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WABCO Expanding Lowcountry Operations

Global Manufacturing Company Investing $17 Million to Expand Operations in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 25, 2015 - WABCO (NYSE: WBC), a leading innovator and global supplier of technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles, is expanding its compression and braking business operations in the Lowcountry. WABCO is investing $17 million to establish a new manufacturing site in North Charleston, S.C. The investment is expected to create more than 50 new jobs and help sustain approximately 175 existing jobs.

WABCO first established compression operations in South Carolina with WABCO Compressor Manufacturing Company’s Lowcountry facility in 1996. WABCO manufactures air compressors and other braking system components at the facility.

Having outgrown its existing space, WABCO has decided to relocate to a larger, 145,000-square-foot facility in Dorchester County. Located near the intersection of Dorchester Road and Lincoln Patriot Boulevard in North Charleston, S.C., the new building is expected to be fully constructed by the end of the year. Expanded operations will enable the company to better meet increased customer demand for air compressors and air disc brakes for trucks, buses and trailers in North America. Hiring for most of the new positions is anticipated to take place from the end of 2015 through 2016.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $250,000 grant to Dorchester County to assist with the costs of real property improvements as well as job development credits related to the project.

WABCO was founded in the United States in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company. Today, the company is recognized as an industry leader for safety and efficiency technologies for commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators around the globe. WABCO pioneered the first anti-lock braking system (ABS) for commercial vehicles in 1981.

QUOTES

“We are excited to expand our manufacturing operations in South Carolina to better serve our customers in the United States. Our investment will sustain existing jobs and create new high-tech manufacturing jobs in the state. We greatly value the collaborative spirit and support of both state and county officials in the process.” –Nik Varty, WABCO President, Americas

“It’s exciting for the entire state of South Carolina when we can celebrate the success of a company, like WABCO, that has been doing business here for so long. WABCO’s decision to invest $17 million and create 50 new jobs in a new Dorchester County facility will make a real difference in the Lowcountry, and we look forward to supporting its success as it continues to thrive in our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today’s announcement is yet another victory for South Carolina’s robust manufacturing industry. I’m excited by all of the success WABCO has achieved in our state, and I’m even more excited to see what they’ll be able to accomplish in this new facility.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“SC Ports Authority congratulates WABCO Compressor Manufacturing Inc. on the expansion of their operations. The port plays an important role in serving the import needs of manufacturers across our state, and we look forward to supporting WABCO’s continued growth.” –SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

“We are both pleased and excited to welcome WABCO Compressor Manufacturing Company. We wish them much success and stand ready to assist them as they begin operations in Dorchester County.” –Dorchester County Council Chairman David Chinnis

“Today, we take part in announcing the success of a strong, vibrant company, a capable workforce, and a business friendly community. We have long been proud to have WABCO as part of our city, applaud their expansion, and very much look forward to the company’s future accomplishments.  As always, it is the goal of the City of North Charleston to remain ideal for businesses to flourish and attentive to the needs of our local industries.” –City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

FAST FACTS

•           WABCO is expanding its South Carolina operations with a new facility in Dorchester County.
•           $17 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs, sustain 175 existing jobs.
•           Company will relocate to a new, 145,000-square-foot facility in North Charleston, S.C.
•           WABCO was founded in the United States in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company.
•           Hiring for most of the new positions is anticipated to take place from the end of 2015 through 2016.

About WABCO:

WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading innovator and global supplier of technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough products and systems for braking, stability, suspension, transmission automation, and aerodynamics. Today, all of the world’s leading truck, bus and trailer manufacturers have WABCO technologies onboard. In addition, WABCO provides the industry with advanced fleet management solutions and aftermarket services. WABCO reported sales of $2.9 billion in 2014. The company is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, and has 11,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.

 

Hickory Springs Bottling, Inc. Expanding Calhoun County Operations

Florida's Largest Privately-held Bottled Water Firm Acquiring, Expanding Existing Calhoun County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 25, 2015 - Silver Springs Bottled Water Company, a bottled water manufacturing firm, is acquiring and expanding Hickory Springs Bottling, Inc.'s existing Calhoun County operations. The $16.3 million investment is expected to generate 37 new jobs over the next five years.
                                        
Established in 1986, Silver Springs Bottled Water Company was purchased by its existing owners, the Richmond family, in 1991. Since that time, the company, headquartered in Marion County, Fla., has become the largest privately-held bottled water firm in the state of Florida. In an effort to continue to expand its footprint beyond the Sunshine State, Silver Springs is acquiring the existing Hickory Springs operations in Calhoun County.
 
The spring, which supplies the Calhoun County operations, was initially discovered in the early 1800s by a British naturalist. It flows to the surface from a 33-million-year-old aquifer. The existing bottling facility is located at 347 Old River Road in Elloree, S.C. To expand operations, Silver Springs will be adding new high-speed bottling equipment. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the next several weeks. Those interested in applying for open positions may contact SC Works. For more information on Silver Springs Bottled Water Company, please visit www.ssbwc.com.

QUOTES

"The Silver Springs Bottled Water group of companies is pleased to announce the acquisition and expansion of Hickory Springs Bottling, Inc. We are excited to build on the foundation that has been established by Rick Stewart and his team at Hickory Springs Bottling. We look forward to Mr. Stewarts continued leadership through this exciting time of expansion. The positive environment established state of South Carolina, Calhoun County, and the Central S.C. Alliance were a key factor in making the timing and location of this expansion right. We are eager to become an active part of the growing, local community." -Silver Springs Bottled Water CEO Kane Richmond

"The fact that Silver Springs Bottled Water has decided to expand the Hickory Springs operations in Calhoun County is a real reason to celebrate in South Carolina. Silver Springs' $16.3 million investment and the 37 new jobs it's creating truly will make a difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we couldn't be more excited to watch this great company continue to grow here for a very long time." -Gov. Nikki Haley

"In addition to possessing a world-class workforce and pro-business environment, South Carolina is also blessed with a myriad of natural resources. Silver Springs Bottled Water Company's decision to invest in the expansion of Hickory Springs in Calhoun County is a perfect example of the positive impact these resources can have on our economy." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"It is my honor to welcome the Silver Springs Bottled Water Company to Calhoun County. Their purchase and expansion of Hickory Springs Bottling, Inc., will bring a $16.35 million investment and the creation of 37 new jobs where they are needed most. We are proud of our low taxes and pro-business environment, which have always yielded economic development success for the Palmetto State. Our central proximity to the Port and the major metropolitan markets in South Carolina makes us a prime location for future investments." -Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers, Jr.
 
"We are delighted to welcome Silver Springs Bottled Water Company to the Central South Carolina region. We are grateful for this announcement of new capital investment and jobs to Calhoun County and look forward to watching Hickory Springs grow and become an icon in the region." -Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Silver Springs Bottled Water is acquiring and expanding Hickory Springs Bottling Water, Inc.'s existing Calhoun County operations.
•           $16.3 million investment creating 37 new jobs.
•           Silver Springs Bottled Water was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Marion County, Fla.
•           The expansion is being achieved with a 60,000-square-foot addition to the existing facility located at 347 Old River Road in Elloree, S.C.
•           Those interested in applying for open positions may contact SC Works.

About Silver Springs Bottled Water Company:

Silver Springs Bottled Water Company was founded in 1986 and the Richmond Family purchased the company in 1991. Driven by the market's demand for water as a beverage and with the customer as the controlling officer, Silver Springs Bottled Water Company has quickly become Florida's largest privately held bottled water company. For more information, visit www.ssbwc.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley: “Additional Nuclear Waste Would Be A Step Backwards For The State"

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mar 19, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today announced her opposition to taking in more nuclear waste at the Barnwell Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility.

“We need to let the state know, we need to let the legislature know, where we are on this,” said Gov. Haley. “I remember dealing with this as a legislator several years back, and you know the bottom line is we've worked very hard over the last few years to make sure we've improved the quality of South Carolina – the quality of the jobs, the quality of the environment, the quality of tourism. Now there's an opportunity that's being presented in front of the legislature to be able to take in more nuclear waste from other states, and we just want the legislature to know we don't want to go in that direction.”

“Additional nuclear waste would be a huge step backwards for the state of South Carolina,” said Gov. Haley. “Let's not go down this direction. There are a lot of things we need to be working on right now, and taking in other states' nuclear waste is not one of them.”

 

Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC Expanding Florence County Operations

$3.5 Million Investment Establishing New Production Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. - March 17, 2015 - Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC, a company that provides fresh and innovative South Carolina regional cuisine is expanding its operations in Florence County. The $3.5 million investment will establish sauce, marinade and spice production manufacturing operations, creating an expected 45 new jobs in Florence, S.C.
 
Established in 1993 with the opening of the Redbone Alley Restaurant & Bar in Florence, S.C., Red Bone Alley Foods has grown tremendously. More than just a restaurant, the company developed into a provider of food products sold in grocery outlets nationwide. In fact, the Red Bone Alley's brand is marketed in more than 5,000 retail locations across all 50 states.
 
The company's new Florence County facility, a 15,000-square-foot building located at 198 NB Baroody Street in Florence, will focus on the production of sauces, marinades and spices. Previously, the company manufactured these products at facilities in Texas and California.

Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin this month. Those interested in joining the Red Bone Alley team should visit the company's careers page online. For more information on Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC, please visit www.redbonefoods.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $450,000 set aside grant to Florence County to assist with the cost of real property improvements related to the project.

QUOTES

"We are more than excited to finally bring our production capabilities back home to South Carolina. After all, there's just something special about the taste of home-made food." -Red Bone Alley Owner Dale Barth

"For Red Bone to start out as a restaurant in Florence and come back to South Carolina as a company doing business all around the country is a success story that we can all celebrate. Red Bone's decision to expand and create 45 new jobs in its home state will make a real difference in Florence, and we couldn't be more excited to watch this company continue to grow here for many years to come." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, so it's always inspiring to see the dreams of small business owners come to fruition. Congratulations to Red Bone Alley Foods on this expansion and more than 20 years of success in the Palmetto State." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"I am proud that Red Bone Alley, since its inception, has been one of the strongest supporters of Certified South Carolina products throughout the state.  I am pleased that Dale Barth's commitment to local foods and the freshest ingredients will not only apply to the restaurant but with the expansion of their bottling operation.  They are commended for their further investment in South Carolina's agribusiness industry in all it represents for small farmers." -Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

"Congratulations to Florence's own Red Bone Alley on the expansion of their business! Their fresh and innovative South Carolina cuisine has been a staple in our town and we are fortunate they have decided to locate the production of their local culinary products here. I thank Florence County Economic Development Partnership for their partnership with Red Bone Alley. This organization continues to improve our local economy by supporting local enterprises and attracting new ones." -S.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh K. Leatherman

"Congratulations to Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC. This is a fine example of a local business showing confidence in Florence County's economy through expansion." -Florence County Council Chairman Roger Poston

"I applaud Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC everyone who pitched in to make this deal possible, and moreover, Red Bone Alley for continually investing in our workforce. Every job counts." -City of Florence Mayor Stephen Wikela

"We are happy to welcome Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC home. The company started here and has flourished. It doesn't get more local than this." -Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank J. "Buddy" Brand

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC is expanding with the establishment of food production operations in Florence County.
•           $3.5 million investment creating 45 new jobs.
•           Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC was founded in 1993 with the opening of the Redbone Alley Restaurant and Bar in Florence, S.C.
•           This new production facility is located at 198 NB Baroody Street in Florence, S.C.
•           Those interested in joining the Red Bone Alley team should visit the company's careers page online.

About Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC:

Established in 1993 with the opening of the Redbone Alley Restaurant & Bar in Florence, S.C., Red Bone Alley Foods is dedicated to offering its customers the freshest food possible. For more information on Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC, please visit www.redbonefoods.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley, Republican Governors Oppose EPA’s Ozone Regulation Proposal

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 17, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley, along with 10 other Republican governors, sent a letter today to Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, to express opposition to proposed changes in the National Ambient Air Quality Standard rules for ground-level ozone emissions.

An excerpt of the governors’ letter is below:

“In the four decades since the Clean Air Act was signed into law, our states have driven unprecedented improvements in air quality. We have done so while adhering to the core principle that meaningful environmental measures can and must coexist with free market policies that promote job growth and economic freedom. Your agency’s new proposed change to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone jettisons these free market policies in favor of an onerous, job-crushing standard. As chief protectors of our states’ economies, we oppose this proposed change to the NAAQS for ground-level ozone. …

… According to an estimate by the Congressional Research Service, EPA’s power-grab could plunge anywhere from 76% to 96% of the counties currently monitored for ozone into nonattainment.

Nonattainment is an economic penalty box so severe that needed economic growth is stunted. In nonattainment areas, any growth is predicated on successfully navigating a bureaucratic maze of federal and state regulators.”

The governors’ complete letter is attached.

 

Wire Mesh Corporation Establishing Manufacturing Operations in Calhoun County

Family-Owned Company Investing $13.9 Million to Open Saint Matthews, S.C. Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 10, 2015 - Wire Mesh Corporation (WMC), a manufacturer of high-quality welded wire products, is establishing manufacturing operations in Calhoun County. The company will be investing $13.9 million in the facility, creating an expected 50 new jobs in Saint Matthews, S.C. over the next five years.

Founded in 2003 in Jacksonville, Fla., WMC, a family-owned company, has grown significantly, adding operations in California, Illinois, Maryland and Texas. The strategic placement of production facilities throughout the United States allows the firm to effectively and efficiently serve its customers in all regions of the nation. The company’s product line includes standard mesh, structurally-engineered welded wire reinforcing, prestressed concrete (PC) strand, bright basic wire and pencil rod.

WMC’s Calhoun County facility, which will operate in an existing building at 289 Wilbert Way in Saint Matthews, S.C., initially will focus on the production of PC strand from steel rod. Located on 29 acres, the 143,000-square-foot facility is situated off of U.S. Highway 601 and features rail access, providing connectivity to South Carolina’s extensive transportation network.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $60,000 set aside grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.

Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in summer 2015. For more information on WMC, visit www.wmc-us.com.

QUOTES

“We’re excited to welcome Wire Mesh Corporation to the South Carolina family as the latest company to join our growing manufacturing industry. Companies like WMC are moving to South Carolina from all over the world, because the skilled people that make up our workforce have proven to be capable of building anything they are asked to. WMC’s job-creating investment is a real reason to celebrate not just for one of our rural communities – in Calhoun County – but for our entire state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Congratulations to Wire Mesh Corporation for selecting South Carolina for their newest facility. With today’s announcement, WMC joins a roster of globally-respected manufacturing firms that have chosen to do business in our state, and look forward to watching them succeed in the Palmetto State for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“On behalf of our County Council and citizens, I am so pleased to welcome the Wire Mesh Corporation to Calhoun County.  They are bringing with them an almost $14 million investment and 50 new jobs where they are needed most.  Our low taxes and pro-business environment have always yielded economic development success for our county and the Palmetto State, and that will continue.  Our central proximity to the Port and the major metropolitan markets in South Carolina makes us a prime location for future investments.” –Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers, Jr.

“Congratulations to Wire Mesh Corporation and to the stakeholders and citizens of Calhoun County. Manufacturing in Central South Carolina continues to thrive, and we look forward to watching Wire Mesh Corporation become an icon in the region and state.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Wire Mesh Corporation is establishing its operations in Calhoun County.
•           $13.9 million investment to create 50 jobs.
•           A family-owned company, WMC was founded in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2003.
•           WMC’s Calhoun County facility will be located at 289 Wilbert Way in Saint Matthews, S.C.
•           For more information on WMC, visit www.wmc-us.com.

About Wire Mesh Corporation (WMC):

WMC is a family-owned U.S. corporation that has been producing high quality welded wire products since 2003. WMC’s full product line includes standard mesh (SM), structurally-engineered welded wire reinforcing (WWR), PC strand (PCS), bright basic wire (BBW) and pencil rod (PR). First started in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2003, WMC has expanded to locations in Illinois and California, in addition to adding plants in Maryland and Texas as of early 2012. Strategic placement of production facilities throughout the United States allows WMC’s customers the ability to effectively service their customers no matter where they may be working. This gives you the ability to work with one vendor from coast to coast utilizing our strategically located mills insuring you have prompt service and better inventory availability. The design and engineering professionals at WMC have experience working on projects ranging from simple slab on grade to multi-story high rise buildings. For more information, visit www.wmc-us.com.

 

Amazon Expanding Lexington County Operations

Company to Hire Additional 500 Employees for its West Columbia, S.C. Fulfillment Center

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 10, 2015 - Amazon, a global leader in e-commerce, today announced plans to hire 500 additional full-time employees at the company’s Lexington County fulfillment center.

Since opening in 2012, the Amazon fulfillment center in West Columbia, S.C. has brought more than 1,500 full-time jobs to Lexington County. Amazon is adding the new positions to meet growing customer demand. Employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders.    

In addition to competitive wages, employees are immediately eligible for comprehensive benefits that include health insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, bonuses, company stock awards and a network of support to ensure employees succeed. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Interested candidates can apply at www.workatamazonfulfillment.com. For more on Amazon, visit www.amazon.com.

QUOTES

“For a company like Amazon to make the decision to expand its operations in South Carolina, it is a special source of pride and a reason to celebrate because it proves what we already know – that we have a world class work force and competitive business environment. The 500 new jobs this expansion will create is terrific news for the Midlands community, and we look forward to watching Amazon continue to grow here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Having such a recognized company make repeat expansions in our state is a credit to South Carolina’s positive business climate and workforce. Congratulations to Amazon for expanding their Lexington County operations and creating 500 new jobs in the Midlands.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“In December 2010, we were thrilled to welcome Amazon.com to Lexington County and to have this caliber of company locate here. Today’s announcement of 500 additional jobs at the facility absolutely affirms the quality of our workforce.” –Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Amazon is expanding operations in Lexington County.
•           The company is hiring for 500 additional full-time positions.
•           Amazon was incorporated in 1994 and the company’s Amazon.com website was launched in 1995.
•           Today, the company employs more than 150,000 full-time and part-time employees worldwide.
•           Interested candidates can apply at www.workatamazonfulfillment.com

 

Arauco Expanding Existing Panel Operations in Marlboro County

Company Investing $30 Million to Upgrade Particleboard Mill

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 9, 2015 - Arauco, a global leader in sustainable forest products, is expanding its existing particleboard operations in Marlboro County. The $30 million investment is expected to result in expanded capacity for the company’s Bennettsville, S.C. facility.

Established in 1967 as Industrias de celulosa Arauco S.A. in Chile, Arauco has grown tremendously since its inception. The company began operating its first wood pulp mill in January 1972, and today serves clients in more than 75 countries worldwide. With five main business areas – forestry, wood pulp, sawn timber, panels and energy – Arauco is committed to sustainable resource management and employs certified production processes ensuring minimal environmental impacts.

Expansion of the company’s Marlboro County facility, located at 582 Willamette Road, Highway 912 in Bennettsville, S.C., will allow the plant to grow the capacity of its particleboard and thermally-fused laminate (TFL / melamine) operations.  The particleboard expansion will increase by 60 million square-feet annually; to expand TFL production, Arauco is investing in a next generation fast-cycle press. These investments will allow the company to meet the growing demand for particleboard and broaden its TFL design offering in the region.

The TFL and particleboard expansions are expected to start-up in the fourth quarter of 2015, and first quarter of 2016 respectively.

For more information on Arauco, visit www.arauco-na.com.

QUOTES

“This investment further positions our team to add capacity that will translate into improved accessibility and value for our customers, it will also generate additional long-term jobs as we continue to invest in the future of this complex and the community at large.”  - Michael Rosso, VP of Manufacturing.

“Today, we celebrate Arauco’s decision to invest another $30 million in its Marlboro County particleboard mill. It’s always exciting when a company decides to expand its operations in one of our rural counties. This investment is a big win for the Bennettsville community and entire state of South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s reputation for a positive business climate continues to make its way around the world. I’m always pleased when a foreign-based firm, like Arauco, decides to establish and then expand their operations in our state. I look forward to supporting Arauco as they continue to grow in South Carolina and worldwide.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Arauco’s announcement regarding the expansion of the Marlboro County facility is proof positive of the pro-business environment in our county. We appreciate the economic impact Arauco makes in our community and the jobs it provides our citizens.” –Marlboro County Council Chairman Ron Munnerlyn

“This announcement is a big win for Marlboro County.  Arauco's $30 million investment in Bennettsville not only shows the company's commitment to our county, but also serves as another indication that Marlboro County's business climate is encouraging growth among our existing businesses.” –Marlboro County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Charles Paul Midgley, Jr.

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Arauco is expanding particleboard operations in Marlboro County.
•           $30 million investment to upgrade particleboard and thermally-fused laminate (TFL / melamine) operations.
•           Arauco was founded in 1967 in Chile. 
•           The company’s Marlboro County facility is located at 582 Willamette Road, Highway 912 in Bennettsville, S.C.
•           Arauco serves clients in more than 75 countries worldwide.

About Arauco:

Based in Santiago Chile, ARAUCO, a global leader in the development of sustainable forest products, manufactures a wide range of composite and thermally fused laminate panels, plywood, millwork, lumber and pulp that are procured from company-owned and managed forests throughout South America. Arauco's North American headquarters are located in Atlanta, GA. For more information on Arauco, visit www.arauco.cl. www.arauco-na.com.

Mercedes-Benz Vans to Invest $500 Million in New Manufacturing Plant in Charleston County

New Plant Represents Company’s First Full Van Manufacturing Plant in North America, to Create 1,300 Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 6, 2015 - Mercedes-Benz Vans, a division of Daimler, announced today plans to invest around half a billion dollars to establish a new, full van manufacturing plant in Charleston County. The new production plant in North Charleston, S.C. will supply the North American market with the next-generation Sprinter, creating 1,300 new jobs over the next several years.

On approximately 200 acres off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Mercedes-Benz Vans will create a completely new body shop, a paint shop and an assembly line. Construction of the new factory is scheduled to begin in 2016.

The new Sprinter plant in the United States is considered strategically essential for Mercedes-Benz Vans as the large van segment is expected to grow rapidly in North America over the next few years. The new plant and the vehicles ‘Made in the USA’ will enable Mercedes-Benz Vans to more economically meet the growing demand from North American customers in the future and to considerably reduce delivery time on this market.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the world’s leading large van, and more than 2.8 million Sprinters have been delivered to customers in around 130 countries worldwide. In 2014, the company delivered approximately 26,000 Sprinters to U.S. customers, making the United States the company’s second-largest sales market behind Germany. The Sprinter has been available in the U.S. since 2001, and today holds approximately nine percent of the country’s large van market. The company has operated its current van assembly operation in Charleston County since 2006.

Mercedes-Benz Vans pursues a dual-brand strategy in the U.S., where it offers the Sprinter as both a Mercedes-Benz and a Freightliner-branded vehicle. Sprinters of both brands will also roll off the assembly line at the future plant in Charleston. Besides the Sprinter, the Mercedes Benz Vans division will also add the Metris series of medium-sized vans to its product range in the U.S. beginning in fall this year.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $14 million Closing Fund grant to assist with the cost of real property improvements related to the project.

QUOTES

“Today is a very important day for Mercedes-Benz Vans and certainly also a very significant day for the Charleston area. We are investing around half a billion dollars to create a top-notch Mercedes-Benz van plant here in South Carolina. This plant is key to our future growth in the very dynamic North American van market. Charleston is an excellent location for our new plant. The region has very highly-skilled workers, a dense network of reliable suppliers, and an outstanding logistics infrastructure that includes good transport connections to the nearby harbor. Just as important is the very good cooperation and support we’ve experienced at the local, municipal, and state levels. I would particularly like to thank Governor Haley and the many other people who’ve given this project their fullest support from the very start and thus helped make this decision possible.” –Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg

“Today’s announcement builds on a decade of success for Daimler and Mercedes-Benz in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and we couldn’t be happier to be the home of their first full manufacturing facility for vans in North America. Mercedes-Benz is not only a world-class brand - they are also a great corporate citizen and partner for our state and for the Charleston community. Its decision to bring South Carolina-made vans to the North American market is huge, and the 1,300 new jobs this plant will create is a big boost to the region.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The Lowcountry’s automotive industry is revving up with today’s announcement, which alone will grow automotive-related jobs in the tri-counties by about 20 percent. The fact that Daimler and Mercedes-Benz are expanding into the full production of vans in our state speaks volumes about the quality of our workforce and our strong, pro-business environment. We welcome Daimler’s expanded presence in Charleston County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“SC Ports Authority has a strong partnership with Daimler, and we are excited about the positive economic impact their expansion will bring to our community. Growth of South Carolina’s automotive cluster provides significant volume opportunities for the port and boosts the overall economic position of our state. We look forward to continuing to serve Daimler’s growing import-export needs through our Charleston facilities.”–SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

“Congratulations to Daimler Vans on the establishment of their first Sprinter manufacturing plant in NAFTA territory. Daimler Vans enjoys a sterling, industry-leading reputation for excellence in automotive engineering, and we have been privileged to be partners with this world-class company for over a decade. This historic announcement is the product of many years of diligent planning, and it is an economic game-changer not only our tri-county area, but for communities across many miles in every direction. We are elated that Charleston County was chosen as the optimum NAFTA location for full production, and we will continue to partner with Daimler Vans in every way possible to ensure that this new facility can achieve great success and expand well into the future.”  –Charleston County Council Chairman J. Elliott Summey

“North Charleston stands ready to support Daimler’s renewed investment within our community, and we enthusiastically offer congratulations to the entire company and its workers. In North Charleston, we are fortunate to boast a strong economy and an environment that is ripe for businesses to flourish. Yet, today’s announcement from Daimler is truly transformative to our business landscape, validating North Charleston as an automotive manufacturing hub. On behalf of city council and all citizens of North Charleston, we thank Daimler for its confidence in our highly skilled workforce and our community.” –City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Mercedes-Benz Vans, a division of Daimler, will establish a new, full van manufacturing operation in North Charleston.
•           $500 million investment and 1,300 new jobs.
•           The Sprinter is the world’s leading large van, and the U.S. represents its second-largest sales market.
•           The company has operated its current van assembly operation in Charleston County since 2006.
•           Construction on the new plant expected to begin in 2016.

About Mercedes-Benz Vans:

Mercedes-Benz Vans is a full-range supplier in the van market. Besides the Sprinter and Metris, the division’s global portfolio consists of the Mercedes-Benz Citan city van. In 2014, Mercedes-Benz Vans also introduced the new V Class, which is a new multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). The Viano continues to be manufactured in China for private customers. Mercedes Benz Vans has manufacturing facilities at a total of nine locations in Germany, Spain, the United States and Argentina, as well as in China within the framework of the Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. joint venture, and in France in the context of the strategic alliance with Renault-Nissan. The Mercedes Benz Sprinter Classic is produced under license by the division’s partner GAZ in Russia. The most important markets for vans at the moment are in Western Europe, which accounts for 65 percent of unit sales. As part of the “Mercedes Benz Vans goes global” business strategy, the division is also increasingly developing the growth markets of South America and Asia, as well as the Russian van market, through appropriate distribution and production activities in those regions. Further information about Mercedes-Benz is available online: www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com.

 

Specialty Polymers, Inc. Expanding Chester County Operations

Manufacturer of Water-Based Polymers and Adhesives Investing $5.5 Million in Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 4, 2015 - Specialty Polymers, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of water-based emulsion polymers and adhesives, is expanding its existing Chester County operations. The $5.5 million investment will significantly increase the plant’s capacity and generate five new jobs.

Founded in 1969 in Salem, Ore., Specialty Polymers is known for its state of the art innovations, environmentally friendly emulsion polymers and outstanding customer service. The Company has more than 300 active products with customers around the world. In 1999, Specialty Polymers broke ground on its Chester, S.C. plant, the company’s first East Coast facility. Today, the firm boasts more than 100,000 square feet of combined production space between its South Carolina and Oregon facilities.

Specialty Polymers has expanded its Chester County operations, which are located on 25 acres at 869 Old Richburg Road in Chester, S.C., several times since opening in 2000. To date the company has invested more than $20 million in their Chester site, and generated more than 50 new jobs in the Palmetto State. This current expansion, a $5.5 million investment, will finance the expansion of the company’s current production area to add a 6,000-gallon emulsion polymer reactor system for the production of water-based polymers. With this recently announced expansion, combined with the Company’s lab and warehouse expansions, means Specialty Polymers will have invested over $8 million in its Chester plant in the past 10 years.

Expansion of the Chester County plant is expected to be completed in the 4th quarter of 2015. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in December 2015. Those interested in applying for open positions may contact Lisa Burrell at scjobs@specpoly.com . For more information on Specialty Polymers, Inc., please visit www.specpoly.com.

QUOTES

“In 1997, when Specialty Polymers selected South Carolina to be the home of our new East Coast facility, we knew we were making the right decision. Our continued investment in our Chester facility reflects our commitment to the state. We appreciate the business friendly approach of the state of South Carolina, the county and the city. We also appreciate the great employees who have been instrumental in our success.” –Sheryl Southwell, President and CEO Specialty Polymers, Inc.

“It’s always exciting to see one of our businesses prove how committed it is to South Carolina by expanding its operations and creating new jobs here. Specialty Polymers’ $5.5 million investment is huge news for the Chester community, and we look forward to watching this company continue to grow there for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today’s announcement by Specialty Polymers just reinforces that notion. Moving forward, I am excited to support the company as they continue to succeed and create opportunities for South Carolinians and residents of Chester County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"We are always excited with an existing industrial partner decides to expand its existing operation in Chester County.  Specialty Polymer's decision to make this new investment here speaks to our continued efforts in creating  and maintaining a pro-business atmosphere for both existing and new industrial partners. Thank you for your vote of confidence.” –Chester County Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey

"It is always nice to hear that one of our existing industrial partners such as Specialty Polymers has made a decision to expand here in Chester County.  This is another example of a successful company recognizing the advantages of additional investment in our county resulting in new job opportunities for our citizens." –Chester Development Association Chairman Brian Singleton

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Specialty Polymers, Inc. is expanding its Chester County operations.
•           $5.5 million investment to upgrade equipment and create 5 new jobs
•           Specialty Polymers, Inc. was founded in 1969 in Salem, Oregon.
•           The investment will finance the expansion of the company’s current production area at its plant located at 869 Old Richburg Road in Chester, S.C.
•           Those interested in applying for open positions may contact Lisa Burrell at scjobs@specpoly.com.

About Specialty Polymers, Inc.:

Specialty Polymers, Inc., a privately held company with headquarters in Woodburn, Ore., manufactures more than 300 different water-based polymers, which are the main ingredients in paint, wooden deck, roof and cement coatings, inks, and adhesives. Since 1969, Specialty has been known for its state of the art innovations, environmentally friendly emulsion polymers and outstanding customer service. With production facilities located on both coasts, Specialty has the capacity to manufacture more than 250 million pounds of products for customers throughout the world. Specialty’s skilled production staff is committed to customer service by providing superior products and meeting each customer’s unique delivery requirements. Visit http://www.specpoly.com for more information.

 

Broad River Furniture Establishing Corporate Campus and Distribution Center in York County

Company Investing $12.6 Million, Bringing an Expected 200 Jobs to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 3, 2015 - Ashley Furniture HomeStore licensee Broad River Furniture, a home furnishings retailer, is establishing a new corporate campus and distribution center in York County. The $12.6 million investment is expected to bring 200 jobs to Fort Mill, S.C.

Established in 2003 in Pineville, N.C., Broad River Furniture is a locally-owned and operated home furnishings retailer. As the largest and fastest-growing Ashley Furniture HomeStore licensee in the Carolinas and Georgia, Broad River has grown tremendously since its inception. Today, the company operates in three states and employs more than 500 full-time workers.

Broad River Furniture’s new York County corporate campus and distribution center will be located at Lakemont Business Park in Fort Mill, S.C. The 174,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to open in November 2015, will allow the company to bring together employees from its current corporate offices and separate distribution center in Charlotte, N.C. Additionally, the new facility’s convenient location along the Interstate 77 corridor will offer easy access to support Broad River’s 16 Ashley Furniture HomeStores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and one Ashley Furniture HomeStore Outlet in Charlotte.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on Broad River Furniture, visit www.broadriverfurniture.com.

QUOTES

“Fort Mill is the ideal location for our new campus. We thank the state of South Carolina for their cooperation and support during our site selection process, and we look forward to breaking ground on our new facility. Along with our new cross-dock facility in Spartanburg, this new location will accommodate our growth to about two and a half times our current volume, and we will finally have all of our corporate associates together in one location.” –Broad River Furniture CEO Jonathan Ishee
           
“Congratulations to Broad River Furniture for choosing to build its new corporate campus and distribution center in York County. This $12.6 million investment and the 200 jobs it will bring to South Carolina will make a real difference in Fort Mill, and we look forward to watching Broad River grow and succeed there for a very long time.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is not only leading the manufacturing renaissance – we’ve also become a top choice for corporate headquarters and distribution centers. We’re excited to have Broad River Furniture on the list of renowned companies that call the Palmetto State home.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"York County welcomes Broad River Furniture as they combine and move their regional corporate headquarters and distribution center to Fort Mill. We are pleased that this new investment in the community allowed for regional employees to keep their jobs, while creating additional job opportunities for York County residents.” –York County Council Chairman Dr. Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Broad River Furniture is establishing a corporate campus and distribution center in York County.
•           $12.6 million investment bringing 200 jobs to Fort Mill, S.C.
•           The new facilities will service 16 Ashley Furniture HomeStores in N.C., S.C. and Ga., as well as one Ashley Furniture HomeStore Outlet in Charlotte.
•           The Company’s corporate campus will include 150,000 square-feet devoted to the distribution center and 24,000 square-feet on two levels for office space and a call center. 
•           For more information on Broad River Furniture, visit www.broadriverfurniture.com.

About Broad River Furniture:

Broad River is one of Furniture Today’s Top 100 Furniture Stores and Fastest Growing Furniture Stores. The Company was also recognized by Furniture Today as one of four Retail Giants of Bedding in the U.S. based on its achievements in the competitive mattress arena. Grant Thornton, LLP recognized the Company again this past fall as one of North Carolina’s Top 100 Private Companies. Founded in 2003 by CEO Jonathan Ishee and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Broad River Furniture is the regional licensee of 16 Ashley Furniture HomeStores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and one Ashley Furniture HomeStore outlet in Charlotte. The privately-held Company employs over 500 at its stores, distribution center and corporate office.

 

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