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Providence Home Care Of SC Expanding Greenville County Office

$2.9 Million Investment To Create 167 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – September 2, 2014 - Providence Home Care of SC, a Greenville-based healthcare services provider, is expanding its Greenville County presence due to increased demand for in-home and in-facility care. The company’s $2.9 million investment in its corporate headquarters is expected to create 167 new jobs over the next decade.

Providence Home Care of SC provides skilled nursing and personal care and transportation services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients in the state of South Carolina. The company is expanding its mission statewide to include skilled nursing to clients in the private sector, and the company will soon be certified to provide additional behavioral healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid clients. Providence also intends to add medication management and medical supply sales to its offerings.

Providence Home Care is located at Millport Circle in Greenville, with a current staff of around 28 administrative, sales and healthcare professionals. The new positions will be located in the Greenville headquarters. Those interested in working for the company are encouraged to visit Providence Home Care of SC’s careers page for information on current openings and how to apply.

QUOTES

“Providence Home Care of SC would like to express our sincere gratitude to Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina team, which have helped our company continue to grow and succeed.” –Johnathan Sumter, president of Providence Home Care of SC 

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate yet another expansion as Providence Home Care of SC invests an additional $2.9 million and creates 167 new jobs in the Upstate. This expansion demonstrates once again that South Carolina continues to be a place where businesses can not only grow, but also find success year after year.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“We are continuing to see diversity in our economy, with manufacturing, service industry and innovative companies locating and growing in our state. The future of South Carolina’s economy is bright and we are excited for what lies ahead.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“This decision by Providence Home Care to expand its operations and headquarters here in Greenville County validates this region's focus on providing a robust and vibrant business climate, world-class healthcare services, and a superb quality of life that attracts and appeals to both individuals and companies. We salute their job creation and economic investment in this community." –Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Providence Home Care of SC is expanding its Greenville County presence due to increased demand for in-home and in-facility care.
•           $2.9 million investment expected to create 167 new jobs over the next decade.
•           Company provides skilled nursing and personal care and transportation services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients and is expanding its mission.
•           Providence currently employs 28 personnel in its Greenville headquarters.
•           Those interested in working for the company are encouraged to visit Providence Home Care of SC’s careers page for information on current openings and how to apply.

Ruhlamat America Inc. Establishes U.S. Operations In Greenville Count

Investment Expected To Create 35 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – August 27, 2014 - ruhlamat America Inc., a designer and manufacturer of top tier customized automation equipment intent on accelerating its growth in North and South America, today announced that it will establish its U.S. operations in Greenville County. The undisclosed investment is expected to add at least 35 new jobs over the next few years.

Founded in 1991, ruhlamat America Inc. is a division of the MACK Group, a diversified manufacturer with over 500 employees and operations in Germany (HQ), China, India and North America. The largest division of MACK Group, ruhlamat specializes in the design and manufacturing of customized automation equipment with primary applications in the automobile industry. The company is also world-renowned for its design and assembly of chip card (including credit card, transportation, and government identification) and custom passport production technologies.

At launch, the new operations will be housed in approximately 10,000 square feet located at 138 Johns Road in Greer, with expansion to a larger facility projected over the next three to five years.  ruhlamat anticipates hiring approximately 15 associates in 2014 to support custom equipment assembly for U.S. customers, with additional hiring planned over 24-36 months. 

Hiring information for the company will be released shortly. Positions to be filled include electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, assembly technicians, quality control, sales and administrative support positions.  Interested candidates may email resumes to careers@ruhlamat.us.

For more information about ruhlamat America Inc., please visit www.ruhlamat.com.cn until the U.S. website www.ruhlamat.us is established.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.

QUOTES

“Ruhlamat has been doing business globally for many years and we are very pleased to begin this exciting new chapter in our organization’s growth here in Greenville County. We are excited to become new members of the Upstate business community, and to focus our efforts on meeting the growing demand for our technologies and equipment.  We appreciate the support of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the Upstate South Carolina Alliance, the Department of Commerce, and all who joined to make today’s announcement a reality.” -Doug Lloyd, vice president and launch manager for ruhlamat America Inc.

“We celebrate ruhlamat Americas Inc.’s decision to establish its U.S. operations here in South Carolina.  Their presence in our state further cements our reputation as a global leader in manufacturing. We are excited for the 35 new jobs they will be bringing to Greenville County.” -Gov. Nikki Haley

“Advanced manufacturing continues to funnel foreign direct investment into South Carolina. Global companies like ruhlamat Americas Inc. are discovering that South Carolina is just right for business, and we are a world leader in creating quality products for the global marketplace.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Attracting high-quality, technology-driven global organizations is a key to growing our advanced manufacturing base here in Greenville County, and we welcome ruhlamat America Inc. to South Carolina.” -Dr. Bob Taylor, chairman of Greenville County Council and board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation

“We would like to welcome ruhlamat to the ever-expanding international business community of the Upstate and to applaud the teamwork of the economic development community for bringing this one home to the Upstate.” -John Lummus, CEO of the Upstate South Carolina Alliance

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           ruhlamat America Inc. will establish its U.S. operations in Greenville County, creating 35 new jobs.
•           At launch, the new operations will be housed in approximately 10,000 square feet located at 138 Johns Road in Greer.
•           Positions to be filled include electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, assembly technicians, quality control, sales and administrative support positions. 
•           Interested candidates may email resumes to careers@ruhlamat.us.
•           Visit www.ruhlamat.com.cn until the U.S. website www.ruhlamat.us is established.

Innovative Machining Technology To Open Manufacturing Facility In Dorchester County

$7.8 Million Investment Expected To Create 45 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – August 26, 2-14 -Innovative Machining Technology, Inc. (IMT), a global supplier of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components for the power generation industry, is opening a new manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The $7.8 million investment is expected to create 45 new jobs.

In 1988, IMT established its corporate presence in Pennsylvania. Today the company has three facilities in two states including the newest facility opening in Dorchester County. The 37,000-square-foot facility, located at 245 Deming Way in Summerville, will manufacture components for power generation equipment, including gas turbines, as well as nuclear and hydrogen generators that are in service around the globe.

The new facility is expected to be operational in early 2015 with plans to begin hiring new associates in late 2014. readySC will be assisting with initial recruiting and training. Those interested in a position with IMT should visit www.readysc.org/future for the latest information on training opportunities.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.

QUOTES

“IMT’s firm commitment to quality and service is the reason for our continued success.  We strive to push our company into the future by constant improvement to our facilities and to our work process.  We feel that Dorchester County is a perfect fit and are excited to utilize the resources that South Carolina has to offer.” –Joseph Lomanto, president and owner of IMT

“We are excited to welcome IMT to South Carolina’s booming manufacturing industry. We congratulate them on their decision to invest $7.8 million and create 45 new jobs in Dorchester County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley     

“Our manufacturing sector continues to be a big driver of South Carolina’s economy. It’s no wonder that a prestigious company such as IMT would choose to open a facility here. Their commitment and service to our state is preparing us for an even brighter economic future.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We welcome Innovative Machining Technology to Dorchester County.  Their decision to locate here is a testament to our talented workforce and business friendly environment.  Dorchester County looks forward to many years of success with IMT.”  –Bill Hearn, chairman of Dorchester County Council

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Innovative Machining Technology, Inc. (IMT) is opening a new manufacturing facility in Dorchester County.
•           $7.8 million investment to create 45 new jobs.
•           IMT is an OEM component manufacturer and supplier to the power generation industry.
•           The Pennysylvania-based company has three facilities in two states.
•           Summerville facility expected to be operational in early 2015 with hiring through readySC to begin in late 2014.

Apex Tool Group To Expand Sumter County Employment

Manufacturer To Create More Than 150 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – August 21, 2014 - Apex Tool Group, LLC, a leading manufacturer of power and hand tools with more than 30 brands, is expanding its Sumter County workforce, adding between 150 and 200 jobs by the end of 2015.

Apex Tool Group, headquartered in Sparks, Md., is one of the largest manufacturers of professional power and hand tools in the world, serving the vehicle assembly and maintenance, industrial, aerospace, electronics, construction and do-it-yourself market segments. 

The company’s Sumter facility produces hand tools under the Crescent®, Wiss®, HK Porter® and Xcelite® brand names, and will be adding production of Armstrong® and Allen® hand tools as well as private label brands. Apex will be consolidating several of its manufacturing facilities into its Sumter plant, which currently employs approximately 200 associates. Apex’s presence in Sumter County spans more than three decades.

Apex’s group of brands includes other marquee names like Apex®, Belzer®, Campbell®, Delta®, GearWrench®, Jacobs® Chuck, JOBOX®, Lufkin®, Nicholson®, Plumb®, SATA®, Cleco® and  Weller,® with products manufactured in more than 25 plants across the globe, including its other South Carolina facility located in Lexington. Apex today employs more than 8,000 people in more than 30 countries. 

QUOTES

“Apex Tool Group’s products are synonymous with quality, and as they continue to grow in Sumter County, we commit to continuing to provide a top quality workforce. We welcome Apex’s workforce expansion that will bring more than 150 new jobs to Sumter.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is known for making things, and making things well. The growth of Apex Tool Group over three decades underscores that our state is just right for manufacturing.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“For more than 30 years now Sumter has manufactured some of the best hand tools in the world through Apex Tool Group. County Council is pleased that tradition will continue. We’re proud of the company, our workers and our community for not only competing, but for winning quality new jobs and capital investment.”  –Larry Banding, chairman of Sumter County Council

“I see this as a huge vote of confidence in Sumter and validation of our efforts to be both a family and business-friendly community. I think we can compete with any other location in the world and win. Apex is a good company that makes quality products, and Sumter is a quality community and home to some of the best workers available anywhere. I think we’re a good match. ” –Mayor Joe McElveen, City of Sumter

“New companies and new names get the most attention, but we know the businesses already here in our community are our greatest source of growth and investment. We’re glad to hear Apex will continue to grow right along with us here in Sumter, where we have an excellent mix of business environment, logistics and skills. These are things we should all be proud of.” –Greg Thompson, chairman of the Sumter Development Board

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Apex Tool Group is expanding its Sumter County workforce.
•           Apex’s manufacturing consolidation will bring 150 to 200 new jobs to the area.
•           Apex’s group of brands includes marquee names like Allen®, Apex®, Armstrong®, Belzer®, Campbell®, Crescent,® Delta®, GearWrench®, HK Porter®,  Jacobs® Chuck, JOBOX® Lufkin®, Nicholson®, Plumb®, SATA®, Wiss®, Cleco® and  Weller,® with products manufactured in more than 25 plants across the globe.  
•           Apex will be consolidating several of its manufacturing facilities into its Sumter plant, which currently employs approximately 200 associates.
•           Apex today employs more than 8,000 people in more than 30 countries.

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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