Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Executive Budget FY 2015-16
COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 12, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today announced her FY 2015-2016 Executive Budget, a budget that stays within a spending cap and pays down debt while investing in education, the Department of Social Services, the safety of South Carolinians, and the delivery of effective and sustainable health services to those in need.
To watch video of the governor’s press conference, click here: http://goo.gl/EFfTh5
Superintendent of Education-elect Molly Spearman said, “Last year, when Governor Haley celebrated historic education reform with teachers, students, lawmakers and business leaders, she promised that it was just the beginning – and we couldn’t be more excited that the governor’s executive budget invests even more in South Carolina’s schools, especially in the recruitment and retention of teachers in rural districts. I look forward to working with the governor over the next four years to make sure our students, who are our future workforce, have the resources they need to achieve their hopes and dreams.”
Topline Budget Highlights:
Creating Success in South Carolina Schools
Building on the success of the 2014 K-12 Education Reform Initiative, which was fully-funded by the General Assembly, Governor Haley continued meeting with education stakeholders around the state in order to identify and address the needs facing South Carolina’s education system.
Teacher Quality and Recruitment Initiative –
• Charges South Carolina’s Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) with working with the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Education Oversight Committee in order to develop a rural teacher recruitment initiative focused on the following five core incentives:
o Homegrown Teacher Initiative - This incentive offers high-school students who graduate from an eligible district four years of subsidized tuition at any public college or university in the state in exchange for not less than two years of teaching in their home district or another eligible district.
o Enhanced Student Loan Repayment - Eligible teachers receive up to $7,500 per year in direct student loan repayment in exchange for one year of teaching in an eligible district for up to 5 years.
o Rural Educator Salary Supplement - Educators with less than five years’ experience who have not yet secured employment or who choose to relocate from an ineligible district may receive a stipend sufficient to increase their salary an equivalent of five years additional experience on their district salary schedule, up to the ten year experience pay scale. Educators are eligible to continue to receive this supplement until their tenth year of teaching experience.
o Graduate Degrees for Career Educators - Educators with more than five, but less than ten years teaching experience may receive up to two full years of tuition in support of a graduate degree at any public college or university in the state in exchange for a two year teaching commitment for each year of graduate education subsidized.
o Teaching Mentors - CERRA may fund the recruitment and training of teaching mentors with at least eight years classroom experience to provide mentorship, support, and training for newer teachers in eligible districts. During the first five years of service, mentors in eligible districts may also receive a salary stipend of $5,000 to compensate for the extra time and effort that goes into mentoring colleagues.
Fair and Simple Education Funding –
• The Executive Budget proposes to further simplify funding to districts by eliminating two lottery funding streams – the K-5 and 6-8 math, science, and social studies programs – and instead distribute funding for this basic curriculum through the EFA
• This will result in an additional $79 million in General Funds and an increase in base student cost from $2,120 to $2,200.
Reinforcing Reading Coach Program –
• $6.4 million to double the state’s reading coach investment in elementary schools with greater than 30 students who score “not met” on the state’s most recent reading assessments.
• Up to $3.5 million in dedicated professional development funding for the training and certification of reading coaches.
• Nearly $1 million to support the state’s Read to Succeed office that provides professional development, program coordination, and technical assistance to districts.
Technology and Vocational Education –
• $29.3 million for distribution to school districts for technology initiatives.
High Quality Public School Choice –
• $11.8 million to fully fund the Public Charter District Supplement.
Social Services Reform
In 2014, Governor Haley unveiled a reform plan for child protective services at the Department of Social Services (DSS). Governor Haley’s Executive Budget addresses those needs specified in her plan by introducing reforms and investments that will bring stability and predictability to the system, and will support the agency’s initiative to support uniform statewide workloads.
Caseworker Recruiting and Retention –
• Provides funding for over 200 child protective caseworkers and over 60 caseworker assistants to reduce caseloads statewide.
• Recommends sufficient funding for a 10% increase in base pay for human service professionals.
Child Service Accountability –
• Proposes to fund staff through DSS in support of the Statewide Child Fatality Advisory Committee and the establishment of local multidisciplinary review and advisory committees in communities across the state.
Information Technology and Data-driven Risk Assessments –
• $350,000 in recurring funds to re-engineer and improve the Children and Adults Protective Service System (CAPSSS).
• $290,875 in funds to develop and implement a comprehensive risk analysis tool for human service workers evaluating the child abuse and neglect reports.
Adult Protection Enhancements –
• $405,000 in funds to improve Adult Protective Services at DSS.
• $135,000 to restore two ombudsmen personnel within the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging.
• $529,827 in order to fully fund the Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem program signed into law by Governor Haley on May 16, 2014.
Making South Carolina Safer
The Executive Budget further reinforces the Haley administration’s commitment to making South Carolina a safer place to live and work by building upon the substantial new investments in law enforcement and public safety that have been made since 2011.
Improving Child Advocacy –
• Proposes $2.2 million in recurring funds for the Guardian ad Litem program to increase the number of state volunteer trainers and recruiters.
Sustained Commitments to Law Enforcement and Prosecution –
• Proposes funding for 44 probation and parole agents to reduce caseloads statewide and improve accountability of known offenders.
• $1.6 million for additional prosecuting capacity in South Carolina’s 16 judicial circuits.
• Proposes funding for 11 additional agents for the State Law Enforcement Division – including 1 in the Special Victim’s Unit, 2 vulnerable adult investigators, and 2 forensic criminalists.
• Proposes funding for 4 additional attorneys in the Attorney General’s Office – including 1 violent crime prosecutor and 2 sex crimes prosecutors.
• $4 million in recurring support to expand the Department of Corrections’ internal capacity to diagnose and treat inmates with mental illness, provide onsite medical services, and establish remote supervision of inmate areas to enhance officer safety and improve accountability for both inmates and officers.
Delivering Effective and Sustainable Health Services to South Carolinians
In order to continue providing sustainable health services to South Carolina’s citizens, the Executive Budget proposes funding for the state’s health agencies that broadly fits into two categories: ensuring program sustainability and meeting our commitments to the most vulnerable.
Meeting Our Commitments to the Most Vulnerable –
• $6.9 million for 1,600 slots under various Medicaid waiver programs and to begin implementation of expanded coverage for all individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
• $4.8 million for Autism Spectrum Disorder services.
• $7.8 million for services related to children’s mental health.
• $3.2 million to the Department of Mental Health for forensic inpatient services.
Cox Industries, Inc. expanding Orangeburg County operations
Treated wood products manufacturer investing $11.2 million in expansion
COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 30, 2014 - Cox Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products, is expanding its Orangeburg County operations. The company is investing $11.2 million to expand and upgrade its facilities in Eutawville, Bowman, Orangeburg and Branchville, S.C. The investment is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next five years.
Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Orangeburg, S.C., Cox operates 14 manufacturing facilities and more than 10 distribution yards east of the Mississippi River. With operations in 10 states, the company employs more than 400 workers. In 2012, Cox Industries was recognized by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, receiving the organization’s Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award. Among the company’s quality products are decks, fences, utility poles, docks, retaining walls and other specialty items.
Cox has several projects planned to facilitate the expansion of its Orangeburg County operations. These projects include the completion of the installation of a wood-fired boiler at the company’s Eutawville, S.C. plant and the consolidation of other enterprise wide functions at its Orangeburg, S.C. facility. Additionally, Cox is planning to make capacity upgrades at its operations in Bowman and Branchville, S.C.
Hiring for these new positions is ongoing as these investments will be implemented over the next five years. Those interested in applying may view available openings on the company’s careers page online. For more information on Cox Industries, Inc., please visit www.coxwood.com.
“Investment in Orangeburg County by Cox Industries has been ongoing since the inception of our company here in 1954. We appreciate the continued support of Orangeburg County and the state of South Carolina which provide such a pro-business environment in which we thrive. Continued job creation is the foundational piece of fostering a vibrant economy throughout the county and state.” –Cox Industries, Inc. President and CEO R. Michael “Mikee” Johnson
“It’s always exciting when a great South Carolina company like Cox Industries decides to grow and invest in our state. This expansion is another reason to celebrate in Orangeburg County, and we look forward to watching Cox Industries continue to find success here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Our forestry industry is a thriving part of South Carolina’s economy. It’s a thrill to see one of our existing companies expanding in South Carolina, and I look forward to supporting Cox Industries as they continue to make a positive impact to our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Orangeburg County’s pro-business environment and Cox Industries’ $11.2 million expansion are a testament to how industries can prosper in Orangeburg County. We are thrilled to support Cox in their expansion efforts, and we would like to thank Cox Industries for their continued investment and commitment to Orangeburg County. It truly is another great day in Orangeburg County.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.
“Cox Industries continues to make a positive impact in the Orangeburg County community. Their announcement of a $11.2 million expansion with the creation of 60 jobs, further strengthens the already strong roots that Cox has in Orangeburg County. We look forward to many more years of growth for Cox Industries.” –Orangeburg County Development Commission Chairman Ken Middleton
“The Central SC Region and its stakeholders congratulate Cox Industries on their recent expansion. Cox Industries’ commitment to growing their business in Orangeburg County speaks volumes about the assets that exist to achieve industry success.” –Central SC Alliance President and CEO Mike Briggs
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Cox Industries, Inc. is expanding its Orangeburg County operations.
• $11.2 million investment creating 60 new jobs.
• Cox Industries, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Orangeburg, S.C.
• With operations in 10 states, the company employs more than 400 workers.
• Those interested in applying for the new positions may visit the company’s careers page online.
About Cox Industries, Inc.:
Since 1954, Cox Industries has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products for the residential, commercial, industrial and utility markets. Headquartered in Orangeburg, SC, this family-owned and operated company produces a variety of quality wood products—from decks, fences and framing to utility poles, docks, retaining walls and other specialty items. Included on the SC list of the 100 largest privately held companies (#28) for 2010, Cox operates 14 manufacturing facilities and more than 10 distribution yards and employs more than 400 people in 10 states. Cox brand-name products are distributed via select building supply dealers, specialty distributors, and utility companies throughout the eastern United States and overseas. Cox was recently named SC Manufacturer of the Year for 2011 and received the Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence. In 2012 Cox Industries was recognized by the SCMA (South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance) for their Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award. This award recognizes excellence in categories of Community Involvement & Philanthropy, Wellness & Safety and Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. For more information, visit www.coxwood.com.
Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on the Passing of Gov. James B. Edwards
COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 26, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement in response to the news that former Governor James B. Edwards has passed away:
"As someone who appreciated the opportunities and challenges of this office, Governor Edwards always offered kind words of support and encouragement - and we are forever grateful for his friendship. Michael and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Governor Edwards, whose love for South Carolina inspired him to serve until his last day, and we are praying for the Edwards family during this difficult time."
CCL Label DES expanding Laurens County manufacturing facility
$30 million investment expected to result in 98 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 23, 2014 - A world leader in the development of label and specialty packaging solutions for global producers of consumer brands is expanding its manufacturing operations in Laurens County. CCL Industries, Inc. is investing $30 million to expand its label division – CCL Label DES– in Clinton, S.C. The $30 million investment is expected to create 98 new jobs over the next five years.
CCL Label is the world’s largest converter of pressure-sensitive and extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional and functional applications for large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare, automotive and consumer durables markets. Additionally, CCL Label provides extruded & laminated plastic tubes, folded instructional leaflets, precision printed & die cut metal components with LED displays and other complementary products and services to specific end-use markets.
CCL Industries employs approximately 10,400 people and operates 99 production facilities in 28 countries on five continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. In 2013, CCL Industries acquired Avery Dennison’s (Avery) Office & Consumer Products and Designed & Engineered Solutions businesses. Avery is the world’s largest provider of labels, specialty converted media and software solutions to enable short run digital printing in businesses and homes alongside complementary office products sold through distributors and mass market retailers.
The Clinton, S.C. site supports customers globally with highly engineered component products and Industry award-winning printing for the electronics, automotive, consumer battery, and beverage markets. This Laurens County expansion will be the result of a 36,000-square footage addition to the company’s existing facility, located at 29485 Highway 76 East in Clinton. A majority of the construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
Hiring for the new positions will begin in late 2015. New jobs will be posted at jobs.scworks.org. Those interested in applying may visit www.jobs.scworks.org or their local SC Works Centers. For more information on CCL Industries, Inc., please visit www.cclind.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
“CCL is pleased to expand its operations in Clinton and build on the long history the site has with the Laurens County community. This project is a result of our growing global businesses in a number of important expanding markets. The Clinton site, its management team and the skilled and reliable workforce, made it an easy decision to help grow the Southern U.S. corridor for many of the products we manufacture globally, and to leverage the unique capabilities of the Clinton site.” Al Green, VP Technology Development, CCL
“It truly is a testament to the hardworking and skilled workforce we have in South Carolina when an international company like CCL chooses to expand here. The fact that they are investing an additional $30 million and creating 98 new jobs in Laurens County is great news for our state, and we look forward to celebrating with CCL Label and the people of Laurens County for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“This announcement continues an excellent trend we’ve witnessed over the last several years – companies are growing their businesses in our state. In 2013, company expansions comprised more than half of all new capital investment committed. I congratulate CCL and welcome their growth in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Our existing industries in Laurens County are vital to our economic development effort, and every time one of them expands, it is proof that Laurens County is a great place for business and industry to grow and prosper. We are excited that CCL has chosen Clinton to make a major investment to grow their operation, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to grow.” –Chairman Jim Coleman, Laurens County Council and Laurens County Development Corporation
FIVE FAST FACTS
• CCL Label, Inc. is expanding its operations in Laurens County over the next 5 years.
• $30 million investment creating an expected 98 new jobs.
• CCL Industries, Inc. was founded in 1951.
• CCL Label, Inc. will expand with a 36,000-square footage addition to the company’s existing facility.
• Those interested in applying for an open position may visit jobs.scworks.org, or a SC Works Center.
About CCL Industries, Inc.:
CCL Industries now employs approximately 10,400 people and operates 99 production facilities in 28 countries on 5 continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. CCL Label is the world’s largest converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional and functional applications for large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare, automotive and consumer durables markets. Extruded & laminated plastic tubes, folded instructional leaflets, precision printed & die cut metal components with LED displays and other complementary products and services are sold in parallel to specific end-use markets. Avery branded products is the world’s largest provider of labels, specialty converted media and software solutions to enable short run digital printing in businesses and homes alongside complementary office products sold through distributors and mass market retailers. CCL Container is a leading producer of impact extruded aluminum aerosol cans and bottles for consumer packaged goods customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information on CCL Industries, Inc., please visit www.cclind.com.
Toomey to Remain Director of S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 22, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley today announced that Bob Toomey will continue serving in his role as the Director of the South Carolina Department of Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS).
Since being appointed by Governor Haley in January of 2011, Director Toomey has focused on coordinating the agency’s efforts with other stakeholders in prevention and treatment services in order to ensure access to assistance for citizens across the state.
“We have been grateful for Director Toomey’s leadership and service at DAODAS over the last four years, and we couldn't be more excited for the tremendous opportunity his leadership presents for the agency going forward,” said Gov. Haley. “Whether it’s selflessly taking on the role as chairman of the Prescription Drug Abuse Council or volunteering his time with those in need, his eagerness to serve others has had a huge impact on the agency’s effectiveness and it truly is a blessing for all South Carolinians.”
Director Toomey’s biography can be found here: http://goo.gl/pCT9Jh
“I am very grateful to Governor Haley for the opportunity to serve individuals and families touched by the chronic disease of substance use disorders,” said Director Bob Toomey. “It is an honor and a privilege to join other public servants at DAODAS as we continue our work to support and sustain the statewide network of local alcohol and drug prevention and treatment agencies.”
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S.C. Gov. Haley raises concerns over Giti Tire tariff
S.C. Gov. Haley raises concerns over Giti Tire tariff
December 18, 2014
“New tariffs placed by the U.S. Department of Commerce on tires manufactured in China – including those made by Giti Tire – have raised concerns in South Carolina.
“Gov. Nikki Haley wants commerce department officials to reconsider the 17.69 percent tariff targeted for Giti, which plans to build a plant in Chester County. Haley, in a Tuesday letter, said the tariff ‘inequitably affects Giti’s business.’ …
“In her Tuesday letter, Haley asked the commerce department to revise Giti’s rate quickly. The letter doesn’t specify what the rate should be.
“‘I urge Commerce to quickly resolve this issue before it inequitably affects Giti’s business as they build their new facility in our state.’
“A final tariff decision is scheduled to be made by April 16.
“Chaney Adams, Haley’s press secretary, said Thursday, ‘Governor Haley has always said we have to take care of our businesses and workers, Giti is a company that will take care of a lot of our families, and so when she became aware of the tariff situation, it was important to her to contact the Obama administration directly.’ …
“Giti officials said plans to build the Chester County plant show their commitment to manufacturing and distributing American-made tires.’ …
“Giti recently purchased an 1,100-acre site between between S.C. 9 and the Old Richburg Highway near I-77 for its Chester plant. The sales price was not disclosed. The company anticipates holding a groundbreaking ceremony in January with the plant tentatively scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016.
“Giti expects to eventually make about 30,000 passenger and light-truck tires daily.”
Reinicke Athens, Inc. Establishing Operations In Laurens County
$4.5 Million Investment Expected To Create New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 17, 2014 – Reinicke Athens, Inc. (RAI), a Georgia-based leading industrial contractor, is investing $4.5 million to establish manufacturing operations in Laurens County. The investment is expected to create 30 new jobs over the next three to five years.
Founded in 1996 in Athens, Ga., RAI specializes in fast-track installations, relocation of industrial manufacturing equipment and full-service, turnkey construction. With a client list that includes many Fortune 500 companies, Reinicke thrives on competitive bidding as well as negotiations with both small and large projects alike.
Located in the Owings Industrial Park on Old Laurens Road, RAI’s facility will allow the company to strengthen its existing customer base in South Carolina. Additionally, the facility will allow RAI to expand its operations to support new manufacturers who need customized support in the installation and implementation of process equipment.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015. Therefore, hiring for most of the new positions is anticipated to take place in the fourth quarter of 2015. Those interested in applying may visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on Reinicke Athens, Inc., please visit www.rai-usa.com.
“We are looking forward to expanding in South Carolina to better serve our clients in the region.” –Reinicke Athens, Inc. President Mark Christopherson
“RAI’s decision to locate in Laurens County is great news for our state and is further proof that all of South Carolina is open for business. We welcome RAI to South Carolina and celebrate its $4.5 million job-creating investment in Laurens County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Congratulations to Reinicke Athens, Inc. for deciding to establish operations in Laurens County. It’s always great when a company headquartered in one of our neighboring states elects to expand into South Carolina, and I am excited to watch them succeed in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“We are very excited that RAI has chosen Laurens County to construct its plant. This is another example of our county being a good place to call home.” –Laurens County Council Chairman Jim Coleman
“I’m pleased that RAI has chosen to locate in my district. District One has experienced substantial growth over the past several year and I’m glad to be a part of that growth.” –Laurens County Councilman Ted Nash, Laurens County Council, District One
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Reinicke Athens, Inc. (RAI) is establishing manufacturing operations in its U.S. operations in Laurens County.
• $4.5 million investment creating 30 new jobs.
• RAI was founded in 1996 in Athens, Ga.
• The facility will be located in the Owings Industrial Park located on Old Laurens Road in Laurens, S.C.
• Those interested in applying may visit the company’s careers page online.
About Reinicke Athens, Inc.:
Reinicke Athens Inc. (RAI) is a leading industrial contractor specializing in fast track installations, plant shutdowns, relocation of industrial manufacturing equipment, and full service turnkey construction. Established in 1996 in Athens, Georgia, RAI has a long history of construction success throughout the Southeast. Today RAI is honored to have many Fortune 500 companies and major general contractors as clients. For more information on Reinicke Athens, Inc., please visit www.rai-usa.com.
Portucel, S.A. Establishing Operations In Greenwood County
Industrial Manufacturer Investing $110 Million In A Wood Pellet Facility, Creating An Expected 70 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 15, 2014 – An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A. is investing $110 million to open a manufacturing facility in Greenwood, S.C. The investment is expected to create 70 new jobs.
Portucel is an integrated forest, pulp, paper and energy company and is currently Europe´s largest producer of uncoated wood free paper. It has total paper capacity of 1.5 million tons/year and eucalyptus pulp capacity of 1.3 million tons. Its activities are based at three large scale production mills in Portugal which have state of the art technology and are a benchmark for quality in the sector. Portucel is listed in Euronext, a pan-European stock exchange. The company's long term majority shareholder is focused on industrial assets.
Today, the Portucel Group accounts for more than three percent of Portugal’s tangible exports. As of September 2014, the company achieved record paper output, as its year over year sales volume saw an increase of three percent, to 1.147 million tons. Portucel’s facility in Greenwood County will be located in the Emerald Road Industrial Corridor and is expected to have a production capacity of 460 thousand tons per year once it is fully operational.
Hiring for new positions is expected to begin in January 2015. Those interested in joining the Portucel team will soon have the company’s recruitment page online. For more information on Portucel, S.A. please visit www.portucelsoporcel.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $150,000 grant to assist with the costs of road, site and infrastructure improvements as well as job development credits related to the project.
“The Portucel Group is very pleased to announce the construction of its new, state-of-the-art wood pellet facility in Greenwood, S.C. Our facility will provide a renewable, sustainable source of energy for many thousands of electricity consumers for years to come, as well as jobs to many South Carolinians. We are extremely grateful to Governor Haley, the SC Department of Commerce and the County of Greenwood for the warm welcome they have given our team during the lengthy evaluation and feasibility process through which this project matured. We are confident that we have found the right partners in South Carolina and that together we can provide a steady source of safe, reliable and renewable energy for the 21st century.” –Portucel Soporcel Group CEO Diogo da Silveira
“We’re excited to welcome Portucel, S.A. to the South Carolina and once again see an international company choose to do business here and put South Carolinians to work. Their $89.5 million investment and the 70 new jobs they are creating is great news for Greenwood County and our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Recruiting foreign-based firms, like Portucel, S.A., to South Carolina is a critical part of our economic development strategy. Portucel’s decision to establish manufacturing operations in Greenwood County is great news for the local community and state as a whole.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“On behalf of Greenwood County and Greenwood County Council I would like to welcome Colombo Energy, Inc.-a subsidiary of Portucel, S.A., to our community. The company’s decision to invest $110 million and create 70 new jobs is great news and we look forward to working with them to ensure a strong, successful partnership for many years to come.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Mark Allison
“Today’s announcement is a classic example of being ready to meet the needs of industry with quality sites and infrastructure. We congratulate Colombo Energy, Inc.-a subsidiary of Portucel, S.A., on their decision to locate their first U.S. facility in Greenwood County on one of our certified sites and we look forward to having another international company in the community.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chairman Rudy Powell
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Portucel, S.A. is establishing operations in Greenwood County.
• $110 million investment creating 70 new jobs.
• Portucel, S.A. is Europe´s largest producer of printing and writing papers
• The Greenwood County facility will be located in the Emerald Road Industrial Corridor.
• Those interested in joining the Portucel team may visit the company’s recruitment page online.
About Portucel, S.A.:
The Portucel Soporcel group is one of Portugal's leading players on the world stage, accounting for more than 3% of the country's visible exports. The Company has had a significant impact on the Portuguese economy, positioning the Group as the leading European manufacturer of UWF printing and writing paper and the 6th largest producer in the world. This has placed Portugal at the top of the European ranking of countries manufacturing this type of paper. The Group is also Europe's leading manufacturer, and one of the largest producers in the world, of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP). The Group currently boasts an annual production capacity of 1.6 million tons of paper, 1.4 million tons of pulp (of which 1.1 million is integrated into paper) and power generation of 2.5 TWh, adding up to an annual revenue of over 1,500 million euros. The Group has successfully pursued a strategy of innovation and development of its own brands, which today account for 60% of sales of manufactured products. Special mention should be made of the Navigator brand, the world's best-selling product in the premium office paper segment. The Group's sales are made to 113 countries in five continents, with Europe and the United States as the two main destinations. The Group manages woodlands occupying some 120 thousand hectares (296,400 acres) and is committed to improving and protecting Portugal's forests. Its sustainable management model has been certified under the internationally recognized FSC® and PEFCTM schemes. The Group is also a leader in the energy sector and Portugal's leading producer of green energy from biomass, a renewable energy source. For more information on Portucel, S.A. visit www.portucelsoporcel.com.
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Next Department Of Social Services Director
Susan Alford Has Served S.C. Families For More Than 30 Years
COLUMBIA, S.C.-December 15, 2014 – Governor Nikki Haley today announced Susan Alford as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). Alford, who has served South Carolina families for over 30 years, has been the Director of the Girls Center at Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute since 2007.
Video of the governor’s announcement is available here: http://goo.gl/bm7RkV.
“When we started this search, I knew we needed somebody who was able to lead and motivate the agency, but had also experienced what it was like to be on the front lines of child advocacy,” said Gov. Haley. “I was asking for a lot, but we got even more in Susan Alford. She has built an entire career helping children and families in need, and she is the best person to lead the team we have put together.”
Prior to joining the Youth Learning Institute, Alford served in numerous leadership positions over a 13-year period at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice – including Chief of Staff and Associate Director for Policy and Planning. She began her career as a front line child advocate with the Lexington County Department of Youth Services.
“I can think of no mission that is more important than the one of the South Carolina Department of Social Services,” said Susan Alford. “That mission is to protect those that are most vulnerable and to strengthen the families in our state. I will strive to make sure we do this challenging work with openness, integrity, humility and with determination.”
"We look forward to working with the agency's new leadership and with Governor Haley to ensure the Department of Social Services protects our most vulnerable citizens - including our children - and meeting the challenges and making changes where they are necessary to strengthen the agency going forward,” said Senator William O’Dell, Chairman Senate General Committee.
Stanton To Remain Director Of S.C. Department Of Employment And Workforce
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 11, 2014 – Gov. Nikki Haley today announced that Cheryl M. Stanton will continue serving as the director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) during the second term. Appointed to the position by the governor in May 2013 and confirmed by the Senate later that month, Director Stanton has focused on improving the health and integrity of the unemployment trust fund and refining the agency’s processes to best serve businesses and job seekers throughout the state.
“Under Director Stanton’s leadership DEW has made tremendous progress, from helping more than 140,000 South Carolinians find work to saving our businesses nearly $5 million in interest by regularly paying down the unemployment trust fund loan,” said Gov. Haley. “Director Stanton is someone who understands the importance of growing our workforce, while protecting the taxpayer’s investment in our state, and I know she is the right person to continue leading the agency during this second term.”
This year, DEW improved methods for detecting, preventing and recovering improper benefit payments. The agency reduced overpayments made by more than 30 percent in 2014 as compared to 2013. For the first time in the agency's history, it has recovered more in improper payments than it has paid out.
DEW has made significant business process improvements to its claims and appeals processes, enabling South Carolina to meet all federal timeliness and quality performance measures. In addition, DEW has reduced the time it takes for the agency to issue an appeals decision from 58 days to 19 days, saving the agency $1,750 in improper payments for every case in which the grant of benefits is reversed.
“During the last 18 months, DEW has made extraordinary progress in better serving the businesses and citizens of South Carolina,” said Director Stanton. “I am grateful for the governor’s trust in me to continue leading the agency. Moving forward, our team of dedicated employees will continue to lead the charge on South Carolina's efforts to ensure it has a customer-driven workforce system that facilitates financial stability and economic prosperity for employers, individuals and communities.”
Hubner Manufacturing Corporation Expanding Charleston County Facility
Supplier To The Transportation Industry Investing $8.6 Million To Expand, Creating An Expected 50 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 11, 2014 – A company that supplies products to the bus, rail and air transportation industries is expanding its operations in Charleston County. Hubner Manufacturing Corporation is investing $8.6 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The investment is expected to create 50 new jobs.
Founded in 1995 in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Hubner USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Germany-based Hübner GmbH & Co. KG. As a worldwide firm, Hübner employs approximately 2,000 workers in 12 different countries. Hubner USA’s mission is to be the industry leader in high quality synergistic products for the public transportation industry. Among the company’s product lines are passageway systems for high speed and commuter trains, articulation, passageway and bumper systems for light rail vehicles (LRV) and trams, folding bellows and articulation systems for articulating buses, canopies for jet gangways and flexible covers and rubber extrusions for applications in public transportation.
Hubner USA last expanded its Charleston County operations in 2010. This latest expansion, a 55,261 square-foot addition to the current 100,000 square-foot facility, will allow the company to meet the growing demand for its products. Located at 450 Wando Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, the facility is Hübner’s only U.S. operation.
Construction of the facility expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Hiring for most of the new positions is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2016. Those interested in applying may contact Florin Felesco, PHR at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Hubner Manufacturing Corporation, please visit www.hubner-usa.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $350,000 grant for real property improvements and job development credits related to the project.
“We are very excited to expand our facility to keep up with the demands of the transportation market and our customers, as well as create new jobs and have a positive economic impact on the area. The support of the state, county, and local government was pivotal in making this project move forward.” –Hubner USA CEO Ron Paquette
“Congratulations to Hubner Manufacturing Corporation on announcing their second expansion in South Carolina in the last five years. We are thrilled that they continue experiencing so much success in Charleston County, and their decision to invest $8.6 million and create 50 new jobs in Mount Pleasant is great news for the local community and for the state as a whole.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Over the last several decades, hundreds of German companies have enjoyed tremendous success within our state’s borders. Hubner Manufacturing Corporation’s decision to expand in Charleston County only adds to this fruitful partnership between Germany and South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“The growth of Hubner Manufacturing during its 20 years in Mt. Pleasant has been truly remarkable. This company is a highly valued corporate citizen, and with this expansion it is renewing its steadfast and long-standing commitment to our community. Charleston County will look forward to partnering with Ron Paquette and Hubner Manufacturing well into the future.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor
“We are delighted that Hubner Manufacturing has decided to expand its operations and remain in Mount Pleasant when it could have relocated to another community. The company has been a long-time friend and internal business anchor in our community. Their expansion signals a next level of activity for the company, which we salute and wholeheartedly support. The quality of life, amenities and services that Mount Pleasant provides continues to attract new companies and retain companies within our business community. Congratulations to Hubner Manufacturing Corporation.” –Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page
“The SC Ports Authority congratulates Hubner on its expansion in Mt. Pleasant. We look forward to continuing to serve Hubner’s import needs and supporting the growth of manufacturers of all sizes in South Carolina.” –SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Hubner Manufacturing Corporation is expanding its U.S. operations in Charleston County.
• $8.6 million investment creating 50 new jobs.
• Hubner USA was founded in 1995 in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
• The facility is located at 450 Wando Park Blvd. in Mount Pleasant and will be expanded by 55,261 square feet.
• Those interested in applying for an open position may contact Florin Felesco, PHR at email@example.com.
About Hubner USA:
Founded in 1995 by Reinhard Huebner, owner and general manager of Hübner GmbH & Co. KG, Hubner USA aims to be the industry leader of high quality synergistic products for our customers in the public transportation industry. The firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hübner GmbH & Co. KG in Kassel, Germany. In 1996, the company began producing folding bellows and passageway systems for the public transportation industry in North America. Hubner USA is the supplier of products to many well-known rail projects such as Amtrak’s Acela High Speed Train between Washington D.C. and Boston, the Disneyland and Las Vegas Monorails, and light rail vehicle (LRV) systems throughout the United States, including Salt Lake City, Denver, San Diego, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Norfolk, Portland, Tucson, St. Louis, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Boston. Having supplied thousands of articulation systems to cities throughout North America, Hubner USA is also is a major supplier of articulation systems to the bus market. Focusing on quality, safety, design and engineering has made Hubner USA the industry leader of articulation systems for buses during the past 15 years. Hubner USA’s articulation systems are manufactured in the United States and are fully compliant with the Buy America Act. In 1999, the company began production of jet gangway canopies for the airline industry. In 2005, Hubner USA implemented a new product line – an energy absorbing bumper for light rail vehicles and trams, which are currently in service in Phoenix and Seattle. In 2011, HUBNER-USA celebrated 15 years of successful business. For more information on Hubner Manufacturing Corporation, visit www.hubner-usa.com.
Shwedo To Remain Director Of S.C. Department Of Motor Vehicles
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 10, 2014 – Gov. Nikki Haley today announced that Colonel Kevin Shwedo will continue serving in his role as the director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) during the second term. Appointed by Governor Haley in January of 2011, Director Shwedo’s focus on customer service has resulted in drastic improvements in the agency’s performance.
“Director Shwedo has brought a renewed sense of energy and urgency to the Department of Motor Vehicles over the past four years, and I know he is the right person to continue building on the many reforms he has implemented,” said Gov. Haley. “His focus on cutting wait times across the state, while improving customer service, has made a huge difference and I am excited to continue our strong partnership going into this second term.”
Recognizing a need for additional focus on the agency’s quality of service, Director Shwedo oversaw audits of every DMV office in the state in order to identify the best practices utilized by individual branches, and implemented those practices in offices throughout the state. This unique approach to problem solving and an emphasis on employee training have led to significant statewide decreases in wait times.
“I’m excited at the opportunity to continue serving Governor Haley and the citizens of South Carolina,” said Director Shwedo. “We’ve made a lot of progress in customer service and wait times, and I fully expect to continue to improve in those areas during the next four years.”
Prior to his appointment, Director Shwedo was the Deputy Commanding Officer of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, retiring from the military after 32 years of service.
Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC Expanding Berkeley County Manufacturing Facility
$15 Million Investment Expected To Bring 15 Additional Jobs To Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C.-December 10, 2014 – Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of high-quality coating systems for the aviation, automotive and general industry markets is expanding its operations in Berkeley County. The company will be making a $15 million investment to facilitate the expansion, which could increase to as much as $20 million. The expansion is expected to generate 15 new jobs over five years.
Founded in 1895 as an independent subsidiary of the English paint factory Robert Ingham, Clark and Felix Mankiewicz, Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. was initially established for the manufacturing and sale of high-quality paints. Today, Mankiewicz possesses a truly global presence employing approximately 1,000 workers in 17 different countries.
With a primary customer base that includes the automotive and aerospace industries, Mankiewicz has decided to expand its Berkeley County operations – the firm’s only U.S. manufacturing facility – due to increased demands. The automotive and aerospace industries are thriving in South Carolina. Since 2011, those industries have accounted for nearly 20 percent of all jobs announced in the Palmetto State.
To accommodate the expansion, the company will relocate its Berkeley County operations to a larger facility at 1200 Regional Parkway, Charleston. The approximately 90,000 square-foot buildings will allow Mankiewicz to increase its production, technical center and logistical operation by 3rd quarter of 2015.
In anticipation of the new facility and needs, hiring for new positions has already started. Anyone interested in applying should visit www.mankiewicz.com.
“Just four years after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the current facility in Charleston, S.C., we are in need of a new site providing more capacity for Production, Logistics, a brand new Research and Development lab and Application Center. Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC has been serving the U.S. locally for 17 years. After increasing local production and relocating to Charleston, S.C. in 2010, we were able to demonstrate to our customers the commitment to the U.S. market. The proximity to the Charleston seaport, the ability to produce locally and the access to southern truck routes to reach our customers on the West Coast finally paid out. After our U.S. subsidiary was able to double their revenue in just three years after its relocation to Charleston, it was an easy decision for our owner, Michael Grau, to approve approximately $20 Million, of which $15 million will be utilized for the first phase of the expansion. We strongly believe in the U.S. market and are also very grateful for the excellent support provided by Berkeley County.” –Peter Dietz, Managing Director of Mankiewicz Coatings
“Mankiewicz Coatings’ decision to expand in Berkeley County is another great example of how South Carolinians continue to benefit from the growing aeronautic and automotive industries in our state. We congratulate them on the success they have found here, and look forward to watching it continue for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“South Carolina’s automotive and aerospace industries continue to soar, and today we celebrate yet another victory for those sectors as Mankiewicz Coatings announces the expansion of their operations in Berkeley County. I look forward to watching Mankiewicz continue their success in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Mankiewicz Coatings has been a great corporate citizen in Berkeley County. It's a pleasure to see companies of this caliber locate, grow and expand in our County. We appreciate the investment, job opportunities and talent Mankiewicz brings to our County and region.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC is expanding its manufacturing operations in Berkeley County.
• $15 million investment to create 15 jobs and could increase to as much as $20 million.
• Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co was founded in 1895.
• Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC is expanding by relocating to a facility at 1200 Regional Parkway, Charleston, SC.
• Anyone interested in career opportunities with Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC may visit www.mankiewicz.com.
Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. was founded in 1895 as an independent subsidiary of the English paint factory Robert Ingham, Clark and Felix Mankiewicz initially for the sale and later for the manufacture of high-quality paints for coaches according to original English formulae. In 1930, paint manufacturer Ottmar J. Grau acquired the company from the Mankiewicz family heirs. Since the 1980s, the company has been managed by the current owner and managing partner Michael Ottmar Grau.
Investments in the areas of research and development, as well as modern production facilities are the basis for successful business development worldwide. Worldwide, Mankiewicz now has more than one thousand employees. For more information on Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC, visit www.mankiewicz.com.
Standard Textile Co., Inc. To expand Union County Manufacturing Facility
$5 Million Investment Expected To Create 35 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 10, 2014 – Standard Textile, a leading global provider of end-to-end solutions for the institutional textile and apparel markets, is expanding its Union County manufacturing facility. The $5 million capital investment is expected to create 35 new jobs in Union, S.C.
Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Standard Textile operates 29 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 16 countries, including two operations in South Carolina. As a worldwide firm, Standard Textile employs a workforce of more than 4,000 and serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, interior products, and industrial apparel marketplaces.
Standard Textile will be expanding its existing Union County facility, located at 100 Highpoint Drive in Union, S.C. By expanding the facility by 39,000 square-feet, Standard Textile will be able to accommodate increasing terry towel finishing capabilities. The expanded plant will also facilitate new partnerships and opportunities in Standard Textile’s yarn spinning, yarn preparation, and weaving processes.
The investment in South Carolina is part of Standard Textile’s overall effort to bring manufacturing back—in a significant way—to all of their U.S.-based facilities, which remained operative when other textile companies left America. The expansion in Union marks the beginning of Standard Textile’s North American manufacturing strategy, and demonstrates how the company is making greater use of its global web of manufacturing facilities in order to serve customers.
readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training of potential employees for these 35 new jobs. To apply for these positions, please visit www.readysc.org/standardtextile. For more information on Standard Textile, please visit www.standardtextile.com.
“We’re excited to announce the expansion of operations in Union, South Carolina, for it means adding quality jobs in America. This significant expansion to our state-of-the-art finishing facility, which we refer to as a ‘smart plant,’ utilizes technology in its incorporation of automation, robotics, and visual control systems. This announcement gives thanks to the work of the Union County Development Board, the Union County Council, the City of Union Council, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce for their efforts to generate more competitive conditions for this expansion, and for their confidence in Standard Textile.” –Standard Textile Co, Inc. President & CEO Gary Heiman
“It’s always exciting to see an international company like Standard Textile choose to grow and invest in our state. This $5 million investment is great news for Union County, and the 35 jobs Standard Textile is creating will have a lasting impact on that community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“South Carolina is proudly leading the manufacturing renaissance, and Standard Textile’s expansion is yet another win for the manufacturing sector in our state. Their growing presence here underscores that South Carolina is known for making quality products the world over.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“My congratulations to Standard Textile as they have remained competitive in a non-textile environment. Standard Textile has a long standing relationship with Union County; and is not only a national but an international company. The multi-million dollar investment and increase in jobs well compliments the notable job expansion in Union over the last several years. We certainly celebrate with Standard at the local and corporate level.” –Union County Supervisor and County Council Chairman Thomas Sinclair
“Standard Textile, through its local and corporate management team, is truly committed to Union County. The investment of $5 million and the addition of 35 associates in their Terry Towel finishing business is the second expansion in just a short two year period for the company. We will continue to work with all entities as Standard Textile grows in our community.” –Union County Development Board Chairman Joe Nichols
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Standard Textile Co., Inc. is expanding its Union County manufacturing facility to accommodate increasing terry towel finishing capabilities in the United States.
• $5 million investment expected to create 35 jobs.
• Standard Textile operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in 16 countries with 4,000 employees, including South Carolina operations in Union and Charleston counties.
• Standard Textile is expanding its existing facility at 100 Highpoint Drive in Union, S.C. by 39,000 square-feet.
• readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training of potential employees for these 35 new jobs. To apply for these positions, please visit www.readysc.org/standardtextile.
About Standard Textile Co., Inc.:
Founded in 1940, Standard Textile has developed a culture of innovation, quality and service. With more than 70 patents, the company’s products are engineered to deliver durability, longevity and value. Going far beyond just providing on-time, quality products to its clients, Standard Textile partners with customers to drive out excess operational costs from laundry and linen systems. A vertically integrated company, Standard Textile is a leading global provider of end-to-end solutions for the institutional textile and apparel markets. Leveraging textile design, manufacturing and laundry expertise, as well as global infrastructure, Standard Textile serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, interior products, and industrial apparel marketplaces worldwide. For more information, visit www.standardtextile.com.
Farmer To Remain Director Of S.C. Department Of Insurance
COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 9, 2014 - Gov. Nikki Haley today announced that Ray Farmer will continue serving as the director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance during the second term. Appointed to the position by the governor in November of 2012 and confirmed by the Senate in February of 2013, Director Farmer has focused on improving the agency’s customer service and creating a business-friendly environment where South Carolina companies can succeed.
“Director Farmer’s leadership and professionalism have been huge assets at the Department of Insurance and I am very excited to continue our partnership during this second term,” said Gov. Haley. “His commitment to making the agency as consumer-friendly as possible, while ensuring South Carolina remained one of the most business-friendly states in the country, has done great things for our citizens and I know he is the right person to build on this progress going forward.”
Under Director Farmer, the Department of Insurance has improved service to all of their customers, including consumers, producers, and insurance companies. By extending operating hours for frontline staff and improving the agency’s website, he has worked to ensure that people across the state are able to find the help they need, when they need it.
With more than 250 captives licensed, South Carolina has been one of the nation’s premier places for captive insurance companies to do business for many years. Director Farmer has placed a renewed focus on the Captives Division within the agency, resulting in over 20 companies being licensed during his tenure.
“I thank Governor Haley for the confidence and trust she has placed in me and consider being a public servant not a job but an honor,” said Director Ray Farmer. “We have done a lot over the past two years to improve our services to our customers and quality customer service will continue to be one of our primary focuses. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve Governor Haley and the people of South Carolina.”
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces New Department Of Labor, Licensing And Regulation Director
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 8, 2014 – Governor Nikki Haley today named Richele Taylor as the acting director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR). Taylor has served as the Deputy Director of Administration at LLR since March of this year.
“Over the last three years Holly Pisarik has done great work at LLR, streamlining the licensing process and reducing burdensome regulations – all things that make it easier for businesses to find success in our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We knew that we needed someone to continue the progress Holly brought to the agency, and I couldn’t be more excited or confident that Richelle Taylor is exactly the right person to step in and do that.”
As Deputy Director of Administration, Taylor was responsible for overseeing the agency’s Human Resources, Procurement and Financial Divisions.
Prior to joining LLR, Taylor was Of Counsel at Fisher & Phillips LLP, where she advised and represented clients in all areas of employment law. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
“I am excited to serve as the Director of LLR,” said Richele Taylor. “The agency takes seriously its mission of protecting the health, safety and economic well-being of the public. Under Governor Haley, the agency has become more effective and efficient, and I look forward to continuing the agency’s success and progress.”
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as LLR’s Director for the last several years,” said current director, Holly Pisarik. “With the help of the employees, we have created a more efficient, effective, and customer friendly agency. Without a doubt, Richele Taylor is the right person to continue to move the agency forward. I have worked with Richele over the last few months, and I have been impressed by her drive, her leadership skills, her judgment, and her ability to problem solve.”
The transition will take place over the next week.
Taylor, 38, is currently a resident of Lexington County and is married with one child.
Precision Southeast, Inc. Expanding Marion County Manufacturing Facility
$16.6 Million Investment To Create 140 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C.- December 5, 2014 – Precision Southeast, Inc., a manufacturer of injection molded plastic parts, is expanding its operations in eastern South Carolina. Headquartered in Myrtle Beach, the company is investing $16.6 million to expand its Marion County manufacturing operations, creating an expected 140 new jobs there over the next five years. This expansion complements recent growth of the company’s existing Horry County operations, which represented $2 million in investment and 60 new jobs hired at that site.
Founded in 1980, Precision Southeast, Inc. produces sporting goods, agricultural/industrial, assembled, automotive, decorated, insert molded and power tool parts. In addition to manufacturing, the firm also offers assembly and packaging services.
Since being established nearly 35 years ago, Precision Southeast, Inc. has grown significantly in eastern South Carolina. The company is relocating to the Marion County Spec Building, developed in partnership between the county and Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, at 2785 Gurley Road in order to meet increased customer demand. The expansion is being facilitated by an increase in machine sizes, service offerings, logistics and the number of industries served. Precision’s Marion County operation currently employs 80 workers.
The new jobs created will span the entire spectrum from entry level to very highly skilled technical molding and machining positions, in addition to sales, management, finance, procurement, and information technology and various supporting roles.
Hiring for the new positions is taking place in March 2015. Those interested in applying may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Precision Southeast, Inc., please visit www.precisionsoutheast.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved an $800,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant and job development credits related to the project.
“It’s great to see that my home state, which is not only business friendly but also is a great place to live, is now on the cutting edge of creating top manufacturing jobs. We have enjoyed working closely with the economic development staffs in both Marion and Horry counties, and we plan to partner in greater depth with the state’s technical institutions to develop people who want to stay here and work in high value-added jobs for years to come. We would like to thank the County staff and the state’s Department of Commerce for their interest and support in our competitiveness and our growth, and how that can improve the quality of life for hundreds of South Carolinians.” –Precision Southeast CEO Steve Stradtman
“Precision Southeast has been doing business in South Carolina for nearly 35 years and that partnership means a great deal to the local communities they help support and to our state as a whole. The fact that they have expanded in both Horry and Marion Counties over the past year proves their commitment to South Carolina and we look forward to watching them continue to grow for many years to come.” –Governor Nikki Haley
“South Carolina continues to lead the nation’s manufacturing resurgence, and today’s announcement from Precision Southeast only reinforces that fact. Congratulations to Precision on announcing this landmark expansion, which is a big win for Marion County and for the entire state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“On behalf of Marion County and Marion County Council, I would like to thank Precision Southeast for their continued commitment in Marion County and look forward to a long-term relationship for future growth. Precision’s decision to move into the County spec building culminates a partnership between Marion County and Pee Dee Electric Cooperative to improve economic development in the County. It also emphasizes the importance of existing industry and the significant impact it has on our community.” –Marion County Council Chairman Buddy Collins
“Today's announcement marks a great occurrence for our region and state as a whole. Precision Southeast's decision to re-invest in the region demonstrates their confidence and commitment in our workforce. They're a great company and we're very excited to see them succeed in conjunction with the region.” –North Eastern Strategic Alliance Chairman Lt. Governor Yancey McGill
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Precision Southeast, Inc. is expanding its manufacturing operations in Marion County.
• $16.6 million investment to create 140 jobs.
• Precision Southeast, Inc. has been in business in South Carolina since 1980.
• The company is relocating to the Marion County Spec Building at 2785 Gurley Road in order to meet increased customer demand.
• Hiring for the new positions is taking place in March 2015. Those interested in applying may contact email@example.com.
About Precision Southeast, Inc.:
Precision Southeast, Inc. manufactures injection molded plastic parts. It offers sporting goods, agricultural/industrial, assembled, automotive, decorated, insert molded, and power tool parts. The company also provides assembly and packaging services, including shrink-wrapping, displays, inspection, and rework and filling. It serves automotive, electronics, industrial/agricultural, packaging, power tools, and sporting goods industries; and non-prescription drugs, nutritional supplements, soft drink, computer software, household cleaning products, housewares, hardware, and recreation markets. Precision Southeast, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
For more information, visit www.precisionsoutheast.com.
Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House Scheduled For December 8
First Family Welcomes South Carolinians For Holiday Celebration
COLUMBIA, S.C. - December 3, 2014 – Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and their children, Rena and Nalin, invite South Carolinians and their families to join them for a Christmas Open House on Monday, December 8, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Governor's Mansion. The event is free of charge, open to the public and no reservations are required.
The First Family asks that open house guests consider bringing canned goods to be donated to the Harvest Hope Food Bank as well as packaged toys for Toys for Tots. The donations will be accepted at the entrance to the Governor’s Mansion.
The Columbia Garden Club, which has decorated the Governor’s Mansion for Christmas every year since 1981, began decorating on December 1, when the Governor’s Mansion received a live Christmas tree from the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association and poinsettias grown by the Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center.
Governor’s Mansion Executive Chef, Steven Jankowski, will build a classic gingerbread house, and wreaths within the Mansion Complex will be made and hung by the Horticulture Division of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The Carillon Carolers of Columbia, S.C will perform for guests, along with the White Knoll High School band and story teller, Michelle Langdon.
Regular guided Christmas tours will also be available December 10-12 and 17-19 at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM. They are also free of charge, but are by reservation only. Anyone interested in scheduling a tour should call Nancy Bunch at (803) 737-1710.
Quality Farms To Establish First Southeast Presence In Marion County
$1.9 Million Investment Expected To Result In The Creation Of 27 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. - December 2, 2014 – A processor and convertor of wine and beer waste into fuel-grade ethanol and livestock feed is establishing operations in Marion County. Quality Farms is investing $1.9 million resulting in the creation of 27 new jobs in Mullins, S.C.
Founded in 2011 in Dayton, Ohio, Quality Farms was established to provide beer, wine and spirit product destruction and recycling services to the beverage industry. Offering an alternative to landfills that reverses negative revenue, Quality Farms ensures its clients’ compliance while reclaiming more than 90% of the unusable total beverage product and minimizing the environmental footprint. To date in 2014, Quality Farms’ existing Ohio operations have processed more than 12.4 million pounds of product, successfully diverting materials initially bound for landfills. The company’s South Carolina operations are expected to yield similar results.
The establishment of a facility in Marion County provides Quality Farms with the opportunity to create a presence in the Southeastern United States. Located at 6424 E. Highway 76 in Mullins, the 294,243 square-foot building will house equipment to break glass, crush aluminum, and bale the packaging materials for shipping or pickup. This process results in a significant reduction of waste currently directed to landfills. While Quality Farms will lease space and operate out of the same facility as another business, they are not connected.
Hiring for the new positions will take place in late January. Those interested in becoming a part of the Quality Farms team may apply through SC Works at www.scworks.org. For more information about Quality Farms, please visit www.quality-farms.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $75,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund Grant to be used as reimbursement for the costs of real property improvements.
“We investigated several locations in the Southeast for our expansion. However, because of the energy and excitement of the economic development director in Marion County, we chose to locate in Mullins, SC. Because of the positive responsiveness, I feel we can foster a long-term partnership with the community for future success and growth.” –Quality Farms President Richard Grow
“We are always looking to partner with innovative companies like Quality Farms, and we are excited to welcome them to Marion County. Quality Farms’ decision to establish their first southeastern facility in South Carolina is a great sign for our state and this local community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Our recycling and our agribusiness industries are growth sectors, and this is a company at the intersection of both. South Carolina has all of the ingredients for small businesses to be successful, and I look forward to watching Quality Farms thrive in our state.” –Secretary Bobby Hitt
"We are excited that Quality Farms has decided to expand their company in Marion County. They not only bring a new industry to our County, but also offer opportunities for future growth and expansion of other new businesses. On behalf of Marion County and the Marion County Council, I would like to welcome Quality Farms to Marion County.” –Marion County Council Chairman Buddy Collins
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Quality Farms will locate its first southeastern United States facility in Marion County.
• The company is committing a total capital investment of more than $1.9 million.
• The new facility is located at 6424 East Highway 76 in Mullins, S.C.
• The new operation is expected to result in 27 new jobs.
• For career opportunities, visit the company’s website.
About Quality Farms:
Quality Farms was established to provide beer, wine and spirits product waste destruction and recycling services to the alcohol beverage industry. Until recently, disposal of waste products involved landfills and created serious environmental problems. Quality Farms offers a solution that reverses negative revenue and keeps you compliant while reclaiming over 90% of the unusable total beverage product and minimizing your company's environmental footprint. For more information, visit www.quality-farms.com.
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces 2014 South Carolina Christmas Challenge
Challenges South Carolinians To Perform Random Acts Of Kindness
COLUMBIA, S.C. - December 2, 2014 – Governor Nikki Haley announced the 2014 South Carolina Christmas Challenge yesterday at the 48th Annual Governor’s Carolighting. The governor challenged all South Carolina citizens to perform random acts of kindness over the course of the holiday season and share their stories on social media.
Governor Haley also issued a statewide proclamation designating the month of December as Random Acts of Kindness Month, encouraging people across the state to embrace the Christmas spirit and take advantage of opportunities to lend a helping hand to someone in need.
“The holiday season is about loving the people around you and being selfless with your time and energy so that you can lift them up,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “Last year, we started a new tradition by challenging South Carolinians to perform random acts of kindness and it resulted in an amazing outpouring of love and support for one another. This year, I think we can do it even bigger and we can show the world why we are the friendliest state in America.”
South Carolinians can participate in the challenge by sharing stories of either witnessing or committing acts kindness on the governor’s Facebook page, which can be found here - www.facebook.com/NikkiHaley - or tweeting them directly to the governor at @nikkihaley using the hashtag, #SCChristmasChallenge.
A photo of the 48th Annual Carolighting and a copy of the governor’s proclamation are attached.
Filtration Group Expanding York County Operation
Global Filtration Leader Increasing York County Presence With $1.5 Million Investment, 11 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. - December 1, 2014 – Filtration Group is expanding one of its two facilities in York County. The company is a global filtration leader in liquid/process, environmental air, fluid and biomedical solutions. This expansion, a capital investment of $1.5 million, will add an expected 11 total jobs to the company’s existing operations.
Founded in 1942 and headquartered in Chicago, Ill., Filtration Group operates on five continents. As a truly global firm, the company provides solutions to customers in a wide variety of industries and end markets around the world.
Filtration Group is expanding its York County operations by purchasing the existing facility it occupies at 1200 Filbert Highway in York, S.C. Ownership of this entire facility will provide the additional space needed to grow the business. By increasing the productivity of the operations, this expansion will allow Filtration Group to better serve the growing needs of its customers.
Hiring for the new positions is on-going. Those interested in joining the Filtration Group team may visit the company’s website at www.filtrationgroup.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $150,000 Economic Development Set Aside grant for the project.
“We are very excited to make this investment in the York community. The high quality workforce and strong community support make York a great home for our manufacturing operations in this region.” –Filtration Group Corporation Chief Financial Officer Tim McCarty
“All job announcements are good news for our state but expansions especially are, because it shows that we have the workforce and business environment that companies need to grow and succeed. Filtration Group is a great South Carolina company that we are proud of, and we congratulate them on this $1.5 million investment that will bring 11 more jobs to York County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Congratulations to Filtration Group on all of the success they’re having in South Carolina and around the world. It’s great when a company with such a global footprint decides to grow their business in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Filtration Group is expanding their York County operations.
• $1.5 million investment creating 11 additional jobs.
• Filtration Group Corporation is a global filtration leader in liquid, process, environmental air, and fluid solutions.
• Filtration Group was founded in 1942.
• Filtration Group Corporation is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
About Filtration Group:
Filtration Group is passionate about cleaning air, reducing carbon emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and keeping food, water and medical procedures safe through its wide range of filtration solutions. Delivering outstanding customer value to industry leaders across the globe, Filtration Group operates facilities on five continents under four operating divisions: Liquid/Process, Environmental Air, Fluid, and Bio/Medical. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Filtration Group provides solutions to customers in a wide variety of industries and end markets around the world.