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Gov. Nikki Haley signs small business tax relief into law

Tax rate for small businesses down from 5% to 3%

June 29th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today signed H. 5418 into law, a continuing resolution that delivers tax relief to small businesses and prevents a state government shutdown.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina,” said Gov. Haley. “My number one goal is putting our people back to work. Part of that is recruitment, but the more important part is showing the country that we understand what it means to take care of the businesses we have. We’re going to celebrate this tax relief for small business because it helps them hire people and keeps our economy growing – and it’s another example of South Carolina taking care of the businesses right here in our state.”

The continuing resolution delivers tax relief by reducing the tax rate for small businesses from 5 percent to 3 percent over the next three years

 

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley, HHS Director Tony Keck react to Supreme Court’s health care ruling

Haley: “What was bad policy yesterday is bad policy today.”

June 28th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Director Tony Keck today discussed the significance of the Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during Statehouse press conference.

Video of the event is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG4njE-a02w

During the press conference, Gov. Haley said, “Regardless of the decision that came down, what was bad policy yesterday is bad policy today. The fact that the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate means we are looking at one of the largest tax increases on the American people we have ever seen. This is a tax increase for the people of South Carolina, it’s a job killer – and it is the government getting in the way of physicians and the patients. So with that, what does this mean for South Carolina? It continues to keep us from doing what we know we need…We know best what the people of South Carolina need. We know best how to help the people in the rural areas as well as in the cities. If D.C. would let us do our job, we would spend less money and be more effective in the way we do that…There is only one solution and that is new leadership in Washington. We have to have a new Senate, and we have to have a new president. We can no longer have any sort of mandates like this that continue to put tax hikes on the people of South Carolina….We need to repeal this law, I’ve said that from the beginning. We need to not only repeal the law, then we need to go to Washington and say all governors need block granting. We need you to give us the money and let us decide what the people of South Carolina need. We will spend less money. We will be more effective in the way we target it, and we will be able to return that money – if it’s unused.”

Director Keck said, “What this does for Medicaid is it takes us back to the status quo.  We spent two years to get back to where we are, or where we were two years ago, which is working with an inflexible program that, as the governor said, tries to put a one size fits all approach on every state. As we know, the health problems that we have here in South Carolina, the challenges that we face, are completely different than states around the country. We need the flexibility to make those changes. This decision does not give us that flexibility, and we’re going to continue to fight for that flexibility. We’ve had great effort over the past year and a half working with stakeholders to make changes on the ground to improve the health of South Carolinians – to reduce costs, we’ve changed the way we pay providers, and we’re working on critical issues in South Carolina. None of that has anything to do with the Affordable Care Act. That’s people on the ground making things better in South Carolina.”

 

Porter’s Fabrications increasing operations at Sumter plant

$2.5 million investment expected to create 60 new jobs

June 28th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Porter’s Fabrications, a maker of metal components, today announced plans to expand its existing plant in Sumter County. The $2.5 million investment is expected to generate 60 new jobs.

“We are excited to invest in our Sumter facility and increase our manufacturing capabilities. Demand for our products has increased and South Carolina has provided us with an excellent environment in which to do business. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Charles Saleh, CEO of Porter’s Fabrications.

Porter’s Fabrications opened its Sumter operation, located at 1485 Diebold Drive, about eight years ago. The expansion will allow the facility to increase capacity at the plant. Once the expansion is completed it will allow the Sumter facility to increase capacity and production of its primary products which are ATM safes and metal components.

“Every time one of our existing businesses expands it’s a win for South Carolina, and today’s announcement is no exception. Porter’s Fabrications’ decision to increase its footprint here is another sign our state’s business-friendly climate is helping companies prosper, and we celebrate the 60 new jobs they will create in Sumter,” 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. Today’s announcement provides another boost to our state’s growing manufacturing sector. We look forward to Porter’s Fabrications’ continued growth in our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“I feel Porter’s Fabrications’ decision to expand here in Sumter County shows our workforce is trained and ready, and able to help the company meets its goals. And when you combine our excellent workforce with the kind of forward-thinking workforce training programs our community has, we can compete and win on any level,” said Sumter County Council Chairman Gene Baten.

“In a competitive global environment where a company can literally make its products anywhere, every Sumterite can be proud that Porter’s chose to expand here in Sumter. Team Sumter, from our city and county councils and development board, to our Smarter Growth Initiative and workforce, is primed and ready,” said Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in 2012. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the SC Works Sumter center at 803-774-1300.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for $600,000 for equipment relocation and real property improvements.

For more information about Porter’s Fabrications, please visit www.portersfab.com.

 

PyroTec Inc. establishing new operation in Charleston County

$10 million investment expected to create 75 new jobs

June 27th

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  PyroTec Inc. today announced plans to establish a new domestic and global corporate headquarters in Charleston County. The $10 million investment is expected to generate 75 new jobs.

PyroTec will recover component materials from waste and other feedstock and sell those materials. For example, its patented process extracts oil, carbon black, syngas and steel from scrap tires and those components are then sold to the open market as commodities.

“We are pleased to move forward with setting up our new operations in the Charleston area. South Carolina gives us an excellent business environment, and we look forward to growing our business here. We appreciate the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said John Burns, CEO of PyroTec.

The company meets 2012 EPA regulations, as well as California Clean Air requirements. Scrap tires are not the only feedstock PyroTec can use. Other items such as plastic bottles, textiles, lumber, garbage, oil sands and tar pits could also become feedstock for the company’s operations.

“We celebrate PyroTec’s decision to establish its new headquarters in South Carolina, and invest $10 million and create 75 new jobs in Charleston. Announcements like this show that we are on the right track with regards to economic development,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

PyroTec will locate its corporate headquarters in Fresh Fields Village on July 1. Additional announcements on future factory locations are expected in the coming weeks. The company will initially focus on extracting oil and other raw materials from plastics and tires.

“Today’s announcement is the second this month we’ve had in the recycling-related sector. PyroTec’s investment is another indication that our business-friendly climate and skilled workforce are attracting investments that create jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since the beginning of 2010, Commerce has recruited more than $430 million in capital investment and more than 1,000 new jobs in the recycling-related sector.

“We congratulate PyroTec on their corporate relocation to the Kiawah Island area,” said Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor. “This high-tech company will create a lot of excitement with their recycling technology and their business plans for the area. The company’s efforts to find more and better ways to reclaim and recycle materials and create energy are nicely in sync with the similar goals of Charleston County’s long-standing solid waste, recycling and conservation initiatives. We wish the company great success!”

“We are excited to welcome PyroTec to the Charleston region,” said R.M. Singletary, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board chairman. “The Port of Charleston, our community’s distinctive quality of life, and our ready supply of highly-skilled workers were critical factors in PyroTec’s decision to locate its headquarters here. The company will be an invaluable asset to our region.”

The company is supported by two other South Carolina companies. TRC, located in Greenville, is the company’s global environmental engineering consultant. Johnson Development, located in Spartanburg, is the company’s business construction and land management consultants.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in July. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Management Recruiters of the Low Country at 843-628-5021. Alternatively, individuals interested in working for PyroTec as well as investors with questions concerning the company can contact Walter Hahne at 1-800-PyroTec .

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on Supreme Court’s Arizona immigration law ruling

COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement on the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling on the Arizona immigration law:

“If the federal government would do its job, the states wouldn’t have to – but that hasn’t happened. In South Carolina, we passed illegal immigration reform that told the rest of the country we’re a tolerant state but also a law-abiding state. That’s what this has been about for us – the rule of law – nothing more, nothing less.

“Today’s court ruling is in part good news for South Carolina law enforcement. Now, they can do their job and verify that those suspected of being here illegally are actually here legally. But the ruling also underscores the need for leadership in Washington that finally addresses illegal immigration reform, and we will continue to fight for that kind of leadership.”

 

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 25 includes:

Monday, June 25, 12:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will join Tom Rice for an event, Locals Grill, 434 2nd Loop Road Florence, S.C.

Monday, June 25, 2:30 P M:  Gov. Haley will join Tom Rice for a tour of MetGlas, Inc., 440 Allied Drive Conway, S.C.

Monday, June 25, 4:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will join Tom Rice for an event, Applewood’s Pancake House, 14361 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Monday, June 25, 6:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will join Tom Rice for an event, River City Café, 5835 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, June 27, 10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will attend the South Carolina Republican Party’s Unity Breakfast, 300 Senate Street, Columbia, S.C.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: June 18, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 18 included the following:

Monday, June 18

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

9:30 AM:  Agency meeting.

10:00 AM:  Legislative meeting.

11:00 AM:  Agency meeting.

11:15 AM:  Meeting with a fellow constitutional officer.

2:15 PM:  Agency meeting.

7:30 PM:  Agency call.

Tuesday, June 19

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

10:00 AM:  Legislative meeting.

10:35 AM:  Constituent meeting.

10:45 AM:  Legislative meeting.

11:10 AM:  Policy meeting.

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley held a press conference with nuclear industry leaders, West side of the Statehouse, outside the Office of the Governor, Columbia, S.C.

1:45 PM:  Legislative meeting.

3:15 PM:  Newspaper interview.

3:30 PM:  Constituent meeting.

Wednesday, June 20

8:25 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

8:30 AM:  Legislative meeting.

10:15 AM:  Meeting with a fellow constitutional officer.

10:35 AM:  Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

10:50 AM:  Economic development call.

11:40 AM:  Legislative call.

12:00 PM:  Legislative meeting.

1:00 PM:  Economic development call.

2:35 PM:  Legislative meeting.

2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley welcomed the Lexington County Peach Festival Queens to the Statehouse, Columbia, SC.

4:30 PM:  Legislative meeting.

5:00 PM:  Legislative meeting.

Thursday, June 21

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

9:30 AM:  Policy call.

10:05 AM:  Legislative call.

10:30 AM:  Press conference.

2:15 PM:  Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

2:30 PM:  Legislative meeting.

Friday, June 22

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

10:50 AM:  Policy meeting.

12:30 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in a media briefing, South Carolina National Guard TAG office, Columbia, SC.

3:00 PM:  Meeting with a fellow constitutional officer.

3:45 PM:  Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

 

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on the deaths of S.C. National Guard soldiers

June 22nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement on the deaths three South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers who were members of the 133rd Military Police Company headquartered in Timmonsville:

“Michael and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our South Carolina heroes. I attended the deployment of the 133rd, spent time with their families, and have prayed for their safe return.

“This tragic news is a constant reminder that our men and women in uniform and their families deserve our thanks each and every day. We continue to pray for the recovery of the injured and the families of the lost, and South Carolina will now put all of our focus on helping them going forward.”

 

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley urges up or down vote on DOA, pension reform

Govs. Edwards, Beasley praise restructuring efforts; say it’s time to finish the job

June 21st

COLUMBIA, S.C. – During a Statehouse press conference this morning, Governor Nikki Haley called on legislators to give an up or down vote today on two critical pieces of reform legislation: the Department of Administration bill and pension reform.

Video of the governor’s morning press conference is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzNuBeePvRI

Just before the governor’s press conference, two former governors released statements on the importance of finishing the job on the Department of Administration bill:

Gov. James B. Edwards, who served from 1975 to 1979, said: “Passing a Department of Administration and finally eliminating the Budget and Control Board would be an historic victory for the people of South Carolina. We need to continue restructuring efforts like this one to make government smaller and more efficient like most other states.  I am proud that Governor Haley and the Legislature have been able to work together to move our state forward.”

Gov. David Beasley, who served from 1995 to 1999, said: “Governors have fought for decades to whip state government into shape and make it leaner and more efficient. Governor Haley and the General Assembly are closer than ever to transforming our state, and I hope we can finish the job today.”

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on pension reform, DOA

June 19th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement regarding pension reform and the Department of Administration conference committee meeting:

“This is the critical week for pension reform and the Department of Administration bill.  We've worked on both of these issues for two full sessions, and now it's time to get the job done for the citizens and taxpayers of South Carolina.

“When I talk to credit rating agencies, they tell me that the most important thing we can do to protect our rating is to take action to reduce the unfunded liabilities in our pension system.  I'd like to thank Senators Alexander, Ryberg, and Setzler and Representatives Merrill, Bingham and Cobb-Hunter for their work so far, and urge them to finish the job.

“We also know that finishing our work on the Department of Administration is essential to creating a leaner and more effective government.  This bill not only improves accountability, but also the quality of the services that South Carolina state government provides.  It will also let us run the state more like a business.   No CEO lacks control over personnel, facilities, technology, or other back office functions, and this state's Governor shouldn't either.   I'd like to thank Senators Larry Martin, Malloy and Massey, and Representatives Harrison, Lucas and White for understanding that, and I appreciate all their hard work so far.

“The time is now.  The conference committee reports for both of these bills must be completed and adopted this week if they are to become law this year.  South Carolina can't afford for either of them to fail when we've worked so hard to pass these crucial reforms.

“I applaud the Senators and Representatives who have struggled to reach a compromise on both of these bills, which address some very complex issues – but we are running out of time.  It's time to give South Carolina the reform it so strongly desires.  It's time to bring both these bills home.”


 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: June 18, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 18 includes:

Tuesday, June 19, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will hold a press conference with nuclear industry leaders, West side of the Statehouse, outside the Office of the Governor, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, June 20, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will attend the grand opening of ESAB’s Midway facility, 256 Midway Drive, Union, S.C.

Wednesday, June 20, 2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley will welcome the Lexington County Peach Festival Queens to the Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: June 11, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 11 included the following:

Monday, June 11

7:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and business leaders discussed new offshore drilling and energy development legislation before Congress and the potential it has to create jobs in South Carolina, second floor of Saluda’s restaurant, 751 Saluda Avenue, Columbia, S.C.

11:30 AM: Media availability.

1:15 PM:  Policy meeting.

3:15 PM:  Gov. Haley attended an event with State Sen. Lee Bright, 3293 Reidville Road, Spartanburg, S.C.

3:45 PM: Television news interview.

4:06 PM:  Gov. Haley appeared on Bob McLain’s radio show.

5:00 PM:  Economic development call.

Tuesday, June 12

8:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:45 AM:  Economic development call.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke to the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Mills House Hotel, 115 Meeting Street, Charleston, S.C.

1:25 PM:  Gov. Haley voted at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, Lexington, S.C.

3:15 PM:  Meeting with a constitutional officer.

6:00 PM:  Call with a local official.

Wednesday, June 13

10:00 AM:  Legislative call.

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in a celebration of Nexans, Berkeley County Council Chambers, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, S.C.

11:15 AM: Media availability.

11:30 AM:  Economic development meeting.

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

4:15 PM:  Tourism meeting.

Thursday, June 14

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

3:30 PM:  Economic development call.

4:00 PM:  Agency call.

Friday, June 15

9:50 AM:  Agency call.

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in a grand opening celebration for Bluestar Silicones’ new manufacturing facility, 7979 Park Place Road, York, S.C.

10:45 AM: Media availability.

3:45 PM:  Economic development call.

4:30 PM:  Economic development call.

7:30 PM:  Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Republican Party of Virginia’s Convention Gala, The Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North Third Street, Richmond, VA.

 

Encore Container establishing headquarters and manufacturing facility in Greenville County

$3.9 million investment expected to create 89 new jobs

June 13th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Encore Container, a manufacturer and re-conditioner of industrial containers, today announced that it will locate its new corporate headquarters, manufacturing and recycling facility in Greenville County. The $3.9 million investment is expected to generate 89 new jobs over the next three years.

“Encore Container is focused on providing our industrial customer base with quality plastic drums and intermediate bulk container (IBC) totes, along with the most dependable service in the industry,” said CEO Chad Odom. “We pride ourselves on providing the fastest service in the industry, reducing our customers’ environmental liability and inventories while improving their cash flows. We are pleased to locate our corporate headquarters, manufacturing and reconditioning operations here in Greenville County.”

The company has established operations in an 80,000-square-foot existing facility at 7021 Augusta Road in Greenville and has already begun hiring, equipment installation and the ramp-up process. Encore Container’s  services include national trip leasing, pick-up service for plastic drums and IBC totes (including 55 gallon drums and 275 gallon totes), and tote cleaning, reconditioning and recycling.

“Seeing a new company choose South Carolina as the place to start its operations is always exciting. We celebrate the decision by Encore Container to locate its initial operations in Greenville with a $3.9 million investment and the creation of 89 new jobs,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January, South Carolina recruited more than $2 billion in investment and more than 3,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector. Also, Commerce has recruited more than $430 million in capital investment and more than 1,000 new jobs in the recycling-related sector since the beginning of 2010.

“Entrepreneurship is an important part of our economy and it’s great to see Encore Container put its roots down in South Carolina. This announcement also provides a boost to our reputation in two sectors – manufacturing and recycling,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Encore Container is committed to sustainability and to being a good steward of the environment. Recycling industrial containers, and extending the useful life of these containers, limits environmental impact through recycling exercises and water conservation.  The company recycles plastic fallout from its reconditioning process to make new drums, and recycles steel fallout through arrangements with steel recycling companies.  Encore conserves water through an innovative design of its wash process that minimizes use through reverse plumbing, solids removal and filtration, and water reuse. The result is a zero discharge of wastewater.

“Encore Container is a fine example of an entrepreneurial company that is using advanced technology, performance-based processes and local talent to grow and succeed here in the Upstate,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “The company is a great reflection of the opportunities to be found here in Greenville County.”

Odom cited the company’s veteran management team, including partner and Chief Operating Officer Blayne Henderson and partner and Chief Compliance and Quality Officer Chas Key, as instrumental in the company’s ability to move quickly to fill a void in the marketplace.

“Encore’s management team has worked successfully together in this industry before.  We understand our customers’ requirements, we know the equipment to purchase and the space and water/sewer requirements to be successful, and we found Greenville County to be accommodating and focused on meeting our needs for success,” said Odom.  “We considered other locations in Georgia and North Carolina, but we have operated other businesses in Greenville and South Carolina previously, and we feel the community is open-armed, the quality of life outstanding and the economic environment very appealing.  We’re happy to be in Greenville.”

Previously, Odom was founder and CEO of Greenville-based Innovative Container for five years, which was in a similar line of business to Encore Container. The business grew rapidly, including being named fastest-growing company in South Carolina in 2003, before being purchased. Both of Odom’s partners in Encore Container – Henderson and Key – were members of the leadership team at Innovative Container as well.

Jobs being added include: equipment operators, skilled maintenance positions, customer support and unskilled labor positions, along with sales, accounting and administrative roles to support the organization’s growth. Noting that the company will pay “competitive-market wages with benefits based on experience,” Odom encourages persons interested in being considered for employment to submit resumes via email to HR@EncoreContainer.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant for $100,000. readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will provide pre-employment training.

For more information on Encore Container, visit them at www.EncoreContainer.com.

 

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on the Department of Administration

June 13th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley this morning released the following statement:

“I would like to thank Senator Larry Martin and the members of the H.3066 Conference Committee for gathering in Columbia this morning to continue their work on the Department of Administration bill.  I am encouraged by the progress they have made in their earlier meetings and hope that they will continue working this week until they produce a final conference report.

“South Carolina needs a more efficient and effective government - one that's run like a business.  No CEO lacks control over personnel, facilities, technology, or other backoffice functions, and South Carolina’s governor shouldn't either.

“If the General Assembly does not adopt the Department of Administration conference report by the end of next week, we will have wasted so much of the taxpayers' time and money these last two years - something that's not acceptable to them, just like it should not be acceptable to any public servant.

“It's time to finish the conference report and give South Carolinians the government they deserve.”

 

CEL Chemical & Supplies locating new operations in Anderson County

$900,000 investment expected to create 15 new jobs

June 11th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – CEL Chemical & Supplies, a maker of chemicals for the paperboard and packaging industries, today announced the establishment of its new facility in Anderson County. The $900,000 investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs over the next five years.

“We are pleased to set up new operations in Anderson County. This investment marks an important milestone for our company and we look forward to continuing to grow our customer base. South Carolina has provided an excellent business environment for us over the years,” said Sharlan Messenger, CFO of CEL Chemical & Supplies.

CEL Chemical & Supplies is a family-owned business that was started in 1998 and makes adhesives, waterproofing resins and performance additives. The company has recently located its manufacturing facility at 1927 Elrod Road in Piedmont.

“Small businesses are an important part of South Carolina’s economy and we celebrate the decision by CEL Chemical & Supplies to invest in Anderson County and create new jobs. We are committed to strengthening our state’s business-friendly climate, which will help existing businesses of all sizes create new jobs here,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January, South Carolina recruited more than $2 billion in investment and more than 3,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Our state’s manufacturing sector continues to grow with investments like this one by CEL Chemical & Supplies. Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Anderson County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Competing for jobs and investment is top on our list of priorities,” said Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters. “District 6 is happy to announce another homerun and welcome CEL Chemical to our industry family. This means 15 more jobs and $900,000 in investment in our community. Their new product technology and environmentally-friendly culture is a perfect fit for our area and we expect them to prosper alongside our County.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in the manufacturing and shipping departments. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Sharlan Messenger at Sharlan@celchemical.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: June 11, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 11 includes:

Monday, June 11, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and business leaders will discuss new offshore drilling and energy development legislation before Congress and the potential it has to create jobs in South Carolina, second floor of Saluda’s restaurant, 751 Saluda Avenue, Columbia, S.C.

Monday, June 11, 3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will join Sen. Lee Bright in Spartanburg, 3293 Reidville Road, Spartanburg, S.C.

Tuesday, June 12, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will speak at the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Mills House Hotel, 115 Meeting Street, Charleston, S.C.

Wednesday, June 13, 10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a celebration of Nexans, Berkeley County Council Chambers, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, S.C.

Friday, June 15, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a grand opening celebration for Bluestar Silicones’ new manufacturing facility, 7979 Park Place Road, York, S.C.

Friday, June 15, 7:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Republican Party of Virginia’s Convention Gala, The Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North Third Street, Richmond, V.A.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: June 5, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 5 included the following:

Tuesday, June 5

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

9:30 AM:  Television news interview.

9:50 AM:  Television news interview.

10:10 AM:  Television news interview.

10:30 AM:  Television news interview.

10:50 AM:  Television news interview.

11:10 AM:  Television news interview.

11:25 AM:  Television news interview.

9:35 PM:  Agency call.

Wednesday, June 6

4:30 AM:  Agency call.

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

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in a press conference with the S.C. Forestry Commission, northside of the Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:50 AM:  Legislative meeting.

Thursday, June 7

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley held a ceremonial bill signing for H. 3934 Multiple-lot Tax Property Discount bill, Saluda River Club, 644 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, S.C.

10:20 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley presented the Order of Palmetto to Sen. Dick Elliott, Senate floor, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, June 8

9:00 AM:  Agency meeting.

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley discussed hurricane preparedness at a press conference, Conway/Horry County Emergency Management Division, M.L. Brown, Jr., Public Safety Building, 2560 Main Street, Suite 4, Conway, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

11:30 AM:  Agency meeting.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley discussed hurricane preparedness at a press conference, Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, S.C.

2:45 PM:  Agency meeting.

3:15 PM:  Gov. Haley discussed hurricane preparedness at a press conference, Beaufort County Law Enforcement Center, 2001 Duke Street, 2nd Floor, Beaufort, S.C.

Saturday, June 9

2:30 PM:  Newspaper interview.

 

 

Genetec Global Technologies expanding operations in Greenville County

$1.2 million investment expected to create 160 new jobs

June 7th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Genetec Global Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genetec Technology Berhad of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, located in Fountain Inn, today announced plans to further expand its presence in Greenville County by opening a new operation, Genetec Technology Automation, in Simpsonville. The $1.2 million investment is expected to generate 160 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with expansion plans in Greenville County. South Carolina has provided an excellent business environment for our company. This expansion will help augment our other businesses –
Systems South in Fountain Inn, S.C. and IP Systems in Denver – by expanding our market share with innovative designs, increased capacity and global support. We appreciate the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Dan Gehrman, vice president of Genetec Technology Automation.

Genetec Technology Automation provides fully integrated manufacturing solutions for industries such as the automotive, healthcare and textile sectors. The company will add sales, engineering and assembly capabilities for providing custom automation equipment to customers. The company also plans to outsource much of their manufacturing requirements to local suppliers for machining and fabrication.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina and we celebrate Genetec’s decision to invest $1.2 million and create 160 well-paying new jobs. Our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce continue to not only attract outside investment, but also help existing businesses like Genetec grow,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January, South Carolina recruited more than $2 billion in investment and more than 3,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Our state’s manufacturing sector continues to grow and remains a wealth creator for our state’s economy. Genetec’s investment is another sign of that. We appreciate the company’s commitment to our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Genetec Technology Automation is a prime example of a company that combines world-class technology and lean processes,” said Greenville Area Development Corporation Chairman Chris Riley. “The company is an entrepreneurial business with innovative strategies and rapid growth potential, and is a wonderful example of the increasing strength of advanced manufacturing organizations found in Greenville County and across South Carolina.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in June. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should submit information to: humanresources@genetecautomation.com.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, is assisting with the recruitment and training of new employees.

For more information about Genetec Technology Automation, please visit www.genetecglobal.com.
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Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on Wisconsin’s election results

June 5th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley tonight released the following statement on the results of Wisconsin’s election:

“Congratulations to my friend, Gov. Scott Walker.  Tonight, he proved that standing strong for the principles of fiscal responsibility is not only the right policy, but is rewarded by voters.  It’s a great example for the rest of the country.”

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley, forestry and fire service officials unveil new equipment to fight wildfires

June 6th

COLUMBIA. S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley today joined South Carolina Forestry Commission officials and fire service members at the Statehouse as they unveiled new closed-cab fire suppression units to fight wildfires.

Video of the event is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bTeO_dzCKU

Closed-cab units employ state-of-the-art air filtration and cooling – providing a barrier from the heat, smoke, and dust experienced by the operator during intensive wildfire suppression.  Closed-cab units reduce operator fatigue, a deadly side effect of prolonged firefighting.

These units also provide a safe place where an operator can remain if the dozer is overtaken and burned over by fast moving flame fronts.

Gov. Haley said, "When you hear us talk about the budget, and you hear us talk about it in big numbers, you hear what we want to do with the money and what we don't want to do with the money...We can say all day long that we protect law enforcement and that we protect firefighters and we appreciate them.  But you don't appreciate them by saying it.  You appreciate them by doing it."

 

Gov. Nikki Haley announces Shane Ray as State Fire Marshal

June 4th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Shane Ray as State Fire Marshal. Chief Ray has 26 years of experience in fire and emergency services.  For the last seven months, Ray has served as the Superintendent of the South Carolina Fire Academy.

Gov. Haley said, “We’re thrilled that Shane Ray has agreed to serve as Fire Marshal. His experience ensuring the safety of our community and meeting the needs of our fire service members make him a great fit.”

Prior to his work with the South Carolina Fire Academy, Chief Ray was Fire Chief of the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department in Tennessee. During his time at Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, he was named the Fire Chief Magazine Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year.  He also served as Mayor of the town of Pleasant View, Tennessee for six years (1998 – 2004) where he was responsible for management, administration and operations.

Chief Ray also participated in the Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government's Local and Elected Officials Program in 2003. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

"It is exciting to be a part of the work that is occurring within the South Carolina Division of Fire & Life Safety with our focus on serving the citizens, firefighters, and all community stakeholders," said Chief Ray. "There is a great team of dedicated public servants in place and it's an honor to be selected to serve as State Fire Marshal."

The S.C. Fire Marshal's Office is part of the S.C. Division of Fire and Life Safety, which is a division of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: June 4, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 4 includes:

Wednesday, June 6, 10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will join the South Carolina Forestry Commission for a press conference, north side of the Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, June 7, 9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will join the South Carolina Homebuilders Association for a ceremonial bill signing for H. 3934, Multiple Lot Discount Bill, Saluda Springs, 644 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, S.C.

Friday, June 8, 9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will discuss hurricane preparedness at a press conference, Conway/Horry County Emergency Management Division, M.L. Brown, Jr., Public Safety Building, 2560 Main Street, Suite 4, Conway, S.C.

Friday, June 8, 12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will discuss hurricane preparedness at a press conference, Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, S.C.

Friday, June 8, 2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley will discuss hurricane preparedness at a press conference, Beaufort County Law Enforcement Center, 2001 Duke Street, 2nd Floor, Beaufort, S.C.

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

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: May 29, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 29 included the following:

Tuesday, May 29

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

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley recognized ALS Month, Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

1:30 PM:  Constituent meeting.

2:00 PM:  Constituent meeting.

2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley visited with students from the Jubilee Academy, Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

2:45 PM:  Gov. Haley visited with students from Clover’s Griggs Road Elementary School, Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in the “Ask the Governor” radio segment with Bob McLain.

Wednesday, May 30

8:00 AM:  Legislative meeting.

9:15 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM:  Economic development call.

11:30 AM:  Agency meeting.

2:25 PM:  Legislative meeting.

3:30 PM:  Newspaper interview.

Thursday, May 31

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

9:45 AM:  Agency meeting.

11:45 AM:  Economic development call.

2:30 PM:  Agency meeting.

2:45 PM:  Agency meeting.

3:40 PM:  Economic development call.

3:55 PM:  Economic development call.

4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, June 1

Gov. Haley joined Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

2:15 PM (CST):  Gov. Haley visited and toured Quad Graphics, Sussex, Wisconsin.

3:00 PM (CST):  Media availability.

Saturday, June 2

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in the Original Six Foundation’s Marion County Day, Marion County Technical Education Center, 2697 East Highway 76, Mullins, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke and held a media availability at the Original Six Foundation’s Marion County Day.

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley visited Marion Regional Hospital, 2829 East Highway 76, Marion, S.C.

 

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