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Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: July 30, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 30 includes:

Monday, July 30, 2:15 PM:  Gov. Haley will hold a ceremonial bill signing for S. 1125 and H.4786 regarding unemployment benefits reform, RPR, Inc., 34 Pelham Davis Circle, Greenville, S.C.

Monday, July 30, 4:00 PM: Gov. Haley will hold "Open Door after 4" constituent meetings, City of Greenville’s City Hall, 10th Floor, 206 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

Monday, July 30, 6:00 PM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley to mark Carolina Panthers' upcoming 20th anniversary, Richardson Physical Activities Building, Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, S.C.

Tuesday, July 31, 12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the Romney for President Ann Arbor Victory Center Grand Opening, Main Room, Ann Arbor Victory Center, 4695 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.

Tuesday, July 31, 2:40 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a Romney for President Business Roundtable, Conference Room, Romney for President Michigan Headquarters, Suite 600, 120 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI.

Tuesday, July 31, 3:15 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the Romney for President Michigan Headquarters Grand Opening, Romney for President Michigan Headquarters, Main Room, 120 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI.

Wednesday, August 1:  Gov. Haley will attend the Republican Governors Association’s Executive Roundtable Quarterly Meeting, Aspen, CO.

Wednesday, August 1, 6:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will join fellow Republican governors on The Aspen Institute’s panel: A Conversation with Republican Governors, The Aspen Institute, Greenwald Pavilion, 1000 North Third Street, Aspen, CO.

Thursday, August 2:  Gov. Haley will attend the Republican Governors Association’s Executive Roundtable Quarterly Meeting, Aspen, CO.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: July 23, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 23 included the following:

Monday, July 23

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley joined Mayor Joe Riley and Superintendent Mick Zais for a ribbon cutting at Meeting Street Academy, Meeting Street Academy, 642 Meeting Street, Charleston, S.C.

12:30 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.
1:00 PM:  Agency meeting.

2:00 PM:  Gov. Haley met with members of the South Carolina National Guard and officials from the Republic of Colombia.

2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley and Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the adjutant general of South Carolina, announced the National Guard’s State Partnership Program between the Republic of Colombia and the State of South Carolina, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:30 PM:  Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

Tuesday, July 24

10:45 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:15 PM:  Agency meeting.

2:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:45 PM:  Policy meeting.

Wednesday, July 25

9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley held a ceremonial bill signing for H. 4967, Pension Reform bill, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.

12:15 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke to the Aiken Republican Club, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.

1:15 PM: Media availability.

2:30 PM:  Economic development call.

Thursday, July 26

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley visited Gateway House, Gateway House, 415 Rutherford Street, Greenville, S.C.

10:45 AM:  Gov. Haley joined Northwestern Mutual Life in recognizing Stephen Grant with a 2012 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award for his volunteer efforts with Gateway House, Gateway House, 415 Rutherford Street, Greenville, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Media availability.

11:30 AM:  Economic development call.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce’s Red Carpet Speaking Luncheon, First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, S.C.

2:00 PM:  Gov. Haley met with company officials and toured ZF Transmissions, 2846 North Old Laurens Road, Gray Court, S.C.

2:45 PM:  Media availability.

4:30 PM:  Agency meeting.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley to mark Carolina Panthers’ upcoming 20th anniversary
During visit to Wofford College, Haley will recognize Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and football team’s impact on South Carolina
July 27th

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley will visit Wofford College on Monday, July 30, to mark the Carolina Panthers’ upcoming 20th anniversary. During the governor’s visit, she will recognize Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and proclaim Carolina Panthers Day across South Carolina.

“For two decades, South Carolina has wrapped its arms around the Carolina Panthers,” said Gov. Haley. “We’re proud of what owner Jerry Richardson and the Panthers have achieved and what they have meant to Wofford College, the Spartanburg community and our entire state.”

On October 26, 1993, Jerry Richardson announced that the Carolinas would be home to a National Football League expansion team – the Carolina Panthers – and the team played its inaugural season at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Wofford College has hosted Panthers training camp since the team’s inception. Panthers training camp brings football fans and media from across the world to the Upstate. Last year, 34,000 people attended Panthers training camp, and those attendees spent an average of $168 a day, which generated millions of dollars for South Carolina’s economy.

A graduate of Wofford College and former NFL player, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson resided in Spartanburg for over 40 years and is a member of the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame and South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. After retiring from the NFL, Mr. Richardson opened the first Hardee's franchise in 1961 and grew the company to 2,500 stores and over 100,000 employees.

Monday’s event will be held at 6:00 PM at the Richardson Physical Activities Building at Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, S.C., and is open to the public.

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold “Open Door after 4” meetings in Greenville on Monday
Constituents have opportunity to meet with governor to discuss any issue
July 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that she will hold “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings on Monday, July 30, at the City of Greenville’s City Hall, 10th Floor, 206 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C. South Carolinians will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Gov. Haley to discuss any issue.

Anyone wishing to schedule an “Open Door after 4” appointment with Gov. Haley should call (803) 734-1999 between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM on Friday, July 27. Appointments are first-come, first-served. For more information, call (803) 734-2100.

 
ACE Bakery LLC establishing new facility in Cherokee County
$18.4 million investment expected to create 51 new jobs
July 26th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ACE Bakery LLC (“ACE Bakery”), a maker of baked goods for the retail and food service markets, today announced plans to locate a new facility in Cherokee County. The $18.4 million investment is expected to generate approximately 51 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with our plans to locate a new plant in Cherokee County. South Carolina offered us the right mix of a business-friendly environment and strong workforce that will help us be successful. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Ed Holik, executive vice president, Operations, Weston Foods.

ACE Bakery LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of George Weston Limited, with a principal place of business in the United States in Brownsburg, Ind., will open a new location in Gaffney for the production and distribution of its baked goods. The company will produce its Artisan line of baked breads for both the retail and foodservice sectors.

“It is always a great day in South Carolina when a company decides to put down roots in our state, and it’s especially exciting when a company chooses to locate in one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate ACE Bakery’s decision to invest $18.4 million and create 51 new jobs in Gaffney,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,393 jobs in the agribusiness sector.

“Companies want to locate where they can be successful. ACE Bakery’s announcement once again shows South Carolina’s ability to attract job-creating investments. Every one of these jobs will have impact in Cherokee County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“We are excited to welcome ACE Bakery to Cherokee County. This announcement is further evidence of the confidence companies have in our local workforce and business climate,” said Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer.

“Cherokee County is pleased to welcome ACE Bakery to Cherokee County. Our business friendly climate continues to add jobs and strengthen the manufacturing community,” said state Rep. Dennis Moss.

“Attracting a company like ACE Bakery is a big win for the people of Cherokee County. Our workforce and pro-business environment are a perfect fit for Ace Bakery and we look forward to participating in their success for many years to come,” said state Sen. Harvey Peeler.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in the coming months, and hiring details will be communicated at that time.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

For more information about ACE Bakery, please visit www.acebakery.com.

About George Weston Limited

George Weston Limited is one of North America’s largest food processing and distribution groups operating in two segments: baking through Weston Foods, and food and general merchandise distribution through Loblaw Companies Limited.

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 businesses grow. Commerce won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. Commerce has been part of recruiting world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, Heinz, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. Commerce also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and offers grants for community development. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.


 
Gonvarri Steel Services locating new facility in Union County
$35 million initial investment and 40 jobs; additional $15 million investment and 25 jobs over 10 years
July 25th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gonvarri Steel Services, a provider of steel processing to manufacturers, today announced plans to locate its new production plant in Union County. The initial $35 million investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs, with an additional $15 million investment and 25 jobs created over the next 10 years.

“This new facility consolidates the internationalization process of the company, incorporating our first center in the United States, reinforcing our company as a multinational leader in steel service centers, particularly in the automotive business,” said Josu Calvo, CEO of Gonvarri Steel Services.

Spain-based Gonvarri Steel Services will construct a new greenfield facility for steel processing and supply Gestamp’s facility, which is also located in Union County. It will have a flat steel products processing capacity of 100,000 tons. Operations are expected to begin at the new facility in July 2013.

“With investments like this one from Gonvarri Steel Services, word is out all over the globe that South Carolina is the place to do business. We celebrate the company’s decision to invest $35 million and create 40 new jobs in Union County. This announcement is also a win for one of our state’s rural areas,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“In South Carolina, we know how to make things. Gonvarri’s decision to establish its new facility here provides another boost to our state’s manufacturing sector, growing and producing more jobs for South Carolinians,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Union County Council Supervisor and Chairman Thomas L. Sinclair said, “I am delighted that Gonvarri Steel Services chose Union County to build its first U.S. steel services center, Gonvauto South Carolina. This is another exciting announcement for our community. It is the result of collaboration involving cooperation from several partners - Union County, the City of Union, the Union County Development Board, Lockhart Power Company, Norfolk Southern Railroad, South Carolina Department of Transportation, South Carolina Department of Commerce and two local companies – Gestamp South Carolina and Standard Textile. Gonvarri's faith in our community is appreciated and we commit to them that their faith is well-founded.”

“Many thanks to Gonvarri Steel Services for making this major decision to construct a steel processing plant in Union County,” said Union County Development Board Chairman Joe F. Nichols. “This new facility will bring much-needed jobs as well as future growth opportunities. The Gonvarri team, Union’s local team and the S.C. Department of Commerce met each challenge collaboratively to make this project a success. Welcome Gonvauto South Carolina to Union.”

About Gonvarri Steel Services

Gonvarri Steel Services is a leading company in steel service centers, with revenues of over $2.6 billion in 2011, and processing more than 3.2 million tons of steel. Its strategy in the steel processing business is based on the development of products and services with great added value, allowing the company to establish closer relationships with its main clients in its four business units: automotive, road safety, industry and household appliances. With this new facility, Gonvarri Steel Services will have a total of 24 steel service centers located in 13 different countries.

For more information, please visit www.gonvarristeelservices.com.

About Gestamp Corporation

Gestamp Corporation, parent company of Gonvarri Steel Services, is a multinational leader in Europe in the steel sector, automotive components and renewable energy. It is currently present in 25 countries in Europe, America and Asia, with over 120 industrial plants and a global workforce of 30,000 employees. Gestamp Corporation ended 2011 with a turnover of over $9 billion.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: July 23, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 23 includes:

Monday, July 23, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in a ribbon cutting for Meeting Street Academy, 642 Meeting Street Charleston, S.C.

Monday, July 23, 2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley and Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the adjutant general of South Carolina, will announce the National Guard’s State Partnership Program between the Republic of Colombia and the State of South Carolina, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will hold a ceremonial bill signing for H. 4967, Pension Reform bill, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.

Wednesday, July 25, 12:15 PM:  Gov. Haley will speak to the Aiken Republican Club, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.

Thursday, July 26, 12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will speak at the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce’s Red Carpet Speaking Luncheon, First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, S.C.

Thursday, July 26, 2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley will hold a media availability after visiting ZF Transmissions, 2846 North Old Laurens Road, Gray Court, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: July 16, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 16 included the following:

Monday, July 16

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, July 17

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:20 PM:  Agency meeting.

3:10 PM:  Agency call.

Wednesday, July 18

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:45 AM:  Meeting with a fellow constitutional officer.

10:00 AM:  Policy meeting.

12:25 PM:  Call with a fellow governor.

1:45 PM:  Policy meeting.

2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Science Ceremony, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:45 PM: Media availability.

4:20 PM:  Call with a fellow governor.

Thursday, July 19

10:45 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Economic development call.

11:30 AM:  Policy meeting.

2:15 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:15 PM:  Policy meeting.

4:15 PM:  Newspaper interview.

6:30 PM:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the National Heart Gallery Exhibit Reception, Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street Spartanburg, S.C.

7:30 PM: Media availability.

Friday, July 20

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in a press conference with Christ Central Ministries and Midlands Technical College, City of West Columbia, City Hall, 200 North 12 Street, West Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM: Media availability.

11:30 AM:  Economic development meeting.

12:00 PM:  Legislative meeting.

Saturday, July 21

12:00 PM:  Agency meeting.

12:30 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the Clemson’s Ladies Football clinic’s Lady Legends luncheon, Coliseum, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

 
McCall Farms Inc. expanding in Florence County
$10.6 million investment expected to create 80 new jobs
July 19th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – McCall Farms Inc., a producer of Southern canned and frozen vegetables, announced today the expansion of its existing operations in Florence County. The $10.6 million investment is expected to generate 80 new jobs over the next three years.

“We are excited to see our company expand again in Florence County. Our business has grown significantly and we have a wider reach than ever. South Carolina has been a great home for our company, providing an excellent business environment and a fantastic workforce. We look forward to continuing to build on our success and appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Marion Swink, president of McCall Farms Inc.

McCall Farms will increase its production capacity in Florence County with more than 50,000 square feet of new space. The new space will allow the company to increase the number of production lines it operates as well as move to a 24-7 production schedule. McCall Farms ships its products to retailers, foodservice and industrial customers throughout the United States.

“South Carolina continues to be the place to do business, and we see that with expansions like this one by McCall Farms in Florence County. We celebrate the company’s decision to invest $10.6 million and create 80 new jobs. Announcements like this one show we are on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,393 jobs in the agribusiness sector.

“McCall Farms has a long history as part of the Palmetto State’s business community, and this announcement shows that South Carolina continues to provide the resources companies need to prosper. Every one of these jobs will have impact in Florence County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

The expansion is expected to be finished in October. Previously, the company expanded in March 2010 with an addition of a new distribution facility at its Florence County campus.

“Agribusiness continues to be the bright spot in South Carolina’s economy, adding new investments and creating jobs. The McCall Farms announcement is another great example of that,” said South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers. “A family business dating back almost 175 years, McCall Farms illustrates the importance of supporting existing agribusiness expansion in the state. I am proud to work with the Swink family and to help encourage their significant contribution to our state’s economy.”

State Senator Hugh K. Leatherman said, “McCall Farms is a fine example of a local home grown business, adding so much to our community over the past decades of success. They currently employ nearly 850 hard-working individuals and it’s refreshing to know that a majority of their products are still grown right here in South Carolina. I commend McCall Farms and look forward to many more years of growth, as they continue to call Florence County home.”

“This is another testament to our pro-business climate and solid workforce as Florence County continues to thrive and add jobs for our citizens. I commend the Swinks’ and the Florence County Economic Development Partnership for their hard work and dedication,” stated FCEDP Chairman Dr. Charles Gould.

Anyone interested in job opportunities with McCall Farms is asked to contact Carolina Staffing at 843-679-0001.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

McCall Farms has been growing food for more than 170 years. The company farms and cans tomatoes, okra, corn, squash, beans, peas, peaches, peanuts, greens and more. Its products are sold throughout the United States. The produce is grown on McCall's 2,000-acre South Carolina farm; it also contracts with farmers in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas for another 15,000 acres. The company manufactures about 40 different products under the Margaret Holmes, Glory Foods and Peanut Patch brands, as well as private-label and foodservice products. For more information, please visit www.mccallfarms.com. 


 
Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on White House’s Charleston port announcement
July 18th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley tonight released the following statement after the White House announced plans to expedite expansion and modernization for the Port of Charleston:

“This is a huge win for Charleston and for all of South Carolina.  Back in February, I stressed to the President how important deepening Charleston's Port was and how frustrating the Army Corps' timetable was, and I'm thrilled to see the Administration has sped up our project.  We've said all along that Charleston was the class of the ports on the east coast, that we weren't afraid of competition, and that at the end of the day we would have a 50 ft deepwater port that was envied around the world.  Today is a huge, huge leap forward for our state.”

As a part of his own statement tonight, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham praised Gov. Haley’s work and vision on ports issues:

“I want to thank Governor Haley for her work in helping push Charleston’s case forward and creating a new, national vision for ports.  She continually brought this issue up in her meetings with President Obama and Vice President Biden.  She helped ensure this critical project was on their radar.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: July 16, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 16 includes:

Wednesday, July 18, 2:30 PM: Gov. Haley will participate in the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Science ceremony, first floor lobby, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 PM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley will attend the National Heart Gallery Exhibit Reception, Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, S.C.

Friday, July 20, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will join Christ Central Ministries and Midlands Technical College for a press conference, City of West Columbia, City Hall, 200 North 12 Street, West Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, July 21, 12:45 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the Clemson’s Ladies Football Clinic, Clemson West End Zone, Clemson, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: July 8, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 8 included the following:

Sunday, July 8

6:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

8:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Monday, July 9

10:00 AM:  Economic development meeting.

11:15 AM:  Economic development meeting.

12:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

1:15 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, July 10

9:30 AM:  Economic development meeting.

10:30 AM:  Economic development meeting.

11:30 AM:  Economic development meeting.

12:15 PM: Newspaper interview.

1:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

1:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

1:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:35 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:30 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in a Farnborough Press Call.

7:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Thursday, July 12

12:30 PM:  Legislative meeting.

12:45 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:00 PM:  Newspaper interview. 

2:25 PM:  Agency meeting.

3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

5:30 PM: Media availability.

Friday, July 13

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in agency meetings in Marlboro County.

1:45 PM:  Agency call.

Sunday, July 15

6:30 PM:  Policy meeting.

7:30 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores’ 2012 Summer Convention, The Omni Oceanfront Resort, Commodore Hall, 23 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

"Lawmakers should sustain Gov. Haley's vetoes of pork-barrel projects"
July 16th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley vetoed millions of dollars in pork projects and earmarks in this year’s state budget. Here’s what people across South Carolina – and the nation – are saying about the governor’s vetoes:

“Gov. Haley has issued line item vetoes that eliminate over $67 million dollars of wasteful spending in South Carolina’s budget.” (Americans for Tax Reform, 7/12/2012)

“…lawmakers should sustain Gov. Haley’s vetoes of pork-barrel projects…” (The State, Editorial, 7/13/2012)

“And the governor is entirely right in her contention that this is not the time for pork barrel spending. The state simply cannot afford to carelessly spend our tax dollars on the pet projects of legislators. The governor struck a number of these from the budget, and hopefully legislators will agree to turn the money to better use.” (The Sun News, Editorial, 7/12/2012)

“…it’s the governor's responsibility to step back from the legislative budget process and focus on whittling out non-essential spending. She has accomplished that…” (State Rep. Bill Taylor, Aiken Standard, 7/16/2012)

“After much consideration and talk with veterans, Irmo town leaders, and constituents, I plan to sustain the veto for Irmo Veteran’s Park…How about we just don’t spend state dollars on local projects and use the local funds we have access to and keep everyone’s hard earned dollars at home instead?” (State Rep. Nathan Ballentine, Irmo Patch, 7/15/2012)

“Most of the vetoes were for expenditures the legislators call ‘pork,’ and they plan to sustain those.” (Aiken Standard, 7/16/2012)

“Gov. Haley Trims the Fat” (The Sun News, Editorial, 7/12/2012)

“…Haley was also right to veto several projects that, although worthwhile, should be delayed until the state is in a better situation economically.” (Anderson Independent Mail, Editorial, 7/16/2012)

 
Keller USA Inc. establishing facility in York County
$2.5 million investment expected to create 20 new jobs
July 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Keller USA Inc., a maker of industrial filtration products, today announced the location of its North American headquarters and new manufacturing facility in York County. The $2.5 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs.

“We have expanded to support the growth of our customer base, and are now more strategically located to better serve them throughout North America” according to Jeffrey Zullo, Keller USA Inc. executive vice-president. “We recently acquired the 16,000-square-foot Fort Mill facility, which not only provides expanded space for administrative offices and a larger warehouse, but will also allow room for expansion with manufacturing capacity as well.”

Keller USA Inc., a subsidiary of Keller Lufttechnik, GmbH & Co., KG, has located its new facility in an existing building at 2168 Carolina Place Dr. The company Keller is a worldwide supplier of industrial air filtration equipment to OEM’s and major manufacturers within the automotive and aircraft industries, laser and plasma cutting industries and individual job shops.

“It is always exciting to see a company choose to call South Carolina home. We celebrate Keller USA’s decision to invest $2.5 million and create 20 new jobs in Fort Mill. Our business-friendly climate continues to attract job-creating investments from companies across the nation and around the globe,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“More and more companies are finding out that South Carolina is the place to do business. We welcome Keller USA to the Palmetto State’s business community and look forward to the company’s growth and success here,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Chairman of York County Council Britt Blackwell said, “Long-recognized as a leader in the air filtration industry, Keller’s decision to invest in York County reinforces our efforts to attract the most innovative and successful international companies to our area.  Like York County, their potential for growth and accomplishment is unlimited.”

Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Renata Vitolo at 803-396-2000 or Renata.vitolo@kellerusa.com.

For more information about the company, please visit www.kellerusa.com.

Lollis Metals Inc. expanding in Anderson County
$3 million investment expected to create 25 new jobs
July 12th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Lollis Metals Inc., a metal fabrication and machine shop, today announced plans to expand its existing Anderson County operations. The $3 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs.

“We’ve been in business here since 1980, and it’s exciting to once again expand our business here in Anderson County. South Carolina has offered us an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers and grow,” said Rick Lollis, vice president of Lollis Metals.

Lollis Metals’ expansion involves the addition of 80,000 square feet of space to the company’s current facility, located at 3933 Keys Street in Anderson, as well as the acquisition of Temco of the Upstate. Both will allow the company to increase its production capacity.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to increase its footprint here. We celebrate Lollis Metals’ decision to invest $3 million and create 25 new jobs in Anderson. Investments like this show we are on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Our state’s manufacturing renaissance continues to move forward, as announcements like this one show. Lollis Metals has been a part of the Upstate’s business community for more than three decades, and we congratulate the company on its continued success,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Anderson County Council is proud to congratulate Lollis Metals on their expansion,” said Anderson County Council Vice Chairman Tommy Dunn. “We are always happy when new industry comes to our county, but when one of our homegrown, family-owned companies prospers, it means we are doing something right. As part of their expansion, Lollis Metals purchased a struggling company, sustaining local jobs while creating new jobs and improving their bottom line sales and productivity.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in this month. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should apply in person at Lollis Metals Inc, 3933 Keys Street, Anderson, S.C. Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information about Lollis Metals Inc., please visit www.lollismetals.com. To learn more about Temco of the Upstate, please visit www.temcoupstate.com.
 
Moody's: Pension reform is "credit positive" for S.C.
July 10th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Pension reform legislation signed into law last month by Governor Nikki Haley has had an immediate positive impact on South Carolina's fiscal condition, according to analysis from Moody's, one of the country's three primary credit ratings agencies. The new law reduces the state's unfunded liability by $2 billion in year one and completely eliminates it over the next 30 years.

"Our pension system's unfunded liability had grown $10 billion over the last decade, and it threatened our long term fiscal health and stability. In talking to credit rating agencies about how to best protect the credit of South Carolina, they repeatedly insisted that the most important action we could take was to reduce those unfunded liabilities," Gov. Haley said. "We did just that this year, and as we can see, it's already paying off. By doing things like getting rid of the TERI program, closing the separate, privileged retirement system for legislators, and cutting the taxpayer dollars going to pay for the retirement of state employees, we have established a solid foundation for the state's two largest retirement systems, and for South Carolina as a whole. This is great news."

Moody's Weekly Credit Outlook for July 9, 2012, reports, "South Carolina's $2 billion pension liability reduction is credit positive for state and local governments…Last Tuesday, actuaries for the state of South Carolina (Aaa stable) determined that recently enacted public pension reform legislation reduces the South Carolina Retirement System's (SCRS) current unfunded liability to $12.4 billion from $14.4 billion, a credit positive for the state and for local governments that participate in SCRS…the law will reverse liability growth and reduce state and local government contributions requirement over time."

Moody's Weekly Credit Outlook

Tobul Accumulator expanding operations in Bamberg County
$5 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs
July 10th
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Tobul Accumulator today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Bamberg County. The $5 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs.

“Our expansion in Bamberg is due to the growth of our company in the oil and gas and off-road sectors of our business,” said Tobul Accumulator President and CEO Jim Tobul. “This is a family business that has invested in the families of Bamberg for more than 25 years, and we are proud that we are able to create more good jobs here at home. Our team at Tobul is a workforce second to none, and their commitment to excellence played a large role in our decision to grow the business here. Being that Tobul has operations in Racine, Wis., Shanghai, China and manufacturing in Houston, we chose Bamberg to expand our company.”

Tobul Accumulator will expand into a newly constructed industrial building, located at the CrossRhodes Industrial Park, which is on U.S. Hwy 301 and is a multi-county industrial park owned by SouthernCarolina Alliance. The company is a maker of hydraulic accumulators, and Tobul’s products are sold in more than 50 countries.

The company plans to expand and upfit the building to accommodate their growing sales and manufacturing operations.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate Tobul Accumulator’s decision to expand its footprint in Bamberg with an investment of $5 million and the creation of 50 new jobs. We are working hard every day to bring investments and new jobs to all areas of South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“In South Carolina, we know how to make things, and that’s something Tobul Accumulator has known for many years. Our state’s manufacturing sector continues to show its strength with announcements like this. Every one of these jobs will have impact in Bamberg,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“The expansion of Tobul Accumulators is indicative of the company’s global success and commitment to quality, as well as their commitment to the local workforce,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Johnny Williamson. “We are fortunate to have Tobul as a leader in our regional industrial community, and we look forward to working with Jim Tobul and his team for years to come.”

Bamberg County Council Chairman Chris Wilson said, “Bamberg County has a long and successful history with Tobul, and we have a promising future with this company as it continues to grow.  The people of Bamberg County appreciate Jim Tobul’s investment in our community, and our county council will continue to work with the Tobul team and our other existing industries to create the best possible conditions for the growth of business.”

The company expects to begin hiring for the new positions in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Tobul Accumulator’s products are utilized in a diverse array of industry sectors for many applications, including power generation, industrial automation, steel, military, oil and gas, amusement, construction, forestry, transportation and mining. For more information about the company, please visit www.tobul.com.
 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: July 8, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 8 includes:

Sunday, July 8 to Tuesday, July 10:  Gov. Haley will lead a South Carolina delegation to meet with aerospace companies from around the world at the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show, Farnborough, U.K.

Thursday, July 12, 3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: July 2, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 2 included the following:

Tuesday, July 3

3:45 PM:  Policy call.

Wednesday, July 4

10:45 AM:  Policy call.

2:15 PM:  Policy call.

Thursday, July 5

10:30 AM:  Policy call.

11:00 AM:  Economic development call.

12:10 PM:  Agency call.

4:30 PM:  Policy call.

9:30 PM:  Policy call.

Friday, July 6

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held a press conference to discuss budget vetoes, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

8:40 PM:  Agency call.

Saturday, July 7

9:30 AM:  Agency call.
 

AVX increases operations in Greenville County
More than $14 million investment expected to create 279 new jobs
July 5th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – AVX, a global manufacturer and supplier of electronic and interconnect components, announced plans to increase manufacturing and research operations in Greenville County. The more than $14 million investment is expected to generate 279 new jobs over the next several years.

“Increasing manufacturing and research operations at our global Headquarters facility in Fountain Inn, near Greenville, is an important step for our company’s growth. These new operations will allow us to expand our worldwide activity and broaden our product offering. We appreciate the support we’ve received from state and local officials as well as representatives of Duke Energy,” said Kurt Cummings, chief financial officer of AVX.

AVX, which relocated its corporate headquarters to Fountain Inn in 2009, will complete renovations at the former Mita building located in Southchase Industrial Park to accommodate the increased activity.

“We celebrate AVX’s decision to expand its footprint in Fountain Inn and create 279 new jobs. Investments like this one show that our state provides an environment where companies can grow and prosper. We remain committed to strengthening our state’s business-friendly climate,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Our manufacturing renaissance continues to gain steam with investments like this one from AVX. Manufacturing is the key component to wealth creation in South Carolina and these jobs will have impact in the Upstate,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“It’s great to have AVX expanding in the Greenville area,” said H. G. “Butch” Kirven, Greenville Area Development Corporation board member and chairman of Greenville County Council.  “This is an international company that will strengthen our technology-based advanced manufacturing sector, opening new opportunities for individuals and other businesses alike.  We appreciate the assistance of Duke Energy and AdvanceSC in making this happen. The spotlight on the Upstate shines brighter with this announcement.”

The company’s decision was, in part, based on business inducements from the state and the county, including a $500,000 Closing Fund grant for building improvements, job development credits, as well as tax abatements from the county.

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 24 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX). For more information about the company, please visit www.avx.com.


 
Gov. Nikki Haley's letter to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint regarding health exchanges
Haley to DeMint: We stand with you in opposing implementation of state-based insurance exchanges
July 3rd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released a letter she wrote U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health exchanges in South Carolina. A copy of the governor’s letter to Sen. DeMint is attached.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Sen. DeMint urged governors across the nation “to stop implementing the health care exchanges that would help implement the harmful effects of this misguided law. Americans have loudly rejected this federal takeover of health care, and governors should join with the people and reject its implementation.” (Press Release, Office of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, 6/28/2012) Sen. DeMint also joined Members of Congress in writing a letter to governors regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, asking them “to oppose its implementation” and “oppose any creation of a state health exchange mandated under the President’s discredited health care law.”

In her letter to Sen. DeMint, Gov. Haley wrote, “South Carolina stands with you and your cosigners in opposing implementation of state-based insurance exchanges – a decision we have been committed to since it was announced after careful consideration last December… Our analysis of the exchange law found that, among other things: states have little meaningful flexibility under the Obama administration’s concept of “state-based”; exchanges are required to assume many administrative functions now performed by the private insurance market; and most notably, the law’s primary intent is to create a new system for delivering federal insurance premium subsidies under rules governed by the Internal Revenue Service – a function where the state has no compelling role.
 
“Bottom line?  By refusing to implement state-based exchanges, the state is ceding nothing – we were given very little in the first place and, unsurprisingly, asked to give far too much in return. Critics of our decision sometimes forget that states are given a choice, and the law's authors may now wish that they had not written a federal exchange option into the law.  It is increasingly clear that without significant state assistance, it will be unlikely that any insurance exchange solution can be implemented at all.  With the implications of this choice in mind, combined with the Court’s decision properly returning Medicaid expansion decisions to the state and the fact that the “state-based” exchanges are state-based in name only, states opposed to ACA should not freely give up the leverage we now have to repeal and replace this bad law.”

Letter to Senator DeMint

 

Boral Stone Products expanding existing operations in Chester County
Company to add new equipment with $6 million investment
July 3rd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Boral Stone Products today announced plans to expand operations at its facility in Chester County. The $6 million investment is expected to generate three new jobs.

“Boral Stone Products has enjoyed a close, long-term relationship with the economic leaders of South Carolina and Chester County since opening our eastern manufacturing facility in 2001. We are committed to the region and are excited to implement improvements to the facility with this new investment. Boral has a companywide focus on innovation and safety and this investment provides us the opportunity to put in place both new safety and efficiency measures at the Chester plant,” said David Mariner, president of Boral Stone Products LLC.

Boral Stone Products makes its Cultured Stone® manufactured stone veneer products for interior and exterior residential and commercial applications at its Chester County facility. The company is adding equipment to expand the product line at its plant, located at 590 Ecology Lane. All work on the expansion is expected to be completed by June 2013.

“Boral’s decision to expand its presence in Chester County and commit to growing in South Carolina is another sign that our state’s business-friendly climate is helping existing companies prosper. Today’s announcement is also another win for one of our state’s rural areas,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“South Carolina manufacturers continue to make investments in their plants, and that’s another sign that our manufacturing renaissance is gathering steam. These investments, like Boral’s today, help create wealth and new jobs that have impact,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“The expansion at Boral gives us confidence that Chester County remains a ripe environment for existing businesses to expand and flourish. Chester County’s leadership continues to do what it takes to create a pro-business atmosphere that is proving to be attractive to our existing industrial partners. Congratulations Boral,” said Chester County Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey.

“The expansion of the Boral Stone facility is evidence of a company that is an industry leader with a solid reputation choosing Chester County for this investment. Thank you, Boral Stone and congratulations to Chester County,” said Chester Development Association Chairman Mike Enoch.

Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should e-mail chester.employment@boral.com. For more information about Boral Stone Products, please visit www.boralna.com.

About Boral Stone Products

On December 20, 2010, Owens Corning announced that it reached a definitive agreement with Boral Industries Inc. to enter into a joint venture with Owens Corning for its Masonry Products business. This includes the Cultured Stone®, ProStone® and Versetta Stone® branded product lines. Boral assumed operational control starting January 1, 2011. This brings together North America's #1 brand of brick and #1 brand of manufactured stone under the same ownership – a powerful combination.

About Boral USA

Headquartered in Roswell, Georgia, Boral USA is a leading manufacturer in the building material industry. Boral USA’s companies include Boral Bricks: #1 manufacturer of brick in the United States, Boral Roofing: the nation’s leading manufacturer of clay and concrete roof tiles, Boral Stone Products, manufacturer of Cultured Stone®: #1 Brand of manufactured stone veneer and Boral Composites Inc., manufacturer of Boral TruExterior® Trim: #1 Brand of poly-ash exterior trim products.


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: July 2, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of July 2 includes:

There are no public events scheduled at this time.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified. 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: June 25, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 25 included the following:

Monday, June 25

9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley joined Tom Rice for an event, Locals Grill, 434 2nd Loop Road Florence, S.C.

2:30 P M:  Gov. Haley joined Tom Rice for a tour of MetGlas, Inc., 440 Allied Drive Conway, S.C.

4:30 PM:  Gov. Haley joined Tom Rice for an event, Applewood’s Pancake House, 14361 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C.

6:30 PM:  Gov. Haley joined Tom Rice for an event, River City Café, 5835 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
 
Tuesday, June 26

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:45 AM:  Gov. Haley held a press conference to discuss the state budget, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:35 PM:  Call with a constitutional officer.

3:40 PM:  Policy meeting.

5:10 PM:  Call with a constitutional officer.

Wednesday, June 27

8:50 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:00 AM  Gov. Haley participated in a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, June 28

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley and South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Director Tony Keck held a press conference to discuss the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

7:40 PM:  Gov. Haley testified before the S.C. House of Representatives’ Ethics Committee, Blatt building, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, June 29

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, SC.

Saturday, June 30

6:15 PM:  Agency call.

6:30 PM:  Legislative call.

6:40 PM:  Call with a local official.

6:55 PM:  Agency call.

8:30 PM:  Agency call.

Sunday, July 1

10:25 AM:  Agency call.

 

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