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Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. Expanding Operations In Pickens County

Expansion To Bring More Than $23 Million In Investment And Create 100 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc., one of the world’s largest producers of automatic fire sprinklers, is expanding its existing operations in Pickens County. The new development is expected to bring $23.1 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of 100 jobs. Reliable’s plant will be expanded by 150,000 square feet to bring their total facility space to 452,000 square feet.

Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Elmsford, N.Y., Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. is a third-generation owned company, which manufactures automatic fire sprinklers and is a major distributor of sprinkler system components. The company has operations across the United States, as well as in England, Germany, Singapore, China, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. 

The company’s Pickens County facility is located at 1470 Smith Grove Road in Liberty, S.C. This project represents its second announced expansion since establishing operations in Pickens County in 2006. For more information on joining the Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co. team, visit the company’s careers page online

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

QUOTES

“Reliable is extremely thankful for the land grant and tax credits provided by the state of South Carolina and Pickens County. The additional land will allow us to expand our facilities and to develop the necessary additional capacity to put Reliable in a position to fulfill its potential in the growth of the fire sprinkler market. The state of South Carolina and Pickens County are playing a major role in enhancing our ability in the manufacturing and distribution of fire sprinkler protection products throughout the world. We are appreciative of the strategic partnership that exists among the state of South Carolina, Pickens County, and Reliable.” –Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. President Kevin T. Fee

“It’s always exciting to see one of our very own companies find success and continue to invest in our state and its people. Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co.’s $23 million investment, and the 100 jobs it will create in Pickens County, speaks volumes about the state of manufacturing in South Carolina and the world-class workforce present in every part of our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Team South Carolina has truly cultivated a positive business climate throughout our state, allowing companies like Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co. to grow and thrive. I congratulate Reliable on their decision to expand, affirming that South Carolina continues to be ‘Just right’ for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co. was the first company to locate in the Pickens County Commerce Park. It is a testament to the partnership between the company and Pickens County that Reliable has chosen to expand its presence here in our community. Pickens County Council is proud to support manufacturing growth, which ultimately supports every citizen. We look forward to watching Reliable’s continued success here for many years to come.” –Pickens County Council Chairman Jennifer H. Willis

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. is expanding operations in Pickens County.

• $23.1 million investment to create 100 jobs. 

• Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co. is one of the world’s largest producers of automatic fire sprinklers and sprinkler system components. 

• The company’s new facility will be located at 1470 Smith Grove Road in Liberty, S.C.

• Those interested in applying for one of the new positions should visit the company’s careers page online. 

 

Mercom Expanding Operations In Georgetown County 

Expansion Project Will Bring Nearly $6 Million In Capital Investment And Create 152 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mercom, a South Carolina-based premier technology firm, is expanding its existing operations in Georgetown County. By investing nearly $6 million, the company is expected to create 152 new jobs over the next five years. 

Founded in 2000, Mercom is a technology firm which specializes in cyber security, data center modernization, IT systems integration and cloud computing. Headquartered in Pawleys Island, S.C. with a federal office in Fairfax, Va., Mercom manages a suite of acquisition contracts that facilitate mission-critical technologies for a variety of federal government agencies. 

To expand operations in Georgetown County, the company is constructing a new 20,000-square-foot building across the street from its existing complex, which is located at 313 Commerce Drive in Pawleys Island, S.C. With construction on the new facility currently ongoing, hiring for the new positions is already underway. For more information on joining the Mercom team, visit the company’s career page online

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $400,000 grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements, as well as job development credits related to the project.

For more information on Mercom, visit www.mercomcorp.com

QUOTES

“We are thrilled to expand our headquarters in Georgetown County and are committed to continued collaboration with county leaders, education and workforce development. As our federal customers continue to transition and upgrade their IT enterprises and deal with cybersecurity concerns, Mercom’s multibillion dollar ceiling contracts allow them to procure those solutions through Mercom and fuel our growth for years to come.” –President/CEO of Mercom Stella Mercado

“Mercom has been a treasured member of the South Carolina family, and we couldn’t be more excited to see them continue to succeed here. This $6 million investment, and the 150 jobs it means for Georgetown County, is the latest example of Mercom’s commitment to the people of our state, and that’s something we can all celebrate.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“This expansion is yet another example of South Carolina’s pro-business environment at work. Innovative companies like Mercom aren’t just deciding to do business here; they’re deciding to grow here. Congratulations to Mercom on all their success in South Carolina, and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“Having a significant, technology-based company locate their U.S. headquarters in Pawleys Island is a game changer for this coastal portion of Georgetown County. We are delighted by the commitment to our community and county that Mercom CEO, Stella Mercado, has shown over the years as Mercom has expanded, and we are further impressed by her willingness to remain involved.” –Georgetown County Councilman Steve Goggans

“Mercom is a leading firm in the information technology sector and is a great example of a company that is diversifying the Georgetown County economic base as it continues to grow and prosper. Our quality of life along with our shared vision for the direction of the county played significant roles in the company’s decision to build its corporate headquarters here and serve as the anchor for our new technology campus.” –Georgetown County Economic Development Director Brian Tucker

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Mercom is expanding its existing operations in Georgetown County.

• $6 million investment to create 152 new jobs.

• Mercom is a premier technology firm providing IT services to a variety of federal government agencies. 

• Hiring for the new positions is currently underway.  

• For more information on joining the Mercom team, visit the company’s career page online.

 

The Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc. Establishing Dorchester County Operations

New Manufacturing Facility Will Bring $2 Million Investment To Summerville, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., a private nonprofit organization providing employment and training for blind individuals, is establishing a manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The new development will result in a $2 million investment and create more than 20 new jobs by this time next year.

Founded in 1918, with more than twelve locations on the West Coast, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. creates and enhances opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, DeafBlind or blind with other disabilities. To establish operations in the Lowcountry, the organization has purchased a manufacturing facility in Dorchester County, which will specialize in product assembly and light machining for the aerospace sector. 

Located at 230 Deming Way in Summerville, the 24,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational in fall 2016. Hiring for the new jobs is currently underway. Interested applicants should contact www.thelighthousefortheblindinc.org.  

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

QUOTES

“I am extremely excited that individuals in the area will benefit by obtaining meaningful jobs, learning new skills, preparing for potential upward mobility, and producing quality products. This move enhances full employment opportunities for people who are blind in South Carolina and across the country.” –The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Board of Trustees Chairman Bennett Prows

“We’re thrilled to announce that Lighthouse for the Blind has decided to join the South Carolina family by building their newest manufacturing facility here. The more than 20 new jobs this investment will create will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch this fantastic company grow and continue to create opportunities for our people for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The Lighthouse for the Blind’s decision to invest in Dorchester County is another indication that our state’s business-friendly climate provides the perfect foundation for organizations of all types to be successful. I look forward to their growth and wish them continued success here.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“It is a great pleasure to welcome The Lighthouse for the Blind to Dorchester County. This organization has a proven record of providing successful training and sustainable independence to individuals with sight disabilities, and we are honored to have them join our industrial community. On behalf of Dorchester County, we salute them for what they do and stand ready to assist them with their mission in any way that we can.” –Dorchester County Council Chairman David Chinnis

“We're so pleased to welcome The Lighthouse for the Blind to our community and look forward to their continued success. This was a seamless team effort led by Dorchester County, and this organization will be an integral part of the supply chain for our growing aerospace cluster.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Anita Zucker

FIVE FAST FACTS

• The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is establishing operations in Dorchester County.

• $2 million to create more than 20 new jobs.

• The Lighthouse for the Blind is a non-profit organization, providing employment and support for blind and DeafBlind individuals. 

• Located at 230 Deming Way in Summerville, S.C., the manufacturing facility will support the aerospace sector.

• The Lighthouse for the Blind was founded in 1918 and has 13 locations on the west coast. 

 

ChartSpan Announcing New Greenville County Operations

 Company Investing $3.2 Million In New Operations, Creating 300 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ChartSpan Medical Technologies, Inc., a healthcare data company, is establishing operations in downtown Greenville, S.C. The development is expected to bring $3.2 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of 300 new jobs.

Founded in 2013 as a participant in Greenville’s NEXT Innovation Center, ChartSpan is a healthcare company that specializes in patient engagement technology and medical managed services. The company allows doctors and patients to engage with each other through mobile applications, portals and chronic care services.

Located at 2 North Main St. in downtown Greenville, ChartSpan’s new facility is comprised of nearly 100,000 square-feet of office space and will support the company’s clinical support operations.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. For more information on ChartSpan, visit www.chartspan.com

QUOTES

“This is an unbelievably exciting moment in ChartSpan’s evolution. We have a deep love and affinity for Greenville. The S.C. Department of Commerce, the Greenville Department of Economic Development, NEXT and Greenville city leaders have helped us every step of the way. Our ability to expand in the downtown area is a reflection of a remarkably strong and collaborative partnership established for businesses in the NEXT program and supported by the Greenville Area Development Corporation.” – ChartSpan CEO and Co-Founder Jon-Michial Carter

“ChartSpan’s $3.2 million investment, and the 300 new jobs it will create, will have a huge impact in Greenville and across the state, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue this partnership and watch them succeed here for a very long time.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Providing the support and infrastructure necessary for our entrepreneurial, technology-based companies to grow is critical to the future of our economy. For this reason, the South Carolina Office of Innovation continues to support organizations like the NEXT Innovation Center, which was a grant recipient during our recent Innovation Challenge. I offer my congratulations to both NEXT and ChartSpan on this remarkable announcement and look forward to supporting both as they continue to create jobs and opportunities in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Greenville County continues to grow and support cutting-edge technology companies like ChartSpan because of our high quality of life, well-educated workforce and innovative business sector. We are thrilled to see ChartSpan’s entrepreneurial spirit and efforts lead to this expansion here in Greenville.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • ChartSpan launching new operations in Greenville County.
  • $3.2 million to create 300 new jobs.
  • ChartSpan is a healthcare data company which specializes in patient engagement technology.
  • New operations will be located at 2 North Main St. in downtown Greenville.
  • For more information on ChartSpan, visit www.chartspan.com.

About United ChartSpan:

ChartSpan helps doctors and patients engage with each other beyond the clinical encounter. ChartSpan offers a mobile consumer health platform for patients and an innovative “Engagement-as-a-Service” platform for clinics, hospitals and health systems. In addition to being the most downloaded medical mobile app in the United States, ChartSpan is proud to have been named one of the 2015 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in America. 

 

S.C. Sheriffs Pledge To Implement Gov. Haley's Domestic Violence Initiative 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – April 20, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley, sheriffs from across the state, and members of the South Carolina Domestic Violence Task Force today announced that 45 South Carolina sheriffs have pledged to adopt an initiative that will improve officer response and create a baseline standard of uniformity statewide for domestic violence crimes by the end of the year.

Recognizing that law enforcement plays a critical role in the lives of domestic violence victims, each sheriff's office will implement an internal policy specifically for domestic violence aimed at ensuring victim safety, offender accountability, and officer safety and accountability.

"What I’m proud to say is that every one of these sheriffs standing behind me said, not only will we do this -- but they agreed to do it together," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "We’re going to partner with these sheriffs and I want to thank them for their investment and their commitment to the citizens they protect. The most important point that comes out of this press conference is the sheriffs here and the sheriffs representing these counties will have the backs of the survivors."

At a minimum, the internal policy will include five standards, which were identified by the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force as being critical to law enforcement response to domestic violence:

  1. Requiring officers to file incident reports on every domestic violence call;
  2. Mandating supervisory review of all domestic violence incident reports;
  3. Designating an individual to obtain copies of orders of protection from family court;
  4. Requiring officers to conduct a wanted check at the scene of a domestic violence call;
  5. Providing officers with a one-page reference guide, including key points of law and a basic checklist for a general lethality assessment.

Each sheriff’s office will also conduct a needs assessment for responding to and investigating domestic violence incidents for the purpose of developing a plan to obtain resources and improve services. The needs assessment will lay the foundation for the governor’s law enforcement domestic violence initiatives in 2017 and 2018, continuing implementation of best practices proposed by the Domestic Violence Task Force.

To see a copy of the one-page domestic violence initiative, click here.

To see a copy of an individual sheriff’s signed pledge, click here. Pledges are in alphabetical order by county name.

For video of the full event, visit the governor’s YouTube page.

 

United Phosphorus, Inc. To Establish Operations In Williamsburg County

Company Investing More Than $20 Million In Kingstree Development

COLUMBIA, S.C. – United Phosphorus, Inc. (UPI), a manufacturing company specializing in chemical blending operations, plans to establish a new industrial operation in Williamsburg County. The company plans to invest more than $20 million in the project and create 65 new jobs over the next several years. 

UPI is a national producer of crop protection products, specialty chemicals and a variety of other industrial products. The company offers a wide range of compounds that include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fumigants for use in multiple segments. Leading brands, such as Aquathol®, Lifeline®, Manzate®, Satellite®, Tengard® and Tricor®, are part of the extensive portfolio that UPI provides to growers. UPI’s parent company, UPL Limited, is a leading global crop protection and seed-producing company servicing customers in more than 123 countries.

This new development will involve the renovation of an existing 520,000-square-foot building, located on 60 acres at 1457 Eastland Ave. in Kingstree. The project will include considerable improvements, including modernization of the building’s existing shipping space. 

The company intends to begin accepting applications for employment in the fourth quarter of 2016. For more information on UPI or UPI’s careers page online, go to www.upi-usa.com

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded Williamsburg County a $600,000 grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements. Job development credits were also approved for this project. 

QUOTES

“The opening of our first U.S. full production facility will allow UPI to locally enhance our new product development pipeline that is expected to produce over twelve new products in the next eighteen months. Our new facility will allow us to meet that demand and provide the market flexibility that is needed for high value brands, as well as to better serve our customers. UPI’s strategy is to invest in innovative products, the environment and the community, as a long term sustainable supplier of molecules aligned to the agricultural value chain.” – UPI Executive, Vicente Gongora

“UPI’s decision to invest in our people and our state is a real reason to celebrate. This partnership began when we were able to meet with representatives from UPI in India, and the fact that this fantastic company has decided to invest more than $20 million and create 65 new jobs in one of our rural communities shows its commitment to South Carolina, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue this partnership for years to come.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina has always attracted leaders of industry across all fields, and United Phosphorus is no exception. Our manufacturing base has never been stronger, and the addition of United Phosphorus to Williamsburg County will blaze a trail for continued investment.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“I am excited to welcome United Phosphorus, Inc. to Williamsburg County. This company will continue to build the agricultural supply chain, and their investment brings jobs to rural South Carolina.” –Secretary of Agriculture Hugh Weathers 

“South Carolina Ports Authority welcomes the nation’s first United Phosphorus facility to South Carolina and looks forward to serving their import and export needs. Their announcement reflects continued growth of our state’s manufacturing economy and presence in the global marketplace, and the Port is proud to support their international supply chain.” –S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

“Congratulations to the teams from United Phosphorus and South Carolina on this job-creating investment. We’re proud that our Commercial Service colleagues, based at the U.S. consulate in Mumbai, were able to assist. The United States is a leader in innovation, and many international companies have recognized that locating production here can help them better meet the needs of the U.S. market. We are excited to welcome UPI to the United States and we wish them continued success.” – Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director of SelectUSA 

“Williamsburg County and its citizens are proving we can compete in a global economy. A world-renowned industry leader such as United Phosphorus, Inc. locating in our community shows we have the workforce, infrastructure and business community to make a company successful. We look forward to making a prosperous future with our newest corporate citizen.” –Williamsburg County Supervisor Stanley Pasley

“This announcement is great news not just for Williamsburg County, but for the entire Pee Dee. It allows the county to add jobs, and welcome a new company to the fold, as well as continue to establish our region as a hub for agribusiness. We look forward to continuing our support of companies such as United Phosphorus.” – President Pro Tempore of the S.C. Senate and Chairman of NESA Executive Committee Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.

FIVE FAST FACTS

• United Phosphorus Inc. is establishing operations in Williamsburg County.

• Planned investment of more than $20 million and the creation of 65 new jobs. 

• United Phosphorus is a producer of crop protection products and other industrial chemicals. 

• Hiring is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

• Those looking to join the UPI team should visit UPI’s careers page online

About United Phosphorus Inc.:

For more than thirty years, United Phosphorus has been a premier supplier of crop protection products and plant technologies designed for the agricultural, aquatics, turf, ornamental and pest control markets. A group company of UPL Limited, United Phosphorus offers more than 50 different products to meet their customers’ needs. For more information, visit www.upi-usa.com

 

CABTEQ Solutions Establishing Operations In York County

Company Investing $3 Million To Create 125 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – CABTEQ Solutions (CABTEQ), a South Carolina-based company, which specializes in commercial cabinetry, is establishing operations in York County. The company is investing $3 million in the facility, which is expected to create 125 new jobs. 

Offering design, manufacturing and installation services, CABTEQ prides itself in providing its customers with total solutions for all commercial cabinetry needs. The company serves a variety of markets, including both the dental and overall medical markets. 

To launch operations in York County, CABTEQ is moving into an 80,000-square-foot industrial facility, located at 150 Mount Gallant Road in Rock Hill, S.C. Hiring will begin immediately, and those interested in applying may visit www.cabteq.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $150,000 grant to York County to assist with the costs of real property improvements. 

QUOTES

“It’s very gratifying to partner with the State of South Carolina and York County in building our workforce and having positive economic and social impacts on our region and my hometown of Rock Hill. I am extremely proud of my hometown and look forward to serving it for years to come.” –CABTEQ Solutions President Ben Chapman

“We couldn’t be more excited to see CABTEQ Solutions succeed to the point that they are able to create 125 new jobs in York County. This $3 million investment is a huge win for all of South Carolina because it shows that one of our very own companies will continue to show their commitment to the people of our state, and we look forward to watching this partnership continue for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today’s announcement by CABTEQ Solutions only further elevates our status as a leader in that industry. As a South Carolina-based company, we’re happy that CABTEQ has decided to stay at home in York County and wish them the utmost success in the years to come.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“On behalf of York County, we reflect the sentiment of CABTEQ’s excitement as they establish their operations here in York County. It is refreshing to continue to see companies like CABTEQ take pride in investing in their hometown, bringing significant jobs and opportunity to our county. We congratulate CABTEQ on the establishment of this new operation and look forward to watching them flourish.” –York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS

• CABTEQ Solutions is establishing operations in York County.

• $3 million investment to create 125 jobs. 

• CABTEQ Solutions is a South Carolina-based provider of commercial cabinetry. 

• The company’s 80,000-square-foot facility will be located at 150 Mount Gallant Road in Rock Hill, S.C.

• For more information, visit www.cabteq.com.

About CABTEQ Solutions:

CABTEQ Solutions is a Rock Hill, S.C.-based provider of commercial cabinetry. The company was recently established as an exclusive partner with one of the world’s leading dental manufacturers. With a leadership team that has over 50 years of design and manufacturing experience, CABTEQ Solutions offers customers a total solution for their commercial cabinetry needs, including design, manufacturing and installation. For more information on CABTEQ Solutions, please call (803) 517-9295 or visit www.cabteq.com.

 

RMF Adding Second Facility In Greenville County 

Automotive Supplier’s New $16 Million Investment In Greenville County To Add 40 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Roy Metal Finishing (RMF) is expanding its current operations by building a second facility in Greenville County. Having added more than 100 jobs since its 2011 expansion, the new $16 million investment is expected to generate at least 40 new jobs over the next two years. 

RMF, the largest metal finishing company on the East Coast, currently operates three facilities in Greenville County, and serves many of the I-85 corridor’s automotive, heavy truck and industrial equipment suppliers. Founded in 1961 as Roy Metal Finishing, RMF focuses on automated processes and chemical controls, introducing the latest in environmentally-friendly corrosion protection for aluminum and steel stampings, extrusions, castings and forgings. 

Located at Greenville County’s Matrix Business and Technology Park, construction on the new facility is expected to be complete by June 2016 and will provide an additional 85,000 square-feet. For more information on RMF, visit www.roymetal.com.

QUOTES

“The region’s automotive, heavy truck and industrial equipment manufacturers continue to drive our growth. We are seeing increased demand in our core businesses of electroplating, electrocoating and powder coating, as well as growth in warehousing, supply chain management and third party inspection. We continue to innovate to offer unmatched comprehensive solutions for assembly operations throughout the Southeast.” RMF President and CEO John Pazdan

“To see one of our existing companies succeed to the point that it is able to continue to invest and create jobs here is a real reason to celebrate. RMF’s $16 million investment, and the 40 new jobs it will create, will make a real difference in Greenville County, and we couldn’t be more excited that this fantastic company continues to show its commitment to our state and to our people.”  –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s world-class workforce and pro-business climate have made our state a prime location for industries of all types. As a result, our manufacturing sector continues to thrive, and we look forward to watching RMF expand their integral role in this sector.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“It has been exciting for us to watch one of our own, a homegrown company fueled by entrepreneurship, seek and fill unique niches in the market and then grow further by branching into multiple industrial sectors. We wish RMF continued success.” –Chairman of Greenville County Council Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

• RMF expanding its current operations in Greenville County. 

• $16 million creating 40 new jobs over the next two years. 

• RMF is the largest metal finishing company on the East Coast. 

• The new facility will be located at Greenville County’s Matrix Park and will be completed by June 2016. 

• For additional information on RMF, visit www.roymetal.com

 

MSI-Forks Inc. expanding York County operations

 Company investing $3.5 million to construct a larger York County facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  MSI-Forks Inc., a world leader in fork-arms manufacturing, is expanding its existing operations in York County. The company is investing $3.5 million to construct a larger facility and create 33 new jobs over the next five years.

Established in 1964, MSI-Forks is a subsidiary of MS International, PLC, which is based in the United Kingdom. In 1994, the company opened its first distribution facility in South Carolina. Seventeen years later, in 2011, MSI-Forks established its current York County manufacturing facility.

In an effort to meet increased customer demand, the company is constructing a new 40,000-square-foot facility in the Antrim Business Park in Rock Hill, S.C. In addition to housing MSI-Forks’ existing York County manufacturing operations, the new facility will also serve as the company’s North American headquarters.

Anticipated to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2016, hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the spring of 2016. Those looking to join the MSI-Forks team should contact hr@msiforksinc.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $55,000 Set Aside grant to York County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project. For more information on MSI-Forks Inc., please visit www.msi-forks.com.

A rendering of MSI-Forks’ new facility can be found on the S.C. Department of Commerce’s flickr page.

QUOTES

“MSI-Forks has been present in the U.S. since 1994 and the new South Carolina manufacturing plant will help us to consolidate and expand our position in North America. It shows our long-term commitment to the material handling industry in the United States.”–MSI-Forks Inc. CEO Caio Lima

“We’re always excited to celebrate the success of one of our existing companies. MSI-Forks’ decision to invest $3.5 million, create 33 new jobs and establish its North American headquarters in York County truly is a testament to this great company’s commitment to our state and its people, that really is a reason to celebrate throughout South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The expansion of one of South Carolina’s existing businesses is always an inspiration. In 1994, MSI-Forks opened its first facility within our borders, and, today, they announce yet another expansion in our state, proving further that South Carolina is an ideal location for businesses to succeed.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“York County is excited to see MSI-Forks expand as they make this $3.5 Million investment. We are proud that they chose to stay in our county and create these new jobs as they establish their North American headquarters with this new facility.” –York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell

“We are delighted that MSI-Forks is expanding in Rock Hill. This will provide additional job opportunities for our citizens. Also, locating their headquarters here is another signal that our community is the place to be for growing and expanding companies. We appreciate this new investment in the future of our area.” –City of Rock Hill Mayor Echols 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • MSI-Forks, Inc. is expanding operations in York County.
  • To expand, the company is constructing a new 40,000-square-foot facility in the Antrim Business Park in Rock Hill, S.C.
  • In 1994, the company opened its first distribution facility in South Carolina.
  • MSI-Forks is a subsidiary of MS International, PLC, which is based in the United Kingdom.
  • Those looking to join the MSI-Forks team should contact hr@msiforksinc.com .

About MSI-Forks Inc.:

MSI-Forks is a subsidiary of MS International plc with headquarters in the United Kingdom and manufacturing sites in the United States and Brazil. Since 1964, MSI-Forks has been forging a wide range of high quality fork-arms utilizing the most advanced metallurgical processes in order to meet the markets demands. For more information, visit www.msi-forks.com

 

MAKROchem establishing Lancaster County operations

Company investing $7.5 million to establish facility in the Palmetto State

COLUMBIA, S.C. – MAKROchem, a leading carbon black supplier for the rubber and tire industries, is establishing its first U.S. operations with a new facility in Lancaster County. The company is planning to invest $7.5 million in the project, creating 20 new jobs.

Headquartered in Poland, MAKROchem is a leading supplier of carbon black, a reinforcing filler in tires and other rubber products. With more than 20 years of commercial experience, the company also provides comprehensive logistics services, including transfer, warehousing and delivery.

To better serve the North American market, MAKROchem is establishing operations in Lancaster County. To accommodate these operations, the company has purchased an existing building, located at 2013 West Meeting Street in Lancaster, S.C. The 183,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational this year, and hiring will start in May. Those interested in joining the MAKROchem team should contact careers@makrochem.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $50,000 grant to Lancaster County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project. For more information on MAKROchem, visit www.makrochem.com

QUOTES

“MAKROchem is excited to bring specialized, value-added distribution and other customized services to the tire and rubber industries in this region and throughout North America.” –MAKROchem North America Project Coordinator Jacek Niemczyk

“MAKROchem’s decision to invest $7.5 million and create 20 new jobs in Lancaster County is a real reason to celebrate across our state and is a huge win for South Carolina’s automotive industry. We’re excited to welcome this fantastic company to the South Carolina family, and we look forward to watching them succeed and grow here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“As the nation’s top producer and exporter of tires, South Carolina has become a premier destination for companies in the rubber industry. I offer congratulations to MAKROchem for joining this robust industry sector in South Carolina and look forward to supporting them as they grow here for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“S.C. Ports Authority welcomes MAKROchem’s first U.S. operations facility to South Carolina, and the Port looks forward to handling its import needs. The growth of businesses that support South Carolina’s tire industry generates new volumes for the SCPA and has a significant economic impact on our state and region.” –S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

“We are very pleased to welcome MAKROchem to Lancaster County. This is a perfect example of how all counties in the area benefit from the successes within the region. We look forward to working with MAKROchem as they become a part of Lancaster County and our region.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • MAKROchem is establishing operations in Lancaster County.
  • $7.5 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
  • MAKROchem is a leading carbon black supplier for the rubber and tire industries.
  • The company has purchased an existing 183,000-square-foot building, located at 2013 West Meeting Street in Lancaster, S.C.
  • Hiring for the facility is expected to begin in May 2016. 

 

Comcast To Build Customer Experience Center Of Excellence In North Charleston  

80,000-Square-Foot Facility On 17 Acres Key Part Of Comcast’s Nationwide Customer Experience Transformation

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Comcast announced today that it is establishing a new customer service and technical support Center of Excellence in Charleston County. The $21.4 million facility will house more than 550 new employees.

These employees will specialize in providing support for Comcast customers who have the X1 entertainment operating system, high-speed Internet and digital telephone services. 

Situated alongside Interstate 26 in the Ingleside Plantation development, the new 80,000-square-foot facility is anticipated to be fully operational in the second half of 2016. The new facility will be located at 3450 Ingleside Boulevard near U.S. Route 78 in North Charleston.

With today’s announcement, Comcast will eventually employ more than 800 local employees. In addition to the new center, Comcast also operates a 5,000 square-foot Xfinity Customer Center in North Charleston that opened in January 2015. 

Comcast has made hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of investments in its technology, its employee base, and in bridging the digital divide in greater Charleston. 

Hiring for the new jobs is expected to begin in the second half of 2016. Those looking to join the Comcast team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on the company, visit www.corporate.comcast.com.

QUOTES

“By bringing more than 550 new jobs to North Charleston, Comcast continues to support the region’s robust economic development while making great strides to improve the customer experience. Today’s announcement marks an exciting new chapter in our positive and long-standing partnership with the Charleston community.” –Comcast Regional SVP Doug Guthrie

“South Carolina is quickly becoming known as one of the best places in the world to do business for companies in every industry. Comcast’s decision to build a new facility here and to create more than 550 new jobs in Charleston is another huge win for our customer service industry and proves what so many already know - that South Carolinians are up to the task of doing any job they are asked to do.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“More than just a leader in the manufacturing renaissance, South Carolina has also become a hub for office and customer service-related operations. Today’s announcement by Comcast is further proof of that and a testament to the pro-business environment that has been cultivated throughout our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“Congratulations to Comcast as they launch this exciting new facility in North Charleston. The quality of workforce is ultimately the greatest test of a community’s economic success and viability. Comcast is a world-class communications company, and they have again given us their solid vote of confidence. Charleston County will partner with the company, along with the State of South Carolina and the City of North Charleston to ensure their continued success.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey

“There are few companies with the robust, worldwide brand recognition of Comcast, and today, we can proudly say that they are expanding their presence in the City of North Charleston by committing to more than 550 jobs. Not only will Comcast employ hundreds in our community, but they will be a catalyst within the greater Ingleside development, furthering economic development in that portion of the City. For that, we are thankful. We proudly welcome Comcast to North Charleston and commit to remaining a city that exemplifies business friendliness. ” –City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Comcast is establishing a new customer service and technical support center in Charleston County.

• $21.4 million facility to create more than 550 new jobs.

• To house its new operations, the company is constructing an 80,000-square-foot facility alongside Interstate 26 in the Ingleside Plantation development.

• Comcast is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses – Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. 

• Those looking to join the Comcast team should visit the company’s careers page online.

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

 

Schaeffler Continues Expansion In York County

Manufacturer Of Precision Products Investing $36.5 Million, Creating 105 Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Schaeffler Group USA Inc., a company that has thrived in South Carolina, continues to expand its operations in York County with an additional $36.5 million investment that will create 105 new jobs. Today’s announcement complements Schaeffler’s prior expansion projects in Spartanburg, Chesterfield and York Counties, all of which were announced in January 2015. 

Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, Schaeffler is a worldwide manufacturer of high precision components and systems for the automotive industry as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for 60 industrial sectors. With approximately 84,000 employees in 50 countries around the world, the firm truly possesses a global footprint. The company’s Americas operations are headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., and are responsible for the engineering, production, sales and marketing of three major brands –LuK, INA and FAG. 

For the second time in two years, Schaeffler Group USA Inc. has selected South Carolina for an expansion of its facilities. This time, the Fort Mill campus will be expanded to include an additional corporate building, expansion of one of the company’s two manufacturing plants and a reworked plant entrance to accommodate the growth and increase in traffic. With completion of the expansion scheduled for fall 2017, hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017. Those interested in applying may visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Schaeffler Group USA Inc., please visit www.schaeffler.us.  

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

QUOTES

“Schaeffler is gratified to invest in the expansion of our manufacturing plants and engineering, sales and administration offices in Fort Mill, S.C. Driven by our continued growth in the automotive and industrial markets, this investment marks Schaeffler’s second significant expansion in the Palmetto State within the past two years. Our growth has been achieved by supplying state-of-the-art technological innovations that are designed and manufactured by our outstanding employees. We are grateful to Governor Nikki Haley and the State of South Carolina for their enduring support of our operations as we continue our long and mutually rewarding partnership.” –Schaeffler Americas CEO Bruce Warmbold

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the growth of one of South Carolina’s most successful manufacturing companies. Schaeffler’s decision to continue investing in York County, and to create 105 new jobs there, is a huge win for the local community and for our state’s manufacturing industry.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“We are proud to congratulate Schaeffler on this latest expansion, which just adds to the long line of successes they have achieved in our state. This new investment further proves that South Carolina has the business climate and logistics capabilities companies are looking for.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“York County is thrilled to be celebrating yet another expansion by international industry leader Schaeffler Group. Their commitment to stay and grow here speaks volumes to the pro-business strength of our County and the State of South Carolina. The investment and new jobs created will make a positive difference in our community.” –York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS: 

• Schaeffler Group USA Inc. is expanding its York County operations.

• $36.5 million investment creating 105 jobs.

• Schaeffler is a worldwide manufacturer of high precision components and systems for the automotive industry as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for 60 industrial sectors.

• Schaeffler’s U.S. operations were founded in 1969 in Cheraw, S.C. The parent company is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany. 

• Those interested in applying may visit the company’s careers page online.

About Schaeffler:

The Schaeffler Group is a leading global integrated automotive and industrial supplier. The company stands for the highest quality, outstanding technology, and strong innovative ability. The Schaeffler Group makes a key contribution to “Mobility for tomorrow” with high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications. The technology company generated sales of approximately EUR 13.2 billion in 2015. With around 84,000 employees, Schaeffler is one of the world’s largest family companies and, with approximately 170 locations in over 50 countries, has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, and sales companies.

 

Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation Establishing Operations In Spartanburg County

Development Will Bring $45 Million Investment And Create 150 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation is establishing operations in Spartanburg County. The company is investing $45 million in the project, which is expected to create 150 new jobs over the next five years.   

One of the largest suppliers of plastic mold parts in China’s automotive industry, Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation specializes in the development, manufacturing and sales of plastic products and hi-tech molds. At its Spartanburg County facility, the company will manufacture a variety of parts and products for original equipment manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the automotive industry. 

Strategically positioned to support South Carolina’s thriving automotive sector, the new plant will be located at 1000 Robinson Road in Greer, S.C.  Expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2017, hiring for the 260,000-square-foot facility will also begin in the second half of 2017. 

For more information on Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation, visit www.000700.com.

QUOTES

“This investment in South Carolina and in Spartanburg County will further strengthen Jiangnan’s effort to expand its global leadership role in the plastic molding industry. It is very clear to us that South Carolina is a pro-business state, and we look forward to continuing our cooperation with the state as we grow.” –Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager Robert Cao

“Jiangnan’s move to Spartanburg further proves what so many already know – that South Carolina has become a top destination for any company in the automotive industry. This $45 million investment, and the 150 new jobs it will create, is a huge win for the company, Spartanburg County, and the entire state of South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“With today’s announcement, Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation joins a roster of globally-renowned companies that have concluded South Carolina is ‘Just right’ for business. I offer my congratulations to Jiangnan and look forward to supporting them as their Spartanburg County operations come to fruition.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are exceedingly pleased that Jiangnan chose to locate a new operation in Spartanburg County and welcome yet another international company to our community. The decision to locate here continues to demonstrate Spartanburg's ability to attract international manufacturing operations and highlights the role our skilled workforce plays in recruiting companies.” –David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

“We are pleased to welcome Jiangnan to the City of Greer and Spartanburg County. On my economic development recruiting trips to China, I’ve learned first-hand what a positive impact that foreign direct investment from Chinese companies can have on a community. With Jiangnan’s gracious example and their great success in the City of Greer and Spartanburg County, we hope that this project will encourage other foreign companies to see the advantages of our quality workforce, ready-to-go sites, and can-do attitude.” –City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation is establishing operations in Spartanburg County.

• $45 million investment creating 150 new jobs. 

• Jiangnan is a supplier of injection molded plastics for the automotive industry. 

• The plant is expected to be operational in second half of 2017.

• For more information on Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation, visit www.000700.com. 

 

SterAssure Establishing Upstate Facility

Company Investing More Than $2.2 Million In Greenville County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – SterAssure Processing (SterAssure), a company that specializes in medical waste collection, is establishing its corporate operations in Greenville County. The $2.2 million investment is expected to create 25 new jobs in Greenville, S.C. over the next five years.

A South Carolina-based start-up, SterAssure provides a variety of regulated biomedical waste collection services. 

Operating throughout the State of South Carolina, SterAssure’s clients include funeral homes, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, as well as environmental waste companies.

To establish its corporate operations in Greenville County, SterAssure has purchased an existing building, located inside the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center at 4 Augusta Arbor Way in Greenville, S.C. The facility is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016. 

For more information on the company, visit www.sterassureprocessing.com

QUOTES

“We are excited to call Greenville, S.C. our home, and I am grateful to those individuals who went above and beyond on our behalf.  Sincere thanks as well to those organizations who have given us the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to building lasting partnerships throughout the state.” –SterAssure President Mike McCuen

“SterAssures’s continued growth and success in South Carolina is a testament to our world-class workforce, and to the business-friendly environment we’ve worked so hard to create here. This investment, and the 25 new jobs it will create, is a huge win for Greenville County and is a reason to celebrate across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today, we congratulate SterAssure on their decision to establish operations in South Carolina, making a significant commitment to Greenville County and our Upstate community. Increased entrepreneurial activity and the success of startup firms, such as SterAssure, is critical as we seek to continue bringing jobs and opportunities to the people of this great state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“SterAssure’s decision to choose Greenville speaks to the diverse and innovative business community that Greenville has cultivated. The company’s services will have a positive impact on the region’s medical community, and I look forward to the firm’s future success.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Robert Taylor

“SterAssure is a wonderful example of classic entrepreneurship and hard work that creates value in the marketplace.  Greenville is so pleased and appreciative of the investment and job creation SterAssure provides to the local economy.” –Greenville Area Development Corporation Chairman Dick Wilkerson

FIVE FAST FACTS

• SterAssure Processing is establishing operations in Greenville County. 

• $2.2 million investment creating 25 new jobs.

• A South Carolina-based firm, SterAssure provides a variety of biomedical waste collection services. 

• SterAssure has purchased an existing building at 4 Augusta Arbor Way in Greenville, S.C.

• The company serves the entire state of South Carolina.

 

WG Plastics Technology Corporation Establishing Abbeville County Operations

Company Investing $2.7 Million In Project

COLUMBIA, S.C. – WG Plastics Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of plastics and injection molded assemblies, is establishing operations in South Carolina with a new facility in Abbeville County. The $2.7 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next five years. 

Led by German entrepreneurs Wolfgang Gutmann and Uli Wellhaeuser, WG Plastics is a plastic injection molding operation that supplies the automotive industry. Strategically located near the Upstate’s booming automotive sector, the company will be a full-service supplier of injection molded assemblies and components.      

WG Plastics’ Abbeville County operations will be located at Lakelands Commerce Park’s Incubator building before construction begins on a dedicated facility by 2018. Hiring for the new jobs is anticipated to begin in late 2016 and continue through early 2017. While the company’s website is currently under construction, those looking to join the WG Plastics team should contact leadwolf@live.com.

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

QUOTES

“WG Plastics manufactures premium parts for premium customers, and we are proud our operations will be calling Abbeville County home.” –WG Plastics Technology Corporation President Wolfgang Gutmann

“WG Plastics Technology’s decision to invest in South Carolina and move here is a huge win for our manufacturing industry. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome this fantastic company to the South Carolina family, and we look forward to seeing the impact that the 50 new jobs it’s creating will have on our state in the future.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina has earned a reputation as a state that can compete, not just on the national scale, but on the international scale. I congratulate WG Plastics Technology Corporation for joining the thriving business community in this state, and we look forward to their success.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“We welcome WG Plastics to Abbeville County. We are very excited to see this company call our county and our Lakelands Commerce Park home, and we are confident that they will find all the resources they need here in our community to make their business a success.” –Abbeville County Council Chairman Bryan McClain

FIVE FAST FACTS

• WG Plastics Technology Corporation is establishing operations in Abbeville County.

• $2.7 million investment to create 50 jobs.

• WG Plastics is a manufacturer of plastics and injection molded assemblies for the automotive industry. 

• Hiring is expected to begin in late 2016 and continue through early 2017.  

• Those looking to join the WG Plastics team should contact leadwolf@live.com 

 

Falcon Boats Establishing Newberry County Operations

Company Investing $1.5 Million In New Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Falcon Boats is establishing operations in Newberry County to manufacture a new line of sportfishing boats. The company purchased an existing building, located at 750 Wilson Road in Newberry, S.C., and plans to invest $1.5 million, creating 35 new jobs over the next five years. 

Initially established as Marine Pro in Irmo, S.C., the company previously specialized in boat repair and modification. However, following the vision of company president Stephen Waller and his two partners, Falcon Boats aims to make a significant impact on the bass fishing market. With more than 90 years of fishing experience, Falcon Boats’ leadership has the user experience in mind when manufacturing high-quality, affordable fishing boats. 

As avid fishermen with a combined 90 years of boat manufacturing experience, the leadership at Falcon Boats are in tune with what the modern fisherman, both competitive and hobbyist, want in a fishing boat. 

The company has already begun manufacturing its first model, the F-215, a fast and stable design that handles rough water with ease. The 21-foot boat features an extra wide beam for added stability and a larger casting deck. 

For more information on the company, visit www.falconbassboats.com

QUOTES

“It’s an awesome feeling to be building boats in Newberry again. We’re starting out small, and plan to grow as business allows, but we have high hopes of producing quality and affordable boats for many years to come.” –Falcon Boats President Stephen Waller

“Falcon Boats’ decision to expand to Newberry County is a testament to the reputation South Carolina’s world-class workforce has built as one of the best in the world. This $1.5 million investment, creating 35 new jobs, is a huge win for Newberry and our entire state’s manufacturing industry.” –Gov. Nikki Haley 

“It’s always exciting to celebrate a homegrown company, like Falcon Boats, as they open a new facility in our state. I look forward to watching this impressive company grow and thrive in South Carolina for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“It’s great to see that the boat manufacturing industry is alive and well in Newberry County. Since we have a long history of boat building in our community, we have the right people with the right skills to make Falcon Boats successful. We wish them well and we’ll do whatever we can to help the company and its people prosper.” –Newberry County Council Chairman Henry Livingston, III

“We eagerly welcome another boat manufacturer to the Central S.C. Region. The announced capital investment and new jobs is a win for our community, stakeholders and citizens. We congratulate them on their success and look forward to watching them thrive.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Falcon Boats is establishing operations in Newberry County.

• $1.5 million investment to create 35 new jobs.

• The company was initially established as Marine Pro in Irmo, S.C.

• Falcon Boats’ Newberry County facility is located at 750 Wilson Road in Newberry, S.C.

• The company has already begun manufacturing its first model, the F-215.

About Falcon Boats:

Falcon Boats was created with the goal to provide a high quality, high performing, tournament worthy boat at an affordable price.  The three Falcon founders have over 90 years of combined boat manufacturing experience.  This experience, along with a passion for fishing, provides a wealth of knowledge on what goes into making the best fishing boat.  Learn more at www.falconbassboats.com 

 

Baxter Enterprises And Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering Establishing Operations In Oconee County

New Development Bringing $20.7 Million Investment

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Baxter Enterprises and Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering, companies owned by the Schulte family and full-service suppliers for the plastics industry, are establishing operations in Oconee County. The firms are investing $20.7 million in the project, creating 87 new jobs over the next five years.

Specializing in single point management from conception to launch, the companies are recognized as leaders in the plastics and tooling industries. With complementing operations, Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering, which was founded in 1982, designs, builds and repairs molds and provides mold services, while, Baxter Enterprises, which was founded in 1997, manufactures injection molded parts. 

To accommodate the new Oconee County operations, the companies will be moving into a new 87,000-square-foot facility within the Oconee Industry and Technology Park, located off of S.C. Highway 11. The companies anticipate Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering’s operations to comprise 17,500-square-feet of the new facility. Those interested in joining the Baxter and Hi-Tech Mold teams should visit www.baxterent.com as well as www.hitechmold.com

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $200,000 grant to Oconee County to assist with the costs of real property improvements. Job development credits were also approved for this project. 

QUOTES

“Our company values our team members’ service, dedication and commitment to superior quality, engineering, mold making, injection molding and value-added assemblies. We are excited to join the Oconee County community and look forward to serving our customers in the Carolina region at our new facility.” –President and CEO of Baxter Enterprises and Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering Robert Schulte

“We’re thrilled to celebrate both Baxter Enterprises and Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering and their decision to join the South Carolina family. This investment of more than $20 million means 87 new jobs for our Upstate community, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch them grow and thrive for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The decision by Baxter Enterprises and Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering to call South Carolina home is further proof that our state’s manufacturing sector continues to shine. I applaud these companies for deciding to establish operations in the Palmetto State and look forward to the impact they will have on Oconee County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We appreciate both companies’ confidence in our workforce and the substantial commitment they have made to Oconee County. Baxter and Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering are creating jobs that will improve the lives of many area families. Having a technology companies of this caliber locate in our community validates the investments we have made in infrastructure, workforce development and education, and proves that that these investments are now paying dividends to Oconee County.” –Oconee County Council Chairman Paul Cain

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Baxter Enterprises and Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering are establishing operations in Oconee County.

• $20.7 million to create 87 new jobs.

• Specializing in single point management from conception to launch, the companies are recognized as leaders in the plastics and tooling industries.

• The new operations will be located in Oconee Industry and Technology Park. 

• Those interested in joining the Baxter and Hi-Tech Mold teams should visit www.baxterent.com as well as www.hitechmold.com.

About Baxter Enterprises:

Founded in 1998, Baxter Enterprises is a family-owned and operated company. The company is a full-service Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier to the plastics industry which offers product design and development, production molding, assembly and warehousing. For more information on Baxter Enterprises, visit www.baxterent.com. 

 

Autoneum Expanding Aiken County Operations

Expansion Will Result In $35.5 Million Investmen  

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Autoneum, a global market leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles, is expanding its Aiken County operations. This project will result in more than $35 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 40 new jobs.  

As a partner for light vehicle manufacturers around the world, Autoneum develops and produces multifunctional and lightweight systems for noise and heat protection and thereby enhances vehicle comfort. Headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, the company is represented at around 50 locations in more than 20 countries, employing approximately 11,000 people across the world. 

To meet increased customer demand, Autoneum is expanding its existing Aiken County facility to 315,000-square-feet. Located at 1103 Powderhouse Road in Aiken, S.C., the larger, world-class manufacturing facility will allow for the creation of 40 new jobs. Hiring for the new positions is ongoing, and interested applicants may apply on Autoneum’s career page online. For more information on the company, visit www.autoneum.com

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $125,000 grant to Aiken County for road improvements to accommodate the project. 

QUOTES:

“Autoneum is pleased to announce this significant investment in the expansion of our Aiken facility in South Carolina. This expansion will further support our customer base while adding valuable jobs to the local community and securing the future for our existing workforce. We appreciate the support of the State of South Carolina, Aiken County and the City of Aiken in bringing this project to fruition.” –John T. Lenga, Head Business Group North America of Autoneum

“Our automotive industry is on the move in all of the right ways, and Autoneum’s decision to expand in Aiken County is a huge win for the entire state. This $35.5 million investment, and the 40 new jobs it will create, is a testament to our state’s world-class workforce and the business-friendly environment we have worked so hard to create here.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“We’re always excited to see an existing company succeed in our state. Congratulations to Autoneum on this latest expansion and the creation of these excellent job opportunities for the people of Aiken County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“New investments and jobs are things we work hard for in Aiken County and do not take for granted. We know Autoneum had other locations they could have chosen but we are grateful they chose to expand here. We also appreciate the City of Aiken and their cooperation in making this project a reality.” –Aiken County Chairman Ronnie Young

“Existing industry expansions are always appreciated. Autoneum has been a good company for Aiken County and we appreciate them choosing to expand here. The Economic Development Partnership appreciates the opportunity to work with companies like Autoneum and Aiken County to make these things happen.” –Economic Development Partnership Board Chairman Gary Stooksbury

FIVE FAST FACTS:

• Autoneum is expanding its operations in Aiken County.

• $35.5 million investment creating more than 40 new jobs. 

• The company is headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland and operates 50 production sites in over 20 countries. 

• The company’s facility is located at 1103 Powderhouse Road in Aiken, S.C.

• Those interested in joining the Autoneum team may visit the company’s career page online.

About Autoneum:

Autoneum, with its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, is the globally leading producer of vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems. The company develops and manufactures components, modules and complete systems for interior and engine bay as well as heatshields and underbody shields. Customers include leading automobile producers in the key markets of Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Autoneum is represented at around 50 locations in over 20 countries and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, of whom about 5% are in Switzerland. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol AUTN). For more information, visit www.autoneum.com.

 

Total Quality Logistics Establishing Operations In Greenville County

Company Opening Third Office Location In South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Total Quality Logistics (TQL), a third-party logistics provider, is establishing logistics and sales operations in Greenville County. The new development is creating an expected 75 new jobs over the next three years.

Established in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Total Quality Logistics has grown into one of the largest freight brokerage firms in North America. With 44 offices nationwide, TQL employs more than 3,800 workers in 20 states. Connecting customers that have freight shipping needs with capable carriers, the firm facilitated the movement of more than one million truck loads last year. 

With existing operations in Columbia and Charleston, S.C. – where TQL recently placed first in the South Carolina Best Places to Work survey – the company’s new Greenville County facility will be its third in the Palmetto State. The new office will be located at 300 Executive Center Drive in Greenville, S.C.

TQL Greenville has a target opening date of May 16, 2016. Hiring for the new positions is underway. Those interested in joining the TQL team should visit www.tqljobs.com. For more information on Total Quality Logistics, visit www.tql.com

QUOTES

“We are pleased to announce our third office in South Carolina with the opening of TQL Greenville. By building on our success in South Carolina, we are building on our position as a leader in the third-party logistics business. Greenville is a good fit for us with its access to a deep pool of professional talent.” –TQL President Kerry Byrne

“It’s exciting to see one of the country’s fastest-growing companies make the decision to open a new office in our state. With this investment, Total Quality Logistics is creating 75 new jobs in Greenville County and continuing to show a real commitment to the people of South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley 

“Today’s announcement by Total Quality Logistics is a testament to the logistics advantages and pro-business environment that South Carolina offers. We’re excited to have such a dynamic company establish operations in the Upstate and look forward to their success in our state for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“A strong logistics network requires many partners working together to support the needs of Greenville’s manufacturers and distributors. This strategic decision by Total Quality Logistics to locate in Greenville enhances the community’s logistics network and reinforces Greenville as a premier business location.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Robert Taylor 

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Total Quality Logistics is establishing operations in Greenville County.

• 75 jobs being created over the next three years.

• TQL was established in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

• The company’s Greenville County operations will be located at 300 Executive Center Drive, Suite 301 in Greenville, S.C. 

• Those interested in joining the TQL team should visit the company’s careers page online.

About Total Quality Logistics:

Total Quality Logistics is one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation with 44 offices in 20 states. TQL connects customers needing to move truckload freight shipments with carriers having capacity to move them. TQL is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its 2015 sales topped $2.2 billion and it employs more than 3,800 people nationwide. Connect with TQL on the web at TQL.com, on Facebook at Total Quality Logistics or on Twitter @TQLogistics. 

   

Ushers Machine & Tool Co. Expanding Upstate Presence

Expansion To Bring $12.5 Million In New Investment To Greenville County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ushers Machine and Tool Co., Inc. is expanding its existing operations in Greenville County. The project will bring approximately $12.5 million in investment and create 50 new jobs in the Upstate.

Established in 1946, Ushers provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with parts and services for power generation land-based gas turbines. With a long history of exceptional customer service, employee excellence and utilization of leading-edge technologies in precision machining, Ushers has seen impressive growth in recent years.

Located at 6998 Pelham Parkway in Greenville, the newly-renovated 72,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016. For hiring information, visit the company’s website at www.ushersm.com

QUOTES

“We are excited to expand into this key region of the country for gas turbine power generation OEM manufacturing. We specifically chose Greenville in direct response to our continued growth in repeat sales and demands for new business. This move will definitely strengthen the relationship with our customers and create even more opportunity for mutual success in this highly-competitive global market.” -Ushers Machine & Tool Co. President and CEO Donald Lincoln

“It is truly a testament to our world-class workforce that Ushers Machine & Tool Co. has chosen to expand in Greenville County. Team South Carolina is on the move and we couldn’t be more excited that they are creating 50 new jobs and investing an additional $12.5 million in our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“When one of our existing businesses expands, like Ushers Machine & Tool Co. is doing, it sends a message to other companies that South Carolina truly is a place where they can find success.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Ensuring the continued growth and success of Ushers Machine & Tool Co. is what Greenville County’s pro-business philosophy is all about. The County’s supplier base in the gas turbine power generation market is growing and we are happy to assist companies that believe in Greenville, South Carolina.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Ushers Machine & Tool Co. is expanding its Greenville County operations.
  • $12.5 million investment to create 50 new jobs.
  • Ushers Machine & Tool Co. specializes in OEM parts and services for power generation land-based gas turbines.
  • The facility is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Hiring information will be available at www.ushersm.com

About Ushers Machine & Tool Co.:

Ushers Machine and Tool Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Aalberts Industries N.V., has been a gas turbine combustion components supplier to General Electric since 1946. Manufacturing facilities are in Round Lake, N.Y. and Sunapee, N.H. with corporate offices in Belmont, N.H. For more information, visit www.ushersm.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley, Director Susan Alford Announce “Champions For Children” Foster Care Recruitment Campaign

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, Director Susan Alford of the South Carolina Department of Social Services, and foster parents and child advocates from across the state today announced DSS’ “Champions for Children” foster care recruitment campaign. The campaign aims to recruit approximately 1,500 new licensed foster care families across the state in order to provide stability and well-being for children in the agency’s care.

“We are kicking off the ‘Champions for Children’ recruitment drive to find families who are willing to share their love, share their homes, and share their lives with children in need,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “I know the love and acceptance of the people that we have in South Carolina. I saw it, and we all saw it in 2015 when we wrapped our arms around each other. We loved strangers, we took care of each other, and we made sure everyone felt safe. What we’re asking today is that you continue to show that love, but you show it to children in need by becoming a foster family.”

“We’re honored to have Governor Haley’s support and attention to our efforts of recruiting foster families,” said Director Alford. “We are committed  to identifying and securing safe, caring homes for South Carolina’s children.”

In an effort to streamline the process of becoming a licensed foster family, Director Alford has implemented a number of changes at the agency and has formalized partnerships with outside groups that will reduce delays and keep prospective families from becoming frustrated with the process.

  • Recently completed the hiring of additional licensing staff at the agency
  • Created a Family Support Unit within the agency to help current foster parents navigate through the different processes required in caring for our children.
  • Enlisted University and community partners from across the state to expand recruitment efforts
  • Formalized a partnership with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to quickly conduct fire, life, and safety inspections in the homes of prospective foster families
  • Launched a new website specifically for current and prospective foster parents: www.scfamilies.org  

Call Experts Expanding Existing Lowcountry Operations

Company Investing $1.8 Million To Expand, Creating 310 Jobs New Jobs In Charleston County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Call Experts, a leading answering service company, is expanding its existing operations in Charleston County. The company is investing $1.8 million in the project, which is expected to create 310 new jobs over the next five years.

Call Experts was established in 1982 in Charleston, S.C., where the firm still operates its company headquarters. Today, Call Experts is one of North America’s premier telephone answering service providers and call centers, with three locations along the East Coast. The company offers an array of services, primarily serving surrounding business communities with a complete line of contact center, virtual receptionist and call center solutions. 

To expand its footprint in Charleston County, Call Experts is adding to its existing facility, with the acquisition of additional space adjacent to the company’s current operations, which are located at 1591 Savannah Highway in Charleston. The expansion will add 7300 square-feet to the company’s current Charleston County facility and allow for the creation of more than 300 new jobs.

With the new facility expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016, hiring for the new positions will begin in summer of 2016. Those interested in joining the Call Experts team may visit the company’s career page online. For more information on the company, visit www.callexperts.com

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $50,000 grant to Charleston County to assist with the costs of real property improvements. 

QUOTES

“We started our company in Charleston and we are a people-oriented business. The work ethic we have encountered here has been unmatched. We look forward to our expansion and continuing to contribute to growth in our multi-faceted community.  I am proud to be a native Charlestonian and that this business environment has enabled us to bring our services around the world from this exceptional city.” –Abby Leibowitz Pearson, President 

“South Carolina’s becoming known as a manufacturing hot spot, but every industry in the state is on the move, and this investment Call Experts has decided to make in Charleston is further proof of that. The 310 new jobs this fantastic company is creating in the Lowcountry is a huge win for the entire state, and it shows Call Experts’ tremendous commitment to our state and our people.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s business-friendly climate continues to have a positive impact on the existing industry in the state, and, today’s announcement by Call Experts is a testament to that. This expansion is a milestone for the company and our Lowcountry community and shows that our state truly is ‘just right’ for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“Congratulations to Call Experts on this truly exciting expansion announcement. This ‘home-grown,’ 34-year-old Charleston firm has long provided career opportunities to our citizens. As Call Experts embarks on this exciting new growth phase, they provide much-needed economic energy to the West Ashley area and will help further spur revitalization efforts in this strategically located portion of Charleston County.  As they do, we at Charleston County will work alongside the company, the City of Charleston and the State of South Carolina to support their growth.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey

“Call Experts’ 96 employees here provide important customer service to a wide range of businesses both locally and nationally.  We are delighted that this tech-savvy telecommunications company has chosen West Ashley as its home base and will remain a member of our thriving Charleston business community.” –City of Charleston Mayor John Teckelenburg

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Call Experts is expanding its operations in Charleston County.

• $1.8 million investment creating 310 new jobs.

• Established in 1982, Call Experts is headquartered in Charleston.

• The company’s Charleston County facility is located at 1591 Savannah Highway in Charleston, S.C.

• Those interested in joining the Call Experts team may visit the company’s career page online.

About Call Experts:

Call Experts was founded in 1982 in Charleston, SC and is now one of the premier telephone answering service providers in North America, winning awards for excellence in call handling and workplace culture. Call Experts has also been a member of the exclusive Inc. 5000 and is one of the select call centers to be GOLD certified by the Association of TeleServices International. Call Experts does not outsource its calls to any other country.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Bill Creating Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committees

H.4666 – Increasing Interagency Coordination To Stem Domestic Violence In S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today signed into law H.4666, a bill that establishes a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee in each of the 16 Solicitor Circuits. 

Legislation formalizing a fatality review process for domestic violence was recommendation 19 of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force’s Report from August 2015. South Carolina was just one of nine states that did not have a domestic fatality review team.

Under the new law, Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committees will identify and review deaths linked to domestic violence and make recommendations to the State Domestic Violence Advisory, which was created by the 2015 Domestic Violence Reform Bill. Committees will be made up of local domestic violence advocates, law enforcement professionals, medical professionals, and others with expertise in investigating domestic violence cases.

"I want to thank everybody who was a part of this," said Governor Haley. "This is the beginning of what is going to be South Carolina reforming herself to say that survivors matter, victims matter, and that domestic abuse is part of the past, and not part of the future of South Carolina."

Members of the Governor's Domestic Violence Task Force, Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin, Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope celebrated today’s bill signing with the governor during a ceremony at the Statehouse. 

"I am greatly encouraged by the passage of the domestic violence fatality review bill in South Carolina," said Dr. Neil Websdale, Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. "Setting up a network of review teams will help create and/or enhance coordinated community responses to domestic violence, thus building better protections for victims and encouraging greater offender accountability." 

“I want to commend everybody standing here today and everyone up in the chambers who are responsible for this bill,” said Chairman Martin. “This is but another step in the process, and the governor’s tremendous leadership and the task force, in providing this information back to us is one of the key things that we needed to do in order to make a definitive determination as to why some of these fatalities occur.”

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Local Government Competitiveness Council

Director Rick Reames To Chair Council Comprised Of S.C. Business Leaders

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 2, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today announced the Local Government Competitiveness Council. Established by executive order, the Council will analyze factors and criteria that impact the ability of local governments to attract, retain, and develop business and industry. South Carolina Department of Revenue Director Rick Reames, who joined the governor and business leaders at today’s announcement, will chair the Council.

A copy of Executive Order 2016-10 can be found on the governor’s website

“We are very excited about this Competitiveness Council, and they’re going to start getting to work right away,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “What we really hope our end goal is that once we come out with this report and we talk to the counties about it, when they go to decide something for that county, they will know whether they need to vote for that extra fee and whether they should be increasing taxes or decreasing taxes. … They will have a toolkit to let them know how to improve in their county, and not only that, the people will have that toolkit on whether they’re making decisions to move that county forward or backward.”

The Council will evaluate local governments based on three general categories and will be made up of business leaders with expertise in each of those areas:

Public Infrastructure

Keller Kissam - Senior VP, SCANA Corporation

Deepal S. Eliatamby - President, Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Bob Hughes - President, Hughes Development Corporation

Taxes, Business and Industry, and Regulation

Burnet R. Maybank III - Attorney, Nexsen Pruet

Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson - Economist, Acuitas Economics

Suzanne Pucci - Owner, Stanley Steemer of Columbia, S.C.

Workforce Readiness 

Dr. Barrie B. Kirk - VP of Corporate and Continuing Education and Economic Development, Midlands Technical College 

Kim Phillips - HR Director, Hamrick Mills 

Helen Hill - CEO, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson - Economist, Acuitas Economics 

 

Proper Polymers Establishing Operations In Greenville County

Company Investing $15.4 Million In New Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 2, 2016 - Proper Polymers plans to build a new facility in Greenville County to manufacture injection molded components for the automotive industries. The development will bring $15.45 million in investment and lead to the creation of 87 jobs. 

A division of Proper Group International, Proper Polymers Greenville will be building a 50,000-square-foot facility in Greenville County’s Matrix Park, expandable up to 100,000-square-feet. The company is a strategic supplier to large Tier 1 integrators.

The plant will begin coming online in October of 2016, and while initial hiring is expected to begin in the summer of 2016, the bulk of the hiring will take place during the second and third quarters of 2017. Those interested in joining the Proper Polymers team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Proper Polymers, visit www.properpolymers.com.  

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

QUOTES

“Our company is thankful for the opportunity to grow our business in S.C. and further support our customer base in this region. The state and local governments have been very accommodating in supporting our second facility in the Upstate area.” – Proper Polymers President Joe Grippe

“South Carolina’s automotive industry is on the move in all of the right ways, and Proper Polymers’ decision to build a new facility in Greenville and create 87 new jobs there is further proof of that. We’re excited to welcome Proper Polymers to the South Carolina family, and look forward to seeing them thrive here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

 “On behalf of the citizens of Team South Carolina, I would like to congratulate Proper Polymers on their decision to open another facility in the Upstate. South Carolina is the nation’s number one exporter of automobiles, and Proper Polymers’ continued success will help us remain on top.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Proper Polymers is a great example of the ‘ripple effect’ that occurs with an automotive original equipment manufacturer: Magna Decostar comes to supply BMW, Proper Polymers comes to supply Magna. We are grateful to all three for their commitment to our area and welcome Proper Polymers to our family of automotive companies.” – Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Proper Polymers is establishing operations in Greenville County. 

• Proper Polymers has a nearly 90,000 sq. ft. production and tooling operation in Anderson, S.C.

• $15.4 million investment to create 87 new jobs.

• The company will locate in Greenville County’s Matrix Park.

• Proper Polymers is a division of Proper Group International, an industry leader in the manufacturing of production and prototype injections molds and derivative technologies, in addition to series production injection molding and assembly. 

About Proper Polymers:

Proper Polymers, with locations in Warren, M.I., Pulaski, T.N. and Anderson, S.C. is a full-service supplier of plastic injection molded products and assemblies. Proper Polymers specializes in molding highly aesthetic products including multi-material (2K & 3K) products. In addition, the company specializes in a number of assembly and secondary operations, including Sonic Welding, Heat Staking and Hot Stamping. They have the most extensive in-house tooling capabilities of any production molder in the region. For more information, visit properpolymers.com. 

 

Cypress Creek Renewables Establishing Solar Power Operations In Lexington County

Company Investing More Than $30 Million In Three Additional Lexington County Solar Projects

COLUMBIA, S.C. - March 3, 2016 - Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken first steps toward investing $30 million in three solar energy facilities in Lexington County. This project complements two Lexington County solar facilities, located in Swansea, S.C., which the company 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.

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 to build three additional facilities in Lexington County. 

The projects, all three of which are ten-megawatt facilities, will be located off of Old Charleston Road in Pelion, S.C. 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

“We are thrilled that Lexington County continues to support local solar and the efforts of Cypress Creek to provide inexpensive renewable energy to local homes and businesses. Thanks to community leaders, Southern Current, our utility partners, and the state of South Carolina for recognizing that solar plays an important role in our nation’s energy mix.” –Cypress Creek Renewables CEO Matthew McGovern

“We are very excited and thankful that Lexington County is continuing to support the growth of renewables throughout the county and the state. These projects are the culmination of a lot of hard work, perseverance & team work of which we are proud to play a part.” –Southern Current, LLC Principal and Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury

“In South Carolina, we practice a team-first approach to economic development, which helps ensure a positive business climate in all regions across the state. Cypress Creek’s continued investment in Lexington County is a testament that Team South Carolina’s hard work continues to pay off, attracting investments from companies of all types.” –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 are excited that Cypress Creek Renewables has chosen to expand further in Lexington County. With solar energy becoming a more cost-effective and competitive energy source, the Council is hopeful that Cypress Creek Renewables’ investment will prove to be a hugely valuable resource for the residents of Lexington County.” –Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum

“It’s exciting to see a company once again decide to expand operations within the Central S.C. Region. Cypress Creek Renewables’ continuous growth in the region and the state are a testament to the economic strength and value that businesses find here. Their investment and commitment to clean renewable energy means a brighter future for this community.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Cypress Creek Renewables is establishing three additional solar power facilities in Lexington County.

• 40-60 jobs created during construction.

• $30 million investment in three Lexington County facilities.

• 10 megawatts can power about 2,000 homes per year.

• Cypress Creek Renewables is the largest and fastest growing dedicated provider of local solar farms.

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

 February, 2016  

Public Notice Of Meeting

Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force: Victim And Offender Services Division

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  February 25, 2016 - The Victim and Offender Services Division of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force, established by Executive Order 2015-04, will hold a meeting tomorrow, Friday, February 26 at 10:30 AM.

WHO: Victim and Offender Services Division of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force

WHAT: Meeting during which the Victim and Offender Services Division will review its progress on action items

WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, February 26 at 10:30 AM

WHERE: State Data Center, room 205, 4430 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C.

CONTACT: Stephen Yarborough, SCDSS, 803-898-9402

NOTE: Remote participation available via conference call. Please choose the access code local to you: 803-726-9796; 864-908-3279; 843-737-7035 - Conference Code 471754#. 

 

Sun City Produce Establishing New Upstate Distribution Center

Investment To Establish Greenville County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. - February 18, 2016 - Sun City Produce, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Commodities, Inc., is establishing operations in Greenville County. The project is expected to create 81 new jobs in Piedmont, S.C. over the next five years.

Headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla., Sun Commodities, Inc., which operates as the Sun Group of Companies, is a privately-held organization majority-owned by Hillandale Farms. As a leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables, the firm is aiming to expand its growing retail market across the Southeast in the coming years.

To support this mission, Sun Commodities' subsidiary, Sun City Produce is establishing distribution operations in Greenville County. Located within the Matrix Industrial Park at 920 Matrix Parkway in Piedmont, the 113,000-square-foot facility is expected to generate 81 new jobs.

Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those interested in joining the Sun City Produce team should visit the company's career page online. Applicants may apply for the open positions at http://suncitygroupofcompanies.hirecentric.com/jobs

QUOTES

"We at Sun City Produce Company are very excited with the opportunity Greenville has provided us to expand our business. The bustling growth, as well as the economic stability and infrastructure, were the key factors in establishing our Southeastern distribution facility. Being new to the state, we are eager to partner with the Greenville Area Development Corporation to further strengthen the opportunities for our workforce, so we may achieve continuous growth." -Sun City Produce Company Executive Vice President Kyle Cummings 

"Agriculture is, and always has been, South Carolina's top industry, and along with so many other industries in our state, it continues to grow with great companies like Sun City Produce choosing our state as a place to call home. The 81 new jobs this investment will create will make a real difference in Greenville County, and we look forward to seeing Sun City thrive here for many years to come." -Gov. Nikki Haley 

"As our state's largest industry, agribusiness has an annual economic impact of more than $41.7 billion, and today, we're proud to celebrate yet another win for that successful industry. I offer my congratulations to Sun City Produce for establishing operations in the Upstate and look forward to supporting them in the years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"We are seeing an increasing number of distributors become contributing members of the Greenville economy, and we are pleased that Sun City Produce has selected the Matrix Industrial Park as a location that will provide the resources needed to be successful." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Sun City Produce is establishing operations in Greenville County.

• The project is expected to create 81 new jobs.

• Sun City Produce is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Commodities, Inc., which is majority-owned by Hillandale Farms.

• The company's Greenville County operations will be housed at 920 Matrix Parkway in Piedmont, S.C.

• Those interested in joining the Sun City Produce team should visit the company's career page online.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Landmark “Pay For Success” Project To Improve Maternal And Child Health, Strengthen State Government Accountability

Project Aims To Reduce Preterm Births; Prevent Child Injury

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 16, 2016 - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Christian Soura, Director of the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, state officials and leaders from the private sector today announced the nation’s first Pay for Success project aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and children living in poverty.

The South Carolina Nurse-Family Partnership Pay for Success project will bring Nurse-Family Partnership’s evidence-based program to an additional 3,200 first-time mothers and their babies enrolled across South Carolina over the next four years, a significant increase over the 1,200 families currently benefiting from the high-impact intervention.

“This innovative program is going to allow us to improve the health of our children and families, and it's a perfect example of what we can do when leaders from the private sector and public service work together,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Nurse-Family Partnership pairs vulnerable first-time mothers with registered nurses who have specialized training in maternal and child health. Through home visits from early in pregnancy to the child’s second birthday, the nurses support mothers in having healthy pregnancies, becoming knowledgeable and responsible parents and giving their babies the best possible start in life. By strengthening families and improving early childhood development, Nurse-Family Partnership sparks multigenerational change and helps break cycles of poverty.

“The Pay for Success model changes the way that government does business, by promoting evidence-based policy and making payments contingent upon actual measured outcomes,” said Christian L. Soura, director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the state agency spearheading the initiative.

“This pioneering South Carolina Pay for Success Initiative will help us reach thousands of new mothers, transforming their lives and those of their children,” said Roxane White, president and CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership. “We also will be developing new, more cost-effective ways to scale our programs.”

“Expanding Nurse-Family Partnership is momentous for South Carolinians and for the Pay for Success field,” said Tracy Palandjian, CEO and co-founder of Social Finance, the nonprofit that supported the design and financing for the South Carolina initiative. “This project will increase opportunity for mothers and children and unlocks private capital to advance public good. It’s a testament to what we can achieve when diverse leaders think creatively and work together.”

Other private and philanthropic funders for the South Carolina project include:

  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Duke Endowment
  • Greenville First Steps
  • Laura and John Arnold Foundation

“Investing in effective prevention programs such as Nurse-Family Partnership will lead to substantial cost savings over time,” said Minor Shaw, chair of The Duke Endowment and a trustee of the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation. “And as we help parents and children get off to the best start possible, the long-term impact for families and communities is even more significant.”

Harvey Galloway, executive director of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, said Nurse-Family Partnership is on the right path to improve the health and life trajectory of vulnerable, first-time moms and their babies.

“We have supported Nurse-Family Partnership since 2008 and we see this intervention and new funding model as paramount in our work to support innovative approaches to bridge health and health care gaps,” Galloway said. “We are pleased to partner in this transformational shift of public and private efforts to address the needs of underserved populations and improve the quality of life for mothers living in poverty, their children and ultimately all South Carolinians for generations to come.”

This South Carolina project has four concrete goals: reducing preterm births, decreasing child hospitalization and emergency department usage due to injury, improving healthy spacing between births and increasing the number of first-time mothers served in the lowest-income communities. 

The project mobilizes $30 million, with philanthropic funders committing $17 million to the project. Medicaid will fund approximately $13 million via a 1915(b) Medicaid Waiver awarded to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

For details on how the project will work, click here.

For a list of partners, click here.

 

South Carolina Recognized For Achievement In Foreign Direct Investment

fdi Magazine Announces Palmetto State As Its National Champion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 15, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce today announced that the State of South Carolina has once again been recognized for achievement in foreign direct investment (FDI). This week, fDi Magazine announced the Palmetto State as its national champion.

“In addition to our highly-skilled, loyal workforce, Team South Carolina continues to work hard to create an unparalleled pro-business environment in all regions of our state, and companies from across the globe have taken notice,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “The fact that South Carolina continues to lead the nation in foreign direct investment speaks to everything we have to offer as a premier destination for business.”

“Bringing jobs and investment from across the world into both our state and nation are critical components of Team South Carolina’s economic development strategy,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “With approximately 1,200 international establishments currently operating and employing more than 115,000 workers within our borders, it’s clear that the strategy is working.” 

To determine the inaugural fDi National Champion, data was collected on FDI projects in the United States between September 2014 and August 2015. Growth data points were also used to compare this data with corresponding FDI data between September 2013 and August 2014. States were divided into four regions, grouped geographically. Locations scored up to a maximum of 10 points for each data point, and each data point was weighted to give the overall scores. 

Competitors that emerged from the four regions were South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana and California. In addition to winning the fDi National Championship over the other three regional champions, South Carolina also scored the highest of all four states on FDI expansions, per capita. 

fDi Magazine is a publication of fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times Ltd. For more information on fDi Intelligence, visit www.fdiintelligence.com

 

BUSCOT LLC Establishing Operations In Colleton County

Company Investing $1.15 Million To Establish Its First U.S. Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 3, 2016 -  BUSCOT LLC, an Italy-based producer of specialty bearings, is establishing manufacturing operations in Colleton County. The $1.15 million investment in the project is expected to create 10 new jobs over the next five years.

BUSCOT LLC will locate and lease space in the Meter Bearing facility located at 220 Anderson Road in Walterboro, South Carolina. Meter Bearing also located to Walterboro from Italy.

The company will produce flanges, turned washers, and turned rings for precision ball and roller bearings. According to the company, an initial customer base has already been established and will grow as production begins in 2016.

QUOTES:

“We are excited about doing business in the U.S. When Meter Bearings located here, it was great incentive for us to do the same. We work well with them and can fill the need for more specialized products. Colleton County is the best U.S. location for us.” –BUSCOT LLC Co-founder Giorgio Bussone

"We’re excited to welcome BUSCOT to the South Carolina family, and we're proud the company's first U.S. facility will call Walterboro home. When Team South Carolina works together, companies like BUSCOT take notice - and that keeps us motivated to keep the momentum going.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina continues to lead the way in the manufacturing renaissance, and today’s announcement by BUSCOT LLC is a testament to that. This $1.15 million investment speaks to the pro-business environment we’ve cultivated in all corners of our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are confident that BUSCOT LLC will find skilled workers in Colleton County. Through Palmetto Training and the Colleton Career Skills Center, we have an excellent training resource in place that they will be able to utilize to meet their specific workforce needs in machining technology. We are pleased to welcome them to Colleton County.” –Colleton County Council Chairman Steven Murdaugh

“We are proud to welcome BUSCOT LLC as the second Italian company to locate in Colleton County. The work that County Council and economic development professionals in the Southern Carolina region have done to make Colleton County competitive for business is paying off with a global reputation for success.” –Bill Workman, chairman of the Colleton County Resource & Development Board and co-chair of the Colleton County Economic Alliance.

FIVE FAST FACTS:

• BUSCOT LLC is establishing operations in Colleton County.

• $1.15 million investment to create 10 new jobs.

• The company will locate in the Meter Bearing facility at 220 Anderson Road in Walterboro, S.C.

• BUSCOT LLC will produce precision and specialty bearings.

• Founders Giorgio Bussone and Maurizio Bussone are established professionals in the bearing industry.

About BUSCOT LLC:

Founders Giorgio Bussone and Maurizio Bussone gained their foundation in the bearing industry in Varisella, Italy and have more than 30 years of successful experience. BUSCOT LLC chose Colleton County for their first venture in the U. S. market and will locate in the Meter Bearings facility at 220 Anderson Road in Walterboro. Marta Bussone will manage local manufacturing and administration.

 

  Nutramax Laboratories, A Family Of Companies, Expanding Lancaster County Operations

 Company investing an additional $15 million to create 125 new jobs 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 1, 2016 - Nutramax Laboratories and its family of companies, a leading manufacturer of nutritional supplement products for people and their pets, is expanding operations in Lancaster County. The company is investing an additional $15 million in the project, creating 125 new jobs in Lancaster, S.C.

Since 1992, Nutramax Laboratories has been researching and developing high-quality nutritional supplement products for people and their pets, and is an example of free enterprise in action. In 2010, the company conducted a multi-state site search and moved their animal health business and corporate operations to Lancaster County and, since that time, has been actively engaged in the Lancaster community, including providing support to local schools, area law enforcement and fire services and many local charitable organizations. Currently, Nutramax Laboratories operates facilities in both South Carolina and Maryland, and continues to be an industry leader in setting and adhering to high standards in research, manufacturing and quality control.   

To service rapidly growing demand for its animal health products, Nutramax has purchased a 138,000-square-foot building, located at 1759 Flat Creek Road in Lancaster to expand its local footprint. The new facility will complement the company’s existing Lancaster facilities located at 946 & 851 Quality Drive. Hiring for the new positions began in 2015. Those interested in joining the Nutramax Laboratories’ team should visit the company’s careers page online at www.nutramaxlabs.com/careers

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of the Company’s real property improvements.

QUOTES

“My Dad, Robert Henderson, founded the Company in 1992 and started with only two employees. We now have over 400 employees nationwide. We believe this shows there are still American success stories. Our company’s mission is quite simple:To serve the Lord and glorify Him using the gifts He has given our employees to research, develop, manufacture, and market products that improve the quality of life for people and their pets. We have a commitment beyond just investing in facilities and jobs in South Carolina. We want to continue to be a part of making Lancaster a great place to work and live, including providing support to local organizations that are in line with our Mission.” - Nutramax Laboratories CEO and President Todd Henderson, DVM  

“Since becoming a part of the South Carolina family in 2010, Nutramax Laboratories has been tremendous partner to our state and to the Lancaster community. Nutramax’s expansion and the 125 new jobs it will create here shows the company’s commitment to our people, and proves that Team South Carolina’s approach to taking care of our businesses and developing a world class workforce is paying off.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today’s announcement by Nutramax Laboratories is a testament to that. By expanding its already significant operations in our state, Nutramax Laboratories is making a statement that South Carolina, with our pro-business environment and world-class workforce, is ‘just right’ for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Nutramax Laboratories has been the ideal corporate citizen. They are very involved in the community and have made a positive contribution to everything that they touch. This is why we are so very excited to see Nutramax Laboratories expand their investment in Lancaster County. We are enthusiastic partners with Nutramax Laboratories and look forward to assisting in their continued success.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Nutramax Laboratories Family of Companies has established operations in Lancaster County.
  • Since 2010, Nutramax has invested $29 million, creating 250 jobs in Lancaster County.
  • With this expansion project, the company is investing an additional $15 million investment to create 125 new jobs.
  • Today, Nutramax Laboratories Family of Companies has more than 400 employees nationwide and specializes in the researching, developing, manufacturing and selling high-quality nutritional supplement products to support animal and human health.
  • Those interested in joining the Nutramax Laboratories team should visit the company’s careers page online at www.nutramaxlabs.com/careers

January, 2016 

Haley, White, Spearman Announce Workforce Training Collaboration  

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 27, 2016 -  Governor Nikki Haley, House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White, State Superintendent Molly Spearman and business leaders from around the state today announced a collaborative and comprehensive effort to strengthen South Carolina’s workforce.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina and another day that we are moving forward on trying to make sure that we aren’t just a state that is great at attracting businesses, but also that we’re a state that has a solid workforce and one that puts people back to work,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “Our goal in South Carolina is to lift everybody up in every corner of the state, and to do it in a way that they feel like they are moving forward and that they are moving their families forward, and this is a start in a new direction.”

Since January 2011, 73,000 new jobs have been announced in South Carolina, along with over $18.2 billion in capital investment. The South Carolina Workforce Development Act will help to ensure that South Carolinians will be prepared to fill the positions created by the state’s growing economy by prioritizing job training and career development in order to meet the needs of the state’s businesses.

Video of the full press conference can be found here: https://goo.gl/V5Ely4

“By prioritizing a statewide coordinated workforce development effort now, we are taking a proactive approach to avoid a future skills gap crisis while also providing our citizens greater education and pay opportunities for the jobs of the future,” said Chairman Brian White.

“I am proud to stand with Governor Haley, the General Assembly, and our business leaders as we strengthen the partnership between public education, our technical college system, and four-year universities, to ensure that we have college and career-ready citizens ready to lead our state,” said Superintendent Molly Spearman.

 

NARENCO Establishing Solar Power Operations In Allendale County

Company On Pace To Invest More Than $85 Million In Solar Power Facility 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 27, 2016 - National Renewable Energy Corporation (NARENCO), a leading renewable energy independent power producer focused on development, engineering, procurement, construction and operations of utility scale and commercial solar installations, is on track to invest more than $85 million to establish solar power operations in Allendale County.

Established in 2009 and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, NARENCO has matured into one of the largest solar developers in North America and is currently ranked No. 6 in Solar Power World’s list of the nation’s Top Solar Developers. The firm has more than 65 solar facilities in various stages of development across the Southeast, with an additional 85 megawatts under long-term operations and maintenance contracts. In South Carolina, the firm is developing another 400 megawatts and seeks to invest more than $800 million across the state over the next five years.

Expected to be operational by the end of 2017, the Allendale County facility, which is located off of River Road, will produce renewable solar energy from photovoltaic panels currently sized at 70 megawatts of alternating current (AC) in nameplate capacity, which by itself, is seven times larger than any one currently proposed Distributed Energy Resource project. One megawatt AC of solar energy is enough to provide clean energy to approximately 200 South Carolina homes.

For more information on NARENCO, visit www.narenco.com

QUOTES

“We are excited to advance one of the first large-scale solar facilities in South Carolina and look forward to being a new member of the Allendale County community. Once constructed, our renewable solar facility will provide significant discretionary property tax income along with delivering on-peak power to serve S.C. ratepayers when they need it most.  We are truly honored to partner with Allendale County and hope this facility is just the first of many such investments in the county and South Carolina at large.” –NARENCO Vice President of Development Jon Burke

“NARENCO’s investment in Allendale is another example of a company seeing the opportunities being created by Team South Carolina’s approach to creating a business-friendly environment that companies from any industry can thrive in. We’re excited to welcome NARENCO to the South Carolina family, and to celebrate its $85 million investment in our state and our people.”  –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Team South Carolina works hard every day to cultivate a pro-business environment for companies of all types in our state, and this $85 million solar project is further evidence that our team-first approach is paying off. I offer my congratulations to NARENCO on their decision to establish operations in Allendale County and look forward to watching them succeed there for many years to come.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Allendale County welcomes NARENCO and their solar project to our family of alternative energy companies in our region. We appreciate the company’s investment in our county, which will assist with tax revenue to fund county services to our residents. We also appreciate this effort to provide innovative solutions to our state’s energy needs.” – Allendale County Council Chairman Mr. James Pinkney

“NARENCO’s decision to locate their solar facility in Allendale will expand our tax base while creating another green energy business here in Allendale. We thank them for their commitment to our community.” –Allendale Economic Development Commission Chairwoman Barbara Lewis

“We appreciate NARENCO’s investment in our region, and we look forward to working with the company to grow their operations in Allendale County.  Renewable alternative energy sources will help diversify our energy sector while expanding the tax base in our rural areas.” –SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • National Renewable Energy Corporation (NARENCO) is establishing solar power operations in Allendale County.
  • An investment of more than $85 million.
  • Established in 2009, NARENCO is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.
  • The Allendale County facility will be located off of River Road.
  • Expected to be operational by the end of 2017, the facility will produce renewable solar energy from its 70-megawatt AC energy facility. 
 
3i Products Establishing Lancaster County Operations
Company Investing $3 Million To Create 100 New Jobs
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 25, 2016 - 3i Products, Inc., a company that specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of indoor and outdoor cushions and pillows, is establishing operations in Lancaster County. The $3 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs in Lancaster, S.C. over the next five years.
 
A newly established firm, 3i Products has acquired an existing 27,000-square-foot building, located on more than 15 acres off Chester Highway in Lancaster to house its new operations. Providing the company with close proximity to Interstate 77, the facility will allow 3i Products to efficiently serve its growing customer base.
 
Anticipated to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2016, hiring for the 100 new positions is expected to begin in April 2016. Those looking to join the 3i Products team should contact ReadySC at www.sctechjobs.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $150,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Lancaster County to assist with the cost of real property improvements related to the project. Additionally, AdvanceSC committed a $50,000 grant to Lancaster County to assist with building upfit in support of the project.
 
QUOTES
 
“3i Products is very excited about our move to the Lancaster area and looks forward to opening our new facility and bringing new jobs and growth to the area. We appreciate all the work of the local members of the County, Governor Nikki Haley and her team in the State of South Carolina for making this project a reality.” –3i Products, Inc. Chairman of the Board Tim Chen
 
“Each time a company decides to move here, it reaffirms the fact that Team South Carolina’s approach to attracting businesses and building a world-class workforce is working. We’re excited to welcome 3i Products to the South Carolina family and to celebrate the 100 new jobs this investment will bring to Lancaster County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s positive business climate and excellent workforce continues to attract businesses of all types to our borders. This includes newly-established firms, like 3i Products, Inc., which has chosen Lancaster County for its new facility, bringing 100 new jobs to the local community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"We welcome 3i to Lancaster County and to South Carolina. We are all very excited to see existing structures return to productive use and appreciate 3i's investment in capital and in putting Lancaster's citizens to work. We are also appreciative of the combined efforts of the city, state and county to help provide the infrastructure needs to make this investment possible." –Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• 3i Products is establishing operations in Lancaster County.
• The newly-established firm will manufacture and distribute indoor and outdoor cushions and pillows.
• 3i Products has acquired an existing 27,000-square-foot building located on 15+ acres off of Chester Highway in Lancaster to house its new operations.
• Hiring for the 100 new positions is expected to begin in April 2016.
• Those looking to join the 3i Products team should contact ReadySC at www.sctechjobs.com.
 

Daimler Trucks North America Expanding Upstate Operations

Company Investing More Than $22 Million To Expand Cherokee County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 20, 2016 - Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) today announced the investment of $22.7 million in Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) to expand facilities and improve operations in Gaffney, S.C.

The investment will positively impact a number of key business operations for FCCC, including the construction of a new logistics center, as well as expansions of the current office building, employee parking lot, completed chassis parking and loading/delivery operations. In addition, the investment will drive implementation of a new line side delivery process which will utilize nearly 60 percent more component kitting.  

In addition to the logistical and process improvements, the investment will provide an expansion to the current office building, which will provide a 25 percent increase in personal work stations, increase the training room capacity from 25 to 100, double the amount of available team work space and increase the cafeteria capacity from 15 to 119.

For more information on Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, visit www.freightlinerchassis.com

QUOTES

"Freightliner Custom Chassis has been proud to call South Carolina our home for 20 years. We appreciate our partnership with and the support of Cherokee County and the State of South Carolina." –Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. President David Carson 

“The Daimler Group continues to be a fantastic partner to South Carolina and our people, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that FCCC will be expanding in Cherokee County. Daimler is a huge reason for South Carolina’s thriving automotive industry, and this $22 million further proves its commitment to our state and to the 650 South Carolinians FCCC employs in Cherokee County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s automotive sector continues to fuel the state’s economy, and, today, we celebrate the Daimler Group and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation for helping us achieve yet another signature win for that industry.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. is a world leader in the automotive industry and an outstanding corporate citizen of Cherokee County. This expansion is a perfect example of a partnership between a remarkable company and the community. We are excited to be a part of this expansion and look forward to any future growth plans they may have.” –Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation is expanding operations in Cherokee County.

• $22 million investment to expand operations.

• Established in 1995, FCCC is the world’s largest manufacturer of diesel walk-in van chassis.

• The company is constructing a new logistics center, as well as expansions of the current office building, employee parking lot, completed chassis parking and loading/delivery operations.

• The investment will drive implementation of a new line side delivery process which will utilize nearly 60 percent more component kitting.

About Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.:

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) is a leading manufacturer of premium diesel chassis for the luxury RV market. FCCC supports its industry-leading chassis with a comprehensive suite of services, including 24/7 factory direct support, a nationwide service network with more than 400 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, and an official customer-support mobile app. For more information, visit freightlinerchassis.com or call 1-800-FTL-HELP.

About Daimler Trucks North America:

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It manufactures, sells, and services commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

 

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Establishing Operations In The Upstate

Company Investing $22 Million To Construct Feed Mill In Laurens County

COLUMBIA, S.C. - January 20, 2016 -  Cobb-Vantress, Inc., a leading poultry research and development firm and subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., will begin construction on a new feed mill in Laurens County, South Carolina early in 2016, with completion planned towards the middle of 2017.  The $22 million investment is expected to create about 12 new jobs in Joanna, S.C.

The state-of-the art mill will supply feed to Cobb’s grandparent breeder farms in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, as well as a great grandparent farm in Georgia. Based on current needs, the mill will produce around 1,200 tons per week using the latest technology for pathogen reduction including a ‘hygieniser’ for heat treating the feed ingredients before pelleting. Additionally, environmental controls will regulate air flow to prevent cross contamination.

Another important feature will be a dedicated rail spur in order for supplies to be transported from other production regions in the US.  Grain may also be used from the local market for delivery by truck.

Those interested in joining the Cobb-Vantress team, should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Cobb-Vantress, Inc. visit www.cobb-vantress.com

QUOTES

“We want to ensure that we have a long-term internal feed supply that will give us complete control over the consistency and quality of the end product. This is Cobb’s third feed mill in the U.S., the others being in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and in Albany, Kentucky. With the completion of the Joanna feed mill, we will internally produce all of our feed supply for pedigree operations through to grandparents.” –Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Director of World Technical Services Dr. Steve Bolden

“It’s always exciting to see a company make the decision to invest and create jobs in one of our rural communities. Cobb-Vantress’ $22 million investment further proves what we have known for a long time – that the Team South Carolina approach to building an elite workforce and a competitive business environment is working, and that’s a reason to celebrate across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The Palmetto State has long been known as a leader in the food processing and distribution industries and today’s announcement only adds to that rich tradition. We welcome Cobb-Vantress to South Carolina and look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“We are proud that Cobb-Vantress has chosen to locate its feed mill in South Carolina. Not only will the mill provide more jobs for a rural area, it will also add value to the poultry industry, our top agricultural commodity, and increase marketing opportunities for corn and soybean farmers.” –S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

“Always good to have a new business locate in Laurens County. We welcome you.” –Joe Wood, Chairman, Laurens County Council 

“Agri-business has long been a stable of the South Carolina economy as well as Laurens County’s. Cobb-Vantress’ investment in our community further illustrates just how important agriculture is to our State and Community. We welcome them to Laurens County and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.” –Laurens County Development Corporation Chairman Stan Bryson 

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Cobb-Vantress, Inc. is establishing operations in Laurens County.

• $22 million investment expected to create 12 new jobs.

• Construction on the plant, which will be located in Joanna, S.C., is expected to be completed toward the middle of 2017.

• Based on current needs, the mill will produce around 1,200 tons per week.

• Those interested in joining the Cobb-Vantress team, should visit the company’s careers page online.

About Cobb-Vantress, Inc.:

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. is a poultry research and development company engaged in the production improvement and sale of broiler breeding stock.  Cobb is the world’s oldest pedigree broiler breeding company. Founded in 1916, Cobb has grown into one of the world’s leading suppliers of broiler breeding stock with distribution into over 120 countries. Cobb has contributed to the dynamic efficiency and growth of an industry that has transformed chicken into an economically affordable healthy protein source for many of the over seven billion people in the world.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Executive Budget FY 2016-17
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 15, 2016 - 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
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. - January 5, 2016 - 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.
 
Monti Inc. Expanding Operations In Greenwood County 
Industrial Manufacturer Investing More Than $500,000 In New Equipment At Greenwood Facility
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Monti Inc. (Monti), an industrial manufacturer, today announced plans to expand its Greenwood County manufacturing operations. The company is investing more than $500,000 in the project.
 
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Monti Inc. has specialized in manufacturing and fabricating copper and aluminum conductors, insulators and steel components for more than four decades. In 2005, the company opened its Greenwood, S.C. facility, making it the third Monti plant in the U.S. Initially, the facility focused on offering several machining and fabrication services, later adding laser cutting services and CNC lathe capabilities.
 
In an effort to meet increased customer demand, Monti is investing in new equipment for its Upstate facility, which is located at 104 Airport Industrial Road in Greenwood. The new investments will include a second CNC lathe and a new C02 laser.
 
For more information on Monti Inc., visit www.monti-inc.com.
 
QUOTES
 
“Our customers requested our previous additions of laser cutting services and CNC lathe capabilities to help them with local solutions and faster lead-times. We have already outgrown that equipment and need to make further investments in advanced machinery to continue to better serve our customers’ needs.” – Monti Inc. Greenwood Plant Manager Nick LaVigne
 
“This advancement in technology will increase our capabilities and quality, while decreasing our lead-times, allowing us to be more competitive.” –Monti Inc. Site Quality Manager Chuck Swofford
 
“The success that we’ve seen in economic development in South Carolina is due to great companies like Monti continuing to invest and showing their commitment to our people.  The Team South Carolina approach to workforce training and education reform has made our state one of the best places in the world to do business.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“Today, we celebrate the continued success of South Carolina’s manufacturing industry, as yet another one of our existing businesses has decided to expand operations within our borders. Monti Inc.’s investment in its Greenwood County facility is a testament to the company’s commitment to its customers, the local community and our state as a whole.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“We are thankful for the confidence and dedication that Monti has shown to the Greenwood community over the past decade. Greenwood County leadership works hard to be pro-business and progressive. We look forward to working with company representatives to make sure they have what they need to be successful here for years to come.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steve Brown
 
“The fact that Monti chose to invest in new equipment and technology in the Greenwood County facility is further confirmation our community is a great place to do business in South Carolina. The continued growth of our existing industries plays a large role in the success of our county and we stand ready to assist them in their future endeavors.” - Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chairman Jim Medford
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• Monti Inc. is expanding its existing Greenwood County operations.
• $500,000 investment to install new equipment.
• Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Monti Inc. specializes in the manufacturing and fabricating of copper and aluminum conductors, insulators and steel components.
• In addition to its Greenwood County facility, the company also operates a plant in Sumter, S.C.
• Monti’s Greenwood County facility is located at 104 Airport Industrial Road in Greenwood.
 
About Monti Incorporated:
 
For over 40 years, Monti Inc. has specialized in manufacturing, and fabricating copper and aluminum conductors, insulators and steel components for the electrical distribution industry. We offer a broad selection of products and services, including, but not limited to, CNC machining, copper & sheet metal fabrication, stamping, CNC waterjet cutting, welding, brazing, die design, epoxy coating and assemblies. For more information about Monti Inc. please visit our website at www.monti-inc.com.
 
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.