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Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC Establishing R&D Operations In Greenville County

Company Seeking Cures For Muscular Dystrophies And Metastatic Cancers To Create Up To 34 Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. - August 20, 2014 - Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC, an organization dedicated to developing and delivering effective pharmaceutical solutions to various muscular dystrophies (MDs) and metastatic cancers, is establishing research and development (R&D) operations in Greenville County. In locating at the Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) of Greenville Health System (GHS), Mannan plans to expand its R&D team to create up to 34 new positions over the next several years.

Mannan is the first pharmaceutical company to pioneer the development of compound-based drugs that target a novel pathway to treat various MDs and metastatic cancers. With the World Health Organization reporting an estimated 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012, and forecasts of 19.3 million new cancer cases per year by 2025 due to population growth and aging, the anti-cancer drug market is estimated to approach nearly $200 billion by 2015. At least 50 types of MDs have been identified, impacting over 500,000 patients worldwide. Mannan Pharmaceuticals’ drugs in development are anticipated to target more than half of all MD patients, a drug market estimated at nearly $15 billion.

Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC is a privately held company and had been considering locations nationwide before deciding to open at ITOR, according to the company. Mannan expects to add up to three more associates in 2014 and then will continue to grow and expand its team over time as investment and developments warrant.

Details on hiring plans and specific position requirements will be announced in late fall.

QUOTES

“We are thrilled to establish operations at ITOR in Greenville, as we believe that ITOR provides an ideal environment for Mannan to develop solutions to various muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers. Some of the most advanced cancer treatments anywhere in the world are being offered at ITOR, which provides organizations like ours with the services, technologies and facilities required to develop life-saving drugs for patients in need. We are extremely appreciative for the support we have received from the Department of Commerce, the Greenville Area Development Corporation, Upstate Alliance and Greenville Health System in making this announcement a reality.” –Dr. Xiaohua Wu, senior executive with Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC

“Mannan’s decision to come to Greenville County is another example of our growing research and development sector – and the fact their company focuses on combatting some of the most debilitating cancers and diseases is great news for our state. We welcome them to South Carolina and celebrate the 34 new jobs they are creating in Greenville.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina continues to diversify our economy, with more companies engaged in the innovation and life sciences sectors taking root in our state. Mannan Pharmaceuticals’ R&D facility at Greenville Health System represents how the knowledge economy is bringing both jobs to the area and viable solutions in healthcare.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We’re pleased that Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC has chosen to locate their research and development operations here in Greenville County and appreciate the valuable roles played by Commerce, the Upstate Alliance and Greenville Health System and ITOR in making this happen. Their decision is an important affirmation of this region’s continuing strategic focus on further developing the bioscience cluster here, and we welcome them to Greenville.” –Richard “Dick” Wilkerson, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation

“We want to welcome Mannan Pharmaceuticals to the Upstate and congratulate all the many partners that worked together to locate them here. We especially want to thank the members of the Upstate’s Bio Task Force, particularly SC BIO, for the role they played in connecting Mannan with the resources critical to their success. Their announcement today is great testament to the strength of the Upstate’s growing bioscience ecosystem.” –John Lummus, president and CEO of the Upstate Alliance

“GHS’s Clinical University and ITOR are very pleased to welcome Mannan Pharmaceuticals as the newest early stage innovation company to establish a research presence within the ITOR Innovation Zone on GHS’s Memorial Campus. Mannan’s focus on developing new drugs to combat cancer and muscular dystrophy makes them an excellent fit as our newest on-site private sector collaborator.  We look forward to establishing a high-impact, collaborative relationship between Mannan and our clinicians and university partners, as we continually strive to improve the health of our region and enhance patient care by actively facilitating the development, implementation and widespread use of healthcare delivery advancements.”  –Sam Konduros, executive director for the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC is establishing research and development (R&D) operations in Greenville County.
•           The company will locate in the Institute for Translational Oncology Research of Greenville Health System.
•           Expects to create up to 34 new positions over the next several years.
•           Mannan develops compound-based drugs that target a novel pathway to treat various muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers.
•           Details on hiring plans and specific position requirements will be announced in late fall.

Enor Corp. To Establish Toy Manufacturing Plant In Fairfield County, Create 151 Jobs

Walmart Supplier Announces Multi-Million-Dollar Investment To Support U.S. Manufacturing

COLUMBIA, S.C. – August 19, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by executives from Enor Corp. and local officials at an economic development event to announce that Enor, a family-owned manufacturer of plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores. The multi-million-dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs in the area.

Today’s announcement was made in Winnsboro and in Denver, Colorado, where Walmart is hosting its second annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit for its global supplier base. Enor is the fifth Walmart supplier announcing a new facility in South Carolina since August 2013, joining Element Electronics, Louis Hornick & Co., Kent International and Giti Tire.

Part of Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing initiative, Enor’s investment in South Carolina will amplify the delivery of U.S.-made toys to retail stores, supporting local jobs while significantly shortening the distance between production and customer. The Northvale, N.J.-based company will be locating in a 78,000-square-foot former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, S.C.

Enor officials expect to begin limited operations in Fairfield County in September and accelerate production rapidly over the next nine months. Enor intends to transfer the majority of its off shore production to the new Winnsboro facility as quickly as practical without disrupting supply. Enor will also be investing in growing its portfolio of new products to be Made in U.S.A.

In addition to its domestic distribution, Enor Corp. products are distributed across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The company has been in operation for more than 35 years.

Enor will begin hiring for new positions immediately, with readySC assisting with the process and accepting applications at www.sctechjobs.com soon. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for building improvements.

QUOTES

“Today’s announcement represents our life-changing commitment to manufacture exclusively in the U.S. Our relationship with Walmart began more than 15 years ago, and this is a vital next step. We’d like to thank Governor Haley – everything she has promised, she has delivered. We are also very appreciative of the support we’ve received from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Fairfield County and TD Bank Columbia in this endeavor. We look forward to opening our operations in Winnsboro soon. ” –Steven Udwin, CEO, and David Tarica, president of Enor Corp. 

“It’s a great day in South Carolina as we welcome Enor Corporation to Fairfield County. By committing to U.S. manufacturing, and with Walmart’s encouragement and support, Enor will be bringing South Carolina-made toys to consumers across the nation. We applaud Enor for creating more than 150 new jobs in Winnsboro, and we congratulate Walmart for driving the re-shoring movement here at home.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is known for making things well, and this has been a crucial factor in recruiting five Walmart suppliers to manufacture in the state over the past year. We welcome Enor Corporation to our state’s business community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Enor knows what more and more manufacturers are learning, that when it comes to making products that support American jobs, the math works.” – Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vice president of U.S. Manufacturing

“The addition of Enor Corporation is another great win for the economy and workforce of South Carolina. Fairfield County is excited to be a part of the continuous re-shoring initiative with Walmart’s supply chain and the Council is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Enor as they were searching for the right location to grow their business. The bounty of companies continuing to locate, build and grow within the borders of this state and in the Central SC Region is a testament to the opportunities and support available here to businesses.” –David Ferguson, chairman of Fairfield County council

“We continue to make significant strides here in the Central SC Region with companies engaged in the Walmart re-shoring initiative. There is a lot of pride that goes into products manufactured and assembled here in the Palmetto State. We congratulate Fairfield County and everyone involved with assisting Enor Corporation.”–Mike Brenan, chairman of Central SC Alliance

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Enor Corp. will establish a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores.
•           Multi-million-dollar investment to create 151 jobs.
•           Enor, a family-owned company in operation for more than 35 years, manufactures plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items.
•           The Fairfield County facility, a former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, will begin limited operations in September.
•           Hiring is expected to begin immediately, with readySC assisting with the application process.

Enor Corp. To Establish Toy Manufacturing Plant In Fairfield County, Create 151 Jobs
Walmart Supplier Announces Multi-Million-Dollar Investment To Support U.S. Manufacturing

COLUMBIA, S.C. - August 14, 2014 -  Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by executives from Enor Corp. and local officials at an economic development event to announce that Enor, a family-owned manufacturer of plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores. The multi-million-dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs in the area.

Today’s announcement was made in Winnsboro and in Denver, Colorado, where Walmart is hosting its second annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit for its global supplier base. Enor is the fifth Walmart supplier announcing a new facility in South Carolina since August 2013, joining Element Electronics, Louis Hornick & Co., Kent International and Giti Tire.

Part of Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing initiative, Enor’s investment in South Carolina will amplify the delivery of U.S.-made toys to retail stores, supporting local jobs while significantly shortening the distance between production and customer. The Northvale, N.J.-based company will be locating in a 78,000-square-foot former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, S.C.

Enor officials expect to begin limited operations in Fairfield County in September and accelerate production rapidly over the next nine months. Enor intends to transfer the majority of its off shore production to the new Winnsboro facility as quickly as practical without disrupting supply. Enor will also be investing in growing its portfolio of new products to be Made in U.S.A.

In addition to its domestic distribution, Enor Corp. products are distributed across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The company has been in operation for more than 35 years.

Enor will begin hiring for new positions immediately, with readySC assisting with the process and accepting applications at www.sctechjobs.com soon. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for building improvements.

QUOTES

“Today’s announcement represents our life-changing commitment to manufacture exclusively in the U.S. Our relationship with Walmart began more than 15 years ago, and this is a vital next step. We’d like to thank Governor Haley – everything she has promised, she has delivered. We are also very appreciative of the support we’ve received from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Fairfield County and TD Bank Columbia in this endeavor. We look forward to opening our operations in Winnsboro soon. ” –Steven Udwin, CEO, and David Tarica, president of Enor Corp. 

“It’s a great day in South Carolina as we welcome Enor Corporation to Fairfield County. By committing to U.S. manufacturing, and with Walmart’s encouragement and support, Enor will be bringing South Carolina-made toys to consumers across the nation. We applaud Enor for creating more than 150 new jobs in Winnsboro, and we congratulate Walmart for driving the re-shoring movement here at home.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is known for making things well, and this has been a crucial factor in recruiting five Walmart suppliers to manufacture in the state over the past year. We welcome Enor Corporation to our state’s business community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Enor knows what more and more manufacturers are learning, that when it comes to making products that support American jobs, the math works.” – Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vice president of U.S. Manufacturing

“The addition of Enor Corporation is another great win for the economy and workforce of South Carolina. Fairfield County is excited to be a part of the continuous re-shoring initiative with Walmart’s supply chain and the Council is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Enor as they were searching for the right location to grow their business. The bounty of companies continuing to locate, build and grow within the borders of this state and in the Central SC Region is a testament to the opportunities and support available here to businesses.” –David Ferguson, chairman of Fairfield County council

“We continue to make significant strides here in the Central SC Region with companies engaged in the Walmart re-shoring initiative. There is a lot of pride that goes into products manufactured and assembled here in the Palmetto State. We congratulate Fairfield County and everyone involved with assisting Enor Corporation.”–Mike Brenan, chairman of Central SC Alliance

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Enor Corp. will establish a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores.
•           Multi-million-dollar investment to create 151 jobs.
•           Enor, a family-owned company in operation for more than 35 years, manufactures plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items.
•           The Fairfield County facility, a former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, will begin limited operations in September.
•           Hiring is expected to begin immediately, with readySC assisting with the application process.

Gov. Nikki Haley Signs S.C. Brewery Bill
H.3512 – Reducing Regulations For Small Business

COLUMBIA, S.C. - August 13, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by Senator Sean Bennett, Representative Derham Cole and Joseph Ackerman, President of Conquest Brewing Company, for a ceremonial bill signing of H.3512, the South Carolina Brewery Bill. Among other changes, the new law allows South Carolina breweries to serve both food and the alcohol they produce in the same establishment – allowing them to expand their business, create more jobs, and help improve the state’s economy as a whole.

“We’re always trying to find ways to make sure government doesn’t get in the way of business in South Carolina. This bill is another way that we’ve been able to cut restrictions and allow our small businesses to continue driving our growing economy,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “Small businesses make up the vast majority of our economy and when they thrive, they create jobs – more jobs lead to a better quality of life for the people of South Carolina, and that has always been the goal.”

“This change quickly moves South Carolina into a position of leadership for the fast growing craft brewing industry that is experiencing such great success across the United States,” said Senator Sean Bennett. “It further enhances our state as a place where entrepreneurs can thrive. Where they can create jobs, invest capital, and positively impact the communities in which they operate.”

“H.3512 is a prime example of the legislature doing its part to make South Carolina a top destination for thriving businesses,” said Representative Derham Cole. “The craft beer industry is booming in neighboring states, and there’s no reason we can’t have that same economic growth right here. I have always said government needs to get out of the way and let businesses do what they do best. This bill does just that.”

“South Carolina is leaps and bounds ahead of where we were just a few short years ago when it comes to freedom for beer brewers,” said Joseph Ackerman, President of Conquest Brewing Company. “ I am happy to see how quickly we have progressed since 2007, and the latest brewery law is another great step in decreasing regulation so that we can continue our passion and industry: brewing beer for people to enjoy.”

Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Landmark Solar Energy Bill

S.1189 – Making Solar Energy Affordable And Accessible

COLUMBIA, S.C. - August 6, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by Senator Greg Gregory and representatives from the electric cooperatives, utilities, and environmental organizations for a ceremonial signing of S.1189, the S.C. Distributed Energy Resource Program Act. A collaborative effort between lawmakers and stakeholders in the energy industry, S.1189 allows South Carolinians more affordable access to solar energy for residential and business purposes.

“Breaking down barriers that prevent South Carolinians from having options is something we have been focused on from the start of our administration – it’s an important part of making the quality of life in our state the best it can be,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We’re celebrating today because this law breaks down barriers to solar energy access, making it easier for individuals and businesses to take advantage of the projects and opportunities that can cut costs and make energy usage more efficient.”

For video of the event, click here: http://goo.gl/iyp467

Under the new law, citizens will be able to take advantage of solar energy by leasing solar panels for their homes or businesses rather than paying for the relatively expensive installation involved with purchasing their own. Additionally, the bill ensures that those who generate solar electricity receive a fairer price from utilities for the energy they sell back to the power grid.

“Debate on this bill began with utility industry officials and proponents of solar energy in a standoff,” said Sen. Gregory. “Over the course of the two-year session, though, they came together and worked tirelessly to construct a law that gives each side some of what they wanted, and all South Carolinians an opportunity for greater energy independence through expanded use of solar energy.”

“I think it is wonderful that Governor Haley will recognize this landmark legislation and the job creation it brings,” said Grant Reeves, Senior Vice President, The InterTech Group. “In fact with over $525 million of direct investment in solar energy projects over the next six years, Governor Haley continues to demonstrate her leadership on job creation and policies that make the Palmetto State stand out.”

“This legislation is the result of a collaborative effort of South Carolinians to ‘prepare in mind’ to best manage our ‘resources’ for the future,” said Keller Kissam, President of Retail Operations, SCE&G.

Gov. Nikki Haley Appoints Robert Polk As S.C. State Fire Marshal

COLUMBIA, S.C. - August 5, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley has announced Robert “Bert” Polk as the next State Fire Marshal. Polk has more than 40 years of experience in fire and emergency services, and has most recently served as the Fire Chief for the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District in Florida. Currently a resident of Columbia, S.C., Polk previously served as South Carolina’s Fire Marshal under Governor Jim Hodges from 2000 to 2003.

“With over 40 years of fire service experience, Bert Polk is the right person to step in and continue the great work Chief Ray has been doing for our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “His expertise will bring the right balance of common sense and knowledge of the necessary safety precautions to the position – two things that will serve the citizens and businesses of South Carolina extremely well.”

Polk has degrees in Fire Administration and Management, has attended the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy, and is recognized by the National Fire Protection Association as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

"I would like to thank Governor Haley for the opportunity to continue the initiatives in place and to work with the state's fire service, as well as other state agencies, to enhance Fire and Life Safety in South Carolina,” said Bert Polk. “I look forward to working cooperatively so that we can be successful in our efforts towards providing a safe environment to live, work, and play.”

“Bert comes to us with over 40 years of fire service experience in both the public and private sector. Over the last several years, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Fire and Life Safety, has done an outstanding job partnering with our stakeholders, more creatively delivering services to the fire service, and balancing public safety and a pro-business environment,” said Holly Pisarik, Director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. “I am excited that Bert is joining us to continue this work.”

“Bert Polk is a familiar figure to the fire service of South Carolina and has a proven commitment that can only strengthen the mission of safety and protection for our firefighters, citizens, and business community,” said Joey Palmer, Executive Director of the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association. “Bert is a great family man, a Fire Chief, and a communicator. He is a facilitator who will continue to build upon the environment that our governor and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation have worked fervently in fostering. Bert will be a great team member to continue the cooperation that our citizens and firefighters enjoy.”

“We look forward to working with Chief Polk,” said Mark Nix, Executive Director at the Home Builders Association of South Carolina. “He is a professional, and the State of South Carolina is fortunate to have a State Fire Marshal with his experience and expertise.”

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