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Abbeville County.
$2.3 million investment creating 48 new jobs.
Established in 1999, Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems is headquartered in DeLand, FL
Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems is leasing space inside the Abbeville County Business Incubator.
Those interested in joining the AMPS team should visit the company’s employment page online.
 
About AMPS:
 
Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems employs a team of highly skilled professional craftsmen that are driven to provide the highest quality, technologically advanced fabrication services available today. Our state-certified, independent, lab-tested products are continuously inspected to ensure that high quality standards are consistently maintained in every product. Whether you require a complete power system or enhancements to existing systems such as enclosures, custom fuel tanks, or refurbishment, you can look to AMPS for all your power system needs. AMPS is headquartered in DeLand, Florida just north of Orlando. Our facility occupies over 40,000 square feet under roof. AMPS provides a secure equipment storage area as well as indoor storage for your sensitive equipment. Our facilities include a 45′ industrial paint booth, complete metal fabrication and weld shop, heavy equipment lifting (to handle large projects), and extensive testing capabilities. For more information, visit www.amps.cc
General Information Services Expanding Midlands Operations
Background Screening Provider Investing More Than $2.7 Million In New Richland County Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – General Information Services, Inc. (GIS), one of the most experienced and largest background screening providers in the nation, is expanding its Midlands operations with a new facility in Richland County. The company is investing more than $2.7 million in the new facility, which will complement the firm’s existing Lexington County corporate headquarters. The expansion is expected to generate 91 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Established in 1966, GIS was initially focused on providing screening services exclusively to the insurance industry. After a change in ownership in 1996, GIS expanded dramatically, becoming one of the fastest growing technology companies in the nation. Today, with a workforce of more than 1,000 people, the firm provides its services to some of the world’s largest employers. In addition to its existing South Carolina operations, GIS operates a Western Operations Center in Dallas, Texas and sales offices throughout the nation.
 
To expand its Midlands operations, GIS is leasing 18,000 square-feet of office space at 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive in Columbia, S.C. The expansion and additional workforce will allow GIS to successfully meet increased customer demand. Those interested in joining the GIS team should visit the company’s career center page online. For more information on the company, visit www.geninfo.com
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $50,000 grant to Richland County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“The management and employees of GIS are very excited about our new building location on the east side of Columbia. Over the past 20 years we have been growing our business and increasing the number of employees located at our Chapin Headquarters. Our continued growth allowed us to expand to the new location at Pinnacle Point. We expect to hire in excess of 200 people at that location over the next year. This location will also allow us to hire and employ professionals living in the northeast area around Interstate 20 and Interstate 77. We look forward to continued growth at this second location in Columbia.” –General Information Services CEO Raymond Conrad
 
“We are very excited about and proud of the new location at Pinnacle Point. Partnering with the Department of Commerce and Richland County made this a very smooth process, along with the work done by NAI Avant, 1X1 Design & Hood Construction to get the space renovated and up fitted for occupation.” –General Information Services CFO Sharon Mann
 
“It’s always a great day in South Carolina when we can celebrate the success of one of our existing companies. General Information Services has been doing business in our state since 1996, and this $2.7 million investment, which will create more than 90 new jobs in the Midlands, proves that the Team South Carolina approach is working.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“While much of South Carolina’s recent economic success can be attributed to the growth of our manufacturing industry, announcements like today’s by GIS prove that the Palmetto State boasts a diverse economy and the right ingredients for businesses of all types to succeed.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Today’s announcement from GIS is more good news for Richland County and Columbia. We are glad to assist in the expansion of this fast growing company and to continue to diversify our local economy.” –Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush
 
“General Information Services has been a prominent business headquartered in Central South Carolina for decades, and we are excited about their expansion. With over 91 new jobs and $2.7 million in investment, this growth attests to the pro-business atmosphere and dedicated leadership in South Carolina. Congratulations to General Information Services and to Richland County.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
General Information Services, Inc. is expanding its Midlands operations with a new facility in Richland County.
$2.7 million investment to create 91 new jobs.
GIS was established in 1966 and is headquartered in Chapin, S.C.  
The company’s new Richland County facility will be located at 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive in Columbia, S.C.
Those interested in joining the GIS team should visit the company’s career center page online.
 
About General Information Services, Inc. (GIS):
 
GIS is an NAPBS accredited employment background screening company that has been providing screening services since 1966. In recent years, GIS has grown to serve thousands of customers nationwide by providing comprehensive national and international background check solutions and industry-specific services. For more information about GIS and its products or services, visit www.geninfo.com.
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces One SC Fund
 Charleston's Stephen Colbert Joins Haley and Others in Flood Relief Fundraising Effort 
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. —  Governor Nikki Haley today announced the One SC Fund, a fundraising effort that will help South Carolinians who are recovering from unprecedented flooding continue the re-building process.

“When government is done, we have to keep going, and so we started a One South Carolina fund…to allow us to complete the work the government can’t do,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We are asking the people of South Carolina to step up today. We’re asking the people of the country to step up today. We’re saying if you were blessed and did not have damage with your home, if you were blessed and you had insurance, if you were blessed and you’re able to get back into a safe place, pay it forward.”

Flooding across the state touched the lives of South Carolinians from every walk of life, and, in doing so, inspired South Carolinians here at home and across the country to join in the relief effort.

Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving South Carolina since 1984, will assist the governor, and the following South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service have joined the governor’s relief effort and agreed to serve on the One SC Fund’s advisory committee:

  • Governor David Beasley- former Governor of South Carolina.
  • Tajh Boyd- former starting quarterback for Clemson University.
  • Stephen Colbert- host of The Late Show on CBS.
  • Jay Hass-  PGA golfer currently playing on the Champions Tour.
  • Marcus Lattimore- former starting running back for the University of South Carolina.
  • Edwin McCain- recording artist.
  • Bob McNair- founder, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans.
  • Craig Melvin- MSNBC Anchor and NBC news correspondent.
  • Chris Randolph- partner at South Street Partners.
  • Jerry Richardson- founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers.
  • Joe Riley- mayor of Charleston for 40 years.
  • Darius Rucker- Grammy award winning recording artist.
  • Steve Spurrier- former head football coach at the University of South Carolina.
  • Dawn Staley – head women’s basketball coach at the University of South Carolina.
  • Dabo Swinney-  head football coach at Clemson University.
  • Anita Zucker- CEO of The InterTech Group.

This effort is also supported by local leaders including the Regional Mayors Forum. 

Those wishing to contribute to One SC can do so in the following four ways:

  • Online: Visit www.onescfund.org to make an online donation with your credit card.
  • Text Message: Text ‘onesc’ to 843-606-5601
  • Call: Central Community Foundation at 803-254-5601
  • Mail: Mail a check made payable to Central Carolina Community Foundation- One SC to:  Central Carolina Community Foundation- One SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213, Columbia, SC 29204
 
Silcotech Carolina Announces Additional Investment In York County Operations
Liquid Injection Molding Firm Celebrates Grand Opening Of York County Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Silcotech, a global leader in liquid injection molding, has celebrated the grand opening of its York County operations and has also announced an additional $2.5 million investment in the facility. 
 
Established in 1984 and headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Silcotech produces specialized silicone components for a number of industries, including medical, healthcare, automotive, packaging, consumer electronics and consumer markets. In addition to its Canadian headquarters and new South Carolina facility, the company also operates a plant in India, boasting a truly global footprint.
 
In production since January 2015, Silcotech’s York County facility, which represents the company’s first in the U.S., produces precision silicone parts. This additional $2.5 million investment adds to an initial $3.5 million investment, which the company announced in August 2013. Currently, approximately 42 workers are employed at the facility.
 
For more information on Silcotech visit www.silcotech.com.  
 
QUOTES
 
“Silcotech is a global leader in liquid injection molding for the medical, healthcare, automotive, packaging, consumer electronics and consumer markets since 1984. Silcotech achieves and maintains this position through a firm commitment in growing the potential of each individual working for the company.” –Silcotech Vice President Isolde Boettger 
 
“We were thrilled when Silcotech announced its decision to establish operations in South Carolina back in 2013, and we couldn’t be more excited to see that they have already decided to invest an additional $2.5 million in York County. This new investment is a testament to the company’s commitment to our state and its people, and that really is a reason to celebrate.” -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s dynamic manufacturing industry continues to grow, and this additional investment by Silcotech is further proof of that. I offer my congratulations to this expanding company on all of their success in our state and around the world and look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“We are excited to see the manufacturing success of Silcotech's first U.S. operations here in York County, South Carolina. We recognize the importance of supporting this international firm within our county and state. We congratulate them on this expansion and look forward to watching them continue to grow with this additional investment.” –York County Council Chairman Dr. Britt Blackwell
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Silcotech announces an additional $2.5 million investment in its York County operations.
Established in 1984, the company is headquartered in Ontario, Canada.
The York County facility has been in production since January 2015.
Silcotech’s York County operations represent the company’s first in the U.S.
This additional $2.5 million investment adds to an initial $3.5 million investment, which the company announced in August 2013.
 
About Silcotech:
 
Silcotech is a global leader in providing technologically-advanced liquid injection molding solutions for the medical, healthcare, automotive, packaging, consumer electronics and consumer markets. Silcotech’s core competency is providing turn-key solutions for simple to complex high volume liquid injection molding manufacturing projects in a clean room environment. For more information, visit www.silcotech.com
 
WYNIT Distribution Expanding Upstate Operations
Wholesale Distributor Moving Corporate Headquarters To Downtown Greenville
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – WYNIT Distribution, LLC, a leading international wholesale distributor, will move its corporate headquarters and 111 jobs to downtown Greenville in 2016, creating a net of 75 new jobs in the Greenville area.
 
The globally-recognized consumer electronics and emerging technologies distributor will be moving to more than 57,000 square-feet of space on three floors at the One Building in the heart of downtown, starting in early spring 2016. 
 
Founded in 1987, the company opened a satellite office in Piedmont, S.C. five years ago and has grown there to 36 employees, who also will move to the new headquarters office downtown. The new positions will come from the combination of moving employees from its offices in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and North Syracuse, New York, which has been WYNIT’s headquarters. WYNIT Distribution will also look to hire talent from the Upcountry.
 
Employees in the downtown offices will be in the customer service, purchasing, finance, marketing, components of IT and logistics teams.  All sales positions will remain in their current locations. In addition, key staff will remain in Syracuse and Eden Prairie.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“We considered a lot of factors when moving our offices to Greenville. The biggest was deciding what will help our company grow well into the future. We believe Greenville will make WYNIT even more successful for years to come.” –WYNIT Distribution President and Chief Executive Officer Pete Richichi
 
“WYNIT Distribution’s decision to build a corporate headquarters and to expand its South Carolina operations is a big win for our state. The 75 new jobs this investment is creating will make a real difference in our state, and we look forward to watching WYNIT continue to find success in Greenville for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s robust logistics network continues to grow, allowing our businesses to transport their goods and services to marketplaces all over the world. Today’s announcement by WYNIT Distribution is a testament to that strong network and will only enhance the Palmetto State’s reputation as an ideal destination for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Greenville County continues to sell itself to companies like WYNIT Distribution, who establish their presence here in small ways and quickly realize that our opportunities for growth and expansion can’t be beat. Our development efforts for the downtown area are building a thriving, diverse community that showcases the very best we have to offer, and we’re proud to welcome WYNIT to the neighborhood.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
 
“We are proud that Greenville has been chosen as the new home for WYNITS’s U.S. headquarters, and are honored by their leadership’s trust and investment in our city. Public/private partnerships are the hallmark of downtown Greenville’s continued success, and with the support of our local business community, our County and State colleagues, and the City’s elected officials and staff, this was truly a team effort.” --City of Greenville Mayor Knox White 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
WYNIT Distribution is adding corporate headquarters to its existing Greenville County operations.
Established in 1987, the company has facilities in New York, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Nevada.
To house the expanded Upstate operations, the company is moving to three floors in the One Building in downtown Greenville.
WYNIT serves as a wholesale distributor of products from the top brands in the consumer electronics, photo, wide format printing, security, sports and recreation industries such as Fitbit, Hewlett-Packard, Epson, Cannon, Microsoft and more.
The company sells to some of the leading retail giants including Best Buy, Target, Walmart, REI and Kohl’s.
 
About WYNIT Distribution, LLC
 
WYNIT Distribution, LLC is a leading international distributor of products from the top brands in the consumer electronics, photo, wide format printing, security and outdoor leisure and adventure industries. The company serves a wide range of customers ranging from large national retailers to independent resellers through dedicated business units and strategically located distribution facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1987, WYNIT Distribution, LLC’s mission is to improve the competitive position of its customers and suppliers. For more information, call WYNIT at 1-800-GO-WYNIT or visit WYNIT.com.
 
Veterans Day Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley issued the following statement on Veterans Day:

"Nothing makes us prouder than the men and women in uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces who call South Carolina home. Our veterans are heroes. As a military family, we honor their sacrifice and that of their loved ones, we pray for their strength as they protect us, and, for those who are deployed across the world, we look forward to celebrating their safe return."

 
SAGE Automotive Interiors Expanding Abbeville County Operations
Company Investing $4 Million In Existing Abbeville County Facilities
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — SAGE Automotive Interiors, a firm that develops and manufactures innovative automotive bodycloth and headliners, is investing $4 million to expand its existing operations in Abbeville County, where it has two facilities. This project reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to remain a leader in the dynamic global automotive market.
 
Established in 2009, SAGE Automotive Interiors is a top provider to original equipment manufacturers in the automotive industry. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., the company operates four facilities in the Palmetto State, employing approximately 900 South Carolinians overall. Serving the global automotive market, SAGE Automotive Interiors also operates more than 15 facilities across North and South America, Asia and Europe.
 
To expand its existing Abbeville County operations, the company is investing in equipment and technology upgrades for its two existing Abbeville, S.C. plants, which are located at 601 Brooks Street and 1395 Highway 72 West, respectively. Expected to be completed in phases beginning in late 2015, the expansion will allow SAGE Automotive Interiors to position its facilities for future growth.
 
For more information on SAGE Automotive Interiors, visit www.sageautomotiveinteriors.com
 
QUOTES
 
“Sage Automotive Interiors is pleased to make this announcement for our company and particularly our Abbeville locations. As we face global competition on cost and performance, we continue to invest in our core strengths in South Carolina to support our future growth.” –Sage Automotive Interiors President and CEO Dirk Pieper
 
“It’s always exciting to see new companies move to do business in South Carolina, but there’s something special about celebrating when one of our existing companies expands here. We work extremely hard to take care of the companies we already have here, which is why we keep seeing companies like SAGE Automotive Interiors continue to call South Carolina home and continue to invest in our people.” –Gov. Nikki Haley 
 
“Today, we celebrate yet another success story for a company headquartered right here in South Carolina. I offer my congratulations to SAGE Automotive Interiors for all that they’ve achieved in the Upstate and around the world.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“It's always great to see an existing industry like Sage Automotive Interiors investing in our community. Sage Automotive Interiors is an important part of our economy and community. We look forward to partnering with Sage Automotive for years to come.” –Abbeville County Council Chairman Bryan McClain
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
SAGE Automotive Interiors is expanding its existing Abbeville County operations.
$4 million investment in equipment and technology upgrades.
Today, the firm operates four facilities across the Palmetto State, employing approximately 900 South Carolinians overall.
The company’s existing Abbeville County facilities are located at 601 Brooks Street and 1395 Highway 72 West in Abbeville, S.C.
The expansion is expected to be completed in phases beginning in late 2015.
 
About SAGE Automotive Interiors:
 
Sage Automotive Interiors is one of the world’s leading providers of automotive interior surfaces—seating, door panels, and headliners—to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Global offices and manufacturing locations include the U.S., Japan, China, Brazil, Korea and Europe. Sage enjoys core strengths in consumer research, sustainability and innovative problem solving for the OEM. Sage’s vision is to be the market leader in design, engineering, and technical capability supported by world class manufacturing. For more information on SAGE Automotive Interiors, visit www.sageautomotiveinteriors.com
 
Reinicke Athens, Inc. Expanding Its New Laurens County Operations
Company Planning To Invest An Additional $5.5 Million In New Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Reinicke Athens, Inc. (RAI), a Georgia-based leading industrial contractor, is planning to invest an additional $5.5 million in its new Laurens County facility, which it broke ground on in August 2015. This adds to RAI’s initial $4.5 million investment in the project. 
 
Founded in 1996 in Athens, Ga., RAI specializes in fast-track installations, plant shutdowns, relocation of industrial manufacturing equipment and full-service, turnkey construction. With a client list that includes many Fortune 500 companies, Reinicke thrives on competitive bidding as well as negotiations with both small and large projects alike. 
 
Located in the Owings Industrial Park on Old Laurens Road, RAI’s facility is currently under construction. Once completed, the company will be able to further strengthen its existing customer base in South Carolina. 
 
Last year, the company announced that this facility would generate 30 new jobs. Hiring for those positions is currently underway. Those interested in applying may visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Reinicke Athens, Inc., please visit www.rai-usa.com.  
 
QUOTES
 
“RAI has been blessed to have the opportunity to grow. We are excited to announce that we are expanding our original Gray Court project to accommodate the growth and opportunities we are experiencing. Laurens County and the State of South Carolina have been instrumental in helping us make the decision to expand, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with all of those involved.” –RAI President Mark Christopherson
 
“We were excited last year when RAI announced its decision to build this facility in Laurens, and we’re even more excited today to celebrate this additional investment. We’ve worked extremely hard to create a business environment in South Carolina where companies can grow and succeed, and RAI’s decision to invest further in Laurens County is proof that we have done exactly that.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Reinicke Athens’ decision to make this additional investment in their new South Carolina facility is a testament to the pro-business environment that we’ve cultivated, not only in Laurens County, but in all corners of our state. I look forward to watching them continue to grow here for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“It’s another fine day for Laurens County and its people. It is good to welcome an addition to a project that just got off the ground. RAI will be good for the county and its customers. Again, welcome to our county.” –Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Woods 
 
 “We are excited that RAI is expanding. They are going to be a big asset for my district and for the county.” – Laurens County Council Member Ted Nash, District One
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Reinicke Athens, Inc. (RAI) is investing an additional $5.5 million in its new Laurens County facility.
The company broke ground on its Laurens County facility in August 2015.
RAI was founded in 1996 in Athens, Ga.
The facility is located in the Owings Industrial Park located on Old Laurens Road in Laurens, S.C.
Those interested in joining the RAI team may visit the company’s careers page online.
 
About Reinicke Athens, Inc.:
 
Reinicke Athens Inc. (RAI) is a leading industrial contractor specializing in fast track installations, plant shutdowns, relocation of industrial manufacturing equipment, and full service turnkey construction. Established in 1996 in Athens, Georgia, RAI has a long history of construction success throughout the Southeast.  Today RAI is honored to have many Fortune 500 companies and major general contractors as clients. For more information on Reinicke Athens, Inc., please visit www.rai-usa.com.
          
 
Red Ventures Breaking Ground On $90 Million Campus Expansion In Lancaster County
Investment Expected To Create 1,500 New Jobs
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Red Ventures, a technology-enabled sales and digital marketing company, today has broken ground on the expansion of its existing Lancaster County operations. The company is investing $90 million to construct a new facility, named RV4, and generate approximately 1,500 new jobs.
 
Established more than 15 years ago, Red Ventures relocated its headquarters from North Carolina to Lancaster County, South Carolina in 2009. Today, boasting one of the nation’s largest technology-enabled platforms for growing sales and marketing businesses, the firm employs more than 2,200 workers in South Carolina.
 
The new RV4 structure, which will be comprised of three interconnected buildings, will include a sales center, learning and development center, a six-story office tower and two parking decks. In addition, Red Ventures plans to invest in the infrastructure in and around the Lancaster County campus, including the construction of a new road from S.C. Highway 160 and the widening of Red Ventures Drive, as well as investing in new water, sewer and power capacity for the facility.
 
Expected to be complete by mid-2017, the expansion will bring Red Ventures’ employee capacity to 4,500, more than doubling the size of the company’s current S.C. workforce. Those interested in joining the Red Ventures team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Red Ventures, visit www.redventures.com
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $550,000 grant to Lancaster County to assist with the costs of road improvements related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“Attracting and retaining the best talent requires a purposeful – and continued – focus on creating an environment that celebrates collaboration, creativity and continued learning. This campus expansion and the amenities included, specifically the learning and development center, position us well to compete for and retain the best talent.” – Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias
 
“We’ve always known that the partnership between the state of South Carolina and Red Ventures is something special, and this new $90 million investment shows what can happen when you combine a growing, innovative company with the business-friendly environment we have created here. The 1,500 new jobs this fantastic company is creating in Lancaster proves its commitment to the people of South Carolina, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate today.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Red Ventures has been a tremendous partner since joining the South Carolina business community six years ago, and today’s groundbreaking only further solidifies their status as one of the fastest growing businesses in our state. In the years to come, I look forward to watching Red Ventures build on this remarkable momentum, ensuring both increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Lancaster County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Lancaster County is excited to see the growth that Red Ventures has gone through over the short time that it has been in South Carolina. We look forward to seeing this RV4 expansion and appreciate the continued investment in both capital and in the accompanying workforce.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Red Ventures is expanding operations in Lancaster County.
$90 million investment creating 1,500 new jobs.
Established in 2000, the company relocated its headquarters from North Carolina to Lancaster County, South Carolina in 2009.
The new RV4 structure will include a sales center and parking deck, learning and development center and a six-story office tower. 
Those interested in joining the Red Ventures team should visit the company’s careers page online.
 
About Red Ventures:
 
Founded in 2000, Red Ventures employs more than 2,800 people and is the country’s largest technology-enabled platform for growing sales by optimizing multi-platform customer experiences. Red Ventures’ expertise spans across multiple industries including Home Services, Energy, Financial Services, Insurance and Software. Success is driven by advanced internet analytics, proprietary technology and the company's greatest competitive advantage – the people. Red Ventures has been named a Best Place to Work in Charlotte, NC eight years running. Learn more at www.redventures.com.
 
Additional Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Charleston County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. –  A disaster recovery center is open in Johns Island to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Charleston County center is open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid. 
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Charleston County
 
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
3351 Maybank Highway 
Johns Island, SC 29455
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Additional disaster recovery centers are open in affected South Carolina counties. For information on the locations of recovery centers call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
 
Additional Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Newberry to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center is open in Newberry to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Newberry County center is open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week until further notice. 
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Newberry County
 
Newberry County Sheriff’s Emergency Services building
540 Wilson Road
Newberry, SC 29108
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state/federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. 
 
To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers are open in affected South Carolina counties. For information call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4241.
Palmetto Engineering Expanding Upstate Operations
Company Investing $1.2 Million To Establish New Anderson County Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Palmetto Engineering, a firm that specializes in telecommunications engineering, industrial electrical engineering and GIS telecommunications software, is expanding its Upstate operations with the establishment of a new facility in Anderson County. The company is investing $1.2 million in the project, creating 25 new jobs in Piedmont, S.C. over the next five years. 
 
Established in 2006 and headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Palmetto Engineering provides solutions for moderate to complex electrical and telecommunications projects. A rapidly growing firm since its inception, the company now employs more than 160 workers across Arkansas, North Carolina and South Carolina. 
 
In an effort to meet increased customer demand, Palmetto Engineering is expanding its Upstate operations by purchasing an existing 20,000-square-foot facility, located at 3017 Highway 153 in Piedmont, S.C. Expected to be fully operational in the 4th quarter of 2016, hiring for the new positions has already begun. Those interested in joining the Palmetto Engineering team should visit the company’s careers page online.
 
For more information on Palmetto Engineering, visit www.palmettoeng.com
 
QUOTES
 
“Palmetto Engineering has its roots in Anderson County and we are excited to continue our investment here. We look forward to a bright future and to making a difference in our own community.” –Palmetto Engineering President and Chief Executive George Wyatt 
 
“Founded nearly a decade ago in the Upstate, Palmetto Engineering’s decision to invest $1.2 million and create 25 new jobs in Anderson County is a real reason to celebrate and a testament to the pro-business environment we have worked so hard to create in all parts of our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“We’re always excited to celebrate additional investment in our state and its people, but it’s truly inspiring when that investment comes from one of our existing firms. I congratulate Palmetto Engineering on all of their success in South Carolina and around the Southeast, and look forward to watching them thrive here for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
 “It is extremely satisfying to see Palmetto Engineering, one of our longtime local industries, prosper and need to grow beyond their current facilities. Their $1.2 million investment and the addition of 25 jobs with above average wages, demonstrates their strong commitment to our community. Additionally, this expansion will transform an existing, vacant building in district six into a thriving business.” –Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Palmetto Engineering is expanding its Upstate operations with a new facility in Anderson County.
$1.2 million investment creating 25 new jobs.
Established in 2006, Palmetto Engineering is headquartered in Greenville, S.C.
Palmetto Engineering is expanding its Upstate operations by purchasing an existing 20,000-square-foot facility, located at 3017 Highway 153 in Piedmont, S.C. 
Those interested in joining the Palmetto Engineering team should visit the company’s careers page online.
 
About Palmetto Engineering:
 
Palmetto Engineering has a staff of licensed professional engineers with numerous years of experience providing solutions for moderate to complex electrical and telecommunications projects. Founded in 2006, the company has quickly grown to include more than 100 employees, including 6 professionally licensed engineers. Palmetto Engineering’s rapid growth can be attributed to its commitment to providing clients with innovative solutions focused on their unique business needs. For more information on Palmetto Engineering, visit www.palmettoeng.com.
 
Lakeside Steel And Machine Expanding Upstate Operations
Company Investing $2.5 Million To Expand Anderson County Operations
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Lakeside Steel and Machine, Inc., a firm that specializes in heavy steel and metal fabrication, is expanding its existing Anderson County operations. The company is investing $2.5 million in the project, creating 13 new jobs in Anderson, S.C. over the next five years.
 
Established in 1985, Lakeside Steel and Machine is a family-owned firm, specializing in heavy steel fabrication, critical engineering and problem solving, CNC machining and general welding and machining. The company serves customers across the Southeastern United States.
 
Located at 2807 Standridge Road in Anderson, Lakeside Steel and Machine’s existing metal fabrication center can accommodate metal products weighing up to five tons. In an effort to meet increased demand from its customers, the company is expanding its existing operations with machine and equipment upgrades.
 
For more information, contact Lakeside Steel and Machine at (800)-682-3605
 
QUOTES
 
“Anderson County is home to our company and our family. Our company started out doing business with our neighbors and now our neighborhood is expanding. These are exciting times for Lakeside Steel and Machine and we are proud to be growing and representing Anderson County in the Upstate and across the U.S.A.” – Brad Jenkins, Vice President, Lakeside Steel 
 
“Lakeside Steel and Machine is a success story that all of South Carolina should celebrate together. This investment and the 13 new jobs it will create in Anderson County proves that South Carolina is open for business, and that any company can succeed here.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s world-class workforce and pro-business environment continues to attract record business investment in all corners of our state, but it’s special when that investment comes from homegrown, family-owned firms, like Lakeside Steel and Machine.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Lakeside Steel and Machine has been a part of our County family for many years now. We have watched them grow over the years. Jack and Brad Jenkin’s success is proof positive that Anderson County is THE place to build a business and to build a life.” –Tommy Dunn, Chairman, Anderson County Council
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Lakeside Steel and Machine is expanding its existing Anderson County operations.
$2.5 million investment creating 13 new jobs.
Established in 1985, Lakeside Steel and Machine is a family-owned, South Carolina-based firm.
To expand its existing Anderson County operations, the company is upgrading equipment at its existing facility, located at 2807 Standridge Road in Anderson.
The company’s metal fabrication center can accommodate metal products weighing up to five tons.
 
About Lakeside Steel and Machine, Inc.:
 
Lakeside Steel and Machine specializes in heavy steel fabrication, critical engineering and problem solving, CNC machining, and general welding and machining. We have proudly served the Southeast since 1985. For more information contact Lakeside Steel and Machine at (800)-682-3605.
Precision Metal Fabricators Expanding Barnwell County Operations
Company Investing $500,000 To Relocate To A Larger Facility In Williston, S.C.
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Precision Metal Fabricators, Inc., a firm that specializes in the manufacturing of metal and fabricated metal products, is expanding its existing Barnwell County operations. The company is investing $500,000 to relocate to a larger facility, creating 19 new jobs in Williston, S.C. over the next five years. 
 
Established in 1990, Precision Metal Fabricators is a homegrown, service disabled veteran-owned business, serving a wide variety of industry sectors. In an effort to meet the demands of its growing customer base, the company has decided to relocate its Barnwell County operations to a larger facility.
 
Located at 201 State Street in Williston, the 75,000-square-foot facility is nearly triple the size of Precision Metal Fabricators’ existing plant. To achieve the expansion, the company will update the new facility’s electrical system, as well as its office and workspaces, installing new airlines, fiber optics and servers. The move is expected to take place in January 2016, with hiring for the new positions anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2016. Those interested in joining the Precision Metal Fabricators team should contact the Human Resources Department by email at        HR@PMF-Inc.com.
 
QUOTES
 
“Over the last 25 years, Precision Metal Fabricators Inc. has had a vision to continuously improve customer service, quality, and processes through ingenuity and dedication. By understanding the value of human capital and staying true to our original vision; Precision Metal Fabricators has grown from a 5000-square-foot warehouse with four employees to a large scale contract manufacturing facility, with a wide customer base that spans into many industries. As the company grows and expands its operations into other industries; I am looking forward to Precision Metal Fabricators being an asset in South Carolina’s industrial community and creating even more career opportunities within our region.”– President of Precision Metal Fabricators, Inc. Alan King
 
“A company that does business in one of our rural counties is extremely important to that community, and that’s exactly why we couldn’t be more excited to see Precision Metal Fabricators succeed in Barnwell County to the point that they are creating 19 new jobs there. This new investment shows how committed this great South Carolina company is to our people, and that commitment really is a reason to celebrate across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina continues to lead the nation’s manufacturing renaissance, and today’s announcement by Precision Metal Fabricators reinforces that notion. We congratulate Precision Metal Fabricators on all of their success and look forward to supporting them as they continue to thrive in our state.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Barnwell County appreciates Mr. King’s investment in our county and our people.  Every job created by Precision Metal Fabricators makes a difference for a family in our area, not to mention the surrounding supporting services, retail businesses, and indirect jobs.  Good jobs bring a better quality of life, and we salute Mr. King’s commitment to our community.” –Barnwell County Council Chairman David Kenner
 
“Alan King and Precision Metal Fabricators will be an asset to our industrial community.  Their state-of-the-art capabilities enable them to work with industry leaders in a variety of metal fabrication, defense, and technology industries, and we are proud that they chose to call Williston ‘home.’” –Barnwell County Economic Development Commission Chairman Tommy Boyleston
 
“We are honored that Alan King has chosen to grow Precision Metal Fabricators in our region.  Not only is this a service disabled veteran-owned business, it is one that manufactures metal fabricated products for a wide variety of industry with the highest demands for quality and precision, which speaks to the quality of workforce since Mr. King plans to double the workforce at his facility.” –SouthernCarolina Alliance President Danny Black
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Precision Metal Fabricators is expanding its operations in Barnwell County.
$500,000 investment creating 19 new jobs.
Established in 1990, Precision Metal Fabricators is a homegrown, service disabled veteran-owned business.
The company is relocating to a larger, 75,000-square-foot facility at 201 State Street in Williston, S.C.
Those interested in joining the Precision Metal Fabricators team should contact HR@PMF-Inc.com.
 
About Precision Metal Fabricators:
 
Established in 1990, Precision Metal Fabricators is a homegrown, service disabled veteran-owned business, serving a wide variety of industry sectors. For more information, contact (803)-266-5100.
Auriga Polymers, Inc. Expanding Upstate Operations
Company Investing More Than $35 Million To Expand Spartanburg County Operations
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Auriga Polymers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, one of the world’s largest suppliers of polyester, is expanding its existing operations’ capabilities in Spartanburg County with an investment of more than $35 million. 
 
This investment will include the installation of an extruder system and other production efficiencies.  It will add 15,000 tons of extrusion-based fiber spinning capacity to the Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C. With this new expansion, Auriga Polymers will be able to produce fibers based on environmentally-friendly polymers such as PLA as well as specialty polyester and post-consumer recycled polymers. 
 
The plant, which is located at 1550 Dewberry Road, produces polyester fibers, resins, and specialty polymers currently used in bottles, trays, sheets, film and textile applications. The site is also home to the Global Research and Development facilities for Indorama Ventures PLC.  Bottles made from Auriga’s resins are used for carbonated soft drinks, water, beer, juice, wine and food. 
 
For more information on Auriga Polymers and Indorama Ventures, visit www.indoramaventures.com
 
QUOTES
 
“I am excited that Indorama Ventures is confident in our company and continues to invest in the operations and the people of South Carolina. This investment further enhances our ability to support our customers and markets with high value added products while continuing to provide employment for 450 families.” –Auriga Polymers Inc. VP of Operations Mark Holden   
 
“Indorama Ventures is constantly evolving its portfolio and technologies to help our customers grow. This added capacity increases Auriga’s position to support our customers who are seeing growing demand for specialty materials in all sectors of the nonwovens marketplace. Through the co-location of specialty PET polymers and staple fiber production at our Auriga Polymers Spartanburg site, we are uniquely positioned to tailor our fiber portfolio to our customers’ requirements. Auriga’s staple fibers have been setting a high standard in the US marketplace for many years, and we are very excited about the many possibilities we will be able to offer to our customers in the future.” –Auriga Polymers Inc. VP of Polymers and Fibers Tom Brekovsky
 
“Auriga Polymers’ decision to expand in Spartanburg County is another great example of how South Carolinians continue to benefit from the thriving manufacturing industry in our state. This $35 million investment speaks to Auriga’s tremendous commitment to our state and its people, and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow here.”– Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina is proudly leading the manufacturing renaissance, and Auriga Polymers’ expansion is yet another win for the burgeoning manufacturing industry in our state. This new investment only strengthens the reputation that the Palmetto State and its highly-skilled workforce have earned for making quality products.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Spartanburg County is pleased to work with Auriga Polymers on this latest expansion as it ensures they remain a global leader in the advanced materials industry.  This investment of $35 million will not only increase their production capacity it also represents an investment in new state of the art machinery and equipment.  We are pleased Auriga Polymers has chosen Spartanburg for this investment and we thank the over 400 existing associates for their dedication and hard work.” – David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Auriga Polymers Inc. is expanding its operations in Spartanburg County.
$35 million investment.
The Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C. was acquired by Indorama Ventures in March 2011.
This expansion will add 15,000 tons of extrusion-based fiber spinning capacity to the Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C. 
Those looking to join the Auriga Polymers, Inc. team should visit SCworks.org.
 
About Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited:
 
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, which operates more than 60 locations in 19 countries, employing approximately 12,000 workers across the globe, is one of the world’s leading petrochemical producers and a leading manufacturer of PET resins, fibers, filaments and wool yarns. Indorama Venture’s products serve major players in diversified end-use markets, including food, beverages, personal and home care, health care, automotive, textile and industrial. The Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C. was acquired by Indorama Ventures in March 2011.
 

A&R Bulk-Pak, Inc. Establishing Lowcountry Operations

30-Year Veteran Packaging Company To Establish $7.5 Million Facility In Berkeley County
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A&R Bulk-Pak, Inc., a contract packaging company specializing in the packaging and distribution of plastics for overseas export, is establishing operations in Berkeley County. In an effort to better serve its expanding customer base and handle the coming plastics production surge from the Gulf Coast, the 30-year company is investing in the construction of a $7.5 million state-of-the-art packaging and distribution facility, which will create 25 new jobs in Moncks Corner, S.C. 
 
To house its operations, a new 240,000-square-foot facility on 27.5 acres will be built in three phases. Rail storage capacity for more than 100 railcars will be featured on site. The new location will be the first packaging facility to open its doors in the Southeast, with the specific purpose of receiving Gulf Coast originating plastic resin earmarked for export.  
 
A&R Bulk-Pak, Inc. is a family owned and operated company which has serviced the plastic and grain industries from its New Jersey headquarters since 1985. The company offers packaging, bulk transfer, warehousing and logistics services to producers and traders who require highly responsive service and attention to detail, uncommon in the packaging industry.
 
For additional information on A&R Bulk-Pak, Inc., contact Jason Blinkoff, Executive Vice President, at 908-558-7440.
 
QUOTES
 
“Since day one, our experience in South Carolina has been tremendous. From the highly motivated leadership at the state and county levels to the exceptional folks at the South Carolina Ports Authority and CSX Railroad, it is clear we have an extraordinary support team in place, which is second to none. Our industry is readying for an explosion in plastic exports and we are truly excited to get to work at our new facility – we honestly can’t wait.” –A&R Bulk-Pak, Inc. President Avi Ron
 
“We couldn't be more excited to congratulate A&R Bulk-Pak for its decision to build its first South Carolina facility in Berkeley County. This $7.5 million investment, and the 25 new jobs it will create, is a huge win for everybody involved, and we look forward to seeing this partnership grow.” –Gov. Nikki Haley 
 
“An ideal destination for business, South Carolina boasts tremendous transportation and logistics advantages, and today’s announcement by A&R Bulk Pak is a testament to that. I congratulate the company on deciding to establish its first facility in the Palmetto State and look forward to watching them become a thriving member of our Lowcountry business community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“A&R Bulk-Pak’s announcement is exciting for South Carolina and our Port. Its operations will be a significant addition to Charleston’s ability to handle growing export commodities such as resins and grains, which represent significant volume opportunities for SCPA.” –S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome
 
“Having such an established and growing company as A&R Bulk-Pak select Berkeley County for its new location is further proof that Berkeley County is open for business and Berkeley County means business. From meetings with A&R Bulk-Pak over the past few months, I am confident they will thrive in Berkeley County and also be incredible partners in job-creation opportunities for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
A&R Bulk-Pak, Inc. is establishing operations in Berkeley County.
$7.5 million investment creating 25 new jobs.
Established in 1985, A&R Bulk-Pak is headquartered in New Jersey.
The company is constructing a 240,000-square-foot facility on 27.5 acres on Spring Grove Road in Moncks Corner. 
The packaging and distribution facility will feature onsite rail storage capacity of more than 100 railcars.
 
About A&R Bulk Pak:
 
A & R Bulk-Pak provides bulk transfer, packaging, warehousing and logistics services for the plastics and grain industry. Since 1985, we’ve been counted on as a reliable partner-provider because of our ability to provide outstanding service at an exceptional value for our customers. For more information, visit www.arbulkpak.com

 

Alkane Truck Company Establishing New Lowcountry Operations

Truck Manufacturing Firm Creating More Than 300 New Jobs With New Facility In Dorchester County
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Alkane Truck Company, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of commercial trucks, is establishing new Lowcountry manufacturing operations in Dorchester County. The new facility is expected to create more than 300 jobs in Summerville, S.C.
 
Established in 2012 and headquartered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Alkane Truck Company specializes in medium duty trucks, medium heavy trucks and heavy duty tractors, which run on liquid propane autogas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG). 
 
This month, the company announced a brand new line of alternative fuel vehicles – the Alkane Class 7 cab-over truck. Once full production of these trucks begins in the first quarter of 2016, they will be sold throughout the company’s established network of approximately 130 truck dealership locations in the U.S. and Canada. 
 
To produce the new product line, Alkane is leasing an existing manufacturing facility in Summerville. The 100,000-square-foot facility will employ more than 300 automotive technicians once it reaches full capacity within the next two years. 
 
For more information on the company, visit www.alkanetruckcompany.com
 
QUOTES
 
“We truly have an amazing story from our inception several years ago to the introduction of our Class 7 truck today. We have the first and currently the only cab over truck of this weight class powered exclusively with either LPG or CNG in America; that is special. As locals living and working in South Carolina we feel very fortunate to be able to build our business in the great State of South Carolina. We will be hiring well over 300 automotive technicians and adding employees as we continue to expand our business to include additional models. With manufacturing neighbors such as Boeing, BMW and Volvo, we are definitely in good company.” –Alkane Truck Company CEO Bob Smith
 
“Everyone knows we build cars and planes in South Carolina, but we also build trucks. Alkane’s decision to invest in Summerville and create 300 new jobs there proves that when a company is looking for a place to build their product, they don’t have to look any farther than South Carolina and our people. We couldn’t be happier to celebrate the 300 new jobs Alkane is bringing to Dorchester County, and we are proud to congratulate this great company for all of the success they have found here.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Today, we celebrate this milestone announcement from Alkane Truck Company. A testament to the loyal, world-class workforce in South Carolina, Alkane’s investment in Dorchester County is a significant win for our manufacturing industry, the Lowcountry community and the entire state.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Dorchester County is very proud to welcome Alkane Truck Company.  Their decision to locate here and create 300 new jobs is further proof that Dorchester County is a great place to live and do business, and we stand ready to assist them as they become part of our industrial community.” –Dorchester County Council Chairman David Chinnis
 
“Alkane Trucks will be an asset to Dorchester County and the entire region. Our three counties offer an incredible combination of assets for global manufacturers, including an established automotive cluster, a skilled workforce with a depth of expertise, and integrated transportation infrastructure. By choosing to locate here, Alkane sends a powerful message to truck & automotive companies around the world reinforcing just how competitive we have become.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Anita Zucker 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Alkane Truck Company is establishing operations in Dorchester County.
Establishment of new manufacturing facility creating 300 new jobs.
Established in 2012, Alkane Truck Company is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
To produce a new product line, Alkane is leasing an existing manufacturing facility in Summerville, S.C.
The 100,000-square-foot facility will employ more than 300 automotive technicians once it reaches full capacity within the next two years.
 
About Alkane Truck Company:
 
Alkane Truck Company provides a one stop solution to distributors for Alternative Fuel Vehicles. The company offers medium duty trucks, medium heavy trucks and heavy duty tractors which run on liquid propane autogas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG) at competitive prices. For more information, visit www.alkanetruckcompany.com

 

 

Cypress Creek Renewables Establishing Solar Power Operations in Calhoun County

Company Investing $34 Million in Three New Calhoun County Solar Projects
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken the first step towards investing $34 million in three new solar energy facilities in Calhoun County. 
 
With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016.  
 
The company is working in partnership with Sustainable Energy Solutions, which is assisting Cypress by identifying sites, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with the utilities. Together, they have received approval to build three facilities in and around two different towns within Calhoun County, all of which are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016. 
 
In St. Matthews, S.C., Cypress is constructing a 10-megawatt facility off of Preference Road. In Cameron, S.C., the company is constructing a four-megawatt facility and a 20-megawatt facility off of Cameron Road. 
 
For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com. For more information on Sustainable Energy Solutions, visit www.sccleanenergy.com
 
QUOTES
 
“Cypress Creek Renewables is a national leader in solar development and we are thrilled with the opportunity to provide clean, stable energy to thousands of homes in Calhoun County. We are grateful to county leaders, the State of South Carolina, and Sustainable Energy Solutions for their leadership and we hope to create more win-win opportunities together in the future.” –Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern 
 
“The experience we’ve had working with Calhoun County is another example of how the state of South Carolina wants more clean energy and all of the benefits it provides.  Projects like these don’t happen without the support of the local government and strong partnerships with organizations like Cypress Creek and the rest of our development team.” –Sustainable Energy Solutions, LLC Owner and Director of Business Development Paul Fleury
 
“Cypress Creek’s continued investment in South Carolina and our people is a reason to celebrate. This Calhoun County project is further proof of the business-friendly environment we have worked to create across our state for companies in all industries and from all around the world.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I’m proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Calhoun County continues to prove that low taxes, reasonable regulation and a business-friendly environment will make you a fertile field ripe for new investment. These solar projects coming into our county will not only bring us a new revenue stream and construction jobs, but also a new era in helping meet our state’s energy needs. The 34 megawatts generated here in St. Matthews and Cameron will help South Carolina and the United States meet the goal of over one new gigawatt in solar projects by the end of 2016. We welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to Calhoun County!” –Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers, Jr. 
 
“We welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to Calhoun County and again to the Central S.C. Region. Their commitment to clean renewable energy is a great benefit to the citizens and stakeholders of this community and for future generations to come.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing solar power operations in Calhoun County.
$34 million investment in Calhoun County operations.
Cypress Creek is a national company with offices in Carrboro, North Carolina. 
The company currently manages a development pipeline of more than 200 projects.
Cypress Creek’s three Calhoun County facilities are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016. 
 
About Cypress Creek Renewables:
 
Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Our business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Our goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com

 

Additional Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Horry County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. –  A disaster recovery center is open in Conway to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Horry County center is open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid. 
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Horry County
 
Horry County Government and Justice Center
1301 Second Avenue 
Conway, SC 29526
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Additional disaster recovery centers are open in affected South Carolina counties. For information on the locations of recovery centers call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

 

 29 Counties Declared Primary Natural Disaster Areas By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Haley Announces Relief Available To Farmers Impacted By Flooding
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has issued a disaster designation for counties in South Carolina that suffered damage and losses due to heavy rains and flooding. The governor requested the disaster designation in an October 19 letter.

A secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met.

This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties, which include both primary and contiguous counties, have 8 months from the date of a secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm, and the security and repayment ability of the operator.

Local FSA offices, administered by the South Carolina State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency, can provide affected farmers with further information.

The following 29 counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas after USDA determined sufficient production losses had occurred:

Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Chester, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter and Williamsburg

The following counties have been named as contiguous disaster counties:

Abbeville, Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Chesterfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, McCormick, Marlboro, Spartanburg, Union, York

 

Additional Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Colleton County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. –  A disaster recovery center is open in Walterboro to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Colleton County center is open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Saturday. It is closed Sunday.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid. 
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Colleton County
 
Colleton County Recreation Center 
280 Recreation Lane
Walterboro, SC 29488
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Additional disaster recovery centers are open in affected South Carolina counties. For information on the locations of recovery centers call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

 

Public and Individual Assistance for Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved for Additional Counties
Federal Aid Will Help Local Governments Recoup Costs 
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Greenville and Spartanburg Counties were approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses from the flood to apply for assistance. Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster. 

Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

In addition, four counties were approved for all categories of Public Assistance to help them recover from October’s severe flooding:  Allendale, Beaufort, Lancaster, and Marlboro. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response, debris removal, and infrastructure damage.
  

The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows: 

  • Category A: Debris Removal.
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
  • Category C: Roads and Bridges.  
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities.
  • Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
  • Category F: Utilities.
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.

The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent.
 
To date, FEMA has approved 24 South Carolina counties for Individual Assistance and 34 South Carolina counties for Public Assistance.

 

 

 
 
Poly-America Establishing South Carolina Operations
Company Investing $100 Million to Open Chester County Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Poly-America, one of the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the U.S., is establishing South Carolina operations with Carolina Poly, Inc. in Chester County. The company is investing $100 million in the new facility, creating 300 new jobs in Chester, S.C.
 
Established in 1976 and headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas, Poly-America and its affiliated entities produce several product lines, including trash bags, plastic sheeting, silage bags and shrink film. 
 
Carolina Poly, Inc. will operate a 475,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 198 acres at 1580 Lancaster Highway in Chester, S.C.  It is anticipated that the facility will be operational by mid-2017, and hiring is expected to begin in late 2016. 
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $1.8 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements, as well as job development credits related to the project. 
 
For more information on Poly-America, visit www.poly-america.com.  
 
QUOTES
 
“Carolina Poly will enable us to stay ahead of growing customer demand for our products and to realize logistical efficiencies in servicing our customers in the Southeast and Northeast.  We look forward to getting up and running in Chester County.” –Trent Mallory, Vice-President of Sales
 
“This investment that Poly-America is making in the people of South Carolina is a significant commitment to our state, and is a real reason to celebrate. The 300 jobs this great company is creating in Chester will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we look forward to seeing the impact it will have on this community for a very long time.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Congratulations to Poly America for deciding to do business in South Carolina by establishing Carolina Poly, Inc. in Chester County. With today’s announcement, Carolina Poly joins an impressive roster of globally-respected manufacturing firms that operate here, making South Carolina a leader in the manufacturing renaissance.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Actively marketing and promoting Chester County’s unique assets and advantages in South Carolina, we have been able to attract exceptional companies, such as Poly America. Today, we’re proud that Carolina Poly chooses Chester.” –Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart 
 
“We welcome Carolina Poly to Chester County and to our community. The Chester County Development Association actively supports the ongoing efforts of Economic Development and we are delighted to share in its successes.” –Chester County Development Association Chairman Brian Singleton 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Poly-America is establishing South Carolina operations with Carolina Poly, Inc. in Chester County.
$100 million investment creating 300 new jobs.
Established in 1976 and headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas, Poly-America produces several product lines, all within the polyethylene family.
Operating as Carolina Poly, Inc., the 475,000-square-foot facility will be located on 198 acres at 1580 Lancaster Highway in Chester.
The facility plans to be operational by mid-2017.
 
About Poly-America:
 
Poly-America was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Grand Prairie, TX. Poly-America produces several product lines, all within the polyethylene family. 
 
Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team South Carolina for Georgetown and Horry Counties 
State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Georgetown on Friday, October 30, for the next Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina for Georgetown and Horry Counties will be held from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Beck Recreation Center.

For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.

At Team South Carolina Day for Georgetown and Horry Counties residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina for Georgetown and Horry Counties

WHEN: Friday, October 30, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Beck Recreation Center, 2030 Church Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

Sutera USA, LLC Establishing a New Upstate Facility
Company Investing $2,000,000 to Open Facility in Greenville County
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sutera USA, LLC, a firm specializing in semi underground waste and recycling collection systems, is establishing operations at 55 Commerce Center in Greenville, S.C. The company is investing $2 million in the facility, creating 20 new jobs in the Upstate.
 
Sutera produces a semi underground waste and recycling collection system that reinvents and revolutionizes waste industry in the United States. Established in 2013 and headquartered in the Upstate, Sutera’s product features locally-produced standard precast concrete wells, PVC-coated polyester fabric six cubic-yard bags, several lid options and a fully-customizable visible exterior. As a rapidly growing firm, the company also operates a regional sales office in Ontario, Canada.
 
 An environmentally and economically-friendly alternative to traditional dumpsters, the Sutera system uses a vertical semi underground waste disposal design. The Sutera philosophy of saving time, money and the environment is embodied in the product they have created.  
 
Estimated units in the field are expected to expand to 10,000 within the next five years. Sutera is committed to the continued advancement of its product and service through research and development activities, by 
engaging our regional universities to assist in evolving Sutera’s containment system integration with advancing segregation and recovery systems.
 
For more information on Sutera USA, LLC, visit www.suterausa.com.  
 
QUOTES
 
“Sutera USA is pleased to demonstrate our continued commitment to South Carolina and the surrounding area by focusing in Greenville the development of our semi underground waste and recyclable material containment systems.    Our innovative alternative technology offers critical solutions for containment; the first stage in responsible waste and recycling management programs. We are excited to see that the Sutera technology and our associated servicing activities are in complete harmony and supportive of the growing regional recycling industry.” –Sutera President Bernie Melloul
 
“The fact that Sutera has decided to expand operations at its Greenville headquarters is a huge win for South Carolina, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch this company continue to succeed here.” Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“With a thriving recycling industry, South Carolina is home to more than 500 recycling firms, and we’re thrilled that Sutera is part of that impressive roster. I offer my congratulations to Sutera on their success in the Upstate and across North America and look forward to watching them grow in South Carolina for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Sutera is a thriving company looking to improve the recycling and waste industry. We enjoy these assignments where we help facilitate growth and expansion for successful companies with a unique offering.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Sutera USA, LLC is establishing a new facility in Greenville County.
$2 million investment creating 20 new jobs.
Established in 2013, Sutera is a South Carolina-based firm.
The company specializes in semi underground waste and recycling collection systems.
Those interested in additional information should contact info@SuteraUSA.com.
 
About Sutera USA, LLC:
 
Sutera is a clean, safe and economical semi underground waste collection system. Our units are designed for solid waste and recycling, and are best suited for multi-family, parks, commercial and institutional use. Through their design, Sutera units are environmentally-friendly, animal resistant, odor resistant and secure. The lid is available in a variety of configurations, to accommodate waste, recycling and clothing donations. And the exterior can be clad in an infinite number of materials and designs, including printed vinyl wraps for advertising revenue. Proudly made in the USA, Sutera is an environmentally- and economically-friendly alternative to traditional dumpsters. For more information, visit www.suterausa.com
 
         
 
 

 

 

Additional Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Berkeley County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Two new disaster recovery centers are open in Berkeley County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers, one in Goose Creek and one in Huger are open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week until further notice. 
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid. 
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Berkeley County- Goose Creek
 
303 N. Goose Creek Boulevard 
Goose Creek, SC 29445
 
Berkeley County- Huger
 
Berkeley County Emergency Services No. 7
1501 Recreation Road
Huger, SC 29450
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Additional disaster recovery centers are open in affected South Carolina counties. For information on the locations of recovery centers call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

 

 

 

ScanSource Expanding Upstate Headquarters

Company Creating More Than 100 Highly-Skilled Career Positions at Greenville County Headquarters Location
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC), the leading global provider of technology products and solutions, is expanding its headquarters location in Greenville County. The public company is creating over 100 highly-skilled career positions and investing more than $6 million in the expansion of its Greenville County headquarters location over the next five years.
 
With 43 offices located across North America, South America and Europe, ScanSource is a leading global provider of technology products and solutions including point-of-sale (POS), barcode, physical security, 3D printing, voice, video and data networking solutions. As a distributor, ScanSource enables hundreds of manufacturers to scale the distribution of their products to thousands of technology resellers. These technology categories include barcode scanners commonly found in retail and industrial settings, telephone and videoconferencing systems used in the workplace, and video surveillance that protects businesses and schools. The company employs more than 2,100 worldwide.
 
Approximately 650 employees work at the corporate headquarters campus at Logue Court off Pelham Road in Greenville. The newly announced expansion will convert approximately 30,000 square feet of warehouse space into office space for a growing sales force and support staff.  
 
ScanSource has expanded its current headquarter campus location five times over the past 10 years, ultimately occupying over 175,000 square-feet in two buildings on more than 24 acres on Pelham Road.  Likewise, each time ScanSource expands beyond South Carolina and the U.S., it has a positive impact on new jobs in the Upstate, as many support functions for the global corporation are provided in Greenville. 
 
Locally in Greenville and statewide, ScanSource has an estimated economic impact of more than $20 million annually. This includes major contributions to education and other philanthropic causes, sales transactions with local businesses, and the financial impact of bringing visitors to the area for conferences and meetings. 
 
The Greenville expansion project is expected to be complete over the next five years. For more information about ScanSource, visit www.scansource.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $150,000 Set Aside grant to Greenville County to assist with the costs of building up fit and site improvements related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“Our corporate headquarters in Greenville plays an important strategic role in our global business, as it enables us to centralize some processes and share best practices, while also supporting the local needs of each geography. This expansion will give us the capacity we need to accommodate the growth of the global business, while also providing a positive impact on the state of South Carolina.” –ScanSource, Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Mike Baur
 
“We have been very successful over the years in recruiting from South Carolina colleges and universities, and are excited at the talent we know we will be bringing to ScanSource with the new jobs we are creating.” –ScanSource, Inc. Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources John Harvey
 
“ScanSource has been a tremendous partner to our state since its doors opened in Greenville over two decades ago, and the news that this homegrown company is expanding here again is a real reason to celebrate. ScanSource’s decision to create an additional 100 jobs at its corporate headquarters is a huge win for South Carolina, and we look forward to watching this company continue to grow and thrive here for a very long time.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Today, we congratulate ScanSource on all of their success here in the Palmetto State and around the world. When a South Carolina-based company chooses to further expand its footprint in our state, it’s truly a testament to our unparalleled positive business climate and highly-skilled workforce.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“ScanSource has been a model corporate citizen since its founding in Greenville in 1992, and they are a great example how successful a company can be when they dedicate themselves to the community in which they work, live and play. Greenville and the surrounding region is a better place because of ScanSource’s significant contributions, and we appreciate their continued confidence in calling Greenville home with this latest expansion.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
ScanSource is expanding its corporate headquarters facility located at Logue Court off Pelham Road in Greenville, S.C.
Creation of more than 100 new, highly skilled jobs and committing to a $6 million facility expansion.
The expansion will convert over 30,000 square-feet of existing warehouse space into office space.
Established in 1992 in Greenville, S.C., ScanSource has 43 offices located across North America, South America and Europe.
Those interested in joining ScanSource, voted one of South Carolina’s Best places to work, should visit the company’s careers page online.
 
About ScanSource, Inc.:
 
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is the leading international distributor of specialty technology products, focusing on point-of-sale (POS) and barcode, communications and physical security solutions. ScanSource's teams provide value-added services and operate from two technology segments, Worldwide Barcode & Security and Worldwide Communications & Services. ScanSource is committed to helping its reseller customers choose, configure and deliver the industry's best products across almost every vertical market in North America, Latin America and Europe. Founded in 1992, the Company is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina and was named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in South Carolina. ScanSource ranks #775 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit www.scansource.com.

 

 

 

 

Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team South Carolina for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties on Wednesday
State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Goose Creek on Wednesday, October 28, for the next Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties will be held from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Goose Creek Community Center.

For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.

At Team South Carolina Day for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Goose Creek Community Center, 519A North Goose Creek Blvd, Goose Creek, SC 29445

 

 

 

 

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Georgetown County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Georgetown County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers - one in Andrews and the other in Georgetown - are open 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week until further notice. 

The new centers are located at Potato Bed Ferry Community Center, 531 Big Dam Swamp Drive in Andrews and Beck Recreation Center at 2030 West Church St. in Georgetown. 

They replace the center that closed on Friday at the Walmart parking lot at 1295 Frazier St. in Georgetown. 

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest loans. They can also help survivors apply for aid. 

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state/federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. 

To register, go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice. 

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids. 

Additional disaster recovery centers are open in affected South Carolina counties. For information call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4241.

 

 

 

Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team South Carolina in Clarendon County on Monday
State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Manning on Monday, October 26, for the next Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina Clarendon County will be held from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Clarendon County Community Center.

For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.

At Team South Carolina Day in Clarendon County residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina in Clarendon County

WHEN: Monday, October 26, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Clarendon County Community Center, 7 Maple Street, Manning, SC 29102 (Behind the Weldon Auditorium in the old Manning High School Gym) 

 

 

 

 

 

Cypress Creek Renewables Establishing Solar Power Operations in Hampton County
Company investing $66.8 million in six new Hampton County solar projects

COLUMBIA, S.C.Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken the first step towards investing $66.8 million in six new solar energy facilities in Hampton County.

With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York, and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities, and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016. 

The company is working in partnership with Sustainable Energy Solutions, which is assisting Cypress by identifying sites, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with the utilities. Together, they have received approval to build six facilities in and around three different towns within Hampton County, all of which are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.

In Brunson, S.C., Cypress is constructing a $10 million, 10-megawatt facility off of Broader Road. In Hampton, S.C., the company is investing $26 million to construct a six-megawatt facility and a 20-megawatt facility on two separate sites off of Augusta Highway. In Estill, S.C., Cypress is investing $30 million to construct three separate operations – a 12-megawatt facility off of Nixville Road, an 8-megawatt facility off of Columbia Highway and a 10-megawatt facility off of Steep Bottom Road.

For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com. For more information on Sustainable Energy Solutions, visit www.sccleanenergy.com.

QUOTES

“Building solar in Hampton County is about investing in the future by providing homes with clean, affordable energy. We are thrilled to be long-term partners in the community and are thankful to county leaders, the State of South Carolina, and Sustainable Energy Solutions for their leadership.” –Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern

“We are very appreciative of the support we’ve received from the Hampton County economic development officials, county council and all of our partners. This is a very important step in providing more clean energy to the state of South Carolina.” –Sustainable Energy Solutions, LLC Owner and Director of Business Development Paul Fleury

“We’re excited to see Cypress Creek continue to invest in our state and our people. We have worked extremely hard to build a business environment in South Carolina that is open to all kinds of companies, and we look forward to seeing both Cypress Creek and the renewable energy industry grow here in the future.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I’m proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Hampton County welcomes Cypress Creek Renewables to Hampton County, and we appreciate the investment that they are making in our community in bringing renewable, sustainable energy solutions to our communities.” –Hampton County Council Chairman Shedron Williams

“Cypress Creek Renewables will be an asset to our industrial community and a great addition to the array of ‘green’ industries located in our region. We look forward to working with Cypress Creek Renewables in the coming years.” –Southern Carolina Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing solar power operations in Hampton County.
  • $66.8 million investment in Hampton County operations.
  • Cypress Creek Renewables is a national company with offices in Carrboro, North Carolina.
  • The company currently manages a development pipeline of more than 200 projects.
  • Cypress Creek’s six Hampton County facilities are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.

About Cypress Creek Renewables:

Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Our business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Our goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com

Public Assistance for Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved for Six Additional Counties
Federal Aid Will Help Local Governments Recoup Costs 
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Public Assistance was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for six additional South Carolina counties to help them recover from October’s severe flooding. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response, debris removal, and infrastructure damage.
 
Four counties, not previously eligible for FEMA Public Assistance, have now been approved for all categories:  Aiken, Calhoun, Dillon and Greenwood Counties.  Further, Charleston and Lexington Counties are now eligible for all categories of the FEMA Public Assistance program; before now, these two counties were only eligible for debris removal and emergency protective measures.
 
The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows: 
  • Category A: Debris Removal.
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
  • Category C: Roads and Bridges.
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities.
  • Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
  • Category F: Utilities.
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.
The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent.
 
Beyond FEMA's Public Assistance program, FEMA also provides Individual Assistance, which is direct aid to residents who’ve been severely affected by severe storms and flooding in South Carolina. Flood survivors in Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties can register with FEMA the following ways:
 
Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team South Carolina for Florence and Williamsburg Counties on Monday
State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Kingstree on Monday, October 26, for the next Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina for Florence and Williamsburg Counties will be held from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Williamsburg Recreation Center.

For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.

At Team South Carolina Day for Florence and Williamsburg County residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina for Florence and Williamsburg Counties

WHEN: Monday, October 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Williamsburg Recreation Center, 2086 Thurgood Marshall Highway, Kingstree, SC 29556

 
AS/R Systems, Inc. to Locate in Jasper County
Carousel Manufacturer Investing $2.5 Million to Establish Lowcountry Operations
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – AS/R Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of customized and rebuilt carousels for industrial applications, has announced that the company plans to move operations to Ridgeland, South Carolina, where its affiliate, Robertson Partnership, plans to construct a 40,000 square-foot facility at the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park.
 
Founded in 1991, AS/R Systems Inc. leads the technology transfer market for specialized Goods to Person (G2P) technology, critical to manufacturing and distribution enterprises. Their customized vertical and horizontal carousels, along with technical services, provide significant space and labor improvements to a wide base of manufacturing and distribution firms across the U.S. and Canada, particularly in the health care, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail sectors.  
 
For more information on AS/R Systems, visit the company’s website at www.asrsystems.com .
 
QUOTES
 
“We chose Jasper County for the relocation of our Illinois operation because the location offers excellent access to markets via I-95 and the Ports of Savannah and Charleston. In addition, Governor Haley, Jasper County Council and the economic development team have provided a business-friendly community in which our company can grow.” –AS/R Systems Owner Doug Robertson
 
“AS/R Systems’ decision to invest in our state and establish operations in Jasper County proves that South Carolina is open for business to companies in all industries. This $2.5 million investment and the 11 new jobs it will create is a terrific beginning to a partnership between our state and this great company.” –Gov. Nikki Haley 
 
“Thanks to our world-class workforce, pro-business environment and significant investment from firms such as AS/R Systems, Inc., South Carolina continues to lead the way when comes to manufacturing. I offer my congratulations to AS/R Systems and look forward to watching them succeed in our state for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Jasper County proudly welcomes AS/R Systems, Inc. to our industrial community.  Our county government will do everything we can to create the best pro-business environment for this project because we believe that every job created improves the quality of life for a family in our area.” –Jasper County Council Chairwoman Barbara Clark 
 
“SouthernCarolina Alliance appreciates AS/R Systems’ investment in our region, and we appreciate the jobs that this new operation will create.” –SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
AS/R Systems, Inc. is establishing operations in Jasper County.
$2.5 million investment creating 11 new jobs.
Founded in 1991, the company is currently headquartered in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
AS/R’s Jasper County facility will be located in the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park.
For more information on AS/R Systems, visit the company’s website at www.asrsystems.com.
 
About AS/R Systems, Inc.:
 
AS/R Systems remanufactures, customizes, and integrates horizontal and vertical carousel solutions at a fraction of the price of new. With over 23 years in business & 50,000 square feet of carousel rebuilding capacity throughout Canada and the U.S., AS/R’s in-house sales team, engineering, software, & support ensures our customers’ expectations and business goals are met through a single horizontal carousel solution provider. For more information, visit www.asrsystems.com.
Nupi Americas, Inc. Establishing Operations in Lowcountry 
Company Investing $4.9 Million to Establish a Warehousing and Distribution Facility in Hampton County
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nupi Americas, Inc., a North American subsidiary of Nupi Industrie Italiane, S.p.A., is establishing warehousing and distribution operations in Hampton County. The $4.9 million investment is expected to create 37 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Established in 2001 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Nupi Americas is a subsidiary of Nupi Industrie Italiane, S.p.A., which has been manufacturing and marketing the NIRON product line since 1982. NIRON is a complete polypropylene pipe and fitting system for the distribution of hot and cold water in plumbing and air conditioning systems. 
 
The company’s Hampton County operations will focus primarily on its NIRON product line. To house the new facility, Nupi Americas is purchasing an existing 50,000-square-foot spec building, which is located at 314 Commerce Parkway in Early Branch, S.C. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2016.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on Nupi Americas, Inc., visit www.nupiamericas.com/nupi/en
 
QUOTES
 
“Nupi Americas has chosen South Carolina to develop its future products in the U.S. The new facility, located in the Southern Carolina Industrial Campus, will be the hub to manufacture and distribute products to our oil, plumbing and HVAC customers. We would like to thank all of the local and state institutions who helped us to achieve our expansion goals on schedule. We are extremely pleased with the cooperation between all of the economic development institutions and how they are well disposed to welcome industries in their territory, providing support at all the levels.” –Marco Genoni, President and CEO Nupi Americas and CEO of Nupi Industrie Italiane SpA
 
“It truly is a reason to celebrate when a company decides to invest in one of our rural counties. We have always made it a priority to show the world that all of South Carolina is open for business, and Nupi America’s investment in Hampton County does exactly that. We’re thrilled to welcome Nupi America to the South Carolina family, and look forward to watching its operations in Hampton thrive and grow.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Team South Carolina works hard every day to show businesses that the Palmetto State is ‘just right’ for them to succeed. This announcement by Nupi Americas is proof that our efforts are paying off, and I look forward to watching the company succeed here for many years to come.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“We appreciate Nupi Americas’ investment in our region. Their new facility just off I-95 will be a successful one for both manufacturing and distribution, and we look forward to their success and prosperity in the Southern Carolina region of our state.” –SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips
 
“The people of Hampton County are pleased that Nupi Americas, Inc. has chosen our community for their manufacturing and distribution facility, and the 37 new jobs are much appreciated. Every job created affects a family in our area, and we believe that job creation is critical to improving our quality of life. The members of Hampton County Council look forward to welcoming this Italian company to our region, and we will assist in any way that we can to ensure the best start up and operation for this manufacturer.” –Hampton County Council Chairman Shedron Williams
 
“We are delighted that Nupi Americas, Inc. has selected the Hampton County industrial building at the Southern Carolina Industrial Campus for their new operation. Our economic development teams at the local, regional and state level worked hard to create the best conditions for manufacturers like Nupi, and we look forward to the economic impact that this fine company will bring to our region.” –Hampton County Economic Development Commission Chairman Bill Hager
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Nupi Americas, Inc. is establishing operations in Hampton County.
$4.9 million investment to create 37 new jobs. 
The company’s Hampton County operations will focus primarily on the company’s NIRON product line.
The Hampton County facility will be located at 314 Commerce Parkway, Early Branch, S.C
For more information on Nupi Americas, Inc., visit www.nupiamericas.com/nupi/en.
 
About Nupi Americas, Inc.:
 
Nupi Americas, Inc. was founded in 2001. It is located in Houston, Texas. Nupi Americas is responsible for sales and marketing activities for the Americas and recently inaugurated its own production line. It also expanded the use of multilayer technology to the upstream market developing a specific product for flow line applications.
 
 
Additional Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Calhoun County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A new disaster recovery center is open in St. Matthews to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Calhoun County center is open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week until further notice. 
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid. 
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Calhoun County
 
John Ford Community Center
304 Agnes St.
St. Matthews, SC 29135
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Additional disaster recovery centers are open in affected South Carolina counties. For information on the locations of recovery centers call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
 
Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team South Carolina for Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties on Friday
State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Orangeburg on Friday, October 23, for the next Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina for Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties will be held from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Orangeburg County YMCA.

For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.

At Team South Carolina Day for Calhoun and Orangeburg County residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina for Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties

WHEN: Friday, October 23, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Orangeburg County YMCA, 2550 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, SC 29118

 
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Next Department of Transportation Secretary
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Christy Hall as the next Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). 
 
“Many of you know Christy Hall – she has been at the Department of Transportation for over 20 years, and has been a staple there,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “I am proud to say that Secretary Hall will not only be someone who we will look to see what she’s going to do going forward, but I would ask that you go and look to see what she’s done in the past, because if that’s any indication of the kind of leader she’s going to be, we are in for a great ride.” 
 
Hall was named Acting Secretary of Transportation in July 2015 and has served at SCDOT for more than two decades, holding numerous management positions within the agency, including Deputy Secretary for Engineering and Deputy Secretary of Finance and Procurement. 
 
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the Secretary for the SCDOT and thank Governor Haley for her leadership for the state of South Carolina,” Hall said. “I am honored to lead the men and women of the SCDOT whose dedication and commitment to service to this great state is inspiring to me. I look forward to continuing to advance and improve upon our shared goals of efficiently and effectively delivering our services for the benefit of our citizens.”
 
 
To watch video of the full event, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPNotJNZang&feature=youtu.be
 
“The Department of Transportation’s coordinated and swift response to the recent disaster in South Carolina has proven Secretary Christy Hall’s leadership abilities,” said Speaker Jay Lucas. “Secretary Hall effectively communicated with the General Assembly in a time of crisis. I believe Secretary Hall is an outstanding choice to lead SCDOT and I look forward to working with her as we continue our efforts to make the agency more accountable and efficient.”
 
“When leadership was needed, leadership was found,” said Senator Larry Grooms, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “In response to one of the costliest natural disasters to ever visit our state, Governor Haley turned to her cabinet agencies and directed them to respond together as Team South Carolina. And respond they did. Even the harshest critics of the SCDOT were blown away by their phenomenal response to the unprecedented damage to our state’s highway network. Christy Hall has certainly earned the top spot at SCDOT and I congratulate Governor Haley on selecting her to be the next SC Secretary of Transportation.”
 
Hall, 44, is a resident of Saluda County.
 
Public Assistance for Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved for Six Additional Counties
Federal Aid Will Help Local Governments Recoup Costs 
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Public Assistance was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for six additional South Carolina counties to help them recover from October’s severe flooding. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response, debris removal, and infrastructure damage.
 
Lee County, not previously eligible for FEMA Public Assistance, has now been approved for all categories. Further, five additional counties are now eligible for all categories of the FEMA Public Assistance program: Clarendon, Dorchester, Horry, Orangeburg and Sumter Counties. Before now, these counties were only eligible for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows: 
  • Category A: Debris Removal.
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
  • Category C: Roads and Bridges.
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities.
  • Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
  • Category F: Utilities.
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.
 
The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent.
 
Beyond FEMA's Public Assistance program, FEMA also provides Individual Assistance, which is direct aid to residents who’ve been severely affected by severe storms and flooding in South Carolina. Flood survivors in Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties can register with FEMA the following ways:
 
Additional Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Gadsden to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A new disaster recovery center is open in Gadsden to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Richland County center is open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week until further notice. 
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid. 
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Richland County
 
Temple of Faith Bible Way Church
2850 Congaree Road
Gadsden, SC, 29052
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Additional disaster recovery centers are open in Richland and other South Carolina counties. For information on the locations of recovery centers call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
 
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Kevin A. Shwedo As State Disaster Recovery Coordinator
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Kevin A. Shwedo, who has served as Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles since 2011, as the State Disaster Recovery Coordinator. As State Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Shwedo will lead Team South Carolina’s long-term recovery operations in counties designated as major disaster areas in the wake of statewide flooding.

“When it comes to response, when it comes to recovery, when it comes to logistics, and when it comes to people, there is no one better who I can think of to be my point person than Colonel Shwedo,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “This is about making sure that we continue the expeditious way that we have moved forward – not only coordinating with FEMA and not only with our state response, but we have to do it in a way that we are going into the communities and touching the people.”

The Disaster Recovery Coordinator is a position created by Executive Order 2015-26, which can be found here.

“The key is getting on the ground and finding out what’s needed," Shwedo said. "I’ve gone out and visited all 67 DMVs… and I found out what needed to be fixed. My job is to go out and start talking to the county councils, and the mayors and the people served and do everything I can to go ahead and rectify the issues we’ve got.”

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Shwedo was the Deputy Commanding Officer of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson. He retired from the United States Army on February 1, 2011 with 32 years of service. During his military career, he served in various leadership and developmental positions within the Army. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and eight awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.
 
Mr. Shwedo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1978) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate from Valley Forge Military Junior College in 1976. His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Military Professional Education and the United States Army War College.
 
 
Enstar US Establishes Operations in Richland County
Company Acquires Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company, 
Announces Expansion of Existing Richland County Operations
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Enstar Group Limited (NASDAQ: ESGR), a company that specializes in the acquisition and management of diversified insurance businesses, through its U.S. subsidiary, has acquired Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company and renamed it Sussex Insurance Company. Enstar US is investing $500,000 in the Richland County operations, allowing the Sussex business to retain all existing 120 positions, as well as creating more than 60 new jobs over the next nine months. 
 
A market leader in completing legacy acquisitions, Enstar has acquired more than 65 companies and portfolios since its formation in 2001. Headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, the publicly traded company and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,300 workers around the world.
 
To expand its newly-acquired Richland County Operations – Sussex Insurance Company – Enstar US is relocating to a 36,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 221 Dawson Road. The new facility will allow Enstar US to retain all existing 120 positions at Sussex, while also adding more than 60 new jobs. Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those looking to apply should send a resume to USRecruiting@enstargroup.com.
 
For more information about Enstar Group Limited, visit www.enstargroup.com
 
QUOTES
 
“The 60 new jobs and the investment Enstar is bringing to Richland County are a testament to our workforce, and we look forward to watching them succeed in South Carolina for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley 
 
“Today, we celebrate Enstar’s decision to establish operations in Richland County. Bringing 60 new jobs to our state, this announcement is a terrific step forward for the company, its existing workforce and the local community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“The insurance industry is an important component of our local economy and today’s announcement is further evidence it is alive and well. We welcome Enstar to our corporate community and look forward to working with them as they continue to grow.” –Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Enstar (US) Inc., a subsidiary of Enstar Group Limited, is establishing operations in Richland County.
$500,000 investment creating 60 new jobs.
Enstar has acquired more than 65 companies and portfolios since its formation in 2001.
Enstar (US) Inc. is relocating to a 36,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 221 Dawson Road. 
Those looking to apply should send a resume to USRecruiting@enstargroup.com.
 
About Enstar:
 
Enstar Group Limited and its operating subsidiaries acquire and manage diversified insurance businesses through a network of service companies in Bermuda, the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and other international locations. Enstar is a market leader in completing legacy acquisitions, having acquired over 65 companies and portfolios since its formation in 2001. Enstar's active underwriting businesses include the Atrium group of companies, which manage and underwrite specialist insurance and reinsurance business for Lloyd's Syndicate 609, and the StarStone group of companies, an A- rated global specialty insurance group with multiple global underwriting platforms. For further information about Enstar, see www.enstargroup.com.
 
Cypress Creek Renewables Establishing Solar Power Operations in Florence County
Company Investing More Than $15 Million in Solar Project
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken first steps toward investing $15.5 million in a solar energy project in Florence County. 
 
With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016.  
 
Cypress Creek has partnered with Charleston, S.C.-based developer Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) on this project, along with dozens of others across the Carolinas. SES works to identify, acquire and develop cost effective solar sites that optimize interconnection and construction costs to maximize efficiencies.
 
The Florence County solar facility will be located off of North Lynchburg Highway in Olanta, S.C. and will produce 15 megawatts of energy at full capacity. Fifteen megawatts of solar energy is enough to provide inexpensive, secure, clean energy to approximately 3,000 South Carolina homes.
 
For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com. For more information on Sustainable Energy Solutions, visit www.sccleanenergy.com
 
QUOTES
 
“We’re very excited to bring more clean energy to both the Florence community and the State of South Carolina.  Working with our local partners, Sustainable Energy Solutions, LLC, and officials in Florence County to develop the project has been a great experience.” –Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern
 
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring more clean energy online in South Carolina. This opportunity would not be possible without partners like Cypress Creek Renewables and without the support of the county officials.” –Sustainable Energy Solutions Owner Paul Fleury
 
“The investment Cypress Creek is making in our state proves that South Carolina is a place where companies from all over the world and from different industries can find a home and succeed. Together, Team South Carolina has created an environment where businesses can and will grow — that’s why we are excited to announce Cypress Creek’s investment in Florence County.”–Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I’m proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“We welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to Florence County. Their $15.5M investment is a show of commitment to bringing economically attractive solar power to utilities and consumers in our area.” –Florence County Council Chairman Roger Poston
 
“Our county continues to diversify its economic development endeavors.  Cypress Creek Renewables represents exciting new opportunities for our workforce, utilities, and consumers.” –Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank J. “Buddy” Brand
 
“We are very excited to have a company such as Cypress Creek Renewables locate to our region as a part of our corporate family. This shows that Cypress Creek Renewables is not only dedicated to the region, but that the economy of our region is becoming more diversified. Cypress Creek Renewables is providing our region with a great opportunity for clean and sustainable economic growth.” –President Pro Tempore of the S.C. Senate and North Eastern Strategic Alliance Executive Committee Chairman Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing solar power operations in Florence County.
40-60 jobs created during construction.
$15.5 million investment in Florence County operations.
The company currently manages a development pipeline of more than 200 projects.
Cypress Creek’s Florence County operations are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016. 
 
About Cypress Creek Renewables:
 
Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Our business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Our goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com
 
Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team South Carolina in Richland County on Tuesday
State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Richland County on Tuesday, October 20, for the next Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina in Richland County will be held from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Temple of Faith Church.

For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.

At Team South Carolina Day in Richland County residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Apply for mortgage or rent assistance from the S.C. Housing Authority and REALTORS
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Register to volunteer in their community with the United Way
  • Get a free clean-up kit from the Red Cross

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina in Richland County

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Temple of Faith Church, 2850 Congaree Road, Columbia, SC  29052

 
Additional Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina Open in Williamsburg and Orangeburg Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – New disaster recovery centers are open in Williamsburg and Orangeburg counties to help South Carolinians who experienced losses from the recent floods. 

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and other public and private agencies are at the centers to discuss disaster-assistance programs and help survivors find resources for recovery. 

Locations and hours of the new recovery centers: 

Williamsburg County 
Williamsburg Recreation Center 
2084 Thurgood Marshall Hwy 
Kingstree, SC 29556
Seven day a week, 8 AM to 7 PM

Orangeburg County 
Neeses Town Hall 
6357 Savannah Hwy 
Livingston, SC 29107
Seven day a week, 8 AM to 7 PM

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice. 

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids. 

Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance. 

Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Additional disaster recovery centers are open in Charleston, Clarendon, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter counties. For information on the locations of recovery centers call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4241.

 
Public Assistance for Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved for 11 Additional Counties
Federal Aid Will Help Local Governments Recoup Costs 
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Public Assistance was approved by FEMA for 11 additional South Carolina counties to help them recover from October’s severe flooding. This assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency enables state agencies, local governments, and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response, debris removal, and infrastructure damage.
 
The 11 additional counties are now eligible for all categories of the FEMA Public Assistance program: Abbeville, Anderson, Bamberg, Colleton, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Laurens, McCormick, and Newberry Counties. 

In addition, Berkeley, Georgetown, Richland and Williamsburg counties are now eligible for all categories of public assistance. Before now, these four counties were only eligible for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

The Public Assistance categories are as follows: 
  • Category A: Debris Removal.
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
  • Category C: Roads and Bridges.
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities.
  • Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
  • Category F: Utilities.
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.
The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent.
 
Beyond FEMA's Public Assistance program, FEMA also provides Individual Assistance, which is direct aid to residents who’ve been severely affected by severe storms and flooding in South Carolina. Flood survivors in Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties can register with FEMA the following ways:
 
Additional Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina Open in Charleston and Lee Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are now open in Charleston and Lee counties to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers’ hours are 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Charleston County

Charleston County Public Works
5800 Casper Padgett Way
North Charleston, SC 29406

Lee County

Park and Recreation Center
4 W. Cedar Lane
Bishopville, SC 29010

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with flooding losses should register with FEMA.  They can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. If survivors use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with homeowner, renter, and business uninsured losses. Survivors and businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.SBA.gov. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

FEMA wants to ensure that every disaster survivor has equal access to disaster information and assistance – including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, older adults, and people with limited English proficiency. Anyone who needs an accommodation or assistance due to a disability should notify FEMA staff at the time of registration or anytime throughout the assistance process.

 
Additional Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina Open in Darlington and Orangeburg Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are now open in Darlington and Orangeburg to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers’ hours are 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Darlington County

South Carolina National Guard Armory
1764 Harry Byrd Highway
Darlington, SC 29532

Orangeburg County

YMCA Orangeburg
2550 St. Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118

Survivors can visit a state/FEMA disaster recovery center. To find the nearest DRC go to http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.  

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with flooding losses should register with FEMA.  They can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. If survivors use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with homeowner, renter, and business uninsured losses. Survivors and businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.SBA.gov. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

FEMA wants to ensure that every disaster survivor has equal access to disaster information and assistance – including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, older adults, and people with limited English proficiency. Anyone who needs an accommodation or assistance due to a disability should notify FEMA staff at the time of registration or anytime throughout the assistance process.

 
Cypress Creek Renewables establishing solar power operations in Darlington County
Company investing more than $10 million in solar project

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken first steps toward investing $10 million in a solar energy project in Darlington County. This investment adds to a $20.4 million investment in Lexington County solar operations, which was announced in August 2015.

With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York, and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities, and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016. 

The Darlington County solar facility will be located off of Gilchrist Road and will produce 10 megawatts of energy at full capacity. Ten megawatts of solar energy is enough to provide inexpensive, secure, clean energy to approximately 2,000 South Carolina homes.

For more information on Cypress Creek Renewables, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com.

QUOTES

“We are thrilled with this opportunity to bring a stable, clean source of energy to Darlington County. Cypress is making the investment in this project because we believe in the value of our partnership with this community.” –Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern

“We’re excited to see Cypress Creek continue to invest in our state and our people. We have worked extremely hard to build a business environment in South Carolina that is open to all kinds of companies, and we look forward to seeing both Cypress Creek and the renewable energy industry grow here in the future.” Gov. Nikki Haley

“This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I’m proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Cypress Creek Renewables’ investment in solar power in Darlington County is consistent with our commitment to environmentally clean growth. Positive economic opportunity, sustainable energy and a clean environment is a winning combination.” –Darlington County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Frank Willis

“We are very excited to have a company such as Cypress Creek Renewables locate to our region as a part of our corporate family. This shows that Cypress Creek Renewables is not only dedicated to the region, but that the economy of our region is becoming more diversified. Cypress Creek Renewables is providing our region with a great opportunity for clean and sustainable economic growth.” –President Pro Tempore of the S.C. Senate and North Eastern Strategic Alliance Executive Committee Chairman Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing solar power operations in Darlington County.
  • 40-60 jobs created during construction.
  • $10 million investment in Darlington County operations.
  • The company currently manages a development pipeline of more than 200 projects.
  • Cypress Creek’s Darlington County operations are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.

About Cypress Creek Renewables

Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Our business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Our goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.cypresscreekrenewables.com.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team S.C. in Sumter on Friday
State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Sumter on Friday, October 16, for the first Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina in Sumter will be held from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM at Sumter County Civic Center.

For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events will serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events will bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.

At Team South Carolina Day in Sumter, residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Apply for mortgage or rent assistance from the S.C. Housing Authority and REALTORS
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Register to volunteer in their community with the United Way
  • Get a free clean-up kit from the Red Cross
  • Donate items needed by their neighbors through Sumter United Ministries

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina in Sumter

WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, October 16, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street, Sumter, 29150

 
Newberry County Designated for Federal Assistance After Flooding

COLUMBIA, S.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended its disaster declaration for the recent flooding in order to make survivors in Newberry County eligible for Individual Assistance.

Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. If survivors use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.

 
Automotive Supplier Expanding S.C. Manufacturing Operations In The Upstate
Company Investing $50.8 Million In Greenville County Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce announced today that Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is expanding its South Carolina manufacturing operations with a new exteriors facility in the Matrix Park, which is situated in Southern Greenville County at the corner of U.S. Highway 25 and Interstate 85. The $50.8 million investment is expected to create 153 jobs. 
 
Headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Magna International operates facilities across the globe, employing approximately 124,000 people worldwide. The company’s product capabilities include producing body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing.
 
Magna’s new Greenville County facility will support new business with BMW to supply various exterior molded and painted assemblies. The company plans to move into its newly-constructed 165,000-square-foot facility in June 2016. Those interested in joining the Magna team should visit the company’s careers page
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on Magna International visit www.magna.com
 
QUOTES
 
“South Carolina continues to build on its reputation as a leader in the automotive industry, and Magna’s decision to expand in Greenville County is a testament to that. This $50.8 million investment is a huge win for our state, and the 153 new jobs it will create will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians.” Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Our state has a long and storied tradition in the automotive industry, and we’re excited that Magna International continues to be an important part of that tradition. Announcements like today’s are meaningful because of what it says about the business environment we’ve cultivated, not just in Greenville County but, throughout our entire state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Greenville County’s automotive economy continues to grow at a solid rate. Magna International’s commitment to its facility at Matrix Park is proof-positive that future growth in this sector will continue for many years to come.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Magna International is expanding operations in Greenville County.
$50.8 million investment expected to create 153 new jobs.
The Greenville County operations will support new business with BMW to supply various exterior molded and painted assemblies.
The company plans to move into its newly-constructed 165,000-square-foot facility in the Matrix Park in June 2016.
Those interested in joining the Magna team should visit the company’s careers page.
 
Haemonetics Corporation Expanding Upstate Operations
Company Investing Nearly $20 Million To Expand And Upgrade Union County Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE), the global leader in blood management solutions, is expanding its existing operations in Union County. The company is investing nearly $20 million in the expansion, which is expected to create 40 new jobs over the next five years. 
 
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Braintree, Mass., Haemonetics operates facilities on four continents across the globe, employing almost 4,000 workers worldwide. The company has a comprehensive portfolio of devices, information management and consulting services, serving each facet of the blood supply chain – from plasma and blood collectors to hospitals.
 
Haemonetics recently celebrated 20 years at its current Union County site, which is located at 155 Medical Sciences Drive in Union, S.C. In this latest investment, the company will be expanding the existing facility by 3,000 square-feet, as well as making significant upgrades to plant equipment and infrastructure. 
 
Products manufactured at the Union County site are required for plasmapheresis, during which the raw material in life saving plasma therapies is collected.  Therapies treat a variety of disease states including immune deficiencies, hemophilia, and other blood disorders.    
 
Improvements to the facility and hiring for the 40 new positions is already underway. Those interested in joining the Haemonetics team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Haemonetics Corporation, visit www.haemonetics.com
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $400,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Union County to assist with the cost of real property improvements. The Council has also approved job development credits related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“The South Carolina community has been an integral partner in our manufacturing operations for the last 20 years, and our decision to further invest in the Union facility reflects upon the diverse pool of talent, partners and resources that South Carolina has to offer. I look forward to continuing our strategy of continuous improvement and manufacturing excellence in Union, helping to further support our global product lines.” –Haemonetics Corporation CEO Ron Gelbman
 
“Haemonetics has been doing business in South Carolina for 20 years, and it’s exciting to see this great company make the decision to expand here. This nearly $20 million investment, and the 40 new jobs it will bring to Union County, is a testament to Haemonetics’ commitment to South Carolina, and we look forward to watching its continued success here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina continues to stand out as a leader in the manufacturing renaissance, and today’s announcement by Haemonetics is a testament to that. From planes and cars to tires and medical devices, the people of this state have shown that they produce first-class products, attracting investment from both existing and new industry alike.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“Haemonetics continues to be a great corporate partner for Union County and we are very excited about their additional investment in our community.  We view this expansion as further confirmation that Union County continues to be a great place to do business in South Carolina.  We are appreciative and proud to support their investment and job creation efforts now and in the future.” –Union County Supervisor and Chairman of County Council Frank Hart
 
“Haemonetics is a staple in Union County with more than 20 years at its current location. It has been my pleasure working with the Haemonetics management team, Department of Commerce, and our local officials on this investment of approximately $20 million for our community and 40 career opportunities for our citizens.  Thank you, Haemonetics, for your continued commitment and support of Union County.” –Union County Development Board Chairman Joe Nichols 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Haemonetics Corporation is expanding its Union County operations.
Nearly $20 million investment creating 40 new jobs.
Established in 1971, Haemonetics Corporation is headquartered in Braintree, Mass.
The company will be expanding the existing facility by 3,000 square-feet, as well as making significant upgrades to plant equipment and infrastructure.
Those interested in joining the Haemonetics team should visit the company’s careers page online.
 
About Haemonetics:
 
Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE) is a global healthcare company dedicated to providing innovative blood management solutions for our customers. Together, our devices and consumables, information technology platforms, and consulting services deliver a suite of business solutions to help our customers improve patient care and reduce the cost of healthcare for blood collectors, hospitals, and patients around the world.  Our technologies address important medical markets: blood and plasma component collection, the surgical suite, and hospital transfusion services.  To learn more about Haemonetics, visit our web site at www.haemonetics.com.
AstenJohnson, Inc. Expanding Laurens County Manufacturing Operations
Press Fabrics Firm Making A $32 Million Investment To Expand Plant Capacity
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. – AstenJohnson, Inc., a global leader in the production of press fabrics, is expanding its existing Laurens County manufacturing facility, which is located at 400 Asten Road in Clinton, S.C. The company is planning to invest $32 million on new equipment in the next five years, with the largest purchase being a new needle loom in 2016.
 
Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., the origins of AstenJohnson can be traced back to 1790, when the Johnson family opened the Manchester Wire Works in Manchester, England. Nearly 100 years later, the Asten family launched the Asten Manufacturing Company in Belgium. In 1999, Asten Manufacturing and JWI merged, forming AstenJohnson. Today, the firm employs approximately 2,000 workers in nine countries worldwide.
 
The company plans to purchase and install the loom within the next year, with start-up anticipated for the third quarter of 2016. For more information on AstenJohnson, Inc., visit www.astenjohnson.com
 
QUOTES
 
“The plan for new equipment in Clinton shows AstenJohnson’s commitment to the continued growth of our Press Fabrics division. The new needle loom will enable us to manufacture press felts for the largest paper machines in the world.” –AstenJohnson Press Business Leader Bob Huck 
 
“It’s always exciting when a company decides to expand in our state, but it’s truly special when a South Carolina-based company like AstenJohnson finds success here and makes the decision to invest in our people further. We’re proud of the partnership our state has built with AstenJohnson and look forward to continuing that partnership for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today we celebrate yet another victory for that sector as AstenJohnson announces the expansion of their operations in Laurens County. We celebrate all that they’ve achieved both in our state and around the world and look forward to watching them enjoy even greater success in the future.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“It is good to have an existing business expand in Laurens County.” –Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Wood
 
“AstenJohnson is a long-time member of our community, and it is great to see them continue to grow in Laurens County.  Existing industries are an important part of our local economy and their continued investments in our community have a wide reaching impact within our County.” –Laurens County Development Corporation Chairman Stan Bryson 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
AstenJohnson, Inc. is expanding its manufacturing operations in Laurens County. 
$32 million investment in new equipment.
Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., AstenJohnson employs more than 2,000 workers worldwide.
The company’s Laurens County facility is located at 400 Asten Road in Clinton, S.C.
Start-up for the expansion is anticipated for the third quarter of 2016.
 
About AstenJohnson, Inc.:
 
AstenJohnson is a global manufacturer of paper machine clothing, advanced and filtration fabrics, filaments, paper machine equipment, custom rebuild solutions and nonwoven materials for filtration, automotive, cure-in-place piping and composites. As a supplier to the paper industry since 1790, it has a thorough knowledge of equipment and processes – and knows how to apply its expertise to help customers be more profitable. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Its corporate headquarters is in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

 

 

 

 

Additional Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina Open in Horry County 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are now open in Horry County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers’ hours are 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week until further notice. 

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. 

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses: 

North Strand Park & Recreational Center 
120 Hwy 57 S 
Little River, SC 29566 

South Strand Recreation Center 
9650 Scipio Lane 
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 

 
If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with flooding losses should register with FEMA. They can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week until further notice. 

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585. If survivors use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 1-800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids. 

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance. 

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with homeowners, renters, and businesses uninsured losses. Survivors and businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 1-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.SBA.gov. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 

Additional Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina Open in
Florence and Kershaw Counties

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Florence and Kershaw counties to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers are open 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Florence County
Holiness Conference Center (Evans Dining Hall)
620 Ron McNair Blvd. 
Lake City, SC 29560
 
Kershaw County
Blaney Fire Department
2344 Highway 1 South
Elgin, SC 29045
 
If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with flooding losses should register with FEMA.  They can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week until further notice. 
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. If survivors use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. 
 
All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability related communication aids. 
 
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance. 
 
Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with business, homeowner and renter uninsured losses.
 
Survivors and businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at SBA.gov/disaster. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. 
 
To find the nearest disaster recovery center go to http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.
 
Sea Pac, LLC Establishing Operations in the Lowcountry
Company Investing $32 Million to Establish Charleston County Facility
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sea Pac LLC, a company that specializes in transloading, warehousing, packaging, and logistics of plastic resins, is establishing operations in Charleston County. The $32 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs initially and more than 200 in the next five years.
 
Established by Jon McClure last year, Sea Pac’s Lowcountry operations will be the company’s first. The company is constructing a 1.5-million-square-foot facility on 107 acres of undeveloped land on U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson, S.C. With civil engineering work already underway, McClure plans to build an export hub for plastic pellets that are used for consumer goods, from milk jugs to toys and cars.
 
In selecting the Palmetto State, the company cited South Carolina’s tremendous global connectivity, which features access to the nation’s most productive port. 
 
For more information on Sea Pac, LLC, contact jtmcclure@live.com
 
QUOTES
 
“The first objective was to secure the site, one close enough to the port with rail access. Our goal is to have the first 400,000 to 650,000-square-foot building completed by mid-2017.” –Sea Pac, LLC Jon McClure  
 
“It’s a reason to celebrate anytime a company decides to invest in our people and create jobs in South Carolina. By investing $32 million and creating 50 new jobs in Charleston County, Sea Pac is showing that it is committed to our state, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that commitment.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Thanks to announcements like today’s, South Carolina continues to be a leader in transportation, distribution and logistics. When companies, like Sea Pac LLC, decide to establish operations in South Carolina, it’s a testament to the pro-business environment we’ve cultivated in all corners of this state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
 
“South Carolina Ports Authority welcomes Sea Pac to the Charleston region and looks forward to serving the export needs of their customers with our deepwater harbor. Plastics resins are a key commodity sector for the SCPA and a significant component of the Port’s planned above-market volume growth.” –S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome
 
“Our congratulations go out to Mr. McClure and Sea Pac, LLC on this exciting new facility in Ladson. This project adds new jobs in the northern section of our county, while also jump-starting the re-development of this major industrial complex. The intermodal advantages which Norfolk Southern and the Port of Charleston offer Sea Pac will translate into success both for the company and for our community.” –Charleston County Council Chairman J. Elliott Summey
 
“We are so pleased to welcome Sea Pac to our community and look forward to their continued growth and success. This was a seamless team effort spearheaded by Charleston County, and the region’s rail, logistics, fast permitting and competitive incentives made all the difference.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Anita Zucker
 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
Sea Pac, LLC is establishing operations in Charleston County.
$32 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs initially and more than 200 in the next five years.
Established in August 2014, Sea Pac’s Charleston County operations will be the company’s first.
The company’s new 1.5 million-square-foot Lowcountry facility will be located on U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson, S.C.
For more information on Sea Pac, LLC, contact jtmcclure@live.com
South Carolina Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Richland County
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Richland County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers are open from 8 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Richland County
Richland Library Southeast
7421 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia
 
Richland County
Richland Library Eastover
608 Main Street
Eastover
 
If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with flooding losses should register with FEMA. They can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and lines are open from 7 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week until further notice. 
 
Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY). For Video Relay Service or accommodations to visit a center, call 800-621-3362.
 
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with business, homeowner and renter uninsured losses.
 
Survivors and businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at SBA.gov/disaster. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
To find the nearest disaster recovery center go to http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed to Help With Neighborhood Debris Removal, Survivors to Register

COLUMBIA, S.C.- The United Way of South Carolina is asking for volunteers across the state who can help victims clean debris from their flood-stricken homes and sort the debris at the curb.  United Way requests that volunteers register here:  getconnected.uwasc.org/drm

"What we've seen over the last week is the very best in so many people across our state - neighbors helping neighbors is what South Carolina does best," said Governor Nikki Haley. "Team South Carolina is motivated, and that's a blessing, but what we need as we start the long process of cleaning up is volunteers. Whatever time you can give makes a difference."

“It is going to be hard, the work of recovery,” said Timothy Ervolina, president and chief executive officer of United Way of South Carolina, noting how hard and how long a job this will be.  “After the news has moved on and nobody is talking about the 1,000-year flood anymore, United Way will still be here in South Carolina. We will still be working hard to rebuild communities and lives. That’s what we do.”

Debris removal workers are asking homeowners to separate the debris into six categories to speed the removal process:  household garbage, construction debris, vegetation, household hazardous waste, electronics, and appliances (white goods).

Debris removal will occur for the next several months, and volunteers can help by putting together Flood Buckets for survivors.

• 5 gallon bucket
• Sponges and scrub brushes
• Heavy duty gloves
• Retractable utility knife
• Mold control spray
• Bleach and disinfectant
• Other items:  http://s3.amazonaws.com/churchplantmedia-cms/first_baptist_church_fort_mill_fort_mill_sc/flood-buckets-instructions.pdf

To find where to drop off the Flood Buckets, call the S.C. Baptist Convention Relief Center at (803) 227-6031.

Other organizations are coordinating activities to collect items of need. The S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church is delivering health and school supply kits throughout the community.                                                      

The S.C. Baptist Convention has also developed a disaster relief mud-out training video with basic procedures for safely and effectively cleaning debris:  http://www.scbaptist.org/resources/video-library/disaster-relief---mud-out-training/156/
Survivors of the 1,000-year-flood who need help should register as soon as possible with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-261-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).  Flood survivors are also encouraged to call 211 to register with the United Way of South Carolina.  They can help survivors find the best resources in their local community.
 

 

Gov. Nikki Haley and Emergency Management Officials Discuss Statewide Heavy Rain and Flood Preparations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, S.C. Adjutant General Maj. Gen Robert Livingston and emergency management officials discussed preparations for historic rainfall and potential flooding throughout South Carolina.

The governor urged South Carolinians to stay home, avoid any unnecessary travel, and prepare for widespread flooding and power outages. 

Video of the full event can be viewed here.

The governor underscored the following important safety reminders: 

  • This is a good weekend to stay home. Stay off the roads if you don’t have to be out. Have plenty of food and be prepared for power outages. Just because the rain may stop late Sunday, do not lower your level of preparedness.
  • This is a storm of historic proportions. We need to take this event very seriously. Be prepared for heavy rainfall to continue through Sunday. Flood waters may not recede quickly.
  • For those attending Clemson – Notre Dame football game. If you choose to go, expect very slow traffic, possible detours due to flooding, and muddy conditions. Remember, the game will be on national television.
  • Use trusted sources of information. Follow local media outlets and websites including www.scemd.org and www.scdot.org for updated maps along with other official information and instructions.
  • Be aware of potential flash flooding. Flash flooding can catch people off guard. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
  • Prepare your home for a flood. Move essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall and possibly sweep you away. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you. If you are trapped by rising water, move to the highest possible point you can and call 911.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away. One foot of water can cause your car to float off the road.
  • Be aware of electricity issues. Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!

 

State Upgrades to OPCON 3, Preparations Continue for Severe Flooding

COLUMBIA, S.C. – At 12:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division will increase the state’s operational condition to Level 3. OpCon3 means a disaster or emergency situation is likely in our state and that state agencies have been notified to staff positions at the State Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia. The SEOC is currently operating on a 24-hour schedule for the duration of the incident.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict a record amount of rainfall throughout much of South Carolina, creating the conditions for flash flooding. People in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans. Residents and visitors in the state should monitor the storm via local news media and through trusted, official, sources online.

“We have already had one death associated with flooding in the Upstate,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said, “The heaviest rainfall is still to come. All South Carolinians need to be prepared and ready `to act upon official instructions from preparedness officials.”

When Flooding Occurs in Your Area

  • Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
  • If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away. One foot of water can cause your car to float off the roadway.
  • Be aware of electricity issues. Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!
  • Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 for help.
  

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gerber Childrenswear Establishing Lowcountry Operations

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

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

 

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Gerber Childrenswear:

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

KING Automation Expanding Upstate Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About KING Automation:

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

Moderna Products Establishing Upstate Manufacturing Operations

Company Investing $6.5 Million To Open Cherokee County Plant

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Moderna Products:

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

US Building Innovations, Inc. Expanding Upstate Operations

Company Investing $1 Million In New Oconee County Facility

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About US Building Innovations, Inc.:

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

MAIREC Establishing Recycling Operations In Spartanburg County

Company Investing $4.6 Million To Open New Upstate Facility

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About MAIREC:

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

Dollar Tree Establishing Upstate Distribution Facility

Company Investing $104.4 Million To Create 400 New Jobs

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Dollar Tree:

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

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

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

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

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

Cott Beverages Expanding Upstate Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Cott Corporation:

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

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

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

Titan Stainless Establishing Operations In Chesterfield County

Company Investing $2.6 Million To Establish Manufacturing Facility

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Titan Stainless:

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

MPW Establishing Georgetown County Operations

Company Investing $10 Million To Open Regeneration Plant

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About MPW:

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

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

“Senate today rose to this historic occasion”

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

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

Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley

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

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

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

Company Investing More Than $20 Million In New Midlands Operation

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About GKN plc:

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

About GKN Aerospace:

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

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

Company Investing $10.4 Million To Open Upstate Manufacturing Facility

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Pantex International S.p.A.:

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

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Final Unemployment Trust Fund Loan Payment

Early Payment Saves Millions In Tax Dollars, Reestablishes Solvency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakwood Products, Inc. Expanding Hampton County Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Oakwood Products, Inc.:

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

Republic National Distributing Company Expanding Lexington County Facility

Company Investing More Than $10 Million In South Carolina Expansion

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Republic National Distributing Company:

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

Suominen Expanding Kershaw County Manufacturing Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Suominen:

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

Marleylilly Expanding Upstate Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Marleylilly:

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

BorgWarner Inc. Expanding Upstate Manufacturing Operations

Company Investing $13.3 Million To Expand Oconee County Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About BorgWarner Inc.:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITT Corporation Expanding Oconee County Manufacturing Operations

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About ITT Corporation:

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

Volvo Cars Selects South Carolina For First American Plant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

About Volvo Car Group:

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

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

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

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

WHAT: Economic development announcement

WHEN: Monday, May 11, 10:30 AM

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

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