Sportsman Boats Manufacturing To Double Size Of Dorchester Operations
$3.5 Million Investment Expected To Create 150 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 18, 2014 - Sportsman Boats Manufacturing, a manufacturer of saltwater fishing boats, is more than doubling the size of its existing facility in Dorchester County. The $3.5 million investment is expected to create 150 new jobs.
The 74,000-square-foot facility located on 113 Isaac Way in Summerville will be expanded by approximately 116,000 square feet to accommodate growing demand of the company’s product line.
Sportsman’s product offering currently includes 10 models ranging in size from 20-25 feet that are center consoles, bay boats and dual console boats designed for saltwater enthusiasts. The company plans to launch several new models in the near future.
Those interested in a position with Sportsman may apply in person or send their resumes to P.O. Box 2100, Summerville, S.C. 29484.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $200,000 set aside grant for the project.
"We are excited about the future here in South Carolina and Dorchester County. Sportsman has experienced phenomenal growth in our first two and a half years in business with a current dealer footprint along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Miami, around the Gulf States into Texas and around the great lakes. We look forward to many years of successful manufacturing here in South Carolina." -Tommy Hancock, co-owner of Sportsman Boats Manufacturing
“We are pleased with the help and support Dorchester County Economic Development has provided for us over the past two and a half years and are looking forward to a very successful future with their continued help.” –Dale Martin, co-owner of Sportsman Boats Manufacturing
“Sportsman Boats is a great South Carolina company and represents the strong entrepreneurial spirit the people of our state have. We commend their $3.5 million investment, which will create another 150 jobs in Dorchester County and look forward to their continued success in the Lowcountry and throughout South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Sportsman began in South Carolina only two years ago and is already doubling its footprint – further proving that we are just right for business and just right for new developments and manufacturing innovations. If this is how much they have grown in just two years, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Sportsman and South Carolina’s business relationship.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“In just three years, Sportsman Boats has grown from a startup company to a major employer in Dorchester County. We congratulate Sportsman Boats on their expansion and thank them for their continued partnership with Dorchester County.” -Bill Hearn, Chairman Dorchester County Council
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Sportsman Boats Manufacturing is more than doubling the size of its existing facility in Dorchester County.
• The $3.5 million investment is expected to create 150 new jobs.
• The 74,000-square-foot facility located on 113 Isaac Way in Summerville will be expanded by approximately 116,000 square feet.
• Sportsman’s product offering includes 10 models in the following categories: center consoles, bay boats and dual console boats - the company plans to launch several new models in the near future.
• Applicants interested in a position with Sportsman may apply in person or send their resumes to P.O. Box 2100, Summerville, S.C. 29484.
Mohawk Industries Upgrading Spartanburg County Manufacturing Plant
$10 Million Investment To Create Around 20 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 17, 2014 - Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, is investing $10 million in its Spartanburg County commercial carpeting facility over the next 10 years to substantially upgrade its looms and improve technology to support future business growth. The upgrade is expected to create approximately 20 new jobs at the facility, which currently employs around 160 individuals.
Mohawk Industries, based in Calhoun, Ga., operates two manufacturing facilities in South Carolina, including the Landrum plant in Spartanburg County as well as a facility in Bennettsville in Marlboro County. The 340,000-square-foot Landrum facility produces high-end, woven contract commercial carpeting for both domestic and international customers. Additionally, the plant manufactures aviation carpet for most domestic and some international airlines and airplane manufacturers.
Over the past decade, Mohawk has grown its business profile from an American carpet manufacturer into the world's largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia and the United States. In the U.S., Mohawk produces carpet, carpet cushion, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate and hard wood flooring and held the largest share of the domestic flooring market in 2013 according to industry reports.
The Landrum facility was built by the Sanford-Bigelow carpet company in 1953. Fieldcrest Cannon acquired Sanford-Bigelow in 1986 and merged the company with its Karastan division. In 1993, Mohawk acquired Karastan-Bigelow from Fieldcrest Cannon. Today, the Landrum team is part of Mohawk’s global workforce of more than 31,000, with around 1,150 employees in South Carolina at manufacturing sites in Landrum and Bennettsville as well as a distribution center in Orangeburg.
Mohawk Industries expects to begin hiring for the new positions after the first phase of upgrades is completed and continues to accept applications for other positions at the site. Individuals interested in positions with the company should visit www.mohawkcareers.com to apply.
“By modernizing the looms at the Landrum facility, we can update the styling of the carpet we produce there and keep the business viable for the men and women at the facility. This is a good investment for Mohawk and will help us remain the industry leader in high-end performance woven carpet. Mohawk is proud to be one of the few American companies making these types of products.” – Miles Wright, vice president of commercial manufacturing for Mohawk Flooring
“For more than 50 years, Mohawk has been an integral part of the Landrum community. As the world’s largest flooring company, they could have chosen to go anywhere, but they continue to expand here in South Carolina. We applaud Mohawk’s $10 million investment and 20 new jobs in Spartanburg County, which will support their customers around the globe.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“From starting as an American carpet manufacturer to rising as a global leader, Mohawk has continued to grow and develop in South Carolina. As they continue to succeed, we will be right behind them adapting and growing too. I look forward to their continued contribution to our state and the impact they will have on our economic future.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“The partnership between Mohawk Industries and Spartanburg County spans more than 60 years, and we are pleased they have chosen us from their global manufacturing network to invest in this state of art carpet manufacturing equipment. Mohawk’s loyalty to our community has been rewarded with a skilled and stable workforce with an average tenure of 15 years. We welcome the opportunities the next 60 years will present for the citizens of Spartanburg County and Mohawk Industries.” – David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment Committee of Spartanburg County
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Mohawk Industries is modernizing its Spartanburg County commercial carpeting facility.
• $10 million investment to upgrade looms and technology will create around 20 new jobs.
• Mohawk is the world’s largest floorcovering manufacturer with a strong presence in South Carolina.
• The Landrum facility produces high-end, woven contract commercial carpeting as well as aviation carpet for domestic and international airlines and airplane manufacturers.
• Mohawk Industries expects to begin hiring for the new positions when the first phase of the upgrade is completed. Visit www.mohawkcareers.com for hiring information.
About Mohawk Industries:
Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk's vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Bigelow, Daltile, Durkan, Karastan, Lees, Marazzi, Mohawk, Pergo, Unilin and Quick-Step. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world's largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia and the United States.
Gov. Nikki Haley To Hold Constituent Meetings In Columbia
Constituents Have An Opportunity To Discuss Any Issue With Governor
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 14, 2014 - Governor Nikki Haley today announced that she will hold constituent meetings at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on Wednesday, July 16 at 4:00 PM. South Carolinians will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the governor to discuss any issue.
Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment should call (803) 734-1999 between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM on Tuesday, July 15. Appointments are first-come, first-served. For more information, call (803) 734-2100.
WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley
WHAT: Constituent meetings in Columbia
WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, 4:00 PM
WHERE: Office of the Governor, Statehouse, 1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, S.C.
Public Notice Of Meeting
Governor’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 11, 2014 - The Governor’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council, established by Executive Order 2014-22 on March 14, 2014, will hold a meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014.
WHO: Governor’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council
WHAT: Meeting to discuss the drafted outline of the statewide plan
WHEN: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Governor’s Conference Room, Wade Hampton Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.
CONTACT: Darra Coleman, (803) 896-4835
Senior Aerospace AMT To Open Satellite Operations In Charleston County
Company Will Create 60 New Skilled Jobs In North Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 10, 2014 - Senior Aerospace AMT, a manufacturer of structural parts for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the large commercial jet market, will be opening satellite operations in Charleston County, creating 60 new skilled jobs. Senior Aerospace AMT is owned by the international engineering group Senior plc.
To meet the increasing build rate requirements and streamline operations, the company plans to assemble existing products that deliver to Boeing SC within the North Charleston area. Establishing a local satellite location represents the first step to transfer tools and inventory to complete the sub-assembly on existing product that delivers directly to Charleston.
Senior Aerospace AMT plans to have the site operational by the end of 2014 with new positions to be filled immediately. The company is coordinating with readySC to create a pre-employment training program to begin filling job vacancies.
Applicants interested in a position with Senior Aerospace AMT may submit their resume on the company’s employment website.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.
“We are excited to expand into the Charleston region and believe our new site will create value to our largest customers by providing products just in time and point of use. We are proud to be part of the growing Charleston aerospace industry and believe the local talented workforce will help us achieve our long-term strategic goals.” –Jerry Goodwin, Senior Aerospace – Aerostructures CEO
“We are excited to welcome Senior Aerospace to South Carolina. Their commitment to our growing aerospace industry speaks to the capabilities of our state’s business environment and ready workforce. We congratulate them on their significant investment and creating 60 new jobs in Charleston County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Here we see another result of the ‘Boeing effect’ as Senior Aerospace opens local operations to streamline their production and greet growth opportunities happening here in South Carolina. We welcome them to the Palmetto State’s aerospace industry that has seen a more than 600 percent growth in jobs in the past five years.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“The Charleston region’s highly skilled workforce, business-friendly climate, and globally connected infrastructure influenced Senior Aerospace AMT’s decision to ‘take a leap of faith’ and locate here to better serve Boeing and enhance its own future growth opportunities. Senior will be a tremendous asset to our growing aerospace cluster for many years to come.” –Lonnie Carter, chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance board
“Senior Aerospace AMT is bringing much needed manufacturing and assembly capabilities to our market, and we know they will benefit The Boeing Company and many other aerospace partners throughout the Southeast and beyond. Charleston County looks forward to supporting Senior Aerospace AMT for many years to come as its value-added public sector partner providing services throughout their ramp-up, subsequent growth, and expansions.” - Teddie Pryor, chairman of Charleston County Council
“The City of North Charleston proudly welcomes Senior to the rapidly expanding aerospace sector of our economy, and we embrace the additional jobs and sizeable capital investment that will benefit our region. It is the city’s commitment to Senior to remain business friendly and maintain an environment that is ripe for businesses to flourish.” –North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Senior Aerospace AMT will be opening satellite operations in Charleston County.
• The company will create 60 new skilled jobs and locate a new facility in North Charleston.
• Senior Aerospace AMT is owned by the international engineering group Senior plc.
• Senior Aerospace AMT plans to have the site operational by the end of 2014 and new positions will be filled immediately.
• Applicants interested in a position with Senior Aerospace AMT may submit their resume on the company’s employment website.
Meter Bearings Group To Establish First U.S. Production Facility In Colleton County
$4.5 Million Investment Expected To Create 48 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 9, 2014 - Meter Bearings Group, a designer and producer of ball and cylindrical roller bearings, is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Colleton County. The $4.5 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next five years.
The company plans for the 48,000-square-foot facility, located at 220 Anderson Road in Walterboro, to begin production by September 2015.
Meter Bearings Group is a family-owned company with headquarters in Robassomero, Torino, Italy. The company, which was founded in 1981, has manufacturing plants in Italy and China and customer support offices in Germany and the United States.
Among the factors that influenced the company’s decision to locate in Colleton County is proximity to the Port of Charleston, which Meter Bearings Group will utilize for its importing and exporting needs.
The company is coordinating with readySC to create a customized, pre-employment training program. For more information about the new jobs and to apply, visit www.sctechjobs.com or visit the local SC Works office located at the Colleton Career Skills Center, 1085 Thunderbolt Road in Walterboro.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for real property improvements.
“Part of our growth strategy is to establish a manufacturing operation in the United States to reach our customers that already exist there. We chose Colleton County thanks to the great and professional support of the South Carolina Department of Commerce staff and local officials.” -Vittorio Musso, president and CEO of Meter S.p.A.
“We couldn’t be more excited to see Meter Bearings Group establish their first U.S. manufacturing location in South Carolina. Their $4.5 million investment, 50 new jobs in Colleton County and increased business through the port will be a real boost to the area and the hardworking South Carolinians who live there.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Through our ease of access to global markets through the port and our strong workforce, Meter has realized the potential of doing business here in South Carolina. Meter will be a great addition to our growing community of foreign-owned companies in our state, and I look forward to seeing them succeed here.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Meter Bearings Group’s decision to locate in South Carolina is great news for Colleton County, and the SCPA looks forward to fulfilling their import-export needs. Their announcement today is a reminder that our capable port system impacts every county across the state and handles cargo for businesses of all sizes.” – Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the SC Ports Authority
“Meter will bring good jobs to Colleton County and will be an asset to our regional economy, which is powered by manufacturing. We are truly grateful to Meter’s Vittorio Musso for his company’s investment in Colleton County, and we congratulate the Colleton County team.” -SouthernCarolina Alliance President and CEO Danny Black
“Our partnership with the state and SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance has made this project possible. Meter’s positive impact in Colleton County will be evident by new jobs and increased economic activity. They will join an outstanding roster of existing industry here. ” – Phillip Taylor, Colleton County council chairman
“We are very pleased that Meter has decided to locate in Colleton County. We have worked to make Colleton County attractive for business and industry and Meter has confirmed that it indeed is. Their investment in this community and the creation of new jobs will keep Colleton County moving ahead.” – Bill Workman, Colleton County Economic Alliance co-chair and Colleton County Resource & Development Board chairman
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Meter S.p.A. is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Colleton County.
• The $4.5 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next five years.
• 48,000-square-foot facility, located at 220 Anderson Road in Walterboro.
• Meter expects to begin production by September 2015.
• The company is coordinating with readySC to create a customized, pre-employment training program. For more information about the new jobs and to apply, visit www.sctechjobs.com or visit the local SC Works office located at the Colleton Career Skills Center, 1085 Thunderbolt Road in Walterboro.
Belk Inc. To Expand Union County Distribution Center
$47 Million Investment To Add 20 New Positions
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 9, 2014 - Department store retailer Belk, Inc. is expanding its Union County e-commerce distribution and fulfillment center operations for the second time since establishing there in mid-June 2012. The $47 million investment will expand the facility footprint by 50 percent and add 20 new jobs, which will grow the company’s Jonesville presence to 314 employees.
The expansion, which is expected to be completed in January 2015, will add more than 345,000 square feet of newly constructed space to the 515,000-square-foot building. The Jonesville facility, located at 3805 Furman L. Fendley Highway, was recently acquired by CPA®:18 – Global, a non-traded REIT affiliate of global real estate investment trust W.P. Carey Inc. and is being leased to Belk. Belk and CPA®:18 – Global will invest a collective $47 million, which includes funding for construction and to upfit the facility with equipment such as conveyor systems, racking and automation.
Belk announced in December its intention to hire an additional 170 personnel by the end of 2015, and this expansion grows those expectations to add another 20 jobs. Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Belk’s careers page and search for positions in Jonesville, S.C.
Founded more than 125 years ago, today Belk is the nation’s largest family-owned-and-operated department store company, with 299 stores in 16 states offering Belk’s signature “Modern. Southern. Style.” The company is based in Charlotte, N.C. For more information, visit www.belk.com.
“Belk’s e-commerce business continues to grow, and with it the demand for increased distribution and fulfillment operations. Our Jonesville facility has been a key factor in our belk.com growth, and we are pleased to be able to invest additional resources in and to bring additional jobs to Union County.” –John R. Belk, president and COO of Belk, Inc.
“It’s a great day in South Carolina as we celebrate Belk’s decision to expand their Union County facility for the second time since 2012. We applaud them for bringing a combined investment of $47 million and creating 20 new jobs.” -Gov. Nikki Haley
“Belk first came to South Carolina because it is great location for retailers that need to rapidly get product to markets. This next expansion further proves that South Carolina has the business climate and logistics capabilities companies are looking for.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“This expansion represents more jobs for our citizens, more tax base for government services and schools, and shows continued confidence in the future Union County. I commented at Belk’s initial opening that it fit like a good pair of shoes. Now, with a 345,000 square foot addition to the existing building, $47,000,000 in new investment for a total of $93,000,000, it is more like a new suit. On behalf of our community and citizens, thank you Belk!” –Thomas L. Sinclair, Union County supervisor and council chairman
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Belk Inc. is expanding its Union County e-commerce distribution and fulfillment center operations for the second time since establishing there in mid-June 2012.
• $47 million investment will expand the facility footprint by 50 percent and add 20 new jobs.
• Building construction expected to be completed in January 2015.
• CPA®:18 – Global acquired the Jonesville facility and is leasing it to Belk.
• Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Belk’s careers page.
About Belk, Inc.:
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with 299 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.
Fruit Of The Loom To Double Size Of Berkeley County Distribution Center
Expansion Expected To Create 49 New Jobs In Summerville
COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 2, 2014 - Fruit of the Loom announced today plans to expand the company’s Berkeley County distribution center. The addition will add 402,000 square feet to the current 350,000-square-foot building, more than doubling its size. The expansion is expected to create 49 new jobs by 2016 and will primarily help service Fruit of the Loom’s growing e-commerce and intimates businesses.
Fruit of the Loom, an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., currently is proceeding with the regulatory requirements necessary to move forward with the project. It expects to break ground on the expansion in September 2014 and be completed by August 2015. The building, located at 1116 Business Park Road in Summerville, S.C., will remain a landfill-free operation and is expected to be LEED certified.
Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Fruit of the Loom’s careers site.
“We could not be more excited to announce the expansion of our Summerville distribution center. As our e-commerce and intimates businesses continue to grow, we are committed to strategically developing state-of-the-art systems and facilities to better service our customers. The location of the current Summerville facility coupled with our dedicated workforce there make it the ideal place to grow.” –Rick Medlin, president and CEO of Fruit of the Loom
“We are thrilled Fruit of the Loom has chosen our state and their Palmetto Distribution Center for this project. Through this expansion, the company will more than double their current facility and hire 49 new employees – all great things for the hardworking people of Berkeley County.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“South Carolina’s logistics capabilities and market reach make our state ideal for distribution. It’s great to see a household brand name like Fruit of the Loom establish a presence and continue to expand here.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"It's always exciting to recruit new businesses to our community. Even more rewarding is being able to see companies that have located in Berkeley County grow, prosper and expand after being an integral part of our pro-business environment. We are delighted to have Fruit of The Loom continue to grow in our County and region.” -Dan Davis, Berkeley County supervisor
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Fruit of the Loom Inc. is expanding its existing distribution center in Berkeley County.
• Expansion to create approximately 49 new positions by 2016.
• Independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
• Fruit of the Loom operates a 350,000 square foot distribution center located at 1116 Business Park Road in Summerville. The company intends to expand the center by 402,000 square feet, more than doubling the size.
• Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Fruit of the Loom’s careers site.
About Fruit of the Loom®:
Fruit of the Loom® is a global pioneer, specializing in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a number of iconic family apparel, athletic apparel, and sporting equipment brands including Vanity Fair®, Fruit of the Loom®, Spalding® and Russell Athletic®. Each and every one of our brands practices the relentless pursuit of better, by striving to create innovative apparel and equipment that fits well, feels great and helps make amazing things possible. Fruit of the Loom, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, actively seeks ways to be best-in-class in social and environmental responsibility in the communities it serves around the world. For more information, visit fotlinc.com.