E. & J. Gallo Winery establishing a new East Coast facility in Chester County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce today announced that E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo), a global wine and spirits company, will build a new state-of-the-art production facility and distribution center in Chester County to support future business growth and its long-term innovation plans. The $423 million investment will… Continue Reading »

Post-Pandemic Growth Industries Are Already at Home in the Corridor

Recently, when the New York Times profiled a report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on revamped job-growth projections in a post-pandemic landscape, we took that opportunity to review what those numbers say about economic prospects here in the five counties comprising the South Carolina I-77 Region. As it turns out, the sectors… Continue Reading »

British Electric Vehicle Maker Arrival Chooses Rock Hill SC Site

History is repeating itself as a leading-edge automotive manufacturer plans to start up its first U.S. electric vehicle (EV) production facility in York County. Arrival plans to begin producing electric buses in 2021 in a 193,000-square-foot spec building, the second announcement at the Legacy Park East industrial park in Rock Hill. The U.K.-based company is… Continue Reading »

South Carolina’s I-77 Corridor Stands Ready

Around the world, forward-looking enterprises are planning for a post-pandemic future. Communities that continued to invest in their infrastructure, workforce, and quality of life assets will be positioned to land those prospects as they decide the time is right to expand. The five South Carolina counties, comprising the corridor from Charlotte, N.C. to Columbia, S.C.,… Continue Reading »

COVID-19 Shutdown Hasn’t Halted Lancaster County Prospecting

Jamie Gilbert knew Lancaster County was offering a unique opportunity for businesses; however, it wasn’t until Bloomberg News tabled an article the news agency was planning to do on incentives for onshore production of essential medical supplies that the uniqueness of the initiative was realized. Lancaster County Council in March passed a resolution offering the most robust incentives in its… Continue Reading »

Ross Stores, Inc. expanding distribution operations in York County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ross Stores, Inc. (Ross), a leading off-price apparel and home fashion company in the United States, plans to expand its distribution and warehousing operations in York County. The company’s $68 million investment is projected to create 700 new jobs over a period of five years. Founded in 1982, Ross offers high-quality name brand… Continue Reading »

Covid-19 Impact Planning Report

The I-77 Alliance, in cooperation with GISWebTech, has created an Impact Planning Report for our 5-county alliance. Please click the links below to view the interactive graphs, or download the Planning Report PDF. If you have questions or would like to share your experiences please contact chris.finn@i77alliance.com

Giti Tire Puts Down Roots and Spreads Wings in Chester County

In just a few short years, Giti Tire has become a flagship success story for the I-77 Corridor, leveraging a $560 million investment into an enterprise notable for its business, community and environmental sustainability.  The Singapore-based company’s first U.S. plant was a greenfield project that now houses a 1.7-million square foot factory that began production… Continue Reading »

I-77 Region, Building Economic Resiliency Through Diversity and Specialization

As companies scour the United States searching for their next facility’s ideal site, dozens of variables are used to rank and eliminate prospective communities. Those making it to the short list are locations that can maximize return on investment (ROI) while minimizing risk. Certain variables, such as workforce, transportation access, and business costs are ubiquitous… Continue Reading »

The Data Does The Driving in 2020: A New Strategy Emerges

We’re going to let the data do the driving in 2020. You can call that our New Year’s resolution but it’s really the new strategic focus the South Carolina I-77 Alliance is adopting to identify and market to prospective new industries that could benefit from the advantages our five-county corridor offers. While still relying on… Continue Reading »

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