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What a difference a decade can make. When the Great Recession hit, Lancaster County was already reeling from the loss of Springs Industries and its thousands of textile jobs that had sustained generations of local families.

Unemployment skyrocketed and income levels dropped to among the lowest in the state. “We had become a poster child for what can happen to communities overly dependent on one industry or employer,” says county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert. “Lancaster County was so distressed that Forbes called us ‘the most vulnerable community in America.’”

A decade later, Lancaster County is enjoying an economic boom that has seen its economy diversify across multiple industries while also becoming one of the premier office markets in the booming Charlotte region.

Movement Mortgage Headquarters in Lancaster

Gilbert says that boom began when county leaders began actively leveraging their ideal location — a mix of rural, small town and suburban — to aggressively recruit corporate offices to the northern end of the county, comprising the Fort Mill and Indian Land communities just south of Charlotte.

Digital marketing leader Red Ventures, Sharonview Federal Credit Union and Continental Tire of the Americas paved the way in 2010, followed soon by other corporate brand names such as CompuCom, Honeywell, Movement Mortgage and ServiceMac.

White- and Blue-Collar Growth

There now are more than 6,400 employees in the professional & business service sectors in Lancaster County, primarily clustered in the county’s northern panhandle, a number expected to grow by 50 percent over the next several years. That white-collar explosion is occurring alongside the renaissance of goods-producing sectors in the county, a cluster of industries that has nearly doubled employment since cratering in 2010, now employing almost 4,700 people in Lancaster County.

“Lancaster County’s heart and soul has always been manufacturing and since 2010 we’ve attracted a number of new firms that have played a major role in reshaping our economy,” Gilbert says. They range from animal health products maker Nutramax Laboratories to Fab Fours, a maker of premium bumpers and truck accessories. Textiles also remain a player, including Keer America, a spinning mill that plays a key role in the cotton yarn supply chain. In the southern end of the county, there’s even a new gold mine, operated by OceanaGold.

The numbers also tell the story. Since 2012, Lancaster County has facilitated 59 new and expanding industrial projects that represent a $1.52 billion investment and nearly 11,200 expected jobs. In the past year alone, the county ranked first in the Palmetto State for new jobs, sixth for announced new investments (excluding solar farms), and second for announced new jobs and investment combined.

“Per capita income is now third-highest in the state and we’ve moved from being a tier four county to tier two. Smart Asset has just ranked us as the third-best county in South Carolina for new investment,” Gilbert says. “To call it remarkable is an understatement.”

More People, Places, Possibilities

Commercial, retail and residential growth has accompanied that manufacturing and office expansion. The county’s population was 76,972 in 2010. It’s expected to surpass 100,000 in 2020. That makes Lancaster County the second-fastest growing county in the state (behind only Horry County/Myrtle Beach on the coast) and the 32nd fastest in the country among counties with populations of more than 10,000.

“Our growth boom has brought new shopping centers, service businesses, restaurants, subdivisions and apartments that support the needs of our residents and businesses. This keeps spending local and generates additional tax revenue for our schools and county services,” Gilbert says.

Red Ventures World Headquarters

The development of new areas and redevelopment of the town of Lancaster aims to attract both knowledge and trade workers, which are so crucial to companies facing a tight labor market and national competition for talented people who have a lot of options.

Along with smoothing the way for multiple infrastructure, industrial/office/commercial and residential lifestyle projects, county leaders are working closely with companies and local institutions of higher learning to close the loop on all that’s needed to ensure Lancaster County remains a compelling choice for those looking to choose a new home for their enterprise of the future.

Company is investing $18.4 million into expansion

INDIAN LAND, S.C. Unique Loom, a global online retailer of area rugs and home decor to national and international customers, today announced plans to expand operations in Lancaster County. The company is investing $18.4 million into the operation.

Founded in 2000, Unique Loom specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of indoor and outdoor rugs and other floor coverings.  

Headquartered at 793 Fort Mill Highway in Indian Land, Unique Loom’s expansion will increase the company’s distribution capabilities. The expansion will nearly double the size of the building with the construction of over 234,000 square feet of warehouse space and an additional 10,000 square feet of office space.

The expansion is expected to be completed by May 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Unique Loom team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

QUOTES

“Unique Loom’s significant distribution expansion in Lancaster County will strengthen our logistics capability and enhance service to our customers. The Nassri family is truly appreciative of the incredible support we received from Lancaster County and South Carolina when we opened the facility three years ago and their ongoing commitment to us. As an existing business, it shows we made the right choice to locate in this exceptional community.”-Unique USA CEO Johnny Nassri

“Unique Loom’s decision to invest $18.4 million in Lancaster County is a huge win for South Carolina. We are excited to watch them expand their operations, and we look forward to seeing them succeed and grow here for many years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“We celebrate another big win as Unique Loom has decided to grow its footprint in Lancaster County. The $18.4 million investment will have a major impact on the local community and the state of South Carolina.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Lancaster County is very excited that Unique Loom is expanding its Indian Land operations. The close proximity to several interstates makes us ideally suited to meet the logistics needs of industry. This major expansion is a strong testimonial to Lancaster County’s outstanding business climate. We congratulate Unique Loom on their growth and appreciate the jobs and investments they have brought and will be bringing to our community.” -Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper

“Unique Loom’s expansion is another great example of a Lancaster County business making their big dreams a reality. When they arrived in 2017, Unique Loom had an aggressive plan to grow their operation. They purchased the building within the first year and are now significantly adding to it. We are thrilled to see their incredible success.” –Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Unique Loom is expanding operations in Lancaster County.
  • The company is investing $18.4 million into additional warehouse and office space.
  • Unique Loom is a leading supplier of area rugs and home decor.
  • Located at 793 Fort Mill Highway in Indian Land, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Unique Loom team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

 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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

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The $46 million investment will create 240 new jobs

ROCK HILL, S.C. Arrival, a global electric vehicle (EV) company, today announced plans to establish its first U.S. Microfactory in York County. The $46 million investment into the region will create 240 new jobs.

Founded in 2015 and based in London, England, Arrival works with cities around the world to create zero-emission mobility solutions for today’s transportation challenges. The company’s South Carolina operations will utilize a new cell-based assembly method to produce vehicles rather than a traditional automotive production line, allowing the production of any vehicle from Arrival’s portfolio. With this model, Arrival occupies a smaller footprint, hence the name “Microfactory.” The Microfactory design is key to Arrival’s approach to bringing down the cost of EVs to accelerate mass adoption.

Located in Rock Hill, the company’s new operations will initially focus on building electric buses with Arrival’s vertically integrated approach to vehicle production, which utilizes the company’s in-house developed components, materials and software. Materials for the EVs will be sourced from surrounding regions through a localized supply chain, which will reduce environmental impact.

Arrival is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2021, with production starting by the fourth quarter of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Arrival team should visit the company’s hiring website at www.readysc.org/arrival

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

QUOTES

“Our new Microfactory in South Carolina is the beginning of a paradigm shift in the EV space. We’re thankful for the great work at the state and local levels that lead us to South Carolina, and we are excited to be able to partner with York County to deliver our vision for commercial electric vehicles while investing in the lives of the community members that support Arrival.” -Arrival CEO of North America Mike Ableson

“We couldn’t be happier that Arrival has decided to build zero-emissions EVs right here in South Carolina. It speaks volumes to our business-friendly climate and well-trained workforce, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“The automotive industry continues to be a major job creator in our state’s economy, and today’s announcement is another sign of that. Arrival’s decision to locate new operations in South Carolina builds on our international reputation for being a place where businesses can succeed.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are excited to see Arrival choose York County as the location for their first manufacturing operations location in the United States. On behalf of the York County Council, we welcome this international electric vehicle manufacturer to the region. We look forward to future partnerships, quality jobs and seeing this innovative company thrive in our community. Congratulations Arrival, we are glad you are here.” -York County Council Chairman Michael Johnson

“On behalf of the Rock Hill City Council, we are pleased to welcome Arrival to our good town. Another successful business offering good paying jobs and choosing to locate in our city is a testament to the ongoing investment in our infrastructure and the hard work and vision of Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation members. This company’s presence in Rock Hill will continue to build a world class economy for our All-America City.” -Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Arrival is establishing its first U.S. Microfactory in York County.
  • The $46 million investment will create 240 new jobs.
  • Arrival is an electric vehicle company.
  • The Microfactory will be located in Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Arrival team should visit readysc.org/arrival.

 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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 About Arrival

Arrival is reinventing the automotive industry with its entirely new approach to the design and assembly of electric vehicles. Low CapEx, rapidly scalable Microfactories combined with proprietary in-house developed components, materials and software, enable the production of best in class vehicles competitively priced to fossil fuel variants and with a substantially lower Total Cost of Ownership.

This transformative approach provides cities globally with the solutions they need to create sustainable urban environments and exceptional experiences for their citizens.  

Arrival was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the UK, with over 1,200 global employees located in offices across the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Russia, and Luxembourg.

 S.C. COMMERCE MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com


ARRIVAL MEDIA CONTACT:

Ebolutalese Airewele at Milltown Partners

(607) 339-9122

OTAirewele@milltownpartners.com

www.Arrival.com

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More than $25 million investment will create approximately 100 jobs

RIDGEWAY, S.C. Oldcastle APG, a leading global manufacturer of outdoor living and building materials, today announced plans to establish operations in Fairfield County. The more than $25 million investment will create approximately 100 new jobs.

Located at 355 Commerce Boulevard in Ridgeway, Oldcastle APG’s new, state-of-the-art facility will be the company’s fifth South Carolina location. The Fairfield County operations will increase the company’s hardscapes production capabilities in the Carolinas, an area of increasing customer demand and significant investment for Oldcastle APG. The facility will produce the Belgard hardscapes product line, as well as service a variety of professional and retail customers.

As an industry-leading manufacturer of outdoor living and building materials, Oldcastle APG maintains strong market positions in concrete masonry, hardscapes, bagged dry-mixes, lawn and garden and composite decking. The company’s brand portfolio includes Belgard hardscapes, Sakrete concrete mixes, Amerimix mortars and MoistureShield composite decking, among numerous others.

The new facility is expected to be completed by September 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Oldcastle APG team should visit https://www.oldcastleapg.com/careers.

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

 QUOTES

“As business continues to expand for Oldcastle APG around the globe and particularly in the Southeast, we are prepared to meet customer demand with strategic investments in our manufacturing facilities. As the leading provider of outdoor living and building materials in our industry, we look forward to strengthening our footprint with a fourth manufacturing facility in South Carolina.” -Oldcastle APG President Tim Ortman

“We’re excited to welcome Oldcastle APG’s newest manufacturing facility to South Carolina. The investment of more than $25 million and the new jobs they are creating are great news for Fairfield County and our state.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Oldcastle APG is a world-class company, and it speaks volumes that they have decided to locate their newest manufacturing facility right here in South Carolina. This announcement serves as another testament to South Carolina’s strong business climate.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Fairfield County welcomes Oldcastle APG to our community. These new jobs and capital investment represent hope and prosperity. Oldcastle’s decision to locate in Fairfield is testament to our location and our labor force. We are committed to our partnership with Oldcastle APG as they grow their business and create opportunities for our citizens.” -Fairfield County Council Chairman Neil Robinson

“Today’s announcement is an exciting win for Fairfield County and Oldcastle APG. A company known for creating products that build communities, Oldcastle APG’s new facility in the Fairfield County Speculative Building will provide a foundation of opportunity for the local workforce.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam

“We are pleased to welcome Oldcastle APG to South Carolina and the I-77 region. Oldcastle APG will be a tremendous addition to the outstanding manufacturing community in the state. We congratulate Fairfield County on this exciting announcement and look forward to continued growth in Fairfield County and the region.” -I-77 Alliance CEO and President Rich Fletcher

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Oldcastle APG is establishing operations in Fairfield County.
  • More than $25 million investment will create approximately 100 jobs.
  • Oldcastle APG is a leading global manufacturer of outdoor living and building materials.
  • Located at 355 Commerce Boulevard in Ridgeway, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Oldcastle APG team should visit https://www.oldcastleapg.com/careers.

About Oldcastle APG
Oldcastle APG, a CRH company, is a leading provider of outdoor living and building materials, with strong positions in concrete masonry, hardscapes, bagged dry-mixes, lawn & garden, and composite decking. APG’s brand portfolio includes Belgard hardscapes, Sakrete concrete mixes and Amerimix mortars, MoistureShield composite decking, among numerous others. Oldcastle APG is a subsidiary of CRH plc, a leading global diversified building materials group, employing approximately 77,600 people at over 3,100 operating locations in 30 countries worldwide.

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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

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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., is just such a community where strategic planning and partnerships will build on a long successful run of attracting corporate expansions and relocations.

Serving as the economic development organization for these counties, (Richland, Fairfield, Chester, Lancaster, and York), the South Carolina I-77 Alliance does not manage projects, therefore, 100% of its efforts are focused on filling the project pipeline and supporting the counties’ efforts to create sustainable economic growth.

Where We Are, Who We Are, What We Do

Anywhere in the I-77 corridor, employers can tap into a massive regional civilian labor force of more than 1.2 million people, buoyed by growing metro areas to the region’s North and South. This workforce is living and working in a region boasting robust educational opportunities – particularly technical and workforce readiness education – and an attractive quality of life for those who prefer urban, suburban, or rural living.

Connecting this region to the world is an unparalleled transportation network, featuring easy access to major airports (Charlotte Douglas International is one of the world’s busiest and Columbia Metropolitan is a major cargo hub for UPS and FedEx) and deep-sea shipping (Charleston Port), with multiple interstates and rail lines. 

While major South Carolina manufacturers such as Boeing and BMW created the opportunity for an array of suppliers to set up shop in the corridor, there’s also been organic economic expansion in other sectors. Industries thriving across the region now include precision manufacturing, advanced materials, life sciences such as medical equipment and pharmaceutical production, and corporate, finance, and professional services.

The I-77 Alliance Data Center and Site Search Tools  

As data analysis drives location decisions, the Alliance has invested in online data solutions for its website and those of the five counties. This presents a unique opportunity for site selection professionals to gather industry, workforce, or property information for multiple communities through a common, unified experience. 

While the I-77 Alliance Data Center provides access to current industry and economic data, the Recruit site search tool uses geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology from Esri to guide users to ideal properties while providing cutting-edge workforce and demographic analysis on thousands of data points. Invaluable tools not only for site selection, but also for local workforce development efforts, entrepreneurship and small business, and higher education. 

Preparing Now for New Opportunities

At a time when preliminary site visits may be limited and trade shows are canceled, the region’s collaborative economic development ecosystem continues to operate at full speed. As activity climbs back to pre-pandemic levels, our partners are prepared to have prospects see with their own eyes why so many companies are expanding and relocating here.

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Company to create 20 new jobs

INDIAN LAND, S.C. – SynTech Design, a subsidiary of Synergy Steel, today announced plans to establish operations in Lancaster County. The $450,000 investment will create 20 new jobs.

Established earlier this year, SynTech Design provides 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) and design services to clients across the United States.

Located at 1041 Red Ventures Drive in Indian Land, SynTech Design’s new operations bring the division closer to Synergy Steel’s manufacturing facility in Lancaster and enhance the division’s access to the region’s engineering talent pool.

The facility is expected to be completed by November 2020. Individuals interested in joining the SynTech Design team should visit https://synergysteelcorp.com/contact/.  

QUOTES

“Synergy Steel is committed to the quality of life of our employees. Relocating SynTech Design to Lancaster County enhances that balance of home life and work that our employees deserve. Synergy Steel is committed to being a leading employer in Lancaster County by providing a culture where everyone is valued and appreciated. We thoroughly enjoy our relationship with the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and South Carolina Department of Commerce. Their continued dedication to our success is very much appreciated.” -Synergy Steel Principal Brian Iagnemma

“We’re proud to celebrate anytime a company decides to establish operations in our state. This is a milestone for SynTech Design and Lancaster County, and I’m excited to see what this company will accomplish within our borders.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

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

“Lancaster County is excited that SynTech Design is locating and expanding to Indian Land. Since establishing operations in Lancaster two years ago, Synergy Steel has hit the ground running, and the decision to bring their engineering and software development function here is a strong testimonial to our attractive business climate and available professional talent.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper 

“Synergy Steel, the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and S.C. Department of Commerce have enjoyed a tremendous partnership over the last several years, and it played a major role in the company’s decision to bring SynTech Design to Indian Land. The operation’s skilled technical jobs are indicative of the diverse business landscape that companies find in Lancaster County.” –Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • SynTech Design is establishing operations in Lancaster County.
  • The $450,000 investment will create 20 new jobs.
  • SynTech Design is a subsidiary of Synergy Steel.
  • Located at 1041 Red Ventures Drive in Indian Land, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the SynTech Design team should visit https://synergysteelcorp.com/contact/.

 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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com
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$7 million investment will create 50 new jobs

RICHBURG, S.C. Chart Industries, Inc., (NASDAQ: GTLS), a global manufacturer of highly engineered cryogenic equipment, today announced plans to establish operations in Chester County. The $7 million investment will create 50 new jobs over the next five years.

Founded in 1992, Chart Industries, Inc. is a global manufacturer of equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. The company offers vacuum-insulated containment vessels, heat exchangers, cold boxes and other cryogenic components to the energy and industrial gas markets.

Located at 5454 Richburg Road in Richburg, Chart Industries, Inc.’s new operations will serve as a repair, service and leasing facility for all the company’s products.

The facility is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Chart Industries, Inc. team should visit https://www.chartindustries.com/Careers.

 QUOTES

“Our repair, service and leasing division is growing over 10% annually as the result of expanding our geographic footprint over the past two years. We have had interest in expanding into the southeastern United States for some time, as many of our customers have large installed bases of products that need refurbishment in the Carolinas. We are thrilled to be breaking ground in our new, 20-acre Richburg, South Carolina location, which brings us proximity to our customers, major interstate roads, economic value and access to skilled talent.” -Chart Industries, Inc. CEO and President Jill Evanko

“The 50 new jobs that Chart Industries, Inc. is bringing to Chester County will change the lives of South Carolinians, and for that, we couldn’t be more grateful. We wish this great company all the best on their new endeavor, and I look forward to watching them succeed for years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today’s announcement by Chart Industries, Inc. is a tremendous win for Chester County as they further expand their manufacturing base. I congratulate this company on their new operations and look forward to celebrating their successes.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Chester County welcomes Chart Industries, Inc. as the next great company to call Chester County, South Carolina home. We are excited that this exciting, world-class company has chosen to invest in Chester County and our people.” -Chester County Supervisor

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Chart Industries, Inc. is establishing operations in Chester County.
  • The $7 million investment will create 50 new jobs over the next five years.
  • Chart Industries, Inc. is a global manufacturer of highly engineered cryogenic equipment.
  • Located at 5454 Richburg Road in Richburg, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Chart Industries, Inc. team should visit https://www.chartindustries.com/Careers.

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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

About Chart Industries, Inc.
Chart Industries, Inc. is a leading independent global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment servicing multiple applications in the Energy and Industrial Gas markets. Our unique product portfolio is used in every phase of the liquid gas supply chain, including upfront engineering, service and repair.  Being at the forefront of the clean energy transition, Chart is a leading provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture amongst other applications. We are committed to excellence in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues both for our company as well as our customers. With over 25 global locations from the United States to Asia, Australia, India, Europe and South America, we maintain accountability and transparency to our team members, suppliers, customers and communities. To learn more, visit www.Chartindustries.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Wade Suki, CFA
Director of Investor Relations
Chart Industries, Inc.
(770) 721-8877
Wade.suki@chartindustries.com
www.Chartindustries.com

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$1.5 million investment will create 21 new jobs

INDIAN LAND, S.C. ClickFold Plastics, a custom plastics manufacturer, today announced plans to establish operations in Lancaster County. The $1.5 million investment will create 21 new jobs.

Founded in 2000, ClickFold Plastics designs and manufactures custom plastic parts including enclosures, housings, covers and panels, utilizing a proprietary process that eliminates the need for molds and tooling.

Located in Bailes Ridge Corporate Park in Indian Land, ClickFold Plastics’ new facility will be company-owned and include 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space to increase capacity.

The new facility is projected to be online by the fourth quarter of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the ClickFold Plastics team should call (844) 649-8665 or email patrick@ClickFold.com.

QUOTES

“ClickFold Plastics’ new facility will provide us with a much more conducive location and layout for our operation. We’ve experienced strong growth over the past 20 years, and the need for a new building had become paramount. Our growth to Bailes Ridge Corporate Park in Lancaster County provides us with easy access to two interstates and Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which are critical to our efficiency. The outstanding support the county and state economic development teams provided us with site selection, development issues and incentives was instrumental in ClickFold’s location decision and will allow us to open quickly and economically. We look forward to being in the building early next year.” -ClickFold Plastics CEO and Founder Patrick Oltmanns

“Today’s announcement is another win for South Carolina as we celebrate ClickFold Plastics’ decision to invest and create new jobs in Lancaster County. We look forward to watching this company establish and grow within our borders.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“All around South Carolina, businesses of all types are thriving, and today’s announcement by ClickFold Plastics is a testament to that. We congratulate this company and look forward to their continued growth for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Lancaster County is pleased and excited that we will be the new home for ClickFold Plastics. Our excellent business climate and skilled workforce that supports a variety of manufacturers will be a significant benefit to ClickFold as they grow their operations. We welcome ClickFold to our community and greatly appreciate their decision to choose Lancaster County.” -Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper

“ClickFold Plastics is an impressive company and I can’t wait to see them producing parts here in 2021. Mr. Oltmanns represents the type of visionary entrepreneur and business leader that has become synonymous with Lancaster County and made us a premier location for companies seeking to turn “their big dreams into realities.” Lancaster County’s incredibly strong manufacturing sector will be getting a bit stronger with the addition of ClickFold Plastics.” -Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • ClickFold Plastics is establishing operations in Lancaster County.
  • The $1.5 million investment will create 21 new jobs.
  • ClickFold Plastics is a custom plastics manufacturer.
  • Located in Bailes Ridge Corporate Park in Indian Land, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the ClickFold Plastics team should call (844) 649-8665 or email patrick@ClickFold.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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

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More than $9.7 million investment will create 16 new jobs

LANCASTER, S.C.Silgan Containers, a leading manufacturer of metal food packaging, today announced plans to expand operations in Lancaster County. The company’s more than $9.7 million investment is projected to create 16 new jobs over the next five years.

Founded in 1987, Silgan Containers is a solutions-based manufacturer of metal containers for shelf-stable food and general line products.

Located at 1531 Camp Creek Road, Silgan Containers’ Lancaster County facility manufactures cans for food customers across the Southeast.

The company’s expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Silgan Containers team should visit https://silgancontainers.com/careers/.

QUOTES

“Silgan is happy to be able to make this investment in Lancaster, S.C., which will provide job security and opportunities to our great team of employees in Lancaster. The state and county’s positive business climate combined with an excellent workforce have helped make this investment possible.” -Silgan Plant Manager John Wilbert  

“It’s always exciting to see one of our existing businesses prosper and grow. We celebrate Silgan Containers’ decision to increase its footprint in South Carolina and create 16 new jobs. We are committed to fostering our state’s business-friendly climate so that we’ll continue to see job-creating investments like this one.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“We’re excited celebrate the continued success of our state’s thriving manufacturing industry. Silgan Containers’ latest investment in Lancaster County is a big win and will have a real impact in the Lancaster County community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“It’s another golden day for Lancaster County with Silgan Containers’ expansion of their Lancaster operation. Silgan Containers is one of our most respected manufacturers, and the new jobs and investment are very much welcomed and appreciated.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper

“Silgan Containers’ expansion is a significant long-term commitment to their Lancaster County facility. The investment is a reflection of the plant’s strategic importance to the company and a testament to the outstanding business climate the county and state offer manufacturers.” –Lancaster County Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Silgan Containers is expanding operations in Lancaster County.
  • The company’s more than $9.7 million investment is projected to create 16 new jobs over the next five years.
  • The company is a leading manufacturer of metal food packaging.
  • Located at 1531 Camp Creek Road in Lancaster, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Silgan Containers team should visit https://silgancontainers.com/careers/.

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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

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Lancaster County Leads the Charge to Onshore Critical Medical Supplies

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 history, and aimed at responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies that set up shop to produce life-saving medical devices and medicines will get a 10-year abatement of all property taxes, donated land within a county business park and fast-track permitting.

Cardinal Health

Gilbert, the county’s economic development director, and the Lancaster County Council knew they were at the forefront of a growing number of voices calling for the need to onshore strategically important products to the U.S. and hoped other communities throughout the nation would soon follow suit. The plan did catch the attention of a Bloomberg reporter who interviewed Gilbert but told him that without other communities taking action to encourage reshoring, the article would be probably not run. Unfortunately, Lancaster County seems to be riding solo on such incentives thus far; therefore, the article was put on hold.

Important No Matter Where It Happens

“Lancaster County believes we have a patriotic duty to address what is a national health and security issue, and, it makes good business sense. We hope businesses will take advantage of our opportunity; but regardless if it’s here or some other location within the U.S., these products need to be manufactured in America. The U.S. cannot be so susceptible to catastrophic disruptions in the global supply chain.”

– Jamie Gilbert, Lancaster County SC Economic Development Director

Along with an attractive physical location – with a large labor pool and ample transportation options due to its proximity to Charlotte – Lancaster County already has some experience in hosting life sciences and related industries.

Gilbert says he and his partners are working with several prospects who may qualify for the incentive, and that despite the pandemic-induced lockdown, he and his Alliance colleagues have kept the prospecting and recruiting going across multiple verticals. (The S.C. I-77 Alliance itself has consolidated pertinent data for prospects in a new COVID-19 Impact Planning Report.)

They’ll be picking up where they left off. “January and February were our two busiest months ever in terms of project activity. Then, the coronavirus hit in March and we saw nothing until later in April. Things really started picking up in May and now I think there’s a lot of pent-up demand just waiting to get going,” Gilbert says.

Multiple Sites in Development

Lancaster County already has gotten going. Multiple sites are in various stages of preparedness, including the 88-acre Lancaster Air Rail Park (and adjacent 700 acres of former Springs Industries property), where grants are being sought to extend the park’s road to other locations within the park where water and sewer are already in place. 

They’re also working on a master plan for the 483-acre Airport Industrial Park across the road from the Air Rail Park off S.C. Highway 9 as well as the redevelopment of the old Springs bleachery building on Grace Avenue in Lancaster. 

Talks also are underway with developers for the construction of a spec industrial building– totaling about 100,000-200,000 square feet and the first in the county in some 20 years.

“While the rest of the world was taking a pause, around here we’ve been focusing on improving our industrial real estate product,” Gilbert says, noting that multiple job-creating investments in and around Lancaster County have already been recently announced. “We’re ready to go.”

$68 million investment to create 700 new jobs

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 and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, home fashions and more at bargain prices. The company operates retail operations in over 1,800 locations across the United States and Guam.

The expansion is expected to be completed over a period of five years. Individuals interested in joining the Ross team should visit https://jobs.rossstores.com/.

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

QUOTES

“York County and the state of South Carolina have been a good place to do business for Ross for many years. We look forward to expanding and improving our distribution and packaging capabilities as we increase our presence in York County.”
-Ross Stores, Inc. Senior Vice President Eric Johnson

“We are always thrilled to see one of our existing businesses grow its presence in our state. We celebrate Ross Stores, Inc.’s decision to expand and create 700 new jobs in the Palmetto State.”
-Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today’s announcement is another big win for South Carolina. Ross Stores, Inc.’s decision to further invest in our state shows how critical good transportation infrastructure is in attracting investments that create jobs. Congratulations to Ross and York County on this exciting news.”
-Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“York County is proud to see our existing industries grow and thrive. The jobs and investment this announcement bring to York County, S.C. are good for both our community and our state. We congratulate Ross Stores, Inc. on this significant expansion and look forward to many more years of continued success.”
-York County Council Chairman Michael Johnson

“Ross Stores, Inc. brought significant investment and jobs to Rock Hill when they located here in 2013, and I’m thrilled to know our community has served them well. We look forward to working with them on expansion efforts and bringing more jobs and opportunity to the people of Rock Hill. I wish Ross Stores, Inc. much continued success. Congratulations!”
-City of Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Ross Stores, Inc. (Ross) is expanding operations in York County.
  • $68 million investment is projected to create 700 new jobs.
  • Ross is an off-price apparel and home retail company.
  • Located in Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Ross team should visit https://jobs.rossstores.com/.

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