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Company creating more than 400 new jobs at office and research and development operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Diversey, a leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions, announced today that it is locating its corporate headquarters in York County. The development is projected to bring $6.1 million in investment and create approximately 400 jobs.

Diversey is a hygiene and cleaning solutions company that integrates chemicals, floor care machines, tools and equipment with a wide range of technology-based, value-added services. Employing approximately 8,600 people globally, the company is a provider of smart, sustainable solutions designed to drive increased productivity, food safety and infection prevention to customers in more than 165 countries.

Located at the Lakemont Business Park, Diversey is establishing a 100,000-square-foot headquarters that will accommodate the new positions. To serve the company’s global customers, 18,500 square feet of lab space will also be created to develop cutting-edge technology for cleaning and hygiene operations. Hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit www.diversey.com for more information.

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

QUOTES

“I am extremely proud of building Diversey’s new global headquarters in York County, which will become the new home for our employees and their families. Our new state-of-the-art campus will provide the best infrastructure, with the latest digital technologies and lab tools, to create a thriving environment for our employees and attract new talent. This campus, which will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2018, will be a customer-centric hub designed to continue exceeding our customers’ expectations through our sustainability and Internet of Clean vision. It will exhibit our values and aspire to become the preferred place to work in the Carolinas.” -Diversey President and CEO Ilham Kadri

“Diversey’s decision to locate their new headquarters in York County and create 400 new jobs serves as an opportunity for South Carolinians to show the world how special of a place our state is, and we are confident they will do just that. We know that this is just the beginning of an important and lasting relationship between Diversey and our great state.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina has become a magnet for high-tech and innovative companies, including those in the life sciences sector. Today’s announcement by Diversey is further evidence that our pro-business strategy continues to pay off, and we’re proud that York County will be the home to yet another corporate headquarters.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are thrilled that Diversey has chosen York County as its corporate headquarters location. This company is an innovative leader in their industry, and we are fortunate to have them creating jobs right here in our community. We look forward to watching them continue to grow and succeed.” –York County Council Chairman Dr. Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Diversey is locating its corporate headquarters in York County.
  • $6.1 million investment to create approximately 400 jobs.
  • Diversey is a provider of cleaning and hygiene products serving a variety of industries.
  • The company’s new operations will be located in the Lakemont Business Park.
  • Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit www.diversey.com for more information.

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, Samsung, 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. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, South Carolina has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contacts:
Rafael Echevarria
VP Corporate Communications
Diversey
Rafael.echevarria@diversey.com

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

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Joint venture launching new research and development facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) and GE Aviation have selected the property adjacent to ATI’s Richburg, S.C. operations as the site for a new research and development (R&D) facility. This joint venture is expected to create 29 new jobs.

ATI (NYSE: ATI) is a global manufacturer of technically-advanced specialty materials and complex components and is a market leader in manufacturing differentiated products. ATI is a leader in producing powders for use in next-generation jet engine forgings and 3D-printed aerospace products.

General Electric has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies since 2010 and is leading the aerospace industry in incorporating additively-manufactured components in the latest generation of jet engines. GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, integrated digital, avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft.

The joint venture between these two companies will develop titanium alloy powders for use in additive manufacturing, utilizing a new meltless alloy powder technology. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and will be completed in 2019 as the facility becomes operational.

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

QUOTES

“In South Carolina, we’ve seen all that can come from partnerships like the one that ATI and GE Aviation are creating here, and we look forward to seeing what it will mean for the Chester community. The 29 new jobs created by this investment show a commitment to South Carolinians that we couldn’t be more grateful for, and we congratulate both ATI and GE Aviation.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“With announcements like this one, South Carolina continues to solidify its place in the nation’s manufacturing renaissance. I congratulate ATI and GE Aviation on this great new investment, and wish them both continued success for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“ATI has been a valued corporate citizen within our community since its original announcement in 1989. The company’s success, and its commitment to Chester, is a testament to our workforce and to our continued economic development efforts. We are grateful that ATI is launching this joint venture with GE Aviation. We look forward to celebrating the success of this endeavor and will continue to assist both companies in any way possible.” –Chester County Supervisor K. Shane Stuart

“We congratulate ATI and GE Aviation on their joint venture and investment in Chester County, South Carolina. This announcement is another example of Chester County’s diverse manufacturing base. We look forward to the long-term results from this joint venture from these two dynamic companies.” –Chester Development Association Chairman Mike Enoch

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • ATI and GE Aviation are building a titanium alloy powder R&D pilot production facility in Chester County.
  • Multi-year joint investment expected to create 29 new jobs.
  • ATI is a manufacturer and provider of specialty materials and complex components.
  • The new facility will be located in Richburg, S.C.
  • Facility construction is expected to begin in 2018, and will be completed in 2019 as the facility becomes operational.

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, Samsung, 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. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, South Carolina has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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

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$4.2 million investment expected to create 29 jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Piedmont Energy Systems, Inc. (PES), a supplier of custom-built bulk hydrocarbon and fluorocarbon storage and distribution systems, has expanded its manufacturing operations into a new location in York County. The company’s $4.2 million investment is expected to create 29 new jobs.

Founded in 1973, PES serves a wide range of customers, from mid-size businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The company manufactures customized solutions for storing and delivering various kinds of bulk fuels, liquids and refrigerants, and is known for its high-quality products and services. The company is also expanding its process skid fabrication and controls business.

PES has recently relocated to a new, 50,000-square-foot facility in York County that is more than four times larger than its existing industrial facility. The company purchased 47 acres of road along Campbell Road earlier this year.

Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017. Those interested in working with the company may contact them at www.piedmont-energy.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant for real property improvements related to the project.

QUOTES

“PES is delighted to announce our move to South Carolina. In today’s challenging economic climate, small and mid-sized businesses need local and state support to remain competitive. We look forward to partnering with South Carolina and York County as we continue to grow our business and expand into new markets.” –President of Piedmont Energy Systems Patrick Stewart, P.E.

“South Carolina continues to provide the business-friendly climate where companies of all sizes can grow and prosper. We celebrate Piedmont Energy Systems’ decision to invest $4.2 million and create 29 new jobs in York County.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina’s manufacturing renaissance continues to build up steam with announcements like this one from PES. We look forward to welcoming them to York County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are thrilled that Piedmont Energy Systems has chosen York County to grow its manufacturing operations. We congratulate them on the construction of their new facility and congratulate the jobs this investment will create for both our community and our state.” –York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Piedmont Energy Systems, Inc. is relocating its manufacturing operations into York County.
  • $4.2 million investment to create 29 new jobs.
  • PES will locate to York County in a new 50,000-square-foot facility on 47 acres along Campbell Road.
  • The company makes bulk storage and delivery systems for customers ranging from mid-size businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
  • Those interested in positions with the company may apply through their web site at www.piedmont-energy.com.

About Piedmont Energy Systems, Inc.
Since its October, 1973 incorporation, Piedmont Energy Systems (PES) has provided high quality products with an unrivaled standard of service. PES’ engineering expertise and ownership focus allows them to custom design a system that conforms to your specific job requirements, but is innovative and of the highest quality. PES is both service oriented and committed to closely working with you throughout your projects, regardless of the complexity of your needs. Whether you purchase a single piece of equipment, require turnkey engineering, a custom designed skid system, or installation of a complete system, PES is at your service. From small businesses to Fortune® 500 companies, PES’ varied customers receive quality, innovation, quick delivery and extensive service after the sale. PES is accustomed to working with and satisfying the needs and requirements of all levels of corporate management, engineering, production and maintenance personnel. For more information, visit www.piedmont-energy.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, Samsung, 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. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, South Carolina has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contacts:
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
afairwell@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com
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Company creating more than 110 jobs at Farrow Road facility

COLUMBIA, S.C.Charter NEX Films is locating new specialty film manufacturing operations in Richland County. The project is expected to bring $85 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 110 new jobs.

Charter NEX Films is one of North America’s leading independent producers of high-performance specialty films used in flexible packaging and other critical performance applications. With both blown and cast film capabilities, the company’s products are utilized for a variety of applications, including food, medical and protective purposes.

Located in the Carolina Pines Industrial Park on Farrow Road in Blythewood, S.C., the company will be constructing a new 140,000-square-foot facility. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the second quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page for more information.

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

QUOTES

“The 110 jobs that this investment will create for South Carolinians clearly show Charter NEX’s commitment to our state and our people. We are grateful that this great company has decided to choose South Carolina for its new location, and we look forward to the future prosperity that we know will come from this partnership.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“With today’s announcement, Charter NEX Films joins a roster of globally-renowned companies that have decided South Carolina is ‘Just right’ for business. I offer my congratulations to Charter NEX Films and look forward to supporting them as their Richland County operations come online.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We’re extremely excited about Charter NEX’s new location in Richland County. Their commitment to our community and the creation of these quality new jobs are further evidence of the benefits we see when we invest in our future.” –Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Charter NEX Films is locating new manufacturing operations in Richland County.
  • $85 million investment to create more than 110 new jobs.
  • Charter NEX Films is North America’s leading independent producer of high-performance specialty films used in flexible packaging.
  • The company’s 140,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Carolina Pines Industrial Park on Farrow Road in Blythewood, S.C.
  • Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the second quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page.

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, Samsung, 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. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. 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 Contacts:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998

afairwell@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

Details from South Carolina I-77 Alliance’s Third Annual Economic Development Summit

RICHBURG, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham highlighted the power of collaboration, connection and communication on Wednesday, August 16, at the South Carolina I-77 Alliance’s third annual Economic Development Summit, which was held at the Gateway Conference Center in Chester County.

The key federal lawmaker and the state’s chief executive pointed to the alliance of economic developers from the corridor comprising York, Chester, Fairfield and Richland counties as an example of how to leverage the unique advantages the Palmetto State has in attracting new industries and the jobs they create.

“South Carolina is a place where with one or two phone calls you can get to someone who can get things done,” McMaster said. “It’s been that way for a long time.” That attitude has helped create incentives to locate here, which includes a robust technical college system, leading-edge research universities, business-friendly local and state governments, an outstanding port, growing interstate network, and most of all, the people.

“The main reason new companies come here is the people. We have right-to-work laws and a right-to-work attitude and spirit,” the governor said. “They see the people, they see what’s going on here, and they want to be a part of it.” McMaster said that just since he took office in January, there have been 79 projects announced in South Carolina, involving $3 billion in capital investment and 10,000 new jobs.

Graham, meanwhile, said he plans to help in Washington by pushing for legislation that will help show “we know how to say yes to business.”


The Honorable Henry McMaster, Governor of South Carolina, speaking at the Third Annual South Carolina I-77 Alliance Summit on August 16, 2017, in Richburg, SC.

“There have been a lot of historic challenges in this part of the state because of the changes in the textile industry,” South Carolina’s senior senator said. “You’ve had to re-tool here and the Alliance is a brilliant way to help do that. Your vision is going to pay great dividends over time here and for all of South Carolina.”

The Alliance also gave a “sneak peek” of its rebranded logo and new website at the summit, which will be launched by the end of August.

“We were delighted to have two such strong advocates of growth and prosperity for all South Carolinians share their views and insights,” said Alliance President & CEO Rich Fletcher. “The Summit was a great way to share with our stakeholders and the community the Alliance’s vision for going forward within the next year.”

About South Carolina I-77 Alliance
Established by the counties’ economic development offices, the South Carolina I-77 Alliance is a nonprofit economic development organization that seeks to position and market Chester, Fairfield, Richland, and York Counties as a world-class business location to attract investment, high quality jobs, entrepreneurs, and professional talent along the I-77 corridor of South Carolina. For more information on the Alliance, contact Rich Fletcher at (803) 789-5010 or rich.fletcher@i77alliance.com. 

Manufacturer creating 700 new jobs in facility expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is expanding its existing Richland County operations. The business is projected to invest $96 million and create 700 new jobs to increase its overall flexibility in line with business growth.

Trane has approximately 600 employees in South Carolina and offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as advanced building controls and parts support. Trane systems have leading positions in premium commercial, residential and industrial markets.

Located at 400 Killian Road in Columbia, S.C., Trane’s existing Richland County facility makes components and units for HVAC equipment. This expansion will grow the facility by 680,000 square feet. Hiring for the new positions should begin in 2018 as construction nears completion.

QUOTES

“We are pleased to extend our commitment to Columbia, S.C. with a sizeable expansion of our HVAC plant. Over the next three years, we will create approximately 700 jobs in Columbia. We thank the State of South Carolina, as well as Richland County, for their partnerships and will provide more details as we progress with the expansion.”
-Dave Regnery, President of Commercial HVAC North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa

“Our workforce has shown that it’s the best in the world, and announcements like this one continue to boost South Carolina’s reputation on the global stage as a state that can get any job done. We’ve worked hard to create a pro-business environment, and our efforts continue to pay off.”
-Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina’s advanced manufacturing industry has put our state on the map, and this latest expansion by an industry leader like Trane is a testament to our success. I congratulate Trane on this tremendous $96 million investment and look forward to seeing the difference these new jobs make in the Richland County community.”
-Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We’re delighted with Trane’s decision to expand their operations here in Richland County. When a widely-respected company like Trane invests $96 million and creates 700 new job opportunities, it speaks volumes about the business environment we enjoy here.”
-Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson

Five Fast Facts

  • Trane is expanding its existing Richland County operations.
  • $96 million investment to create 700 new jobs.
  • Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services.
  • Located at 400 Killian Road in Columbia, S.C., Trane’s existing facility will be expanded by 680,000 square feet.
  • Hiring for the new positions should begin in 2018 as construction nears completion.

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. In three of the last five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. 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:

Alex Clark
Deputy Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-0685
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

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Wood products manufacturer creating more than 145 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Roseburg Forest Products, a privately-owned, integrated forest products company based in the Pacific Northwest, is locating a new engineered wood products plant in Chester County. The development is projected to lead to the creation of more than 145 new jobs.

Employing more than 3,000 people in the United States, Roseburg Forest Products features a portfolio of products that includes lumber, softwood plywood, composite panels, engineered wood, wood chips and more. With a strong focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability, the company markets products to customers throughout North America. It also owns and sustainably manages more than 630,000 acres of timberland in Oregon and California.

Located off Highway 9, six miles east of Chester, S.C., Roseburg’s new Chester County plant will manufacture structural beams used in residential and commercial construction. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in spring 2018, and career information will soon be available on Ready SC’s website.

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

Quotes

“This is an exciting strategic growth opportunity in a business that has done well for us. With the continued increase in housing starts in the southeastern U.S., we see ongoing demand growth for engineered wood products in the region and elsewhere. We are grateful to state and local officials in Chester for their hard work and collaborative efforts to facilitate this project.”
–Roseburg Forest Products President and CEO Grady Mulbery

“Our state’s workforce has proven that it’s one of the best in the world, and that’s why we know a company like Roseburg Forest Products will succeed here. When a company chooses to call South Carolina home, we commit to having its back every step of the way, and we’re excited to see what the future will hold for this new partnership.”
–Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina continues to see its manufacturing and agribusiness sectors grow and create jobs. Roseburg Forest Products’ new investment builds on our state’s success in those sectors and strengthens our global reputation. I congratulate Chester County on this tremendous news, and we look forward to what the future has in store for this community.”
–Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Chester County is very proud to welcome Roseburg Forest Products. Their decision to invest in Chester County, creating needed jobs and making a sizeable capital investment will benefit our community. This is further proof that Chester County is a great place to live and do business, and we stand ready to assist them as they become one of our industrial partners.”
–Chester County Supervisor K. Shane Stuart

“Chester County is excited beyond belief with the announcement of Roseburg Forest Products’ investment. When you look at Roseburg Forest Products’ history, you know that Chester County is getting a first-class industrial customer in the community. Today is a big win for Chester County, Roseburg Forest Products and its customers.”
–Chester Development Association Chairman Mike Enoch

“Roseburg Forest Products’ decision to build a structural beam plant in South Carolina is a vote of confidence in the state’s sustainable forest resource and industry. South Carolina’s forests contain the most timber ever recorded, and the productivity of our forest industry and forestland is world-class. We are pleased to have another top-quality company like Roseburg join our state’s forestry community and help it grow beyond its current $21 billion economic impact.”
–State Forester Gene Kodama

“The South Carolina I-77 Alliance welcomes Roseburg Forest Products to Chester County and the I-77 region. Roseburg has become an industry leader through its commitment to its employees, customers and community. In Chester County and South Carolina, Roseburg has found a location that matches their core values, especially their Handshake Integrity. We look forward to Roseburg Forest Products’ successful and profitable integration into Chester County and the I-77 region.”
–I-77 Alliance President and CEO Rich Fletcher

Five Fast Facts

  • Roseburg Forest Products is locating a new engineered wood manufacturing plant in Chester County.
  • New development will create more than 145 jobs.
  • Based in the Pacific Northwest, Roseburg Forest Products offers a diversified portfolio of wood products with a focus on sustainability.
  • Roseburg Forest Products’ new Chester County plant will manufacture structural beams used in residential and commercial construction.
  • Hiring for the new positions should begin in spring 2018, and interested applicants should visit Ready SC’s website.

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. In three of the last five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. 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:

Alex Clark
Deputy Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-0685
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

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Find Up-to-Date, Detailed Workforce Data Online

Richburg, S.C. – Prospective employers, industrial recruiters, policy makers and site selectors who want to know more about the available talent in the SC I-77 region can now easily find up-to-date, detailed workforce data online.

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance has released a first-of-its-kind report for the four-county region stretching from Charlotte to Columbia in the Palmetto State. The new Regional Workforce Study is an 84-page report that provides in-depth analysis of the workforce a new or existing business could employ. In addition to the regional perspective, individual reports were commissioned for the Alliance counties: York, Chester, Fairfield, & Richland.

The data provides drilled-down analysis of factors such as workforce age, education, skill levels, commuter patterns, target industry alignment, and more.

Fulfilling an action item from its strategic plan, the SC I-77 Alliance worked with consultants from TIP Strategies Inc. of Austin, TX, to conduct the research and interviews that created deep-dive views of the strengths and opportunities for sustained economic vitality and growth in the I-77 corridor.

“This report provides detailed labor force information that’s now required to be competitive in business attraction and industrial recruitment,” said Rich Fletcher, President/CEO of the SC I-77 Alliance. “We’re excited to be able to provide this easily accessible, data-rich and insightful source of information.”

Christopher Finn, Director of Research and Marketing for the SC I-77 Alliance, added, “Data is power in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace for business recruitment. The information our four counties are able to provide prospective employers now puts us at an advantage.”

Fiberglass manufacturer investing $11.1 million and creating 48 jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – China Hengshi Foundation Company, a fiberglass fabric provider, is locating new operations in Richland County. The company’s new facility is expected to bring $11.1 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of 48 jobs.

Founded in 2000, China Hengshi specializes in the research, development, production and marketing of a variety of fiber-weaving products for export around the world. Primarily used in wind turbine blades, the company’s products are also utilized in space flight, aviation, construction, transportation, environmental protection and more.

Located at 1440 Atlas Road in Columbia, S.C., the company intends to have its 111,000-square-foot manufacturing facility operational by the fourth quarter of 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the company’s website or contact lewis.stern@hengshiusa.com. ReadySC has also established a microsite to assist in hiring for China Hengshi.

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

Quotes

“Today marks another milestone for our company as we are starting our first South Carolina operations. We are very excited about the future of our company and are thrilled that we can support the local community as we launch this new facility.” -China Hengshi Foundation Company Ltd. Chairman Zhang Yuqiang

“We’re proud to welcome China Hengshi to the South Carolina business community. It’s a privilege to welcome any company that has decided to do business here, but the 48 new jobs that this investment means for Richland County is an important step forward to continuing the growth of our manufacturing industry.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina has long been a strong player in both manufacturing and foreign direct investment, and this tremendous $11.1 million investment only reinforces that notion. We look forward to our new partnership with China Hengshi Foundation Company.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“China Hengshi’s announcement is a further demonstration that Richland County’s decision to invest in economic development is paying dividends.” -Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson

Five Fast Facts

  • China Hengshi Foundation Company is locating new operations in Richland County.
  • $11.1 million investment to create 48 new jobs.
  • China Hengshi is a leading provider of fiberglass fabrics to the wind turbine industry.
  • Located at 1440 Atlas Road in Columbia, S.C., the company’s new facility should be operational by the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Hiring should begin in the third quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the company’s website or contact lewis.stern@hengshiusa.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. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. 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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On March 2, 2016, then South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley established the Local Government Competitiveness Council. The Executive Order establishing the Council required that the Council consist of business leaders with expertise in the areas of workforce, infrastructure and taxes. The purpose of the Council is to analyze factors and criteria that impact South Carolina counties’ abilities to attract, retain and develop business and industry.

The first step in the process was to divide the state’s 46 counties by population, resulting in three groups:

Group 1 – Counties with a population of 100,000 or greater (15 counties)
Group 2 – Counties with a population of 30,000 – 99,999 (17 counties)
Group 3 – Counties with a population of 29,999 or less (14 Counties)

With the county groupings determined, the second task of the Council was to determine what data to collect and review. Discussions among Council members and staff resulted in four areas of interest–public infrastructure, taxes and regulation, workforce, and quality of life. The Council then decided on roughly 80 data points under these categories to analyze for each county, group, and statewide.

The four member counties in the I-77 Alliance can use the report to focus resources on mitigating issues that have led to underperforming data points. However, the I-77 region fared well overall and had some standout comments. Below are a few quotes from the report and to view the full report, there is a link at the end. (Any emphasis added below is our own).

“Of the high performing counties that the Council identified, most were located on an interstate… This was particularly true of the I-77 corridor from York County down through Fairfield County with York, Chester and Fairfield Counties ranking first, third and fourth in announced job creation as percentage of population.”

York County’s announced job creation of 2.7% is the highest among all of the Group 1 counties and makes it a high performing county.”

“(York’s) percentage change in jobs during the period from 2005 to 2014 of 13.51% makes it one of the fastest growing counties in the State for overall job growth.”

Chester’s economic outlook appears to be improving with the announcement of GITI Tires location in the county. Because of its proximity to York County and its location along Interstate 77, Chester is part of the “growth corridor.”

Chester currently has 35 sites available that range in size from 12 acres to 4,405 acres. Nine sites have rail access, ten have interstate frontage, and three are certified sites. Chester County has more sites available than any other county in the State.”

Fairfield’s population within 40 miles of the county seat is 323,473 which the largest among all the Group 3 counties.

“Fairfield’s announced job creation as a percentage of population was 3.5% which was the highest within Group 3 and makes Fairfield a high performer within the State.”

“Five of the Group 1 counties had larger populations of 20-34 year-olds than the other age groups. However, three of these counties (Richland, Pickens and Sumter) likely have strong youth populations because of the location of the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and Shaw Air force Base being located in those counties.”

“Richland has the best total wastewater capacity and future capacity among all the Group 1 counties, making it a prime location for large industrial projects.”

The I-77 region offers a unique opportunity for economic development. Strong economies, plentiful real estate options, utility and transportation infrastructure, and a location near one of the largest and fastest growing metro areas in the United States. In addition to these physical assets, our location draws from two labor sheds, each with a civilian labor force of roughly 1.2 million people. The I-77 region is ideally positioned to help new and expanding companies thrive.

To access the full report, click this link.

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