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5-STAR USA announces global headquarters in Marlboro County

$25 million investment expected

August 31st

COLUMBIA, S.C. – 5-STAR USA, a venture capital start up investing in a manufacturing campus that will finance and manage vertically integrated businesses, is establishing its new global headquarters in Marlboro County. The company’s planned $25 million investment may grow to over 1,000 jobs over the next five years.

“We chose Marlboro County first and foremost because of the people and our very warm reception, and because of the positive business climate evidenced by recent economic development projects in the county,”    said 5-STAR USA Board Chairwoman Dr. Darlene M. Andert.

5-STAR USA will locate its headquarters at 239 Maple Street in Bennettsville. It will grow in several phases.

5-STAR is a based on a “Made in the U.S.A.” philosophy, providing capital and management to help build and sustain markets for businesses locating on the campus. Chairwoman Andert noted Marlboro County’s ideal location, which permits 24-hour shipment to 80 percent of the U.S. market, and has ready access to some of the best port facilities in the U.S. for “exporting ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ products, from South Carolina, to the rest of the world,” she said.

“South Carolina is one of the best states for business, and we celebrate 5-STAR’s commitment to bring innovation and jobs to one of our state’s rural counties,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

The first phase of the 5-STAR construction will focus on extensive renovation and redesign of five existing structures necessary to create functional, yet flexible manufacturing spaces. The renovated 167,000 square feet of the existing five structures will accommodate administrative offices, manufacturing plants, a technical library and more. Additionally, the campus will provide companies there with services such as health care, a fitness center, child day care and after school support for single parents.

S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said, “5-STAR is a unique and innovative concept. Their decision to locate here shows South Carolina’s business climate provides solid ground for innovative companies.” 5-STAR will receive training funds, and performance-based job development credits once the jobs are created.

“We are excited that 5-STAR has chosen Marlboro County.  We believe their expertise and vision will be a huge asset in developing businesses in our community and ultimately creating jobs and capital investment,” said Marlboro County Chairman Ron Munnerlyn.

The 5-STAR USA campus will include the recently announced ECAPS facility, and the company is partnering with Carolina AAC in the renovation of the former BORO facility. Marlboro County Council Vice Chairwoman Dr. Carolyn Prince represents the area in which the project will locate. “For many years, the BORO site was a vital part of our community,” she said. “The ECAPS and 5-STAR projects will return this location to its former glory – creating jobs and revitalizing the immediate vicinity of the facility.”

For more information about 5-STAR USA, please visit www.5-starusa.com.

 
 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 29, 2011

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

Monday, August 29, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in the grand opening of ESAB Welding and Cutting Products’ new automation process center, Florence, S.C.

Monday, August 29, 1:15 PM: Gov. Haley will join the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) Director John Finan for a press conference, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Monday, August 29, 4:00 PM: Gov. Haley will host "Open Door after 4," Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, August 30, 10:45 AM: Gov. Haley will join Bosch officials for a media availability, Bosch Anderson Plant, 4421 North Highway 81, Anderson, S.C.

Tuesday, August 30, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Carolina First Center, One Exposition Drive, Greenville, S.C.

Wednesday, August 31, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley will join Department of Revenue Director Jim Etter for a media availability after touring the Department of Revenue Processing Center, Market Pointe, 300B Outlet Pointe Blvd, Columbia, S.C.

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

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 22, 2011


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

Monday, August 22, 2011

8:20 AM: Gov. Haley called into WRHI's morning radio show with Sheila Caldwell and Andrew Kiel.

9:15 AM: Constituent call.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley participated in a groundbreaking event for the PermaShrink Company, Clover, S.C.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley visited Saluda Trail Middle School, Rock Hill, S.C.

4:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

9:00 AM: Agency call.

9:05 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:10 AM: Agency meeting.

9:30 AM: Agency call.

10:30 AM: Call with a local official.

11:50 AM: Call with a constitutional officer.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the 2011 State Employees Charitable Campaign Kickoff Luncheon, Governor’s Mansion, Columbia, S.C.

1:00 PM: Hurricane preparedness agency meeting.

2:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

2:45 PM: Policy meeting.

3:45 PM: Constituent meeting.

4:15 PM: Call with a congressional member.

4:20 PM: Call with a local official.

5:15 PM: Agency call.

5:30 PM: Call with a congressional member.

5:55 PM: Call with a congressional member.

6:00 PM: Press conference with emergency management officials regarding Hurricane Irene, EMD Headquarters, West Columbia, S.C.

6:20 PM: Call with a congressional member.

7:00 PM: Hurricane preparedness conference call with agencies.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

9:10 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:15 AM: Agency call.

9:30 AM: Agency call.

11:10 AM: Call with a fellow governor.

11:50 AM: Hurricane preparedness agency call.

12:30 PM: Press conference with emergency management officials regarding Hurricane Irene, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:45 PM: Agency meeting.

2:00 PM: Meeting with a local official.

4:15 PM: Constituent meeting.

4:45 PM: Agency meeting.

5:00 PM: Meeting with David Rhodes, CBS News President

6:50 PM: Hurricane preparedness conference call with agencies.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

9:55 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:15 AM: Agency meeting.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley participated in the 2011 South Carolina Woman of Achievement Award Ceremony, Statehouse, Columbia. S.C.

11:50 AM: Hurricane preparedness conference call.

3:10 PM: Meeting with a constitutional officer.

6:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the Center for Women’s Annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration, Ashley Hall, Charleston, S.C.

8:00 PM: Gov. Haley visited Congressman Tim Scott’s Presidential Town Hall with Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, North Charleston, S.C.

Friday, August 26, 2011

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

11:00 AM: Policy meeting.

11:30 AM: Agency meeting.

11:50 AM: Hurricane preparedness conference call with agencies.

12:30 PM: Agency meeting.

12:45 PM: Call with a constitutional officer.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s “Open Door after 4” meetings moved to Columbia on Monday

Meetings previously scheduled in Greenwood will be honored

August 26th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Due to a change in Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule, the governor’s “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings will be held in Columbia – not Greenwood – on Monday.

Anyone wishing to schedule an “Open Door after 4” appointment with Gov. Haley should call (803) 734-1999 between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM on Monday, August 29. Appointments are first-come, first-served.

Those scheduled for appointments in Greenwood will have their appointments honored in Columbia on Monday or at the next round of “Open Door after 4” meetings, which will be held in Greenwood in September. For more information, call (803) 734-2100.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley, SCEMD work with local officials to prepare for tropical weather

August 26th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) are continuing to work with state agencies and local emergency managers to prepare for the impact of tropical weather in South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Irene.

The storm is already bringing some wind and rain to portions of the coast. Strong winds, heavy rain and some flooding are expected in Horry and Georgetown Counties later today. National Weather Service forecasters are confident the storm will take its currently projected path as a Category 2 storm.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources climatologists add that this is a very large storm and that residents should be prepared to experience Tropical Storm conditions as Hurricane Irene passes our coast.

Gov. Haley said, “While we’re thankful that Hurricane Irene is not projected to directly impact our state, we’re still monitoring the storm closely as it threatens the entire east coast. We urge residents along our coast to take the appropriate steps to stay safe as the threat for some tropical weather remains. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are assisting residents along our coast, including local emergency managers and responders, and those in the storm’s path, particularly Gov. Bev Perdue and the people of North Carolina. We’re ready to help them in any way we can.”

Gov. Haley and SCEMD recommend that people who live along the coast plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. Coastal residents should also prepare for possible flash flooding, power outages, downed trees in roadways, and alternate travel routes.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports all roads and bridges remain open to traffic, but urge caution when driving in hazardous conditions.

For more information about emergency preparedness and Hurricane Irene, please visit SCEMD’s website: http://www.scemd.org.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley to S.C. businesses, workers: stand up to Obama's NLRB bullies

August 26th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – According to a news report, the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board continues to allow unions to put themselves between employers and employees by requiring businesses to “post information in the work place telling employees about their rights to unionize.” The move has been “cheered by labor leaders.”

“We’re not going to let a rogue agency like the NLRB bully our businesses, push our workers around and stunt our economy," said Governor Nikki Haley. “Right next to that sign that is being mandated by Barack Obama’s union cheerleaders at the NLRB, I encourage all South Carolina employers to put up another sign that makes it very clear that, in our state, every worker has the freedom to reject the efforts to form unions and keep their paychecks for themselves and their families instead of paying dues to union bosses in Washington, D.C.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Haley challenged President Obama on concerns relating to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint against the Boeing Company.

“Boeing is a great corporate citizen in South Carolina, and their growth here has been a win-win for our state,” said Gov. Haley. “But what we’re seeing from this administration – as it stands by while unions try to put themselves in between our companies and employees – is an attack on not just right-to-work states but on every state that is attempting to put their people to work. For months, the people of our state have waited on answers from the president, and they haven’t gotten any.” 

 
Gov. Nikki Haley to hold “Open Door after 4” meetings in Greenwood on Monday

Constituents have opportunity to meet with governor to discuss any issue

August 25th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that she will hold “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings on Monday, August 29, at 4:00 PM at Piedmont Technical College, Room 211, Administration Building, 620 N. Emerald Road in Greenwood. South Carolinians will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Gov. Haley to discuss any issue they would like to talk about.

Anyone wishing to schedule an “Open Door after 4” appointment with Gov. Haley should call (803) 734-1999 between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM on Friday, August 26. Appointments are first-come, first-served. For more information, call (803) 734-2100.

 
Confluence Watersports announces expansion in Greenville County

Investment expected to create 72 new jobs

August 24th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Confluence Watersports, a leading manufacturer and marketer of kayaks, canoes and paddle sports accessories, today announced that the company will move to a new facility in Greenville County and expand its operations. The more than $13 million investment is expected to generate 72 new jobs over the next five years.

“It was important for us to consolidate our teams and all operations into one building while at the same time providing for expansion. The new Greenville facility allows us to retain our workforce and gain efficiencies across the organization that will translate back into investments for our aggressive growth plan,” said Sue Rechner, president and CEO of Confluence Watersports.  “This site will also help us achieve an important goal of providing a better quality of work life for our team.  We’re excited to grow our business in the Upstate and appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials.”

Confluence Watersports will consolidate two operations, a manufacturing facility and a distribution facility, into one building. The company’s new facility will be located in 300,000 square feet of a building previously occupied by Hitachi at 575 Mauldin Road.  The move is expected to be completed by the end of year.

“It’s exciting to see one of our existing businesses expand, and we celebrate the new jobs Confluence Watersports will create. Announcements like this show that South Carolina is on the right track in encouraging investment and job creation,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January, the S.C. Department of Commerce has been involved in recruiting more than 2,000 manufacturing jobs.

“South Carolina is home to a range of manufacturing companies, both large and small. Confluence Watersports’ decision to grow its footprint in our state is another sign manufacturing continues to thrive in our state,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

“Confluence Watersports’ decision to invest in Greenville County is the result of a true team effort,” added Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, noting that support from the City of Greenville, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Upstate SC Alliance were also instrumental in landing the relocation. “Confluence is a long-standing quality corporate citizen of the Upstate, and their relocation into expanded quarters in the former Hitachi facility will create quality jobs for our citizens while affirming that manufacturing will continue to thrive in our state.”

The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in September. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company can send a resume to Human Resources, Confluence Watersports, 111 Kayaker Way, Easley, S.C. 29642 or newjobs@kayaker.com, or contact the McAlister Square One-Stop located at 225 S. Pleasantburg at 864-467-8080 or visit www.sconestop.org.

Confluence Watersports is the result of blending the unique watersports brands: Wilderness Systems®, Perception®, Dagger®, and Wave Sport® kayaks, Mad River Canoe®, Adventure Technology® paddles, Bomber Gear and Harmony® accessories. With a full representation of canoes, and kayaks ranging from touring and recreational to high-performance whitewater boats, the Confluence brands are well suited to outfit all paddling enthusiasts. For more information about the company, please visit www.confluencewatersports.com.

 
Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 22, 2011

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

Monday, August 22, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony at PermaShrink Company, Larne Building, 103 North Main Street, Clover, S.C.

Monday, August 22, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley will visit Saluda Trail Middle School, 2300 Saluda Road, Rock Hill, S.C.

Tuesday, August 23, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the 2011 State Employees Charitable Campaign Kickoff Luncheon, Lace House, Governor’s Mansion grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, August 23, 6:00 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Board Room, 4500 Leeds Avenue, Suite 100, Charleston, S.C.

Wednesday, August 24, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley will join Bob McLain for his monthly “Ask the Governor” program.

Thursday, August 25, 11:30 AM: Gov. Haley will join the South Carolina Commission on Women in recognizing the 2011 South Carolina Woman of Achievement Award, First floor lobby, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, August 25, 6:00 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the Center for Women's Annual Women's Equality Day Celebration, Ashley Hall, Davies Auditorium, 172 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, S.C.

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 15, 2011

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

Monday, August 15, 2011

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley participated in a ceremonial bill signing for the point of sale bill, Daniel Island Real Estate, 101 Riverlanding Drive, Charleston, S.C.

11:00 AM: Media availability.

12:40 PM: Constituent call.

1:45 PM: Call with a fellow governor.

2:45 PM: Economic development call.

6:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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

10:30 AM: Economic development call.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the Aiken Republican Club Meeting, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.

3:00 PM: Agency meeting.

4:10 PM: Agency call.

5:00 PM: Agency meeting.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

7:15 AM: Gov. Haley appeared on FOX News’ “FOX & Friends.”

8:45 AM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley greeted representatives from the Crossing of America Tour, Mansion, Columbia, S.C.

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

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio show.

11:00 AM: Agency meeting.

1:30 PM: Agency call.

2:00 PM: Agency meeting.

2:45 PM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley participated in a ceremonial bill signing for the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

3:30 PM: Media availability.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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

9:30 AM: Agency meeting.

10:00 AM: Meeting with presidential candidate Herman Cain.

11:10 AM: Newspaper interview.

12:00 PM: Agency meeting.

6:00 PM: Gov. Haley appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

Friday, August 19, 2011

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas, TX

Gov. Nikki Haley announces OEPP Director

August 19th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Christine Glover, Colonel, South Carolina Army National Guard, as the next Director of the South Carolina Governor’s Office of Executive Policy and Programs (OEPP).

“Colonel Glover’s experience as an auditor gives her the insight necessary to eliminate waste within OEPP,” said Gov. Haley. “Christine understands the value of a dollar and will protect our taxpayers’ bottom line.  She also embodies the OEPP motto, ‘It’s about serving people,’ and she has shown through her military, civil, and community service that she is a capable and caring pillar of our community. We’re proud to have her as part of the team.“

COL. Glover most recently served as Internal Audit Director for the S.C. Department of Revenue, has been an active member of the S.C. National Guard for 28 years, and was recently inducted into the Palmetto Military Academy Hall of Fame.

Griffin Thermal Products announces expansion in Greenville County

Investment expected to create at least 50 new jobs

August 18th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Griffin Thermal Products LLC, a maker of thermal transfer products for automotive and industrial sectors, will relocate its existing operations to a significantly larger facility in Piedmont in Greenville County. The multi-million dollar investment is expected to generate at least 50 new jobs, and possibly more, as the new facility becomes fully operational.

“We are pleased to move forward with our plans to expand here in Greenville County, as this expansion will allow us to grow in size, sales and profitability while delivering industry leading cooling and quality to our customers,” said Tom Beebe, vice president of Griffin Thermal Products.  “The Piedmont area and the Upstate have provided an excellent home for our business, and we appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials.”

Griffin Thermal will relocate from its current facility to 750 Estes Plant Road in Piedmont, acquiring and completely refurbishing the vacant former Delta Mills Estes Plant in the process. The 330,000-square-foot facility, which provides four times the space previously used by the company, will be completely updated and fitted to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.  The new location will include two vacuum braze ovens, an induction welding tube mill, and a radiator core building center as well as complete sales, marketing, distribution and administrative operations for the company.

“Today’s announcement shows we are doing what it takes to help South Carolina’s existing businesses grow. We celebrate the new jobs Griffin Thermal Products will create with this expansion and congratulate them on their success,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Founded in 1981, Griffin Thermal Products has been the industry leader in high performance cooling and specializes in after market racing radiators, oil coolers, intercoolers, and super charger coolers. Purchased in 2006 by a private investor, the company builds products for all forms of racing including circle track and drag racing. Street rod, classic and muscle car products have long been a staple of the company’s product line, which also includes OEM, industrial, agricultural, construction and aviation/aerospace cooling systems. The company prides itself on manufacturing every component of its aluminum radiators and cooling devices, from small computers to seven foot tall radiators for diesel train engines.

“This is the fifth automotive-related announcement we’ve had in the past month, and serves as another indication that our reputation in the automotive club continues to grow,” Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

Automotive continues to be a leading sector in South Carolina. Commerce has been involved in recruiting more than $400 million in investment and more than 700 jobs in the automotive-related sector since the beginning of the year.

All employees currently with Griffin will transfer to the new location, and the new jobs will be created as the new facility comes fully operational. A limited number of positions have already been filled to assist with transition and improvements to the new facility, Beebe noted.

“We are pleased that Griffin Thermal has chosen to expand their successful operations here in Greenville County,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “Their decision to add dozens of jobs here is an important affirmation of one of the county's focus areas -- growing our advanced manufacturing base.  Griffin Thermal is an innovation-driven enterprise with deep Upstate roots, and a prized member of our business community.”

The company will begin hiring for new positions in November, at which time further details will be released on how individuals interested in job opportunities with Griffin Thermal should apply.

For more information on Griffin Thermal Products, please visit www.griffinrad.com.

PolyQuest Inc. announces expansion in Darlington County

$8 million investment. Estimated 20 new jobs

August 16th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – PolyQuest Inc., North America’s largest distributor of virgin and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins, today announced the expansion of its Darlington County recycling and distribution facility. The expansion will involved a total estimated investment of $8 million and create approximately 20 new jobs.

“We are pleased to continue our expansion efforts in South Carolina, and more specifically, Darlington. The cooperation and aggressive posture of the state, county and private sources have helped to make this possible,” said Vice President and General Manager Brad Dutton.

PolyQuest is adding 25 acres of land with an 80,000-square-foot building to its current campus as well as additional recycling equipment and rail spurs. The facility will provide 25 million pounds of additional capacity annually for recycled PET with full production starting in January 2012.

“We are going to celebrate PolyQuest’s decision to grow in South Carolina and create jobs. This announcement is also another win for one of our rural areas and shows we are doing the right things to encourage economic development,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January, Commerce has been involved in recruiting more than $30 million in investment and more than 400 jobs in the recycling-related sector. Commerce supports recycling start-ups and offers industry resources.

“This is the second announcement we’ve made this month involving a recycling company expansion. The industry continues to grow in South Carolina thanks to companies like PolyQuest,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

The expansion will increase the facility to 300,000 square feet and provide total recycle capacity of 120 million pounds annually. Total company employment will exceed 100 people upon completion of the expansion.

“The expansion will enable us to successfully meet the rapidly growing demand for recycled PET and to better serve our customers,” Dutton added.

“With the conclusion of this expansion, PolyQuest will be providing more than 100 jobs to the citizens of our community,” said Billy Baldwin, chairman of Darlington County Council.  “Congratulations to PolyQuest’s management team and their outstanding employees that made this expansion possible.”

“PolyQuest’s continued growth and success is a testament to the quality of the workforce and pro-business climate in Darlington County,” said Robert Long, executive director of the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership.

Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should visit the South Carolina South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce One-Stop located at 1558 West Evans Street, Florence, S.C. 29501 or go to www.sconestop.org.

PolyQuest is a privately held entity with corporate offices in Wilmington, North Carolina and its flagship recycling and distribution facility located in Darlington, South Carolina. For more information about the company, please visit www.polyquest.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 15, 2011

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

Monday, August 15, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a point of sale ceremonial bill signing, Daniel Island Real Estate, 101 Riverlanding Drive, Charleston, S.C.

Tuesday, August 16, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the Aiken Republican Club Luncheon Meeting, Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken, S.C.

Wednesday, August 17, 2:45 PM: Gov. Haley will hold a ceremonial bill signing of the Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Act, Joint Base Charleston, Charleston, S.C.

Friday, August 19, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the World Affairs Council Luncheon, Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX

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


Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 8, 2011

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

Monday, August 8, 2011

6:30 PM: Legislative meeting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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

10:00 AM: Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

1:20 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the S.C. Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee’s meeting, Fort Jackson Officers’ Club, 3630 Semmes Road, Columbia, S.C.

2:50 PM: Call with a congressional member.

3:30 PM: Gov. Haley joined Catherine Templeton, LLR Director, in recognizing BE&K/Turner company for earning LLR’s Million Safe Hour Work Award, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

4:40 PM: Call with a congressional member.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

9:55 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Agency meeting.

10:50 AM: Agency meeting.

11:20 AM: Agency meeting.

2:30 PM: Agency meeting.

3:15 PM: Gov. Haley greeted South Carolina’s Special Olympics athletes that represented the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Greece, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:45 PM: Economic development call.

4:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

4:30 PM: Economic development call.

4:45 PM: Agency meeting.

Thursday, August 11

2:10 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

5:15 PM: Agency meeting.

Friday, August 12

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

11:05 AM: Call with a congressional member.

3:00 PM: Legislative call.

8:00 PM: Gov. Haley hosted and spoke at a reception for RedState Gathering, Sticky Fingers, Charleston, S.C.

Saturday, August 13

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley gave welcome address to RedState Gathering, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, S.C.

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley met with Gov. Rick Perry.

10:50 AM: Media availability.

11:15 AM: Interviews with bloggers and conservative radio show hosts.

11:50 AM: Constituent meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley attended RedState Gathering, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, S.C.

 
Adams Scrap Recycling to expand in Greenville County

$3.2 million investment. Estimated 50 new jobs

August 11th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Adams Scrap Recycling LLC, a metal recycler and major supplier to OmniSource Southeast, a subsidiary of Steel Dynamics Inc., will expand its operations in Greenville County. The $3.2 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs.

“We are truly excited about expanding our recycling operations and offering more services to our customers. South Carolina is not only a manufacturing power house, but a green industry hotspot, and we are proud to be part of that industry. South Carolina and Greenville County have provided an excellent home for our business and we look forward to becoming the Upstate’s leading one-stop recycling facility,” said Rajesh Desor, general manager of Adams Scrap Recycling.

Adams Scrap Recycling plans to purchase property adjacent to the company’s current location on Old Easley Highway, more than doubling the physical footprint of the operation. The company already has added a portable car logger, an Envirorack to dispose of hazardous fluids in vehicles, and trucks and trailers to increase efficiency. The additional property will also add rail access.

Rodney Adams organized Adams Scrap in October 2009 and Kamal Desor became a partner in the business in January 2011. General Manager Rajesh Desor has worked in the industry since his youth. The Desors see their expanded operations as “a way to help Greenville play its part by reducing waste and educating the community on advancing a culture of recycling, while also providing quality jobs to the community,” added Rajesh Desor.

“Adams Scrap Recycling is a great example of what entrepreneurship can accomplish in our state, and we celebrate the company’s decision to increase its footprint. While we are always working to recruit new business, we celebrate the news when home-grown businesses expand in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

In South Carolina, Commerce has been involved in recruiting more than $1.7 billion in investment and more than 3,700 jobs in the recycling-related sector since 2008. Commerce supports recycling start-ups and offers industry resources.

“Our state’s recycling industry is really taking off. Adams Scrap Recycling’s growth will certainly help increase our reputation in this green industry,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

Metal recyclers in the United States process approximately 120 million tons of various metals each year, generating an industry estimated at more than $60 billion in the United States alone.

While Adams has been a major recycler of all sorts of metals and metal products, the company is seeking to diversify and grow its recycling of glass, paper, plastics and electronics with the expansion.

"The expansion of Adams Scrap Recycling contributes greatly to our county and state by helping to maintain the beauty and environmental balance of our community, and will create additional jobs for Upstate citizens,” said Butch Kirven, GADC Board member and chairman of Greenville County Council. “We welcome this announcement as a sign of improving economic conditions in this area, are pleased at the success of the company, and happy to have been able to assist them in making this expansion possible.”

The company will begin hiring for several positions immediately. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should visit South Carolina One-Stop at 706 Pendleton Street in Greenville, or visit them online at www.sconestop.com.   For more information on Adams Scrap Recycling, visit them at their location at 419 Old Easley Highway in Greenville or online at www.adamsrecycling.net.


Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on new Budget and Control Board executive director

August 9th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement after Marcia Adams was named executive director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board:

“Eleanor Kitzman has given great service to our state both as Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance and at the Budget and Control Board, where she laid the foundation for continued work on much-needed reform. Governor Rick Perry and the people of Texas are fortunate.

“What we were looking for in the next Budget and Control Board executive director was someone who will continue to reform the board, make it more accountable and further lay the groundwork for a Department of Administration. We couldn't have found a better person for the job in Marcia Adams, and we are excited for her to get to work."

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 8, 2011

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

Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will attend a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar A. Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, August 9, 1:20 PM: Gov. Haley will speak at the S.C. Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee’s meeting, Fort Jackson Officers’ Club, 3630 Semmes Road, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, August 9, 3:30 PM: Gov. Haley will join Catherine Templeton, LLR Director in recognizing BE&K/Turner company for earning LLR’s Million Safe Hour Work Award, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, August 10, 3:15 PM: Gov. Haley will greet South Carolina’s Special Olympics athletes that represented the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Greece, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, August 13, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will address RedState Gathering, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, S.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 1, 2011

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

Monday, August 1

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley held a Congressional reapportionment bill signing ceremony, Broadway at the Beach, Celebrity Square, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

11:00 AM: Media availability.

Wednesday, August 3

9:00 AM: Economic development call.

9:15 AM: Call with a congressional member.

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley joined BMW representatives and local and state government officials for an economic development and policy announcement, Greer, S.C.

11:30 AM: Media availability.

12:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM: Agency meeting.

3:00 PM:  Gov. Haley held a ceremonial bill signing, Tri-County Technical College, Easley Campus, Easley, S.C.

4:30 PM: Agency call.

Thursday, August 4

7:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:20 AM: Constituent meeting

9:30 AM: Agency meeting.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended Judge Matthew Perry’s funeral service, Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia, S.C.

Friday, August 5

10:45 AM: Agency call.

Schaeffler Group USA announces expansion in Chesterfield County

$10 million investment expected to create 100 new jobs

August 4th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Chesterfield County and the City of Cheraw today announced that Schaeffler Group USA, a maker of automotive components, will expand its existing facility in Chesterfield County. The $10 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.

“Schaeffler Group is pleased to expand our production in Cheraw which solidifies our overall commitment to the State of South Carolina, City of Cheraw and Chesterfield County,” said Bruce Warmbold, CEO of Schaeffler Group North America.  “This new product will allow our employees to build upon good basic skills with additional specialized MultiAir training provided by Schaeffler”.

Schaeffler Group USA will expand its production capacity at its facility in Cheraw, S.C., to increase production of its new MultiAir technology. MultiAir technology will increase engine performance and improve fuel efficiency for a major Detroit automaker.

“It’s a great thing when we announce new jobs, but it’s a real reason to celebrate when we can announce the expansion of one of the companies we already have here. Schaeffler Group’s commitment to invest $10 million and create 100 new jobs at the company’s Chesterfield County plant represents another win for one of our rural counties. We look forward to Schaeffler Group’s continued growth and success in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“Schaeffler Group is a world-class company and a leader in the automotive and industrial sectors. The company’s decision to expand its footprint in South Carolina further adds to our reputation in the automotive sector and shows that our state continues to foster growth in our existing businesses,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

The state of South Carolina and Chesterfield County are providing incentives including job development credits and training assistance to assist the company with the expansion. These incentives will offset a small portion of overall cost of the project.

Chesterfield County Council Chairman Matt Rivers noted, “This is a wonderful announcement for the Town of Cheraw and for Chesterfield County. We are proud of Schaeffler and appreciate their contribution as a corporate citizen.”

Cheraw Mayor Scott Hunter added, “The Town of Cheraw is excited to see the continued growth of the Schaeffler Group in our community. With plants located worldwide, it is humbling to have a second major expansion awarded to Cheraw in the last three years. This is a testament to the hard work of our local Schaeffler management team and the trust that they have in the local workforce and community.”

“Chesterfield County is fortunate to have a world-class company like the Schaeffler Group located here. It has a great team of dedicated workers who are helping to propel our local economy forward. The county is proud to be a partner in the company's continuing success,” said Chesterfield County Economic Development Board Executive Director Brenda Workman.

The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in the first quarter of 2012. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should apply at the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce One-Stop in Chesterfield at (843)623-3221 or Bennettsville at (843)479-4081.


BMW announces new jobs in Spartanburg County

Company expects to create 100 new jobs

August 4th 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and BMW today announced that the company will further increase its workforce in South Carolina, creating 100 new jobs at the Spartanburg plant.

The company is also creating two new workforce programs at the facility along with the additional jobs. Harald Krueger, BMW Group Board Member responsible for Human Resources, confirmed the company's intention to hire 100 professional employees. The workforce programs include a new manufacturing recruitment program: BMW Scholars, and a $5 million Associate Family Health Center.

“BMW is a perfect corporate example of manufacturing excellence in South Carolina. They understand what it means to take care of and invest in their employees. These quality improvements and hires are why their employees invest in the quality of their product and are loyal to the company. We are proud that they call South Carolina home,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“These innovative programs and new jobs serve to exemplify how much we care about current and future generations. This is part of our long-term approach to sustainability,” said Krueger. “For us, sustainability is not just about building the most efficient vehicles in the most productive facilities. It’s also about accepting responsibility for decisions that affect the future development of our associates.”

These new positions will range from engineers to IT professionals and production management associates. Additional jobs at the South Carolina plant confirm the company’s leadership position in premium automotive manufacturing and “reinforces the Southeast region of the U.S. as a vital job producer,” added Krueger.

“BMW is the company that brought South Carolina into the automotive club, and as BMW grows, so does our reputation in automotive manufacturing,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

To launch the BMW Scholars program the company is partnering with three area technical colleges: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College, to provide work experience to students interested in pursuing a career in skilled manufacturing. The new recruitment program provides tuition and book assistance, allowing students to attend classes full-time and work at the factory up to 20 hours per week. BMW Scholars expands on the hands-on benefits of a traditional apprentice program, adding the additional value of a two-year college degree and the potential to be considered for full-time employment by BMW. Related career paths include automotive technology, robotics technology, machine tool technology, mechatronics (multi-skilled industrial maintenance) and production technology.

“The BMW Scholars program is the perfect complement to our recruiting strategy. By investing in workforce programs that build a pool of qualified men and women, we are helping to sustain the future of BMW and skilled manufacturing in South Carolina,” said Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing.

The Associate Family Health Center will be a first-class facility, employing highly-trained professionals who use the latest in healthcare technology. Use of the 20,000 - 25,000-square-foot facility will be available to all BMW associates, eligible retirees and their dependants. BMW's existing onsite associate family pharmacy will be relocated to the new facility and joined by medical and primary health care services, as well as vision, dental, physical therapy and occupational health. The combination of cost savings and the benefit of having medical services all in one location provides the company’s workforce a new option in their overall healthcare management.

In addition to the BMW Scholars Program and the Associate Family Health Center, the company also recently consolidated their fire, security management and equipment resources into one existing facility located on the west end of the 4-million square foot campus. To prepare the building to effectively service the company's needs, renovations included: the addition of two new equipment bays, training rooms and office space. The addition of this building provides BMW with updated facilities in a more centralized location to respond easily to all on-site situations.

In 2011, the plant will produce more than 260,000 vehicles for over 130 markets around the world. Sales of the vehicles produced at the plant have met with continued high demand. In October, the plant will begin operating on a six day production schedule to meet this global demand. This will also create new jobs for production associates.

For additional details and to apply for the new positions, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.

Fehrer Automotive North America LLC announces expansion in Spartanburg County

$14 million investment expected to create 130 new jobs

August 2nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Futures Group of Spartanburg County today announced that Fehrer Automotive North America LLC will expand its production operations to a site in Spartanburg County. The company expects to make a capital investment exceeding $14 million and to generate 130 new jobs over the next five years.

“Fehrer Automotive is very excited to partner with state and county agencies and its advisors on this project.  The Duncan site is a good fit and allows us to position ourselves for future business opportunities,” said company spokeswoman Robin Mathis. “We are excited to become part of the Spartanburg County business community and look forward to continued growth, as well as our ability to add additional jobs in the local community.”

Fehrer Automotive’s strategic successes over the last several years have resulted in the company outgrowing its current 80,000 square feet of combined manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. The new Duncan site has 100,000 square feet with room to expand.

“Fehrer Automotive has been part of the South Carolina’s business community for several years and we are excited to see the company expand its presence here with a $14 million investment and 130 new jobs. We love when new companies come to South Carolina, but it’s a celebration when the ones we already have expand,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Automotive continues to be a leading sector in South Carolina. Commerce has been involved in recruiting more than $2 billion in investment and more than 9,800 jobs since the beginning of 2008.

“Our state’s standing in the automotive club continues to grow. When a company like Fehrer chooses to expand in South Carolina, it not only indicates the vigor of our automotive sector, but the strength of our state’s business climate as well,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

“We are extremely pleased that Fehrer Automotive has chosen Spartanburg County to expand its production operations.  We appreciate the efforts of our economic development team, public and private, in securing this business venture in Spartanburg County. We welcome them to our business community and wish them much success,” said David Britt, chairman of Economic Recruitment Committee of Spartanburg County Council and member of the Economic Futures Group Board.

Lewis F. Gossett, president and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance added that Fehrer Automotive’s investment is another strong endorsement of South Carolina’s growing international leadership role in the automotive industry. “Fehrer is a world class company that has a history of doing business in our state, and with this investment, Fehrer expressed not only satisfaction with its South Carolina experience but also confidence in its ability to continue to be successful here.”

The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in September. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company can send a resume to Robin Mathis, Human Resources, Fehrer Automotive North America LLC, 385 South Woods Drive, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.

The state will provide job development credits approved by the Coordinating Council for Economic Development when the company reaches its hiring commitments. The county is providing a Fee-in-Lieu-of-Taxes agreement and special source revenue credits.

Fehrer Automotive North America is a subsidiary of F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH. Fehrer is an international developer and series supplier for the automobile industry. The product range comprises moulded seat pads for car seats, arm rests, centre consoles, side bolsters, headrests and inner trim panels as well as structural parts for cars. Founded in 1875 in Kitzingen, Germany the family-owned enterprise has 22 production facilities in countries like Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, United States, South Africa, India and China today. For more information on the company, please visit www.fehrer.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: August 1, 2011

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

Monday, August 1, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will hold a Congressional reapportionment bill signing ceremony, Broadway at the Beach, Celebrity Square (In front of Hard Rock Café), 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577

Wednesday, August 3, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will join BMW representatives and local and state government officials for a press conference, BMW Assembly North, East Entrance, 1400 Highway 101, Greer, S.C.

Wednesday, August 3, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley will hold a ceremonial bill signing, Tri County Technical College, Easley Campus, Easley, S.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: July 25, 2011

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

Monday, July 25

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

1:15 PM: Gov. Haley joined CVS Caremark, Greenville Rec, Boundless Playgrounds, and local officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Boundless Playground, Greenville Pavilion Recreation Complex, 4806 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, S.C.

3:55 PM: Newspaper interview.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley held “Open Door After 4” constituent meetings, National Guard Armory, 275 General Henderson Road, Newberry, S.C.

5:30 PM: Agency call.

Tuesday, July 26

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

9:40 AM: Economic development meeting.

10:05 AM: Agency meeting.

10:50 AM: Agency meeting.

1:30 PM: Meeting with a constitutional officer.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley held a ceremonial bill signing for the tort reform bill, Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

3:00 PM: Agency meeting.

Wednesday, July 27

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

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley gave welcoming remarks at the Governor's Financial Summit, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Call with a fellow governor.

1:00 PM: Policy meeting.

Thursday, July 28

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

2:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

4:00 PM: Economic development call.

Friday, July 29

7:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31

Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, Edisto Island, S.C.

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