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Le Creuset expanding facility in Hampton County

$2 million investment is second expansion in the past year
May 31st

COLUMBIA, S.C. – French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset announced that the company will invest $2 million in a 93,000-square-foot expansion at their North American distribution site, located just off I-95 in Early Branch, S.C.

“This investment represents our continued commitment to the Lowcountry and South Carolina. Le Creuset is a beloved and dynamic consumer brand with a truly global footprint, and this expansion in Hampton County will directly fuel and support our aggressive growth plan over the coming years,” said Faye Gooding, CEO of Le Creuset Americas.

The announcement comes on the heels of the 116,000-square-foot expansion and $3.5 million investment at the Hampton County site last June, which created 25 new jobs.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses decides to increase its footprint here. Le Creuset’s decision to invest another $2 million in expanding its Hampton County facility, just 11 months after announcing a previous expansion, demonstrates that South Carolina provides a business-friendly climate where companies can grow,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The 93,000-square-foot expansion will increase the size of the distribution facility on Bob Gifford Boulevard in Early Branch to 300,000 square feet. This is the fourth time that Le Creuset has announced investment or growth in its current location. The expansion will allow the company to service growing distribution in North and South America, as well as its expanding e-commerce business.

“Le Creuset is a world-class company that has had a presence in South Carolina for more than three decades. This investment not only shows the company’s commitment to our state, but that South Carolina’s skilled workforce and exceptional access to markets continue to help our existing firms expand and create new jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“The success of the operation in Hampton County is indicative of the company’s global success and commitment to quality, as well as their commitment to the local workforce, who help to make this success possible,” said Hampton County Council Chairman Hugh Gray.

According to Sandy Fowler, director of Economic Development for Hampton County, Le Creuset’s distribution center not only provides 123 jobs at the distribution facility, its presence will seed investment by other companies.

“We are proud that Le Creuset Americas chose Hampton County, and we share their success story with all of our industrial prospects,” said Fowler. “Our proximity to the ports of Charleston and Savannah, as well as the access to I-95, are great selling points. Le Creuset’s strong international brand recognition lends credibility in demonstrating Hampton County’s viability as a great location for distribution.”

“Faye Gooding and the Le Creuset team have created another success story for our region, and we are appreciative of their growing investment in Hampton County,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance CEO Danny Black.  “We stand ready to assist them in any way that we can, and we congratulate the entire corporate team that made this growth possible.”

The company first established its current distribution center near Yemassee in 1997 and has had a presence in South Carolina since 1974.

Founded in northern France in 1925, Le Creuset now markets its high-end enamel cookware globally. Le Creuset sells its products through more than 1,000 stores in such national upscale shops as Williams-Sonoma, Bloomingdales and Sur La Table. For more information about the company, please visit www.lecreuset.com.

 

SEW-Eurodrive Inc. expanding in Spartanburg County

$20 million investment expected to create 40 new jobs

May 31st

COLUMBIA, S.C. – SEW-Eurodrive Inc., a maker of industrial gear motors and electronics, today announced that the company will expand its current operations in Spartanburg County. The $20 million investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with plans to further expand our operations in South Carolina. Spartanburg County has long provided us with a positive economic environment and a talented workforce for our operations, and we look forward to continued growth here. We appreciate all the support we have received, from Duke Power as well as from state and local officials,” said Randall Digby, assistant treasurer of SEW-Eurodrive.

SEW-Eurodrive will expand its manufacturing facility in Lyman. The company will add a new line to produce industrial gears, which are used for heavy lifting applications. The company’s Lyman facility was initially opened in 1983 and has been expanded since then.

“When our manufacturers, like SEW-Eurodrive, choose to grow operations in South Carolina, we know we’re on the right track in our economic development efforts. We’re going to celebrate the company’s decision to invest $20 million and create 40 new, well-paying jobs in Spartanburg County,” 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.

“SEW-Eurodrive has been a part of South Carolina’s business community for nearly three decades and today’s announcement serves as another indication of the company’s commitment to our state. Manufacturing remains a key component of our state’s economy and SEW-Eurodrive’s decision to expand operations here shows that our state’s business-friendly climate provides a strong foundation for growth,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“We are pleased SEW-Eurodrive, a long time corporate citizen of Spartanburg County, is diversifying and growing their operation here. We are always excited when existing companies grow, verifying Spartanburg County as an excellent location to do business,” said David Britt, chairman of Economic Development Committee of Spartanburg County Council and board member of the Economic Futures Group.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions when the facility is completed. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact SEW’s job line (864)661-1999.

SEW-Eurodrive is a world leader in drive technology and a pioneer in drive-based automation. The company established a reputation for quickly solving the most difficult power transmission and motion control challenges. For more information about the company, please visit www.seweurodrive.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold “Open Door after 4” meetings on Thursday
Constituents have opportunity to meet with governor to discuss any issue

May 30th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that she will hold “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings on Thursday, May 31, at the Office of the Governor in the Statehouse. 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 Wednesday, May 30. Appointments are first-come, first-served. For more information, call (803) 734-2100.

 

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 29 includes:

Tuesday, May 29, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will recognize ALS Month, Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, May 29, 2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will visit with students from the Jubilee Academy, Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, May 29, 3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the “Ask the Governor” radio segment with Bob McLain.

Thursday, May 31, 4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will hold “Open Door after 4,” Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, June 1:  Gov. Haley will join Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

Saturday, June 2, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the Original Six Foundation’s Marion County Day, Marion County Technical Education Center, 2697 East Highway 76, Mullins, S.C.

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

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: May 21, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 21 included the following:

Monday, May 21

Gov. Haley attended and spoke at the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference, Marriott Grand Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

7:30 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the heads of delegation business meeting.

9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley attended the Discussion Forum: Economic Business Outlook of Canada & the Southeast United States.

9:30 AM:  Economic development meeting.

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the Heads of Delegation Town Hall Session.

11:30 AM:  Media availability.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended a luncheon at the SEUS-CP trade conference.

3:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

6:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, May 22

9:50 AM: Economic development call.

11:45 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, May 23

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

10:45 AM:  Legislative meeting.

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley met with Stewart Spinx and Spinx employees to recognize their efforts for being inducted into the Convenience Industry Hall of Fame, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:10 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:15 PM: Gov. Haley joined agencies in a Hurricane Table Top preparation exercise, Emergency Management Division, 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, S.C.

4:15 PM:  Media availability.

10:00 PM:  Gov. Haley appeared on Fox News’ “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.”

Thursday, May 24

8:45 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:30 AM:  Legislative meeting.

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley held a press conference to discuss the budget, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Agency meeting.

Friday, May 25

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:45 AM:  Gov. Haley held a media availability.

3:40 PM:  Economic development call.

4:30 PM:  Magazine interview.

 

Federal-Mogul Friction Products expanding in Orangeburg County

$7 million investment expected to create 40 new jobs
May 22nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Federal-Mogul Friction Products today announced the expansion of its Orangeburg County operations. The company expects to invest at least $7 million and generate 40 new jobs at the plant.

Federal-Mogul Corporation is a global supplier of powertrain and safety technology to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance vehicle safety and performance. The company serves the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of automotive, light, medium-, heavy-duty, aerospace, marine, rail and off-road vehicles; and industrial, agricultural and power-generation equipment; and provides well-known brands in the aftermarket. Federal-Mogul Friction Products — a business line of Federal-Mogul — develops and manufactures extended-life brake friction products, with noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) refinement, and is a market-leading supplier of friction products to OEMs.

“With this significant investment, we are further cementing our commitment to being a world-class OEM friction supplier,” said Federal-Mogul Plant Manager Alex Lopez.

Federal-Mogul Friction Products has been operating in Orangeburg since 1996 and has a 210,000-square-foot facility with 210 employees.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to grow. We celebrate Federal-Mogul’s decision to invest $7 million and create 40 new jobs in Orangeburg. By continuing to strengthen our state’s business-friendly climate, we can continue to attract investments like this one to South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“South Carolina continues to see its reputation in the automotive club grow. Federal-Mogul’s decision to further invest in the Palmetto State builds on that reputation and shows that our manufacturing sector is continuing to grow,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. 

“Federal-Mogul has a long history in Orangeburg County, and we are pleased to see them once again invest in South Carolina, especially in today’s economy.  We greatly appreciate the continued commitment to Orangeburg County and look forward to supporting their continued growth and development,” said Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

“We are excited about the growth of our existing industry. The addition of this industry’s jobs and capital investment shows Orangeburg County is a great place to work,” said Jeannine Kees, chairwoman of Orangeburg County Development Commission. “This is a significant sign that automotive related industry is coming back.”

“Great to see another high quality investment in Central SC Region, especially by an existing industry. Federal-Mogul and other OEM automotive suppliers know the value of operating in an environment that is cost-effective. We welcome these 40 new jobs to Orangeburg County and look forward to continued economic momentum and success in the region,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, in cooperation with Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, is assisting with the recruitment and training for new Production Technician positions at Federal-Mogul. Applications will be taken online only at www.sctechjobs.com from May 14th until May 25th. Computer access and application assistance is available at any local SCWorks Center. Orangeburg SCWorks is located at 1804 Joe Jeffords Hwy.

Federal-Mogul is a global leader in the development and manufacture of asbestos-free friction products, including advanced friction materials and components engineered to meet the needs of today’s vehicle manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.

 

WNS locating new operations in Richland County, South Carolina

Company to set up 300-seat delivery center to service U.S. clients

May 22nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced plans to establish new operations in Richland County with a delivery center located in Columbia, the company’s first in North America. The new delivery center, with 23,000 square feet of office space located at 1401 Shop Road, plans to start operations in July.

The new center is expected to provide WNS’s U.S.-based clients with high-value, onshore services and solutions including finance and accounting, research and analytics and industry-specific offerings to a range of key industry verticals including travel, insurance, banking and financial services, manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, shipping, logistics, healthcare and utilities.

Keshav Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS, said he has been extremely impressed with the hard work and cooperation of all parties involved in this transaction. “We are pleased with the spirit of cooperation and strong desire from the state and local government to bring WNS to Columbia, and we are excited about being here. We already have interest from both existing and prospective clients in this new center, and expect to begin hiring and finalizing new contracts in the coming months. This new center will allow us to partner more closely with our U.S.-based clients and offer services that are strategic and higher-end in nature. It will also allow WNS to further enhance our customized approach to solutions which provide our clients with the optimal mix of services, talent, location and technology.”

“Today’s announcement is a big win for South Carolina and the Midlands. We are thrilled that WNS has selected our state for their first U.S.-based facility, and celebrate the investments and the new jobs WNS will create through this center. By providing a business-friendly environment and keeping the costs of doing business low, our state has great opportunities to attract major job-creating investments like this one,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

“South Carolina has increasingly become a globally-competitive place for businesses to set up shop in the past few years. WNS’s decision is another example of a company choosing the Palmetto State instead of going overseas with a new operation,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“We at The State Media Company are thrilled to have WNS choose our building for its first establishment in the United States,” said Henry B. Haitz III, president and publisher of The State. “WNS joins our two other tenants, the Associated Press and InMed Diagnostic Services. The State is one of the most recognizable brands in Columbia and across the state of South Carolina, with a proud heritage of more than 121 years. Today's tenant agreements are examples of one more way the media is adapting to disruptive technologies, changing consumer behaviors and the most difficult economic environment since the Great Depression.”

“Richland County welcomes WNS to its growing community of international businesses and looks forward to a long-lasting relationship with the company. This is a significant job creation project for the county and we appreciate WNS's confidence in our labor force to deliver quality services for their customers,” stated Kelvin Washington, chairman of Richland County Council.

“The Central South Carolina region continues to attract international companies and we are very excited about welcoming WNS to Columbia and Richland County. Technology-oriented companies that are searching for a qualified workforce with a financial services and customer-focused skill set have discovered that we can meet their needs. On behalf of the Central SC Alliance Board of Directors, we look forward to having WNS as a part of South Carolina’s vibrant business community,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

“Because of our high quality workforce, strong business climate and lifestyle, the Columbia market has emerged as a magnet for international business. We welcome WNS to the capital city,” said City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

The company will hire for new positions in several phases, beginning later this month. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should email SCcenter@WNS.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a grant from the Governor’s Closing Fund for $500,000 to assist with building upfit. readySC will provide recruitment and training.

About WNS

WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), is a leading global business process outsourcing company. WNS offers business value to 200+ global clients by combining operational excellence with deep domain expertise in key industry verticals including Travel, Insurance, Banking and Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods, Shipping and Logistics and Healthcare and Utilities. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of business process outsourcing services such as finance and accounting, customer care, technology solutions, research and analytics and industry specific back office and front office processes. WNS has over 23,000 professionals across 26 delivery centers worldwide including Costa Rica, India, Philippines, Romania, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and United States of America. For more information, visit www.wns.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: May 21, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 21 includes:

Monday, May 21, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in a town hall session at the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference, Atlantic Ballroom 1-4, Marriott Grand Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Monday, May 21, 11:30 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in media availability at the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference, Oleander Room, Marriott Grand Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in the Governor's Hurricane Preparedness Tabletop walk-through.  At the conclusion there will be a media availability, Emergency Management Division, 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, S.C.

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


 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: May 14, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 14 included the following:

Monday, May 14

9:55 AM: Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley joined Dr. Mick Zais and legislators for a ceremonial bill signing, Greenville Technical Charter High School, 506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Building #119, Greenville, S.C.

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

3:30 PM: Newspaper interview.

Tuesday, May 15

9:40 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:45 AM: Legislative meeting.

11:00 AM: Economic development call.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley participated in an economic development announcement recognizing NK Newlook, Blackville Community Center, 19464 Solomon Blatt Avenue, Blackville, S.C.

2:30 PM: Press conference.

2:45 PM: Gov. Haley visited with Simpsonville's Bryson Elementary School.

6:00 PM: Call with a congressional member.

Wednesday, May 16

8:55 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:00 AM: Legislative meeting.

9:45 AM: Economic development call.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley met with Leadership Charleston, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:40 AM: Gov. Haley visited with Charleston Day School, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:25 AM: Policy meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley hosted and spoke at the Palmetto Cabinet Luncheon.

2:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM: Constituent meeting.

6:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee meeting.

Thursday, May 17

Gov. Haley attended and spoke at the Republican Governors Association's Corporate Policy Summit, Charlotte, N.C.

7:40 AM: Radio call.

6:00 PM: Meeting with local officials.

Friday, May 18

9:50 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Press conference.

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley visited with Powdersville and Irmo Elementary Schools visiting the Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Agency meeting.

11:30 AM: Policy call.

11:45 AM: Agency meeting.

Saturday, May 19

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley held a book signing, Carolina Coliseum at the University of South Carolina, 701 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina Republican Party's State Convention, Carolina Coliseum at the University of South Carolina, 701 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C.

6:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the South Carolina Republican Party's Silver Elephant reception.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley provided the welcoming remarks at the South Carolina Republican Party's Silver Elephant dinner.

Sunday, May 20

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference, Marriott Grand Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the Governor's Gala Dinner of the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S. -Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference, Marriott Grand Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

 

Statements from Gov. Nikki Haley and Ambassador David Wilkins on SEUS-CP

May 21st

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As the State of South Carolina hosts the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S. - Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference, more than 300 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders are meeting in Myrtle Beach this week.

SEUS-CP is a formal, strategic partnership between states in the southeastern United States and member provinces from Canada. Delegations convene annually for a business-to-business conference. Highlights include opportunities for collaboration, commercial exchanges and increased two-way trade. This year’s program focuses on opportunities for companies in advanced manufacturing, technology and green economy sectors.

Governor Nikki Haley and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, who served as Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, today released the following statements on the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S. - Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Southeastern U.S. - Canadian Provinces trade conference to Myrtle Beach,” said Gov. Haley. “As hundreds of Canadian companies and corporate executives visit our state, they will see why the Southeastern part of the country is a great area to continue to invest.”

“Canada and the U.S. have long enjoyed a robust trade and business relationship,” said Ambassador Wilkins. “The fruits of that labor are especially evident here in South Carolina and across the southeastern U.S.  But we live in rapidly changing times with a very fragile global economy and major security concerns.  Through SEUS-CP, we are making sure we miss no economic development opportunity and never take our bilateral relationship for granted.”

Senate has a choice: Put taxpayers and small businesses first or “go the way of Washington”

Gov. Nikki Haley urges Senators to pay for $93 million in tax relief as budget debate begins

May 15th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today said senators, who began debating the state budget, have a choice to make: show the people and small businesses of South Carolina that they come first and pay for $93 million in tax relief for taxpayers and businesses or go the way of Washington and spend the funds.

$93 million represents 1.6 percent of the $6.1 billion state budget the Senate is considering.

Gov. Haley said, “The Senate has a choice today: in a $6.1 billion dollar budget, will they give 1.6% back in tax relief or spend it? This is not partisan. This is about responsibility - to the taxpayers and small businesses of this state. This is the taxpayers’ money, not the legislature’s.”

Video of the governor’s press conference is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t37bo-jaX4

“The budget is the ultimate expression of our priorities as a government, as a state,” said Gov. Haley. “It is time for us to show South Carolina – and everyone else – that in our state, jobs, the people and our businesses come first.”

The governor’s letter to senators is attached as is a state budget chart the governor presented during her press conference.

Attachments:

Letter to the Senate

State Budget Chart

 

Haley, Zais, Owens celebrate Charter Schools bill signing

Governor: “We will no longer settle for what we think education has to be, we will lead on what education should be.”

May 14th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, House Education and Public Works committee Chairman Phil Owens and State Rep. Garry Smith today celebrated the signing of H. 3241, the Charter Schools bill, into law at Greenville Technical Charter High School.

Video of the event is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V526cibdZsE

“It is a great day in South Carolina,” said Gov. Haley. “We will no longer settle for what we think education has to be, we will lead in this country on what education should be – and that means options, innovation and creativity.”

Superintendent Zais said, “A one-size-fits-all model of education simply doesn’t work for many students.  Public charter schools are laboratories of innovation where the interests of students come first.”

“About three and a half years ago, we began to look at how we could increase the opportunities in education in South Carolina,” said Chairman Owens. “I want to start by thanking Governor Haley and Superintendent Zais for their leadership and collaborative effort that they have put forth to advance public school options in South Carolina. House bill 3241, which we are celebrating today, is yet another step forward in recognizing that parents must be empowered to choose the educational path that’s best suited for their children.”

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: May 14, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 14 includes:

Monday, May 14, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will join Superintendent Mick Zais and legislators for a ceremonial bill signing, Greenville Technical Charter High School, 506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Building #119, Greenville, S.C.

Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in an economic development announcement, Blackville Community Center, 19464 Solomon Blatt Avenue, Blackville, S.C.

Wednesday, May 16, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will speak to Leadership Charleston, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, May 17: Gov. Haley will attend the Republican Governors Association’s Corporate Policy Summit, Charlotte, N.C.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will address the South Carolina Republican Party’s State Convention, Carolina Coliseum at the University of South Carolina, 701 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, May 19, 7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will provide welcoming remarks at the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant dinner, Columbia, S.C.

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


 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: May 7, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 7 included the following:

Monday, May 7

11:00 AM:  Economic development call.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley attended an economic development announcement, Cooley Group South Carolina Manufacturing Facility, 861 Quality Drive, Lancaster, S.C.

12:15 PM: Media availability.

1:00 PM:  Economic development call.

1:15 PM:  Gov. Haley visited Castle Heights Middle School, Auditorium, 2382 Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill, S.C.

2:30 PM:  Economic development call.

3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley visited Red Ventures, Red Ventures, 521 Corporate Center Drive, Fort Mill, S.C.

4:00 PM:  Economic development call.

4:10 PM:  Economic development call.

6:15 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke to the Association of Corporate Growth’s monthly meeting, The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Tuesday, May 8

9:00 AM:  Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

10:45 AM:  Gov. Haley met with company officials and toured the GE Energy Turbine Plant, Greenville, S.C.

11:45 AM:  Media availability.

12:30 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the Rotary Club of Greenville meeting, Westin Poinsett Hotel, Poinsett Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 120 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

1:30 PM: Media availability.

3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:30 PM:  Legislative meeting.

Wednesday, May 9

8:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley attended a Budget & Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM:  Meeting with a fellow constitutional officer.

Thursday, May 10

4:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

5:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

5:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Friday, May 11

10:00 AM:  Economic development meeting.

12:45 AM:  Magazine interview.

2:00 PM:  Economic development call.

Saturday, May 12

3:30 PM:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley toured Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, S.C.

5:00 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at Darlington’s Drivers Meeting, Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, S.C.
5:45: PM: Media availability.

6:40 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the Welcome and Pre-Race Ceremonies, Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, S.C.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the 2012 Bojangles' Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, S.C.

7:30 PM:  Radio interview.

 

Frontier Communications expands operations in Horry County

Investment expected to create 110 new jobs

May 11th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Frontier Communications, a provider of telephone, television and internet services, today announced plans to expand its Horry County operations. The expansion is expected to generate 110 new jobs.

“Frontier Communications places its customers first, and this new call center will give us more resources to provide great service,” said Ken Arndt, president-East Region for Frontier, who took part in a news conference at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand campus today.  “We are excited to continue to be a part of the Myrtle Beach community and to have a growing presence here.”

John Swallow, senior vice president and general manager for Frontier Communications in the Carolinas, said local and state officials and the entire Myrtle Beach community have welcomed Frontier since its arrival in July 2010, when it acquired Verizon properties in 14 states.

“South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment, and we appreciate the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” Swallow said. “Our company considered several locations to establish the call center, but Myrtle Beach truly stands out as a great place to do business. This was an easy decision for us to make.”

Frontier will invest in renovating its facility, located at 919 Lumber Street, in Myrtle Beach to accommodate the call center. The company also will continue to spend millions of additional dollars for network infrastructure upgrades across South Carolina

“South Carolina continues to be a place where companies can establish business and prosper, and today’s announcement certainly speaks to that reputation. We celebrate Frontier Communications’ decision to invest and create 110 new jobs in Myrtle Beach,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Frontier serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Sumter, Georgetown, Simpsonville and numerous other South Carolina communities.

“We appreciate Frontier Communications’ commitment to South Carolina with this decision to grow operations here. Every one of these jobs will have an impact in the Myrtle Beach area for years to come,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Today’s announcement signifies the quality of our local workforce and our attractiveness as a business destination. I am thankful for Frontier's commitment to Horry County. I’m proud of our economic development efforts,” said Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice.

“I am happy that Frontier Communications will be locating in Horry County in the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) Region.  The company’s decision to create 110 new jobs in the NESA Region proves once again that our region of South Carolina has what it takes for companies to be successful,” said Senator Yancey McGill.

Employees in the center will provide customer support in all Frontier markets for billing, order fulfillment and other functions.  Beginning in June, Frontier will accept applications online from persons who seek employment in the center.  The website is www.frontier.com. (Click the “Careers” tab.)

About Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) is an S&P 500 company and is included in the FORTUNE 500 list of America’s largest corporations. Frontier offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access,  entertainment services like TumTiki.com, data security solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states.  Frontier’s approximately 15,400 employees are based entirely in the United States.  More information is available at www.frontier.com.

US Fibers expanding operations in Edgefield County

$5.5 million investment expected to create 48 new jobs

May 9th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – US Fibers, a recycler of PET Post Industrial and Post Consumer material, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Edgefield County. The $5.5 million investment is expected to generate 48 new jobs.

“This investment and expansion represents another important step in our evolution as a major recycled PET fiber producer. We appreciate the excellent business environment that South Carolina offers and the continued support from our employees, customers and suppliers,” said Steve Zagorski, vice president of New Business Development at US Fibers.

US Fibers President and Founder Edward Oh has conducted recycling business in South Carolina for the past 20 years. “US Fibers is focused on growing and expanding our operations in the Palmetto State,” Oh said. “We are grateful to our customers and suppliers for their loyalty and the partnerships that we have developed.  Together, with the efforts of our employees, we will continue to add jobs and build the company we can all be proud of.”

US Fibers will expand its polyester recycling operation in Trenton, located at 30 Pine House Road, which will allow the company to increase the facility’s capacity. Work on the expansion is to start immediately and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

“It’s another great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to increase its footprint in our state. It’s also exciting to see this expansion take place in one of South Carolina’s rural areas. We truly celebrate US Fibers’ decision to invest $5.5 million and create 48 new jobs in Trenton,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

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.

“Our state’s recycling sector continues to grow and create new jobs. We appreciate US Fibers’ commitment to South Carolina with this expansion and look forward to the company’s continued success in the Palmetto State,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

US Fibers has operated in South Carolina for nearly 20 years and in Edgefield County for 10 years. The company previously expanded its Trenton facility in 2010.

“We are pleased that US Fibers has decided to reinvest in Edgefield County,” said Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell. “Capital for expansions is a very competitive market in today’s global economy, and we are proud that their investment dollars are being made here. Edgefield County Council has been diligently working to prepare the county for economic development, and we will continue to do so. Edgefield County thanks US Fibers for the new jobs and investment we celebrate today.”

“Two years ago the last expansion announcement the county had was by US Fibers. Today we are appreciative that they continue to grow and provide job opportunities for the people of Edgefield County,” said Gary Stooksbury, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Partnership. “We also congratulate Chairman Campbell and the other members of Edgefield County Council for their hard work in creating a community that is open and ready for business.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions sometime in the third quarter. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should continue to check the company website, www.usfibers.com for hiring information.

US Fibers, a division of the Pac Tell Group Inc., is one of the first companies in the United States to recycle all forms of PET Post Industrial and Post Consumer material and then convert it into a high quality, regenerated staple fiber. The company supplies material to a wide range of markets, including: non-woven, automotive, filtration and construction industries, and the home furnishings market. For more information about the company, please visit www.usfibers.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: May 7, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 7 includes:

Monday, May 7, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will attend an economic development announcement, Cooley Group South Carolina Manufacturing Facility, 861 Quality Drive, Lancaster, S.C.

Monday, May 7, 1:15 PM:  Gov. Haley will visit Castle Heights Middle School, Auditorium, 2382 Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill, S.C.

Monday, May 7, 3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will visit Red Ventures, Red Ventures, 521 Corporate Center Drive, Fort Mill, S.C.

Monday, May 7, 6:15 PM:  Gov. Haley will speak to the Association of Corporate Growth, The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Tuesday, May 8, 11:45 AM:  Gov. Haley will hold a media availability after touring the GE Energy Turbine Plant, Greenville, S.C.

Tuesday, May 8, 12:30 PM:  Gov. Haley will speak to the Rotary Club of Greenville, Westin Poinsett Hotel, Poinsett Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 120 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

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

Saturday, May 12: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley will attend the 2012 Bojangles' Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, S.C.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 30 included the following:

Monday, April 30

9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley attended a Hurricane Preparation briefing, Emergency Management Division, 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM:  Gov. Haley held a Cabinet meeting, Emergency Management Division, 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, S.C.

12:10 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:15 PM:  Gov. Haley visited with Kershaw County’s Doby’s Mill Elementary School, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:55 PM:  Agency call.

6:30 PM:  Gov. Haley and the Republican Governors Association hosted a meeting with corporate executives, Kiawah Island, S.C.

8:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, May 1

8:00 AM:  Gov. Haley and the Republican Governors Association hosted meetings with corporate executives, Kiawah Island, S.C.

11:00 AM:  Economic development meeting.

7:00 PM:  Policy meeting.

Wednesday, May 2

9:50 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley joined Dr. Mick Zais and South Carolina Future Minds in recognizing Teacher Appreciation Month, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:45 AM:  Agency meeting.

11:15 AM:  Agency meeting.

11:45 AM:  Agency meeting.

1:30 PM:  Gov. Haley visited Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, Inc. 1111 Honda Way, Timmonsville, S.C.

2:15 PM: Media availability.

3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley visited the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics, Cafeteria, 401 Railroad Avenue, Hartsville, S.C.

7:00 PM:  Legislative meeting.

Thursday, May 3

10:05 AM:  Economic development call.

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

11:00 AM:  Constituent meeting.

11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley welcomed the 2012 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts winners, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:00 PM:  Economic development call.

1:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

1:50 PM:  Agency meeting.

2:30 PM:  Gov. Haley visited with Taylors’ Brushy Creek Elementary School, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley met with the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women, Mansion, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, May 4

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

Saturday, May 5

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley attended the South Carolina Republican Party’s State Executive Committee meeting, State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

10:45 AM:  Gov. Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley, and the First Family attended the South Carolina Special Olympics’ Summer Games, Aquatics Competition, Knight Pool, Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

 

Appeals court affirms dismissal of IAMAW suit against Haley, Templeton

Haley: Unions not needed, not wanted, not welcome in S.C.

May 3rd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement after an appeals court affirmed the decision of the district court to dismiss the IAMAW suit against the governor and Catherine Templeton:

“The efforts of union bosses to silence our free speech and stop us from standing up for our workers and businesses have failed – and we’re going to continue to make it very clear: unions are not needed, not wanted and not welcome in South Carolina.”


Gov. Nikki Haley designates today as “South Carolina Day of Prayer”

May 3rd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued a gubernatorial proclamation that designates Thursday, May 3, 2012, as “South Carolina Day of Prayer.”

Gov. Haley said, “Let us join together with humility and grace as we acknowledge our blessings to live in an amazing country and a great state on this National Day of Prayer.”

 

Carolina Canners Inc. expanding in Chesterfield County

$20.8 million investment expected to create 10 new jobs

May 2nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Carolina Canners Inc., an independent Pepsi bottler and production cooperative, today announced plans to expand its facility in Chesterfield County. The $20.8 million investment is expected to generate at least 10 new jobs.

“We are excited to move forward with this investment that will enable us to maintain our competitive position as an Independent Pepsi Bottler. For 44 years the city of Cheraw, S.C. and Chesterfield County have provided a great business climate and we are looking forward to this positive relationship for many years to come,” said Jeff Stevens, CEO of Carolina Canners Inc.

Carolina Canners will add machinery and equipment to the company’s canning and bottling facility located at 300 U.S. Hwy 1. Work on the expansion is expected to begin in June.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our rural counties. Carolina Canners has a long history in South Carolina and it’s exciting to see Carolina Canners invest more than $20 million and create new jobs in Cheraw,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The company has operated in Cheraw since 1968, expanding operations several times over the last 40 years. It now has two can production lines, two bottle production lines and a fountain syrup production line for a wide range of soft drinks.

“Making sure our existing businesses have the opportunity to prosper and grow is just as important as attracting new companies to our state. We appreciate Carolina Canners’ decision to grow here. Every one of these new jobs will have impact in Chesterfield County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“This is a great day for the town of Cheraw and Chesterfield County. The expansion announcement by Carolina Canners validates that Carolina Canners has faith in our strong local business climate,” said Chesterfield County Council Chairman Matt Rivers.

Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram added, “This is very exciting news for the Town of Cheraw. We are pleased to be in a position to offer added incentives to Carolina Canners to bring this expansion to Cheraw. This proves that we want to do what's necessary in order to keep our existing industry here.”

Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said, “Agribusiness, the bright spot in our state’s economy, continues to generate positive returns on investment, creating jobs and spurring development. Companies like Carolina Canners want to expand where they can enhance their competitiveness and profitability. South Carolina is that place.”

The new positions will be highly skilled jobs requiring a technical background. The company will begin the hiring process during the third quarter of this year. Qualified and interested candidates should contact the Department of Employment and Workforce, located at 460 Highway 9, Bennettsville, S.C. or call (843) 479-4081.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a rural infrastructure grant for $100,000. readySC will provide pre-employment training.

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

 

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Le Creuset expanding facility in Hampton County

SEW-Eurodrive Inc. expanding in Spartanburg County

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold "Open Door after 4" meetings on Thursday

Gov. Nikki Haley's Weekly Schedule: May 29, 2012

Federal-Mogul Friction Products expanding in Orangeburg County

WNS locating new operations in Richland County, South Carolina

Gov. Nikki Haley's Weekly Schedule: May 21, 2012

Statements from Gov. Nikki Haley and Ambassador David Wilkins on SEUS-CP

Senate has a choice: Put taxpayers and small businesses first or "go the way of Washington"

Haley, Zais, Owens celebrate Charter Schools bill signing

Gov. Nikki Haley's Weekly Schedule: May 14, 2012

Frontier Communications expands operations in Horry County

US Fibers expanding operations in Edgefield County

Gov. Nikki Haley's Weekly Schedule: May 7, 2012

Appeals court affirms dismissal of IAMAW suit against Haley,
Templeton

Gov. Nikki Haley designates today as "South Carolina Day of Prayer"

Carolina Canners Inc. expanding in Chesterfield County