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Manufacturing facility to create 25 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. USA, a specialty chemical manufacturer of raw materials and subsidiary of Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., today announced plans to locate new production operations in Richland County. The company’s $19.5 million investment is projected to create 25 new jobs.

Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., based in South Korea, is a global company with manufacturing plants in South Korea and Spain, as well as research and development centers in Austria, China, South Korea and the United States. Miwon began serving the ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB) markets in 1983. The company produces and supplies raw materials for eco-friendly UV/EB curing systems that are utilized in a variety of applications, including in high-quality inks for food packaging; in special coatings for wood, plastic and metal; and in adhesives for DVD/Blu-ray discs and mobile phones.

Miwon Specialty Chemical’s new, 65,000-square-foot production facility will be located at 1700 Longwood Road in Columbia, S.C. and is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2020. Hiring is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, and interested applicants can visit www.miramer.com for more information.

QUOTES

“As the leader in energy curing raw materials, Miwon demonstrates its commitment to enhancing its global presence by supporting the U.S. market with local production. This new plant is Miwon’s first manufacturing facility in the United States that is designated to support the growth of domestic customers, many of whom are located in the southeastern part of the country. We are proud to locate in South Carolina, and particularly in Richland County, which offers a business-friendly atmosphere and strong workforce with positive attitudes that are the core of a healthy business.” -Miwon Specialty Chemical Co., Ltd. Chairman H.W. Kim

“We’re proud to welcome Miwon Specialty Chemical to the South Carolina business community and look forward to seeing all that we know they will achieve in the Midlands. With a workforce at its disposal that is second to none and one of the most competitive business environments in the world, we know that Miwon Specialty Chemical will have the tools necessary for success.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“In 25 years, South Carolina has gone from being a textile, tobacco and tourism state to a state that can engage in complex, advanced manufacturing. Miwon Specialty Chemical’s new, state-of-the-art production facility shows the world South Carolina’s reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse is well-earned.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We welcome Miwon Specialty Chemical to Richland County. This new production operation and the 25 jobs it will bring build on our success in growing our manufacturing sector and strengthening our economy.” -Richland County Economic Development Committee Chairman Paul Livingston


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Miwon Specialty Chemical is locating new operations in Richland County.
  • $19.5 million investment to create 25 new jobs.
  • Miwon is a specialty chemical manufacturer of raw materials that are utilized in inks, coatings, adhesives and other market applications.
  • Miwon Specialty Chemical’s new, 65,000-square-foot production facility will be located at 1700 Longwood Road in Columbia, S.C. and is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2020.

Hiring is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, and interested applicants can visit www.miramer.com for more information.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. 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 ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact:

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

The  I-77 International Megasite is now ready to be claimed by a major manufacturer that can bring 2,000 jobs or more to the property along Interstate 77 just north of Columbia, SC, and an hour south of Charlotte, NC.

The 1,500-acre site was acquired recently by Fairfield County in partnership with the S.C. Department of Commerce and is designed for use by a single occupant. The master plan calls for more than 9 million square feet under roof, along with a rail spur, electrical substation, and million-gallon water tank.

Site Master Plan — Proposed
State and local officials are targeting their marketing of the International Megasite toward landing an operation such as a major automotive assembly plant looking to take advantage of easy access to multiple interstate highways, air hubs in Charlotte and Columbia, and the Port of Charleston.

The site is about 20 miles north of Columbia and 60 miles south of Charlotte. A civilian labor force of nearly 850,000 people, and more than 20 vocational and technical training opportunities, are within an hour’s drive or less.

USA Level Infrastructure Map

“The International Megasite is ready to represent the next chapter in the Palmetto State’s record of building a major presence in the transportation manufacturing space, including automotive and aerospace. When this property is a thriving workplace, the benefits will be felt across South Carolina,” said S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“We’re excited to begin marketing the International Megasite. Competitive incentives, a ready and willing workforce and proximity to Charlotte and Columbia — both known for their outstanding lifestyle, entertainment and educational opportunities — is going to make this a great home for a world-class manufacturer,” said Rich Fletcher, President & CEO of the SC I-77 Alliance, which markets the I-77 corridor for Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Richland and York counties.

State Level Infrastructure Map

“The work to attract that one mega manufacturer for our Megasite is now officially under way. We’re thrilled about the potential impact this industrial development will have on our community and beyond,” said Ty Davenport, Director of Fairfield County Economic Development.

Visitors to www.i77megasite.com will find a master plan and infrastructure details about the site along I-77 near Exit 34. There’s also information about the available labor force, incentives, educational and lifestyle opportunities and other advantages awaiting the future occupant.

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About I-77 International Megasite
The I-77 International Megasite is located in Fairfield County, South Carolina, USA.  Located off Exit 34 along I-77, this 1,500+ acre, industrially zoned and county owned site offers a proposed 9.2 million sq. ft. of space. Designed for use by a single occupant, the master plan calls for more than 9 million square feet under roof, along with a rail spur, electrical substation, and million-gallon water tank. For more information, visit www.I77megasite.com.
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$24 million investment in 100,000-square-foot office facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. ServiceMac, a mortgage subservicing company, today announced plans to locate new operations in Lancaster County. The company’s $24 million capital investment is projected to create approximately 1,000 new jobs over the next five years.

Led by industry veteran Bob Caruso, ServiceMac is backed by some of the leading practitioners in the mortgage servicing industry. Committed to providing a robust, scalable and digitally-driven subservicing process, the company features full lifecycle management, end-to-end compliance and tailored solutions to fit clients’ operations and priorities. ServiceMac aims to bring superior technology, products and services to the mortgage industry, bolstered by personalized service and support with the utmost focus on customer satisfaction.

The company plans to move into a 100,000-square-foot office facility in the Bailes Ridge Corporate Park, located in Indian Land, S.C. Hiring for the new positions is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2019, and interested applicants are encouraged to visit the company’s careers page for more information.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $100,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Lancaster County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

For additional information on ServiceMac, visit www.servicemacusa.com.

QUOTES

“ServiceMac looks forward to establishing our operations in Lancaster County and being able to recruit locally from a strong talent pool. We appreciate the efforts of both local and state economic development partners in helping us make the decision to locate in South Carolina possible.”– ServiceMac CEO Bob Caruso

“ServiceMac’s decision to establish operations with 1,000 new jobs in Lancaster County speaks volumes to the confidence in both our people and the business-friendly climate of South Carolina. We are proud to celebrate economic diversity in every corner of the state, and we are proud that ServiceMac is choosing to call South Carolina home. We look forward to growing our partnership in the years ahead.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today’s announcement reinforces a growing trend – that South Carolina is ‘Just right’ for office operations. We are pleased that ServiceMac will call our state home and look forward to seeing them grow and thrive for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Lancaster County has become a premier destination for corporate headquarters facilities, and ServiceMac’s decision continues the trend. We couldn’t be happier that Lancaster County will be the base of their operations and the many well-paying jobs which they will bring. The company’s confidence in our business climate and workforce is very much appreciated. Congratulations to ServiceMac, the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (formerly Charlotte Regional Partnership) and the S.C. Department of Commerce for working together to make this announcement possible.” -Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper

“It’s another golden day for Lancaster County with ServiceMac locating its operations in Indian Land. The ServiceMac team is impressive; and, from the outset, the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development was strongly committed to winning this highly-competitive project. Lancaster County has earned a reputation for being the location of choice in the Charlotte region for newer companies seeking the right environment to successfully execute aggressive business strategies. We welcome ServiceMac to that growing and impressive list.” -Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • ServiceMac is locating new office operations in Lancaster County.
  • $24 million investment to create approximately 1,000 new jobs over the next five years.
  • ServiceMac is a mortgage subservicing company providing a variety of mortgage solutions to its clients, focusing on customer service.
  • The company will be locating its new operations in a 100,000-square-foot office in the Bailes Ridge Corporate Park.
  • Hiring for the new positions is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2019, and interested applicants are encouraged to visit the company’s careers page for more information.

About ServiceMac

ServiceMac is focused on providing superior technology, products and services for the mortgage industry backed by highly personalized service and support. Through continuous innovation and acquisition, its offerings are comprised of personalized solutions that span the mortgage continuum and enhance security, customer satisfaction and profitability. More information can be found at www.servicemacusa.com. For inquiries, please contact Eric Sadow at eric.sadow@servicemacusa.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 ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact:

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

Manufacturing acquisition results in $13.6 million investment

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. Owens Corning, a developer and producer of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, has acquired an existing manufacturing facility in Blythewood, S.C., where it will manufacture coated, non-woven products for a variety of applications within the North American building materials industry. The company’s $13.6 million capital investment is projected to bring 16 new jobs.

Owens Corning develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites. The company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning employs more than 19,000 people across 37 countries.

The company has acquired an existing manufacturing facility located at 1051 Jenkins Brothers Road in Blythewood, S.C., with plans to convert an existing line to produce coated, non-woven products. The acquisition is the first step in the creation of a glass non-wovens excellence center, where the company will continue to invest to expand its capacity with the best available technologies. With existing South Carolina locations in Aiken, Charleston, Duncan and Starr, this will be Owens Corning’s first Richland County presence. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in late 2019.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $150,000 Set Aside grant to Richland County to assist with the costs of building renovations.

QUOTES

“The Blythewood operation represents a valuable addition to a thriving business. Adding this new capacity and capability for glass-based coating solutions in South Carolina will help us to better serve our residential and commercial building products customers across North America.” -Owens Corning’s Global Non-Wovens Business Vice President Nicolas Del Monaco

“Today, we’re excited to celebrate this announcement and welcome another Owens Corning manufacturing facility to the South Carolina business community. This state has an impressive roster of globally-renowned manufacturers operating within its borders, and we’re proud of Owens Corning’s commitment to South Carolina.”-Gov. Henry McMaster

“It’s a great day for the Midlands as Owens Corning has decided to invest in this Richland County facility. A testament to the loyal, highly-skilled workforce that exists within the local community, this new project only adds to South Carolina’s reputation as an ideal destination for manufacturing.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are grateful that Owens Corning has chosen Richland County to locate its operations. They are breathing life back into a plant that has suffered many losses, and we are excited to see what the future holds.” –Richland County Economic Development Committee Chairman Paul Livingston

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Owens Corning is launching its first Richland County operations.
  • $13.6 million investment to create 16 new jobs.
  • Owens Corning develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites.
  • The company has acquired an existing manufacturing facility in Blythewood, S.C., where it plans to convert an existing line to produce coated, non-woven products.
  • Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in late 2019

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 ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact:

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

Mattress manufacturer creating 250 new jobs

WINNSBORO, S.C. — Healthcare US Co., Ltd., a venture of China-based Healthcare Co., Ltd., today announced plans to establish new operations in Fairfield County. The company’s $45 million investment is projected to create 250 new jobs.

Founded in Jiangsu, China in 2003, Healthcare Co., Ltd. is the first publicly-traded, memory-foam mattress manufacturer in China and is now the largest such manufacturer in that country. Becoming a global industry leader, the company has established production operations in both Serbia and Spain, with approximately 3,600 workers worldwide.

Healthcare US Co., Ltd. is expected to launch its new, 650,000-square-foot facility in the first quarter of 2019. Located at 1 Guardian Way in Winnsboro, S.C., the operation will specialize in the production of memory-foam mattresses for a variety of customers. Hiring is also slated to begin early next year, and interested applicants should contact healthcare.us@hkfoam.com for more information.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Fairfield County to assist with the costs of building renovations.

QUOTES

“We’re happy to be establishing this new facility in Fairfield County, and we are very appreciative of the ongoing support from both the local and state governments. This is a milestone for our company, and we are excited to support the community we will soon be calling home.” -Healthcare Co., Ltd. President James Ni

“South Carolina has been attracting business from all over the world for years because we have worked hard to create a business friendly climate and a workforce that is second to none. We’re thrilled that Healthcare US Co., Ltd. has chosen to join the ranks of international companies that call our state home and look forward to many years of success.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina’s ongoing economic success can be attributed, in part, to our manufacturing prowess and ability to recruit foreign direct investment. This $45 million investment in Fairfield County only reinforces that notion. We look forward to this new partnership with Healthcare US Co., Ltd.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Fairfield County is beyond excited and thankful that Healthcare US Co., Ltd. has chosen to locate its first U.S. factory in Winnsboro. The representatives of this company with whom we’ve worked throughout this process have been a pleasure to do business with, and we look forward to their future operation and success within the county. We welcome them with open and supporting arms and are hopeful that others will see this and know that Fairfield County is open for business and focused on the kind of growth that will be beneficial both for our citizens and the businesses that choose to locate and invest with us.” -Fairfield County Council Chairman Billy Smith

“We welcome Healthcare US Co., Ltd. to Fairfield County and the Central S.C. region. The company’s enthusiasm for this new location shows promise for great opportunities within the county and for the local workforce. We are excited to see things take shape in the coming months for Healthcare US Co., Ltd. and our friends in Fairfield.” – Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

“We are excited to welcome Healthcare US Co., Ltd. to Fairfield County and the I-77 Alliance region. Healthcare US Co., Ltd.’s commitment to Fairfield County is a testament to the strong manufacturing workforce in the county and the support of county government and community leaders. Fairfield County’s proximity to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the numerous amenities of the Charlotte and Columbia metro areas continue to make it an extremely attractive community for foreign and domestic investment.” -South Carolina I-77 Alliance President and CEO Rich Fletcher

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Healthcare US Co., Ltd. is launching new Fairfield County operations.
  • $45 million investment to create 250 new jobs.
  • Healthcare US Co., Ltd. is a China-based manufacturer of memory-foam mattresses for a variety of customers.
  • Located at 1 Guardian Way in Winnsboro, S.C., the company is expected to launch its new, 650,000-square-foot facility in the first quarter of 2019.

Hiring is expected to begin simultaneously, and interested applicants should contact healthcare.us@hkfoam.com for more information

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. 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 ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact:

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

Electronics manufacturer creating 110 new jobs

ROCK HILL, S.C. Quality Electronic Manufacturing Services, Inc., (QEMS), a provider of electronics manufacturing services, today announced that it has located new operations in York County. The company’s $7.6 million investment is projected to create 110 new jobs.

Established in 2002, QEMS is a minority-owned manufacturer featuring complete assembly capabilities for both thru-hole and surface mount technology, including design services, automatic optical inspection, x-ray inspection, testing, conformal coating and potting and more. As a contract manufacturer, the company provides high-tech, turnkey manufacturing solutions for a variety of clients.

Located at 200 Interconnect Drive in Rock Hill, S.C., QEMS’ new, 110,000-square-foot facility came online in August 2018. Hiring for the new positions is currently underway, and interested applicants should visit www.qemsinc.com for more information.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $100,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to York County to assist with the costs of building upfit.

QUOTES

 “This will be the start of a new chapter in our company’s history. This is a wonderful opportunity for significant, sustainable growth. We attribute much of our growth to the diversity of our customers in terms of their product applications. No matter what industry they are in, quality is the name of the game. Our specialty is helping our customers get their product designs to market quickly and cost-competitively.” -QEMS, Inc. Executive Vice President Hannah Pham

 “South Carolina’s workforce continues to exhibit unmatched excellence, and companies like QEMS are taking notice. They know that the hardworking people of this state will get the job done, helping them operate a successful, thriving facility in York County for years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Our state’s economy has been transformed over the last three decades, as we continue growing as a high-tech economy with global connectivity. The fact that QEMS chose South Carolina as the location for its new electronics manufacturing operations is further proof of that transformation.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We welcome QEMS to York County. We are pleased to see that they have found an ideal location in York County to establish their new electronic manufacturing operations. We look forward to seeing them continue to grow, invest and create jobs here.” -York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • QEMS, Inc. has located new operations in York County.
  • $7.6 million investment to create 110 new jobs.
  • QEMS is a provider of electronics manufacturing services.
  • Located at 200 Interconnect Drive in Rock Hill, S.C., the company’s new, 110,000-square-foot facility came online in August 2018.

Hiring for the new positions is currently underway, and interested applicants should visit www.qemsinc.com for more information.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. 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 ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact:

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

Lancaster and York Counties Stand Out in Nationally-Ranked Talent Attraction Scorecard

Economic development is saturated with accolades and rankings. Best quality of life, Top states for business, Where are millennials moving…the list is seemingly endless with new content hitting feeds and inboxes every day. The exponential growth rate of this content, exaggerated by media companies recognizing the clicks, shares, and page views these rankings generate, creates a challenge to identify rankings that provide meaningful insight into complex economic data. One metric that stands out in this regard is the Talent Attraction Scorecard from economic and workforce data solution provider, Emsi.

As the unemployment rates shrink to record low levels across the US, companies in growth mode will be attracted to communities that offer a dynamic, skilled, and growing labor force. Therefore, it is vital for counties and regions to benchmark their competitiveness in talent attraction efforts against their peers. To create this benchmark, Emsi grouped US counties by population into “Large counties,” those with 100,000+ residents, and “Small Counties,” those with 5,000 up to 99,999 residents. Next, the analysis aggregated multiple relevant data points, including domestic migration and population trends, job growth rates and skilled workers, young talent attraction, and educational attainment trends. The resulting index value provides counties the ability to not only identify their own strengths or weaknesses, but additionally they can measure itself against their peers.

Shifting to the results, while the I-77 region fared well overall, York and Lancaster Counties stand out nationally.

It’s no surprise that the counties in the Charlotte metro area are top performers, benefiting from a region experiencing rapid economic growth coupled with South Carolina’s favorable business climate. York County is the second largest county in the Charlotte area with 10% of the region’s population and growing by 23 people every day. Similarly, Lancaster County is the 46th largest county in the Carolinas, but it’s population growth of 20% from 2010 – 2017 was the 4th fastest among both states.

“Charlotte is an obvious draw for talent and has been for many years, and our northern counties are an integral part of that marketplace, a work shed, as we call it in our space, of more than 1.2 million people,” said Rich Fletcher, the SC I-77 Alliance President and CEO. “The population of our northern counties has doubled in recent decades and we don’t see that slowing down anytime soon.”

The Scorecard’s analysis provides additional context. York County’s index value is ranked 40th nationally among the 140 “Large Counties,” however, its change since 2016 is impressive, leaping 65 spots in just three years.

Lancaster County’s group is even more competitive with almost 2,240 “Small Counties” and yet it is ranked 9th overall! Counties in the Top 10 for talent attraction across the United States clearly stand apart as communities that need to be evaluated by companies pursuing expansion plans. The chart below highlights its sustained momentum, rising 15 positions since 2016. Additionally, the full report details a primary component of Lancaster’s high ranking, the largest net migration increase among all “Small Counties” from 2015 – 2016.

“The attributes that the Emsi study used to rank counties are those important to the companies we seek to recruit, and the growth we’ve seen in the Corridor speak to our communities’ success,” said Fletcher.  “I’m pleased but not surprised to see Mecklenburg and Lancaster counties as repeat top-ten performers.”

The full report can be found here

Profiling Each of the SC I-77 Corridor Counties Brings Us to Lancaster, Where Industrial And Residential Growth Both Thrive

The South Carolina I-77 Alliance comprises the economic development leaders in five counties that have come together to jointly promote and highlight the unique business and manufacturing opportunities that exist from Charlotte to Columbia.

Jamie Gilbert, Economic Development Director of Lancaster County, SC
Jamie Gilbert, Economic Development Director of Lancaster County SC
Each of those counties — York, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield and Richland — are unique, offering their own mix of attributes that make them the right fit for a growing, diverse mix of enterprises deciding to relocate and expand.

We decided to use this space to highlight each of the Alliance counties. This month, the focus is on Lancaster County, which sits on the North Carolina border just south of Charlotte and now, with more than 92,000 residents, is among the fastest-growing areas in South Carolina.

Here, we ask Jamie Gilbert, the county’s Economic Development Director since 2016, to share what makes Lancaster County work and what he sees in its future.

 


What makes Lancaster County unique?

I think Lancaster County is unique in that we now have one of the most diverse economies in the Carolinas. For over one hundred years, our economy was textile dominated. However, in 2007 when the last large textile mill closed, we made a concerted effort to build a new economy in the county. Today, our business landscape is remarkably different than how it looked just ten years ago.

Founders Federal Credit Union Headquarters in Lancaster County SC

Advanced manufacturing operations stretch from the northern panhandle to our southern most communities, and corporate headquarters facilities now line the commercial corridors of Indian Land. We have a tremendous collection of outstanding advanced manufacturers that have solidified of our status as a manufacturing center, including companies such as Nutramax Laboratories (nutritional supplements for animals), Fab Fours (specialty truck bumpers), Trinity Meyer (utility poles) and Cooley Group (billboard and awning materials). That said, our focus and ability to attract high growth corporate facilities has been nationally recognized with firms like Continental Tire, CompuCom Systems, Founders Federal Credit Union, Honeywell, Movement Mortgage, Red Ventures and Sharonview Federal Credit Union leading the way. These diverse business sectors – traditional manufacturing sites, corporate headquarters and financial services – are all incredibly successful in Lancaster County, and that’s great news for the county and region.

Economic Opportunities in Lancaster County, SC

Where do you see Lancaster County in 10 to 20 years compared to now?

Continued growth and diversification of employment opportunities for our residents in terms of business sectors will be extremely important. The success of our existing industry is just the tip of the iceberg in regard to what can be achieved in Lancaster County, and it’s important for us to capitalize on what we already have accomplished. Also, it’s critically important that these opportunities be geographically dispersed. So much of the job creation in the last decade has occurred in the Indian Land area of the county, which is close to Charlotte. This is starting to change and we are stepping up our efforts to bring more quality job opportunities in communities to the south such as Lancaster, Heath Springs and Kershaw. We are working hard to ensure this happens and product development is the key.

Compucom Lancaster County SC

What state issues affect Lancaster County and how?

Property taxes are a concern and have two impacts. First, the state formula for calculating property taxes for businesses initially makes us less competitive with other Southeast states. As a result, we are very aggressive with our property tax incentives for projects and to a large extent, we are able to mitigate the issue. Second, that aggressiveness leads to less property tax revenues for the school district. As a result of Act 288, residential property taxes do not generate the level of revenue for the schools like business property taxes do. While our incentives reduce the revenue received by schools, the reality is that business growth is very much tied to our ability to provide property tax incentives. The result is that our schools are able to reap the benefits of these projects but have to give up some of the standard tax revenue they would otherwise receive in order to get the monies received. The old adage that it takes money to make money is certainly applicable.

Nutramax Labs in Lancaster County SC

What challenges does Lancaster County face in terms of economic development and how are they being addressed?

One challenge is the loss of viable sites for business development. Our strong residential growth continues to reduce the number of potential industrial and office sites in the county and makes it more challenging to rezone properties for these uses as residential development encroaches on properties that are prime candidates for industrial or commercial rezoning.

Life in Lancaster County SC

What opportunities does Lancaster County have in economic development and how are they being seized?

Product development, updating our future land use plan and new workforce development initiatives are on the horizon. We have about 100 acres of industrial property that we’re looking to make “shovel ready” by creating pad-ready sites. This will make us more competitive for projects. Also, we’re about to embark on the updating of our future land use plan. Identification of new sites for industrial and office growth is a top priority during this process and we must ensure that’s addressed. It’s important that those areas currently designated for industrial or commercial development are preserved and not lost.

On the workforce side, we work closely with our existing industry and workforce partners at the local and state level to develop creative strategies to expand the availability and quality of labor in our community. Additionally, we have launched a county jobs website, www.lancastercountyscjobs.com, for manufacturing and office job opportunities available in the county, extensively use social media to promote job openings with our local industry, and are coordinating industry based job fairs with SC Works and Lancaster Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (LAMP) and 2-SC Corporate Alliance, the latter two of which were started by the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development.

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Manufacturer investing $25 million to increase its production capacity

CHESTER, S.C. Carolina Poly, Inc., a venture of Poly-America, one of the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the United States, is expanding its Chester County operations. The company’s $25 million capital investment is projected to create 75 new jobs.

With sister companies and divisions across the country, Poly-America launched Carolina Poly in Chester County in 2015. The company produces several product lines, including trash bags, plastic sheeting, silage bags and shrink films.

Located at 1580 Lancaster Highway in Chester, S.C., the company will be adding to the overall manufacturing capability of the Carolina Poly facility. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately, and interested applicants should contact jobs@carolinapoly.com.

For more information on Poly-America, visit www.poly-america.com

QUOTES

“In South Carolina, we’re proud of our pro-business environment that supports and enables continued growth of existing businesses. I congratulate Carolina Poly on this great announcement, and we look forward to supporting them for years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“When a South Carolina business grows the way Carolina Poly has, it’s yet another testament that we are a state that fosters manufacturing innovations. We appreciate this great company’s commitment and their relationship with Chester County and our state.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“While we like new industries locating in our county, nothing is better than seeing an existing company expand their operations within our county. Local growth speaks volumes about the pro-business environment we have in our community and may encourage others to invest here. We congratulate Carolina Poly on their expansion and look forward to future successes here in Chester County.” -Chester County Supervisor K. Shane Stuart

“The expansion of Carolina Poly’s county operations is a testament to the company’s vested interest in Chester County. We congratulate them and look forward to their continued success in the future.” -Chester Development Association Chairman Mike Enoch

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Carolina Poly, Inc. is expanding its Chester County operations.
  • $25 million investment to create 75 new jobs.
  • Carolina Poly is a venture of Poly-America, one of the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the United States.
  • Located at 1580 Lancaster Highway in Chester, S.C., the company will be adding to the overall manufacturing capability of its existing facility.

Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately, and interested applicants should contact jobs@carolinapoly.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 ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact:

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

Company investing $20 million to create 225 new jobs

LANCASTER, S.C.Nutramax Laboratories and its family of companies, a leading manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplement products for people and their pets, are expanding operations in Lancaster County. The company is investing an additional $20 million in the project, creating 225 new jobs in Lancaster, S.C.

Since 1992, Nutramax Laboratories has been researching and developing high-quality nutritional supplement products for people and their pets. 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, including providing support to local schools and churches; area law enforcement and fire services; and many local charitable organizations. Currently, 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.

The company will be expanding its existing buildings to accommodate additional corporate needs and increase its manufacturing capacity. Hiring for the new positions will begin immediately, and interested applicants can visit the company’s careers page online.

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

QUOTES

 “In 1992, with only two employees, my dad, pharmacist Robert Henderson, founded our company. This is a reflection of free enterprise and shows the American success story is alive and well in our country. Our company’s mission is quite simple: To serve the Lord and glorify Him using the gifts He has given our employees to research, develop, manufacture and market products that improve the quality of life for people and their pets. We have fantastic employees, and they are our greatest asset. We plan to continue to be a part of making Lancaster a great place to work and live, including providing support to local organizations that are in line with our Mission, inspiring others to humbly serve our community.” -Nutramax Laboratories President and CEO Todd Henderson DVM

“We produce advanced things in South Carolina, including pharmaceuticals and medical products. As a result, a burgeoning life sciences industry has developed within our borders, and the success of companies like Nutramax Laboratories is proof that this thriving sector will only continue to grow in our state.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina has become a magnet for high-tech companies, including those in the life sciences sector. This new $20 million expansion announcement by Nutramax Laboratories is a sign that our hard work continues to pay off, creating tremendous potential for further growth.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“It’s difficult to put into words just how much Nutramax Laboratories means to Lancaster County; this expansion is tremendous news for our community. The company has brought manufacturing jobs to a community that was in desperate need of them and continues to invest in Lancaster County with new facilities and jobs. We are a far better county today than we were when they arrived, and much of the positive change we’ve experienced can be attributed to their presence, involvement and leadership.” -Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper

“Nutramax Laboratories is one of Lancaster County’s signature manufacturers and employers. Their products are recognized worldwide by pet owners, and their reputation in the nutritional industry is second to none. We couldn’t be prouder that they call Lancaster County home for both their corporate headquarters and manufacturing of nutraceuticals for pets.” -Lancaster County Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert

 FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Nutramax Laboratories is expanding its Lancaster County operations.
  • $20 million investment to create 225 new jobs.
  • Nutramax Laboratories is a leading manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplement products for people and pets.
  • The company will be expanding its existing buildings to accommodate additional corporate needs and increase its manufacturing capacity.

Hiring for the new positions will begin immediately, and interested applicants can visit the company’s careers page online.

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 ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Media Contact:

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

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