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

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

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

Movement Mortgage Headquarters in Lancaster

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

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

White- and Blue-Collar Growth

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

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

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

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

More People, Places, Possibilities

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

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

Red Ventures World Headquarters

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

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

The year just past turned out to be quite a success for industrial recruiting in the five counties comprising the South Carolina I-77 Alliance and sets the stage for more to come during 2021.

Despite the pandemic, 2020 ended up yielding a string of notable announcements – 19 in all, including 12 from firms new to the area and seven expansions – that represent a commitment of $1.2 billion in capital investment and 2,580 new jobs.

A few highlights include the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and electric vehicle manufacturer ARRIVAL setting up shop in York County, Continental Tire expanding their Lancaster County headquarters for North American manufacturing operations, and Mark Anthony Brewing (White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade) building a new production facility in Richland County. There’s many more and they’re in multiple industries, adding to the diversity of enterprises coming here.

Decisions Must Be Made: The Corridor Is a Great Choice

Our industrial prospecting work has continued through the pandemic via virtual platforms and we expect to continue that way for the immediate future until the Alliance and our county representatives are allowed to go back on the road later this year to meet company leaders in person.

In the meantime, we’re very optimistic about the economic development prospects for the corridor now and going forward. We’re going to continue to get in front of as many decision-makers as we can because we know they’re still making critical decisions about where to put down new stakes or expand their current operations.

Some industry segments will be doing that more than others, of course, as they go through their own cycles, however, there are always firms that have to decide now what and where to invest, and all those reasons to do that right here in the Corridor are good ones.

On a final note, we want to close by saying thanks to Rich Fletcher, our founding president and CEO, and wishing him the best of luck in his new role as CEO of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. Rich leaves behind an organization solidly positioned to help its stakeholders continue to build on the growing progress of the past few years.

$55 million investment will create 40 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi), a global leading supplier of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UV LEDs), today announced plans to expand operations in Richland County. The $55 million investment will create 40 new jobs.

Founded in 1999, SETi manufactures and sells UV LED products for applications in curing, sterilization, sensors, biomedical devices and home appliances. Over the last 20 years, SETi’s technology has evolved through continuous investment in the development of UV LEDs in the 200 nanometer (nm) to 400 nm range. Currently, the company’s UV LED products are being incorporated into HVAC units to disinfect the air and reduce allergens. The technology has been adopted by the company RGF in the United States and other HVAC manufacturers around the world. Through this application and others, SETi aims to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Located at 110 Atlas Court in Columbia, SETi’s expansion will be implemented in multiple phases. The first phase is in progress and will increase SETi’s production capacity tenfold, along with supporting the company’s near-term growth strategy. The second phase of expansion will upgrade the facility to include a much larger, automated cleanroom with state-of-the-art semiconductor equipment and will allow for continued capacity build-out.

The full expansion is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the SETi team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded Richland County a $250,000 Set-Aside grant for costs related to the project.

QUOTES

“We are excited to celebrate the successes, innovations and developments that have afforded us an opportunity to expand our operations in Columbia, South Carolina. SETi would not be a world leader in the UV LED industry without the hard work and dedication of our employees. We look forward to expanding our talented team and are very optimistic about our future in South Carolina.” -SETi CEO Chae Kim

“We work every day not only to recruit new businesses to South Carolina, but to also take care of our existing companies like SETi. Richland County and our entire state have a real reason to celebrate today, as SETi’s growth and investment provide more opportunities for South Carolinians.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“It is always great to see a company like SETi build on its success in South Carolina. Announcements like this showcase the diversity of our business climate, and we couldn’t be happier for this company and their growth.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“County council is excited to see Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. investing in our community and adding new jobs after being an employer here since the early 2000s. Their growth demonstrates how businesses can succeed here in Richland County.” -Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi) is expanding operations in Richland County.
  • The $55 million investment will create 40 new jobs.
  • SETi is a world leading supplier of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UV LEDs).
  • Located at 110 Atlas Court in Columbia, S.C.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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

History is repeating itself as a leading-edge automotive manufacturer plans to start up its first U.S. electric vehicle (EV) production facility in York County.

Arrival plans to begin producing electric buses in 2021 in a 193,000-square-foot spec building, the second announcement at the Legacy Park East industrial park in Rock Hill.

The U.K.-based company is investing $46 million in the site, which will create 240 jobs and help Arrival execute on its plan to become a leading provider of emissions-free commercial trucks and buses.

After a regional search, the company landed on York County as the home for its “microfactory,” which will use innovative cell-based assembly methods rather than the traditional production line.

The microfactory concept is considered key to Arrival’s plan to accelerate mass adoption of zero-emission EVs by lowering costs and enabling the company to easily switch production among the vehicles in its portfolio.

A Ready Workforce and History of Innovation and Adaptation

A century earlier, the Anderson, a luxury automobile with some first-ever features like headlight foot dimmers and powered convertible tops, was produced in Rock Hill from 1916 to 1925.

Just as that early automotive innovator did, Arrival is relying on a skilled, ready workforce as it prepares to start operations in the second quarter of 2021 and production by the end of the year.

The proven experience of the readySC workforce-training program, presence of regional technical colleges and universities, as well as an attractive quality of life that draws thousands of new workers to the region each year, combined to ensure the availability of a committed, skilled workforce ready to take on this new way of manufacturing.

In fact, the region’s deep history in textiles and successful transition to diverse advanced materials manufacturing and distribution played a key role in Arrival’s decision to locate here. As did the cooperation of local economic development and government agencies in providing incentives to ensure the project could launch on sound financial footing.

Other factors included the availability of several industrial buildings, the proximity of Charlotte Douglas International Airport and uptown Charlotte, and South Carolina’s strength in the transportation equipment sector.

Working Together to Help Each Business Thrive

The company’s vertically integrated approach will use in-house developed components, materials and software while sourcing materials from surrounding regions through a localized supply chain.

Arrival is not alone. Manufacturers in multiple industries are also finding York County and the I-77 corridor an ideal setting to put in motion their unique visions of how to thrive in a challenging new global environment that calls for innovation, agility and efficiency.

Along with suppliers, local partners are essential to that success.  Arrival’s “arrival” on the scene here on the I-77 corridor builds on the impressive record that our public and private stakeholders are building – creating a setting for success for innovators like Arrival.

New facility will create 300 new jobs and increase production to keep up with demand for White Claw and Mike's Hard Lemonade across the southern United States

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mark Anthony Brewing today announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art brewery and production facility in Richland County. The company’s $400 million investment will create 300 new jobs and represents one the largest economic investments in Richland County history. This will be one of the largest breweries built in the U.S. in over 25 years.

Mark Anthony Brewing provides supply chain management and brewing services for The Mark Anthony Group, one of North America’s fastest-growing beverage companies, and is the leader in the explosive Hard Seltzer and Flavored Malt Beverage categories, according to IRI Worldwide data.

Located in Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia, Mark Anthony Brewing’s new facility will produce White Claw Hard Seltzer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Mike’s Harder Lemonade and Cayman Jack Cocktails. The new facility will provide much-needed capacity to keep up with consumer demand in the southern United States. Warehousing and distribution operations will also be located on-site.

Construction is slated to begin almost immediately, and the more than one million square-foot facility will be built at record speed and is expected to be fully operational by summer 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Mark Anthony Brewing team should visit readySC’s recruitment website for more information.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project and awarded a $4.6 million Set-Aside grant to Richland County for infrastructure improvement. Richland County was also awarded a $1.5 million LocateSC grant to offset costs associated with acquiring and developing property adjacent to the project for the purpose of developing rail-served industrial sites inventory now and in the future.

QUOTES

“Mark Anthony is a private, entrepreneurial company, built through innovation and by making long-term strategic investments in projects like this. One of the primary reasons we selected Richland County was the spirit of collaboration and engagement from the State of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Richland County Council that have embraced our vision and understand our ambitious timeline to transform this location from initial concept to a fully operational facility in record time. Once complete, this new state-of-the-art facility will be a center of excellence for our patented PureBrew process which allows White Claw, Mike’s and our growing portfolio of market-leading beverages to taste like no other.” -Mark Anthony Brewing President John Sacksteder

“South Carolina is home to a number of world-class, well-known brands, and it’s great to see another one choose to locate in the Palmetto State. We celebrate Mark Anthony Brewing’s decision to invest $400 million in Richland County with its new brewery and production facility. Their commitment to the community and state will be felt for decades to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“It’s a banner day in South Carolina, and we would like to congratulate Mark Anthony Brewing for their tremendous investment in Richland County and our state. South Carolina has been leading the way in manufacturing for some time now, and announcements like this one ensure that the Palmetto State will continue to stay on top.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Mark Anthony Brewing’s selection of Richland County is one of the biggest economic development initiatives to come our way in years; truly exciting news! Thanks to county council’s unwavering commitment to invest in the future of our residents and the efforts of many people who worked to make this project a reality, our community has gained a substantial investment in our collective future. We are thankful for opportunities to bolster our local economy and Mark Anthony Brewing’s arrival is an economic game-changer for Richland County. We are simply elated, as well as grateful, for what lies ahead as we welcome Mark Anthony Brewing to our community as another valuable business partner.” -Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston

“We are thrilled that Mark Anthony Brewing has selected Richland County as its newest destination to continue growing its popular collection of brands. With its new state-of-the-art facility, the company will be able to tap into the many talents of the local skilled workforce, while strengthening the county’s appeal to more big brand names in the food and beverage industry and beyond. Congratulations to our friends in Richland County and Mark Anthony Brewing for what is and will be a success story for many years to come.” -Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Mark Anthony Brewing is establishing operations in Richland County.
  • The $400 million investment will create 300 new jobs.
  • The new facility will produce White Claw Hard Seltzer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Mike’s Harder Lemonade and Cayman Jack Cocktails.
  • Located in Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia, S.C.

Individuals interested in joining the Mark Anthony Brewing team should visit readySC’s recruitment website 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 has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

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Company investing more than $20 million into the expansion

INDIAN LAND, S.C. Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (Continental), a manufacturer and distributer of premium tires, today announced plans to expand the company’s Lancaster County operations. The company is investing more than $20 million into the expansion.

Founded in 1871, Continental manufactures and distributes a complete line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. The company also offers technology solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation.

Located at 1830 MacMillan Park Drive in Lancaster County, Continental’s expansion will include a new 88,000-square-foot building, which will be constructed next to the existing headquarters. This new facility will enable Continental to consolidate its footprint, while at the same time provide the space needed to support the continuous growth of its operations.

The expansion is expected to be completed by mid-2022. Individuals interested in joining the Continental team should visit https://www.continental.com/en-us/career.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $2.6 million Closing Fund grant to Lancaster County for costs related to the project.

 QUOTES

“Lancaster County has been home to our tire operations for the Americas Region since 2009. We are excited to invest in our campus and bring our team together in a new, fresh space that includes modern features and design to support the future work environment.” -Continental Tire the Americas Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jochen Etzel

“We celebrate Continental’s decision to invest $20 million into Lancaster County. Existing businesses like Continental continue to invest in South Carolina, and that shows the strength of our business-friendly climate and strong workforce. Announcements like today’s indicate we’re on the right track with our economic development efforts.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina is known for making things well, and this has been a crucial factor in recruiting and assisting great companies like Continental. This business’ growth over the years is a testament to the company’s strength and our amazing workforce that assists them.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Lancaster County couldn’t be more excited that Continental Tire the Americas will be expanding their Indian Land headquarters. Continental is one of our premier and most recognizable employers. We congratulate them on this impressive project! The new investment and jobs resulting from the expansion are very much welcomed and appreciated.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper  

 “Continental Tire the Americas’ headquarters expansion is a huge win for Lancaster County. Continental is an international leader in the automotive industry and this incredible project could have located anywhere in the region or multiple states but Continental chose to remain and grow here. Their long-term commitment to Lancaster County speaks volumes about the outstanding business climate, professional workforce, strategic location and excellent quality of life that makes our community such a compelling headquarters location.” –Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (Continental) is expanding its headquarters in Lancaster County.
  • The company is investing more than $20 million into the expansion.
  • Continental is a manufacturer and distributer of premium tires.
  • Located at 1830 MacMillan Park Drive in Lancaster County, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Continental team should visit https://www.continental.com/en-us/career.

About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 About Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2019, Continental generated sales of €44.5 billion and currently employs more than 232,000 people in 59 countries and markets.

Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Our ultra-high, performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money, and reduce CO2 emissions. Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America. Continental Tire is a proud supporter of Major League Soccer (MLS), College Basketball, West Coast Customs, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and Petty’s Garage. For more information visit, www.continentaltire.com.

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

CONTINENTAL MEDIA CONTACT:
Tanya McNabb
Senior Communications Manager 
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
Phone: +1 704-583-3858
E-mail: tanya.mcnabb@continental.com

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Company is investing $18.4 million into expansion

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

 About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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

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The $46 million investment will create 240 new jobs

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

 About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 About Arrival

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

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

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

 S.C. COMMERCE MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com


ARRIVAL MEDIA CONTACT:

Ebolutalese Airewele at Milltown Partners

(607) 339-9122

OTAirewele@milltownpartners.com

www.Arrival.com

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More than $25 million investment will create approximately 100 jobs

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

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

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

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

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

 QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

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

About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

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Around the world, forward-looking enterprises are planning for a post-pandemic future. Communities that continued to invest in their infrastructure, workforce, and quality of life assets will be positioned to land those prospects as they decide the time is right to expand.

The five South Carolina counties, comprising the corridor from Charlotte, N.C. to Columbia, S.C., is just such a community where strategic planning and partnerships will build on a long successful run of attracting corporate expansions and relocations.

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

Where We Are, Who We Are, What We Do

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

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

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

The I-77 Alliance Data Center and Site Search Tools  

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

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

Preparing Now for New Opportunities

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

Columbia SC At Night

Company to create 20 new jobs

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

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

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

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

FIVE FAST FACTS

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

 About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 MEDIA CONTACT:

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