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Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: April 14, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 14 includes:

Friday, April 18:  Gov. Haley will attend the RBC Heritage golf tournament presented by Boeing, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Sunday, April 20:  Gov. Haley will attend the RBC Heritage golf tournament presented by Boeing and participate in the closing ceremonies, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 7 included:

Monday, April 7

9:30 AM: Policy meeting.

10:00 AM: Policy meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley provided the keynote address at the German American Chamber of Commerce South SME Forum, Hyatt Regency, 220 N. Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

3:00 PM: SCDOT Secretary announcement, first floor lobby, Statehouse.

3:20 PM: Media availability.

3:30 PM: Gov. Haley met with the S.C. Wing, Civil Air Patrol.

Tuesday, April 8

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley met with executives and toured Williamsburg Regional Hospital, 500 Nelson Boulevard, Kingstree, S.C.

1:00 PM: Agency meeting.

2:00 PM: Policy meeting.

3:00 PM: Ceremonial bill signing for H.3563.

3:30 PM: Photo with Walker Gamble Elementary and East Clarendon Middle High School.

Wednesday, April 9

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley held a Cabinet Meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building.

10:15 AM: Media availability.

10:50 AM: Legislative meeting.

11:30 AM: Policy meeting.

1:45 PM: Policy meeting.

2:00 PM: Policy meeting.

2:30 PM: Economic development call.

4:30 PM: Easter Egg Hunt, Mansion grounds.

Thursday, April 10

9:30 AM: Policy meeting.

10:00 AM: Legislative meeting.

10:45 AM: Gov. Haley proclaimed the “Week of the Young Child” and launched the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative at the “Read-In SC” event.

11:10 AM: Legislative meeting.

11:30 AM: Photo with River Bluff High School Cheerleading Squad - 2013 AAA State Champions.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the General Membership Meeting of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, April 11

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley participated in the Heritage Annual Leadership Luncheon, Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Tiburon III, 2600 Tiburon Drive, Naples, F.L.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announes New SCDOT Secretary

Janet P. Oakley Nominated To Lead Transportation Department

April 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Janet P. Oakley as her selection to be the Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), pending Senate confirmation. Oakley currently serves as the Director of Policy and Government Relations at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Video of the governor’s announcement is available here: http://goo.gl/uHvmQV

“We are blessed to have somebody that has the expertise to come in and take the department to new heights,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “Because of her extensive experience, Mrs. Oakley knows the issues at the local level, she understands the challenges at the state level, and she already has relationships on the federal level and we couldn’t be more confident that our state will benefit greatly from having her take over at the Department of Transportation.”

As Director of Policy and Government Relations at AASHTO, Oakley is responsible for managing national transportation policy development on behalf of state transportation departments and directing the association’s freight, transit, aviation, intercity passenger rail, water, planning, and environmental programs.

Including her work at AASHTO, Oakley has amassed over 30 years of transportation-related work experience in both the public and private sectors at the federal, state, and local levels.

“I truly believe that I will be able to work with a great staff and use my breadth of experience and depth of knowledge to help the entire state of South Carolina,” said Janet Oakley. “I will call on the entire network of colleagues I have developed over the past 30 years in the field to help us as we move forward on this journey.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: Monday, April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 7 includes:

Monday, April 7, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will provide the luncheon keynote address at the German American Chamber of Commerce South SME Forum, Hyatt Regency, 220 N. Main Street, Greenville, SC

Monday, April 7, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley will announce SCDOT Secretary nominee, first floor lobby, Statehouse.

Tuesday, April 8, 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley will meet with executives and tour Williamsburg Regional Hospital, 500 Nelson Blvd, Kingstree, S.C.

Wednesday, April 9, 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a Cabinet Meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building.

Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 PM: Gov. Nikki Haley and the First Family will host the 2014 First Family’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Caldwell-Boylston Gardens off the Mansion Mall in the Governor’s Mansion Complex.

Thursday, April 10, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will address the General Membership Meeting of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, S.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: March 31, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 31 included:

Monday, March 31

9:50 AM: Economic development call.

10:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

11:45 AM: Economic development meeting.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley addressed the Economic Club of Canada.

3:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

4:15 PM: Economic development meeting.

6:30 PM: Meeting with RBC.

Tuesday, April 1

10:00 AM: Meeting with Ambassador-designate Bruce Heyman.

11:40 AM: Meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford.

11:50 AM: Economic development meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Canadian Club of Ottawa.

2:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM: Meeting with High Commissioner of India Nirmal Verma.

3:30 PM: Meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

4:15 PM: Economic development meeting.

6:30 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, April 2

9:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

11:45 AM: Economic development reception.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.

1:45 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:15 PM: Economic development meeting.

3:30 PM: Gov. Haley participated in a roundtable discussion with the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada.

Thursday, April 3

11:30 AM: Legislative meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in the Child Abuse Prevention Month and Children’s Trust 30th Anniversary press conference, first floor lobby, Statehouse.

1:20 PM: Constituent meeting.

Friday, April 4

10:30 AM: Economic development call.

10:50 AM: Economic development call.

12:15 PM: Meeting and photo with Richard Carroll Elementary School students, first floor lobby, Statehouse.

1:00 PM: Constituent meetings and photos, Governor’s Office.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in the Early Autism Project Inc. Grand Opening Ceremony, 3115 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, S.C.

5:00 PM: Economic development call.

Sunday, April 6

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley attended the Family Circle Cup and participated in the awards ceremony, Family Circle Tennis Center City of Charleston Facility, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, Charleston, S.C.

Copac Expands Spartanburg County Operations

$14.8 Million Investment Expected To Create 32 New Jobs

April 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Copac Global Packaging, a leading provider of packaging services to domestic and global customers, today announced the completion of its expansion at its Spartanburg County facility. The $14.8 million expansion is expected to create 32 new jobs.

Copac has constructed an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space at its facility to increase productivity and add capacity. The larger facility also will allow the company to consolidate operations that are currently performed in separate buildings into a single, more efficient workflow.

Job opportunities with the company will be posted at www.copacinc.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 set aside grant for site development and real property improvements related to the project.

QUOTES

“We are pleased to have completed construction on the building expansion. Our business has been growing rapidly for the past several years. This new space will allow us to install new equipment and reconfigure workflows to operate more efficiently to better serve our customers.” -Jerry Lux, Copac CEO

“It's always great news when an existing business decides to continue growing and succeeding in our state. We congratulate Copac on their decision to invest $14.8 million and create 32 new jobs in Spartanburg County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Copac joins the more than 194 businesses that have chosen to expand in South Carolina since 2011. With our strong workforce and unmatched Southern hospitality, it is no wonder that so many companies find South Carolina just right for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Copac Global Packaging is a long-time corporate citizen of Spartanburg and we are thrilled to assist an existing industry as they continue to grow and invest in their facility and employees.  As a state-of-the-art packaging company, we appreciate Copac making this investment in Spartanburg and we look forward to working with them on any future growth plans they may have.” -David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Copac is expanding its Spartanburg County operations - $14.8 million investment and 32 new jobs.
• The expansion project includes a 50,000 square foot addition to the company’s existing manufacturing facility.
• Copac's additional space allows the company to consolidate operations into a single, more efficient workflow.
• South Carolina Commerce has announced 194 business expansions since 2011.
• Job opportunities will be posted at www.copacinc.com.

About Copac Global Packaging Inc.:

Founded in 1970, Copac Global Packaging is a leading provider of packaging services to domestic and global customers in specific niche markets, focusing on high-end folding cartons, labels, inserts, and hang tags. Based in Spartanburg, SC, the company has additional operations in the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia. More information is available at www.copacinc.com.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: March 31, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 31 includes:

Monday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 2: Gov. Haley and economic development officials are in Canada on a trade mission which will include meetings in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Thursday, April 3, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley will join Children’s Trust to celebrate their 30th Anniversary and will present a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, April 4, 2:00 PM: Gov. Haley will participate in the Early Autism Project Inc. grand opening ceremony, 3115 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, S.C.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: March 24, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 24 included:

Monday, March 24

11:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, March 25

2:30 PM: Agency call.

Wednesday, March 26

10:50 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, first floor, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Constituent meeting.

11:45 AM: Gov. Haley presented the Liberty Day Proclamation, Office of the Governor, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:00 PM: Policy meeting.

2:00 PM: Print interview.

2:30 PM: Policy meeting.

3:15 PM: Policy meeting.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America Kenichiro Sasae, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta Kazuo Sunaga, and Consul for Economic and Intergovernmental Affairs Midori Yamamitsu, Office of the Governor, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, March 27

10:15 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, first floor, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Agency meeting.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island, The Conference Center, Pawleys Plantation, 70 Tanglewood Drive, Pawleys Island, S.C.

2:15 PM: Gov. Haley toured the Coastal Montessori Charter School, 247 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Friday, March 28

8:55 AM: Gov. Haley gave opening remarks to the Chief Human Resource Officers as Talent Architect Conference, Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, S.C.

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, first floor, Columbia, S.C.

10:35 AM: Agency call.

11:45 AM: Gov. Haley met with United States Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and BMW executives.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in an economic development announcement, BMW Manufacturing Assembly, 1400 Highway 101, Greer, S.C.

Saturday, March 29

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley participated in the Original Six Foundation’s Dillon County Day, City of Dillon Wellness Center, 1647 Commerce Drive, Dillon, S.C.

 

CRR Carbon Resources Recovery SC LLC Investing $20 Million In New Anderson County Facility

Investment Expected To Create 30 New Jobs

March 28

COLUMBIA, S.C. – CRR Carbon Resources Recovery SC LLC, a manufacturer of recycled tire materials, is planning to locate its first North American facility in Anderson County. The company’s $20 million investment is expected to create approximately 30 new jobs over the next two years.

CCR Carbon Resources uses an innovative manufacturing system to recycle shredded tire materials into renewable energy products. The company’s specialized green process supports environmental sustainability goals, eliminates the disposing of tires in such places as landfills, incinerators and boilers and provides a full recovery of recyclable materials.

CRR is working with a New England JV partner which has been a leader in developing clean energy projects for the last 35 years with the ability to design, finance, develop, construct, operate and manage large scale energy projects.

The company expects construction to be complete by the end of 2015 at which time CRR will work with Anderson County to hire and train local personnel to staff the new plant.

The Coordinating Council of Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.

Since 2011, South Carolina has announced more than $800 million in capital investment and more than 2,000 jobs in the recycling-related sector.

QUOTES

“We are excited to bring sustainable, renewable energy to South Carolina and continue our mission to provide a green process that eliminates waste and continues to help achieve the United States’ sustainability goals. We’d like to thank S.C. Commerce and Anderson County for their continued commitment throughout this process.” – James P. Sweeney, president of BVA Energy

“It speaks volumes to the strength of our state’s business environment and skilled workforce when a company like CRR decides to locate its first North American plant here. We applaud CRR’s decision to invest $20 million in our state and create 30 new jobs in Anderson County.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“Being dubbed ‘Tire Nation,’ it makes sense that we would not only produce the most tires in the nation, but have companies that turn end-of-life tires back into renewable, sustainable energy. It is a circle of life and we are glad to be the beginning and end factors of such thanks to companies like CRR.” – Secretary Bobby Hitt

“I am extremely pleased that Carbon Resources Recovery has decided to locate in Anderson County. I am also glad that this company is locating in Council District 2; this announcement will be a huge shot in the arm for this area.” - Ms. Gracie Floyd, Anderson County councilwoman

FIVE FAST FACTS

• CRR Carbon Resources Recovery SC LLC intends to locate its new facility in Anderson County.
• The company will invest $20 million and create approximately 30 new jobs over the first two years.
• CRR’s mission is to eliminate the disposal of tires in such places as landfills, incinerators and boilers and providing full recovery of the materials.
• The company construction to be complete by the end of 2015 at which time CRR will work with Anderson County to hire and train local personnel to staff the new plant.
• Since 2011, South Carolina has announced more than $800 million in capital investment and more than 2,000 jobs in the recycling-related sector.


BMW Announces $1 Billion Expansion Creating 800 New Jobs

Spartanburg County Facility To Produce New X7

March 28

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BMW announced today that the company will expand its plant in Spartanburg County with a $1 billion investment, which is expected to create 800 new jobs. The expansion includes the addition of a fifth vehicle platform at the plant – the X7 – and it will increase production capacity from 350,000 units to 450,000 units annually, making the Spartanburg facility the highest-capacity plant in the BMW global system by the end of 2016.

Dr. Norbert Reithofer, chairman of BMW AG, and other BMW executives joined with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Governor Nikki Haley in making the announcement in Greer. Additionally, BMW revealed for the first time the new X4, the latest vehicle model produced in Spartanburg. The addition of the X4 was announced as part of a $900 million expansion in January 2012.

Since the original decision to build BMW’s only U.S. plant in South Carolina in 1992, BMW’s investment in South Carolina has totaled $6.3 billion. Today’s announcement represents its largest, single investment to date in its South Carolina presence and the fifth major expansion of the plant.

Since 1994, the plant has produced seven different BMW models and their variants (318i, Z3, Z4, X5, X6, X3 and X4). Employment has grown significantly from 500 in 1994 to an expected 8,000 by the end of this year. This year marks the 20th anniversary of BMW’s start of production in South Carolina in 1994.

BMW’s Spartanburg facility produced 297,326 vehicles in 2013 for 140 global markets. More than 70 percent of the vehicles produced (210,670 units) were exported, with the automaker being the Port of Charleston’s top user by cargo value as well as a major customer of the new South Carolina Inland Port in Greer.

South Carolina’s automotive industry has quadrupled in the past two decades, according to South Carolina Department of Commerce data. The sector employs approximately 46,700 South Carolinians at more than 250 firms. Automotive-related companies are presently in 38 of the state’s 46 counties.

QUOTES

“Governor Haley, the government of South Carolina welcomed us here 20 years ago. Today, I want to thank you for your continued efforts in promoting this partnership as many former governors before you have done.  Your personal commitment to the plant has truly been appreciated.” – Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG

“BMW’s decision to locate in South Carolina was a game-changer 20 years ago, and today’s commitment of another $1 billion investment and 800 jobs in Spartanburg County is another game-changing moment. This is a real testament to our strong business environment and skilled workforce and we couldn’t be more excited to see BMW continuing to grow and invest in our state for many years to come.”  – Gov. Nikki Haley

“BMW’s presence in South Carolina over the past two decades has driven the dramatic growth of our automotive sector, which now includes 250 companies in 38 out of the state’s 46 counties. It is great to see BMW’s ongoing success in our state as they become the largest plant in BMW’s global system.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The SC Ports Authority has a strong history with BMW, and their operations are a tremendous asset to our port. They are the largest user of our premier roll-on/roll-off facility at Columbus Street, and their cargo commitment was a significant factor in our decision to open the Inland Port last year. We proudly call them our partner and will continue to support their growing import-export needs through our Charleston and Greer facilities.”  – Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority

"Spartanburg County has a diverse family of domestic and international companies that continue to expand. BMW continues to deliver a superb automobile made by associates that are excited to go to work every day. We are blessed to have BMW and their suppliers located in Spartanburg. I don’t want to appear greedy, but nothing would please me more than to have all BMWs produced in Spartanburg." – Jeff Horton, Chairman of Spartanburg County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

• The automaker’s $1 billion investment is expected to create 800 new jobs.
• This will be BMW’s fifth major expansion of the Spartanburg facility since 1992.
• The expansion adds a fifth vehicle platform – the X7 – to a facility already producing the X3, X4, X5 and X6 models.
• BMW’s total investment in the state to date is already $6.3 billion.
• South Carolina’s automotive sector has quadrupled in the past two decades and currently has a presence in 38 of the state’s 46 counties.

About BMW Manufacturing Co.

BMW Manufacturing Co. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany and is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm and technology office in California. For more information on BMW Manufacturing, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.


Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley On February 2014 Unemployment Rate

March 28

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement in response to South Carolina’s unemployment rate significantly decreasing to 5.7 percent in February from 6.4 in January. Now at a six year low, February marks the ninth consecutive month the unemployment rate has decreased in South Carolina and the first time it has been a full point below the national rate in nearly 16 years. 2,039,455 South Carolinians were employed in February – the highest level in the state’s history. Additionally, the decrease of 0.7 percent marks the largest ever one-month improvement for South Carolina since the data series began in 1976.

“This morning we are celebrating our unemployment rate dropping to 5.7 percent and the fact that more of our citizens are working than ever before – it’s a great day in South Carolina.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: March 24, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 24 includes:

Thursday, March 27, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley will address the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island, Conference Center, Pawleys Plantation, 70 Tanglewood Drive, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Thursday, March 27, 2:15 PM: Gov. Haley will tour the Coastal Montessori Charter School, 247 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Friday, March 28, 8:55 AM: Gov. Haley will address the Chief Human Resource Officers as Talent Architect Conference, Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, March 28, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley will attend an economic development announcement, BMW Manufacturing Co., 1400 Highway 101 Greer, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: March 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 17 included:

Monday, March 17

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley visited and toured the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, 10311 Wilson Boulevard, Blythewood, S.C.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Lunch Series, Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Waggoner Conference Center, 424 Westfield Street, Greenville, S.C.

2:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

6:30 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Banquet, Sapphire Creek, 401 North Main Street, Simpsonville, S.C.

Tuesday, March 18

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley addressed the South Carolina Specialty Foods Association annual membership meeting, Phillips Conference Center, South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Constituent meeting.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley met and prayed with members of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

11:50 AM: Economic development meeting.

1:00 PM: Gov. Nikki Haley, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Attorney General Alan Wilson, and members of the Aiken delegation held a Statehouse press conference, S.C. Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

1:30 PM: Policy meeting.

2:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

4:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

7:00 PM: Legislative meeting.

Wednesday, March 19

7:30 AM: Gov. Haley participated in the 54th Annual South Carolina State Prayer Breakfast, Conference Room, Double Tree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Rd, Columbia, S.C.

8:30 PM: Agency meeting.

Thursday, March 20

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley joined the South Carolina Power Team for their Economic Development Review Conference, Danner Suite, Westin Resort, 2 Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

10:10 AM: Economic development meeting.

6:30 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the San Francisco GOP’s Lincoln Regan Dinner, Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA.

Friday, March 21

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley visited Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA.

Saturday, March 22

7:45 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Lincoln Club of Northern California, The Beach Club, Pebble Beach, 1700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA.


Gov. Nikki Haley Announces World Down Syndrome Day In South Carolina

First Children Raise Awareness By Lighting Governor’s Mansion Blue

March 21

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As Governor Nikki Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley today issued a statewide proclamation recognizing World Down Syndrome Day throughout South Carolina, the First Children, Rena (15) and Nalin (12), lit the Governor’s Mansion blue as part of the effort to raise awareness for Down syndrome.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome affects 1 in 700 infants born in the United States.

The proclamation recognizes the positive results ongoing research contributes to improving the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and encourages all South Carolinians to work together to help ensure they are afforded every opportunity to live, learn, and work.


Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley On 2013 Veteran Unemployment Rate

South Carolina Has Sixth Lowest Rate Nationally

March 20

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement in response to South Carolina’s veteran unemployment rate dropping to 4.1 percent in 2013 from 6.9 percent in 2012. South Carolina now has the sixth lowest unemployment rate for veterans in the country.

“Taking care of our veterans is a major priority in South Carolina and providing them opportunities to use their valuable skill sets in the workplace is a big part of meeting that responsibility. This is about making sure South Carolina is the most military friendly state in the country and letting our veterans and their families know we value their sacrifice.”


Birdsong Corporation Opens A New Facility In Darlington County

$47.3 Million Investment Expected To Create 55 New Jobs

March 19

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Birdsong Corporation, a Virginia-based company that processes peanuts for marketing and distribution worldwide, will locate a new facility in Darlington County. The $47.3 million investment is expected to create 55 new jobs over a five-year period.

Beginning as a storage company in 1911, Birdsong Peanuts has become a world leader in the peanut industry. The company is headquartered in Suffolk, Va., and operates plants in Georgia, Texas and Virginia, supplying product both domestically and internationally.  The Darlington facility is expected to be operational by September, according to the company.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $500,000 rural infrastructure fund grant for building and site improvements.

QUOTES

“I’m happy that Birdsong Peanuts is coming to the Darlington community to build our new facility and we look forward to working with the agribusiness and business community in Darlington County for many years to come. It’s been a pleasure to get the project to this point. We’re looking forward to the construction phase and getting online by September.” – Fred Garner, Birdsong procurement manager

“Announcing 55 new jobs coming to Darlington County is great news for the state and the local community. We applaud Birdsong Peanuts for their investment of $47.3 million and for the major role they play in the continued growth of our state’s agribusiness sector.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“When a new business comes into South Carolina, it speaks volumes about our workforce. It echoes to the nation that we are just right for business. I am excited to see what the future has in store for Birdsong and their new home in Darlington County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Birdsong Corporation recognizes the value of South Carolina agribusiness, and I am pleased to see the company increasing its presence here.  Peanuts have become a very important crop for our state, and this new facility will add value to this crop for South Carolina farmers and this sector of agribusiness,” – Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

“More than $47 million and 55 jobs shows a real dedication to our region and it demonstrates that we’re not just partnering with the right kind of businesses, but we’re moving in the right direction in how we’re targeting industries. With our agribusiness initiative and the success we’ve had with companies such as Birdsong Corporation, it’s clear that we’re on the right path to making the northeast region of South Carolina even better.” –  North Eastern Strategic Alliance’s (NESA) Executive Committee -Chairman, Senator Yancey McGill

“Birdsong brings a long history of success and reputation of excellence to our community. Their investment in capital and job creation in the agri-business field opens doors of opportunity for our farming community.” – Frank Willis, executive director Darlington County Economic Development Partnership

“We welcome Birdsong Corporation to Darlington County. We particularly appreciate their capital investment and job creation for our citizens. Birdsong Corporation is a leader in their industry and we are pleased they have chosen Darlington County to expand their operations.” – Wesley Blackwell, chairman of Darlington County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Birdsong will open a new facility in Darlington in September 2014.
•           $47.3 million investment expected to create 55 new jobs.
•           Began as a storage company in 1911, now a world leader in the peanut industry.
•           Headquartered in Suffolk, Va., and operates plants in Georgia, Texas and Virginia, supplying product both domestically and internationally. 
•           The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $500,000 rural infrastructure fund grant for building and site improvements.


Gov. Nikki Haley, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Announce MOX Lawsuit

South Carolina Files Suit Against Department of Energy

March 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley today joined U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Attorney General Alan Wilson, and members of the Aiken delegation to announce a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General on behalf of the state of South Carolina against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Secretary Ernest Moniz, and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in regards to the Mixed oxide fuel (MOX) project.

The lawsuit comes as a response to President Obama and the NNSA moving to place the MOX project at the Savannah River Site on “cold stand-by” – essentially shutting it down by executive command. Congress passed a law in 2002 mandating that the MOX project be built at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County and committed funding for the project every year.

“We’ve seen this happen with Yucca Mountain and now we’re seeing it at the MOX facility,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “This is President Obama saying that he’s going to follow the rules that he wants to follow and ignore the rules he doesn’t want to follow and it’s hurting the people of South Carolina. We’re here today, with a unified force, to make sure this administration knows that we’re going to fight to protect the Savannah River Site and all of South Carolina.”

“I very much appreciate Governor Haley and Attorney General Wilson filing this lawsuit against the Obama Administration,” said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. “It’s the right thing to do and I appreciate them taking this important step.  Make no mistake about it, President Obama's budget submission to Congress is both irresponsible and reckless. His decision to dramatically reduce funding for the MOX program to a point that raises serious questions about its viability represents a fundamental breach of trust with the residents of South Carolina.  As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will be focused on restoring funding for the MOX facility in this year’s appropriations bill.  Ensuring a pathway out of the state for this weapons-grade plutonium is a top priority for me.”

President Obama’s latest budget proposal calls for freezing the project’s funding entirely. According to the suit, not moving forward with this project violates federal laws meant to protect South Carolina. Additionally, this will have a direct negative impact on the 1,800 employees at the MOX facility and the approximately 13 metric tons of plutonium currently located at the site.

"The Obama administration is, yet again, attempting to circumvent Congress, this time by shutting down the MOX program without a clear or viable alternative,” said U.S. Senator Tim Scott. “The President is also breaking a promise to the state and people of South Carolina, who entered into a contractual commitment to host the MOX facility which stated the nuclear material would be processed into usable fuel for commercial power reactors – not sit in South Carolina indefinitely. The federal government could also be obligated to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines to the state if this project is not completed, and simultaneously give Russia an excuse to break a critical nuclear arms control agreement.”

“I’ve been very grateful to be able to work with the other members of our federal delegation in securing funds for the MOX project,” said U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson. “Now the Obama administration is coming in, blocking the funding and creating what I think is a real national security issue for the American People.”

“Through the unilateral, indefinite suspension of the MOX project – without Congressional authorization or approval, and without legal authority – the federal government has failed to not only honor its commitment to South Carolina, but has breached its obligation to responsibly address the disposal of surplus plutonium,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson. “This violation of the Constitution not only effectively terminates the MOX facility, but also terminates approximately 1,800 jobs for South Carolina's hard-working citizens. That is why I have filed a complaint in federal court on behalf of the State of South Carolina seeking to halt this illegal and unconstitutional act.”


Koyo Bearing To Invest $10 Million For Orangeburg Expansion

Five-year Investment Commitment To Support Growth Of Automotive Industry

March 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Orangeburg is investing at least $10 million over a five-year period on new machinery and machinery upgrades at its South Carolina facility, which produces bearings for major automotive manufacturers.

According to the company, the move ensures the company’s competiveness in the automotive industry and preserves existing employment levels at the Orangeburg facility, which employs around 500 team members at present.

The Koyo Orangeburg facility opened in 1975 and serves as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of bearings for Toyota, Ford, Honda, General Motors and John Deere. Koyo is a subsidiary of JTEKT Corporation, a multi-billion corporation headquartered in Japan, which operates 13 manufacturing sites in North America.

QUOTES

“This move is being done to ensure the company’s competitiveness in the automotive industry and to preserve existing employment levels. Koyo appreciates the commitment of Orangeburg County and the State of South Carolina to the company’s success, and looks forward to continuing its good relationship with Orangeburg County and the State of South Carolina for years to come.” -Jeff Sherrill, plant manager, Koyo Bearing North America - Orangeburg

“We are excited to see growth in Orangeburg County and we celebrate with Koyo as they invest $10 million in Orangeburg and help support the continued success of South Carolina’s automotive industry.”-Gov. Nikki Haley

“The automotive industry continues to be a driving force in our state’s economy, with more than 45,000 South Carolinians employed in the automotive sector today. These kind of announcements show that South Carolina is just right for automotive manufacturing and suppliers, and I am thrilled for what the future has in store for Koyo and Orangeburg County.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“What a great day for Orangeburg County and the Central South Carolina Region. Koyo Bearing North America has a long history of manufacturing and machine tooling excellence in Orangeburg going back nearly 40 years. Koyo’s global manufacturing footprint is quite impressive and we are very honored and appreciative of the continued commitment to the State of South Carolina by making this significant investment. Congratulations to the Koyo leadership team and we wish them continued success in the future.” -Mike Brenan, chairman of the Central SC Alliance

“Our County is grateful for the continued commitment of Koyo for providing solid investments as well as maintaining 500+ jobs in our community.  The marriage between Koyo and Orangeburg County over the last 40 years has created mutual success and continued growth.  The additional $10 million dollar investment today further strengthens our commitment today to develop stronger together.”  -Johnnie Wright, chairman of Orangeburg County Council

“One of our main objectives as a community is to provide a pro-business environment that encourages growth and prosperity for existing and new industries.  This investment announcement from Koyo shows that Orangeburg County has the resources to foster growth in the automotive sector.  Koyo has a strong history in Orangeburg County and this expansion ensures that Koyo and Orangeburg County will continue to move in a positive direction.” -Ken Middleton, chairman of the Orangeburg County Development Commission

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Growth is centered on process improvements (machinery upgrades, new machinery, etc.)
•           Currently employment is 500 team members and these numbers are projected to be maintained over the next number of years.
•           The Koyo Orangeburg facility is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of bearings for Toyota, Ford, Honda, General Motors, and John Deere.
•           Koyo Orangeburg started operation in 1975 (approaching 40 years).
•           Koyo is a subsidiary of JTEKT Corporation operating 13 manufacturing sites in North America.


Statement From Gov. Nikki Haley On January 2014 Unemployment Rate

March 17

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement in response to South Carolina’s unemployment rate declining to 6.4 percent in January from 6.6 percent in December. The annual benchmarking report shows January to be the eighth consecutive month where the unemployment rate has decreased in South Carolina. 6.4 percent unemployment is the lowest since June 2008 and the second straight month that South Carolina’s rate has been under the national rate, which prior to last month, had not occurred since January 2001. In addition, over two million South Carolinians were employed in January, the highest level in the state’s history.

“Today’s news is a real testament to the hard working people of South Carolina and another sign that we are continuing to move in the right direction. With more South Carolinians working than ever before – we are consistently proving that our state has the skilled workforce and business environment that companies here and around the world need to grow and succeed.”


Gov. Nikki Haley Establishes Governor’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council

Executive Order 2014-22 Works To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

March 14

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued Executive Order 2014-22 creating the Governor’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council – established with the task of developing a comprehensive and proactive plan to combat prescription drug abuse across the state.

South Carolina Inspector General Patrick Maley previously released a report highlighting that prescription drug regulation in South Carolina could benefit from a more coordinated effort among state agencies.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue in this country and in South Carolina, affecting far too many of our citizens and their families,” said Gov. Haley. “Finding solutions for drug addiction of any kind is always complicated and takes a real team effort and I thank Inspector General Maley and our partners for their leadership and willingness to help combat this growing problem.”

The Council will evaluate the extent of prescription drug abuse throughout the state, develop solutions, and will annually report this data to the governor once the plan is implemented. This statewide plan will require coordination among all agencies that have a regulatory, enforcement, or treatment role in this issue.

“For decades, DHEC's Bureau of Drug Control has worked with other law enforcement officials to prevent the diversion of controlled substances from legal sources into the hands of criminals,” said Director Catherine Templeton.  “Governor Haley's order takes an important step in continuing DHEC's effort to link our communities, our front line medical professionals, and the law enforcement officials tasked with interrupting these crimes.”

The National Center for Disease Control has classified prescription drug abuse as a national epidemic. This epidemic has a significant financial and emotional impact on South Carolina families as well as an economic impact on the state. In 2010, an estimated 30% of South Carolina Medicaid recipients received an addictive opioid prescription at a cost of $24 million to taxpayers.

“The epidemic of prescription drug abuse affects every community in our state,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel. “For those of us in law enforcement, having a coordinated approach through the council can provide a mechanism to help address the challenges of this growing problem.”

“Preventing the spread of the prescription drug abuse problem is a critical priority, and success will require concerted efforts at the local level,” said DAODAS Director Bob Toomey.  “The statewide network of local alcohol and drug abuse agencies will be a vocal, active and energetic partner in this initiative.”

“The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners has the statutory responsibility to hold its licensees accountable for misconduct and deter similar behavior in others,” said Dr. Louis Costa, President of S.C. Board of Medical Examiners. “A few physicians in this state have drifted to the lowest rung of ethical conduct and are selfishly abusing their privilege to prescribe controlled substances in order to generate an income. This, as well as naïveté on the behalf of others, has contributed to a crisis in opioid dependence and abuse in South Carolina. The Board of Medical Examiners will use the full force of the law vested in it to identify and arraign these offending prescribers in order to protect the reputation of the profession and to protect the public, which is paramount.”

The Council will include a representative from each of the following organizations:

• South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
• South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
• South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
• South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
• South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
• South Carolina Board of Dentistry
• South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners
• South Carolina Board of Nursing
• South Carolina Board of Pharmacy
• A South Carolina solicitor’s office


Starflo Corporation Expands Into Clarendon County Industrial Park

$1 Million Investment Expected To Generate 12 New Jobs

March 14

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Starflo Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial valves, is breaking ground on a new distribution center as the company expands in Clarendon County. The $1 million investment is expected to double Starflo’s distribution center capacity while bringing online new equipment for the Manning manufacturing shop to increase machining capacity and efficiency. 

The new 25,000 square foot of space will be located in the Clarendon County Industrial Park and is designed to better facilitate the company’s continued growth of new products and both domestic and international sales. The expansion will also consolidate distribution for the company’s Orangeburg and Manning manufacturing facilities as well as other Starflo manufacturing operations nationwide. The company expects to bring on an additional 12 positions as a result of the expansion.

Starflo is a division of the Wm. Powell Company, which has remained a privately held company since 1846. The company’s manufacturing plant and distribution center in Manning is a registered foreign-trade zone facility.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $50,000 rural infrastructure fund grant for building and site improvements.

Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $12 billion and 31,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

QUOTES

“We are very appreciative of the continued support from the Clarendon County Development Board, the great state of South Carolina, the Charleston Port, Santee Electric Co. and the Bank of Clarendon. We expect this project to be just another stepping stone in our continual growth in Clarendon County.” –Randy Cowart, president and CEO/chairman of The Wm. Powell Company Starflo Corporation

“It’s always a great day in South Carolina when an existing business chooses to expand their operations within our state. We celebrate with Starflo as they invest an additional $1 million and create 12 new jobs in Clarendon County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“With Starflo’s expansion, South Carolina is once again proving itself to be a manufacturing powerhouse. Last year alone, 68 percent of new jobs and 82 percent of capital investment came from our manufacturing sector.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The South Carolina Ports Authority is pleased to support the expanding needs of Starflo through our Charleston facilities. Our ability to capably and efficiently handle imports and exports for manufacturers across South Carolina is a top priority for the SCPA.” –Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority

"Congratulations to Starflo on today's announcement. Clarendon County's logistical advantage, including proximity to the Port of Charleston and easy access to I-95, makes it cost efficient for companies to service global markets.” - Mike Brenan, chairman of Central SC Alliance

“Seeing signs that our existing industries are expanding gives us real hope for an improving economy. We are proud that Starflo always leads the way.” -Dwight L. Stewart, chairman of Clarendon County Council

“Starflo has been the foundation of manufacturing in Clarendon County since 1979. They continue to provide skilled manufacturing jobs for our citizens.” -August J. “G.G.” Cutter, chairman of the Clarendon County Development Board

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Starflo is breaking ground on an expansion in Clarendon County Industrial Park.
•           The $1 million investment is expected to create 12 jobs.
•           New distribution center is expected to consolidate distribution activities for the Manning and Orangeburg manufacturing facilities as well as Starflo facilities nationwide.
•           The company has been approved for a $50,000 RIF grant to be used for building and site improvements.
•           Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and 26,000 jobs.


Gov. Nikki Haley Signs H. 3027 – Military Homeowner Protection Act Of 2014

Bill Provides Property Tax Relief To Active Duty Military Men And Women

March 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today signed H. 3027, the Military Homeowner Protection Act of 2014. Sponsored by Representative Murrell Smith (R – Sumter, District 67), this bill provides property tax relief to active duty military men and women in South Carolina.

Currently, active duty soldiers are eligible for a 4% property tax assessment while they are stationed in South Carolina, but if required to move to fulfill orders, they could incur an increase to 6% as their residence in this state is viewed as a second home. H. 3027 allows military members, as long as they remain on active duty, to retain the 4% assessment on their South Carolina home even if they rent the property. This will decrease the burden on active duty soldiers by allowing them to pay their mortgages and keep their homes while they are on the market, greatly reducing the risk of foreclosures.

“Our military men and women are one of our state’s biggest assets and it’s only right that we provided them with the kind of common sense tax relief that works to lessen the burden of their service for them and their families,” said Gov. Haley. “This is about taking care of the people who take care of us and I thank Representative Murrell Smith for his leadership on this issue.”

“This is one piece of our strategy to make South Carolina the most military-friendly state in the region,” said Representative Murrell Smith, the bill’s primary sponsor. “Maintaining strong communities means that service members should never have to worry about losing their home to a tax bill. We look forward to working with the Military Base Task Force and local commanders to preserve and grow South Carolina’s military assets.”

H. 3027 Background –

• H. 3027 limits eligibility to one property in the state unless the permanent change of station results in the purchase of a residence elsewhere in the state and the first residence remains on the market for sale. The double exemption may only be claimed for two years.

• The South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) estimates that over 400 soldiers will be eligible for this exemption immediately, for a local property tax reduction of $357,246 across the state.

• Passed Senate (41-0), House (77-0).

Pulcra Chemicals To Expand In York County

$3.1 Million Investment Expected To Create 17 Jobs

March 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Pulcra Chemicals, a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals, is expanding its South Carolina manufacturing operation in York County. The $3.1 million investment will create 17 new jobs with an average wage of $22.00 per hour.With more than 135 years of process and engineering experience, Pulcra Chemicals specializes in providing high-performance products and system solutions for increasing the productivity and environmental compatibility of complex manufacturing processes in the fiber, textile and leather industries. 

A global company, Pulcra Chemicals operates production facilities, service centers and sales offices in 14 countries.

South Carolina has recruited more than 31,000 new manufacturing jobs to the state’s economy since January 2011.

QUOTES

"Pulcra Chemicals is very pleased with our decision to locate our business in Rock Hill, S.C.  We thank the city of Rock Hill, York County and the State of South Carolina for their support and we look forward to our next phase of growth." -Brian Francois, president of Pulcra Chemicals

“Pulcra Chemicals’ announcement proves they are committed to their future here in South Carolina and to our strong workforce. We applaud their decision to invest $3.1 million and create 17 new jobs.” - Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States, and it is thanks to not only new companies being recruited, but also companies like Pulcra Chemicals who come to South Carolina and continue to invest time and time again.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Pulcra, a worldwide leader in textile technology and performance chemicals, is a model for innovation and customer specialization.  First coming to York County in 2010, this expansion announcement proves we are able to compete on a global scale for new and expanding industry investment and well-paying jobs.  While we enthusiastically welcome new companies to our area, it is especially validating to have an existing industry once again commit jobs and capital to York County.” -Dr. Britt Blackwell, York County Council chairman

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           $3.1 million investment is expected to add at least 17 new jobs.
•           Average hourly wage of new jobs: $22.00
•           135 years of process and engineering experience.
•           Operates production facilities, service centers and sales offices in 14 countries.
•           South Carolina has had more than 31,000 new manufacturing jobs recruited since January 2011.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: March 10, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 10 includes:

Tuesday, March 11, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley will address the Greenwood Rotary Club, American Legion Post 20, 806 Calhoun Avenue, Greenwood, S.C.

Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley will hold constituent meetings, Park Plaza, Suite 102, Greenwood County Council Office, 600 Monument Street, Greenwood, S.C.

Thursday, March 13, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will tour Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: March 3, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 3 included:

Tuesday, March 4

12:00 PM: Policy meeting.

12:45 PM: Constituent meeting.

1:30 PM: Agency meeting.

2:00 PM: Policy meeting.

3:00 PM: Education meeting.

3:40 PM: Economic development call.

3:45 PM: Agency meeting.

4:15 PM: Economic development meeting.

Wednesday, March 5

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley held a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley met with South Carolina State University President Thomas J. Elzey.

11:00 AM: Economic development call.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Aiken Republican Club, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.

1:30 PM: Economic development call.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley designated March 2014 as “March into Literacy Month” in South Carolina, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

3:30 PM: Constituent meeting.

3:45 PM: Constituent meeting.

Thursday, March 6

12:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

12:45 PM: Constituent meeting.

1:00 PM: Legislative meeting.

1:30 PM: Policy meeting.

2:00 PM: Staff meeting.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in Bob McLain’s “Ask the Governor” segment on News Radio WORD.

3:30 PM: Staff meeting.

Friday, March 7

10:00 AM: Constituent meeting.

10:30 AM: Constituent meeting.

10:45 AM: Constituent meeting.

11:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

12:15 PM: Economic development call.

1:45 PM: Gov. Haley attended a South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce listening rally, C. Lem Harper Building, 631 Hampton Street, Columbia, S.C.

Core Molding Technologies Inc. Expands Gaffney Facility

$6.4 Million Investment Brings More Than 50 New Jobs

March 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Core Molding Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of sheet molding compound and a molder of fiberglass reinforced plastics, is in the process of expanding its operations in Cherokee County. The company is investing $6.4 million in machinery and equipment and adding more than 50 new jobs as part of the expansion, which is expected to be completed by the middle of 2014.

Core's growth plans were accelerated in 2013 when it announced an award of new business to produce roofs, hoods and other molded parts for a heavy duty truck manufacturer. A significant portion of the new business will be manufactured at the Gaffney manufacturing facility.
 
Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 29,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Anyone interested in job opportunities with Core Molding Technologies should visit the company's website, www.coremt.com.
 
QUOTES

"We are excited to be moving forward with an expansion of our Gaffney manufacturing operations. Cherokee County and South Carolina have established a great business environment and we appreciate the support we've received from state and local officials." - Kevin L. Barnett, president and CEO of Core Molding Technologies

"Expansions of existing companies continue to be a driving force behind our state's strong and growing economy. Today we celebrate yet another expansion as Core invests $6.4 million in additional assets, creating more than 50 new jobs, and proving once again that South Carolina is not only just right for business, but also just right for growth." -  Gov. Nikki Haley

"Last year, 42 existing in-state manufacturers announced expansions, representing $1.3 billion in investment and bringing nearly 3,700 jobs to the Palmetto State. Thanks to companies like Core, South Carolina is experiencing measurable growth in its already booming advanced manufacturing industry." - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Core has been a great asset to Cherokee County for more than 15 years. We are excited they have chosen our county to expand.  The $6.4 million investment will bring more than 50 new jobs to our county.  We are very happy that Core calls Cherokee County home." - County Council Chairman Tim Spencer

"Congratulations to Core for their recent expansion. Cherokee County is proud to partner with excellent companies like Core and help them, help us make our county a better place to live and work." - State Rep. Steve Moss

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           $6.4 million investment in machinery and equipment and more than 50 new jobs.
•           Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 29,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
•           More than 250 existing businesses have committed to expand their operationsin South Carolina since 2011.
•           Last year, more than 42 existing manufacturers announce expansions, representing $1.3 billion in investment and nearly 3,700 new jobs.
•           For job opportunities visit the company's website, www.coremt.com.

Core Molding Technologies Inc.:

Core Molding Technologies Inc. is a manufacturer of sheet molding compound (SMC) and molder of fiberglass reinforced plastics. Core specializes in large-format moldings and offers a wide range of fiberglass processes, including compression molding of SMC, glass mat thermoplastics (GMT) and bulk molding compounds (BMC); spray-up, lay-up, resin transfer (RTM) and vacuum resin transfer molding (V-RTM). Additionally, the company offers liquid molding of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD). Core serves a wide variety of markets, including the medium and heavy-duty truck, marine, automotive, agriculture, construction and other commercial products. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Core maintains plants in Columbus and Batavia, Ohio; Gaffney, South Carolina and Matamoros, Mexico. For further information, visit the company's website at www.coremt.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces March Into Literacy Month

March 5

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley joined Representative Kenny Bingham and South Carolina Teacher of the Year Darlene Sutton today to announce a statewide proclamation designating the month of March as “March Into Literacy Month.”

The proclamation recognizes the importance of an early focus on literacy in childhood education as reading proficiency in the third grade is a significant indicator of later academic performance.

The governor’s proclamation also acknowledges the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, the U.S. Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, along with countless other philanthropic organizations that focus on childhood literacy.

Gov. Haley encourages all South Carolinians to participate by sharing the joy of reading with their children and communities.


Meyer Tool, Inc. To Expand Greenville Operation

$5 million investment expected to create 50 jobs

March 4

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Meyer Tool, Inc. an innovative high-tech supplier to the gas turbine engine industry, will more than triple the footprint of its manufacturing operation in Greenville County, S.C., initially investing an additional $5 million and adding at least 50 new jobs.

Founded in 1951, Meyer Tool (MTI) is a recognized industry leader in turbine technologies, supplying a range of precision components to the aerospace and gas turbine engine industries. MTI has purchased and will renovate approximately 85,000 square feet of space located at 7640 Pelham Road near Interstate 85 to accommodate the company’s requirements. 

MTI specializes in electrical discharge machining (EDM), laser machining and welding, water jet machining, abrasive grinding, coating and other processes required to provide a single-source solution for airfoils and other hot section turbine components. Quality driven and technology focused, MTI boasts a workforce of more than 1,200 team members throughout ten facilities worldwide. The company holds AS9100 and NADCAP certifications for all special processes.

Positions to be filled include machine operators, project managers, quality assurance personnel, plus sales and administrative support roles.  Information on hiring requirements for the organization will be released shortly, according to the company.  Information on employment opportunities and hiring requirements will be posted on the company website at www.meyertool.com under the “About” tab and “Employment Opportunities.”  Interested candidates should apply in person at the 7640 Pelham Rd facility.

QUOTES

"We take great pride in offering the aerospace and gas turbine engine industries a 'one stop' approach to doing business, and this expanded facility is a key strategic investment in our future growth and success.  We appreciate the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and all who assisted in making this expansion a reality.” - Chris Urban, general manager of Meyer Tool's Greenville operations

“It is a great day in South Carolina and a great day to celebrate as Meyer Tool announces their commitment to expand in Greenville County. Their $5 million investment and 50 new jobs will impact Greenville now and in the years to come.” - Gov. Nikki Haley

“With a capable workforce in the state delivering at the highest levels, it’s no wonder Meyer Tool chose to continue expanding in South Carolina. Our future as a manufacturing hub is bright as we have recruited more than $10.8 billion in capital investment and 29,000 jobs since 2011 – we have definitely earned the name The Beast of the Southeast.” - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Meyer Tool is a great example of an advanced manufacturer that deploys world-class technology, performance-based processes and the right mix of local and national talent to thrive in the global economy. We celebrate their growth and success as a valued member of the business community here in Greenville County.” - Dr. Bob Taylor, board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

• $5 million investment is expected to add at least 50 new jobs.
• Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10.8 billion in capital investment and 29,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
• MTI will renovate 85,000 square feet of space located at 7640 Pelham Road, near I-85, to accommodate the company’s requirements. 
• Positions to be filled: machine operators, project managers, quality assurance personnel, sales and administrative support roles.  Interested candidates can email their resume to hrgreenville@meyertool.com. 
• MTI boasts a workforce of more than 1,100 team members throughout ten facilities worldwide

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: March 3, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of March 3 includes:

Wednesday, March 5, 9:00 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, March 5, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in Disability Advocacy Day which kicks off the 25th Annual Disabilities Awareness Month, Statehouse, north steps, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, March 5, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will address the Aiken Republican Club, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: February 24, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of February 24 included:

Monday, February 24

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley participated in a meeting with President Barack Obama and fellow governors, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

1:15 PM: Media availability.

Tuesday, February 25

10:30 AM: Legislative meeting.

12:20 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Rotary of Greenville, Gold Ballroom, Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

3:15 PM: Agency meeting.

4:00 PM: Policy meeting.

4:30 PM: Agency meeting.

Wednesday, February 26

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley held a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

10:20 AM: Media availability.

10:30 AM: Economic development call.

10:45 AM: Economic development call.

11:30 AM: Staff meeting.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley joined the South Carolina National Guard and South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce for the launch of Operation Palmetto Employment, Sysco, 131 Sysco Court, Columbia, S.C.

1:15 PM: Media availability.

2:30 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:45 PM: Policy meeting.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley met with the Greater Island Council of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

3:30 PM: Agency meeting.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley held a After Action Review (AAR) Executive Group conference call on the recent Winter Storm.

Thursday, February 27

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at The University of Chicago – Institute of Politics, The University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL.

Friday, February 28

8:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the Dallas County Republican Party Regan Day Dinner, Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 South Lamar Street, Dallas, TX.

Saturday, March 1

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the 2014 Club for Growth Annual Winter Economic Conference, The Breakers, 1 South Country Road, Palm Beach, FL.


Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 3

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued a statewide proclamation designating March 2 – 8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Severe weather can occur year-round in South Carolina and can often lead to the loss of life and millions of dollars in damage to property.

Recent storms have shown that a well-informed public educated in necessary preparedness measures is less likely to suffer personal injury, loss of life, and property damage in the wake of severe weather.

The National Weather Service and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division have expressed a desire to work together to increase awareness in South Carolinians about severe weather safety and preparedness.

Gov. Haley encourages all South Carolinians to participate in the statewide tornado drill on March 4 and to work together to help raise awareness of severe weather safety by taking advantage of available preparedness and educational programs that are available at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website, http://www.scemd.org/planandprepare.


King Machine Announces New Facility In Sumter County

$3 Million Investment Expected To Create More Than 20 New Jobs

February 28

COLUMBIA, S.C. – King Machine, a Charlotte-based molds manufacturing and service company with expertise in the tire industry, has selected Sumter County as the site of its new facility. The $3 million investment will result in the creation of more than 20 jobs. The new facility will inspect, service and repair equipment used in the production of millions of tires per year.

King Machine President, Michael Wells, said employees of the company are already working within the Continental Tire plant in Sumter, and the company has leased a vacant building on East Liberty Street to serve as a temporary facility. The company is currently in the early stages of planning for the construction of a new building in Sumter.

The Sumter location will be King Machine’s fifth location in the United States. The company currently operates four facilities in Ohio and North Carolina.

QUOTES

“This is the first time in our company’s growth that we have really worked with a local community. Previously, we just had to do it all on our own, but we’ve found Sumter to be a warm and welcoming community.” –King Machine President Michael Wells

"With the continued support of our local city and county leaders as well as the state, we at Continental Tire the Americas Sumter Plant are able to forge lasting business relationships in South Carolina, including our partners at King Machine." –Craig Baartman, Continental Tire the Americas Sumter plant manager

“We are excited to see what the future has in store for Sumter County as suppliers like King Machine continue to invest and grow there. We applaud King Machine’s decision to invest $3 million and bring 20 new jobs to our state. –Gov. Nikki Haley

“In the past three years, South Carolina has recruited more than $5 billion in capital investment and created nearly 9,000 new jobs in the automotive-related sector. With Continental’s move to Sumter and the expansion of King Machine, South Carolinians are seeing quality jobs headed their way and a bright economic future ahead.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Council welcomes new jobs to our community because our people need the opportunities. We welcome King Machine to Sumter County and pledge to do what we can to make the company successful.” –Sumter County Council Chairman Larry Blanding

“Our win of Continental led to the win of King Machine which leads to even more wins for our county. And all along the way, our community’s per capita income rises and our quality of life rises.” –Sumter Development Board Chairman Greg A. Thompson

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           $3 million investment and more than 20 jobs.
•           King Machine will inspect, service and repair equipment used in the production of millions of Continental tires per year.
•           King Machine employees are already working within the Continental Tire plant in Sumter, and the company has leased a building on East Liberty Street to serve as a temporary facility.
•           King Machine is in the early stages of planning for the construction of a new building in Sumter.
•           In the past three years, South Carolina has recruited more than $5 billion in capital investment and created nearly 9,000 new jobs in the automotive-related sector.

About King Machine:

Based in Charlotte, N.C., King Machine is the global leader in tire mold technologies. The company has three other facilities, in Wilson, N.C., Fayetteville, N.C. and Akron, OH.  For more information, visit www.kingmachinemolds.com.


Gov. Nikki Haley, S.C. National Guard And DEW Announce Operation Palmetto Employment

Supporting Our Military Men And Women Through Employment

February 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today joined representatives from the South Carolina National Guard and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) in officially launching Operation Palmetto Employment (OPE) – a statewide military employment initiative aimed at reducing the unemployment rate among South Carolina’s military community.

OPE is designed to streamline the process through which military men and women are able to find jobs as well as educating the business community on the value of military hires.

“I want us to be the most military friendly state in this country and Operation Palmetto Employment is the type of program that shows our military men and women and their families how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “This program benefits everybody involved – hard-working South Carolinians will find jobs and the businesses hiring them are getting the best employees around.” 

“Our unemployment rate for veterans is already well below the national average, but every time I see Governor Haley, she wants to know how we’re going to get it down to zero,” said DEW Director Cheryl Stanton. “Operation Palmetto Employment is a huge step in continuing to improve our military men and women’s contribution to South Carolina’s strong workforce.”

Veteran service teams will be compromised of representatives from various organizations including DEW, S.C. National Guard, S.C. Department of Social Services, and Veteran Affairs, and will be organized into regions to quickly connect military job seekers with resources and employers looking to hire.

“Making Operation Palmetto Employment happen has been a great team effort involving Governor Haley, the Department of Employment and Workforce, and the National Guard and it proves that South Carolina is dedicated to helping our military members from all branches and services,” said Major General Lester D. Eisner, Deputy Adjutant General.

“Boeing currently employs 24,000 veterans, almost 15 percent of our work force, and we greatly value programs like Operation Palmetto Employment and find it to be closely aligned with our workforce strategy,” said Mark Fava, Chief Counsel Boeing South Carolina. “Of course, The Boeing Company would not be here today without Governor Haley’s leadership, vision and unwavering commitment to creating jobs.”

Many of these efforts will take place through the OPE website, which will serve as a platform to connect potential employers with job seekers: www.operationpalmettoemployment.sc.gov

Additional information about the South Carolina National Guard can be found here: www.scguard.com.


WeylChem US Inc. Expanding At Kershaw County Facility

$10.8 Million Investment Expected To Create 49 New Jobs

February 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. – WeylChem U.S. Inc., a provider of custom manufacturing and tolling services, as well as advanced intermediates and reagents is announcing the expansion of its Kershaw County facility. The $10.8 million investment is expected to create 49 new jobs.

The company is improving the site infrastructure at its manufacturing plant in Elgin, S.C., adding equipment with computer controls to enable the company to better serve the chemical industry in a more environmentally responsible way.

WeylChem is part of a group of companies owned by the International Chemical Investors Group. The company specializes in developing and producing products used in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in the development of polymers and specialty chemicals.

All job openings with WeylChem are to be filled by the SC Workforce Center.

QUOTES

"This is a significant business expansion for WeylChem, highlighting our commitment to growth and continuous drive for innovation, customer satisfaction and business diversification. The added production capacity and infrastructure will improve our ability to handle a broader product mix and solidify an expanding specialty chemical business for our Elgin facility.” –CEO WeylChem U.S. Jeff Dugger

“As we attract new companies to South Carolina, it’s incredibly important that we continue supporting the growth of those who have trusted and invested in South Carolina for years. We are proud to see WeylChem reaffirm its commitment in our state with a $10.8 million expansion that will bring 49 new jobs to South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 26,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector. Today, we see yet another boost to our manufacturing sector as WeylChem underscores South Carolina’s reputation as just right for global business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Kershaw County works hard to provide a supportive environment for our existing industries.  Weylchem's decision to expand its Elgin operation proves that Kershaw County is a great place to do business.  We appreciate Weylchem's investment in our community and look forward to many years of working together." - Gene Wise, Kershaw County Council chairman

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           $10.8 million investment is expected to create 49 new jobs.
•           Weylchem is improving site infrastructure and adding equipment with computer controls to enable them to better serve the chemical industry in a more environmentally responsible way.
•           Subsidiary of International Chemical Investors Group
•           Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 26,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
•           All job openings with Weylchem are being filled by the SC Workforce Center.


Kaman Engineering Services establishes new office in North Charleston

February 25

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kaman Engineering Services, subsidiary of Kaman Aerospace Group, has opened a new office at the Clemson University Restoration Institute Campus (CURI) in North Charleston. The announcement came today at the 2014 HAI HELI-EXPO, a trade show being held in Anaheim, California.

Based in Everett, Wash., Kaman Engineering Services’ new regional office will support the growing aerospace demands in the Southeastern United States, according to Jim Larwood, president of Kaman Aerosystems.

Kaman has been awarded a purchase order to utilize its extensive experience working with Boeing’s 787 program structures team to support production of the 787 Dreamliner in the role of Stress Liaison. In addition to the CURI office, a team of Kaman employees will be co-located near Boeing’s North Charleston production facility.

Kaman Engineering Services was presented with Boeing Supplier of the Year award for its exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s overall success during 2012. The company was one of 16 out of suppliers located in 50 countries to receive the award.

QUOTES

“Kaman Engineering Services provides a unique, high-level engineering skill set and competency that perfectly aligns with the needs of Boeing South Carolina’s operation. This investment is one of several investments in Kaman’s strategy of geographic diversification, and we are pleased to be a part of the growing research and development community in the Charleston region.” –Jim Larwood, president of Kaman Aerosystems

“The Aerospace sector is a major driver for our state’s economy. Seeing Boeing suppliers like Kaman Engineering Services opening new offices in South Carolina speaks volumes for our economic future and we celebrate with them as they establish their new office in Charleston County.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“There are more than 200 aerospace-related manufacturing companies and suppliers in our state today, employing more than 23,000 South Carolinians. The Palmetto State is grateful to have companies like Kaman to partner with an existing industry to bring quality jobs and propel our economy forward.”–Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Congratulations to Kaman Engineering Services on opening a North Charleston office. Charleston County represents fertile ground for aerospace, energy systems and many other engineering disciplines, and Kaman’s decisions to locate here is a testament to our high tech sector’s exponential growth. Charleston County looks forward to partnering with Kaman over the long term, as the company explores our market’s full potential.” –Teddie Pryor, Charleston County Council chairman

“I am honored to welcome Kaman Engineering Services to the City of North Charleston. We commit to Kaman and to our expanding aerospace & engineering sectors that our community will remain business friendly. Significant capital investments and increased opportunities for quality new jobs, as Kaman is providing, continue to strengthen our City.”
–North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

“We are delighted to welcome another innovative company to Clemson University’s graduate campus in the Charleston region. Our campus is built on a foundation of applied research and public-private partnerships, and Kaman’s diversified portfolio makes this leading aerospace and industrial distribution company an ideal new partner.” –Nikolaos Rigas, CURI executive director

“We’ve been talking with Kaman Aerospace for some time about the competitive advantages the Charleston region offers. As a Boeing supplier, the presence of the world’s most advanced drivetrain testing facility in our market, coupled with our educational assets, customized training programs, and our supply of highly-skilled workers were critical factors in Kaman Engineering’s decision to be one of the first few companies to locate on Clemson’s Energy Systems Campus in close proximity to Boeing SC. This company will be a tremendous asset to our community for many years to come.”
- Bob Whitten, Charleston Regional Development Alliance board chairman

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Kaman Engineering Services opening new engineering services office in North Charleston.
• Office will be at Clemson University Restoration Institute Camus (CURI).
• Kaman has been awarded a purchase order to support production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the role of Stress Liaison.
• There are more than 200 waiting on research aerospace manufacturing companies and suppliers, employing more than 23,000 South Carolinians.
• Kaman will be co-located with Boeing’s North Charleston production facility, with additional support staff in Everett, Wash.

About Kaman

Kaman Aerospace Group is a segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.  The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters.  Additionally, the company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America.  Kaman offers more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry.   Kaman also provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management.  More information is available at www.kaman.com. 


Gov. Nikki Haley Statement On House Ways And Means Adoption Of Education Reform

February 20

COLUMBIA, SC - Governor Nikki Haley issued the following statement in response to the South Carolina House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee adopting a draft budget that includes all major components of the governor's K-12 Education Reform Initiative:

"With today's news we are one step closer to transforming our state and changing the way we fund public education. By providing our state with a fairer and simpler K-12 funding formula, while at the same time making major investments in reading initiatives and technology, we will open doors for children that have been historically closed. I want to thank the Ways and Means Committee for joining with us on this new commitment to education for South Carolina children and I am thankful for the leadership shown by Chairman Brian White and Representative Kenny Bingham.”

New Esurance Facility In Greenville County To Bring 450 jobs

Insurance Provider To Make $2.1 Million Investment To Serve Growing Base Of Customers

February 20

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Esurance, the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, will open a new sales and claims office in Greenville County. The $2.1 million investment is expected to create up to 450 jobs in the area. 

The Greenville office will be the fifth Esurance sales office in the country, joining Esurance sales locations in Sacramento, Sioux Falls, Tampa and Phoenix. The office will open in the summer of 2014. Since being acquired by Allstate in October 2011, the company has nearly doubled in size, with more than 3,000 employees across 16 offices nationwide.

Esurance has won several “best place to work” awards in recent years and is looking for South Carolinians to fill job openings that include inside sales positions that can offer an average annual salary of $50,000, as well as a variety of claims roles, including first-notice-of-loss associates and express and material damage adjusters.

Anyone interested in applying for a job with Esurance can join the Esurance talent network or apply online at http://www.esurance.com/about/jobs.

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

QUOTES

“Esurance has chosen to come across the country to South Carolina for one reason: our people. South Carolina routinely delivers quality customer service, and we are ecstatic that a company like Esurance has taken notice. We applaud their decision to invest $2.1 million and create 450 new jobs.” – Gov. Nikki Haley  

"We are excited to welcome Esurance and the 450 jobs they are creating to the Upstate. When I think about our workforce in South Carolina, I think of highly-qualified, hardworking individuals, and I know the people of Greenville will welcome this great news with open arms.” - Senator Tim Scott

“To watch as our state has accumulated more than $1.1 billion in capital investment and 10,600 jobs in the service industry since 2011 is the truest testament to our southern hospitality. We welcome Esurance to South Carolina with open arms and we appreciate their commitment to invest in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Esurance’s decision to locate here is a direct result of several key factors including having national caliber talent here to draw from, an attractive and diverse community to draw outside talent to, and the presence of superb Class A office space appropriate for the organization’s needs at the ready. We celebrate their addition as the newest member of Greenville County’s growing business community.” -Dr. Bob Taylor, board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           $2.1 million investment is expected to bring 450 new jobs.
•           The Greenville office will be the fifth Esurance sales office in the country.
•           Job openings include inside sales positions that offer an average annual salary of $50,000 and a variety of claims roles, including first-notice-of-loss associates and express and material damage adjusters.
•           Since 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $1.1 billion in capital investment and 10,600 jobs in the service industry.
•           Anyone interested in applying for a job with Esurance can join the Esurance talent network or apply online at http://www.esurance.com/about/jobs.

Toray Selects Spartanburg County For Its Business Expansion In The U.S.

$1 Billion Investment Expected To Create 500 Jobs

February 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Toray Industries, Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of fibers and textiles, plastic resins, films and carbon fiber composite materials, has selected Spartanburg County, S.C. for its next global facility. The $1 billion investment over the next decade is expected to create 500 new jobs and represents one of the largest initial capital investments in South Carolina’s history. 

Toray has acquired approximately 400 acres in Spartanburg County for its future business expansion. The site is located along Highway 290 in Moore, with access to Interstates 26 and 85. The Spartanburg facility will offer proximity to major customers in both the United States and in Latin America.

According to a Toray announcement released Monday, the company plans to actively invest its resources to meet demand for its advanced material business base. Toray had already been considering a plan to locate a new, high-performance carbon fiber production facility to serve as a major supplier to the aerospace industry. Toray is the world’s largest producer of carbon fiber, which has applications ranging from golf clubs to aircraft to natural gas pressure vessels. 

Toray’s acquisition of the commercial land in South Carolina is part of the company’s strategic business expansion in growth fields and growth regions, which includes North America and Latin America, in addition to Asia.

Toray views the United States as a key expansion market for the company due to the revival in manufacturing that is pushing demand for advanced materials, particularly those used in the aerospace and energy-related industries. Aerospace in South Carolina is a burgeoning industry, with more than 200 aerospace companies employing around 20,000 South Carolinians.

QUOTES

“South Carolina offers Toray Industries an ideal location for our next North American manufacturing facility. Here we will have proximity to major customers, both in the U.S. and in Latin American markets. We appreciate the great working relationship we have established with the state and local officials, and we look forward to becoming part of the South Carolina business community.” –Akihiro Nikkaku, president of Toray Industries

“It is truly a great day when we get to announce something this significant. Toray Industries’ $1 billion investment and 500 new jobs will be a real game-changer for the Upstate and all of South Carolina. We congratulate Toray for their decision to come to Spartanburg County, and we look forward to helping them find continued success and opportunities to grow here in our state.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is well-known as both a manufacturing powerhouse and a top location for foreign-owned firms to set up operations.  Toray’s decision to invest here underscores our growing expertise in composites and advanced materials as well as our global reputation as being just right for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are pleased to have Toray join our ever-growing family of international companies in Spartanburg County.  Toray’s selection of our community for this significant investment continues to demonstrate Spartanburg’s ability to compete on the global stage.” – Jeff Horton, Chairman of Spartanburg County Council

“We are extremely excited to welcome Toray to Spartanburg County. We know who the golden goose is here in Spartanburg, and that is business and industry. For two decades, we have had an excellent partner in BMW, and we expect Toray to have a similar effect in our region. This is the result of a great partnership between Toray, the State of South Carolina and Spartanburg County, and we appreciate the efforts of the Department of Commerce over the years to see this project to fruition.” – David Britt, Chairman of Economic Development Committee, Spartanburg County Council

“Toray’s selection of Spartanburg is a great example of our community’s public/private partnership in recruiting quality companies.  Our core team of economic development professionals has worked tirelessly to provide Toray with the needed information to come to this decision and we are appreciative of all the efforts made locally to ensure we got to this point.” – Russ Weber, Chairman of the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group Board of Directors

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           $1 billion capital investment represents one of the highest initial investments in the state’s history.
•           The state officials expect 500 new manufacturing jobs to be created in Spartanburg County.
•           Based in Tokyo, Japan, Toray is the largest producer of carbon fiber in the world.
•           The facility will be a major supplier of advanced materials to the aerospace industry.
•           The new facility will be located on approximately 400 acres along Highway 290 in Moore, S.C., with access to I-26 and I-85.

About Toray Group:

Toray Group is an integrated chemical industry group developing its business in 23 countries and regions worldwide.
Toray Group fuses nanotechnology into its operations, using organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry and biotechnology as its core technologies. In addition to the Foundation Businesses of fibers & textiles and plastics & chemicals, Toray likewise promotes the global development of IT-related products, carbon fiber composite materials, pharmaceuticals and medical products, environment & engineering including water treatment and progress in other pivotal business fields.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: Monday, February 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of February 17 includes:

Tuesday, February 18, 12:30 PM: Gov. Haley will address the Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Club, The Piedmont Club, 361 E Main St, Spartanburg, S.C.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 PM: Gov. Haley will participate in the State of South Carolina Economy town hall event hosted by the Palmetto Conservative Alliance in association with the S.C. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Poinsett Club, 807 E Washington St, Greenville, S.C.

Wednesday, February 19, 11:30 AM: Gov. Haley will speak at the S.C. Automotive Council’s South Carolina Automotive Summit, The Hyatt, 220 North Church Street, Greenville, S.C.

Friday, February 21: Gov. Haley will participate in the Republican Governors Association’s Winter Meetings, Washington D.C.

Saturday, February 22: Gov. Haley will participate in the Republican Governors Association’s Winter Meetings, Washington D.C.

Sunday February 23, 6:00 PM: Gov. Haley will attend a White House dinner with fellow governors, The White House, Washington D.C.

Monday February 24, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in a meeting with President Obama and fellow governors, The White House, Washington D.C.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of February 10 included:

Monday, February 10

4:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.

5:10 PM: Call with General Livingston.

Tuesday, February 11

9:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

10:30 AM: Concealed Carry Reform Bill signing ceremony, first floor lobby, Statehouse.

11:45 AM: Meeting with Leadership Columbia, first floor lobby, Statehouse.

12:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.

1:00 PM: Policy meeting.

1:30 PM: Office hours.

3:00 PM: Policy meeting.

6:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.

Wednesday, February 12

7:30 AM: Emergency Executive Group call.

9:30 AM: Call with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Director Alvin Taylor.

10:45 AM: Gov. Haley visited the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center, 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, S.C.

11:45 AM: Media availability.

2:00 PM: Call with a fellow governor.

2:10 PM: Call with Clark Gillespie, CEO of Duke Energy.

6:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.

Thursday, February 13

9:30 AM: Call with Clark Gillespie, CEO of Duke Energy.

11:00 AM: Emergency Executive Group call.

12:00 PM: Staff call.

6:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.

Friday, February 14

9:30 AM: Policy meeting.

11:15 AM: Aiken leadership meeting, City of Aiken – Administration and Finance Building, 135 Laurens Street SW, Aiken, S.C.

11:30 AM: Media availability.

2:00 PM: Colleton County Shelter Visit, Colleton County Middle School, 1379 Tuskegee Airman Drive, Walterboro, S.C.

2:30 PM: Colleton County leadership meeting, Colleton County Middle School, 1379 Tuskegee Airman Drive, Walterboro, S.C.

2:55 PM: Media availability.

3:15 PM: Meeting with electric cooperatives’ leadership.

4:45 PM: Call with FEMA Administrator Fugate.

5:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.
                                      
Saturday, February 15

5:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.      

Sunday, February 16

6:00 PM: Emergency Executive Group call.


Gov. Nikki Haley, State Agencies Continue Recovery Operations, Debris Removal

February 17

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Haley held a morning conference call with emergency management officials, representatives from The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, and the leadership of various electric cooperatives still experiencing significant power outages, to determine what direct resources and support is needed to help ensure the most timely and efficient restoration of power.

Restoring power to individual homes in the safest way possible to both the community and the linemen continues to be the top priority of the cooperatives. In response, Gov. Haley has committed law enforcement resources to help establish hazard-free environments for crews and personnel to continue restoration work. 

As state agencies move into recovery operations, the governor and agency directors are focused on the debris removal process and conducting damage assessments. 

Due to the extensive nature of the winter storm, efficient debris removal operations and planning are critical. Debris removal is a meticulous process in which all materials are accounted for and disposed of safely in accordance with local, state and federal waste disposal laws. 

Gov. Haley is encouraging South Carolinians to continue helping their neighbors and communities with debris removal from private property. Many local volunteer groups are assisting with this effort and citizens interested in volunteering should visit the United Way Association of South Carolina's website:  http://getconnected.uwasc.org/drm/.

In addition, joint preliminary damage assessments will begin this week as county, state, and federal officials assess and document damage incurred during the winter storm.

Gov. Haley and administration officials remain committed to supporting county and local governments with any requests beyond their capacity to handle alone. To date, the state has responded to 67 requests for resources from counties. 

State Agency Response Roundup:

National Guard: Has returned to normal operations.

Department of Transportation: Assisting with debris removal.

Department of Public Safety: Has returned to normal operations.

American Red Cross (supported by DSS): With more than 38,000 homes without power as of 12:00 PM, the governor and administration officials, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army are committed to keeping shelters open for those in need until utilities can achieve full restoration. Four general population shelters remain open, sheltering a total of 37 occupants and DHEC 2 special medical needs shelters open, sheltering a total of 4 occupants.

Attached is a document listing shelter locations statewide.

Emergency Management Division: The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has responded to 67 resource requests over the course of the incident. These resource requests include generators, debris removal, transportation assistance, energy restoration, National Guard support, and drinking water.

Power Outages:

As of 12:00 PM, there were more than 38,000 outages statewide, down from a high of 346,000 on Thursday, February 16.

Notes to South Carolinians:

• Patience is encouraged for multi-day outages as utility crews work to restore power.

• Affected South Carolinians should continue to report outages to their utility companies even if they experience more than one outage, which can be a common experience during mass outages.

• Citizens are encouraged not to stop on the roadside to talk to crews working to restore power, whether in neighborhoods or on the side of a highway. Utility crews need to focus on getting the power restored and fallen power lines are dangerous work zones.

• As homes are without power, it’s important that citizens use natural light and flashlights rather than fires or candles and use generators with extreme caution. 


Governor Nikki Haley Emergency Response Conference Call – Friday 5:00 PM

February 14

COLUMBIA, S.C. – After spending the day in Aiken and Colleton viewing the storm damage and meeting with local officials and utility representatives, Governor Nikki Haley held an executive group conference call with agency directors to discuss and be briefed on the ongoing impact of the storm. This was the ninth call with agency directors since Monday. 
 
Tonight, the governor and agency directors focused on recovery operations, including maintaining shelters, removing debris from sides of the roadways, and supporting the county and local governments with any requests beyond their capacity to handle alone. State, county, and local agencies have begun to conduct damage assessments incurred as well as replenishing supplies depleted during the winter storm. State agencies not essential to recovery operations will begin to return to normal operating conditions tonight.

Gov. Haley and administration officials remain committed to supporting the utility companies in their effort to restore power outages to the more than 190,000 citizens still without those services.

State Agency Response Roundup:

Department of Transportation: more than 1,500 maintenance workers were actively involved in road operations, deicing roads with a total supply of more than 17,000 tons of salt.

Department of Public Safety (supported by SLED and DNR): 354 officers have been in the field on around-the-clock rotating shifts, answering a total of 4,941 calls for service since Tuesday evening.

National Guard: 305 soldiers are on state active duty, completing missions supporting DPS with wrecker teams and supporting DOT with hauling salt.  Five teams will deploy to support Aiken County with debris removal.

American Red Cross (supported by DSS): 39 general population shelters have opened, including 2 warming stations, with a total of 539 occupants. More than 200 volunteers and employees from the American Red Cross and 40 DSS employees  are staffing these shelters. DHEC now has 8 special medical needs shelters with a high of 45 occupants, being staffed by 45 DHEC employees rotating on 12-hour shifts.

Attached is a document listing shelter locations statewide.

Emergency Management Division: The State Emergency Operations Center will remain activated 24 hours a day until the emergency is over. SCEMD is coordinating agency actions and will facilitate any requests for federal assistance.

Power Outages:

Gov. Haley was again briefed on power outages statewide, which at 6:00 PM, totaled more than 190,000.

Notes to South Carolinians:

• Patience is encouraged for multi-day outages as utility crews work to restore power.

• Affected South Carolinians should continue to report outages to their utility companies even if they experience more than one outage, which can be a common experience during mass outages.

• Citizens are encouraged not to stop on the roadside to talk to crews working to restore power, whether in neighborhoods or on the side of a highway. Utility crews need to focus on getting the power restored and fallen power lines are dangerous work zones.

• As homes are without power, it’s important that citizens use natural light and flashlights rather than fires or candles and use generators with extreme caution. 


Governor Nikki Haley Emergency Response Conference Call – Thursday 6:00 PM

February 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley held an executive group conference call with agency directors this evening at 6:00 PM to discuss and be briefed on the ongoing impact of the current winter storm. This was the eighth call with agency directors since Monday. 

Tonight, the governor and agency directors focused on maintaining emergency operations, including the clearing of roadways, supporting utility crews, and staffing shelters. An emphasis was also placed on the continued recovery efforts – planning for debris removal, conducting damage assessments, and replenishing salt supplies. 

Gov. Haley and administration officials remain committed to keeping the public informed about safety issues such as the possibility of black ice forming overnight and the timeframe for when power will be restored to the more than 271,000 citizens still without those services.

State Agency Response Roundup:

Department of Transportation: 1,539 maintenance workers actively involved in road operations, deicing roads with a supply of 14,080 tons of salt, 5,350 tons of sand, 67,371 gallons of calcium chloride, and 765 pieces of equipment in use.

Department of Public Safety (supported by SLED and DNR): 354 officers in the field on around-the-clock rotating shifts. In the past 48 hours, the Highway Patrol has responded to 3,904 weather-related calls for service: 1,109 collisions; 1,115 trees in roadways; 247 abandoned vehicles; 1,159 distressed motorists; and 159 power lines in roadways. 

National Guard: 232 soldiers deployed, supporting highway operations with 14 wrecker teams and an additional 30 dump trucks hauling more than 600 tons of salt inland from Charleston.

American Red Cross (supported by DSS): 24 general population shelters open, including 4 warming stations, with a total of 239 occupants at this time. Counties have identified 11 additional shelters to be opened as well. There are 210 volunteers and employees from the American Red Cross and 40 DSS employees staffing these shelters. DHEC has 9 special medical need shelters with 27 occupants, being staffed by 25 DHEC employees rotating on 12-hour shifts.

Attached is a document listing shelter locations statewide.

Emergency Management Division: The State Emergency Operations Center will remain activated 24 hours a day until the emergency is over. SCEMD is coordinating agency actions and will facilitate any requests for federal assistance.

Power Outages:

Gov. Haley was again briefed on power outages statewide, which at 8:00 PM, totaled more than 271,000. To date, Duke Energy has restored power to 160,000 customers and SCE&G has restored power to 40,000 customers.

Notes to South Carolinians:

• Patience is encouraged for multi-day outages as utility crews work to restore power. Winter weather is still passing, and ice is still on power lines.

• Affected South Carolinians should continue to report outages to their utility companies even if they experience more than one outage, which can be a common experience during mass outages.

• Citizens are encouraged not to stop on the roadside to talk to crews working to restore power, whether in neighborhoods or on the side of a highway. Utility crews need to focus on getting the power restored and fallen power lines are dangerous work zones.

• As homes are without power, it’s important that citizens use natural light and flashlights rather than fires or candles and use generators with extreme caution. 


Governor Nikki Haley Emergency Response Conference Call – Thursday 11:00 AM

February 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Haley held an executive group conference call with agency directors this morning at 11:00 AM to discuss and be briefed on the ongoing impact of the current winter storm. This was the seventh call with agency directors since Monday. 

The governor and agency directors discussed the statewide forecast, road and bridge conditions, operational responses to motor vehicle accidents, roadside debris removal, salting and deicing operations, and sheltering needs. 

In addition, the governor discussed the importance of recovery operations and the need to strategize resources to clear interstates, primary, and secondary routes. The Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety are working with the emergency management team to inform counties and school districts of road conditions this afternoon as local entities begin to make decisions for closures and delays tomorrow.

State Agency Response Roundup:

Department of Transportation: 1,455 maintenance workers actively involved in road operations, deicing roads with a supply of 12,598 tons of salt and 713 pieces of equipment in use.

Department of Public Safety (supported by SLED and DNR): 354 officers in the field on around-the-clock rotating shifts. Overnight, from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, the Highway Patrol responded to 925 weather-related calls for service: 178 collisions reported; 366 trees in roadways; 61 abandoned vehicles; and 276 abandoned motorists.  

National Guard: 182 soldiers deployed, supporting highway operations with 14 wrecker crews and an additional 30 dump trucks hauling 600 tons of salt inland from Charleston.

American Red Cross (supported by DSS): 37 general population shelters open, including 4 warming stations, with a total of 193 occupants at this time. There are 110 volunteers and employees from the American Red Cross manning these shelters.  DHEC has 9 special medical need shelters with 23 occupants, being staffed by 25 DHEC employees. 

Attached is a document listing shelter locations statewide.

Emergency Management Division: The State Emergency Operations Center will remain activated 24 hours a day until the emergency is over. SCEMD is coordinating agency actions and will facilitate any requests for federal assistance.

Power Outages:

Governor Haley was again briefed on power outages statewide, which at 10:30 AM totaled more than 346,000. To date, Duke Energy has restored power to more than 86,000 customers with approximately 90,000 customers still out of power. Yesterday, between 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM, SCE&G restored power to 29,000 customers. At this time, SCE&G has 315 out-of-state personnel coupled with 1,500 operating employees working 24-hours a day to restore power to their customers. 

Including in-state utility crews, 11 other states have sent crews and personnel to assist South Carolina utilities: Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Two states have sent crews helping electric cooperatives. 12 states have sent 305 personnel helping SCE&G. Four states have sent 482 linemen to assist Duke Energy and they will be getting another 500 workers from out-of-state today.

Notes to South Carolinians:

• Patience is encouraged for multi-day outages as utility crews work to restore power. Winter weather is still passing, and ice is still on power lines.

• Affected South Carolinians should continue to report outages to their utility companies even if they experience more than one outage, which can be a common experience during mass outages.

• Citizens are encouraged not to stop on the roadside to talk to crews working to restore power, whether in neighborhoods or on the side of a highway. Utility crews need to focus on getting the power restored and fallen power lines are dangerous work zones.

• As homes are without power, it’s important that citizens use natural light and flashlights rather than fires or candles and use generators with extreme caution. 


Governor Nikki Haley Holds Conference Call With State Emergency Response Team

February 12

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Haley held an executive group conference call with agency directors this evening at 6:00 PM to discuss and be briefed on the ongoing effects of the current winter storm. This was the sixth call with agency directors since Monday. 

The governor and agency directors discussed the statewide forecast, road and bridge conditions, operational responses to motor vehicle accidents, roadside debris removal, salting and deicing operations, and sheltering needs. 

Governor Haley charged agencies with ensuring sustainability of emergency operations through Friday.

In addition, the federal government has approved South Carolina’s Emergency Declaration – see attached confirmation.

State Agency Response Roundup:

Department of Transportation: 1,364 maintenance workers actively involved in road operations, deicing roads with a supply of 7,763 tons of salt.

Department of Public Safety (supported by SLED and DNR): 354 officers in the field on around-the-clock rotating shifts. Over the past 24 hours Highway Patrol has responded to 2,044 weather-related calls for service. 731 collisions reported, 553 motorists assisted, 446 trees in roadway, 117 abandoned vehicles.

National Guard: 128 soldiers deployed, supporting highway operations with wrecker crews and equipment.

American Red Cross (supported by DSS): 18 general population shelters open, including two warming stations, with a total of 11 occupants at this time.  DHEC has four special medical need shelters open, with one occupant at this time, and two additional shelters being readied.

Emergency Management Division: The State Emergency Operations Center will remain activated 24 hours a day until the emergency is over. SCEMD is coordinating agency actions and will facilitate any requests for federal assistance.

Power Outages:

The governor was also briefed on power outages statewide, which at 6:00 PM totaled more than 227,718. South Carolina's two major utilities, SCE&G and Duke Energy / Progress, have 4,600 personnel working on restoration. 

Including in-state utility crews, 11 other states have sent crews and personnel to assist South Carolina utilities:  Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Two states have sent crews helping electric cooperatives. 12 states have sent 305 personnel helping SCE&G.  Four states have sent 482 linemen to assist Duke Energy and they will be getting another 500 workers from out-of-state tomorrow.


South Carolina Exporters Post Record: $26.1 Billion In Products Sold To 202 Countries

State Ranks First In U.S. For Tire Exports; China Was Top Export Partner In 2013

February 11

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina again posted a record year for export activity, with more than $26.1 billion in goods sold last year to 202 countries around the globe.

The 2013 figures, released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, represent a nearly four percent increase in South Carolina’s export value, which was $25.1 billion in 2012 and previously an all-time record for the state.

“Despite our relative size, South Carolina is a big state when it comes to our success in exporting, and it’s great to see those numbers continue to grow,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “Our existing companies and the companies we recruit rely on getting their products to markets around the world, and South Carolina provides that access through a logistics network that can reach all corners of the globe.”

The state’s top 10 export industries last year were vehicles, machinery, rubber products, electrical machinery, plastics, aircraft, paper and paperboard, optical and medical equipment, organic chemicals and wood pulp.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a record recruitment year for South Carolina, which in 2013 recruited $5.4 billion in capital investment by companies locating to or expanding in the state.
 
“South Carolina companies make quality products the world wants to buy,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Higher export activity reflects our state’s strength in recruiting companies in the manufacturing sector as well as our success in foreign-direct investment. China is now both a significant partner in exporting as well as home to a number of companies making big investments in South Carolina.”

For the first time, China surpassed Canada and Germany as the state’s top export partner. In 2013, exports to China from the Palmetto State surged nearly 50 percent to $4.9 billion in the value of products purchased from South Carolina companies. In the same year, Chinese firms brought the second-highest contributions to foreign-direct investment in the state, with companies including JN Fibers and The Keer Group announcing new projects in the state. Canada, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom rounded out the state’s top five export partners in 2013.

For the third consecutive year, South Carolina ranked first among U.S. states in tire exports, holding nearly 30 percent of the share of U.S.-made exported tires. Additionally, the Palmetto State ranked second in the export of automobiles to world markets.

“The rising production of export goods in South Carolina is a key driver of the SCPA’s growth well above the industry average,” said South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome. “Our natural, deepwater harbor facilitates the handling of heavier export goods, and through harbor deepening and other projects, the SCPA is preparing to meet the expanding needs of our state’s exporters and support South Carolina’s presence in the global marketplace.”

2013 South Carolina export rankings among states:

•           Ranked 17th in exports
•           Ranked only behind California in exports to Germany
•           Ranked 4th in exports to Czech Republic
•           Ranked 5th in exports to Hungary
•           Ranked 6th in exports to El Salvador
•           Ranked 7th in exports to China
•           Ranked 8th in exports to South Africa
•           Ranked 10th in exports to Sweden, Egypt and Chile
•           Ranked first in exports of tires, holding nearly 30 percent of the share of U.S. made exported tires (third year in a row)
•           Ranked second in exports of automobiles to the world

The U.S. Department of Commerce is the data source for South Carolina’s export statistics.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley Signs S.308 – Concealed Carry Reform Bill

February 11

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley joined Senator Sean Bennett, Representative Mike Pitts, and Anthony Roulette, the South Carolina liaison for the National Rifle Association, at a bill signing for S.308, the Concealed Carry Reform Bill.

In an effort to preserve South Carolinians’ 2nd Amendment rights, the bill allows for gun owners with a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) to carry firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol, while also allowing an owner to ban individuals from carrying firearms in their establishment.

South Carolina is the 46th state to allow some form of legal carrying rights in these types of establishments.

To watch video of the event, click here: http://goo.gl/YFV4T8

Attached is a picture of the bill signing.

S.308 BACKGROUND:
 
- Allows a CWP holder to carry a firearm into an establishment that serves alcohol, although that person cannot consume alcohol if carrying.

- Allows an owner to ban individuals from carrying firearms in their establishment.

- Removes proof of residency requirements and expands the range of acceptable photo identification that may be used when applying for a CWP.

- Eliminates the 8-hour training requirement for a handgun course, but maintains the topics that must be covered in that class.

- Waives training requirements for individuals that can prove they have completed military basic training or is a retired law enforcement officer that proves graduation from the CJA.

- Deletes the assumption of applicant endorsement by a local sheriff if the sheriff chooses not to comment on a CWP application.

- Simplifies the permit renewal process, eliminates fingerprint checks for renewals, and increases the renewal time to five years.

- Allows SLED to engage in electronic communication with an applicant.


Orian Announces Expansion At Anderson County Facility

$13 Million Investment Expected To Create 125 New Jobs

February 11

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Anderson County is slated to see an influx of 125 jobs in 2014 as Orian Rugs, a family owned manufacturer of machine woven area rugs, announces a $13 million expansion at its South Carolina facility.

The $13 million expansion adds to the bustling growth Orian has experienced at their Anderson County headquarters over the past 35 years. Since Orian’s opening in 1979, the company has acquired three sister companies, McThree Carpets and Bajong Carpets, both in Belgium, and Sofiteks in Turkey. Additionally, Orian has grown into a 550,000-square-foot, state–of-the-art facility, with 500 employees in Anderson prior to the expansion with operations on a global business level.

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

QUOTES

“Orian is excited to announce this additional investment in our Anderson, SC manufacturing facility. We appreciate the commitment that the local and state governments have made to support manufacturing and encourage us to continue to grow here in South Carolina. Orian is very proud to be a leader in the North American rug business, driven by our dedicated workforce in Anderson, and we look forward to future opportunities here in Anderson County.” – Wim De Pape, president of Orian Rugs

“Orian was built from the ground up in South Carolina and continues to expand within our state. We are excited they are continuing to grow in South Carolina with a $13 million investment, creating 125 new jobs.”  -Gov. Nikki Haley

“To see a company start in South Carolina and rise to the global business level is nothing short of amazing. Orian’s continuous choice to build and expand right at home is a strong testament to the business-friendly culture South Carolina demonstrates with each and every company that chooses to do business here.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are very excited Orian Rugs made the decision to expand in Anderson County. They could have chosen to expand anywhere in the world and chose Anderson. Over the past 35 years, Orian has been a wonderful economic asset to our county.” -Lt. Col. Tom Allen, Retired – Anderson County Council District 4 representative

FIVE FAST FACTS

• $13 million investment and 125 jobs.
• Opened its doors in South Carolina 35 years ago and have since acquired three sister companies in both Belgium and Turkey (i.e., McThree Carpets, Bajong Carpets and Sofiteks).  
• Orian has grown into a 550,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility operating on a global business level.
• Orian currently employs more than 500 employees in the Anderson area.
• Began as a family-owned rug company that originated in Anderson, SC.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of February 10 includes:

Tuesday, February 11, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a bill signing for S. 308, Concealed Carry Reform, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, February 12, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will address the South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel Industry Awards Luncheon, Leamington Grand Ballroom, Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa, One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: February 3, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of February 3 included:

Monday, February 3

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley visited AGY Holding Corporation, 2556 Wagener Road, Aiken, S.C.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended the Hope Center Opening Event, Hope Center, 3 Hickman Street, Graniteville, S.C.

11:30 AM: Media availability.

1:35 PM: Gov. Haley visited Thales Academy, 3106 Heritage Trade Drive, Wake Forest, N.C.

2:30 PM: Gov. Haley visited Franklin Academy High School, 648 Flaherty Avenue, Wake Forest, N.C.

Tuesday, February 4

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley addressed the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors, 4500 Leeds Avenue, Suite 100, North Charleston, S.C.

11:00 AM: Media availability.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley addressed the Rotary Club of Charleston, Holliday Alumni Center, The Citadel, 69 Hagood Street, Charleston, S.C.

1:00 PM: Media availability.

1:50 PM: Gov. Haley attended a briefing at the Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

4:30 PM: Legislative meeting.

Wednesday, February 5

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley attended the project announcement for BOMAG Americas at the Fairfield Commerce Center - Industrial Park, 3339 East Peach Road, Ridgeway, S.C.

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, first floor, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley held a ceremonial bill signing for S. 22, South Carolina Restructuring Act of 2014, Statehouse, second floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

1:00 PM: Policy meeting.

1:30 PM: Gov. Haley met with student government officials from the University of South Carolina system.

2:15 PM: Legislative meeting.

Thursday, February 6

10:15 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, first floor, Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley attended an anti-bullying performance by the Beaufort High School Drama IV Class, first floor auditorium, South Carolina Statehouse.

10:45 AM: “Capital City Shag Extravaganza Weekend!” Proclamation Reading

11:00 AM: “Heart Month” Proclamation Reading

11:15 AM: South Carolina Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Proclamation Reading

11:45 AM: Call with a fellow governor.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley met with the South Carolina Mother of the Year Committee.

1:25 PM: Staff meeting.

1:40 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley attended a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, February 7

11:15 AM: Legislative meeting.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, first floor, Columbia, S.C.

12:40 PM: Call with a fellow governor.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley’s After Action Review (AAR) Executive Group conference call on Winter Storm Leon.

2:30 PM: Gov. Haley toured the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Richland County Office, 1221 Gregg Street, Columbia, S.C.

3:30 PM: Constituent call.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley met with South Carolina Inspector General Patrick Maley and staff.

4:30 PM: Staff meeting.


Governor’s Mansion Exhibits Rare Collection Of African-American Art

February 6

COLUMBIA, S.C. – In celebration of Black History Month, Michael Haley, South Carolina’s First Gentleman, invites the public to view a one-of-a-kind exhibit of African-American art. The exhibit consists of pieces originally owned by The Old Slave Mart Museum and is currently on loan from the Greater Acacia Collection, a foundation that maintains and preserves thousands of artifacts chronicling the African-American journey.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, The Old Slave Mart Museum and Library was founded in 1937 by Miriam B. Wilson and taken over by sisters Judith Wragg Chase and Louise Alston Graves in 1964. The museum showcased a remarkable collection of African and African-American arts and crafts until its closure in 1987. The Greater Acacia Collection secured and preserved the bulk of these South Carolina treasures. Michael Haley invites guests to enjoy this sampling of South Carolina’s unique history. 

The exhibit will be on display in the basement of the Lace House, within the Governor’s Mansion Complex, for the first three full weeks of February on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Lace House may be accessed from Gadsden Street and there is no charge to view the display.

To learn more about The Old Slave Mart Museum, click here: http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?nid=160

 

US Engine Valve to expand in Oconee County

$29.5 million investment expected to create 125 jobs

February 6

COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Engine Valve, a global automotive supplier of high-engineered valves, will expand operations in Oconee County. The $29.5 million investment is expected to add at least 125 new jobs to the company's existing facility in Westminster.
 
U.S. Engine Valve - which is a joint venture between Nittan Valve Co., Ltd. and Eaton Vehicle Group -- supplies high-engineered valves that help increase fuel economy as well as improve a vehicle's overall efficiency and performance. Through this latest expansion, the company will bring on a new line of equipment to serve its customers in North America.                                  
 
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $5 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs in the automotive-related sector.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.
 
QUOTES

"This investment to support growth in our North American valve business is great for our customers, employees, and the communities where we live and work. We especially want to thank the South Carolina's Department of Commerce and the Oconee County Economic Development Commission for their support in helping make the expansion in the Westminster facility come to fruition." -Bobby Dover, plant manager, USEV in South Carolina

"U.S. Engine Valve is a prime example of how South Carolina is ideal for growing existing businesses, especially those in the automotive sector. Their commitment of $29.5 million investment and 125 new jobs will continue to provide a positive economic impact to the Upstate region." - Gov. Nikki Haley

"Over the past two decades, South Carolina has become a heavy hitter in the automotive industry, with more than 250 auto-related companies and suppliers located here. Thanks to companies like U.S. Engine Valve, more than 45,000 South Carolinians are employed today in the automotive industry alone." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"It's exciting to see this global company expand their footprint in Oconee County. This demonstrates to the world we have the labor force, a positive business climate and an excellent partnership with our technical school to satisfy the needs of industry." - Joel Thrift, chairman of Oconee County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

• $29.5 million investment is expected to add at least 125 new jobs.
• Company is bringing on a new line of equipment to service customers in North America.
• Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $5 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs in the automotive-related sector.
• More than 250 auto-related companies and suppliers are located in South Carolina.
• More than 45,000 South Carolinians are employed by the automotive industry alone.

About Nittan Valve Co., Ltd.:

Nittan Valve Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells engine valves, marine parts, variable cam phasers, and gears primarily in Japan. The company offers engine valves for passenger vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, and buses, as well as for marine and general-purpose products. It also provides variable cam phasers for automobiles; precision forged gears for automobiles and trucks, as well as for agricultural, construction, and industrial machinery; and other products, such as valve lifters, roller rocker arms, machine tools, etc. Nittan Valve Co., Ltd. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Hadano, Japan.
 
About Eaton:

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.


Gov. Nikki Haley Signs S.22 – Government Restructuring Act Of 2014

Reforming South Carolina’s Government To Better Serve South Carolinians

February 5

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley joined with former Governor Carroll Campbell’s wife, Iris, and his sons Carroll III and Mike, as well as numerous members of the General Assembly, today in a ceremonial bill signing for S.22, the South Carolina Restructuring Act of 2014.

The most comprehensive and important government restructuring in South Carolina in over 20 years, S.22 abolishes the outdated, five-member Budget and Control Board and creates the Department of Administration – streamlining government processes by creating a cabinet agency that is responsible for executive and administrative functions.

“Signing this bill into law has been a long time in the making and when you look at the decades that restructuring has been debated between our two chambers, it is truly amazing that we can say we passed a strong restructuring effort and we did it together,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “This general assembly, this administration, and now the people of this state are witnessing something that I know will make all South Carolinians better off for generations to come.”

“Today is representative of everything that Carroll Campbell stood for,” said Mike Campbell. “He was dead set against big government. He always felt that government should be a help and not a hindrance to the people. That there needed to be accountability, efficiency and savings of tax dollars. Behind the leadership and tenacity of Governor Haley, these people behind me were able to put politics aside and come together to make a meaningful change to our government.” 

Currently, 49 states have a Department of Administration, or something comparable, through which an appointee of the governor oversees the state’s back office functions, including human resources, information technology, real estate and facilities, budget development, and fleet management.

"Some said the day would never come when the Governor of South Carolina would be given the authority that every other governor in the country has to run the state as its chief executive,” said Senator Larry Martin. “We should celebrate this monumental accomplishment and push for additional reforms to improve accountability and oversight.”

“I’ve said time and time again that when everyone is in charge, no one is in charge, and today, we finally put our chief executive truly in charge of the executive branch,” said Senator Harvey Peeler. “Now, our governor and future governors will have the tools they need to get to work for the people of South Carolina, streamlining administrative functions and making state government more efficient and more accountable.  I was proud to work alongside Governor Haley and help lead the Senate across the finish line to accomplish this historic reform.”

The creation of a Department of Administration means that each agency will no longer be its own independent entity but now connected to the other state agencies. By improving coordination across the system – through cooperative purchasing, shared services initiatives, and common technology standards – the Department will improve results and save money.

In addition, a Director of Administration, answerable to the governor, can establish a unified vision for the agency, and is more likely to be held accountable for his or her performance and the agency’s performance.

"For too long, our state's government structure has been unaccountable and inefficient. Creating a Department of Administration, requiring legislative oversight, and prohibiting deficits will finally change that. It's a big win for taxpayers,” said Senator Shane Massey.

“The Department of Administration means that South Carolina will finally have a more responsive state government that it deserves,” said Senator Thomas Alexander. “While the road has been long and winding, I commend Governor Haley for sticking to the path that has completed the journey with her signature.”

“Fundamentally changing the way government operates by challenging the status quo never comes easy, or quickly. Today's bill signing caps off a monumental reform effort that spanned multiple legislative sessions and two different gubernatorial administrations,” said House Speaker Bobby Harrell. “Taxpayers want a smaller, more efficient and more accountable state government, and with DOA now signed into law, that is exactly where South Carolina is headed.”

S.22 Topline Background –

- Creates a Department of Administration that consists of the Division of State Information Technology, Division of General Services, Office of Human Resources, Nuclear Advisory Council, Office of Executive Policy and Programs, and the new Executive Budget Office (to include portions of the current Office of State Budget).

- Replaces the Budget and Control Board with the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA), to oversee the Insurance Reserve Fund and the Procurement Services Division.

- Establishes the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, to consist of the Board of Economic Advisors, Office of Research and Statistics, and elements of the Office of State Budget.

- Transfers the State Energy Office to the Office of Regulatory Staff.

- Majority of reorganization takes effect July 1, 2015, but the Executive Budget Office and Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office will launch on July 1, 2014.

- Requires that the SFAA begin a strategic sourcing initiative by December 31, 2015.

- Directs the SFAA to produce a report to the governor and the General Assembly by June 30, 2016, with recommendations for making additional changes to procurement-related statutes and regulations that would reduce costs and improve services.

- Obligates the Director of Administration to submit a report by December 31, 2015 that identifies the most appropriate organizational placement for each component of the Office of Executive Policy and Programs.

- Establishes a new legislative oversight process through which the House and Senate will separately review the operations of state agencies on a rotating 7-year schedule.


BOMAG Americas Establishes Headquarters In Fairfield County

$18.2 Million Investment Expected To Bring 121 Jobs

February 5

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BOMAG Americas, a producer of compaction equipment, milling machines, asphalt pavers and reclaimer/stabilizers for road building and other construction markets, will be establishing its North America headquarters in Fairfield County. The $18.2 million investment is expected to bring 121 new jobs along with a showcase room and BOMAG’s assembly operation. 

The new facility will be constructed at Fairfield Commerce Center, located 3339 East Peach Road in Ridgeway. The facility will comprise approximately 127,600 square feet, with 107,100 square feet representing a spare parts warehouse and assembly area along with 20,500 square feet of office space. BOMAG anticipates breaking ground on the new facility in March with estimated completion in October.

BOMAG, a subsidiary of the French company Fayat intends to hire 121 employees over the next five years with positions in parts, service and sales support, assembly, engineering, purchasing, information technology and human resources.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $1.1 million rural infrastructure fund grant for site preparation and infrastructure improvements.

QUOTES

“On behalf of BOMAG Americas, I am pleased to announce this new partnership with South Carolina and Fairfield County.  We believe this area offers our company several benefits such as:  close to port of entry, proximity to air hub for spare parts fulfillment and a climate conducive to offering year-round sales and service training for our customers.  Our intent with this project is to strengthen our North American organization with the objective of being closer as well as better serving our customers.” –Walter Link, president of BOMAG Americas

“Over the course of the last three years we have seen more than 26,000 new manufacturing jobs announced in South Carolina.  We congratulate BOMAG on their announcement of an $18.2 million investment and the creation of 121 new jobs.”- Gov. Nikki Haley

“Between our transportation infrastructure, industry-leading work development programs and business-friendly climate, it’s no wonder a world-class company like BOMAG chose to locate in the Palmetto State.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"The successful recruitment of BOMAG Americas is attributed to the teamwork that exists here in the Central SC region. This is a significant economic development announcement, and we are excited for Fairfield County and the opportunities being made available with these outstanding new jobs. This new facility will be the first tenant in the Fairfield Commerce Center, which was the vision of Fairfield County Council and demonstrates real leadership in economic development by being ready for companies when they are in the site selection mode.” -Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           $18.2 million investment and 121 new jobs over the course of the next five years.
•           The new facility will be approximately 127,600 sq. ft. - 107,100 sq. ft. for the spare parts warehouse and assembly area and 20,468 sq. ft. of office space.
•           First tenant of the Fairfield Commerce Center.
•           Plans to break ground in March 2014.
•           BOMAG is among more than 200 manufacturers to announce investments in South Carolina since January 2011.

About FAYAT (BOMAG’s Parent Company):

With presence in 120 countries and a staff of 19,400 employees, FAYAT is active worldwide, providing efficient technical solutions for construction and public works, steel construction, electricity, road equipment, handling material and pressure vessels. The Group reported sales revenue of $4.6 billion in 2013.  FAYAT is a world leader in compaction through its subsidiary BOMAG and a main player in mixing plants with MARINI-ERMONT. www.fayat.com

About BOMAG:

As the worldwide compaction experts for soil and asphalt applications, BOMAG has a staff of 2,200 employees to support its global dealer network of over 500 dealers.  A broad range of product segments consisting of light equipment, asphalt pavers, cold milling planers, reclaimer/stabilizers and soil, asphalt and landfill compaction resulted in BOMAG sales revenue of $715 million in 2013. www.bomag.com


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: February 3, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of February 3 includes:

Monday, February 3, 11:00 AM: Gov. Haley will attend the Hope Center grand opening, 3 Hickman Street, Graniteville, S.C.

Monday, February 3, 1:25 PM: Gov. Haley will visit Thales Academy, 3106 Heritage Trade Drive, Wake Forest, N.C.

Monday, February 3, 2:20 PM: Gov. Haley will visit Franklin Academy High School, 648 Flaherty Avenue, Wake Forest, N.C.

Tuesday, February 4, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will address the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors, 4500 Leeds Avenue, Suite 100, North Charleston, S.C.

Tuesday, February 4, 12:30 PM: Gov. Haley will address the Rotary Club of Charleston, Holliday Alumni Center, The Citadel, 69 Hagood Street, Charleston, S.C.

Wednesday, February 5, 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley will attend an economic event, Fairfield Commerce Center - Industrial Park, 3339 East Peach Road, Ridgeway, SC.

Wednesday, February 5, 11:00 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a ceremonial bill signing for S. 22, South Carolina Restructuring Act of 2014, Statehouse, second floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, February 6, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley will attend a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, February 7, 2:15 PM: Gov. Haley will tour a South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services office, 1221 Gregg Street, Columbia, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: January 27, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of January 27 included:

Monday, January 27

9:00 AM: Legislative meeting.

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley visited Hartsville Middle School, 1427 14th Street, Hartsville, S.C.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley attended an economic development briefing at Darlington Raceway, Media Room, Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, S.C.

1:45 PM: Media availability.

4:15 PM: Emergency management call.

5:00 PM: Bill signing.

Tuesday, January 28

9:45 AM: Economic development call.

11:00 AM: Emergency management call.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley attended the Continental Tire Sumter Plant Grand Opening, 1825 Highway 521, Sumter, S.C.

3:30 PM: Gov. Haley met with German Ambassador Dr. Peter Ammon.

Wednesday, January 29

10:00 AM: Emergency management call.

11:30 AM: Economic development call.

Thursday, January 30

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

1:45 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:30 PM: Agency meeting.

3:00 PM: Economic development call.

3:15 PM: Agency call.

6:30 PM: Gov. Haley participated in a South Carolina State Guard Appreciation Event, Lace House, 800 Richland Street, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, January 31

11:00 AM: Print interview.

4:00 PM:  Agency call

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Fax: 803.734.5167

Mailing Address:
The Honorable Nikki R. Haley
Office of the Governor
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Columbia, SC 29201

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