City Roots expanding operations in Richland County

$4.4 million investment will create 60 new jobs

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$4.4 million investment will create 60 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – City Roots, a family-owned urban farm and agribusiness destination, today announced plans to expand operations in Richland County. The company’s $4.4 million investment will create 60 new jobs over the next five years.

Established in 2009, City Roots serves top restaurants, chefs, grocery retailers and food distributors across the Southeast. From microgreens to baby herbs, City Roots produces fresh, organic vegetables locally. Known for sustainable farming, City Roots strives to educate the community through farm tours – incorporating the benefits of environmentally friendly farming practices.

Located at 1630 Longwood Road in Columbia, City Roots’ expansion to a new site will allow the company to create a microgreen-integrated production facility. The operation will include a state-of-the-art greenhouse structure, which will be open for agricultural tours and workshops for new and beginning farmers. The site will also include a solar farm that will provide energy for the facility’s needs.

The expansion is expected to be complete by spring 2023. Individuals interested in joining the City Roots team should visit the company’s contact page.

Quotes

“City Roots is excited to expand its organic farm and greenhouse production in Richland County. The new facility will be highly efficient, sustainable and will continue to employ and feed people here in our local community.”

– City Roots Co-Founder Eric McClam

“City Roots is another testament that agribusiness in South Carolina continues to flourish. We are proud that a family-owned business such as City Roots continues to grow in Richland County, and we congratulate them on their $4.4 million investment and the 60 new jobs that they will create.”

-Gov. Henry McMaster

“We are excited that City Roots continues to thrive throughout the Richland County community and beyond. City Roots’ innovative approach to urban farming and agribusiness education is to be commended, and we look forward to their continued positive impact.”

-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Since 2009, City Roots has been connecting South Carolinians to farming while also flourishing as an agribusiness. This next step in their development is a great step for the microgreen industry and for South Carolina. We’re proud of this homegrown talent.”

-Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

“City Roots has left a wonderful impact on the Richland County community with its locally grown products going to restaurants and grocery retailers that serve our residents’ food needs. Council is pleased to see this family-owned business invest in new facilities and is excited for the additional growth and jobs this investment will bring.”

-Richland County Council Chairman Overture Walker

Five Fast Facts

  • City Roots is expanding operations in Richland County.
  • The company’s $4.4 million investment will create 60 new jobs over the next five years.
  • City Roots is a family-owned urban farm and agribusiness destination.
  • Located at 1630 Longwood Road in Columbia, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the City Roots team should visit the company’s contact 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. 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 – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. 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

As the saying goes, we live in interesting times. While change is a constant, the kind of change certainly is not. The unique mix of rising interest rates and inflation, supply change disruption, and pandemic recovery creates unprecedented challenges for private and public stakeholders alike in the realm of economic recruitment and development.

Yet where lies challenges opportunity emerges, and those who respond quickly with smart strategies will lay the groundwork for long-term success for those companies and communities that are relying on them to create a prosperous future.

Of course, no company or county is an island, and collaboration among private and public players has been and continues to be a critical part of success in this arena. So is data, the kind that helps inform both those communicating the attributes of a community and those who need to understand the potential the community offers their expanding or relocating enterprises.

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance offers the mix of analytics and people needed to help attract capital investment and high-quality manufacturing, distribution, and office jobs to the five-county corridor between Charlotte and Columbia.

A Staff of Two, A Team of Dozens

We’re a staff of two – President/CEO Steven Pearce and Christopher Finn, our Director of Research & Marketing – however, we’re in fact a much larger team, with an impressive board and a growing list of partners contributing their expertise from such roles as energy, manufacturing, and bank executives, attorneys, private and public engineers, landowners and infrastructure providers, and government and education leaders.

Steven Pearce - I77 Alliance
Steven Pearce
Chris Finn - I77 Alliance
Chris Finn

Together, we’re executing a multi-faceted strategy to elevate the corridor’s visibility and reputation as a premier place to do business. This year, that includes growing our Alliance-sourced and external leads by 15% and 10% respectively while simultaneously growing online engagement and interaction by 10%.

Site-selection consultant visits also are a priority, and we keep our Economic Data Center – a dynamic database of key demographic and site availability information – as current as possible. Importantly, too, we’ll continue to build on incorporating the experience and commitment of our region’s business community into the recruitment effort.

A Whole Greater Than Its Parts

I-77 Alliance 11 Hour Drive Time

York, Lancaster, Chester, Fairfield, and Richland counties already are enjoying an impressive run of new projects and expansions by international and domestic firms alike, companies from across the industrial spectrum who recognize the area’s ideal mix of location, logistics, workforce, and living options from urban to suburban to rural.

We encourage you to consider joining the effort. The Alliance offers four levels of direct investor opportunity, with a list of benefits that grows with the financial commitment. Your participation helps ensure that rather than duplicating marketing efforts, we build on a synergy – a whole greater than its parts – that already has produced notable progress and the expectation of much more in the years ahead.

Check out our 2021-2022 annual plan here. Contact us to find out more about investing in the Alliance and the economic future of South Carolina’s I-77 Corridor. Together we can leverage those opportunities as together we invest locally and compete globally.

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.

$3 million investment will create 12 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – M.G.S., LLC, a military procurement company, today announced plans to expand in Richland County. The company’s $3 million investment will create 12 new jobs.

Based in the United States, M.G.S., LLC is an international procurement and distribution company that assists the government in the acquisition of police and military equipment and services. The company offers an abundance of products and services including ammunition and components, law enforcement and security, weapon systems and more.

Located at 213 Dawson Road in Columbia, M.G.S., LLC’s expansion includes the construction of a new facility which will accommodate additional office and warehousing space.

The expansion is expected to be online by April 2023. Individuals interested in joining the M.G.S., LLC team should visit the company’s contact page.


Quotes

“We are extremely grateful at the support received from our community and partners in the industry. We look forward to serving in our beloved state of South Carolina.”

– M.G.S., LLC Chief Executive Officer Robert Suber

“South Carolina’s proud military community has helped us to attract and grow businesses in our military sector, and this expansion by M.G.S., LLC is further proof of that. Congratulations to M.G.S., LLC on their expansion, and we thank them for their investment in the state.”

– Gov. Henry McMaster

“The military is integral to South Carolina’s economy, and M.G.S., LLC’s expansion will continue to support and grow this sector not only in Richland County, but across the state. We look forward to the opportunities that result from this investment.”

– Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“M.G.S., LLC is not only a long-standing employer in Richland County, but it has also been an essential partner to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department by providing equipment, facilities and training. Council supports M.G.S., LLC’s commitment to more than double its workforce over the next few years and is happy to help facilitate this company’s growth.”

– Richland County Council Chair Overture Walker

Five Fast Facts

  • M.G.S., LLC is expanding operations in Richland County.
  • The company’s $3 million investment will create 12 new jobs.
  • M.G.S., LLC is a military procurement company.
  • Located at 213 Dawson Road in Columbia, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the M.G.S., LLC team should visit the company’s contact 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. 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 – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact

Kelly Coakley
Director of Marketing and Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
kcoakley@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

The I-77 Megasite and plans of the I-77 Corridor county’s new director

M. Anne Broadwater, Economic Development Director for Fairfield County SC
M. Ann Broadwater, Economic Development Director for Fairfield County SC

M. Ann Broadwater has big plans in her new role as Economic Development Director for Fairfield County, and she has the connections and experience to successfully execute on her county’s ambitious goals.

Broadwater assumed the post in August with 25 years of experience that includes key development and investor relations roles statewide with the S.C. Department of Commerce and regionally with the Central South Carolina Alliance.

Broadwater says she’s excited about the potential progress she sees unfolding in Fairfield County, one of the five S.C. I-77 Corridor counties.

Here she explains:


What made taking on the role of Fairfield Economic Development Director an attractive opportunity for you?

M. Ann Broadwater: Close to both Columbia and Charlotte, Fairfield County is uniquely positioned to be a key driver in the region’s future economic growth. I’m excited to be at the forefront of helping our state move forward.

Personally, having been raised in the Columbia area, the Economic Development Director position for Fairfield County was the perfect fit that allows me to continue to utilize my specialized education, talents, and decades-long experiences to the benefit of the area I call home.

Midlands Tech Campus - Fairfield County, SC


The county’s announcement says you’ll be leading a “new Economic Development Department.” Can you describe the department’s structure now and how it’s positioned to encourage future growth in Fairfield County?

M. Ann Broadwater: The Economic Development Department currently consists of myself and Zechariah Willoughby as Project Manager. I couldn’t have asked for a better teammate in Zechariah.

While he is new to the industry, his youthful exuberance and passion for the job are unparalleled. He brings energy and the ability to absorb details required to respond successfully to today’s fast-track processes.

Importantly, too, our efforts are being supported by a proactive administration and a County Council that believes in what we do.


What are your immediate and long-term goals for Fairfield County?

M. Ann Broadwater: The mission of Fairfield County Economic Development is to increase economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all citizens, workers, and visitors. Everything we do centers around that mission.

Long-term, our goal for the county and region is to recruit a significant anchor industry at the I-77 International Megasite. My immediate goal for Fairfield County is to be as ready as possible for that anchor industry.

We’ve upgraded the roadway infrastructure to the I-77 Megasite by expanding an existing bridge to accommodate the traffic from a large industrial user. We’re also commissioning an Interchange Justification Report to prepare for the future construction of a new interchange to serve the site. Additionally, we’re mass-grading a 26-acre building pad at the Megasite to prepare it for future development.

We’re also completing mass-grading and building a speculative building in the Fairfield Commerce Center and developing a new industrial park alongside Peach Road.

The I-77 Megasite

What is your overall vision for Fairfield County and what can you and your department do to meet those goals?

M. Ann Broadwater: My vision is for Fairfield County to be a great place to live, work, and play. We plan to foster and encourage responsible and sustainable development activities that promote job creation, support existing businesses, and increase and diversify the county’s tax base.

Oldcastle APG establishing operations in Fairfield County

How will your experience and contacts help you meet those goals?

M. Ann Broadwater: My lifelong career in economic development includes working at the state and regional levels in the Midlands. I have firsthand knowledge of the key players and assets needed to win. Throughout my career, I’ve developed relationships with national and international consultants. I plan to leverage all of those relationships to ensure Fairfield County is always front of mind when companies are looking to build new facilities or expand their operations.


What are the county’s strengths right now in terms of attractiveness to new and expanding industries?

M. Ann Broadwater: We’re strategically located in the direct growth path of both Columbia and Charlotte, an hour from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a half-hour from downtown Columbia, and two hours from Charleston and its major seaport.

We boast a labor force of 850,000 people in a 45-minute drive time from us, and 92% of our industrial sites are within one-day ground access of 70% of the U.S. market. With a competitive tax structure and picturesque small-town southern charm, we offer companies a low cost of operation and excellent quality of life while still having access to the benefits provided in more urban areas.

Manufacturing & Distribution Center in Fairfield County, SC

What do you see as the greatest economic development opportunities for the County, and how do you foresee you and your department leveraging those opportunities?

M. Ann Broadwater: The manufacturing landscape is changing. We see growing interest in Fairfield County by highly technical companies operating in the electric vehicle, semiconductor, and food manufacturing industries.

These companies need highly skilled workers. We plan to promote our graduating high school students as a ready, adaptable, and entrepreneurial workforce to existing and prospective companies, along with those graduating from our outstanding technical colleges and nationally ranked universities.

BizJournal - BMW in Fairfield County, SC

What do you see as the greatest economic development challenges for the county, and how do you foresee mitigating those challenges and working to turn them into opportunities?

M. Ann Broadwater: A few of the challenges the county faces are:

— Limited sewer capacity
— Available inventory of existing available industrial buildings
— A shortage of attainable entry-level housing in Fairfield County

We’re currently working to address each of these issues so we can stay competitive. Fairfield County has $47 million allocated for a new wastewater treatment plant which will significantly increase our ability to recruit industrial and residential development.

With an emphasis on product development, we’ve also got $7.7 million allocated for site preparation and construction of a 100,000-square-foot spec building in the Fairfield Commerce Center. We also just completed a 450,000-square-foot pre-graded pad there.

In addition, we are developing a new 500-acre industrial park for future use, and we’re initiating a robust residential development plan to address the shortage of available housing.


How does participation in the SC I-77 Alliance bolster your economic development efforts, and what does Fairfield County’s participation add to the whole?

M. Ann Broadwater: The Alliance gives us greater reach than what we, as an individual county, could accomplish on our own. We can take a collaborative approach to economic development through mutually beneficial marketing initiatives and shared research services.

Fairfield County is excited about the future of the I-77 International Megasite and the impact it will have on our region. Designed to accommodate a single mega-user, we believe that the success of the mega site will directly translate into success in other counties through supplier recruitment.

With all our counties interconnected by I-77 and having an overlapping labor force, when one county wins, we all win.

Affordability, Pro-Business Environment, and Robust Infrastructure Are Still Our Calling Card

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That old saying holds true for the S.C. I-
77 Alliance and the five counties we serve between Charlotte and Columbia. Despite high fuel
prices, high inflation, and lingering supply chain issues that are roiling the global economy, we
remain an ideal location to start a new enterprise, relocate, or expand.

Giti Tire

Many of those factors that are hindering growth in so many parts of our nation in this latest
economic cycle – and it’s always cyclical – highlight just how solid an opportunity we continue
to present for industrial development. That hasn’t changed.

First, there’s the cost of land and buildings. Real estate is typically one of the more inflation-
resistant sectors and developable land remains relatively inexpensive in the corridor, in, and
outside the ready-to-roll industrial parks we can offer.

Arrival Microfactory in York County

Then, let’s consider supply chain issues. Proximity to major markets and ports has taken on
increased importance, and that’s also one of our strengths as approximately 45% of the U.S.
population is within a single day’s drive to us. Our transportation infrastructure is robust, with
easy proximity to Charleston’s seaport and crisscrossed by major interstates, rail lines, and air
service (Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the thriving air freight hub at Columbia
Metropolitan Airport).

With the I-77 Region seeing a daily population growth of 35 people per day, these new
residents are finding the right mix of good jobs, affordable living and amenities to fit their own
families’ needs and preferences, adding to a labor shed that stands at about 1.2 million people
on its own, and nearly 2.5 million people if you include the entire Charlotte metro.

A Growing Workforce

We also continue to occupy spots at the top of lists for such areas as workforce development
and other business incentive programs, and favorable regulatory environments such as speed
of permitting. That’s the result of a long-nurtured tradition of positive, mutually beneficial
relationships between business interests and local and state governments that continues to
deepen.

No one knows exactly what will happen with inflation, interest rates, consumer and industrial
demand as well as all those other factors that make up an economy. However, we can be
confident that change will continue, as will the I-77 Region’s capacity to respond to all these
variables with a foundation built on people and places ready to work and grow together with
new industries and long-standing partners alike.

$30 million investment to create approximately 200 new jobs

INDIAN LAND, S.C.Nutramax Laboratories, an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplement products for people and pets, today announced plans to expand operations in Lancaster County. The company’s $30 million investment will create ­­­­approximately 200 new jobs.

For 30 years, Nutramax Laboratories has been researching and developing high-quality nutritional supplement products. In 2010, the company conducted a multi-state site search and moved its animal health business and corporate operations to Lancaster County and, since that time, has been actively engaged in the Lancaster community, providing support to local schools and churches, area law enforcement and fire services, numerous small businesses and many local charitable organizations. Nutramax Laboratories operates facilities in both South Carolina and Maryland and continues to be an industry leader in setting and adhering to high standards in research, manufacturing and quality control.   

In addition to three existing locations in Lancaster, Nutramax Laboratories’ new facility will be located at 785 Fort Mill Highway in Indian Land and will house additional warehousing, distribution and future manufacturing capabilities.

Individuals interested in joining the Nutramax Laboratories team should visit the company’s careers page.  The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council has also awarded a $500,000 Set-Aside grant to Lancaster County to assist with costs related to this project.

QUOTES

“We are pleased to continue to grow in Lancaster County. With this newest expansion to the Indian Land area, we will continue providing a positive impact that goes beyond our economic development commitments. For 30 years, we have been blessed with a fantastic team of employees committed to delivering the very best to our consumers. Our values of glorifying God, serving our people, supporting our community and pursuing excellence have created an unwavering guide to fulfilling our mission.”

Nutramax Laboratories President and CEO Todd Henderson, DVM

“When leading companies like Nutramax Laboratories find long-term success in our state, it shows the business-friendly environment we have created allows companies to thrive. The approximately 200 new jobs this expansion will create will greatly benefit Lancaster County, and we look forward to Nutramax Laboratories’ continued success in South Carolina.” 

Gov. Henry McMaster

“Nutramax Laboratories’ expansion highlights the growth that life sciences companies are experiencing throughout South Carolina. We congratulate them on their expansion and look forward to a strong partnership for many years to come.”

Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are excited that Nutramax is adding a fourth location in Lancaster County. They are demonstrating how businesses not only can succeed, but thrive in Lancaster County. They are a great corporate citizen and embody our economic development tagline – where big ideas become reality.”

Lancaster County Council Chair Steve Harper

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Nutramax Laboratories is expanding operations in Lancaster County.
  • The company’s $30 million investment will create approximately 200 new jobs.
  • Nutramax Laboratories is an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplement products for people and pets.
  • In addition to three existing locations in Lancaster, Nutramax Laboratories’ new facility will be located at 785 Fort Mill Highway in Indian Land, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Nutramax Laboratories team 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. 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 – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. 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

$5 million investment will create 51 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C.LaserForm & Machine, Inc. (LaserForm & Machine), a metal fabrication and machine shop, today announced plans to expand operations in Richland County. The company is investing $5 million and creating 51 new jobs.

LaserForm & Machine produces low- and high-volume quantities to meet customers’ needs. The company’s services include laser cutting, forming, turret punching, welding, machining and powder coating.

Located at 10010 Farrow Road in Columbia, LaserForm & Machine is adding 20,000 square feet at its manufacturing facility to expand production capabilities.

The expansion is expected to be complete by March 2023. Individuals interested in joining the LaserForm & Machine team should visit the company’s contact page.

QUOTES

“We are excited to partner with Richland County in expanding our Columbia operations. LaserForm & Machine’s expansion represents a significant investment in our associates and manufacturing capabilities which will allow us to not only continue to meet current market demand but position us to aggressively pursue future opportunities. It is reassuring to know our operations are in a county that comes alongside its resident business partners to support growth in the county and this state.”

– LaserForm & Machine, Inc. Plant Manager Chris M. Cromer

“Today’s announcement by LaserForm & Machine is another big win for Richland County and our entire state. We congratulate this company on their growth and look forward to supporting them as they continue to expand.”

– Gov. Henry McMaster

“We are excited to see LaserForm & Machine grow in Richland County. When an existing industry expands within our borders, it exemplifies the message that South Carolina is an ideal location for companies to find success. Congratulations to LaserForm & Machine’s $5 million additional investment and 51 new jobs.”

– Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“LaserForm & Machine has called Richland County home for nearly 30 years, and it’s exciting to see the company continue to thrive and grow. Council is happy to see one of our community’s longtime employers continue to create additional well-paying jobs.”

– Richland County Council Chairman Overture Walker

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • LaserForm & Machine, Inc. (LaserForm & Machine) is expanding operations in Richland County.
  • The company’s $5 million investment will create 51 new jobs.
  • LaserForm & Machine is a metal fabrication and machine company.
  • Located at 10010 Farrow Road in Columbia, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the LaserForm & Machine team should visit the company’s contact 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. 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 – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. 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

Challenges yield opportunities. The global economy is certainly facing multiple difficulties right now, and as any successful investor can tell you, that makes this a good time to prepare for the inevitable turnaround.

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance is doing just that. Our job is to collaborate with public and private stakeholders to help recruit new and existing companies to establish or expand operations here in the five counties from Charlotte to Columbia.

We do that by adding value in some very fundamental ways to the recruitment process. That includes sourcing, identifying, and targeting specific companies considering corporate expansion. We also focus on data-driven marketing and branding of our region as an ideal location for economic growth.

Those strategies underpin what we do and they don’t change as we move through economic cycles. The tactics vary depending on conditions – such as pandemic-induced travel shutdowns – yet our approach remains consistent.

We also have specific goals for each of our three primary strategies for the year:

  • A 15% increase in leads sourced by the Alliance.
  • A 10% increase in projects supported by the Alliance.
  • A 10% increase in social media engagement and website traffic.

How will we achieve these? We detail our tactics in the annual plan our board adopted last fall – you can view it here. They include using the best people and the best technology to get the job done. The former includes engagement with both our local private sector ambassador network and with the robust Southeast commercial real estate and site selection network, as well as third-party lead generation experts.

The technology? We use B2B sales intelligence platforms, our own trove of market data, and sophisticated analytics tools to create and target audiences as effectively and efficiently as possible through multiple digital channels.

In addition, we plan to ramp up face-to-face activity through trips and visits this year. We look forward to sharing with you in the months ahead how our holistic approach to lead generation and economic development has helped our five counties – Richland, Fairfield, Chester, Lancaster, and York – add to our region’s impressive list of announcements.

Those announcements are from companies who have taken the long view of their market opportunities and our community’s ability to help deliver on that promise. Invest locally, compete globally. That’s a motto for us, and now is a great time to show why the I-77 corridor is a great place to commit time, money, and people for future growth.

$34.6 million investment will create 63 new jobs

LANCASTER, SC – U.S. Strapping Company, Inc., a division of FROMM Group, today announced plans to expand its operations in Lancaster County. The company’s $34.6 million investment will create 63 new jobs.

Established in 1947 and headquartered in Switzerland, FROMM Group is a market-leading manufacturer with years of experience in the development, sales and service of a wide range of packaging products for securing and protecting transport loads around the world.

Located at 234 Grace Avenue in Lancaster, the newly purchased building will be U.S. Strapping Company, Inc.’s second facility in the county and will allow the company to significantly increase its polyester (PET) strap manufacturing capacity. The state-of-the-art operation will also be a master distribution center for domestic and export sales.

The expansion is expected to be complete by March 2023. Individuals interested in joining the U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. team should email the company.

QUOTES

“Lancaster, S.C. is an ideal location for us to further expand and invest in our operations in the USA. The expansion strategy will help us to meet our increasing customers’ demands now and in the future. We have received exceptional cooperation and support from the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.”

FROMM Group, Switzerland Chief Executive Officer Matthias Schwarzenbach

“Over the past few years Lancaster County has seen rapid economic growth, and today’s announcement by FROMM Group and their U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division will further that trend. We thank U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. for their commitment to Lancaster and South Carolina.” 

Gov. Henry McMaster

“When an existing company in South Carolina grows, it proves we have the business environment and workforce for companies to find sustained success. Congratulations on today’s expansion announcement by FROMM Group and their U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division in Lancaster County, and we look forward to working with them for many more years.”

Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“It’s another golden day in Lancaster County with FROMM Group’s expansion of their Lancaster manufacturing operations. We couldn’t be more excited to see this project come to fruition and the business activity it will be bring to a strategically important industrial location. We are very pleased that FROMM Group recognized the outstanding business climate in Lancaster County and look forward to our continued partnership with this outstanding company.”

Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director James Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • U.S. Strapping Company., Inc, a division of FROMM Group, is expanding operations in Lancaster County.
  • $34.6 million investment to create 63 new jobs.
  • U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. manufactures and sells plastic packaging materials.
  • Located at 234 Grace Avenue in Lancaster, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. team should email the company

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 – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. 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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Company’s $11.5 million investment to create an estimated 20 new jobs

FORT MILL, SC – Samuel Packaging Systems Group, a division of Samuel, Son & Co. (USA) Inc., today announced plans to expand operations in York County. The company’s $11.5 million investment will create an estimated 20 new jobs. 

Samuel Packaging Systems Group is a complete, single-source supplier for clients’ packaging and unitizing needs. The company specializes in polyester (PET) strapping, a lower cost and more durable alternative to steel strap.

Located at 2000 Boyer Road in Fort Mill, Samuel Packaging Systems Group’s expansion will upgrade existing production lines and will include the purchase of a new PET strand line. The current facility was opened in 1996 and is approximately 203,300 square feet.

The expansion is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Samuel Packaging Systems Group team should visit the company’s careers page.

QUOTES

“Samuel arrived in York Country in 1996 with two production lines and 25 new jobs. With the support of York County, we have grown to four production lines and over 90 jobs, and additional jobs when the fifth line arrives. Samuel is a global provider of plastic strapping and invests where we have success. The support of York County is a great example of a partnership that creates success.” 

Samuel Packaging Systems Group President Cy Slifka

“When an existing company in South Carolina expands, it further solidifies our state’s reputation of having a superior business climate. Today, we celebrate Samuel Packaging Systems Group’s growth in York County, and we look forward to their success for many years to come.” 

Gov. Henry McMaster

“Congratulations to Samuel Packaging Systems Group on their growth in York County. This $11.5 million investment and estimated 20 additional jobs are an added boost to the area, and we celebrate their success within our borders.”

Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“York County is proud to see Samuel Packaging Systems Group expand as they make this new investment and create additional jobs within our community. It is always good news for our county and our state when one of our existing manufacturers expands. We look forward to watching them continue to grow.”

York County Council Chairwoman Christi Cox

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Samuel Packaging Systems Group is expanding operations in York County.
  • The company’s $11.5 million investment will create an estimated 20 new jobs. 
  • Samuel Packaging Systems Group is a complete, single-source supplier for clients’ packaging and unitizing needs.
  • Located at 2000 Boyer Road in Fort Mill, S.C., the facility was opened in 1996 and is approximately 203,300 square feet.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Samuel Packaging Systems Group team 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. 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 – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. 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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