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Valmet Corporation To Expand Lancaster County Manufacturing Facility
Expansion Expected To Create 40 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 23, 2014 - Valmet Corporation, a leading global service and technology supplier for the pulp, paper and energy industries based in Espoo, Finland, is expanding its Lancaster County manufacturing facility. The investment is expected to create 40 new jobs in Lancaster, S.C.

Tracing its roots back to a small shipyard outside of Helsinki in the 1750s, today Valmet operates manufacturing and service locations across 30 countries on six continents with 11,000 employees. In South Carolina, Valmet operates a manufacturing facility at 992 Quality Drive in Lancaster as well as a service office in Aiken. The company offers services and technologies covering everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Valmet’s net global sales in 2013 were approximately EUR 2.6 billion ($3.37 billion) with its North American sales component comprising around 15 percent of its overall worldwide sales.

Valmet is committed to sustainable business practices as part of its corporate strategy. Earlier this month, Valmet was selected as one of only four companies from Finland to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which is recognized as a benchmark for investors interested in a company’s sustainability performance as part of overall analyses.

The company expects the expansion to be complete by January 2015, with hiring for the new positions beginning in September 2014. Those interested in applying for positions with Valmet are encouraged to visit its online careers page, connect via LinkedIn or apply online at SC Works.


“Valmet has appreciated working with the State of SC in our expansion of our Pulp, Paper and Power Services in North America. On behalf of the 1100 North American employees of Valmet I would like to thank the South Carolina Department of Commerce for their support to make our Lancaster facility a reality” –Valmet-North America Area President Bill Bohn

“It’s always exciting to see one of our existing companies make the decision to expand - it proves that South Carolina has the workforce and business environment that they need to be successful. We congratulate Valmet on their expansion and the 40 new jobs they are creating in the Lancaster community, and look forward to working with them as they continue growing in our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“This expansion is yet another example of South Carolina’s manufacturing prowess. Having foreign-based firms, such as Valmet Corporation, increase their investment and presence in our state is an affirmation that South Carolina is just right for globally respected companies.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Valmet is one of our leading manufacturers and we are excited about this expansion. One of the great things about Lancaster County and South Carolina in general is the number of companies that locate and then expand here. Valmet is a perfect example of that success. We value their being in the community providing good jobs with good wages and being good corporate citizens. Congratulations to Valmet, and a special thanks to the LCEDC staff and SC Commerce for assisting with this project.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough


•           Valmet Corp. is expanding its Lancaster County manufacturing facility that serves the pulp, paper and energy industries.
•           The expansion is expected to create 40 jobs.
•           Valmet operates manufacturing and service locations across 30 countries on six continents with 11,000 employees, including South Carolina operations in Lancaster and Aiken counties.
•           With sustainability central to its corporate strategy, Valmet was selected as one of only four companies from Finland to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
•           Those interested in applying for positions with Valmet are encouraged to visit its online careers page, connect via LinkedIn or apply online at SC Works.

About Valmet Corporation:

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production. The company has over 200 years of industrial history and was reborn through the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Group in December 2013. Valmet's net sales in 2013 were approximately EUR 2.6 billion. Valmet's objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

APAC Customer Services, Inc. Expanding Charleston County Operations, Adding 200 Jobs
Customer Care Provider Expanding North Charleston Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 23, 2014 - A leader in global customer care outsourcing solutions is expanding its Charleston County operations. APAC Customer Services, Inc. is adding 200 local jobs to its existing North Charleston, S.C. facility.

APAC delivers tailored solutions to leading companies in many industries, including communications, education, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, retail, technology, transportation and logistics, travel and hospitality and utilities. Founded in 1973, APAC Customer Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Expert Global Solutions, Inc. (EGS). Headquartered in Illinois, APAC operates its North Charleston facility, located at 4275 Bridge View Drive, along with EGS subsidiary NCO Financial Systems, Inc.

The 200 new jobs created by this expansion are full-time positions that will work to support a major healthcare client. The positions will include both team leader and back-office customer care roles. Hiring is currently underway.

To screen and train future employees, APAC is working with readySC, an initiative that partners South Carolina’s technical college system with employers to develop training curricula tailored to meet a company’s specific needs. To explore opportunities with the company, visit the readySC website. For more information on APAC Customer Services, visit the company’s website.


“It’s exciting to see APAC increase its investment here in such a significant way. I’m also pleased to be collaborating with readySC, SC Works and Charleston County, SC to bring these new jobs to our community. For individuals currently seeking employment, this is an excellent chance to learn more about APAC and what we have to offer, including competitive wages and a healthy work/life balance. These are great career opportunities, and I encourage everyone interested to apply today.” –Janice Cute, Site Director of APAC Customer Services’ North Charleston location.

“It is always exciting to see a business operating in South Carolina have this kind of success, and we couldn’t be more proud to congratulate APAC Customer Services on their North Charleston expansion and the addition of 200 new jobs. These jobs and this investment will mean a lot to this local community and to the state as a whole. This is another win for Team South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“The Palmetto State truly boasts a world-class workforce and cutting-edge workforce development programs and initiatives. The partnership between APAC and readySC illustrates this success, and we’re pleased to continue to be part of APAC’s growth story. ” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Congratulations to APAC Customer Services on this exciting new development. These new career opportunities are invaluable to the community, and we appreciate the vote of confidence that the company is giving to the entire Charleston region with this announcement. As APAC provides great customer service to its accounts, our superb local workforce will be their backbone. We at Charleston County look forward to partnering with APAC now and in the future.”  –Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor

“APAC Customer Services’ decision to bring 200 new jobs to its North Charleston facility is the result of careful collaboration between the company and a host of entities working in concert to move forward job development in our region.  Efforts by Charleston County Economic Development team, readySC and SC Works, coupled with the business friendly environment of North Charleston, continue to be a beneficial force for company expansions and attractions. I thank APAC, and its parent company EGS, for a commitment to offer these additional jobs within our community and their long-standing confidence in our top quality workforce.”  –North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey


•           APAC Customer Services, Inc. is expanding its North Charleston, SC operation.
•           Investment creates an expected 200 full-time jobs.
•           APAC Customer Services, Inc. has locations around the world, including operations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
•           readySC is partnering with the company to screen and train its workforce.
•           Available positions with the company will be posted on an ongoing basis on readySC’s website.

About APAC Customer Services, Inc.:

APAC Customer Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Expert Global Solutions, Inc. (EGS). APAC operates in the North Charleston, SC location, along with EGS subsidiary NCO Financial Systems, Inc. (NCO). APAC is a global leader of Customer Care business process outsourcing (BPO) services and solutions including sales, customer care, technical support, and back-office services. APAC Customer Services’ clients include some of the most recognized brands in the world across all major market verticals. APAC operates via a world-class technology and operational delivery platform that spans North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. APAC provides end-to-end, multi-channel customer lifecycle support across the world. APAC Customer Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit APAC's website at

Wyman-Gordon To Establish Dillon County Manufacturing Plant, Create 400 Jobs
Investment To Support Aerospace And Power Generation Sectors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 14, 2014 - Wyman-Gordon, a manufacturer of large titanium and super alloy forgings for the aerospace and power generation markets, will establish its newest manufacturing operations in Dillon County. The investment is expected to create more than 400 new jobs over the next five years.

Wyman-Gordon’s new facility will house multiple, post-forging operations ranging from heat treating to machining, delivering a more streamlined process with an improved level of service for customers. The Dillon facility will be sited on 60 acres located at 152 Caldwell Drive. The proximity to Wyman-Gordon’s customer base and South Carolina’s growing aerospace industry were key factors in the selection process, according to the company.

Construction of the new plant will begin by year’s end with production anticipated in late 2015. The plant is expected to serve customers in the aerospace and power generation end markets in the United States, Europe and Asia. Wyman-Gordon will coordinate activities with readySC for the hiring and training of the Dillon workforce.

Originally founded in 1883, Wyman-Gordon was acquired by Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC) in 1999, and operates facilities in five different countries, including the Czech Republic, England, Mexico, Scotland and the United States.


“We were attracted to the overall business environment in South Carolina. Our new facility will be located in the center of a rapidly growing aerospace sector with easy access to highways, ports, and, most importantly, many of our customers.”  –Greg Paolini, VP and general manager at Wyman-Gordon, a Precision Castparts Corp. company

“It is a great day for the aerospace industry in South Carolina as we celebrate Wyman-Gordon and their decision to create more than 400 jobs in Dillon County. It’s no secret we are becoming a magnet for the aerospace industry, and investments like this one only add to our growing momentum.  We look forward to seeing Wyman-Gordon continue to succeed as this plant flourishes.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

“We could not be happier with Wyman-Gordon’s decision to invest in Dillon County and the State of South Carolina. Thanks to extraordinary effort and collaboration between the state, counties and economic alliances, the advanced manufacturing industry is booming in The Palmetto State. Welcoming dynamic companies like Wyman-Gordon to South Carolina strengthens our global reputation.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The company will make a huge impact on the economy in Dillon County with its investment and jobs. We are excited they have chosen the Northeastern Commerce Industrial Park to locate their new facility.” –Dillon County Council Chairman Andrew Graves

“This is a momentous day for our region. It’s great to not only see such a high number of great jobs being added to the region, but to see our region as a part of one of the world’s most important industry clusters – the southeastern United States aerospace cluster – is even more significant. Our region is capable of winning projects in one of the most competitive industrial environments in the world.” –North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) Executive Committee Chairman and S.C. Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill


•           Wyman-Gordon is establishing its newest manufacturing operations in Dillon County.
•           Investment creating an expected 400 new jobs over the next five years.
•           Wyman-Gordon’s 50,000 ton forge press in Grafton, Mass. is one of the largest in the United States.
•           Key customers to be served by the Dillon, S.C. facility are in the aerospace and power generation end markets in United States, Europe, and Asia.
•           Construction of the new plant will begin by year’s end. Production is expected to begin in late 2015.

About Wyman-Gordon:

Wyman-Gordon is a company of Precision Castparts Corp., a Fortune 500 company with over 160 manufacturing locations and over 29,000 employees. Precision Castparts Corp. is a worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power, and general industrial markets. PCC is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aerostructures and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. In addition, the Company is the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market. PCC manufactures extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aerostructures; and metal alloys and other materials to the casting and forging industries.

Tactical Medical Solutions Expands Anderson County Presence
Trauma Supplies Company Invests $2.5 Million On Larger Campus Creating 15 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C.-October 2, 2014 – A company specializing in medical and triage supplies for first responders, military and law enforcement agencies is expanding its Anderson County operations. Tactical Medical Solutions, which established a presence in the county in 2006, has invested $2.5 million to purchase 67 acres and build a new corporate office. The expansion is creating 15 additional local jobs.

Tactical Medical Solutions was founded in 2003 by former Army Special Forces personnel and medics. The company supplies customized kits and emergency response supplies to support federal agencies, law enforcement agencies and medical personnel nationwide as well as internationally. Their Anderson County corporate office houses its administration and sales staff as well as kit assembly operations and custom order fulfillment.

The new, 25,000-square-foot facility is located at 1250 Harris Bridge Road in Anderson and is nearly three times larger than the company’s previous site. Tactical Medical Solutions purchased 67 acres and constructed the new facility, which is intended to be the first of a larger corporate campus and training center. Today the company works with more than 300 domestic and 30 international distributors.

Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit and search for Tactical Medical Solutions.


“South Carolina and Anderson County have provided a pro-business environment that has had a definitive impact on Tactical Medical Solutions' pursuit to be a global leader in the area of pre-hospital medicine. This partnership has allowed us to expand our workforce, build new facilities, and pursue aggressive growth while being able to live and play in one of the most beautiful areas of the country." –Ross Johnson, CEO of Tactical Medical Solutions

“It’s always a great day when we can celebrate the growth of one of our existing companies, especially one that serves our brave men and women in uniform. After starting TacMed a little over a decade ago, today they are nearly tripling the size of their operation and bringing 15 more jobs to the Anderson community, and we couldn’t be prouder.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“While the recruitment of new industry to South Carolina is an important piece of our economic strategy, the growth and expansion of our existing businesses is just as important. Today’s announcement is a terrific step forward for TacMed and Anderson County, and we look forward to seeing their continued success in the future.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Tactical Medical Solutions has been the perfect fit for our community. In addition to their new $2.5 million investment and 15 jobs, Tactical Medical Solutions and Anderson County both share a strong commitment to our military, law enforcement and first responder personnel. It is gratifying to see one of our companies prosper and we look forward to continuing our long and successful relationship with Tactical Medical Solutions as they relocate into their new facility in district 4.” –Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen, District 4


•           Tactical Medical Solutions is expanding its Anderson County operation, which specializes in medical and triage supplies for first responders, military and law-enforcement agencies.
•           $2.5 million investment creating 15 additional jobs.
•           Tactical Medical Solutions has operated in Anderson County since 2006.
•           The new 25,000-foot facility will be nearly three times larger than their previous site.
•           Those interested in careers with the company may search for available postings at

About Tactical Medical Solutions Inc.:

TacMed is the global leading developer and manufacturer of medical supplies for combat and tactical medicine. Tactical Medical Solutions Inc. was founded in 2003 as the result of combat operations in Afghanistan, in the years since, TacMed has grown to become one of the largest suppliers of high quality medical products, trauma kits, and equipment for military, law enforcement, first responders, and hunting/outdoors. TacMed maintains several US government contracts through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), General Services Administrations (GSA), and NATO (NSPA).


Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Bullying Prevention Month

COLUMBIA, S.C. -October 1, 2014 – Governor Nikki Haley today issued a statewide proclamation designating the month of October as Bullying Prevention Month.

The proclamation is a part of Gov. Haley’s anti-bullying initiative, meant to bring awareness to all South Carolinians of the harmful effects that bullying can have on a young person’s self-esteem and future success.
Upon taking office in 2011, Gov. Haley began receiving letters from children and parents across the state seeking help dealing with the issue of bullying. As a result, the governor started touring schools across South Carolina in an effort to raise awareness of the problems that can result from bullying and educating students on the best ways to directly address and prevent it from occurring.

The proclamation recognizes how detrimental bullying can be to the goal of having our schools serve as safe, positive learning environments where children have the opportunity to better themselves through education.

“Far too many of our children face the negative consequences and fear of bullying every single day and that is something we all should be working to end,” said Gov. Haley. “It’s our job, as parents and as leaders in our communities, to make sure we’re doing everything in our power to allow our children to grow up strong and confident.”

Gov. Haley encourages all South Carolinians to work together to raise awareness of the problem in an effort to keep our schools and communities free from bullying.

Solar Atmospheres Opening First Southeastern Facility In Greenville County
$15 Million Investment Expected To Create 11 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C.- October 1, 2014– Solar Atmospheres, a leading commercial heat treating company, is establishing its first Southeastern operations in Greenville County to better serve customers in the automotive and aerospace-rich region. The company’s more than $15 million investment will create 11 new jobs in the area.

Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. The newest division of Solar Atmospheres will be operating out of 54,000 square feet of manufacturing space at 108 Progressive Court. The facility is located on a 14-acre site south of Greenville near the intersection of I-85 and I-185, which is within a one-day trip from most industrial centers in the Southeast. 

Vacuum furnaces and support equipment are currently being scheduled for installation and startup. Furnace sizes will range from vacuum furnaces capable of supporting small production lots and development work to a 24-foot car bottom furnace for processing large, heavy loads. Process capabilities will range from standard vacuum heat treating to vacuum carburizing, vacuum annealing, vacuum stress relieving, vacuum brazing, and other specialized vacuum thermal processes as well as research and development activity.

Company representatives expect the Greenville facility to open by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The company operates three existing facilities in the United States: two in Pennsylvania and another in California. Solar Atmospheres today serves more than 18 industries, including aerospace, medical, automotive and power generation. 

Hiring will begin in January. Those interested in being a part of the new Solar Atmospheres Greenville team may visit the company’s careers page. For more information about Solar Atmospheres, Southeast, please contact Steve Prout at (864) 970-0111 ext. 1401, or


“This is a major expansion for our companies with an investment in excess of $15 million including building, property, new vacuum furnaces, and a facility-wide closed-loop water cooling system to ensure continuous uptime for our customers.”  –Roger Jones, corporate president of Solar Atmospheres

“Greenville was selected because of its logistical convenience to current and prospective customers and the favorable business climate in South Carolina and especially in the Greenville area.” –Steve Prout, president of Solar Atmospheres Southeast

“With this announcement we are once again proving that South Carolina is a place where businesses of all kinds can grow and succeed. We celebrate Solar Atmospheres for choosing Greenville County for their new facility, bringing $15 million in investment and creating 11 new jobs for the area.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Companies that serve our growing automotive and aerospace sectors are quickly finding a home in South Carolina. What a testament to our business-friendly reputation that Solar Atmospheres will bring their first facility in the Southeastern United States to Greenville.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Solar Atmospheres is an outstanding example of a company that is using world-class technology, unmatched technical expertise and performance-based processes to grow and succeed. Theirs is a technology-driven business with an entrepreneurial energy, and will be a great addition to Greenville County."  –Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation

“The Upstate region is primed to support innovation and growth among cutting-edge partners serving the automotive and aerospace industries. This area is home to a growing array of research-driven, technically advanced organizations whose expertise continues to fuel our regional economy. We welcome Solar Atmospheres to the Upstate.” –John Lummus, president and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance


•           Solar Atmospheres is establishing its first Southeastern operations in Greenville County to better serve automotive and aerospace customers in the region.
•           $15 million investment to create 11 new jobs.
•           Company will be operating out of 54,000 square feet of manufacturing space at 108 Progressive Court.
•           Solar Atmospheres today serves more than 18 industries, including aerospace, medical, automotive and power generation.
•           Those interested in being a part of the new Solar Atmospheres Greenville team may visit the company’s career page.

About Solar Atmospheres:

Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. Through unmatched technical expertise, equipment, and quality systems, Solar's thermal processing produces bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. For clients requiring an "out-of-the ordinary" application, an in-house R&D team of metallurgists and scientists develop innovative, custom process solutions. Serving over 18 markets, Solar's state-of-the art services include vacuum brazing, carburizing, nitriding and advanced processing of raw materials such as Titanium, Tantalum, and nano powders.  With over 50 furnaces ranging from lab sized to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnaces, Solar can efficiently handle any size job. Headquartered in Souderton, near Philadelphia, Solar also operates plants in Hermitage, near Pittsburgh, in Fontana, California, near Los Angeles, and most recently in Greenville, South Carolina. Please visit for more information.


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