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Gov. Nikki Haley: “They just ran up the credit card debt and reversed everything we've been doing”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 25, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today discussed a budget proposal that would burden South Carolina taxpayers with a half a billion dollars of new debt. She asked budget writers to instead consider a low-tax and low-debt budget that respects the taxpayers of the state. 

“Look at what we've done with our credit card debt every single year. It was very important to drop the credit card debt for the hard working taxpayers of South Carolina so that they realized that not only were we trying to bring jobs and put money in their pocket, we were trying to reduce our credit card debt. So if you look, you see we've made some really great progress. I was proud of what we had done, and I was proud of what we were going to do going forward,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “In our budget this year we wanted to reduce our credit card debt $40 million more. That's not what happened in Ways & Means when it came out. Not only did they not reduce the $40 million that we wanted, they raised it $40 million more. They just ran up the credit card debt and reversed everything we've been doing.”

Watch video of the event here: http://goo.gl/d3MbYj

Venus Group, Inc. Establishing Chester County Operations

Textile Manufacturer Investing $2.5 Million to Open Chester County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 25, 2015 - Venus Group, Inc., a textile manufacturer that specializes in linens, aprons, uniforms, towels and healthcare items, is establishing manufacturing operations in Chester County. The company is investing $2.5 million to open a facility in Fort Lawn, S.C. The investment is expected to create 25 new jobs.

Founded in 1972 and headquartered in California, Venus Group is segmented into three business units – Venus Institution, Venus Home and Venus Hospitality. The Venus Institution business unit caters mainly to linen rental companies, healthcare and other related industries and organizations, while the Venus Home business unit serves as the retail arm of the company, providing home accessories to its customers. The Venus Hospitality unit supplies hotel and property management companies as well as independent properties in the hospitality market. With manufacturing and distribution locations in the United States, India, China and Pakistan, Venus possesses a truly global footprint.

As part of its long-term growth initiative, Venus has partnered with Milliken, an innovation company based out of Spartanburg, S.C. With fabric technology and innovation as critical components of Venus’s operations, the close proximity between the two firms will allow for increased working efficiency on their collaborative efforts. Venus’ Chester County operation will be housed in an existing facility located at 5918 Lancaster Highway in Fort Lawn, S.C.

Hiring for most of the new positions is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of this year. For more information on Venus Group, Inc., please visit www.venusgroup.com.  

QUOTES

“South Carolina is well known for quality textile manufacturing and its skilled workforce. We are very happy to be associated with this great state. Venus will provide the same excellent service on the East Coast that we have been providing on the West Coast for over 40 years by stocking fabric and core items and manufacturing special products.” –Kirit Patel and Raj Patel, owners of Venus Group

“We’re excited to welcome Venus Group to South Carolina and celebrate their decision to build a new manufacturing facility in Fort Lawn. Companies continue to ask South Carolinians to build their products because our workforce has proven to be up to the task, and the 25 new jobs Venus is creating in Chester County will make a real difference in the local community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina boasts a rich tradition in the textiles manufacturing industry. It’s exciting to see that companies, like the Venus Group, are still selecting the Palmetto State as the best place to do business and manufacture their products.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are honored that Venus Group, Inc. made the decision to Choose Chester!  We not only work hard to create job opportunities for our citizens but we pledge to continue to work alongside our industrial partners to ensure their continued success in Chester County." –Chester County Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey

"Venus Group is a nice addition to our manufacturing base in Chester County. This is another example of finding the right client for an existing building and creating additional job opportunities for the area.” –Chester Development Association Chairman Brian Singleton

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Venus Group, Inc. is establishing operations in Chester County.
•           $2.5 million investment creating 25 new jobs.
•           Venus Group, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in California
•           Venus’ Chester County operations will be housed in an existing facility located at 5918 Lancaster Highway in Fort Lawn, S.C.
•           For more information on Venus Group, Inc., please visit www.venusgroup.com.  

About Venus Group, Inc.:

Venus Group, founded in 1972, is a privately held business headquartered in California, USA. A business founded in textiles, Venus Group has evolved into a global company competing within numerous markets. The Group’s commitment to its customers has led it to explore various industries and develop smarter products through innovative technologies.For more information on Venus Group, Inc., please visit www.venusgroup.com.

 

Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC Expanding Dillon County Manufacturing Operations

Company Investing $2.6 Million Investment to Relocate to Larger Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 25, 2015 - Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC a manufacturer of various engineered and fabricated products is expanding its operations in Dillon County. The company will be investing $2.6 million in the expansion, adding an expected 25 new jobs over five years in Latta, S.C.

Founded in 1999, the family-owned Expert Machine & Fabrication manufactures products primarily for the housing industry. The company also serves the military, manufacturing and electrical industries. To meet increased customer demand from these industries, Expert Machine & Fabrication has decided to relocate to a new, larger facility in Latta, S.C.

The new, 21,000-square-foot facility, located at 109 Academy Street in Latta, is nearly triple the size of Expert Machine & Fabrication’s existing site, allowing the company the opportunity to upgrade its existing equipment and add new equipment to its operations. The addition of 25 new employees over the next five years will more than triple its workforce to 36.

Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in early to mid-2015. Anyone interested in obtaining more information on the open positions or the company itself should visit the business or call 843-752-0046.

The Rural Infrastructure Authority has approved a $75,000 grant to Dillon County to assist with the cost of real property improvements.

QUOTES

“Dillon County is quickly becoming a place where businesses grow and people prosper. We are very happy to be a part of the growing Latta community and providing more jobs for its citizens.” –Expert Machine & Fabrication Owners Teddie and Elizabeth Williams

“It’s exciting to see a local, family-owned company, like Expert Machine & Fabrication, grow after doing business in South Carolina for 15 successful years. The company’s decision to invest and create new jobs in Dillon County is a reason to celebrate in the local community, and we look forward to watching them continue to succeed here moving forward.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina continues to lead the nation’s manufacturing renaissance, and today’s announcement by Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC reinforces that notion. We congratulate Expert Machine & Fabrication on all of their success and look forward to supporting them as they continue to thrive in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Here in Dillon County our goal is very simple, and that is for every single citizen who wants a job to have one. We are extremely pleased with the announcement today because it represents more jobs and more opportunities for our citizens.” –Dillon County Council Chairman T.F. “Buzzy” Finklea, Jr.

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC is expanding its operations in Dillon County.
•           $2.6 million investment to create 25 jobs.
•           Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC was founded in Latta in 1999.
•           Part of the Latta community for 15 years, Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC is relocating to a larger facility, located at 109 Academy Street.
•           Anyone interested in obtaining more information on open job positions or the company itself should visit the business or call 843-752-0046.

About Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC:

Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC is a manufacturer of various engineered and fabricated products for the military, manufacturing and electrical industries and is relocating to 109 Academy Street in Latta, S.C. For more information, please call 843.752.0046.

 

Moneypenny Establishing its First U.S. Operations in Charleston County

Telephone Answering Service Firm Opening New Office in the Lowcountry

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 24, 2015 - Moneypenny, a market-leading telephone answering service, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Charleston County. The $760,000 investment is expected to result in approximately 40 new jobs in North Charleston, S.C. by the end of 2016, with long-term plans to employ approximately 400 workers at the facility within the next five years.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Wrexham, U.K., Moneypenny has grown into the United Kingdom’s market-leading telephone answering service. The company serves firms of all shapes and sizes – from sole proprietors to multinational corporations. Annually, Moneypenny handles more than nine million calls for approximately 7,000 businesses.

Located on Faber Place Drive in North Charleston, S.C., Moneypenny’s Charleston County operations will allow the company to meet the demand of existing clients with bases in the U.S., as well as demand from U.S. firms. Currently, Moneypenny employs five full-time employees in North Charleston. The staff is expected to increase to 20 employees by the end of 2015 and 40 employees by the end of 2016. The company’s long-term goal is to employ approximately 400 workers at the facility within the next five years.

For more information on Moneypenny, visit www.moneypenny.com.

QUOTES

“Charleston and South Carolina tick our boxes on every level. Our business is all about delivering a highly personalized service so the renowned southern hospitality and friendly people of the region completely reflect what we are setting out to achieve. Connectivity is vital for a business like ours, as well as great people who we look forward to working with; and coupled with the strong signs of economic development all around us in Charleston, we are confident we have chosen a very special place to be.  We very much appreciate the support we have received from the Regional Development Alliance in helping us reach this point and to everyone we have met so far for making us feel so welcome. We already have a fabulous office, great staff and lots of clients who are starting to use our service.” –Moneypenny Managing Director Glenn Jackson

“The fact that Moneypenny chose South Carolina as the place to build their first U.S. facility truly is a testament to our world class workforce and the reputation we have built as a top destination for international businesses. We welcome Moneypenny to the South Carolina family, and look forward to watching them grow and succeed in Charleston County for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Investments by international companies represent a key part of our state’s economy. Today’s announcement by Moneypenny reinforces South Carolina’s reputation as one of the best places in the world to do business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Congratulations to Moneypenny, our newest corporate citizen. Moneypenny brings an advanced and highly positive customer service attitude to the table, and it serves their clients well.  The Charleston region is known for being polite and friendly, and with our workforce and culture as their back drop, we believe Moneypenny will find fertile ground to grow its book of business here in our community.  Charleston County looks forward to supporting the company in its endeavors for years to come.” –Charleston County Council Chairman J. Elliott Summey

“We are proud to be the home of Moneypenny’s first US-based office, a welcomed addition to North Charleston’s growing business community. We are committed to remaining a business-friendly community to ensure that Moneypenny and all North Charleston companies flourish.” –City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

“Moneypenny’s decision to locate in the Charleston region says a lot about its confidence in our region’s workforce, our business-friendly climate, and our global connectivity. We are so pleased they chose to partner with our community and look forward to their continued growth and success.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chairman Lonnie Carter

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Moneypenny is establishing its first U.S. operations in Charleston County.
•           $760,000 investment creating 40 new jobs by the end of 2016, with the long-term goal to employ approximately 400 workers within the next five years.
•           Moneypenny was founded in 2000 in Wrexham, U.K.
•           The facility is located on Faber Place Drive in North Charleston, S.C.
•           Those interested in applying for open positions may visit the company’s employment page online.

About Moneypenny:

Moneypenny looks after telephone calls for businesses of all shapes and sizes - from sole proprietors right up to multinational corporations. For larger companies, Moneypenny can either support an existing reception team or provide a fully outsourced switchboard function. Based in Wrexham, UK, Charleston, USA and Auckland, New Zealand, Moneypenny has over 400 staff, a figure that is growing at a rapid rate. The company was founded by a brother and sister team in 2000 and now handles over 9 million calls a year for over 7,000 businesses. Moneypenny is proud to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and has been in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ three times.

Public Notice of Meeting: Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force: Victim & Offender Services

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 19, 2015 - The Victim & Offender Services Division of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force, established by Executive Order 2015-04, will hold a meeting tomorrow, Friday, February 20 at 10:00 AM.

WHO: Victim & Offender Services Division of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force

WHAT: Meeting to establish objectives, discuss data elements, and organize into committees to meet Phase 1 goals

WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, February 20 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: State Data Center, first floor conference room, 4430 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C.

CONTACT: Stephen Yarborough, Department of Social Services, (803) 898-9402

 

Med-Enroll Establishing Company Headquarters and Processing Center in Florence County

$3.5 Million Investment Expected to Result in 153 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 19, 2015 - A company that specializes in assisting businesses with the management of healthcare costs is establishing its company headquarters and a processing center in Florence County. Med-Enroll is investing $3.5 million to establish operations in Florence, S.C. The investment is expected to create 153 new jobs.

Med-Enroll is a startup service firm focused on helping its clients find alternative, low-cost healthcare solutions. Med-Enroll will achieve this by educating its clients’ employees on public healthcare options, screening eligible employees in coverage as well as managing ongoing reporting requirements.

The company’s facility, a headquarters and processing center, will be located in Florence’s historic Rainwater Building at 151 West Evans Street. The 15,000-square-foot historic building, which the company is currently preparing to have restored, is positioned in the heart of downtown Florence.

Groundbreaking on the restoration project is expected to take place in February. However, hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately. Those interested in obtaining more information on open positions or the company itself should visit www.med-enroll.com. 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $650,000 set aside grant to Florence County to assist with real property improvements. The council has also approved job development credits related to the project.

QUOTES

“The State of South Carolina and local officials in Florence have truly shown us their commitment to driving job creation and how business friendly South Carolina can be.  We are excited to be starting our venture in Florence and hope that our business will not only provide a positive economic impact in the region, but also serve as a business leader in helping drive the economic redevelopment of downtown Florence.” –Kerstin Nemec, president of Med-Enroll, Inc.

“It’s always exciting when a startup company decides to put its roots down in our state. Med-Enroll’s $3.5 million investment and the creation of more than 150 new jobs is great news for the Florence community, and we look forward to supporting them as they grow in our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The success of new business ventures is critical as we strive to advance South Carolina’s economy. Congratulations to Med-Enroll for trusting in their vision and investing in Florence County and the state of South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Med-Enroll’s decision to locate in Florence is proof of our efforts to attract new investments and job opportunities to our State.  South Carolina’s favorable economic conditions and skilled workforce are critical tools for growing and supporting businesses of all types.” –Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, President Pro-Tempore of the Senate

“It is an exciting day for everyone in Florence County as we celebrate the addition of an outstanding new corporate citizen that will provide quality, good paying jobs for the citizens in our community.” –Florence County Council Chairman, Roger Poston

"Our efforts to encourage capital investment and the creation of jobs are paying dividends for the citizens of Florence.” –Stephen J. Wukela, Mayor of Florence

“Med-Enroll’s announcement is a significant way to start 2015. We celebrate the company’s decision to invest in our community and consider it a confirmation that we are right on track with our economic development efforts.” –Frank J. ‘Buddy’ Brand, Chairman of Florence County Economic Development Partnership

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Med-Enroll is establishing its company headquarters and a processing center in Florence County.
• $3.5 million investment creating 153 new jobs.
• Med-Enroll is a startup service firm specializing in healthcare solutions for corporate clients and establishing company headquarters in Florence, S.C.
• The facility is located at 151 West Evans Street, Florence, S.C.
• Those interested in obtaining more information on open positions or the company itself should visit www.med-enroll.com. 

About Med-Enroll:

Med-Enroll is a service firm focused on helping its clients find alternative, low-cost healthcare solutions  by educating its clients’ employees on public healthcare options, screening and eligible employees in coverage as well as managing ongoing reporting requirements. For more information on Med-Enroll, please visit www.med-enroll.com.

 

Public Notice of Meeting: Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force: Criminal Justice Division

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 18, 2015 - The Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force, established by Executive Order 2015-04, will hold a meeting tomorrow, Thursday, February 19, at 1:30 PM.

WHO: Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force

WHAT: Meeting to define roles, discuss data and information collection and share perspectives in response to domestic violence in S.C.

WHEN: Tomorrow, Thursday, February 19, at 1:30 PM.

WHERE: S.C. Sheriff’s Association, 112 Westpark Boulevard, Columbia, S.C.

CONTACT: Stephanie Givens, Department of Corrections (803) 960-7088

 

Gov. Nikki Haley Encourages South Carolinians to Conserve Energy

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 18, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley joined energy providers in South Carolina today to encourage South Carolinians to conserve energy on Thursday and Friday mornings of this week between the hours of 6 a.m. until 9 a.m.

“Our state will experience the coldest weather of the season with wind chills near zero degrees,” Governor Haley said, “and we encourage everyone to manage through this challenge together.”

“The hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. are typically when winter demand for energy is at its highest level,” said Keller Kissam, president of retail operations at SCE&G. SCE&G, along with other utilities, is forecasting historic levels of energy consumption during these times.

“As energy providers, we design and construct our electric system to meet peak demand of our customers in the most challenging weather conditions,” said Clark Gillespy, South Carolina President for Duke Energy.

The electric cooperatives across South Carolina are also encouraging members to conserve power during this time. “Turning off nonessential lighting and appliances during these hours will certainly help,” said Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, “as well as setting your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower and refraining from using large appliances such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers. The goal is to reduce the state’s peak electricity demand.”

“We’re fortunate in that this critically cold period will only last a couple of days,” said Marc Tye, Senior Vice President of Customer Service for Santee Cooper. “The focus is on those early-morning hours when you’re getting up and ready for work or school. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for small changes in energy uses that will make a big impact now and an even bigger impact if you continue to practice them going forward.”

“All energy providers in the Southeast are interconnected,” stated Office of Regulatory Staff Executive Director Dukes Scott, who is in constant contact with utilities during such times. “Our state’s utilities plan each day of the year in order to be prepared to meet these challenges.”

Governor Haley compared this type of preparation to other weather-related events. “This is similar to an ice storm or tropical storm. We come together to prepare for the forces of nature and then stick together in order to come through it stronger.”

 

Gov. Nikki Haley, Cabinet Officials Announce Collaborative Effort to Address Litter on S.C. Interstates

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 18, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by Director of the Department of Corrections Bryan Stirling, Director of the Department of Public Safety Leroy Smith, Director of the Department of Natural Resources Alvin Taylor, and the Director of Palmetto Pride, Sarah Lyles, to announce a collaborative effort to address litter on South Carolina interstates.

“We have talked the last four years about changing the culture and the image of South Carolina and we see how we’ve brought jobs in and how tourism is up 35%,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We are more on the map than we have ever been, but if you look at what our state looks like, there is a lot of litter on our roads – more than we have ever seen before. So we need to get the attention of the public to remind them to take care of the place where we live. This is our state and it’s one that we are proud of, and it’s up to all of us who live here to keep it beautiful.”

Watch video of the event here: http://goo.gl/Hs5UgE

Secretary of Transportation Janet Oakley, Director Stirling and Director Smith each signed a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes ways to improve communication and coordination between their agencies for recognizing litter “Hot Spots” along the highway and cleaning up those areas in a timely manner. Palmetto Pride and the Department of Natural Resources will continue supporting the effort to clean up South Carolina’s litter in many ways, including the Trash Tracker app and the Litter Buster Hotline (877-7LITTER).

“Our troopers and officers are on our interstates every day. They are in a prime position to spot and report litter,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “Today’s announcement is exciting because it is another step forward in making South Carolina an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

“The governor asked us to look at litter and how we picked it up,” said Director of the Department of Corrections Bryan Stirling. “We decided to partner with DOT to make sure that when they cut, we  knew before they cut so we could go pick up the trash before it was multiplied. We decided to work with the Department of Public Safety to get notifications of hot spots from Palmetto Pride and DNR, so we would know where the litter was.”

“Under Governor Haley’s leadership, South Carolina’s economy is growing every day. The state’s highway system serves as the infrastructure for economic development,” said Secretary of Transportation Janet Oakley. “SCDOT recognizes the role our roadways play as gateways and how we attract businesses and industry to our state. SCDOT is proud to partner with other state agencies to support the Governor’s anti-litter campaign.”

“We all have a role in keeping our state clean, and with the agencies taking care of our highways and interstates, it will make a big difference,” said Sarah Lyle, Director of Palmetto Pride. “We commend Governor Haley and the Departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, Public Safety, and Corrections for making litter removal a priority in South Carolina.”

Footprint, LLC Establishing Manufacturing Facility in Chester County

$15.4 Million Capital Investment Expected to Result in 115 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 18, 2015 - Footprint, LLC, a company that specializes in the direct manufacturing of sustainable materials and packaging, is establishing manufacturing operations in Chester County. The company is investing $15.4 million to establish the facility, creating an expected 115 new jobs over the next five years.

Headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., Footprint was founded by two former employees of the Intel Corporation, Troy Swope and Yoke Chung. Determined to change the way products are manufactured and packaged, Footprint provides economical and environmentally-friendly packaging solutions to its customers. Since its inception, the firm has seen significant growth and currently operates facilities in three countries, including the United States, Mexico and China. Among the industries that Footprint serves are consumer goods, food and beverage, produce and horticulture and product manufacturing.

To house its Chester County operations, Footprint is leasing a 109,000-square-foot building at 546 L&C Distribution Park in Richburg, S.C. As the firm’s newest and most advanced manufacturing facility, the Chester County operations will focus on the production and delivery of sustainable packaging materials for the company’s East Coast and Canadian customers.

Hiring for the new positions is anticipated to start in the third quarter of 2015 and continue through 2016 as new manufacturing lines are installed. Those interested in applying may submit a resume at jobs@FootprintUS.com. For more information on Footprint, LLC, visit www.footprintus.com.

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

QUOTES

“We are very excited about our South Carolina operation and the unique geographic and technical advantage it will provide.  When looking at the available workforce and our next generation of sustainable materials and manufacturing technologies, South Carolina became the clear choice for our new state of the art facility.” –Troy Swope, Footprint CEO

“The news that Footprint, LLC has made the decision to do business in South Carolina is a tremendous reason to celebrate across the state. The $15.4 million investment and the 115 new jobs they are creating in Chester County will make a real difference in the local community, and we look forward to watching them grow there for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“It’s always exciting when a company decides to locate their operations in South Carolina, and we’re pleased to welcome such an innovative firm, like Footprint, that’s focused on sustainable business practices.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"We are confident that Footprints LLC will find an excellent environment for future growth. Our focus will continue to be centered on creating new and better paying job opportunities for the hardworking citizens of Chester County. This $15.4 million investment and the 115 new jobs it brings are another sign that Chester County’s hard work in economic development has paid off.” –R. Carlisle Roddey, Chester County Supervisor

“Footprint is a great addition to the Chester County manufacturing sector. We get a technology focused company that is investing over $15 million in an existing industrial building and bringing 115 more jobs to the area.” –Brian Singleton, Chester Development Association Chairman

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Footprint, LLC is establishing manufacturing operations in Chester County.
•           $15.4 million investment creating 115 new jobs.
•           Footprint, LLC is headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., and operates facilities in three countries.
•           The company’s Chester County facility will be located in a 109,000-square-foot building at 546 L&C Distribution Park in Richburg, S.C.
•           Those interested in applying for open positions may contact submit a resume at jobs@FootprintUS.com.

About Footprint, LLC:

Footprint, headquartered in Gilbert, AZ, is a sustainable technology firm focused on reducing or eliminating plastics through the development and manufacturing of revolutionary technologies.  Our innovative holistic approach to raw material sourcing, manufacturing and process improvement allows Footprint to manufacture environmentally friendly packaging solutions that cost less.  Focused on the development and implementation of next generation manufacturing for fiber based packaging Footprint continues to expand its operations in order to provide cost competitive sustainable packaging solutions globally. For more information on Footprint, LLC, visit www.footprintus.com.

 

3S International Corporation Establishing First U.S. Operations in Laurens County

$15 Million Investment Expected to Result in New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 18, 2015 - 3S International Corporation, a strategic sourcing and manufacturing company that specializes in products for the energy market as well as precision large-scale fabrication and painting, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Laurens County. The $15 million investment is expected to result in 45 new jobs in Laurens, S.C. over the next five years.

Founded in Hong Kong, China in 2000, 3S International was initially established as a limited liability company focused on strategic sourcing. In 2008, the company launched its first manufacturing operations with a new facility in Jiangsu, China. Today, 3S employs more than 500 workers with operations in the Philippines, China and, now, the United States.

The company’s Laurens County operations will be located in an existing 58,000-square-foot facility at 1073 Neely Ferry Road in Laurens. To accommodate its administrative needs, 3S is constructing an additional 4,000 square feet of office space at the facility. With its U.S. operations, 3S will serve the energy divisions of firms in the global marketplace. Additionally, the company will manufacture above-ground storage tanks as well as precision fabrications.

The Laurens County facility is opening its doors on February 20, 2015, and hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those interested in applying may contact through email: jobs@3sinternational.com.

QUOTES

“A company is but a company. It is the people that make the company, and it’s the leadership that focuses ideas applied to the success of the company. That emphasis on people is one of the key reasons why we chose South Carolina for our first U.S. facility.” –3S International Corporation CEO John E. Kuykendall, II

“The leadership team at 3S International Corporation maintains a simple philosophy worldwide to ensure success. We strive each day to build a confident team through mentoring practical manufacturing practices and customer-specific ideals. We are excited to become part of the Laurens County community.”  –3S Facilities Manager Bill Haynie

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome 3S International Corporation to South Carolina and congratulate them for making the decision to build their first U.S. facility in Laurens County. The $15 million 3S is investing and the 45 new jobs they are creating truly will make a difference in the local community.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“It’s always exciting to see foreign-based firms establish operations in the Palmetto State. Today, we celebrate the China-based 3S International Corporation and their decision to do business in Laurens County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We welcome this new company to our county to bring much needed jobs and tax base. It is good to see an industry locate in an existing building in the county.” –Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Wood

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           3S International Corporation is establishing operations in Laurens County.
•           $15 million investment creating 45 new jobs.
•           3S International Corporation was founded in 2000 and its U.S. operations are based in Laurens, S.C.
•           The new facility is located at 1073 Neely Ferry Road in Laurens, S.C.
•           Those interested in applying for an open position may send requests to jobs@3sinternational.com.

About 3S International Corporation:

Headquartered in Hong Kong, China, 3S International Corporation is a strategic sourcing and manufacturing company that specializes in products for the energy market. With two current facilities in China, Philippines and a new facility in Laurens, S.C., 3S is able to service a global market.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley Forges Partnership to Boost S.C. Workforce Services

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 12, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley, along with a dozen state leaders, formalized a partnership Thursday that will boost South Carolina’s public workforce system, SC Works.

The ultimate goal is to unify numerous workforce programs into a single, integrated customer-focused network in each local community.

“Workforce development is critical to maintaining our state’s reputation as a top destination for businesses to invest and expand,” Gov. Haley said. “The business community has made it clear to me that it needs skilled workers. Businesses want to hire South Carolinians. The organizations that have come together today have the tools to ensure we have the skilled workforce for businesses now and far into the future. South Carolinians expect streamlined services that make their lives easier, and this new level of partnership among such diverse organizations will ultimately deliver services more efficiently to our businesses and citizens.”

The following agencies and organizations signed the partnership agreement:

• Office of the Governor (Office of Economic Opportunity)
• Department of Corrections
• Department of Juvenile Justice
• Department of Social Services
• Indian Development Council
• Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging
• Vocational Rehabilitation Department           
• Department of Employment and Workforce
• Department of Education
• Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services
• Job Corps
• SC Technical College System

“Our state is experiencing record levels of economic prosperity with more South Carolinians working than ever before thanks to Gov. Haley’s leadership and the effort of our workforce partners,” said Cheryl M. Stanton, executive director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. “The strategic partnership that has come together today will deliver better and more efficient results for South Carolinians.”

“It is refreshing to see so many state agencies and other partners working together collaboratively to make our workforce system more efficient,” said Rep. Mike Forrester. “Today is historic on many levels, but more importantly I look forward to the positive results and opportunity for South Carolinians.”

The formal partnership agreement is the culmination of discussions that began more than a year ago among agencies impacting workforce development. The initiative was spearheaded by the State Workforce Investment Board.

 

South Carolina Exporters Post 5th Consecutive Record Year: $29.7 Billion in 2014

State Ranked as the Top Exporter of Tires and Completed Passenger Motor Vehicles

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 11, 2015 - For the fifth consecutive year, the state of South Carolina has set a record for total export sales. Today, Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Ports Authority announced that the state’s 2014 exports totaled $29.7 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The figure represents a more than 13 percent increase over the 2013 total.

"South Carolina's exports continue to grow because we have built a reputation around the world as a great place to do business," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "The fact that we continue to break export records is a real reason to celebrate in South Carolina because it's a testament to our world-class workforce and business-friendly climate. Our economy is on the move, and we're just getting started."

With more than $4.23 billion in export sales, China remained South Carolina’s top export partner in 2014. Rounding out the Palmetto State’s top ten export partners are Germany, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Algeria, Australia, Japan, Belgium and South Korea. 

“Much of the exporting success that South Carolina is experiencing can be attributed to the state’s thriving manufacturing industry,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “As a world leader in the production of tires, cars, and wide-body commercial aircraft, it’s clear that we’re gaining a global reputation for the quality of goods that we produce.”

South Carolina’s year-over-year 13.1 percent increase ranks first among states that export more than $6 billion in goods. Nationwide, only Hawaii, North Dakota, New Mexico, Wyoming and Alaska boasted a larger percentage increase, making South Carolina the top state in the Southeast for export growth.

The Palmetto State was the nation’s top exporter of completed passenger motor vehicles in 2014. With a 21 percent increase over 2013, vehicles accounted for $9.2 billion of South Carolina’s export sales, making it the state’s top export commodity of 2014. For the fourth consecutive year, the Palmetto State also led the nation in the export of tires, comprising nearly 30 percent of the total tire export market.

“South Carolina is leading the nation with exports related to the automotive sector,” said South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome.  “Our 52-foot Harbor Deepening Project in Charleston will facilitate an even greater share of global trade in the years to come as ships become larger and manufacturing grows more robustly within the Southeast region.”

With $1.7 billion in total export sales, gas turbines finished behind completed passenger motor vehicles as South Carolina’s second most successful export commodity. Rounding out the state’s top four were tires and aircraft.

2014 South Carolina export rankings among states:

•           Ranked 17th in exports overall
•           Ranked as the top Southeastern state for export growth 
•           Ranked as the top exporter of completed passenger motor vehicles
•           Ranked as the top exporter of tires
•           Ranked as the top exporter of synthetic staple fibers
•           Ranked as the top exporter of ball or roller bearings and parts
•           Ranked as the top exporter of lawn mowers
•           Ranked 2nd in the export of gas turbines
•           Ranked 2nd in the export of kraft paper and paperboard
•           Ranked 4th in the export of fuel wood, logs and billets
•           Ranked 12th in the export of civilian aircraft

The U.S. Department of Commerce is the data source for South Carolina’s export statistics.

Public Notice of Meeting
Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 6, 2015 - The Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force, established by Executive Order 2015-04, will hold a meeting on Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00 AM.

WHO: Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force

WHAT: The Task Force will hold its first, organizational meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Bill Rogers Community Connections Center, Department of Juvenile Justice, 4900 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C.

CONTACT: Governor’s Office, (803) 734-2100

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces South Carolina Wear Red Day

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 6, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley was joined yesterday by members of the American Heart Association to issue a proclamation recognizing today, February 6 as South Carolina Wear Red Day.

Video of the full event can be found here: http://goo.gl/kMf2AA

Part of the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red for Women’ movement, Wear Red Day is a national effort to raise awareness of the number of women who are affected by heart disease and the preventative measures they can take to reduce the risks associated with it.

The governor’s proclamation acknowledges that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women even though 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, and encourages South Carolinians to wear the color red to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease and stroke. 
 

Haddon House Food Products Expanding Chester County Operations

Food Distributor Investing $4.6 Million to Expand and Create New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 4, 2015 - Haddon House Food Products, the largest privately-owned distributor, importer and exporter of specialty, natural, organic, ethnic and kosher foods, is expanding its Chester County operations. The company is investing $4.6 million to expand its operations in Richburg, S.C. The investment is expected to create 55 new jobs.

Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Medford, N.J., Haddon House offers and maintains an inventory of more than 20,000 food products.  In addition to the company’s existing Richburg, S.C. facility, Haddon House operates its other major distribution center in Howell, N.J. Collectively, the two facilities encompass more than 1,000,000-square-feet of warehouse space.

To expand its Chester County operations, Haddon House is constructing an addition to its existing facility. The addition will feature an expanded freezer distribution building. Located at 578B L and C Distribution Park in Richburg, the nearly 30,000-square-foot expansion will allow the company to continue to meet the needs of new and existing customers throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean as the frozen foods sector continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Construction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015. Hiring for the expanded freezer distribution building will be ongoing. Those interested in applying for open positions may contact sbradley@haddonhouse.com. For more information on Haddon House Food Products, please visit www.haddonhouse.com. 

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

QUOTES

“It is the continued support of Chester County, the great State of South Carolina and our deep respect for the fine people of Richburg which provides the ongoing desire to continue expanding our Richburg, South Carolina Distribution Center.  We are grateful for the opportunity to service our customers from such a fine facility while developing additional employment opportunities for Chester County residents.” –Haddon House Food Products Chief Executive Officer David Anderson, Sr.

“It’s always exciting when new businesses choose to come to South Carolina, but it’s a real reason to celebrate when we see one of our existing companies like Haddon House Food Products make the decision to continue growing here. We congratulate Haddon House on announcing their second expansion in Chester County in only three years, and look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina has always been known for great food, and our thriving food processing and distribution industries are an extension of that. Today, we celebrate Haddon House Food Products for their decision to expand, further fueling the growth of the food distribution industry in the Palmetto State.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“I am pleased that Haddon House Food Products recognizes the potential for greater opportunity in our state, and I will continue to do everything I can do support their investment in South Carolina. Because of commitments like this, agribusiness has continued to remain South Carolina’s #1 industry.” –South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

“We thank Haddon House for another vote of confidence by choosing to expand here in Chester County for a second time since 2012. Chester County continues in its efforts to create a pro-business atmosphere that is attractive to our existing industrial partners.” –Chester County R. Carlisle Roddey

“It’s always a good story when an existing business decides to invest additional capital and expand operations in your county. It is especially gratifying when it’s a great company like Haddon House that is so well respected throughout the food distribution industry.” –Chester Development Association Chairman Brian Singleton

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Haddon House Food Products is expanding its Chester County operations for the second time since 2012.
•           $4.6 million investment creating 55 new jobs.
•           Haddon House Food Products was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Medford, N.J.
•           The expansion is being achieved with a nearly 30,000-square-foot addition to the company’s existing facility located at 578B L and C Distribution Park in Richburg, S.C.
•           Those interested in applying for open positions may contact sbradley@haddonhouse.com.

About Haddon House Food Products:

With 50 years of experience in the specialty food industry, Haddon House Food Products continues to bring innovation to the tables of consumers worldwide.  The company’s inventory selection of more than 20,000 items consists of dry grocery, refrigerated and frozen nationally recognized specialty, kosher, ethnic, natural, dairy, deli, bakery and organic foods , as well as exclusive brands such as, David’s Kosher products, Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Seasonings, and Bella Famiglia Mediterranean specialties, just to name a few. From major supermarket chains to small independent gourmet retailers, Haddon House customers have the advantage of Haddon House’s unparalleled industry expertise to ensure the success of their specialty, natural, ethnic, kosher and organic foods programs. For more information about Haddon House and our products we invite you to visit our website www.haddonhouse.com.

 

Polydeck Screen Corporation Expanding Spartanburg County Manufacturing Facility
Family-owned Synthetic Screen Manufacturer Investing $12 Million to Expand


COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 3, 2015 - 
Polydeck Screen Corporation, a leading provider of polyurethane and rubber screen media and specialty screening solutions, is expanding its operations in Spartanburg County. The company recently purchased a building and nearly 4 acres adjacent to its existing facility, increasing its manufacturing footprint to approximately 129,000-square-feet. The $12-million expansion will provide additional space for a research and development lab, a tool and die facility and material warehousing, while also creating 40 new jobs over the next five years.

Polydeck Screen Corporation is a family-owned business aimed at providing optimal screening solutions for the aggregate, coal and mining industries around the world. Specifically, Polydeck produces polyurethane and rubber screen media, trommel screens and screening accessories. The company also offers process consulting and screen evaluation services to customers in all three industries. In 1978, Polydeck opened its first U.S. operation in Spartanburg, S.C. Since then, the company has experienced tremendous growth.

Polydeck’s current Spartanburg County expansion, the firm’s seventh in South Carolina since 1978, will be achieved with a 36,400-square-foot addition to its existing facility, located at 1790 Dewberry Road in Spartanburg, S.C. The expansion will increase Polydeck’s total South Carolina workforce to more than 250 and will allow the company to meet the growing demands of its customers.

Anyone interested in career opportunities with Polydeck Screen Corporation may visit the company’s career page. For more information on Polydeck Screen Corporation, please visit www.polydeckscreen.com.

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

QUOTES

“For more than 35 years, South Carolina has provided us a positive business environment and we are pleased to have this opportunity to grow our business base here in Spartanburg. We feel that growth is a direct result of our company vision, which is - To serve our customers and stakeholders with excellence to achieve profitable growth which enables us to care for people in a way that honors God.” –Peter Freissle, Polydeck President

“To have a great South Carolina company like Polydeck continue to grow and succeed here is proof that the Team South Carolina approach is working. The $12 million Polydeck is investing in Spartanburg County and the 40 jobs they are creating in the local community are both reasons to celebrate, and we look forward to watching them continue to thrive here.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s manufacturing sector continues to enjoy tremendous success. When a company, like Polydeck Screen Corporation, decides to expand their Palmetto State operations for the seventh time, it sends a message that South Carolina is just right for business and the ideal place to design, manufacture and distribute products.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The relationship between Spartanburg County and Polydeck has developed into a mutual partnership over the last 37 years and we thank them for their continued investment and confidence in our community.  Polydeck’s core values of humility, honesty, integrity, respect, kindness, and sense of social responsibility are not just hung on the wall; they are lived every day by their leadership and valued employees.” –David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           Polydeck Screen Corporation is expanding its operations in Spartanburg County.
•           $12 million investment will result in approximately 40 new jobs over the next five years.
•           Polydeck Screen Corporation was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1959.
•           Polydeck’s current Spartanburg County expansion, the firm’s seventh in South Carolina since 1978, will be achieved with a 36,400-square-foot addition to its existing campus.
•           Anyone interested in career opportunities with Polydeck Screen Corporation may visit the company’s career page.

About Polydeck Screen Corporation:

Polydeck Screen Corporation is a leading provider of synthetic polyurethane, rubber screen media and specialty screening solutions for the aggregate, coal, and mining industries. For more information about this expansion, contact Paul Garner, Director of Finance, at 864-579-4594.

Gov. Nikki Haley Establishes Domestic Violence Task Force

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 29, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today announced Executive Order 2015-04, establishing the Domestic Violence Task Force of South Carolina to comprehensively address the cultural issues surrounding domestic violence, including social, economic and geographic issues. A copy of the governor’s executive order – listing all of the representatives who will serve on the task force – is available here.

“I’m a mom, I’m a wife, and I’m a sister, and I know I have to protect those around me. But In order to do that, we have to change the culture in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “If we don’t change the culture, we will continue to see generational cycles of domestic violence in our state. But with this army of people behind me who are completely committed to this cause, I know we can finally do something about it.”

“This is a transformational moment in South Carolina history that Governor Haley would use her convening authority and considerable public credibility to look at the root causes of one of the deepest problems in the criminal justice system, which is the generational cycle of domestic violence in South Carolina,” said Chief Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court Jean H. Toal. “Domestic violence is a learned habit and way of doing things and we have to break that cycle by looking very deeply at root causes and effective interventions. God bless Governor Haley for getting us together and focusing on this problem in South Carolina. I finally have hope that we really will get at the root of the extremely high percentages of domestic violence in our beloved state.”

“Governor Haley and the South Carolina Domestic Violence Task Force Members are to be congratulated for working together to intervene in and prevent domestic and family violence,” said domestic violence expert Kit Gruelle. “Domestic violence has already taken a large toll on South Carolina, and Governor Haley has decided to take action, immediately. It will not be easy, but the benefits to the citizens of South Carolina will be tremendous.”

The Task Force will include a representative from each of the following organizations:

• Supreme Court of South Carolina - Chief Justice Jean Toal
• Circuit Courts of South Carolina - Judge Kristi Harrington
• Family Courts of South Carolina - Judge Angela Taylor
• Magistrate Courts of South Carolina - Judge Gary Reinhart
• S.C. Senate - Chairman Larry Martin
• S.C. House of Representatives - Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope
• South Carolina Office of the Attorney General - Attorney General Alan Wilson
• South Carolina Department of Education - Superintendent Molly Spearman
• Representatives from the K-12 Public School Education in South Carolina
• South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services - Director Bob Toomey
• South Carolina Department of Corrections - Director Bryan Stirling
• South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce - Cheryl Stanton and Teesha Trapp
• South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice – Interim Director Sylvia Murray and Felicia Dauway
• South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – Interim Director Richele Taylor and Alex Imgrund
• South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services – Interim Director Jerry Adger
• South Carolina Department of Public Safety - Director Leroy Smith and Major Mark Gosnell
• South Carolina Department of Social Services - Katie Morgan
• South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division - Chief Mark Keel and Major Paul Grant
• South Carolina Department of Mental Health - Director John Magill
• South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Jane Key
• South Carolina Commission on Higher Education - Professor Connie Best, Ph.D. with MUSC and Chief Howard Cook with Columbia College
• South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination - Solicitor Duffy Stone and David Ross
• South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy - Brian Bennett
• South Carolina State Board of Cosmetology - Melanie Thompson
• South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners - Dr. Steve Gardner
• Representatives from the South Carolina State Board of Nursing
• South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - Sara Barber
• South Carolina Crime Victims’ Council - Laura Hudson
• South Carolina Victim Assistance Network - Joy Campbell
• Professionals from Batterer Intervention Programs South Carolina Hospital Association - Louann Sandel from the Domestic Abuse Center, Neil Sondov from the Compass of Carolina, Frank Loadholt from CASA
• Representatives from the South Carolina Jail Administrators Association
• South Carolina Police Chiefs Association - Chief Terrence Greene, Chief Charlie McNair, and John O’Donald
• South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association - Sheriff Kenney Boone and Jarrod Bruder
• South Carolina Legal Services - Leslie Fisk
• South Carolina Association of Counties - Councilwoman Julie-Ann Dixon and Josh Rhodes
• Representatives from the Municipal Association of South Carolina
• Representatives from the South Carolina Hospital Association
• South Carolina State Housing Finance & Development Authority - Carl Bowen
• Members of Faith-Based Communities - Dr. Ed Carney from Riverland Hills Baptsti, Teresa Roberts from Love House Ministries, and Daniel Krawchuck from Tabernacle of Meetings
• Members of the Public, including Survivors of Domestic Violence


Gov. Nikki Haley, State Officials Tout Plan to Make S.C. Competitive

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 28, 2015 - State officials – including Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce, Janet Oakley, Secretary of Transportation, and Duane Parrish, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism – today joined Governor Nikki Haley at the Statehouse to discuss the importance of passing the governor’s three part plan to make South Carolina more competitive. The governor's plan would: cut income taxes at all levels by 30% over the next 10 years; restructure the South Carolina Department of Transportation and refocus the agency on maintaining the roads we have first, in an apolitical way; add ten cents to the state’s gas tax over three years, offsetting a portion of the income tax savings with a priority on infrastructure spending. Details of the governor’s plan are available at http://www.nikkihaley.com.


“We have had some amazing teamwork in South Carolina, but we don’t see us stopping here. In order for progress and success to continue, you have to change with the times. What we have done is come up with a bold initiative to change with the times and we are doing that for a reason,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “With all of the success we have had in the past four years, we’re now becoming the state that everybody wants to target, and I take great pride in that. But if you’re going to be that state, you also have to be the state that’s in front. … That is why we know the important thing to do is to bring the income tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, so that we continue to be competitive.”

“Today, I couldn't be more proud to be a part of team Haley. I think Governor Haley's transportation reform package is a very bold and courageous one,” said Secretary of Transportation Janet Oakley. “This package of funding will give us $394 million of funding per year to move to a preservation strategy that enables us to restore our transportation system, to restore our most heavily traveled roads, and to do that using our Act 114 prioritization process and design projects to return maximum investment for the dollars spent. What this is going to enable us to do is bring our most heavily traveled roads and bridges up to a state of good repair and keep them at a state of good repair.”

“South Carolina is widely known as a pro-business state. Certainly, to retain that status, transportation is vitally important to us. The businesses understand that there will be increased costs in movements of goods, but they are comfortable with it,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “We’re making major investments in our ports related infrastructure, and I can’t say enough about the impact that’s having. We’re bringing a lot of international companies and they see South Carolina investing in new infrastructure on the coast in support of the ports down there, and all of those things say to companies looking at the southeast ‘this is a happening place … this is where we want to do business.’ … Bringing tax relief to South Carolina will be a major selling point for us.”

“First of all, in-state residents will benefit from the tax cut. People who live in Greenville may be able to take a long weekend vacation on the coast. People who live along the coast may want to take a vacation to Greenville or to the mountains at a state park,” said Duane Parrish, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “Secondly, for our visitors coming from out of state, this will increase our road repairs, - something which now may affect tourism in a negative way with potholes and the like. If they have a bad experience they might not come back. If we fix these problems, leading to a good experience, people will be more likely to come back on other trips. We have wonderful assets in this state, from the mountains to the coast, and everywhere in between. But we have to protect those assets for visitors to be able to enjoy and come back.”

 

The Fitts Company, Inc. is Expanding with New Calhoun County Operations
$4.2 Million Investment to Expand Operations in South Carolina, Creating an Expected 105 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 27, 2015 - A solutions based design and manufacturing company that delivers a diverse range of products is expanding its South Carolina operations with a new facility in Calhoun County. The Fitts Company, Inc. is investing $4.2 million to establish a new office and manufacturing facility in Gaston, S.C. The investment is expected to create 105 new jobs over five years.

Founded in 1998 in the Midlands, the Fitts Company offers a wide range of products including exterior and interior signage, surrounds, buildings and canopies for automated teller machines (ATMs), modular bank interiors, motor home coaches and other specialty items. Included on the Fitts Company’s client list are banking industry leaders Wells Fargo, Synovus, First Citizens, Capital One and BB&T along with medical leader the Mayo Clinic.

The new Calhoun County facility will be located in the I-26 Industrial Park in Gaston, S.C. Located on 17-acres of land, the 70,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility is more than double the size of the company’s existing space in Lexington, S.C. and will allow it to meet growing demand for its products.

Construction of the facility expansion is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016. Initial hiring for engineers/designers, installers, project managers and millwork journeymen will begin in February 2015 with the other positions being filled as sales dictate.  For more information on The Fitts Company, Inc., please visit www.thefittscompany.com.

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

QUOTES

“We are looking forward to expanding our operations in South Carolina. It’s an exciting time as we prepare to double the size of our operations with this investment in Calhoun County. With an exceptional workforce and support from both local and state governments, the Palmetto State has proven to be the perfect place to grow our business.” –The Fitts Company CEO Steve Fitts, Sr.

“We are proud of every business that decides to locate or expand in South Carolina, but it’s a real reason to celebrate when we see one of our local, existing companies succeed and choose to grow here. The Fitts Company’s $4.2 million investment and the 105 new jobs they are creating is great news for the company, the local community and South Carolina as a whole.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today’s announcement is an affirmation of that. We celebrate the Fitts Company for all of the success they’ve experienced over the last 16 years and look forward to supporting them as they continue to prosper in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are proud and honored to welcome The Fitts Company and Steve Fitts, Sr. to Calhoun County.  This $4 million investment and the 105 new jobs it brings are another sign that our County is a fertile field of growth and development in the Midlands.  Our low taxes, business-friendly environment and central proximity to the Port and the major metropolitan markets in South Carolina make us a prime location for future investments.” –Calhoun County Council Chairman David Summers

FIVE FAST FACTS

•           The Fitts Company, Inc. is expanding with new Calhoun County operations.
•           $4.2 million investment creating 105 new jobs.
•           The Fitts Company, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Lexington, S.C.
•           The new facility will be located in the I-26 Industrial Park in Calhoun County.
•           Those interested in applying for an open position may send resumes to ltaylor@thefittscompany.com.

About the Fitts Company, Inc.:

Fitts is a solutions based design and manufacturing company that manufactures a diverse range of products that includes exterior signage, interior signage, ATM surrounds, ATM buildings, ATM canopies, modular branch bank interiors, motor home coaches and other specialty items. The Fitts Company offers complete project management of small and large scale projects. Services include site surveys, signage design packages, permitting, landlord approvals, drawing approvals, 3D solids modeling, engineering, shipping, installation of products and project close out. Fitts brings turnkey solutions and builds partnerships, not just a customer base. For more information on The Fitts Company, Inc., please visit www.thefittscompany.com.

 

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on December 2014 Unemployment Rate

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 27, 2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement regarding the news that South Carolina's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in December from 6.7 percent in November.

According to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the estimated number of South Carolinians working set a new record of 2,058,657.

"While we are happy to see unemployment numbers coming down, we are going to continue focusing on those out of work. Our new workforce training initiatives are going to expand opportunity in every part of South Carolina and keep our state on the move."

What They Are Saying …

Gov. Nikki Haley's Plan to Cut Taxes and Make S.C. More Competitive

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. “Gov. Haley continues to show why she’s a national conservative leader. She deserves credit for promoting tax reform that provides opportunity for all South Carolinians, and rejecting favoritism by taking on the transportation bureaucracy. Reforms like this make our state more economically competitive with our neighbors. It’s a great step forward for South Carolina.” (Kate Scanlon, “How Nikki Haley Plans to Make South Carolina More Competitive,” Daily Signal, 1/23/15)

Aiken Standard Editorial. “True to her tax-cutting heritage, Haley said the increase would have to be offset by a reduction in the state income tax from 7 percent to 5 percent. The cut in state taxes would make South Carolina a ‘massive draw’ for jobs and investment in the state, she said. …All in all, the proposal does seem balanced, addresses much needed reforms to the DOT, and, most importantly, gets something done about the miserably poor condition of South Carolina’s roads and bridges. Legislators should meet Haley’s conditions and do so quickly so that important work can move forward.” (Editorial, “Haley gas tax proposal a good one,” Aiken Standard, 1/23/15)

Americans For Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist. “‘Gov. Nikki Haley has proven time and again to be a tremendous defender of taxpayers,’ said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. ‘This latest proposal demonstrates that she recognizes the need for pro-growth, rate-reducing tax reform. It also stands in stark contrast to President Obama, who used his recent address to call for hundreds of billions in higher taxes. Once again, Gov. Haley shows us that the best policy reforms are coming out of the states.’” (Patrick Gleason, “ATR Applauds South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s Call for Income Tax Relief,” Americans for Tax Reform, 1/22/15)

Orangeburg Times and Democrat Editorial. “Traveling Haley route on roads makes sense…The governor has earned the political capital to make her plan a top priority. And with lawmakers making it such, Haley will not be standing in the way of plans that seek a different approach. The governor has focused on development in her four years in office and can boast of considerable success. But with business leaders such as Zeus Industrial Products CEO John Worley, writing in Thursday’s T&D, stating that road conditions are endangering development, Haley realizes that continued progress depends on action…It’s a price that has to be paid and should be supported.” (Editorial, “Traveling Haley route on roads makes sense,” Times and Democrat, 1/23/15)

S.C. Club for Growth. “We hope that the Legislature will take the governor’s plan seriously and pass it quickly. [T]he road map outlined by these recommendations will not only improve roads but the quality of life for South Carolinians.” (Statement, 1/22/15)

State Rep. Chip Limehouse. “The governor has put forth a plan, and I’m going to support that plan. And I believe the political will here is to get something done. Our roads are in deplorable condition, and now’s the time to act. …This is a net tax decrease if you look at the numbers the governor has proposed. That’s what I really like about it. It’s not a tax increase; it’s a net tax decrease, coupled with the income tax reduction…that income tax reduction from seven to five is going to bring jobs to South Carolina.” (State Rep. Chip Limehouse, post-SOTS reaction to SCETV)

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean. “Governor Haley presented a bold initiative to invest in our future. The Governor’s call...can lead to more jobs, more tourists, better roads and safer bridges.” (“Haley: Gas tax hike OK if income tax cut,” Sun News, 1/21/15)

“Lawmakers applauded the proposal.” (Tim Smith, “Haley proposes gas tax hike if income tax cut,” Greenville News, 1/22/15)

S.C. Speaker of the House of Representatives Jay Lucas. “Governor Haley showed sincere optimism for a better South Carolina. I echo her enthusiasm...Governor Haley has done a tremendous job bringing jobs to the Palmetto State and keeping them here.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

Representative Bill Taylor. “On the roads issue, I couldn't agree more on the three-pronged approach.” (Chad Mills, “Gov. Nikki Haley’s Roads Plan: Raise gas tax, lower income tax, reform DOT,” WIS, 1/21/15)

S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts. “South Carolina’s business community praises the governor for understanding that maintaining and improving our infrastructure is an important part of the economic climate and job creation. We appreciate the governor outlining a proposal and her willingness to lead in finding a path to providing more resources for our infrastructure and at the same time reducing the tax burden on South Carolinians.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

State Rep. Tommy Stringer. “Her first point was expected. She asked that the Department of Transportation become a true cabinet level agency responsible to the Governor and that the district-based commission structure be abolished. She understands that the current structure lacks accountability, encourages inefficiency and props up our antiquated regionalism that limits the responsiveness of DOT and harms statewide economic development. Her second point was courageous. She admitted that a gas tax increase would be required to repair our roads. After realizing that the majority of voters understand this simple truth much better than their elected members of the General Assembly, her admission created an anvil upon which her other two points can be forged. Her third point was prescient. She redefined the gas tax increase as tax reform, most particularly the reduction of our personal income tax rates. Her critics should remember that including the gas tax as part of a tax reform package was recommended in the TRAC report back in 2010. …I applaud the window of opportunity that Gov. Haley has opened for the General Assembly.” (Rep. Tommy Stringer, “The Governor’s Highway Funding Plan – A Response,” 1/26/15)

S.C. Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley. “Governor Haley’s three step plan to make South Carolina roads a priority is a huge win for the State...I ask the General Assembly to work with the Governor and pass her three part plan so we can begin strengthening the state’s highways, roads, and bridges.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

State Sen. Tom Davis. “The most impressive thing she did tonight was lay out a solution to our competitiveness problem in South Carolina. The 7% income tax rate is a very anti-competitive provision. Entrepreneurs aren't going to locate to South Carolina with that kind of income tax rate. Her proposal to cut from 7% to 5% will be a huge competitive advantage for South Carolina. I like the  way she coupled that with reforming the State Department of Transportation, the way we allocate our highway dollars, and also raising the gas tax. I think that package, those there things together – reforming the way we spend existing dollars, raising the gas tax by ten cents over ten years, and reducing the income tax from 7 to 5 percent – is really a win-win-win like the governor said and will make us more competitive as a state. I was encouraged to hear her take leadership on this.” (State Sen. Tom Davis, post-SOTS reaction SCETV)

NFIB South Carolina Executive Director Ben Homeyer. “The governor’s commitment to the taxpayers and businesses of South Carolina has led to a plan that can be considered a win for the entire state.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

“House GOP leaders want the system reformed before addressing additional revenue needs, just as Haley pitched Wednesday night.” (Tim Smith, “Haley proposes gas tax hike if income tax cut,” Greenville News, 1/22/15)

S.C. Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler. “I agree with her on all three points of the plan.” (Andrew Shain, “SC Gov. Haley calls for gas tax hike tied to income tax cut,” The State, 1/21/15)

S.C. House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister. "Our Republican House majority is enthusiastic about working with the Governor to accomplish this shared agenda to make South Carolina an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

State Rep. Gary Simrill. “I think the governor’s goal is laudable,” said Rep. Gary Simrill, chairman of a House infrastructure study committee. “I do think it makes South Carolina more competitive. … What I don’t want to see is, you have an infrastructure need and an infrastructure reform, and an income tax reform, and that you lose both.” (Felicia Kitzmiller, “Lawmakers shaky on linking gas, income tax”, Spartanburg Herald Journal, 1/23/15)

State Rep. Shannon Erickson. “I applaud her three pronged approach on our road reform. Infrastructure has got to be one of the largest issues before our citizens – certainly one of the things I hear most in Beaufort. And I have said over and over again that I wouldn’t be for a tax increase unless we did reform. And I’m very happy to hear that she’s attached to the same philosophy. Lowering the income tax will do exactly what she said. That will make us much more attractive to people coming to the state and that’s what we’re really about.” (State Rep. Shannon Erickson, post-SOTS reaction to SCETV)

State Rep. Kenny Bingham, ex-House Majority Leader. “I applaud Governor Haley's leadership in bringing forward a comprehensive plan that will address our state's crumbling road system, provide much needed restructuring at the Department of Transportation, and make our state more attractive to both new and existing businesses. I look forward to working with Governor Haley and other members of the General Assembly to make this plan a reality.” (Statement, 1/22/15)

State Rep. Phyllis Henderson. “[S]he thought Haley's plan was ‘great.’ ‘I thought it was a bold step to say she was willing to support a gas tax increase,’ she said. ‘My biggest thing that I'm really supportive of is the income tax cut. If you look at states that have economies that are really rocking in the Southeast, they don't have an income tax or they have less of an income tax.’” (Tim Smith, “Haley's road plan gets mixed reviews from legislators,” Greenville News, 1/22/15)

“A Bold Initiative to Invest in Our Future”
Haley’s Plan Would Deliver One of the Largest Tax Cuts in History, Strengthen Infrastructure

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday proposed a three part plan to make South Carolina more competitive and to deliver one of the largest tax cuts in South Carolina history.

The governor's plan would:

• Cut income taxes at all levels by 30% over the next 10 years.

• Restructure the South Carolina Department of Transportation and refocus the agency on maintaining the roads we have first, in an apolitical way.

• Add ten cents to the state’s gas tax over three years, offsetting a portion of the income tax savings with a priority on infrastructure spending.

Here's what people across South Carolina are saying about the governor's plan:

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean. “Governor Haley presented a bold initiative to invest in our future. The Governor’s call...can lead to more jobs, more tourists, better roads and safer bridges.” (“Haley: Gas tax hike OK if income tax cut,” Sun News, 1/21/15)

“Lawmakers applauded the proposal.” (Tim Smith, “Haley proposes gas tax hike if income tax cut,” Greenville News, 1/22/15)

S.C. Speaker of the House of Representatives Jay Lucas. “Governor Haley showed sincere optimism for a better South Carolina. I echo her enthusiasm...Governor Haley has done a tremendous job bringing jobs to the Palmetto State and keeping them here.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

Representative Bill Taylor. “On the roads issue, I couldn't agree more on the three-pronged approach.” (Chad Mills, “Gov. Nikki Haley’s Roads Plan: Raise gas tax, lower income tax, reform DOT,” WIS, 1/21/15)

S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts. “South Carolina’s business community praises the governor for understanding that maintaining and improving our infrastructure is an important part of the economic climate and job creation. We appreciate the governor outlining a proposal and her willingness to lead in finding a path to providing more resources for our infrastructure and at the same time reducing the tax burden on South Carolinians.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

S.C. Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley. “Governor Haley’s three step plan to make South Carolina roads a priority is a huge win for the State...I ask the General Assembly to work with the Governor and pass her three part plan so we can begin strengthening the state’s highways, roads, and bridges.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

NFIB South Carolina Executive Director Ben Homeyer. “The governor’s commitment to the taxpayers and businesses of South Carolina has led to a plan that can be considered a win for the entire state.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

“House GOP leaders want the system reformed before addressing additional revenue needs, just as Haley pitched Wednesday night.” (Tim Smith, “Haley proposes gas tax hike if income tax cut,” Greenville News, 1/22/15)

S.C. Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler. “I agree with her on all three points of the plan.” (Andrew Shain, “SC Gov. Haley calls for gas tax hike tied to income tax cut,” The State, 1/21/15)

S.C. Club for Growth. “We hope that the Legislature will take the governor’s plan seriously and pass it quickly. [T]he road map outlined by these recommendations will not only improve roads but the quality of life for South Carolinians.” (Statement, 1/22/15)

S.C. House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister. "Our Republican House majority is enthusiastic about working with the Governor to accomplish this shared agenda to make South Carolina an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.” (Statement, 1/21/15)

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.
 
QUOTES

“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.

QUOTES

“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

From The Rock Hill Herald

S.C. Gov. Haley raises concerns over Giti Tire tariff
Don Worthington
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.

QUOTES

“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.

QUOTES

“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 florin.felesco@hubner-usa.com. 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.

QUOTES

“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 florin.felesco@hubner-usa.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.

QUOTES

“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.

About Mankiewicz:

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.

QUOTES

“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 hr@precisionsoutheast.com. 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.

QUOTES

“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 hr@precisionsoutheast.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.

QUOTES

“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.
 
QUOTES

“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. 

 

 

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