MSI-Forks Inc. expanding York County operations

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

Rock Hill, S.C. - MSI-Forks Inc., a world leader in fork-arms manufacturing, is expanding its existing operations in York County. The company is investing $3.5 million to construct a larger facility and create 33 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Established in 1964, MSI-Forks is a subsidiary of MS International, PLC, which is based in the United Kingdom. In 1994, the company opened its first distribution facility in South Carolina. Seventeen years later, in 2011, MSI-Forks established its current York County manufacturing facility.
 
In an effort to meet increased customer demand, the company is constructing a new 40,000-square-foot facility in the Antrim Business Park in Rock Hill, S.C. In addition to housing MSI-Forks' existing York County manufacturing operations, the new facility will also serve as the company's North American headquarters.
 
Anticipated to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2016, hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the spring of 2016. Those looking to join the MSI-Forks team should contact hr@msiforksinc.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $55,000 Set Aside grant to York County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project. For more information on MSI-Forks Inc., please visit www.msi-forks.com.
 
A rendering of MSI-Forks' new facility can be found on the S.C. Department of Commerce's flickr page
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"MSI-Forks has been present in the U.S. since 1994 and the new South Carolina manufacturing plant will help us to consolidate and expand our position in North America. It shows our long-term commitment to the material handling industry in the United States." -MSI-Forks Inc. CEO Caio Lima
 
"We're always excited to celebrate the success of one of our existing companies. MSI-Forks' decision to invest $3.5 million, create 33 new jobs and establish its North American headquarters in York County truly is a testament to this great company's commitment to our state and its people, that really is a reason to celebrate throughout South Carolina." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"The expansion of one of South Carolina's existing businesses is always an inspiration. In 1994, MSI-Forks opened its first facility within our borders, and, today, they announce yet another expansion in our state, proving further that South Carolina is an ideal location for businesses to succeed." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"York County is excited to see MSI-Forks expand as they make this $3.5 Million investment. We are proud that they chose to stay in our county and create these new jobs as they establish their North American headquarters with this new facility." -York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell
 
"We are delighted that MSI-Forks is expanding in Rock Hill. This will provide additional job opportunities for our citizens. Also, locating their headquarters here is another signal that our community is the place to be for growing and expanding companies. We appreciate this new investment in the future of our area." -City of Rock Hill Mayor Echols
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
• MSI-Forks, Inc. is expanding operations in York County.
• To expand, the company is constructing a new 40,000-square-foot facility in the Antrim Business Park in Rock Hill, S.C.
• In 1994, the company opened its first distribution facility in South Carolina. 
• MSI-Forks is a subsidiary of MS International, PLC, which is based in the United Kingdom. 
• Those looking to join the MSI-Forks team should contact hr@msiforksinc.com. 
About MSI-Forks Inc.
MSI-Forks is a subsidiary of MS International plc with headquarters in the United Kingdom and manufacturing sites in the United States and Brazil. Since 1964, MSI-Forks has been forging a wide range of high quality fork-arms utilizing the most advanced metallurgical processes in order to meet the markets demands. For more information, visit www.msi-forks.com

About S.C. Department of Commerce:
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce 
(803) 737-1998  
afairwell@sccommerce.com 
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