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Haley, Keel, Etter update reporters Wednesday on DOR information security breach

Protection for individuals and businesses available at no charge

October 31

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel and South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Jim Etter today briefed reporters during a Statehouse press conference on the S.C. DOR information security breach. They outlined additional safety solutions – including fraud monitoring for businesses from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp and Experian in addition to extended fraud resolution for individuals and coverage for dependents who are minors from Experian – available to South Carolina taxpayers.

Video of today’s Statehouse press conference is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYohFHnQaE8

S.C. DOR last week announced that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers had been exposed in a cyber attack, and today state officials said that information from up to 657,000 businesses was also exposed.

As of Wednesday morning, the Experian call center set up to assist South Carolina taxpayers had received approximately 620,000 calls and approximately 418,000 signups for Experian’s ProtectMyID program. Access to unlimited fraud resolution beyond the one year enrollment period is included in Experian’s ProtectMyID membership and available to any taxpayer affected by DOR’s information security breach. Taxpayers who sign up for protection will also be notified – by email or letter – about how to sign up for a “Family Secure Plan” if they claim minors as dependents.

The governor also announced that, starting Friday, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp will offer South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product that will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file. Even something as simple as a change to a business address or a company officer change would set off an alert to the business owner. The cost will be waived for business filing tax returns since 1998. Business owners can visit http://www.dandb.com/sc/ beginning Friday or they can call customer service toll free at this dedicated phone number 1-800-279-9881.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp Chairman and CEO Jeff Stibel said, “When our nation or our states are in need, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will drop everything to help. We are honored to serve this great state and tremendous governor.”

Experian is offering those impacted South Carolina businesses Business Credit AdvantageSM - a self-monitoring service that allows unlimited access to a company’s business credit report and score. Beginning Thursday, South Carolina businesses can sign up for Business Credit AdvantageSM at http://www.smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina.

Gov. Haley and Chief Keel reiterated that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:
- Call 1-866-578-5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service. (The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.)

- For any South Carolina taxpayer who wishes to bypass the telephone option, there currently is an online service available at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year. Complimentary 12-month ProtectMyID memberships available to South Carolina taxpayers affected by the DOR information security breach include:

- Credit Report: A free copy of your Experian credit report.

- Daily 3 Bureau Credit Monitoring: Alerts you of suspicious activity including new inquiries, newly opened accounts, delinquencies, or medical collections found on your Experian, Equifax® and TransUnion® credit reports.

- Identity Theft Resolution: If you have been a victim of identity theft, you will be assigned a dedicated, U.S.-based Experian Identity Theft Resolution Agent who will walk you through the fraud resolution process, from start to finish.

- ExtendCARE: Full access to the same personalized assistance from a highly-trained Fraud Resolution Agent even after your initial ProtectMyID membership expires.

- $1 Million Identity Theft Insurance: As a ProtectMyID member, you are immediately covered by a $1 Million insurance policy that can help you cover certain costs including, lost wages, private investigator fees, and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.

Video: Haley, Keel, Etter update reporters Tuesday on DOR information security breach

Extended fraud resolution and coverage for dependents who are minors announced

October 30

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel and South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Jim Etter today briefed reporters during a Statehouse press conference on the S.C. DOR information security breach and outlined additional consumer safety solutions, including extended fraud resolution and coverage for dependents who are minors, available to South Carolina taxpayers.

Video of today’s Statehouse press conference is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIeWyS8_VmA

S.C. DOR last week announced that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers had been exposed in a cyber attack.

As of Tuesday morning, the Experian call center set up to assist South Carolina taxpayers had received approximately 533,000 calls and approximately 287,000 signups for Experian’s ProtectMyID program. Access to unlimited fraud resolution beyond the one year enrollment period is included in Experian’s ProtectMyID membership and available to any taxpayer affected by DOR’s information security breach. Taxpayers who sign up for protection will also be notified – by email or letter – about how to sign up for a “Family Secure Plan” if they claim minors as dependents.

Gov. Haley and Chief Keel reiterated that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:

- Call 1-866-578-5422 to enroll in a consumer protection service. (The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.)

- For any South Carolina taxpayer who wishes to bypass the telephone option, there currently is an online service available at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year. Complimentary 12-month ProtectMyID memberships available to South Carolina taxpayers affected by the DOR information security breach include:

- Credit Report: A free copy of your Experian credit report.

- Daily 3 Bureau Credit Monitoring: Alerts you of suspicious activity including new inquiries, newly opened accounts, delinquencies, or medical collections found on your Experian, Equifax® and TransUnion® credit reports.

- Identity Theft Resolution: If you have been a victim of identity theft, you will be assigned a dedicated, U.S.-based Experian Identity Theft Resolution Agent who will walk you through the fraud resolution process, from start to finish.

- ExtendCARE: Full access to the same personalized assistance from a highly-trained Fraud Resolution Agent even after your initial ProtectMyID membership expires.

- $1 Million Identity Theft Insurance: As a ProtectMyID member, you are immediately covered by a $1 Million insurance policy that can help you cover certain costs including, lost wages, private investigator fees, and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.

Gov. Nikki Haley issues “Marcus Lattimore Day” proclamation

October 29

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued a gubernatorial proclamation designating Monday, October 29, 2012, as “Marcus Lattimore Day” throughout the state of South Carolina. Lattimore, who has been widely recognized not only as one of the country’s best college football players but also as an outstanding leader, suffered a season-ending knee injury on Saturday during a game against the University of Tennessee.

Gov. Haley said, “Michael and I ask every South Carolinian to join our family as we lift up in prayer Marcus Lattimore and his mother Yolanda Smith during this challenging time. He has been more than just a Carolina football player – he is a great role model for our state.”

A copy of the governor’s proclamation is attached.

Gov. Nikki Haley, SLED Chief Mark Keel update taxpayers, media on DOR information security breach

October 29

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel and South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Jim Etter today provided reporters with an update on the S.C. DOR information security breach and discussed consumer safety solutions available to South Carolinians during a Statehouse press conference. S.C. DOR announced on October 26, 2012 that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers had been exposed in a cyber attack.

Video of today’s Statehouse press conference, including remarks by the governor and Chief Keel as well as a media availability, is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni9jQS3Nb80

As of Monday morning, the Experian call center set up to assist South Carolina taxpayers had received approximately 455,000 calls and approximately 154,000 signups. Gov. Haley and Chief Keel reiterated that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 should take the following steps:

- Call 1-866-578-5422 where you will enroll in a consumer protection service. (The call center is open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.)

- For any South Carolina taxpayer residing in South Carolina who wishes to bypass the telephone option, there currently is an online service available at http://www.protectmyid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. Every South Carolina taxpayer who takes the time to sign up will be afforded the protection, and that protection is retroactive. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013 to sign up. South Carolina taxpayers who sign up for protection will be notified about how to sign up for a “Family Secure Plan” if they claim minors as dependents.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year. Complimentary 12-month ProtectMyID memberships available to South Carolina taxpayers affected by the DOR information security breach include:

- Credit Report: A free copy of your Experian credit report.

- Daily 3 Bureau Credit Monitoring: Alerts you of suspicious activity including new inquiries, newly opened accounts, delinquencies, or medical collections found on your Experian, Equifax® and TransUnion® credit reports.

- Identity Theft Resolution: If you have been a victim of identity theft, you will be assigned a dedicated, U.S.-based Experian Identity Theft Resolution Agent who will walk you through the fraud resolution process, from start to finish.

- ExtendCARE: Full access to the same personalized assistance from a highly-trained Fraud Resolution Agent even after your initial ProtectMyID membership expires.

- $1 Million Identity Theft Insurance: As a ProtectMyID member, you are immediately covered by a $1 Million insurance policy that can help you cover certain costs including, lost wages, private investigator fees, and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.

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

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

Monday, October 29, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel, South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) Director Jim Etter and other officials will hold a press conference to update the people of South Carolina on the DOR information security breach and reiterate what every South Carolinian can and should do to protect themselves, Statehouse, first floor floor, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, October 30, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will attend a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Columbia, S.C.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 22 included the following:

Tuesday, October 23

12:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

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

2:30 PM: Agency meeting.

3:00 PM: Agency meeting.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley endorsed Deedee Vaughters for State Senate, McGee Real Estate Company, 560 Meeting Street, West Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, October 24

8:30 AM: Magazine interview.

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

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley joined Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith for a press conference, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, October 25

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended a ribbon cutting celebration of AFL and toured the business, Spartangreen Business Park, 104 Hidden Lake Circle, Duncan, S.C.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley endorsed State Sen. Larry Martin, City Hall of Easley, 205 North 1st Street, Easley, S.C.

2:30 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:30 PM: Agency meeting.

4:00 PM: Agency meeting.

Friday, October 26

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley presented Associated Press reporter Jim Davenport with the Order of Palmetto, Columbia, S.C.

1:30 PM: Gov. Haley joined SLED Chief Mark Keel, DOR Director Jim Etter and state officials for a press conference, SLED Headquarters, 4400 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C.

3:25 PM: Agency call.

3:30 PM: Economic development call.

3:45 PM: Agency call.

4:25 PM: Agency call.

4:30 PM: Economic development call.

4:55 PM: Newspaper interview.

5:00 PM: Newspaper interview.

5:15 PM: Agency call.

Servosity expanding operations in Greenville County

Company’s growth to create 30 new jobs

October 29

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Greenville-based Servosity Inc., a developer and provider of data backup and disaster recovery solutions to managed service providers and IT resellers, today announced plans to expand its operations in Greenville County. The company expects to generate 30 new jobs over the next 12 to 18 months.

According to Damien Stevens, CEO of Servosity, the company will expand its support teams and infrastructure to meet the increasing needs of a growing customer base.

“The planned addition of this talent adds to Servosity’s ability to be a single-source provider of backup and disaster recovery solutions for our growing customer base across North America, and we thank our customers and industry partners for their commitment and confidence,” Stevens said. “We also greatly appreciate the assistance of the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), NEXT, the Department of Commerce, city of Greenville and all the partners who collaborated to help make today’s growth announcement a reality.”

The company has relocated its headquarters to occupy approximately 3,200 square feet in the NEXT Innovation Center, located at 411 University Ridge in Greenville.

“It’s always exciting to see one of South Carolina’s home-grown, existing businesses increase its footprint here. We celebrate Servosity’s decision to expand and create 30 new high-paying jobs in Greenville. Announcements like this one are a great indication that the Palmetto State is the right place to do business,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“South Carolina was recently recognized as a top state for doing business in large part because of our workforce talent and worker training and development programs. When a high-tech company, like Servosity, chooses to expand here, it shows that our state’s workforce along with our business-friendly environment help companies prosper and create new jobs for South Carolinians,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Servosity’s intuitive backup and disaster recovery solutions allow its customers to manage and monitor backup and disaster recovery operations 24/7/365. As a result, managed service providers (MSPs) and IT resellers can reduce recovery time objectives and ensure vital continuity of business operations if disaster strikes in as little as 15 minutes. Whether a simple computer crash or complete disaster, Servosity presents its solutions as the easiest way to eliminate downtime, enhancing risk management and improving profitability.

“Servosity is a great example of a company combining its highly refined technology with the Upstate’s exceptional talent base to expand their business,” said H.G. “Butch” Kirven, a director of the GADC and chairman of Greenville County Council. “The company has found a formula for success keyed on research and innovation. This is a case study of our region’s collaborative approach to expanding its knowledge economy, and this is a great example of the opportunities to be found in Greenville County and South Carolina.”

“This is a tremendous day for Greenville. Servosity has been a valued member of our growing community of knowledge-based companies since the early days of NEXT and we look forward to supporting their continued growth and success here for many years to come,” said John Moore, executive vice president at the Greenville Chamber and co-founder of NEXT.

The company intends to begin hiring immediately. Positions to be filled include software developers, software engineers, system engineers, support engineers and account managers. For more information, or to apply, visit them online at www.servosity.com/careers.


 

S.C. Department of Revenue Responds to Cyber Attack, Will Provide Credit Monitoring and Identity Theft Protection to Taxpayers

Hacker illegally obtained credit card and Social Security numbers

October 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Revenue today announced that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed in a cyber attack. Of the credit cards, the vast majority are protected by strong encryption deemed sufficient under the demanding credit card industry standards to protect the data and cardholders. Approximately 16,000 are unencrypted.

***Press kit with information regarding the chronology of the investigation and consumer safety solutions is attached.***

To protect taxpayers, the state will provide those affected with one year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Officials emphasized that no public funds were accessed or put at risk.

“On October 10, the S.C. Division of Information Technology informed the S.C. Department of Revenue of a potential cyber attack involving the personal information of taxpayers,” said DOR Director James Etter. “We worked with them throughout that day to determine what may have happened and what steps to take to address the situation. We also immediately began consultations with state and federal law enforcement agencies and briefed the governor’s office.”

Upon the recommendation of law enforcement officials, DOR contracted Mandiant, one of the world’s top information security companies, to assist in the investigation, help secure the system, install new equipment and software and institute tighter controls on access.

On October 16, investigators uncovered two attempts to probe the system in early September, and later learned that a previous attempt was made in late August. In mid-September, two other intrusions occurred, and to the best of the department’s knowledge, the hacker obtained data for the first time. No other intrusions have been uncovered at this time. On October 20, the vulnerability in the system was closed and, to the best of the department’s knowledge, secured.

“The number of records breached requires an unprecedented, large-scale response by the Department of Revenue, the State of South Carolina and all our citizens,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We are taking immediate steps to protect the taxpayers of South Carolina, including providing one year of credit monitoring and identity protection to those affected.”

Anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 is urged to visit protectmyid.com/scdor or call 1- 866-578-5422 to determine if their information is affected. If so, the taxpayer can immediately enroll in one year of identity protection service provided by Experian.

Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year.

In addition to the Experian service, state officials urged individuals to consider additional steps to protect their identity and financial information, including:
• Regularly review credit reports;
• Place fraud alerts with the three credit bureaus;
• Place a security freeze on financial and credit information with the three credit bureaus.
If credit card information is compromised, the best protection is to have the bank reissue the card. Anyone who has used a credit card in a transaction with the Department of Revenue should check bank accounts regularly to see if any unauthorized charges have occurred. If so, the cardholder should contact the credit card issuer immediately by calling the toll-free number located on the back of the card or on a monthly statement, tell them what you have seen, and ask them to cancel and reissue the card. Consumers should also change any credit card web account passwords immediately when unauthorized charges are detected.

“From the first moment we learned of this, our top priority has been to protect the taxpayers and the citizens of South Carolina, and every action we’ve taken has been consistent with that priority,” Etter said. “We have an obligation to protect the personal information entrusted to us, and we are redoubling our efforts to meet that obligation.”

 

Domtar Corporation makes additional investment at Marlboro County facility

$30 million capital project for re-purposing Marlboro mill

October 25

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Domtar Corporation today announced plans to re-purpose its facility in Bennettsville, Marlboro County to align with shifting market demands in the paper industry. The company plans to invest $30 million in the plant over the next year as part of a previously announced long-term supply agreement with Appleton Papers Inc. (“Appleton”) of Appleton, Wisconsin.

The capital project will help re-purpose the facility to allow the mill to shift its production capacity towards the manufacture of specialty and packaging base papers, effectively replacing a significant volume of communication paper making capacity currently manufactured at Marlboro.

“We are excited to expand our Marlboro County operations. This is good news for our 325-plus employees, and it’s good news for the community,” said Bill Edwards, vice-president and mill manager at Domtar’s Marlboro mill. “The conversion of our production capacity is an example of Domtar adapting to meet market demands for the long-term. The Marlboro mill’s cost competitiveness and agility in serving the needs of our customers will allow us to continue being an important part of the economic fabric of Bennettsville, and keep jobs in Marlboro County for many years to come. ”

The Bennettsville facility was previously expanded in 2009 when the company added a steam turbine generator to produce electricity for the plant.

“Today’s announcement is a big win for one of our state’s rural areas. Domtar’s $30 million investment in Bennettsville not only shows the company’s commitment to our state, it also serves as another indication that South Carolina’s business climate is encouraging growth among our existing businesses,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The Marlboro County mill has been in operation since 1990 and became a part of Domtar in 2007. The mill has an annual paper production capacity of about 320,000 tons.

“Domtar is a leader in the paper manufacturing industry. This investment solidifies the company’s presence in Marlboro County and will have impact for years to come. It also is another sign of the continued momentum of our manufacturing renaissance,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Marlboro County Council is excited about Domtar’s expansion and would like to thank Domtar’s management for allowing us the opportunity to work together to make this expansion a reality. Marlboro County is working diligently to make our community a great place for industry and this announcement proves it,” said Ken Allen, Marlboro County Council.

“Domtar’s announcement is great news for Marlboro County,” said Representative Elizabeth Munnerlyn. The legislative delegation was happy to play a part in the efforts of state and local government to make this expansion a reality. With team work such as that demonstrated with this project there’s no telling what we can accomplish in the future.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for $100,000.

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a complete line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends® brand name. Domtar owns and operates ArivaTM, an extensive network of strategically located paper and printing supplies distribution facilities. In 2011, Domtar had sales of US$5.6 billion from nearly 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 9,500 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.


Gov. Nikki Haley, SCDPS Director Smith announce successes in highway safety, new immigration unit

October 24

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety today was joined by Gov. Nikki Haley in a “State of the Agency” news conference, announcing some of the department’s successes including record-breaking highway safety statistics and highlighting the creation of its Immigration Enforcement Unit under the leadership of Director Leroy Smith.

Video of today's press conference is available here: http://goo.gl/1Z587

SCDPS announced a record in occupant restraint usage this year with more than 90 percent of motorists now buckling up. This is the highest recorded usage rate in state history. Director Smith credits proactive enforcement and public education efforts with the record usage rate – the first time the rate has climbed higher than the 90 percent mark.

Other safety belt trends: Women continue to be more likely than men to use safety belts, 93.3 percent compared to 87.6 percent. Rural occupants are less likely to use safety belts than urban occupants, 88.5 percent compared to 91.4 percent.

In addition to increased safety belt compliance, South Carolina is beginning to see a downward trend in highway fatalities. Since 2007, the average number of roadway deaths per year has fallen by 200. Additionally, while national statistics show a nine percent increase in traffic fatalities this year, South Carolina has shown a six percent decrease.

So far this year, the state has had 42 fewer fatalities. Additionally, the state made it through the 100 Deadly Days of Summers with 30 fewer fatalities than the year before. Typically, fatalities spike during the summer months. Over the busy Labor Day weekend – a 102-hour travel period – there was one fatality this year compared to seven last year.

Director Smith said SCDPS is using these encouraging trends to shape a long-term vision for the agency called Target Zero, a sustained public education and enforcement approach that focuses on significant reductions in collisions and fatalities -- one day and one life at a time. The department will formally announce its plan in 2013.

“People need to feel that South Carolina is a safe place to live and work,” Gov. Haley said. “We all use our highways and roadways to go to work, school and to vacation. As Governor of this state, I have a responsibility to do everything I can to help our officers do their jobs better and save lives. But we need the public to join us as we move toward reducing the number of fatalities on our roads to zero.”

The governor also recognized the department’s Immigration Unit, which was formed in 2011. It is the only unit of its kind in the United States. The Immigration Unit’s mission is to deter, disrupt and eliminate criminal activity associated with immigration by enforcing immigration laws pursuant to federal and state statues. The unit is also tasked with developing immigration enforcement training programs to be offered to local law enforcement agencies; assisting local law enforcement agencies with proper implementation, management and enforcement of applicable immigration laws.

The Unit has six officers. These officers completed their training this summer and have already begun making cases in conjunction with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The Governor and Director Smith emphasized that the unit is not focused on people solely based on the fact that they are here illegally. It is focused on illegal immigrants involved in criminal activity. Some of the areas of focus for the unit include human smuggling, violent immigrant gangs and drug smuggling.

“I am proud of what our Immigration Enforcement Unit has accomplished in a short time,” said Director Smith. “This was a unit created by an act of legislation. When we began putting it together, however, there was no roadmap to follow. We have been fortunate to attract and hire experienced law enforcement officers who have been thoroughly trained in the area of immigration enforcement.”

Physicians Choice Laboratory Services establishing new operations in York County

$24.1 million investment expected to create 364 new jobs

October 23

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Physicians Choice Laboratory Services, a provider of testing services to clinicians, today announced plans to establish its new facility in York County. The $24.1 million investment is expected to generate 364 new jobs.

“We are excited to move forward with our plans to locate operations in York County. Our company is seeing increasing demand for our services, so this expansion will allow us to better serve our customers. South Carolina offers us an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce. We appreciate the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Joe Wiegel, president of operations for Physicians Choice Laboratory Services.

Physicians Choice Laboratory Services will consolidate and expand its current operations in a new facility located at Riverwalk Business Park, near U.S. Hwy 21 and I-77 in Rock Hill. The new facility is expected to be in operation by July 2013.

“Today’s announcement by Physicians Choice Laboratory Services is another big win for South Carolina. We celebrate the company’s decision to put roots down in the Palmetto State, investing $24.1 million and creating 364 well-paying jobs in York County. We work with companies like Physicians Choice Laboratory Services every day to show them that South Carolina is the right place to do business,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2010, Commerce has recruited more than $340 million in capital investment and more than 1,300 new jobs in the life sciences sector.

“We are building on our reputation in the life sciences club, and the announcement by Physicians Choice Laboratory Services is an important part of that. By offering companies the right business climate and workforce talent, we can continue to attract job-creating investments like this one to South Carolina,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

York County Council Chairman Dr. Britt Blackwell said, “PCLS provides crucial services to the medical profession and has recognized that York County is able to offer an excellent, available labor force, strategic market location and outstanding access to the Charlotte regional healthcare community. The more than 360 new jobs and over $24 million in new capital investment will jumpstart business development in Riverwalk resulting in even more new companies calling Rock Hill and York County home.”

“The City of Rock Hill is very excited to welcome PCLS to Rock Hill and to Riverwalk Business Park,” said Mayor Doug Echols. “The project is the first industrial client for Riverwalk and will bring much needed jobs and investment in our community.”

The company is currently hiring for new positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities with PCLS should visit the careers page at www.pclabservices.com/careers.html.

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

For more information about Physicians Choice Laboratory Services, please visit www.pclabservices.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 22 includes:

Wednesday, October 24, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will join South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith for a press conference, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, October 25, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will attend a ribbon cutting celebration of AFL and tour the business, Spartangreen Business Park, 104 Hidden Lake Circle, Duncan, S.C.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: October 15, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 15 included the following:

Monday, October 15

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

10:00 AM: Legislative meeting.

11:00 AM: Economic development call.

2:30 PM: Economic development call.

4:20 PM: Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, October 16

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

9:30 AM: Agency meeting.

10:30 AM: Agency meeting.

11:15 AM: Economic development call.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the Spartanburg Rotary Club meeting, Piedmont Club, 361 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302

1:50 PM: Media availability.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley joined the South Carolina Commission on Women in presenting the 2012 Woman of Achievement Award to Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn, Statehouse, 1st floor, Columbia, S.C.

4:20 PM: Media availability.

Wednesday, October 17

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley joined South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish for a “State of Tourism” press conference, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Olde Towne Road, Charleston, S.C.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley visited Georgetown Middle School, Auditorium, 2500 Anthaun Maybank Drive, Georgetown, S.C.

1:40 PM: Media availability.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley visited and toured SafeRack Manufacturing, SafeRack Manufacturing, 219 Safety Avenue, Andrews, S.C.

3:05 PM: Economic development call.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley joined Greg Hembree for an event, Horry County Administrative and Judicial Complex, 1301 Second Avenue, Conway, S.C.

4:45 PM: Radio interview.

Thursday, October 18

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

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley held a press conference to announce the South Carolina Commission on Ethics Reform, Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, October 19

Gov. Haley attended the Republican Governors Association’s Statesmen Retreat, Napa, CA. Note: All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

5:30 PM: RGA event.

Saturday, October 20

Gov. Haley attended the Republican Governors Association’s Statesmen Retreat, Napa, CA. Note: All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

11:00 AM: RGA event.

6:00 PM: RGA event.

Gov. Nikki Haley announces S.C. Commission on Ethics Reform

McMaster, Medlock to co-chair reform panel that includes appointees from attorney general, House and Senate

October 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today established by executive order the South Carolina Commission on Ethics Reform, an independent eleven-member panel co-chaired by former South Carolina Attorneys General Henry McMaster and Travis Medlock, to comprehensively review, update and strengthen state ethics and open records laws.

During a Statehouse press conference, the governor announced members of the commission, which will include appointees from Attorney General Alan Wilson’s Public Integrity Unit, House of Representatives Ethics Committee Chairman Roland Smith and Senate Ethics Committee Chairman Wes Hayes.

Video of the press conference, including remarks by the governor and Attorneys General McMaster and Medlock, is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wSEcnsiMb0

The McMaster-Medlock commission will make recommendations to amend current ethics laws to include, but not be limited to: enforcement of ethics laws by state and legislative bodies, income disclosure for public officials, conflict of interest rules for public officials, lobbying rules and restrictions, campaign practices and use of campaign funds, and rules regarding state and private plane usage by state officials.

Additionally, the McMaster-Medlock commission will offer recommendations on strengthening open records laws to include, but not be limited to, response times for open records requests, costs charged for open records requests, enforcement and appellate review of open records requests, exemptions from public disclosure and the scope of public body and public records definitions.

Commission members include:

Co-Chairman Henry McMaster served as South Carolina's attorney general from 2003 until 2011 and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as United States Attorney in 1981. As U.S. Attorney, McMaster launched “Operation Jackpot”, the interdisciplinary financial investigation into international drug smuggling, producing over 100 convictions. As attorney general, McMaster persuaded the General Assembly to grant the State Grand Jury authority to investigate and prosecute white-collar environmental crimes. When Carolina Investors and Home Gold collapsed in 2003, costing 8,000 investors over $278 million in savings, he persuaded the General Assembly to extend the State Grand Jury’s jurisdiction to securities crimes, producing convictions of the six executives responsible. McMaster serves on the State Ports Authority.

Co-Chairman Travis Medlock served as South Carolina’s attorney general from 1983 until 1995. As attorney general, Medlock initiated the creation of and organized the South Carolina State Grand Jury System. Previously, he served in the State Senate and the State House of Representatives, where he spearheaded creation of the first legislative ethics committee. Medlock practices law at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC.

Bill Rogers is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Press Association. He previously worked at three higher education institutions, including the University of South Carolina, and worked at four different media outlets, including serving as Editor and General Manager of The White Sulphur Springs Star.

John Simmons served as U.S. Attorney for South Carolina from 1992 until 1993. He also served as the Chief of the State Grand Jury in the South Carolina attorney general's Office from 1995 until 1996 and as a member of the State Ethics Commission from 1993 until 1995. Simmons currently practices law at the Simmons Law Firm, LLC.

Susi McWilliams served as Chairwoman of the South Carolina Ethics Commission from 2009 until 2010. She also served as an ethics commissioner from 2005 until 2008 and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. McWilliams practices law as a member at Nexsen Pruet.

Ben Hagood served as a member of the State House of Representatives from 2002 until 2008, where he served on the Judiciary Committee and chaired the Special Laws Subcommittee. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1990 until 1997 and as a Judge Advocate in the United State Marine Corps. Hagood currently practices law at Moore & Van Allen, PLLC.

Charles Bierbauer has served as Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina since it was created in 2002. From 1981 until 2001, Bierbauer was a correspondent for CNN in Washington. In 1997, he won an Emmy for anchoring CNN coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. He is also a recipient of the ACE Award from the Association for Cable Excellence and the Overseas Press Club Award for reporting of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

F. Xavier Starkes served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for South Carolina from 1992 until 1993. He serves on the Richland/Lexington Airport Commission and on the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Lawyer Conduct, and has previously served on the Citadel Board of Visitors. Starkes currently practices law at the Starkes Law Firm, LLC.

C. Kelly Jackson served as Solicitor for the Third Judicial Circuit from 1999 until 2010. He previously served as assistant solicitor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit from 1991 until 1993 and for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit from 1993 until 1998. Jackson served 23 years in the United State Army and Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Major. Jackson practices law in Columbia. (Appointed by Attorney General Alan Wilson’s Public Integrity Unit)

Monica Key works as the Community Relations Manager and a Senior Human Resources Representative at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. Key serves on the board of directors for The First Tee of Aiken and Graniteville Community Investment Corporation. She is the current Chairman of Public Education Partners and the Past Chair of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce. (Appointed by House Ethics Chairman Roland Smith)

Senate Ethics Chairman Wes Hayes will also make an appointment.

Siemens Industry Inc. establishing new plant in Greenville County

October 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Siemens Industry Inc., a maker of mechanical and electrical drive equipment, today announced plans to establish a new plant in Greenville County.

According to Doug Keith, President of Siemens Drive Technologies Division, the new South Carolina geared motor facility will place the company and its products manufactured in South Carolina closer to machine builders and manufacturers in the Southeastern United States.

“The announcement of this plant adds to Siemens’ ability to be a single-source provider of integrated drive train solutions for industry,” Keith said. “Our portfolio of gears, motors, drives and automation is helping to lead a global transformation of the industrial and manufacturing sector, by increasing productivity and energy efficiency to levels never experienced before.”

The new plant will be an assembly and manufacturing facility, part of the company’s Drives Technologies Division, Mechanical Drives Business Unit. The 45,600-square-foot facility will be located in the city of Mauldin in Greenville County.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when a world-class company like Siemens chooses to locate new operations in our state. Announcements like this show we are doing the right things to attract businesses from around the globe to our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Keith added that the site combined all of the necessary elements Siemens was seeking in a location, including proximity to transportation infrastructure, such as interstates and ports, a highly skilled workforce with reputable educational institutions nearby, a green-minded community and a dedicated group of business partners.

“Siemens has been an important part of South Carolina’s business community for years and it’s exciting to see them bring a new manufacturing operation to the Palmetto State. Every one of these jobs will have an impact locally. South Carolina continues to show companies from around the world that it is the right place to do business,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Companies from more than 40 countries employ more than 100,000 South Carolinians. Since 2006, Germany-based companies have committed to invest more than $5 billion and create more than 13,000 jobs.

Throughout the site selection process, Siemens officials worked closely with several entities that were instrumental in the decision to locate in Mauldin, including the State of South Carolina, Greenville County, the City of Mauldin and Laurens Electric Cooperative.

“We’re pleased that Siemens recognizes the many advantages that the City of Mauldin and Greenville County offers their company for long-term growth and success,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation Board of Directors. “Their decision to launch operations here is an important reaffirmation of this region’s focus on growing our advanced manufacturing capabilities for industry. As a technology-driven organization with global reach and blue chip customers across numerous industry sectors, Siemens is a prized addition to the Upstate business community.”

Local Siemens officials are currently working with Greenville Technical College on workforce development and to determine necessary skill sets for various positions. Individuals interested in learning more about employment opportunities may visit the Siemens career web site at www.usa.siemens.com/careers.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Governor’s Closing Fund grant for $50,000 and job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

Siemens Industry Sector is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/industry.

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/drivetechnologies.

AFL expanding operations in Spartanburg County

$8.6 million investment expected to create 95 new jobs

October 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – AFL, a maker of fiber optic products and equipment, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Spartanburg County. The $8.6 million investment is expected to generate 95 new jobs.

“Demand for our products is growing and this expansion will help us grow our business and better meet the needs of our customers. AFL considered a number of locations for our expansion, and are very pleased to have chosen to expand here in Spartanburg County. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Kenny Nara, chairman for AFL.

AFL will move approximately 110 current employees and operations into a new building located at 104 Hidden Lake Circle in Duncan. The company will then add a new product line at the company’s existing facility at 260 Parkway East, also in Duncan. The move and expansion are expected to be completed by late 2013.

“When South Carolina’s existing businesses are investing and adding jobs, that shows we are on the right track with our economic development efforts. Today’s announcement by AFL is a sign of that. We appreciate the company’s decision to expand here and create 95 new jobs in Duncan,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Foreign-affiliated companies, like AFL, understand that South Carolina is the right place for them to do business. These businesses manufacture high-quality products in the Palmetto State and send them to customers across the country and around the globe,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“We have enjoyed working with AFL over the years, and we look forward to this new opportunity. We appreciate their continued commitment providing capital investment and new jobs for Spartanburg County,” said David Britt, chairman of the Economic Development Committee for Spartanburg County Council and member of the Economic Futures Group Board of Directors.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in late 2012. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should visit AFL’s website at www.AFLglobal.com or contact Scott Wheeler at 864-433-0333.

About AFL

AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.


INVISTA expanding its Kershaw County production plant

$20 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs

October 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – INVISTA will grow its Performance Surfaces & Materials business at its Camden production facility to better serve its carpet mill customer base located throughout the U.S., specifically in the southeast region. The $20 million investment is expected to create about 50 new jobs in Camden by the first part of 2014.

“An investment of this size will further strengthen INVISTA Camden’s position as the preferred supplier of nylon 6,6 carpet fibers for residential and commercial end products,” said Paul Liddle, Camden site manager for INVISTA. “Our strong and skilled employment base of more than 700, and continued commitment to environmental, health and safety excellence have positioned our site well for this investment.”

Camden’s proximity to mill customers in the southeast U.S. was also a key factor in the decision to expand the facility’s production. The company said customers are expected to benefit from reduced shipping time, increased order flexibility, reduced lead-time for orders, as well as new product offerings including the company’s TruBlend™ fiber product, which contains a total of 30 percent pre- and post-consumer recycled content.

“Today’s announcement from INVISTA is another win for one of our state’s rural areas. It is always exciting when one of our state’s existing businesses chooses to grow in South Carolina. We celebrate INVISTA’s decision to invest $20 million and create 50 new jobs,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The expansion includes new equipment and reconfiguration of existing equipment. Improvements will begin in early 2013 and are expected to be completed in the first part of 2014. New employment opportunities will be phased in during the course of the expansion.

“We continue to see manufacturers making investments across the state. Today’s announcement from INVISTA further strengthens South Carolina’s manufacturing sector, and brings jobs that will have positive impact to Kershaw County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“INVISTA is a strong community member and partner in the economic success of Kershaw County,” said Kershaw County Chairman Gene Wise. “We are extremely pleased they chose to expand their Kershaw County operation. This growth is a testament to the quality workforce and supportive business environment in Kershaw County.”

“Delivering increased value and improving customer service are two key elements of this investment,” added Liddle. “This investment is a direct reflection of the more than 700 hardworking employees who create value for our customers, and we’re pleased to be able to add more members to the team. Additionally, we appreciate support of Kershaw County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce for this capital expansion.”

The company expects to begin the hiring process for the new positions in the first quarter of 2013. Job opportunities will be posted online at www.INVISTAcareers.com for interested candidates.

INVISTA’s Camden, S.C. manufacturing site began operations in 1950. Located on approximately 1,100 acres, the facility’s primary products include STAINMASTER® carpet fiber, ANTRON® carpet fiber and carpet fiber used in the automotive industry.

INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVA™, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE®, THERMOLITE® and TORZEN™. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.

MW Industries expanding presence in Greenville County

Investment expected to create 10 new jobs

October 17

COLUMBIA, S.C. – MW Industries, a specialty spring and fastener manufacturer, today announced that it will expand its Springmasters/B&S Screw Machine Division in Greenville County. The expansion is expected to generate at least 10 new jobs.

"Increasing custom manufacturing operations of precision springs and machine parts at our Greer operation is an important step in our company's growth," said Bill Marcum, chief executive officer of MW Industries. "We are extremely pleased to consolidate our acquisition of Hi-Tech Machine of Concord, North Carolina into our Greenville County operations, and very appreciative for the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, city of Greer, South Carolina Department of Commerce, and others who assisted in making this announcement a reality."

The company is in process of transferring equipment from the recent acquisition to its existing facility at 1450 S. Buncombe Street in Greer, and expects to begin expanded operations at the facility later this year, with upfitting of the space and associate recruiting already underway.

"It is always exciting to see one of our existing businesses choose to increase its footprint here in South Carolina. We celebrate MW Industries' decision to expand its operations and create new jobs in Greer. We know our economic development efforts are on the right track when companies choose to further invest in their Palmetto State locations," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Established in 1957, the Springmasters/B&S Screw Machine Division is a custom manufacturer specializing in wire forms, assemblies, compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs and machined parts. It manufactures precision springs and components in wire diameters from .005"-.625" in a variety of standard and exotic materials, with CNC turning, milling and Swiss turning capabilities available on-site, as are honing, centerless grinding, brazing/soldering and assembly work.

"Manufacturers understand that in South Carolina we know how to make things and make them well. MW Industries' decision to expand here shows that our state's business-friendly climate and skilled workforce talent continue to attract investment. Every one of these new jobs will have impact in Greer," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

"County council is very pleased to have MW Industries' Springmasters division expanding in the Greenville area," said H.G. "Butch" Kirven, Greenville Area Development Corporation board member and chairman of Greenville County Council. "This company provides precision technical support to a number of advanced manufacturing enterprises in the area, and we are grateful to have them as part of our business community."

With 14 divisions and headquartered in Chicago, Ill., MW Industries has nearly 1,000 associates at 14 locations across the United States, and is recognized as a world-class supplier of springs, fasteners and metal stampings from spring tempered materials.

"MW Industries' Springmasters division is a long-standing and valued member of the Greer business community," said Wryley Bettis, chairman of the Greer Development Corporation. "We are pleased to support their growth and success here, and appreciate their contributions as an important part of our business community."

The growth allows Springmasters to "meet growing needs in the medical, robotics and power tool markets in particular, which require the unique capability to machine complex parts with very precise tolerances," said Cindy Runnette, general manager of MWI's Springmasters facility in Greer. "We see tremendous regional growth opportunities as we work to provide precision machining excellence that is unmatched in the local marketplace."

Runnette cited the additional assistance of South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership in developing plans to make the equipment transfer and upfit as seamless and efficient as possible, while noting that Greenville County's business-friendly environment and skilled workforce helped secure the decision to expand here.

Jobs being added include machinists, CNC programmers and quality support positions, Runnette noted. Anyone interested in being considered for positions should submit resumes to ltooley@mw-ind.com.

About MW Industries:

MW Industries, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a leading provider of highly engineered springs, specialty fasteners and other precision components to more than 23,000 customers. Its 40,000+ products are sold through a combination of direct sales, catalogs and distributors to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers in a number of industries including medical, heavy truck, electronics, agriculture and construction, military and aerospace, energy and automotive. For more information about MW Industries, visit them at www.mw-ind.com.

Oppermann Webbing Inc. expanding facility in Anderson County

$2.1 million investment expected to create 20 new jobs

October 16

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Oppermann Webbing, a maker of tie-downs and webbing for cargo transportation, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Anderson County. The $2.1 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our operations in Anderson County. We are seeing an increase in demand for our products and increasing our production space will help us meet our customers’ needs. South Carolina has offered us an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Roland Hossli, general manager of Oppermann Webbing.

Oppermann Webbing Inc. will expand its facility in Piedmont with an additional 38,000 square feet of space for the company’s production operations. This will add capacity to the weaving area and warehouse space. The company expects the expansion to be completed by mid-December.

“South Carolina continues to show that it is the right place for companies from around the globe to do business. Oppermann Webbing’s success and growth here is another sign of that. We celebrate the company’s $2.1 million investment and the creation of 20 new jobs in Piedmont,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Today’s announcement provides another boost to our state’s manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is the key to wealth creation. When companies like Oppermann Webbing expand and create new jobs, it has impact throughout the local and state economies,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“This is another exciting announcement for District 6 – a minimum of 20 more jobs and $2.1 million in investment,” said Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters. “Piedmont is rapidly becoming a successful hub of global industry and this expansion announcement is more evidence that we are a business-friendly county that works alongside our companies and provides an environment that allows industry to prosper.”

The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in November. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the SCWorks center in Anderson at (864) 226-6273 at that time.

For more information about Oppermann Webbing, please visit www.oppermann-bandweberei.de.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: October 15, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 15 includes:

Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the Spartanburg Rotary Club meeting, Piedmont Club, 361 East Main Street, Spartanburg, S.C.

Tuesday, October 16, 4:00 PM: Gov. Haley will join the South Carolina Commission on Women in presenting the 2012 Woman of Achievement Award, Statehouse, S.C. Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will join PRT Director Duane Parrish for a press conference on the “State of our Tourism”, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, S.C.

Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21: Gov. Haley will attend the Republican Governors Association’s Statesmen Retreat, Napa, CA.

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

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: October 8, 2012

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

Monday, October 8

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

1:30 PM: Gov. Haley held a press conference with DJJ Director Margaret Barber, The Store of Hope, 3208 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C.

2:15 PM: Interview with online news outlet.

3:00 PM: Agency meeting.

4:00 PM: Agency meeting.

Tuesday, October 9

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

10:00 AM: Agency meeting.

10:45 AM: Gov. Haley joined the South Carolina Pharmacy Association in recognizing “Pharmacists Month” and S. 1269, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Newspaper interview.

11:15 AM: Agency meeting.

12:00 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

Wednesday, October 10

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended and addressed the Governor’s Higher Education Conference, South Carolina State Museum, Auditorium, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, 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.

4:00 PM: Legislative meeting.

Thursday, October 11

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

11:45 AM: Gov. Haley recognized “Royal Ranger Week,” Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:25 PM: Agency call.

12:45 PM: Call with a member of the congressional delegation.

12:55 PM: Economic development call.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley joined Tony Barwick for an event, Sumter County GOP headquarters, 710 Bultman Drive, Sumter, S.C.

2:50 PM: Media availability.

3:30 PM: Economic development call.

4:30 PM: Economic development call.

5:00 PM: Economic development call.

5:15 PM: Economic development call.

Friday, October 12

10:15 AM: Gov. Haley attended the Grand Opening of the First Quality Tissue facility and a tour of the facility, First Quality Tissue, 441 Masters Boulevard, Anderson, S.C.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley visited Belton Middle School, 102 Cherokee Road, Belton, S.C.

1:30 PM: Newspaper interview.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley visited and toured Loom Craft, Inc., 500 Guthrie Road, Belton, S.C.

Pro Towels expanding operations in Abbeville County

$2.5 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs

October 15

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Pro Towels, a provider of screen printing and embroidery services for the promotional product industry, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Abbeville County. The $2.5 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs.

“We are excited to expand our operations in Abbeville County. We’ve seen demand from our customers increase recently and we need to grow our operations to meet that demand. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce for years. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Kevin Nord, president of Pro Towels.

With the expansion, Pro Towels will move to a new 300,000-square-foot facility in Abbeville County, located at 234 Industrial Park Road. The expansion is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2013. The facility will hold offices, warehouse and production all under the same roof.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate Pro Towels’ decision to expand its facility with a $2.5 million investment and the creation of 50 new jobs. When one of our existing businesses decides to increase its footprint here, it’s another indication we are on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Currently Pro Towels only does apparel decorating at their California facility under the name Superior Decorating, a division of Pro Towels. By tripling the facility’s current square footage, new equipment will be added to expand the company’s apparel decorating business to the East Coast.

“South Carolina has a rich history in the textile industry, and it’s still very much a part of our manufacturing sector today. Today’s announcement by Pro Towels not only adds to our reputation in textiles, but also creates new jobs that will have impact,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Abbeville County Council is proud to recognize a faithful partner in our industrial sector. Pro Towels has a 26-year history as a good corporate citizen. Our outstanding workforce and dedicated economic development efforts have helped this company continue its growth and prosperity,” said Abbeville County Council Chairman Bryan McClain. “This expansion is significant for our rural county and the investment and job creation the company has committed to make is another example of our county being an exceptional place for industry to locate or grow.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in the near future. Job opportunities will be posted in local newspapers and the SCWorks center in Abbeville.

For more information about Pro Towels, please visit www.protowels.com.

Crescent Dairy & Beverages LLC establishing new facility in Colleton County

$30 million investment expected to create 60 new jobs

October 12

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Crescent Dairy & Beverages LLC will be investing in a new ultra pasteurized beverage processing facility in Colleton County. The proposed investment is expected to exceed $30 million and anticipates generating 60 new jobs within the next five years.

“We are excited about moving forward with our plans of establishing operations in the eastern U.S. After close to one year of extensive research and exploration of the region, we are convinced that South Carolina and Colleton County will offer us a secure business environment that will guarantee solid progress which will contribute to our regional expansion,” said company representative Gabriel Pascual.

“The new location is ideal for serving not only eastern U.S. markets, but export markets as well, as the Port of Charleston provides ideal conditions to allow fast and constant flow of cargo to the region,” Pascual added. “We are also very appreciative of the professionalism and support received from all South Carolina and Colleton County state officials and representatives involved in the negotiating process; such was unparalleled when compared to other participating states and certainly made a difference for us to establish operations here.”

The new facilities will include state of the art processing equipment which will implement “ultra-high-temperature” (UHT) beverage processing. This type of processing allows beverages to have an extended shelf life without refrigeration until opened, and in many cases such a shelf life can exceed 12 months. The initial production output of the company is anticipated to be mainly for export markets expecting to make a cross-over move to U.S. markets gradually in the near future, company officials confirmed.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural counties. We celebrate Crescent Dairy & Beverages’ decision to locate in Colleton County, invest $30 million and create 60 new jobs. By continuing to provide a business-friendly climate, we can help bring more job-creating investments like this one to all regions of South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,400 jobs in the agribusiness sector.

“The agribusiness sector has long been an important part of South Carolina’s economy and announcements like Crescent Dairy & Beverages’ today show it continues to create new jobs. Every one of these jobs will create impact in Colleton County and this investment will help sustain agribusiness in the area,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“This is another great example that agribusiness development is bringing new companies and more jobs to South Carolina. The industry continues to have a vital impact across the state, and Colleton County will benefit greatly from Crescent Dairy & Beverages’ new processing facility,” said South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

“We are very pleased to see Crescent Dairy & Beverages locate their facility here in Colleton County,” said Colleton County Council Chairman Evon Robinson. “It is good to see hard work and the investments made in education and infrastructure pay off for our community. This will certainly put a twinkle in the eye of Colleton County.”

“Crescent Dairy & Beverages’ investment in our region is an indication of the great location that Colleton County provides to industries looking for access to I-95 and proximity to the Port of Charleston. The people of Colleton County and their economic development team have fostered an environment to attract and grow manufacturing and distribution operations, and Crescent Dairy & Beverages will reap these benefits. We welcome the Crescent team, and we appreciate their investment in the community,” said Southern Carolina Alliance President and CEO Danny Black.

SelectUSA, the U.S. government-wide initiative to promote and facilitate business investment in the United States, housed at the U.S. Department of Commerce, partnered with the state of South Carolina in order to help facilitate the firm’s decision to locate in the United States.

Hiring information will be available by the beginning of 2013.

Shimano expanding operations in Charleston County

Company to double original investment, increase employment by 50 percent

October 11

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Shimano American Corporation, a maker of fishing tackle and bicycle components, today announced the expansion of its distribution center in Charleston County. The expansion will double the company’s original investment and increase employment at the facility by 50 percent. The company broke ground on the new construction today.

“With this investment, it’s much more than just doubling the size at our South Carolina facility – we'll also be prepared for both current and future distribution needs for all our brands,” said Dave Pfeiffer, president of Shimano American Corp. “Taking our original investment in 2003 in a 25,000-square-foot distribution center in North Charleston’s Benchmark Industrial Park to another level again, this a needed positive step in order to increase services to our business partners up and down the East Coast, and throughout the Midwest and Southern states. We look forward to our South Carolina facility playing a larger role in Shimano’s operations in the U.S., and we appreciate the cooperation we’ve received from local, regional and state agencies in our expansion plans.”

The new construction adds nearly 99,000-square-feet to the current 102,000-square-foot facility at 9550 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, built by Shimano in 2006. The addition will be ready in August 2013.

“It’s always exciting to see one of our existing businesses increase its footprint in South Carolina. We celebrate Shimano’s decision to expand its North Charleston facility with an additional investment and the creation of new jobs. We work hard every day to strengthen our business-friendly climate so we will continue to see South Carolina companies expand and create more jobs,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Along with the added capacity, the expanded facility “will allow Shimano to improve our material handling automation processes, and will also provide us with nearly 3,000-square-feet of needed office space,” said Shimano’s senior manager of operations Allen Johnston. He notes that along with Shimano bicycle components and fishing tackle, the company distributes its G.Loomis fishing rods and PowerPro fishing line from the North Charleston facility. When the improvements are complete, Shimano will add the distribution of its Pearl Izumi technical cycling and running products, and also Jackall brand fishing lures, to the facility.

“When companies need to get products to customers on the East Coast or throughout the Southeast, South Carolina offers the best options for reaching those markets. Shimano’s decision to expand its Charleston County facility provides another example of that, and we look forward to the company’s continued growth here,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Our congratulations go out today to the entire Shimano team on the momentous occasion of their expansion,” said Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor. “An expansion is the ultimate corporate testimonial that a community can receive, and we are happy to see that the Port of Charleston, the Charleston area workforce, and our business climate have proven to be fertile soil for the company’s success. We at Charleston County have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship, and we will remain steadfast partners to Shimano in the years to come.”

“In 2003, North Charleston welcomed Shimano to our great city, and since that time we have been fortunate to see the company’s growth within our community. Today, we congratulate Shimano on its second expansion at Palmetto Commerce Park,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “It is our commitment to maintain a local environment that is friendly to commerce and accommodating to the needs of Shimano and all of our North Charleston businesses.”

Shimano American Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Shimano, Inc., a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of fishing tackle and bicycle components. Along with its Irvine, Calif. sales, service and distribution operations and its Pearl Izumi USA headquarters in Louisville, Colo., Shimano manufactures its PowerPro braided fishing line in Grand Junction, Colo., and its G.Loomis fishing rods in Woodland, Wash. Beginning in January 2013, it will also handle the sales, marketing and distribution of Jackall Lures in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit www.shimano.com.

McGill Environmental Systems building new composting plant in Berkeley County

New facility expected to create up to 25 new jobs

October 11

COLUMBIA, S.C. – McGill Environmental Systems of N.C. Inc., the U.S. Composting Council's Composter of the Year for 2011, plans to open its seventh organics recycling facility by the end of 2013, locating it in Berkeley County, S.C. The company expects to hire up to 25 people to staff the facility.

“The location offers proximity to markets in a community with a positive business environment and progressive approach to green waste management,” said M. Noel Lyons, president of McGill. “Berkeley is a model for the future, clearly demonstrating how the public and private sectors can work together to deliver economically and environmentally-superior services without the burden of public financing or operations."

The state-of-the-art, indoor compost manufacturing plant will be constructed on the site of Berkeley County Water and Sanitation's (BCWS) current yard waste operation off U.S. Hwy. 52 near Moncks Corner.

“Today’s announcement is another win for South Carolina. More and more companies are learning the benefits of doing business in the Palmetto State. We celebrate McGill Environmental Systems’ decision to open its new plant in Moncks Corner and create up to 25 new jobs there,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The project, a public-private collaboration between BCWS and McGill, represents the culmination of two years of planning for the industrial-scale, regional facility. The facility will be built on county land but owned and operated by McGill. The company will accept and process a wide variety of biodegradable materials from municipal, commercial and industrial generators for use as feedstocks in the production of its line of premium compost products for the professional sports turf, landscaping and stormwater/erosion control markets. It also sells bulk and bagged products through retail lawn and garden centers.

“South Carolina has developed a strong recycling sector, and today’s announcement builds on that. McGill Environmental Systems’ decision to open its new facility in Berkeley County is another sign our business climate is just right. Every one of these jobs will have impact in Moncks Corner,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

McGill-Berkeley will be a fully-enclosed processing facility utilizing a scientifically-enhanced composting process based on an aerated static pile method developed by Rutgers University, augmented with computerized controls and a biofiltration system.

“Berkeley County’s partnership with McGill provides a viable and sustainable waste management solution,” said Dan Davis, Berkeley County supervisor. “McGill’s stellar reputation and proven processes make them an excellent partner in our ongoing effort to maximize our landfill efficiency and promote ‘green’ productivity.”

“McGill’s decision to locate here says a lot about its confidence in our region’s workforce, our business-friendly climate and our growing emphasis on sustainability,” said Wayne Hall, chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. “We are so pleased that this progressive, cutting-edge, green company chose to partner with our community.”

When complete, the Berkeley operation will give McGill a combined annual processing capacity of about 500,000 tons from all facilities, including its existing regional operations in North Carolina, Virginia and Ireland.

“The McGill facility represents another step in Berkeley County’s drive to become a leader in the field of sustainable waste management,” said Colin Martin, BCWS’s executive director. “We saw in McGill a green business with a proven record, making it a good fit for our long-term plans to reduce our dependence on landfilling.”

According to Lyons, there is a big market for organic soil amendments, especially in coastal areas. “Even more important than sustainable waste management is the fact that local resources will be recycled to make a product that will also be used locally, resulting in positive impacts to the region's stormwater management and water conservation efforts,” he explained. “Compost use reduces stormwater volumes by 30 to 50 percent and irrigation requirements by the same amount. Compost also filters and degrades pollutants, protecting both surface and groundwater quality. It is particularly effective in soils commonly found in coastal zones."

About McGill

Founded in 1991, McGill is credited with pioneering indoor, industrial-scale composting as a revenue-producing service and recycling technology for mainstream waste management. It provides recycling services to more than 200 volume generators in the public and private sectors, currently manufacturing about 400,000 cubic yards of compost products annually. Since 1991, it has recycled over 4 million tons of biodegradable by-products and residuals for beneficial reuse as soil amendments.

More information about the company, its process and services may be found at www.mcgillcompost.com. More information about its branded line of premium compost products is at www.mcgillsoilbuilder.com. For all other inquiries, please contact Lynn Lucas at 910-532-2539 or email thecompostpeople@mcgillcompost.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold Governor’s Public Higher Education Conference

Members of the General Assembly, business leaders, university presidents and others will be on hand to discuss higher education reform and workforce development

October 9

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The success of South Carolina’s public colleges and universities is a priority for Governor Nikki Haley, and tomorrow the governor will bring together leaders from across the state who are also invested in the success of South Carolina’s public colleges and universities to talk about higher education reform and workforce development.

The Governor’s Public Higher Education Conference will be held in the State Museum Auditorium in Columbia and starts at 10:00 AM. An agenda for the event is attached here.

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, members of the General Assembly, public higher education and business leaders

WHAT: 2012 Governor’s Public Higher Education Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, October 10, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: South Carolina State Museum, Auditorium, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

Note: The governor will hold a media availability after the conference concludes.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: October 8, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 8 includes:

Monday, October 8, 1:30 PM: Gov. Haley will hold a press conference with DJJ Director Margaret Barber, The Store of Hope, 3208 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, October 9, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will join the South Carolina Pharmacy Association in recognizing “Pharmacists Month,” Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, October 10, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will provide welcoming remarks at the Governor’s Higher Education Conference, South Carolina State Museum, Auditorium, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: October 1, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 1 included the following:

Monday, October 1

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

9:45 AM: Economic development call.

10:55 AM: Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the Sumter Rotary Club meeting, O’Donnell House, 120 East Liberty Street, Sumter, S.C.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley visited and toured Caterpillar, 650 Jefferson Road, Sumter, S.C.

3:45 PM: Media availability.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley held “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings, City Centre, 25 North Main Street, Sumter, S.C.

5:45 PM: Call with a fellow governor.

6:15 PM: Call with a fellow constitutional officer.

Tuesday, October 2

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

9:30 AM: Agency meeting.

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley joined DSS Director Lillian Koller for a press conference to recognize DSS’ work in having more than doubled the number of welfare recipients who got jobs and got off welfare, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:15 AM: Constituent meeting.

2:30 PM: Call with a fellow governor.

6:30 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the Unite for Victory 2012 rally, Westview Elementary School, 400 Oak Grove Road, Spartanburg, S.C.

Wednesday, October 3

9:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

10:30 AM: The governor visited the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island with Commanding General Lori Reynolds, and Col. Brian Murtha from the Marine Corps Air Station joined them for a meeting.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley toured the Beaufort Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

1:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM: Policy meeting.

4:15 PM: Economic development call.

4:30 PM: Gov. Haley visited Hilton Head Island’s Volunteers in Medicine, 15 Northridge, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

6:30 PM: Economic development event.

Thursday, October 4

9:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM: Agency meeting.

11:45 AM: Gov. Haley joined the Chiropractic Association in recognizing Spinal Health Month and S.1044, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:00 PM: Economic development call.

2:30 PM: Economic development call.

Friday, October 5

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

1:30 PM: Newspaper interview.

MAPAL Inc. locating new facility in Greenville County

$3 million investment expected to create more than 30 new jobs

October 4

COLUMBIA, S.C. – MAPAL Inc., a global leader and innovator in the tooling industry, today announced that it will establish its new North American production facility in Greenville County. The $3 million investment is expected to generate more than 30 new jobs over the next three years.

“Our mission is to provide outstanding customer service, operational excellence and rapid delivery to support manufacturing customers in the aerospace, automotive, energy and general industry arenas,” said Donald Lynch, vice president of finance for MAPAL Inc. “We are extremely pleased to establish our new operations here in Fountain Inn in Greenville County, and very appreciative for the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, readySC, South Carolina Department of Commerce and others who assisted in making this announcement a reality.”

MAPAL will locate its new facility in approximately 27,000 square feet of space in Fountain Inn at 110 Valley View Road. The company expects to begin operations at the facility in December of this year with upfitting of the space and launch team recruiting already underway. The expansion reflects the company’s rapid growth serving customers, many of them manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, medical equipment, consumer goods and energy industries.

“More and more companies are learning the advantages of doing business in South Carolina and choosing to start operations here. We celebrate MAPAL Inc.’s decision to invest $3 million and create 30 new jobs in Fountain Inn. Today’s announcement is another win for our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The American arm of Germany-based MAPAL, MAPAL Inc. has served the U.S. and Canadian metal cutting industries from a technologically advanced manufacturing facility near Detroit, Michigan. At that facility, MAPAL engineers, manufactures and services tooling with guide pads, brazed PCD (polycrystalline diamond) tooling and carbide round tools with some of the most precisely engineered geometries available.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Our business-friendly climate and skilled workforce continue to attract investments that create jobs in South Carolina, and today’s announcement is another example of that. Manufacturers continue to see the Palmetto State as the place to make products. Every one of these jobs will have impact in Fountain Inn,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

The expansion to South Carolina allows MAPAL to “add capabilities and enhance responsiveness to our regional customers, particularly in the areas of regrinds and equipment sharpening,” said Lynch. “We see tremendous opportunity to grow our business in the Southeast, and to create quality jobs here in response to growing demand for advanced tooling and grinding applications.”

“MAPAL is a wonderful example of an international company that is using world-class technologies and lean processes to expand their brand right here in the Upstate,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “The company is an entrepreneurial business with innovative processes and rapid growth potential, and is a wonderful example of the opportunity to be found here in Greenville County.”

MAPAL is currently working with readySC in the recruiting and training of master machinists and apprentices.

For over 50 years, MAPAL has pioneered design innovations in the tooling industry, with companies around the world depending on MAPAL to design special tools customized to exacting specifications. The company, with nearly 4,000 associates around the globe, is recognized for designing tools that satisfy incredibly tight tolerances, solve machining challenges and improve overall processes.

For more information about MAPAL, contact Mary Gilbert, Human Resource Manager at mary.gilbert@us.mapal.com or visit them at www.mapal.us.

South Carolina Plastics LLC locating new facility in Greenville County

$12 million investment expected to create 119 new jobs

October 3

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Plastics LLC, a subsidiary of Carolina Technical Plastics Corporation, a maker of plastic automotive components, today announced plans to establish its new facility in Greenville County. The $12 million investment is expected to generate 119 new jobs.

“We are excited about moving forward with plans for our new facility in Greenville County. South Carolina offers us an excellent business climate and a close proximity to customers, as well as a talented workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Martin Kean, vice president of Carolina Technical Plastics Corporation and South Carolina Plastics LLC.

South Carolina Plastics LLC is a subsidiary of Carolina Technical Plastics which is a part of the Wirthwein AG Group with headquarters in Creglingen, Germany. The company will establish a new manufacturing operation at 800 Woodside Avenue in Greenville County subject to successful completion of due diligence activities and acquisition of the Fountain Inn site.

The company creates complex automotive components such as door modules, door handles, cable drum housings and covers for seat belts, among other components for the automotive industry as well as the Home Appliance, Medical and Rail industries. The new facility is expected to be operational by February 2013.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when another new company chooses to put down roots here. We celebrate South Carolina Plastics LLC’s decision to invest $12 million and create 119 new jobs in Greenville. We are working every day to help bring more job-creating investments to South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $4.4 billion in capital investment and more than 6,800 jobs in the automotive-related sector.

“Today’s announcement by South Carolina Plastics LLC builds on our reputation in the automotive club. The automotive industry continues to be a driver of economic growth in the Palmetto State’s economy and a key part of our overall manufacturing sector,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“South Carolina Plastics LLC’s decision to locate its new production facility here in Greenville County is welcome news,” noted H.G. “Butch” Kirven, a director of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council. “Their decision to locate here affirms that this area’s burgeoning advanced manufacturing cluster continues to grow and thrive, and should serve as a magnet for more suppliers, more talented individuals and more good paying jobs for our community.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in the coming months. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Robin Gibson and 252-634-2871 ext. 236 or at robin.gibson@ctplastics.net.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Governor’s closing fund grant for $825,000 for building upfit, site preparation and infrastructure.

South Carolina Plastics LLC is a subsidiary of Carolina Technical Plastics Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Wirthwein AG Group. For more information about the company, please visit www.ctplastics.net.

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley praises DSS welfare-to-work success

October 2

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today recognized the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) for having more than doubled the number of welfare recipients who got jobs and got off welfare – 12,298 and climbing. The goal originally set by DSS Director Lillian Koller in September 2011 was to get 10,120 welfare recipients jobs and off welfare by June 30, 2012, compared to only 5,060 in 2010.

Video of the governor’s Statehouse press conference with Director Koller is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqEHIJ0NI9E

“I have been beyond thrilled with the leadership Lillian Koller has been showing,” said Gov. Haley. “What we are announcing today is that Lillian and her team at DSS have taken 12,298 people that were on welfare and put them to work….Lillian has, through good corporate partners that were willing to take them on, gone and said ‘You deserve better, and this is how we're going to get you there.’ I want to one, thank her, and also thank the companies that were willing to say ‘Yes, we want to be a part of the solution, and not continue to complain about the problem.’”

A number of employers stepped up to hire these DSS clients and create win-win-win outcomes for their businesses, these families, and their communities.

Jobs ranged from companies like WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot, Best Western Hotels, Waffle House, K-Mart, Dollar General, and Dairy Queen to small businesses like Carolina Staffing, McCall Farms, Montrose Manor Assisted Living, The Tax Doctor, Little Scholars Academy, Breaker’s Convenience Store, Tire and Oil, and Amick Farms.

A list of the employers in each county is on the DSS website.

“We want to acknowledge these businesses for being smart by taking advantage of this opportunity to help themselves while helping families get out of poverty,” Koller said. “Bottom line, work always pays better than not working. Parents are working and supporting their children and children are growing up with the example of working parents.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: October 1, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of October 1 includes:

Monday, October 1, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker at the Sumter Rotary Club, O’Donnell House, 120 East Liberty Street, Sumter, S.C.

Monday, October 1, 3:30 PM: Gov. Haley will visit Caterpillar and hold a media availability following the tour, Caterpillar Plant, 650 Jefferson Road, Sumter, S.C.

Monday, October 1, 4:00 PM: Gov. Haley will hold "Open Door after 4" constituent meetings, Sumter City Centre, 25 North Main Street, Sumter, S.C.

Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the Unite for Victory 2012 rally, Westview Elementary School, 400 Oak Grove Road, Spartanburg, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: September 24, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 24 included the following:

Monday, September 24

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley participated in a “Women for Mitt” event, Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 North Salem Street, Apex, N.C.

10:12 AM: Television news interview.

10:25 AM: Newspaper interview.

10:45 AM: Gov. Haley appeared on The Mike Gallagher Show.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in a “Women for Mitt” event, Sterling Victory Office, 21430 Cedar Drive, Sterling, VA.

2:00 PM: Media availability.

2:40 PM: Gov. Haley appeared on The Huckabee Report radio interview.

5:50 PM: Media availability.

6:05 PM: Gov. Haley participated in a “Women for Mitt” event, Mead Botanical Gardens, 1300 South Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL.

Tuesday, September 25

10:30 AM: Agency call.
11:00 AM: Gov. Haley joined the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS) for a press conference, Keystone Substance Abuse Service, York County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 199 South Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill, S.C.

3:00 PM: Media interview.

Wednesday, September 26

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

10:20 AM: Agency meeting.

10:45 AM: Newspaper interview.

11:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

5:30 PM: Constituent meeting.

Thursday, September 27

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

10:30 AM: Agency meeting.

11:25 AM: Agency call.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley visited Laurens County and participate in a book signing, Laurens County Library, 1017 West Main Street, Laurens, S.C.

6:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at a Town Hall sponsored by Republican Women of the Golden Strip, Upstate Young Republicans, and Victory 2012, Mauldin City Hall, Council Chambers, 5 East Butler Road, Mauldin, S.C.

Friday, September 28

7:15 AM: Economic development call.

8:45 AM: Economic development call.

9:00 AM: Call with a fellow governor.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:00 PM: Agency meeting.

Henry Molded Products Inc. expanding in Anderson County

More than $5 million investment expected to create 18 new jobs

October 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Henry Molded Products Inc., a manufacturer of sustainable molded fiber protective packaging products, today announced that it will expand its South Carolina operations in Anderson County. The more than $5 million investment is expected to generate 18 new jobs over the next five years.

“We are excited about the opportunity to grow our operations in Anderson County. Demand for our products has increased, and this expansion will help us meet our customers’ needs. South Carolina has always provided us with an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Douglass Henry, president of Henry Molded Products Inc.

Henry Molded Products Inc. will locate a new production and distribution facility in Anderson County at 125 Hollow Drive in Piedmont. The company will produce its full line of molded fiber protective packaging products at the new facility. The new operations are expected to be online by January 2013.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to expand here. We celebrate Henry Molded Products Inc.’s decision to invest more than $5 million and create 18 new jobs in Anderson County. Announcements like this one show we are on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Manufacturing continues to be a strong sector for South Carolina, and today’s announcement by Henry Molded Products Inc. is another example of that. Manufacturing is key to wealth creation in South Carolina and every one of these jobs will have 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 welcome Henry Molded Products to our industry family. This means quality employment opportunities and more than $5 million in investment in our community. The company is an entrepreneurial business with innovative processes and rapid growth potential, and is a great example of the opportunity to be found here in Anderson County.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in October. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Chris Wright, S.C. facility manager, at cwright@henry-molded.com.

For over 40 years Henry Molded Products, Inc. has been providing customers with high quality molded fiber/pulp products. For more information about the company, please visit www.henry-molded.com.

 

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