Columbia, SC -- MobileFleet Inc., a widely-respected manufacturer and distributor in the public safety industry, announced plans to establish operations in Marion County. The $6.3 million investment will create 64 jobs.
Having distributed products from valued manufacturers in the public safety industry for more than 20 years, MobileFleet Inc.'s staff of experienced sales, service and support professionals help specify, implement and service all of the products the company distributes. The new Marion County location will also include the company's manufacturing division that builds custom storage solutions for public service providers, including fire and police departments and government municipalities.
MobileFleet Inc. will establish its S.C. operations in the 113,000-square-foot Spartan Building located at 2914 Spartan Place in Marion County. New operations are projected to come online in the fall of 2019. Hiring information, when available, will be posted on https://www.readysc.org/training-opportunities.html.
“The new headquarters will provide a better position for the growth of the organization and allow NCEES to better support its member boards and the professions of engineering and surveying,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer David Cox. “NCEES is entering its second century of advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors, and this move will help us better fulfill our mission to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”
NCEES is a national nonprofit organization made up of the engineering and surveying licensing boards from across the United States and its territories. It provides a range of services to support licensure and public protection, including developing the exams used to license professional engineers and surveyors.
Columbia, SC -- JUUL Labs, Inc. announced plans to invest more than $125 million in a new assembly facility in Lexington County. This investment is expected to help create more than 500 new jobs to support the assembly operations.
JUUL Labs was established to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes. Since launching in 2015, the company has maintained a commitment to keeping all tobacco products, including JUUL products, out of the hands of youth. The company stopped the sale of non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored JUULpods to all of its traditional retail store partners in 2018.
Company investing $14 million in solar farm development
Columbia, SC -- Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with a new, 10-megawatt facility in Hampton County. The company is investing $14 million in this latest project.
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
Global logistics provider expected to create approximately 450 new jobs
Columbus, SC -- DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced plans to construct a new distribution and warehousing park in Dorchester County that will open in phases, developed by DHL Real Estate Solutions. The company's $100 million investment is projected to create approximately 450 new jobs.
DHL Real Estate Solutions (RES) is a standalone product of DHL and one of the largest developers of property solutions in the logistics industry. RES is a global developer, providing both customers and non-supply chain customers with individually-tailored real estate solutions. The company's integrated approach provides a single point of contact, ensuring that building design, racking and building systems are all coordinated at the onset of the design process, resulting in smoother transitions when operations commence.
Cloud solutions provider creating approximately 50 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Green Cloud Technologies, one of the nation's fastest-growing providers of hosted solutions and services, announced the opening of its new Greenville County headquarters. The company's $7.8 million investment is projected to create approximately 50 new jobs over the next five years.
Green Cloud Technologies was founded in 2011 by a team of industry veterans with more than a century of combined information technology, telecom and communications experience. The start-up was established with a business model focused on building partner networks and providing customers with world-class servers, as well as backup and recovery solutions. The company's expansive suite of Cisco-powered, cloud-based products, services and support is scalable to applications of any size - from small and medium-sized businesses to enterprise-class organizations.
Recycling plant to create approximately 200 jobs
Columbia, SC — Green Tech Solution, Inc. announced plans to locate new recycling operations in Cherokee County. The company's $75 million investment is projected to create approximately 200 new jobs.
Green Tech Solution, Inc will be establishing a new recycling operation to collect and process a variety of materials, including plastics, scrap metal, electronics and more. Green Tech Solution, Inc is a subsidiary of Tianjin Sheng Xin Non-Financing Guarantee Co., Ltd., an investment company headquartered in Tianjin, China.
Manufacturing facility to bring more than $14 million of capital investment
Columbia, SC — ShayoNano USA, Inc., an innovative developer of advanced materials, announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Chester County. The company's $14.7 million capital investment is projected to bring approximately 40 new jobs to the community.
ShayoNano is a manufacturer and provider of nanomaterials, such as synthesizing additives that improve the profitability and performance of a variety of products. The company harnesses its unique, patented technology to support a range of uses, including paints and coatings, fire retardants, nanocomposites and more.
Company brings approximately 100 jobs to Greenville, S.C.
Columbia, SC — JTEKT North America (JTEKT), a subsidiary of global automotive and industrial supplier JTEKT Corporation, has completed a $5.8 million expansion of its headquarters on the campus of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The expansion project began in 2017 to accommodate the new jobs JTEKT has and will continue to create in Greenville, totaling 100 positions, all of which will be filled by 2020.
JTEKT manufactures steering systems, driveline components, bearings technologies and precision machine tools, all critical to the state's automotive industry. The company employs more than 6,000 associates at 24 sites across North America, including four manufacturing facilities located in South Carolina. In 2015, JTEKT strengthened its presence in the state by announcing the consolidation of a portion of its headquarters to CU-ICAR in Greenville.
Analytical reference standards manufacturer creating approximately 20 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Organic Standard Solutions International, LLC (o2si smart solutions), a subsidiary of LGC Group's Standards division, announced expansion plans for its existing Charleston County facility. The company's $2.4 million capital investment is projected to create approximately 20 new jobs.
Founded in 1997, o2si smart solutions provides organic calibration standards for a variety of markets, including chemical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food safety and more. Selling its products directly to laboratories and through distributors worldwide, the company also offers custom organic solutions to meet its consumers' needs.
From Tour de France to global defense markets, advanced materials solutions company develops, designs and manufactures composites that are making a difference
Greenville, SC — Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC), a technology-driven designer and advanced manufacturer of composite materials and structures for government and industry, will expand its presence in Greenville County with the addition of a second facility. The company’s $2.7 million capital investment is projected to create 23 new jobs over the next five years.
Yet the company’s impact is felt over far larger an area than their new 32,000 square foot location located at 101 Pelham Davis Circle in Greenville might suggest.
High-tech Bianchi racing bicycles made from MSC’s patented Countervail vibration-cancelling materials and technology have propelled Team Lotto NL-Jumbo to four stage wins in the just-completed 2018 Tour de France. The bike is a favorite of competitive cyclists worldwide and has been sold out globally for months
Company investing approximately $10 million in solar farm development
Columbia, SC — Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with three new solar facilities in Clarendon County. The company is projected to invest approximately $10 million in these new projects.
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
Nationally-ranked credit union investing $42 million in relocation
Columbia, SC — Sharonview Federal Credit Union, a provider of financial services, announced it is relocating and expanding its corporate headquarters in Lancaster County. The company's $42 million capital investment is projected to create more than 115 new jobs.
Established in 1955, Sharonview Federal Credit Union serves more than 79,000 members nationwide and manages more than $1.5 billion in assets. It is also ranked as one of the top 200 credit unions in the country, providing its members with a variety of value-added financial services at 18 branches throughout North and South Carolina.
Located at the Edgewater Corporate Center in Fort Mill, S.C., Sharonview Federal Credit Union's new Indian Land, 182,000-square-foot corporate headquarters facility is projected to come online in late 2018. Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants can visit the company's careers page online.
Company partnering with Alorica on state-of-the-art facility, creating 400 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced plans to open a cutting-edge customer care center in Greenville County. Established in partnership with Alorica, one of the world's leading platforms for customer interactions, the new Connected Customer Care Center will bring 400 additional jobs to the region by 2020.
This new facility is part of Samsung's continued efforts to deliver exceptional customer care at more touchpoints throughout the United States and ensures that critical support systems are in place as consumers increasingly move toward integrated connectivity between Samsung products and services. It will include two advanced training centers for on-site agents, a showcase of the latest Samsung products across all categories, a private and secure video chat support area and a connected living lab with Samsung and competitive products.
Logistics firm hiring 180 new workers
Columbia, SC — Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., a global transport and logistics company, is launching operations in Charleston County. With this new facility, the company will be creating 180 jobs over the next three years.
Established in 1890, Kuehne + Nagel has grown into one of the world's leading logistics providers. With more than 1,300 offices and 70,000 employees, the firm provides logistics solutions to a variety of key industry sectors, including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, retail and more.
Located on the Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC (MBV) site off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Kuehne + Nagel's new facility will be providing production logistics services to support MBV's expanding manufacturing operations. Comprehensive services will include goods receiving, inventory management, just-in-time picking and sequencing for delivery.
SC Ports achieved the highest monthly volume in its history in June and completed FY18 with record container volume.
Charleston, SC — South Carolina Ports Authority announced record container volume of 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled during the 2018 fiscal year, an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year.
SCPA handled 201,163 TEUs in June, the single highest month for container volume in the Port’s history and a 10 percent increase over June 2017. June was a strong finish to the Port’s fiscal year, which began in July.
As measured in pier containers, or the number of boxes that moved across the docks of SCPA’s two container terminals, the Port handled 115,696 containers in June and a total of 1.25 million containers in FY2018.
Japanese firm creating 67 new jobs
Columbia, SC — FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA, Inc., one of the strategic manufacturing locations for Tokyo-based FUJIFILM Corporation, announced plans to expand its existing operations in Greenwood County. The company's $3.9 million investment is projected to create 67 new jobs.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in South Carolina this year, FUJIFILM is a manufacturer of industrial and commercial imaging products. The company operates five, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities on its 500-acre campus located at 211 Puckett Ferry Road near Lake Greenwood.
New facility will support Inland Port Dillon and create 54 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Container Maintenance Corporation announced plans to open a new facility in Dillon County. Designed to support the newly-opened Inland Port Dillon, Container Maintenance of Dillon is bringing $11.5 million of capital investment and creating approximately 54 jobs.
Providing container and chassis maintenance for a variety of regional clients, Container Maintenance Corporation offers repair, upkeep and depot services, as well as storage and redistribution of intermodal equipment. The company's new Dillon County facility complements its existing Charleston County facility, which supports the Port of Charleston.
Nearly 400 people gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Inland Port Dillon.
Dillon, SC -- South Carolina Ports Authority held the grand opening of Inland Port Dillon, its second inland facility constructed in the state to handle strong growth of the Port's intermodal rail cargo volumes and deepen the Port's reach into markets through the Carolinas to the Northeast and Midwest.
"Inland ports provide needed infrastructure in the interior of the state to support the movement of freight to and from our marine terminals," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "The addition of Inland Port Dillon to the Port's network diversifies our reach and enables port users to gain logistics efficiencies through rail transportation of their cargo. We've had tremendous support from the Dillon region to date and look forward to growing our cargo base for the facility."
Timken Company Expanding Operations at the Tyger River Plant in Union, S.C.
Union, SC -- Timken Tyger River Plant, a leading manufacturer of bearings and bearing components, announced that it is acquiring new equipment and machinery to increase capacity at the Union County facility. The project is expected to bring over $2.5 million in capital investment to expand operations and industrial growth.
The Timken Company is a Fortune 500 company which began in 1899. Timken has operated in Union County more than 52 years and supplies over 17,000 different bearings components to industrial customers worldwide. The Timken Tyger River Plant is a 350,000 square foot building located at 408 Industrial Drive, Union SC.
Company produces high quality dietary supplements, plus nutritional, prescription and OTC products, for leading U.S. and global retailers and contract customers
Greenville, SC -- International Vitamin Corporation (IVC), which produces high quality dietary supplements along with nutritional, prescription and OTC products, will invest several million dollars and add a significant number of positions to expand operations at its Greenville County, S.C. facilities over the next several years.
Founded more than 55 years ago, IVC produces high quality dietary supplements for leading food, drug, mass and club retailers in the United States. The company also produces nutritional, prescription and OTC products for contract customers around the world. IVC’s recognized ability to deliver on innovation, quality and supply chain efficiency has enabled IVC to become one of the largest and fastest growing private label nutritional supplement companies in the nutritional marketplace.
“This expansion of our Greenville County presence represents an important step in the growth of our business,” said Steven Dai, President and CEO for International Vitamin Corporation.
Columbia, SC — BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company announced a $150 million investment in its existing Sumter County manufacturing facility. The company is projected to create an additional 125 new jobs over the next several years.
Employing more than 65,000 associates worldwide, BD is one of the world's largest medical technology companies and supports health care providers in more than 190 countries. BD's Sumter County facility has been in operation since 1970, manufacturing blood collection devices that are critical to the health care industry.
Automotive supplier investing $19.4 million to create 56 new jobs
Columbia, SC — JTEKT North America, a producer of bearings, driveline components, steering systems and machine tools, announced that it is investing $19.4 million to expand its existing Koyo Bearings production facility in Oconee County. The growth will result in the creation of 56 new jobs.
Established in 1960, this manufacturing plant was purchased by JTEKT Group in 2010 and operates as Koyo Bearings, supplying bearings and steering systems to major automotive manufacturers. A subsidiary of JTEKT Group, JTEKT North America currently employs more than 5,400 associates at 14 manufacturing facilities across the continent.
Manufacturing plant to create approximately 120 new jobs over the next several years
Columbia, SC — Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce announced that Universal Forest Products, a provider of wood and wood-related products, plans to open a manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. Operating as UFP Cameron, LLC, the $6.1 million facility is projected to create more than 120 new jobs over the next several years.
UFP Cameron, LLC will be located at 106 Logistics Drive in Cameron, S.C. and is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018. The facility will be dedicated to manufacturing products for the industrial market.
Moncks Corner, SC — Santee Cooper has approved a $3 million loan to the Oconee Economic Alliance (OEA) for a 50,000-square-foot industrial speculative building to help Oconee County attract new businesses and jobs.
The loan was approved through the Santee Cooper Economic Development Loan Program. The spec building will be located within the Golden Corner Commerce Park, which is just two miles off Interstate 85 and just 60 miles from the Greer Inland Port. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will distribute electricity to the site.
Operating in its sixth year, Santee Cooper’s Economic Development Loan Program acts as a resource for localities served by Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives or municipal customers, to help those localities build spec buildings and other infrastructure attracting new industry.
Company investing $33 million in sawmill expansion
Columbia, SC — Charles Ingram Lumber Co., a family-owned sawmill located in Effingham, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. With $33 million of capital investment, the company is expected to create 22 new jobs.
Serving the southeastern U.S. since 1931, Charles Ingram Lumber Co. owns timberland where trees are grown for pulpwood and saw timber. The company also operates a lumber mill, which produces approximately 120 million board feet of Southern Yellow pine annually.
Recycling plant expected to create 200 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Ecomelida, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation, announced plans to locate its first North American operations in Orangeburg County. The $52 million investment is projected to create 200 new jobs.
Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation is an importer and recycler of waste paper and plastic. Utilizing creative processes to separate pulp, plastic and aluminum from soft drink cartons and other products, the company's recycled plastics are used in foam, cast plastic parts and more.
Company creating 15 new jobs in North Charleston
Columbia, SC — Holy City Brewing, a craft brewery based out of Charleston, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. The company is expected to create 15 new jobs.
Established in 2011, Holy City Brewing is a craft brewery that creates handcrafted ales and lagers with a 15-barrel (bbl) system. Featuring a full taproom, kitchen and state-of-the-art brewing operation, Holy City has become a staple in the South Carolina craft brewing industry.
Company investing $100 million in solar farm development
Columbia, SC — Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with new facilities in Lee County. The company is investing in a total of five individual projects within Lee County, bringing a collective capital investment of $100 million.
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
Polymer extrusion manufacturer creating 20 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Zeus Industrial Products (Zeus), Inc., a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Orangeburg County. The company's $15.9 million investment in Orangeburg complements a $76 million Calhoun County expansion, which was announced last week. With this project, Zeus is expected to create an additional 20 new jobs in Orangeburg.
Founded in 1966, Zeus develops and manufacturers polymer tubing for a variety of industries, including the medical, fluid handling and electrical markets. Zeus works with customers in collaborative relationships to design, engineer and produce fluoropolymer and specialized plastic tubing that delivers the temperature resistance, chemical resistance and high tensile strength demanded by today's applications.
Zeus' global headquarters is located at 620 Magnolia Street in Orangeburg, S.C. The company will be adding 64,000 square feet to its existing facility in order to house engineering, equipment and tooling design, parts fabrication, tooling production and machine assembly operations in one centralized engineering center. Initial hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online for more information.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
"We are truly excited about expanding our presence in Orangeburg. We have been pleased with all of the local and state support that we have received since commencing our Orangeburg operations back in 1982. We remain committed to being a good citizen of the county, meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and, most importantly, providing quality careers for all of our employees in an atmosphere that will allow them to flourish." -Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. President and CEO John Winarchick
"For more than three decades, Zeus has been a tremendous member of the South Carolina business community, and we're proud to see them grow once again. I offer my congratulations and look forward to many more years of success for this innovative company." -Governor Henry McMaster
"Zeus has been a longtime member of Team South Carolina, and I'm excited to see their operations grow once again. Over the last two decades, South Carolina has built an international reputation as a place that not only makes complex products, but makes them well. This announcement is a further testament to that." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"We are so grateful to have Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. headquartered in Orangeburg County and for their commitment to our residents and community with this most recent expansion. The success and growth of Zeus, both in Orangeburg and statewide, reinforces their sustainability and commitment to their associates. It's indeed a great day in Orangeburg County!" -Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright
"We congratulate Zeus on this latest expansion announcement, as well as thank them for the more than 30 years that they've been an invaluable member of the business community. This is an exciting win for Orangeburg County, and we look forward to Zeus' ongoing success in the region." -Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
Five Fast Facts
Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. is expanding its Orangeburg County operations.
$15.9 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
This project complements a $76 million Calhoun County expansion, which was announced last week.
Located at 620 Magnolia Street in Orangeburg, S.C., the company will be adding 64,000 square feet to house its engineering, equipment design, tooling production and more.
Initial hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online 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, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. 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.
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Automotive supplier creating more than 150 jobs at three facilities
Columbia, SC — Grupo Antolin, a designer and manufacturer of components for the automotive industry, is launching new operations in Spartanburg County by establishing three separate facilities. The $50 million investment is expected to create more than 150 new jobs over the next five years.
Grupo Antolin offers high-value-added solutions for vehicle interiors, including overhead systems, doors, lighting, cockpits and interior trim. Headquartered in Spain, Grupo Antolin is an international automotive supplier with 149 plants in 26 countries.
New facility to produce larger boats and generate 100 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Tidewater Boats, a designer and manufacturer of premier saltwater boats, is growing its Lexington County operations. To accommodate the production of larger models, the company is investing $8.3 million and creating 100 new jobs.
Founded in 2006, Tidewater Boats uses state-of-the-art marine craftsmanship to design and build some of the most popular saltwater boats in the industry. The company has grown from a modest five models 10 years ago to 24 models today. Boat sizes range from 17 to 32 feet, with more models currently in the design process. Tidewater Boats accommodates a variety of customers by offering plush amenities for the whole family and the tools for the serious fisherm
New operations to create 500 jobs
Columbia, SC — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), one of the world's largest tool and storage companies, is opening a new manufacturing facility in York County. The new operations are projected to bring $31 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of 500 new jobs.
An internationally-recognized Fortune 500 company, Stanley Black & Decker is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories; electronic security solutions; and, engineered fastening systems.
Stanley Black & Decker will be occupying a new 345,000-square-foot facility for the manufacture and assembly of DEWALT cordless power tools. The new facility will be located in the Lakemont Business Park in Fort Mill, S.C.
HVAC manufacturer creating 100 new jobs
Columbia, SC — Allied Air Enterprises, a manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions, has committed to investing approximately $10 million at its existing Orangeburg County manufacturing facility over the next five years. This new capital investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.
Allied Air is a component of Lennox International, Inc. (NYSE: LII), a global leader in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration markets. Allied Air brings together the collective strengths of six comfort brands - Armstrong Air™, AirEase™, Concord™, Ducane™, Allied Commercial and Magic-Pak™). The company is headquartered in West Columbia, S.C., with its flagship manufacturing plant located in Orangeburg, S.C.
Company investing in one million-square-foot expansion
Columbia, SC — Harbor Freight Tools, Dillon County's largest employer, announced a one million-square foot expansion of its East Coast distribution facility. This expansion is projected to create more than 500 new jobs, bringing the company's total investment in South Carolina to more than $200 million.
Founded in 1977, Harbor Freight Tools is a family-owned national tool retailer based in Calabasas, Calif. With more than 800 stores nationwide and a new store opening approximately every three days, the company has more than 40 million customers.
Company investing more than $5 million to expand Lowcountry operations
Columbia, SC — AHT Cooling Systems USA, Inc., a provider of custom refrigerated and frozen merchandising solutions, is expanding its existing Charleston County facility by adding assembly and distribution operations. The project will result in more than $5 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 70 new jobs.
With more than 30 years of experience, AHT Cooling Systems services the grocery and small format retail markets with manufacturing sites in Austria, China and Brazil. To establish its first production site in the U.S., the company is upfitting its Charleston County operations with a production business unit for the assembly of commercial refrigeration and freezing equipment.
Six new ship-to-shore cranes on order to handle Port's record-breaking container growth
Charleston, SC — The South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors approved a $69.5 million contract for the purchase of six new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to serve growing container volumes and big ships calling the Port of Charleston.
"As the largest crane purchase in our history, the contract approved is an important part of our overall investment in infrastructure and capacity to ensure the Port is well-positioned for the future," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "When the cranes arrive in late 2019, deepening of the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will be nearly two-thirds complete and construction of our new container terminal will also be nearly finished."
$12 million investment to create 100 new jobs
Columbia, SC — KB Biotech Solutions, a venture of Chinese-based Anhui Chem-bright Bioengineering Co. Ltd., is launching new manufacturing operations in Dillon County. The $12 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.
Founded in August 2006, Anhui Chem-bright Bioengineering Co. operates the largest production base of natural steroidal raw materials and intermediates in China. With an agricultural industrialization-leading enterprise, the company specializes in biomedicine and the deep processing of agricultural byproducts. Its products are widely used in pharmaceutical raw materials, cosmetics, functional foods and feed additives.
Medical device manufacturer launching new operations in the Upstate
Columbia, SC — Arthrex, Inc., a global orthopedic medical device company, headquartered in Naples, Fla., is launching new manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The $69 million capital investment is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs over the next several years.
With a corporate mission aimed at helping surgeons treat patients better, Arthrex is a leader in new product development and medical education in orthopedics. The company is a pioneer in the field of arthroscopy and has developed more than 11,000 innovative products and surgical procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopedics worldwide.
Company creating more than 400 new jobs at office and research and development operations
Columbia, SC — Diversey, a leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions, announced that it is locating its corporate headquarters in York County. The development is projected to bring $6.1 million in investment and create approximately 400 jobs.
Diversey is a hygiene and cleaning solutions company that integrates chemicals, floor care machines, tools and equipment with a wide range of technology-based, value-added services. Employing approximately 8,600 people globally, the company is a provider of smart, sustainable solutions designed to drive increased productivity, food safety and infection prevention to customers in more than 165 countries.
Company creating more than 160 new jobs at manufacturing facility
Columbia, SC — BorgWarner Inc., a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, is expanding its operations in Oconee County. The $71.9 million investment is projected to create more than 160 new jobs. This announcement represents the company’s third expansion since 2013.
As one of the top suppliers for the global automotive industry, BorgWarner operates 62 facilities in 17 countries, employing approximately 27,000 associates worldwide. With a diverse customer base, the company serves a variety of markets, including the passenger car and light truck, commercial vehicle, off-highway, construction and agricultural markets.
$520 million expansion includes the addition of office operations and brings Volvo Cars' South Carolina investment to more than $1 billion
Columbia, SC — Volvo Cars announced that it is investing an additional $520 million in its Berkeley County operations and creating 1,910 new jobs. This new commitment adds to the company's initial 2015 announcement and brings the collective total to more than $1 billion in investment and 3,900 jobs, respectively.
Under construction currently, Volvo Cars' Berkeley County manufacturing plant will be the global production home of the company's all-new S60 sedan, which is expected to roll off the assembly line next year. With this new investment, the company is planning to add an additional product line - the next generation XC90 - to its South Carolina operations in 2021.
Company creating more than 110 jobs at Farrow Road facility
Columbia, SC — Charter NEX Films is locating new specialty film manufacturing operations in Richland County. The project is expected to bring $85 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 110 new jobs.
Charter NEX Films is one of North America's leading independent producers of high-performance specialty films used in flexible packaging and other critical performance applications. With both blown and cast film capabilities, the company's products are utilized for a variety of applications, including food, medical and protective purposes.
Company creating 100 new jobs and growing facility
Columbia, SC — Sportsman Boats Manufacturing, a provider of premium boats, is expanding its existing Dorchester County operations. To grow its facility, the company is investing $3.5 million and creating 100 new jobs.
Sportsman's product offerings currently include 21 models of center consoles and bay boats. Ranging in size from 17 - 31 feet, the boats are designed for saltwater enthusiasts.
Located at 113 Isaac Way in Summerville, S.C., the company will be adding 70,000 square feet of production space to its existing facility to accommodate the growth of its upholstery, welding and small part fabrication operations. In addition, Sportsman Boats has just completed an 800-kilowatt (kW) solar power system mounted on the roof of its facility. The state-of-the-art technology is designed to bolster the company's ongoing sustainability efforts.
Manufacturer creating 700 new jobs in facility expansion
Columbia, SC — Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is expanding its existing Richland County operations. The business is projected to invest $96 million and create 700 new jobs to increase its overall flexibility in line with business growth.
Trane has approximately 600 employees in South Carolina and offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as advanced building controls and parts support. Trane systems have leading positions in premium commercial, residential and industrial markets.
Startup business creating 76 new jobs in Greenville
Columbia, SC — Bonafide Kayaks, a manufacturer and producer of fishing kayaks, is launching new manufacturing operations in Greenville County. The company is investing $2 million to create 76 new jobs over the next three years.
Bonafide Kayaks was formed in November 2016 and has spent the last several months designing its first models of fishing kayaks from the ground up. Led by Luther Cifers, an industry professional who also established YakAttack, a leading kayak fishing accessory brand, Bonafide Kayaks had a highly-successful debut at the iCAST trade show in July 2017. The company anticipates rapid growth over the next several years.
Company creating more than 150 jobs at new logistics operations Columbia, SC — Rudolph Logistics Group, an international logistics service provider, is launching a new warehousing operation in Spartanburg County. The Germany-based company is projected to bring more than $18 million of capital investment and create at least 150 new jobs. Headquartered in Baunatal, Germany, Rudolph Logistics Group is a globally-active logistics and supply chain company that develops and provides comprehensive solutions for a wide range of industries. With an emphasis on the automotive and transportation sectors, the group implements a variety of services to optimize its clients' supply chains.
Biopharmaceutical manufacturer creating 100 jobs to accommodate growth Columbia, SC — AmbioPharm, Inc. (API), a full-service peptide and biopharmaceutical manufacturing company, is expanding its existing Aiken County operations. The expansion is projected to bring $18 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 100 jobs over the next five years. AmbioPharm started its business in South Carolina in 2007 by establishing its company headquarters and downstream manufacturing operations in a 10,000-square-foot facility in the North Augusta Industrial Park. That same year, API also opened its Shanghai, China operations, which focuses on the synthesis, as well as the research and development, of pharmaceutical products. In 2014 and 2015, the company made major facility expansions to its Aiken County operations.
Company to invest $79 million to double current Florence manufacturing capacity
Columbia, SC — Ruiz Food Products, Inc., a producer of frozen food and snack products, is expanding its existing Florence County operations. The $79 million investment is expected to create 705 new jobs over the next several years.
El Monterey™ is the flagship frozen Mexican food brand for Ruiz Foods and the top-selling brand of frozen Mexican food in the United States. Its products include burritos, tamales, breakfast burritos, empanadas, quesadillas, taquitos and more. Tornados™, also distributed nationally, is the company's snack brand and a leader on convenience store roller grills. Ruiz Foods produces these items at facilities in California, South Carolina and Texas, employing nearly 3,600 team members nationwide.
State-of-the-art home appliance production facility will create more than 950 jobs Columbia, SC — Samsung, one of the world's leading technology companies, is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung's most popular, industry-leading appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years. Established in 1969 and employing nearly half a million people worldwide, Samsung has transformed the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, cameras, digital appliances, network systems and more. Over the last 40 years, Samsung Electronics' U.S. subsidiary, Samsung Electronics America, has steadily expanded its footprint in the U.S., creating thousands of high-skilled jobs and investing in cutting-edge manufacturing.
Company investing $2.5 million in solar farm development
Columbia, SC — Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is launching a new solar farm in Hampton County. The company is investing $2.5 million in the project.
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
Solar farm development to bring $100 million of new investment Columbia, SC — Adger Solar, a clean energy development company, intends to invest $100 million in a new solar project in Aiken County. Active in the southeastern United States since early 2014, Adger Solar is a clean energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, utility-scale, solar-electric generating facilities, with developments underway in multiple S.C. counties. Using innovative commercial and financing solutions, the Adger Solar team has already assembled a project portfolio of 750 megawatts (MW) of solar projects.
Columbia SC — Protego, a global manufacturer of tank and flammable vapor processing safety equipment, is expanding its South Carolina presence by establishing a new facility in North Charleston, S.C. The new development is projected to bring $3.7 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of 17 jobs. With more than 60 years of innovation and experience, Protego manufactures a variety of explosion protection and tank safety equipment, such as flame and detonation arresters, low-pressure tank vents, tank equipment and more. The company's products are featured in a wide range of applications, and utilized in refineries, chemical plants and offshore platforms. Located in Landmark Business Park, Protego will be establishing a new sales and assembly operation at 9551 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, S.C. Hiring for the initial positions is already underway, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online.
Latest expansion to bring at least $10 million investment and create more than 90 new jobs Columbia, SC — Booz Allen Hamilton, a management consulting and technology firm based in the United States, is expanding its Berkeley County operations with the opening of a new Digital Hub. This latest expansion is projected to bring at least $10 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 90 new jobs. Booz Allen Hamilton currently employs more than 550 associates in the Greater Charleston area. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Booz Allen Hamilton provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments and non-profits worldwide. The company partners with public and private sector clients to solve challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery and more.
Company bringing $15 million investment and creating 182 jobs Columbia, SC — Moore's Food Resources, a provider of all-natural foods, is locating new operations in Greenville County. The company is projected to bring $15 million of new capital investment and create 182 new jobs. Established in 1997, Moore's Food Resources has decades of experience in the flavor ingredient and food service industries. Certified as a Female Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the company features nutritious, farm-to-table foods and dessert baked goods under the Sheila Moore's Gourmet Recipes™ brand name. Moore's Food Resources is locating its new 131,200-square-foot baking facility at the intersection of Matrix Parkway and Old Grove Road in Piedmont, S.C. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the third quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should send their resumes to Sheila@mooresfoodresources.com.
Logistics company creating 30 new jobs at North Charleston facility Columbia, SC — Mid-States Packaging, Inc, a full-service logistics and warehousing provider, is locating new operations in Charleston County. The $5.2 million investment is expected to bring 30 new jobs to the community. Mid-States Packaging was established in 2001 by Tracy Giroux-Harpin and Charles Giroux, a family that has been in the transportation industry for more than four generations. Offering a range of services such as transportation, logistics, packaging, warehousing, rail service, containers and sea bulk, Mid-States Packaging provides services to meet all supply chain requirements for its customers.
Clinical trial manager creating 80 jobs at new corporate headquarters Columbia, SC — NCGS, Inc., a clinical research organization (CRO) supporting the pharmaceutical industry, is expanding its Charleston County operations. The company is constructing a new corporate headquarters, which will bring $10 million of new capital investment and create 80 new jobs. Founded in 1984, NCGS is a privately-held, international, full-service CRO which specializes in conducting and managing clinical trials. Focusing on complex areas of clinical development, such as oncology, infectious diseases and critical care, NCGS has worked on the approval or expanded approval of 34 drug, biologic and diagnostic products.
Charleston, SC - The South Carolina Military Base Task Force (Task Force) will be releasing an updated study, which reflects that the South Carolina military community collectively creates an economic impact to the state of $24.1 billion. The 2017 study was prepared by Dr. Joey Von Nessen of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. The Palmetto State is home to eight major military installations and numerous facilities, supporting 62,520 in Department of Defense (DoD) personnel with $2.6 billion in payroll. Additionally, $2.1 billion in DoD contracts is currently being executed among 752 firms within the state.
The 2017 study reports that the military community represents 8.4 percent of the South Carolina economy, composed of 181,847 jobs, or one of every 12 jobs in the state. The average compensation for jobs supported by the military community is $54,701 per year, 37 percent higher than the average job.
Manufacturer investing $2.3 million and creating new jobs
Columbia, SC -- Wagner Systems Inc., a global manufacturer of systems for the surface finishing of liquid paints, powder coating and adhesives, is launching a new application center operation in Charleston County.
Representing a capital investment of $2.3 million, the new development will lead to the creation of more than 30 jobs over the next five years.
With more than 70 years of experience in coatings applications, Wagner features a full range of fluid delivery, mixing and application products for use in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, infrastructure, domestic appliances, furniture and more. The company has a workforce of more than 1,500 people globally, along with an extensive network of distribution partners.
Energy management company creating new jobs at Seneca location
Columbia, SC — Schneider Electric (link is external), a global specialist in energy management and automation, is expanding its Oconee County operations. The company will be creating 56 new jobs at its existing Seneca facility.
Specializing in energy management and automation, Schneider Electric is a global company that develops connected technologies and solutions that manage energy and processes in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From switches to complex operational systems, the company’s technology, software and services are designed to improve its customers’ automation efforts.
Fully-redesigned site offers companies new view of South Carolina
Columbia, SC -- The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the launch of its brand new website, which offers companies of all sizes a new view of the resources available to them.
For the first time in nearly seven years, the website for the state's economic development agency has received a major overhaul, featuring a responsive redesigned user interface. Developed with S.C. Commerce's various clients and partners in mind, the new website allows businesses looking to expand or locate in South Carolina the opportunity to access a variety of resources and information sortable by industry type, company size, geographic location and more.
"It's impossible to overstate the importance of first impressions when it comes to economic development," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "For many prospective industries, our website is their first point of contact with the State of South Carolina. So, it's imperative that we put our best foot forward and make it easy for these companies to easily access all of the resources available to them."
Charleston, SC -- The Site Selectors Guild (SSG), the world’s largest group of senior site location advisors, honored the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) with the 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Award at its annual conference, March 15, 2017.
Winning professionals and economic development organizations (EDOs) are nominated by SSG members and are selected based on mastery of process; ingenuity and creativity; going above and beyond; political acumen; staying power; and personal, caring touch.
"We recognize the top performers in economic development," said SSG Board Chairman Mark Williams. "They are indispensable partners of the Guild and their outstanding efforts deserve to be celebrated."
Company constructing $11 million utility-scale solar farm Columbia, SC — ESA Renewables, an alternative energy provider, will be constructing a new, utility-scale solar farm in Aiken County. The development is expected to bring at least $11 million in capital investment. ESA is a leading solar integration company with more than 500 solar photovoltaic, power-generating facilities located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Chile and Italy. Ranging from large-scale solar farms to commercial rooftop setups, ESA offers project development, design, construction, operation and maintenance through the life cycle of each installation.
Company investing $3.5 million and creating 260 new jobs in Upstate growth Columbia, SC — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest provider of telecommunications products and services, is expanding its existing operations in Greenville County. To accommodate its continued growth, the company is investing $3.5 million and creating 260 new jobs. Employing a diverse workforce of more than 160,000 and headquartered in New York, Verizon Wireless and its industry-leading network provide a variety of products and services to consumers and businesses nationwide. In addition to its wireless services, Verizon Wireless offers a premiere, all-fiber network, which helps the company deliver integrated solutions to millions of consumers and businesses around the world.
Company investing more than $8 million in regional product line consolidation Columbia, SC — Emerson, which manufactures and markets ASCO fluid automation products for a wide range of process and manufacturing industry applications, is expanding its ASCO operations in Aiken County. The expansion is expected to bring more than $8 million of capital investment and create 86 new jobs. Located at 1561 Columbia Highway in Aiken, S.C., Emerson's ASCO business unit will be consolidating its regional cylinder, motion control and accessory product lines to its Aiken facility. Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online for more information.
Manufacturer investing $5 million and creating 100 jobs Columbia, SC — Response Packaging, a premier returnable packaging manufacturer, is expanding its existing facility in Greenville County. The expansion is projected to bring $5 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 100 jobs. With facilities in both the United States and Mexico, Response Packaging serves some of the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in North America, as well as their respective supply bases by providing manufacturing, design and prototype support and project analysis solutions. Located at 1698 Perimeter Road in Greenville, S.C., the expansion of the company's Greenville County operation is designed to increase its capacity and capability, in order to support the regional growth of the automotive industry. Hiring for the new positions is already underway and will continue in 2017, as production capabilities accelerate. Interested applicants should visit the company's website for more information.
Fortune 500 company investing $7.7 million in manufacturing growth Columbia, SC — Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating, is expanding its existing operations in Spartanburg County to accommodate its continued growth. The company will be adding equipment and upgrading existing infrastructure, bringing more than $7.7 million in new capital investment. With 240 locations in 36 countries around the world, Lear Corporation is a Fortune 500 provider of automotive seating, electrical distribution and electronic products. Headquartered in Southfield, Mich., the company employs approximately 140,000 associates and serves major automakers around the world. Located at 1200 Woods Chapel Road in Duncan, S.C., Lear Corporation will be investing in real property improvements and purchasing new manufacturing equipment to support the launch of automotive seating programs for Volvo Cars' Berkeley County assembly plant, as well as BMW's Spartanburg County assembly plant.
Mortgage lender investing $18 million in expansion and creating more than 700 new jobs Columbia, SC — Movement Mortgage, LLC, one of the fastest growing mortgage lenders in the country, is expanding its existing corporate headquarters in Lancaster County. The company is investing $18 million and creating more than 700 new jobs over the next five years. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Indian Land, S.C., Movement Mortgage has grown tremendously in its first eight years. Upon its inception, the company employed four workers. Today, the firm's total employment exceeds 4,100, including more than 650 at its Lancaster County headquarters. As one of the nation's top 10 purchase mortgage lenders, Movement Mortgage has licensed operations in 48 states. Located in the Bailes Ridge Corporate Park on Highway 160, the company will be constructing an additional 91,000-square-foot building to accommodate their continued growth. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online.
Columbia, SC — USFibers, a manufacturer of recycled polyester fiber, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Edgefield County. The company intends to create more than 20 jobs to accommodate its continued growth and expand its product offerings.
With South Carolina locations in Trenton and Laurens, USFibers offers a wide variety of polyester staple fiber products, serving various market segments, including automotive, home furnishings, filtration and geotextiles. The company's products support several end uses, including polyester's continued growth in non-woven applications.
To meet increased customer demand, USFibers is investing in its Edgefield County facility. Located at 30 Pine House Road in Trenton, S.C., the company is expanding its product offerings into specialty markets, providing additional value to its already diverse customer base. In addition to the new jobs, this new capacity will include a significant expansion into research and development capabilities and personnel.
Columbia, SC — NARENCO (National Renewable Energy Corporation) will be constructing two new utility-scale solar farms in Orangeburg County. The projects are expected to bring $89.1 million in new capital investment.
Established in 2009 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., NARENCO has matured into one of the largest solar developers in North America and was ranked No. 6 in Solar Power World’s list of the nation’s Top Solar Developers in 2015. The firm has more than 65 solar facilities in various stages of development across the Southeast, with an additional 125 megawatts under long-term operations and maintenance contracts.
Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2018, the Orangeburg County facilities, located at 238 Juniper Street in Neeses, S.C., will produce renewable solar energy from photovoltaic panels currently sized at over 80 megawatts AC. One megawatt AC (alternating current) of solar energy is enough to provide clean energy to approximately 200 South Carolina homes.
$75 million investment expected to create 250 new jobs in the Upstate
Columbia, SC -- Techtronic Industries (TTI), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional and industrial products, is expanding its Power Equipment Group's operations in Anderson County. The $75 million investment is expected to create 250 new jobs in the Upstate over the next several years.
Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Hong Kong, TTI has continuously expanded around the world through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. TTI now boasts, among its product offerings, some of the world's most famous and iconic brands, including Milwaukee®, AEG®, Ryobi®, Homelite®, Hoover®, Oreck®, Vax® and Dirt Devil ®. As a global leader in the home improvement, construction and consumer product markets, the company employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.
Manufacturing and distribution center to bring $45 million investment and create 450 new jobs Columbia, SC -- PL Developments, a manufacturer, packager and distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products, is launching new Greenville County operations to expand its presence in South Carolina. The new development is projected to bring $45 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 450 jobs. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Westbury, N.Y., PL Developments primarily serves U.S. retailers with an assortment of more than 450 unique products across several healthcare applications, the company's nationwide facility footprint exceeds one million square feet.
New development will result in at least $120 million of new investment in Lowcountry Columbia, SC -- Evonik Corporation, a German chemical manufacturing company, is launching new operations in Berkeley County. The project will result in at least $120 million of new capital investment and the creation of more than 50 jobs. Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies and employs more than 33,500 people worldwide. With business activities across more than 100 countries, Evonik produces chemicals for a variety of applications, including adhesives, cleaning products, construction materials and more. Located at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 1588 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C., Evonik is building a precipitated silica plant to supply the tire industry. The industry requires high-quality precipitated silica to produce fuel-efficient tires with wet grip properties, which can save up to eight percent in fuel consumption compared to conventional car tires.
Information technology solutions provider investing $41 million and creating 1,500 new jobs Columbia, SC -- CompuCom Systems, Inc. (CompuCom®), a leading technology infrastructure services company, is locating its new global headquarters operations in Lancaster County. The new development is projected to bring $41 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 1,500 new jobs over the next five to seven years, making this the largest single job announcement in Lancaster County history. Founded in 1987, CompuCom is a global company which provides IT managed services, infrastructure solutions, consulting and products to Fortune 1000 companies. With approximately 11,500 employees, CompuCom manages and supports more than 4.4 million end users and is a partner to six of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies.
Automotive supplier investing $29 million and creating 480 jobs in Spartanburg County
Columbia, SC -- Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is constructing a new seat manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County. Representing its fourth manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the company is projected to invest $29 million in the facility, creating 480 new jobs over the next five years.
Headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Magna International operates facilities across the globe, employing approximately 155,000 people worldwide. The company's product capabilities include producing many parts of the automobile, such as the body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as contract manufacturing.
Solar farm development to bring $200 million in new investment and create at least five jobs
Columbia, SC -- Adger Solar, a clean energy development company, intends to invest $200 million in two separate solar farm projects in Clarendon County. Along with this investment, the project will create at least five new jobs in the process.
Active in the southeastern United States since early 2014, Adger Solar is a clean energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, utility-scale solar-electric generating facilities, with developments underway in six different S.C. counties. Adger Solar is a joint venture with one of the nation's oldest private energy investors, which has participated in the financing and development of more than 10,000 megawatts (MWs) of wind and solar projects now in operation around the country.
The first of these two 72MW solar farms is expected to be operational by the end of 2018; and, together, these projects will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 25,000 homes on an average annual basis, including customers of the two major local utility providers.
Columbia, SC -- Palace Foods, a specialty food manufacturer, is establishing new operations in McCormick County. The company is expected to invest $5 million in the project and create at least 30 new jobs.
Founded in 1977, Palace Foods manufactures food products that are sold by major retailers and through food service distributors in the United States and Canada. With plans for continued growth, the company is well-positioned to do private label manufacturing and product development, focusing on meat pies, cooked proteins, sous-vide products and ready-to-eat meals.
Nutritional supplement company investing $35 million and creating 330 jobs in Berkeley County
Columbia, SC -- Thorne Research, Inc., a privately-held nutritional supplement manufacturing company, will be constructing a new manufacturing facility and corporate office complex in Summerville, S.C. The $35 million project is expected to create 330 new jobs in Berkeley County.
Thorne is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to improving individual outcomes through science and technology. For 30 years, Thorne has led the nutritional supplement industry in providing researched-based, high-quality natural products, including foundational vitamins and minerals and therapeutic-focused nutritional supplements. By leveraging cutting-edge research and personalized data through its affiliate, WellnessFX, Thorne offers customized preventive health solutions for practitioners, their patients and athletes.
Financial services company bringing 175 jobs to Fort Mill, South Carolina
Columbia, SC -- OneMain Holdings, Inc., a leading consumer finance company, is expanding its existing operations in York County. The expansion is projected to bring $279,000 in new capital investment and create 175 new jobs.
For more than 100 years, OneMain has been providing personalized, best-in-class service at more than 1,800 branches in 44 states, including 83 locations in South Carolina. With a primary focus on assisting customers with personal loans and services, the company has more than 11,000 team members nationally.
Carbon fiber manufacturing facility to bring $600 million investment and create 220 jobs
Columbia, SC -- Teijin Ltd., a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, will be constructing a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Greenwood County. Creating 220 new jobs, the project is expected to bring $600 million in new capital investment to Greenwood County - the largest initial capital investment by a company in the county's history.
Founded in 1918, Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation; information and electronics; safety and protection; environment and energy; and healthcare. The company's main fields of operation include high-performance fibers, such as aramid, carbon fibers and composites, resin processing, polyester fibers and more. The group has approximately 150 companies and 16,000 employees in 20 countries worldwide.
Manufacturer investing $4.8 million in new operations
Columbia, SC -- Crystal Distribution, Inc. (CDI), the largest manufacturer of curb adapters in the nation, is establishing new operations in York County. The project is expected to bring $4.8 million in new capital investment and will allow the company to relocate existing positions from its operations in Charlotte; the company will also add new jobs to create a total of 83 positions in South Carolina.
Established in 1994, CDI is the leader in the curb adapter industry with both the fastest lead times and the largest quantity of curb adapters produced. Curb adapters allow broken or inefficient heating and cooling units to be upgraded on commercial building rooftops. Featuring custom manufacturing options, including same and next-day build, the company offers record shipping and delivery times with a 98 percent on-time delivery rate.
Latest expansion to bring $45 million investment and create 40 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- An independent Pepsi bottler and production cooperative, Carolina Canners, Inc., is expanding its Chesterfield County operations. The $45 million capital investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs.
Operating in Cheraw, S.C. since 1968, Carolina Canners has expanded its South Carolina operations multiple times over the last 40 years. The facility specializes in bottle injection molding and features two bottle-filling production lines, two can-filling production lines and a fountain syrup production line. The company also serves as a joint purchasing agent for many of the region’s other bottlers.
Charleston, SC -- The passage of H.5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 29, 2016, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction.
"We applaud the House of Representatives for making this critical legislation a priority before the lame duck session," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "The entire South Carolina Delegation has worked diligently to ensure the bill moves forward in order to enable the project to begin construction next year. Thanks to their support, we are well-positioned to be the deepest harbor on the East Coast by the end of the decade."
German subsidiary planning to invest $7.7 million and create 61 new jobs Columbia, SC -- stoba, a manufacturer of machined components for the automobile industry, is launching a new production plant in Berkeley County. The new development is expected to bring $7.7 million in capital investment and create 61 new jobs. As a partner to the automotive industry, stoba is a leader in the production of complex machined components for high-pressure injection systems. Known for its innovative mass-production processes, the company has produced precision metal components for more than 50 years and employs more than 800 workers around the world at its four existing manufacturing centers and one machine manufacturing facility.
Charleston, SC -- The delivery of two super post-Panamax cranes at South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on Friday marked a significant milestone in the Port's big ship readiness, to be followed in the coming years by the completion of the Wando Welch wharf project and harbor deepening to 52 feet.
The cranes, produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) in China, provide 155 feet of lift height from the dock to enable SCPA to work larger container cargo ships. The cranes will be located at the Wando Welch Terminal, which is undergoing a $44 million project to strengthen and upgrade the wharf and infrastructure required for handling bigger vessels and cranes. Last month the SCPA Board of Directors approved the purchase of two additional cranes of this size for delivery at the end of 2017, coinciding with the completion of the wharf project.
Company investing $32 million to establish operations in Holly Hill, S.C.
Columbia, SC -- Carolina Chips, Inc., a subsidiary of The Price Companies, Inc., is establishing new operations in Orangeburg County. A leader in wood processing, the company is investing more than $32 million in the facility, creating 15 new jobs. The operation will produce wood chips and processed bark for the KapStone paper mill in North Charleston, S.C.
Based in Monticello, Arkansas, The Price Companies, Inc. has more than 50 years of forestry-related operations experience. The company currently operates 25 wood processing operations across 11 states that provide a variety of services, including chipping, wood storage and trucking.
Agriculture Transportation Coalition presents first-time award to port leader
Charleston, SC -- The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) recently named Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, the first Person of the Year award recipient in the Coalition's 28-year history.
"Never has an individual so distinguished himself in a manner that will have such a positive impact on all participants in ocean shipping, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals," said Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, AgTC. "We applaud Jim Newsome for his pivotal, groundbreaking leadership to find a solution to the SOLAS container weight threat."
Columbia, SC -- Central Packaging and Crating, Inc., a manufacturer of wooden heat-treated pallets, is expanding its operations in Greenwood County. The expansion will result in a new capital investment of almost $1 million.
Launched in 1998, Central Packaging and Crating is one of the largest wooden pallet manufacturers in South Carolina by volume. In an effort to meet increased customer demand, the company is investing in new in-house machinery at its Greenwood County facility such as upgraded automated nailers and gang saws. Once installed, the facility will be capable of producing up to 250 pallets per hour and almost 3,000 pallets per day.
Aviation MRO company investing $1 million, adding 75 new jobs
Myrtle Beach, SC -- Executive HeliJet, a local maintenance, repair and completion center for aircraft, today announced expansion plans in Horry County. The company will add 75 new, full-time jobs to their current operations, investing approximately $1 million dollars in equipment and facility improvements over a five-year period.
Executive HeliJet performs all aircraft maintenance and repair actions, including aircraft painting, interiors, avionics installations, engine and propeller overhaul services, phase and annual aircraft inspections, structural and sheet metal repair, as well as commercial airline maintenance and support. Additionally, the company operates a fleet of 25 aircraft, providing numerous flight services and pilot training.
New development to bring $28 million investment and 200 new jobs Columbia, SC -- Viva Holdings Group, Inc., an international leader in the worldwide rubber and plastic recycling industries, is launching a new operation in Berkeley County. The first phase of the new development is expected to bring a $28 million investment and create 200 new jobs with the potential for additional expansion. Viva Holdings Group, Inc., through its subsidiary Viva TPE Products, LLC, is a manufacturer of semi-finished rubber goods with proprietary technology for export to China, along with a variety injection-molded finished products. The company’s proprietary technologies use a combination of recycled rubber and recycled plastics from post-industrial and post-consumer sources.
New manufacturing facility will bring $2 million investment to Summerville, S.C.
Columbia, SC -- The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., a private nonprofit organization providing employment and training for blind individuals, is establishing a manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The new development will result in a $2 million investment and create more than 20 new jobs by this time next year.
Founded in 1918, with 13 locations on the West Coast, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. creates and enhances opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, DeafBlind or blind with other disabilities. To establish operations in the Lowcountry, the organization has purchased a manufacturing facility in Dorchester County, which will specialize in product assembly and light machining for the aerospace sector.
Greer, SC -- South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by tremendous success of Inland Port Greer and demand for enhanced efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston and growing markets in South Carolina and North Carolina.
"Inland Port Greer is one of SCPA's most successful investments, as the growth of intermodal container volume movement in our state and region requires appropriate facilities in the interior to ground loaded and empty containers and to leverage the efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation," SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said. "If it is feasible, an additional inland port will be a great diversification of our logistics footprint. We believe that building intermodal infrastructure in our state goes hand-in-hand with the significant investments we are making to our port facilities in Charleston. This is an exciting opportunity for SCPA."
Charleston, SC -- The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to bring solar power to the Wando Welch and Columbus Street terminals, making SCPA the largest rooftop solar host in the state and further enhancing the Port's commitment to environmentally-responsible operations.
Two solar panel arrays generating 3.7 total megawatts of electricity will be installed on warehouse rooftops at the two SCPA terminals by summer 2016. The panels will provide a significant off-set to the Port's energy usage, returning power to the grid during peak hours of energy demand and resulting in a direct reduction to SCPA's power costs.
Truck manufacturing firm creating more than 300 new jobs with new facility in Dorchester County Columbia, SC -- Alkane Truck Company, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of commercial trucks, is establishing new Lowcountry manufacturing operations in Dorchester County. The new facility is expected to create more than 300 jobs in Summerville, S.C. Established in 2012 and headquartered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Alkane Truck Company specializes in medium duty trucks, medium heavy trucks and heavy duty tractors, which run on liquid propane autogas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG). This month, the company announced a brand new line of alternative fuel vehicles - the Alkane Class 7 cab-over truck. Once full production of these trucks begins in the first quarter of 2016, they will be sold throughout the company's established network of approximately 130 truck dealership locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Company investing $20.4 million in new Swansea, S.C. solar projects
Columbia, SC -- Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, is establishing two new operations in Lexington County. The company is investing $20.4 million in the solar projects.
With offices in Arizona, Missouri, New York and North Carolina, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif., Cypress Creek Renewables strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Primarily focused on two to 10 megawatt utility scale projects, Cypress is working with regulators, utilities and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects between now and the end of 2016.
Cypress has received approval to build two Lexington County projects off of Southbound Road and George Derrick Road in Swansea. The company is working in partnership with Sustainable Energy Solutions, which is assisting Cypress by identifying sites, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with the utilities. Both Lexington County solar projects will produce 10 megawatts of energy once at full capacity. Twenty megawatts of solar energy is enough to provide inexpensive, secure, clean energy to approximately 4,000 South Carolina homes.
Columbia, SC -- OMP Mechtron, LLC, a manufacturer of mechanical parts and electronic integration, is expanding its existing Midlands operations by establishing a new facility in Lexington County. The company is investing $2.9 million in its new operations, creating 20 new jobs over the next five years.
OMP Mechtron, LLC is the U.S. branch of OMP Mechtron S.P.A., an Italy-based producer of mechanical parts. Established in 1987, the company’s product line includes subracks, rack cabinets, electronic integration racks utilizing printed circuit board assembly and waveguides used in mobile telecommunications. As a truly global firm, OMP Mechtron operates facilities in six different countries across Europe, Asia and North America.
To meet increasing customer demand, OMP Mechtron, LLC is establishing a new facility in Lexington County. Located at 4335 Augusta Highway in Gilbert, S.C., the 20,791-square-foot building will house the production of printed circuit board assemblies, electronic and electromechanical assemblies and wiring.
Columbia, SC -- Sea Pro Boats, a renowned brand in the boating industry, is returning to the market with ‘The Next Wave’ – an all new line of bay boats and center console offshore fishing boats. The company is investing $5.5 million in a new Newberry County manufacturing facility, generating 238 new jobs in Whitmire, S.C.
Originally founded in 1987, Sea Pro Boats, a Midlands-based company, was purchased by Brunswick Corporation in 2005. Recently, Jimmy Hancock, one of the original owners of Sea Pro, along with Tidewater Boats’ founder Preston Wrenn, decided to relaunch the company, planning an all-new incarnation of the Sea Pro brand – ‘The Next Wave.’ The line will feature seven new models, which are expected to be introduced by the end of this summer.
Sea Pro’s new Newberry County facility, a 200,000-square-foot building to be located at 25214 Highway 121 in Whitmire, will house the company’s headquarters, as well as its manufacturing operations.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allocates $1.303 Million in Federal Funding for Post-45 Harbor Deepening Project
Charleston, SC -- SC Ports Authority announced $1.303 million in federal funding for the Post-45 Harbor Deepening project, allowing the Preconstruction Engineering and Design (PED) Phase of the 52-foot deepening effort to begin. The announcement follows last week's US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) approval to release the project's Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for final review, another critical step of federal approval for the SC Port Authority to provide the deepest harbor on the East Coast.
"The allocation of federal funding for the PED phase of our deepening project is tremendous," said SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern. "We are grateful to the leadership of state and federal elected officials and the Obama Administration for their united support of Charleston's harbor deepening. The merit of our project and the significant benefits it will deliver for our state and nation are signified by the efforts of elected officials on all levels to ensure it progresses without delay."
Many U.S. port authorities engaging in Maritime Day-related activities
American Association of Port Authorities -- Kristin Decas, port director and CEO of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme and chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognized and unified voice of seaports in the Americas – has been chosen to speak at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Maritime Day ceremony on May 21.
National Maritime Day, May 22, was decreed by Congress in 1933 as a day for the United States to observe its proud maritime heritage, honor those who serve and have served as merchant mariners, and recognize the many benefits that result from America’s maritime industry. The annual event commemorates the role America plays as a maritime nation and remembers those who gave their lives in service to the industry.
The U.S. Merchant Marine have long been a pillar of the nation’s foundation, security and continued prosperity.
$500 million Berkeley County automotive factory to create up to 4,000 jobs
Columbia, SC -- Volvo Car Corporation has selected Berkeley County, South Carolina for its first manufacturing facility in the Western hemisphere.
The new facility will have an initial estimated annual production capacity of around 100,000 cars. Located in northwestern Berkeley County on a portion of the Camp Hall site, the plant will manufacture latest-generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export. Construction will begin in early fall 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018.
Once completed, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture vehicles on three continents, underscoring its position as a truly global car maker. It already operates two plants in Europe and two in China. Additionally, the new U.S. plant forms part of an ambitious medium-term expansion plan to double global sales, boost market share and lift profitability. Volvo began importing cars to the U.S. in 1955. With the development of an American factory, the company crosses an important threshold from an automotive importer to a domestic manufacturer.
Telephone answering service firm opening new office in the Lowcountry
Columbia, SC -- Moneypenny, a market-leading telephone answering service, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Charleston County. The $760,000 investment is expected to result in approximately 40 new jobs in North Charleston, S.C. by the end of 2016, with long-term plans to employ approximately 400 workers at the facility within the next five years.
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Wrexham, U.K., Moneypenny has grown into the United Kingdom’s market-leading telephone answering service. The company serves firms of all shapes and sizes – from sole proprietors to multinational corporations. Annually, Moneypenny handles more than nine million calls for approximately 7,000 businesses.
$15.4 million capital investment expected to result in 115 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- Footprint, LLC, a company that specializes in the direct manufacturing of sustainable materials and packaging, is establishing manufacturing operations in Chester County. The company is investing $15.4 million to establish the facility, creating an expected 115 new jobs over the next five years.
Headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., Footprint was founded by two former employees of the Intel Corporation, Troy Swope and Yoke Chung. Determined to change the way products are manufactured and packaged, Footprint provides economical and environmentally-friendly packaging solutions to its customers. Since its inception, the firm has seen significant growth and currently operates facilities in three countries, including the United States, Mexico and China. Among the industries that Footprint serves are consumer goods, food and beverage, produce and horticulture and product manufacturing. Read Full Story...
Charleston, SC -- SC Ports Authority recently handled one of its heaviest energy project moves to date, a 1.5 million pound Westinghouse Electric Company steam generator for the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company nuclear power plant expansion near Columbia, SC. The generator was off-loaded from the BBC AQUAMARINE directly onto a Schnabel car, a specialty railcar designed to transport heavy and oversized loads. The 36-axle railcar, among the largest of its type in the world, transported the equipment from Charleston to the V.C. Summer site in Jenkinsville, SC where two Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear power plants are under construction.