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Drive Automotive Industries of America expanding facility in Greenville County

$50 million investment expected to create 60 new jobs

September 28

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Commerce today announced that Drive Automotive Industries of America will expand its existing facility in Greenville County. The $50 million investment is expected to generate 60 new jobs.

“We celebrate Drive Automotive’s decision to invest $50 million and create 60 new jobs. South Carolina continues to show that it is the right place to do business. Announcements like this one show we are doing the right things to help companies prosper and grow,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Drive Automotive Industries of America, a manufacturing division of Cosma International, which is an operating unit of Magna International Inc., will expand its manufacturing facility located on Moon Acres Road in Piedmont. The expansion will add approximately 150,000 square feet to the size of the existing facility.

“Given the competitive nature of obtaining funding for projects, we at the Drive facility are very appreciative of the support of Greenville County Council and the Governor’s Office,” said Craig Lane, general manager of Drive Automotive. “We truly believe it is a win for everyone.”

Drive Automotive manufactures automotive body panels and assembles body systems using state-of-the-art equipment such as multi-ton hydraulic presses and advanced robotic systems. This expansion will support a growing customer base among the major automotive and heavy truck manufacturers.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $4.4 billion in capital investment and more than 6,800 jobs in the automotive-related sector.

“We continue to build on our success in the automotive club. Drive Automotive’s announcement is another indication that South Carolina’s automotive industry, and manufacturing sector as a whole, continues to create wealth and new jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Drive Automotive began production at its Greenville facility in 1994. The expansion is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2013.

“Greenville County is committed to reducing unemployment and increasing per capita income in Greenville County, and Drive Automotive is a good example of a good quality employer with innovative business practices that fits nicely into our local economy,” said H.G. “Butch” Kirven, director of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council.  “We are very pleased that Drive Automotive has selected Greenville for this important new investment and business expansion.”

“Drive Automotive’s expansion is a vote of confidence in the competitiveness, quality and depth of the Upstate’s workforce when it comes to world-class manufacturing,” said Hal Johnson, president and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in 2014. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company can watch for job postings on the Magna website at www.magna.com/careers.

 

BONDEX Inc. expanding operations in Edgefield County

$6.4 million investment expected to create 13 new jobs

September 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bondex Inc., a maker of thermally bonded nonwoven materials, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Edgefield County. The $6.4 million investment is expected to generate 13 new jobs.

“We are excited about moving forward with our plans to expand our existing facility in Edgefield County. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment and a talented workforce. We look forward to continuing to grow here. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Brad Willingham, president of Bondex Inc.

Bondex Inc. is expanding the company’s nonwovens production plant in Trenton, S.C. in order to add a new product line, which will allow the company to produce industrial laminates and composites for the electrical and electronic markets, as well as other specialty areas. The company will add 33,000 square feet of space to the facility, doubling the plant’s size. The expansion is expected to be completed in end of fourth quarter with production starting in January.

“While we work every day to bring new companies and investment to South Carolina, it’s always exciting to see one of our existing businesses increase its footprint here. We celebrate Bondex Inc.’s decision to invest $6.4 million and create 13 new jobs in Trenton,” said Gov. Nikki Haley

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“In South Carolina, we know how to make things. Manufacturers of all sizes continue to create wealth and help our economy grow, and today’s announcement by Bondex is another sign that our manufacturing base is strong,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. 

“This is wonderful news for Bondex and for Edgefield County,” said Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell. “Over the past few years Edgefield County Council has been working on strategic areas that would make the county competitive in the world marketplace. Existing industries was one of those initiatives and we appreciate Bondex, one of our existing industries, continuing to grow and provide employment opportunities in Edgefield County.”

“Today’s announcement proves that manufacturing is still important to our country, state and Edgefield County,” said Gary Stooksbury, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Economic Development Partnership. “We are pleased that an established company like Bondex is growing their operation here.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in November. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact SCWorks in Edgefield at 803-637-7159 at that time.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant for $100,000 for site work. readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, is assisting with the recruitment and training of new employees.

Bondex Inc. has operated in Trenton, S.C. since 1997. For more information about the company, please visit www.bondexinc.com.

McEntire Produce Inc. expanding operations in Richland County

$5 million investment expected to create 85 new jobs

September 25

COLUMBIA, S.C. – McEntire Produce, fresh produce processor, repacker and wholesaler, today announced that it will expand its current operations in Richland County. The $5 million investment is expected to generate 85 new jobs.

"It's exciting for us to be able to increase our footprint in Richland County. The Midlands have been home to the company for more than seven decades and South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment. We appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials," said Carter McEntire, chief operating officer of McEntire Produce Inc.

McEntire Produce has operated in Richland County since 1938. The company will add a state-of-the-art water filtration system as part of its expansion, which is expected to be complete in the first half of 2013.

"While we work hard to bring new companies to the state, it’s always exciting to see one of our existing businesses expand. We celebrate McEntire Produce’s decision to invest $5 million and create 85 new jobs in the Columbia area," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,400 jobs in the agribusiness sector.

"South Carolina has a long history in agribusiness and it's one of our key wealth-creating industries. Today’s announcement is another indication that sector is still thriving. We appreciate McEntire Produce’s continued commitment to our state," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

"The expansion of McEntire Produce is great news for South Carolina. The economic impact of agribusiness in the state is far reaching and the creation of these new jobs will extend that reach even further," said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

The company currently employs approximately 400 people at its 163,000-square-foot facility in Columbia, which was built in 2006.

"It is always heartening to see home-grown, family-owned companies continue to expand and prosper in Richland County. We congratulate McEntire Produce for their continued success in our community," said Kelvin Washington, chairman of Richland County Council.

"McEntire Produce has a long and proud history of operating a successful business in Columbia, South Carolina. We congratulate the McEntire family on this expansion into a new 163,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. Our home grown companies continue to strengthen our regional and state economy by employing thousands of local citizens," said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in 2013. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Thomas Galloway at 803-744-2875.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant of $100,000 for a water pretreatment facility.

For more information about McEntire Produce Inc., please visit www.mcentireproduce.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: September 24, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 24 includes:

Monday, September 24, 9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a “Women for Mitt” event, Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 North Salem Street, Apex, N.C.

Monday, September 24, 1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a “Women for Mitt” event, Sterling Victory Office, 21430 Cedar Drive, Sterling, VA.

Monday, September 24, 6:05 PM:  Gov. Haley will participate in a “Women for Mitt” event, Mead Botanical Gardens, 1300 South Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL.

Tuesday, September 25, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will join the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS) for a press conference,  Keystone Substance Abuse Service, York County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 199 South Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill, S.C.

Thursday, September 27, 4:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will visit Laurens County and participate in a book signing, Laurens County Library, 1017 West Main Street, Laurens, S.C.

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will speak at a Town Hall sponsored by The Republican Women of the Golden Strip, Upstate Young Republicans, and Victory 2012, Mauldin City Hall, Council Chambers, 5 East Butler Road, Mauldin, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: September 17, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 17 included the following:

Tuesday, September 18

8:45 AM:  Economic development call.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

4:30 PM:  Call with a fellow governor.

Wednesday, September 19

9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:30 AM:  Agency meeting.

10:40 AM:  Agency call.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley recognized “Constitution Week”, Statehouse, 1st floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

11:15 AM:  Constituent meeting.

11:25 AM:  Television news interview.

11:30 AM:  Newspaper interview.

11:50 AM:  Newspaper interview.

5:00 PM:  Gov. Haley joined Pat McCrory in a Veterans for McCrory rally, 300 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, N.C.

Thursday, September 20

9:20 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:45 AM:  Policy meeting.

1:15 PM:  Agency meeting.

2:30 PM:  Newspaper interview.

4:30 PM:  Constituent meeting.

Friday, September 21

4:05 PM:  Economic development call.

4:40 PM:  Economic development call.

Gov. Nikki Haley, Gov. Rick Scott place friendly wager on Clemson-FSU football game

September 21

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Confident that the Clemson Tigers are ready to take on and defeat the Florida State Seminoles, Governor Nikki Haley placed a friendly wager with Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Saturday’s college football game – a contest between two of the best football teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation. Kickoff is slated for 8:00 PM ET on Saturday in Tallahassee.

“With college football season in full swing and two South Carolina teams ranked in the top 10, it was great to hear from my friend and fellow college football fan Gov. Rick Scott,” said Gov. Haley, who put a barbecue dinner on the line. “When he called and started talking smack about the Clemson-Florida State game, I told him I had confidence in Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers, who represent our state well and make us proud, and I was happy to place a friendly wager on the game.”

Gov. Scott bet Key Lime Pie that the Seminoles would win.

“Our high schools, universities and NFL teams have proven time and time again that Florida is the number one state for football, and there is no doubt the Noles will win this weekend,” said Gov. Scott. “I really appreciate Gov. Haley taking part in this wager and look forward to enjoying some BBQ from her great state.”

 

Shutterfly expands East Coast manufacturing operations with new facility in York County

Investment expected to create  new  jobs over three years

September 20

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Shutterfly Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, today announced it will triple its East Coast manufacturing operations with a new state-of-the-art production facility in Fort Mill.

Responding to significant business growth, this expansion will increase Shutterfly’s photo-product East Coast operations footprint to 300,000 total square feet. The new facility is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013 and the existing Charlotte, N.C., manufacturing space will be fully operational until that time. With the new facility located less than 10 miles from the company’s current location, Shutterfly expects to retain existing employees while creating new jobs during the next three years. This expansion builds on Shutterfly’s commitment to U.S.-based operations, as the company maintains all manufacturing domestically.

“I am extremely proud that we are able to retain the employees working in our Charlotte facility while adding new jobs and expanding our manufacturing foot print,” said Jeffrey Housenbold, president and CEO of Shutterfly. “Fort Mill is an ideal location for its proximity to our employees and the new talented local labor pool.” 

The Fort Mill facility will house a portion of production and customer service personnel for Shutterfly’s four brands: Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Wedding Paper Divas and Treat. While Shutterfly manufacturing is not new to the eastern U.S., the customer service center in Fort Mill will be the first East Coast customer service presence for Shutterfly.

“We are committed to providing our customers the highest quality experiences and products to help them capture, preserve and share their precious memories,” said Housenbold. “Expanding our manufacturing facilities is critical to ensuring we are able to respond to increasing demand and deliver the best to our growing customer base.”

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when a well-known company like Shutterfly chooses to put down roots in our state. We celebrate Shutterfly’s decision to bring more than 600 jobs to Fort Mill. Today’s announcement is another win for the Palmetto State and shows we’re on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“I am grateful to Shutterfly for bringing new skilled jobs to South Carolina”, said Robert Hitt, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce. “We worked closely with Shutterfly and supported their efforts to secure a facility that could accommodate their rapid growth and existing employee population.”

York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell said, “York County has positioned itself to take advantage of diverse opportunities for office, distribution and manufacturing investment. Shutterfly’s operation combines all three of these activities and will create significant immediate and future job opportunities for our citizens.  Adding such a technologically-advanced company to our growing list of international businesses is a testament to York County’s ability to compete in the global arena.” 

Shutterfly, the market leader in online photo products and services, currently serves millions of customers who store more than 15 billion photos in Shutterfly’s cloud service. More are expected with recent acquisitions of Kodak Gallery, Photoccino and Penguin Digital, as well as the launch of Shutterfly’s fourth lifestyle brand and forthcoming mobile app, Treat, which serves the multi-billion one-to-one greeting card market. Additionally, the new facility will increase Shutterfly's speed and efficiency in producing and shipping the company's award-winning products such as photo books, holiday cards and personalized stationery.

In addition to future positions in Fort Mill, Shutterfly is actively recruiting for several key positions in the areas of manufacturing, engineering and customer service. For more information on job opportunities please visit: www.shutterfly.com/jobs.

About Shutterfly

Founded in 1999, Shutterfly Inc. is an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing company and operates Shutterfly.com, Tiny Prints.com, Treat.com and Weddingpaperdivas.com. Shutterfly provides high quality products and world class services that make it easy, convenient and fun for consumers to preserve their digital photos in a creative and thoughtful manner. Shutterfly's flagship product is its award-winning photo book line, which helps consumers celebrate memories and tell their stories in professionally bound coffee table books. Shutterfly was recently named one of the top 25 Best Midsized Companies to Work For by the Great Place to Work Institute. More information about Shutterfly (NASDAQ:SFLY - News) is available at www.shutterfly.com. Shutterfly and Shutterfly.com are trademarks of Shutterfly Inc.

 

Watson Engineering Inc. expanding operations in Anderson County

$6.37 million investment expected to create 85 new jobs

September 19

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Watson Engineering Inc., a supplier of construction, agriculture and automotive components, today announced that it will expand its existing operations in Anderson County. The $6.37 million investment is expected to generate 85 new jobs.

“Demand has increased for our company’s products and services, and we are pleased to be able to grow our operations in Anderson County. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Chris Douglas, chief financial officer for Watson Engineering.

Watson Engineering will purchase a new building, located in Piedmont, Anderson County, and move part of its current operations into the new building. The move will allow the company to free up additional manufacturing space for new operations. The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of October.

“It is a great day in South Carolina when another one of our existing firms decides to increase its footprint here. We celebrate Watson Engineering’s decision to invest $6.37 million and create 85 new jobs in Anderson County. Today’s announcement shows that our state’s business-friendly climate and workforce talent continue to help companies prosper and grow,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Today’s announcement by Watson Engineering strengthens our state’s manufacturing sector. We know how to build things in South Carolina, and manufacturing remains a driver of economic growth in the Palmetto State’s economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“In June of 2007, Piedmont, S.C. welcomed Watson Engineering as they brought 50 jobs and a $7.5 million initial investment into our community,” said Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters. “Just five short years later, their overwhelming success as a multi-million dollar global ISO certified industry called for expansion and we are pleased that they chose Anderson County as their expansion site. We applaud Watson Engineering and welcome 85 new jobs and $6.37 million new investment into our community.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in November. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Laura Carden at laurac@watsoneng.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

Founded in 1981, Watson Engineering has become a tier one industry supplier offering a wide range of services from the simplest of vehicle builds to volume production runs of complex components. The Company’s many capabilities include laser and turret cutting, robotic welding, CNC machining, tube bending, press brake, stampings and powder coat painting.  For more information about Watson Engineering, please visit www.watsoneng.com.

Georgia-Pacific to begin operating mill in Clarendon County

Investment expected to create more than 100 new jobs

September 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Georgia-Pacific today announced that it plans to begin a ramp up of production at its oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Clarendon County, S.C., during the first quarter of 2013.  The mill was part of the acquisition in May 2010 from Grant Forest Products that also included an operating plant in Allendale County, S.C., and another operating plant in Englehart, Ontario. The acquisition totaled approximately $400 million. Georgia-Pacific spent an additional $30 million to complete construction on the Clarendon facility in 2011.

“Given our customers’ increased need for OSB, we believe the time is right to begin the ramp up of production at the Clarendon mill,” said Mark Luetters, president of Georgia-Pacific wood products.  “This facility has world-class capabilities and will ensure our ability to grow with Georgia-Pacific’s customers as the housing market continues its slow recovery. We’re looking forward to getting this plant running, and to working with the people in the Clarendon County area.”

Once the Clarendon mill is operational, both Clarendon and Allendale (which also employs about 120 people) will supply customers across the eastern United States with the versatile building material used in residential construction. 

“The Clarendon mill fits strategically with our OSB facilities running in Brookneal, Va., Fordyce, Ark., Hosford, Fla., Allendale, S.C., and Englehart, Ontario,” said Clarence Young, vice president of structural panels sales and marketing for the company. “It will give Georgia-Pacific the ability to provide enhanced service and value to existing and potential customers.”

“Today’s announcement is another big win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate Georgia-Pacific’s decision to invest in the Palmetto State and create more than 100 new jobs in Clarendon County. By strengthening our state’s business-friendly climate, we can expect to see more announcements like this one,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Georgia-Pacific OSB products include BlueRibbon® rated sheathing and sub-floor, Thermostat® OSB radiant barrier sheathing, and DryGuard® enhanced OSB sub-floor, plus larger panels used in specialty applications.

“Today’s announcement by Georgia-Pacific is another indication that our state’s manufacturing sector remains strong. We know how to make things in South Carolina, and manufacturing continues to be a key wealth-creating part of our economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Applications for more than 100 permanent positions, including management, craft and production roles at the facility, will be accepted through the company’s website at www.gp.com/careers  and through One Stop Workforce at www.slworkforcedev.org beginning this week. 

In South Carolina, Georgia-Pacific and other Koch companies employ nearly 2,000 people directly and support more than 8,000 jobs. Total compensation and benefits in South Carolina is approximately $140 million annually.

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs nearly 35,000 people worldwide. For more information visit www.gp.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: September 17, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 17 includes:

Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley will recognize Constitution Week, S.C. Statehouse, First floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, September 21, 11:30 AM:  Gov. Haley will join officials for a ribbon cutting at Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc., Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc., 110 Atlas Court, Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: September 10, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 10 included the following:

Note: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley participated in an economic development and trade trip to Japan.  Date and times provided are in Japanese Standard Time (JST).

Monday, September 10

8:30 PM:  Agency meeting.

Tuesday, September 11

12:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

4:15 PM:  Economic development meeting.

5:00 PM:  Gov. Haley participated in a business product tour.

5:30 PM:  Agency meeting.

6:20 PM:  Economic development meeting.

6:30 PM:  Economic development event.

9:15 PM:  Agency call.

Wednesday, September 12

8:45 AM:  Economic development meeting.

9:20 AM:  Economic development meeting.

11:15 AM:  Television interview.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the American Chamber of Commerce Japan Luncheon, Tokyo American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

1:45 PM:  Media availability.

2:00 PM:  Television news interview.

2:15 PM:  Agency meeting.

3:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Thursday, September 13

9:45 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in a business product tour.

10:15 AM:  Economic development meeting.

1:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM:  Economic development meeting.

3:15 PM:  Economic development meeting.

4:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

6:20 PM:  Gov. Haley joined fellow southeast governors in attending the 35th Annual Joint meeting of Japan-U.S. Southeast Association & SEUS/Japan Association’s Welcome Reception and Dinner, Tokyo, Japan.

Friday, September 14

7:45 AM:  Gov. Haley attended the 35th Annual Joint meeting of Japan-U.S. Southeast Association & SEUS/Japan Association’s Governors Breakfast, Tokyo, Japan.

8:35 AM:  Agency call.

9:00 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the 35th Annual Joint meeting of Japan-U.S. Southeast Association & SEUS/Japan Association’s Opening Ceremony, Tokyo, Japan.

10:45 AM:  Economic development meeting.

11:00 AM:  Agency call.

12:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the 35th Annual Joint meeting of Japan-U.S. Southeast Association & SEUS/Japan Association’s Luncheon, Tokyo, Japan.

1:30 PM:  Gov. Haley met with John Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

3:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Saturday, September 15

9:00 AM:  Economic development meeting.

 

Con-Pearl North America establishing first North American facility in Greenville County

More than $14 million investment expected to create 51 new jobs

September 14

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Con-Pearl North America, a maker of lightweight recycled plastic boards, today announced plans to establish its first North American production facility in Greenville County. The $14.25 million investment is expected to generate 51 new jobs over the next five years.

“We are pleased with the opportunity to locate our new operations in Greenville. South Carolina offers us an exceptional business environment and great access to markets in the U.S. We look forward to bringing our facility online and appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Stefan Hoedt, director of Business Development for Con-Pearl North America.

Con-Pearl North America, a subsidiary of Germany-based Friedola-Tech, will locate its new facility in Greenville County at 6400 Augusta Road. The company expects to begin operations at the facility in October of this year.

“South Carolina continues to be the place to do business for companies from across the globe. We celebrate Con-Pearl North America’s decision to invest $14.25 million and create 51 new jobs in Greenville. We are committed to strengthening South Carolina’s business climate and bringing more investments like this one,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Con-Pearl North America’s parent, Friedola-Tech, is a recycled plastics processing and products company, with its main product being a lightweight structural board made of polypropylene. Its finished products are primarily returnable packaging containers used by a variety of industries and in many applications. The boards are also used as structural supports in applications where a non-rotting, lightweight structural material is required, such as automotive interior and exterior applications, and in construction systems. The innovative product also supports client goals for reduction of carbon emissions and energy saving in the transportation sector, as well as in other industries.

“Today’s announcement bolsters our state’s manufacturing sector and also strengthens our economic ties with Germany. We welcome Con-Pearl North America to South Carolina’s business community and look forward to the company’s growth here,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector. Additionally, more than $430 million in capital investment and more than 1,000 new jobs have been recruited in the recycling-related sector since the beginning of 2010.

“We are very pleased that Con-Pearl decided to locate their business here in Greenville County,” said H. G. “Butch” Kirven, director of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council. “Everything lined up for them here – skilled workforce, proximity to customers and a great quality of life.  We welcome this fine company into our community.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions immediately. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Beth McNamara from FGP on bmcnamara@fgp.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant for $150,000 for building upfit.

For more information about Con-Pearl North America and Friedola Tech, please visit www.friedola-tech.de/.

 

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on JetBlue Airways’ announcement

September 12

COLUMBIA, S.C. – JetBlue Airways today announced nonstop service to Charleston. According to the company’s press release, JetBlue will serve Charleston International Airport (CHS) with twice daily nonstop service to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and one daily flight to Boston's Logan (BOS) beginning Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Governor Nikki Haley released the following statement on JetBlue Airways’ announcement:

“We are so excited to welcome JetBlue to South Carolina - this is huge for our state, and will bring more people to Charleston, the number one tourist destination in the country. It's a great day in South Carolina.”

 

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power opens regional headquarters in Greenville County

New operations expected to create 40 new jobs

September 12

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sempra U.S. Gas & Power LLC, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced that it has established a new regional headquarters in Greenville County.

“Expanding our natural gas business in the Southeast is a strategic priority as consumer and industrial demand for this clean, reliable fuel continues to rapidly grow,” said Mike Gallagher, regional president of natural gas for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “Basing our natural gas operations in Greenville brings us closer to our existing customers and positions the company to take better advantage of the evolving market opportunities in the region.”

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s office, located at 201 Riverplace in Greenville, will support existing natural gas operations, as well as lead new business development throughout the Southeast region with a focus on energy infrastructure and services. Approximately 40 employees are expected to be based in Greenville.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when we can welcome a world-class energy company like Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to the Palmetto State. We celebrate the company’s decision to open a regional headquarters in Greenville and create 40 new jobs. Announcements like this one show we are on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“South Carolina has a growing and diverse energy sector and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s decision to locate operations in Greenville builds on that. Every one of these new jobs will have impact in Greenville and we look forward to Sempra’s success here in the Palmetto State,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power companies currently operate two natural gas distribution utilities in Alabama and Mississippi, along with natural gas pipelines and 30.5 billion cubic feet of underground natural gas storage throughout the Gulf Coast.  It has more than 2,100 megawatts of natural gas, solar and wind generation operating or under construction in the U.S. Sempra subsidiaries also operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and are permitting a new liquefaction facility in Louisiana with a total export capability of 12 million tons per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billions of cubic feet per day.

“Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s decision to establish a regional headquarters here is further evidence of the quality economic environment provided to organizations seeking to locate or expand in this area,” said Greenville Area Development Corporation Chairman Chris Riley. “This is a progressive and respected company known across America for its innovation and technology. Their selection of Greenville County validates that we continue on the right path in our corporate recruiting initiatives.”

“The decision by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to locate in the heart of downtown Greenville proves that quality companies will seek out the right environment in which to grow and thrive,” said City of Greenville Mayor Knox White. “Sempra will be a valued and appreciated member of our community, and we’re pleased to welcome them here.”

Anyone interested in employment opportunities with the company should visit www.sempra.com/careers.

About Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions. The company operates solar, wind and natural gas power plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes, along with natural gas storage and pipelines, and distribution utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2011 revenues of $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ nearly 17,500 employees serve about 31 million consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com.

 

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

September 11th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today lowered Statehouse flags in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance and released the following statement:

“Michael and I join everyone across South Carolina and our nation as we mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Today, we remember those we lost, the strength of their family and friends, the courage of those who responded, and the sacrifice of those men and women who put on a uniform every day to defend our freedom. We will never forget.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: September 10, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 10 includes:

Monday, September 10 to Saturday, September 15:  Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley will participate in an economic development and trade trip to Japan.

Wednesday, September 12, 12:00 PM (JST):  Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker at the American Chamber of Commerce Japan Luncheon, Tokyo American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Thursday, September 13 to Friday, September 14:  Gov. Haley will join fellow southeast governors in participating in the 35th Annual Joint meeting of Japan-U.S. Southeast Association & SEUS/Japan Association, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.

Friday, September 14, 9:00 AM (JST):  Gov. Haley will speak at the Opening Ceremony of the 35th annual joint meeting of Japan-U.S. Southeast Association & SEUS/Japan Association, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.

Note: Date and times provided are in Japanese Standard Time (JST). As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 4 included the following:

Tuesday, September 4

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:15 AM:  Radio interview.

10:40 AM:  Radio interview.

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley joined the Republican National Committee for a “We Can Do Better” Press Conference, NASCAR Plaza Building, 550 South Caldwell Street, Studio 43, Charlotte, N.C.

2:15 PM:  Gov. Haley appeared on FOX News’ “America Live with Megyn Kelly.”

5:00 PM:  Media event.

Wednesday, September 5

7:07 AM:  Radio interview.

7:23 AM:  Radio interview.

7:40 AM:  Radio interview.

8:36 AM:  Radio interview.

9:30 AM:  Gov. Haley appeared on FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

11:15 AM: Television news interview.

11:35 AM:  Radio interview.

11:55 AM:  Newspaper interview.

1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley joined the Republican National Committee for a “We Can Do Better” Press Conference, NASCAR Plaza Building, 550 South Caldwell Street, Studio 43, Charlotte, N.C.

2:15 PM:  Television news interview.

2:25 PM:  Television news interview.

6:45 PM:  Economic development meeting.

7:00 PM:  Economic development meeting.

Thursday, September 6

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, September 7

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley and South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Director Kevin Shwedo announced the availability of a “VETERAN” designation on driver licenses, identification cards and beginner permits for individuals who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces, South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, 10311 Wilson Boulevard, Blythewood, S.C.

10:30 AM: Media availability.

11:15 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley designates September as “Voter Education Month”

Encourages all eligible South Carolinians to register to vote and to exercise their most basic democratic right by participating in all elections

September 10th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley has designated September 2012 as “Voter Education Month” across South Carolina.

In a gubernatorial proclamation, Gov. Haley encourages “all eligible South Carolinians to register to vote, to educate themselves regarding the candidates and questions, and to exercise their most basic democratic right by participating in all elections.”

View the governor’s “Voter Education Month” proclamation here.

South Carolina’s State Election Commission last week launched a month-long effort to register South Carolinians to vote, or have them update voter registration information if they are already registered, before the October 6 voter registration deadline. Information regarding “Voter Education Month,” voter services – including how to register to vote, check voter registration information, find polling places and vote absentee – and candidates is available at the S.C. State Election Commission website: http://www.scVOTES.org.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley, DMV announce "VETERAN" designation on driver license

September 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Director Kevin Shwedo, joined by veterans of the United States Armed Forces from across the state, today announced the availability of a “VETERAN” designation on driver licenses, identification cards and beginner permits for individuals who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces during an event at DMV Headquarters.

Video of the event is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5UeZwvnmIY

The VETERAN designation applies only to individuals who served honorably as members of the United States Armed Forces. To apply, veterans must present their Form DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), which indicates an honorable discharge. No other proof of service will be accepted. Military dependents, spouses or civilian employees on military bases are not eligible.

The cost to add the VETERAN designation to a driver license, identification card or beginner permit is $1.00. If a customer adds the designation without changing or renewing his license, he will pay only the $1.00 fee. However, if the customer conducts another license transaction, he will pay $1.00 plus the required transaction fee. For example, a customer that adds the designation when he renews his 10-year driver license would pay $25.00 plus the $1.00 fee. A customer who changes his address and adds the designation would pay $10.00 plus the $1.00 fee. Each time a customer changes or renews his credential, he must pay an additional $1.00 fee to add the designation.

Because state law requires documentation of military service, veterans applying for the designation must visit a DMV office. To get the best service in the shortest amount of time, DMV recommends that customers visit offices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Customers should also remember that the days before and after a holiday are extremely busy at DMV.

BorgWarner expanding operations in Oconee County

Investment expected to create 30 new jobs

September 6

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BorgWarner, a global automotive powertrain supplier, today announced plans to expand its current facility in Oconee County, which will generate 30 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with our expansion plans in Oconee County. Demand for our products has increased and South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment, so this expansion is the right step for our company. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Andy J. Mickus, general manager of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems North America.

BorgWarner will expand its drivetrain manufacturing facility located at 15545 Wells Highway in Seneca. The expansion will allow the company to add capacity for its transfer case products.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to expand its operations in our state. We celebrate BorgWarner’s decision to invest in South Carolina, creating up to 30 new jobs in Seneca. Today’s announcement is also another win for one of our state’s rural areas,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $4.4 billion in capital investment and more than 6,800 jobs in the automotive-related sector.

“Today’s announcement by BorgWarner shows that South Carolina’s reputation in the automotive club continues to grow. Our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce continue to help our existing companies prosper and create new jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“The expansion of BorgWarner gives us confidence that Oconee County remains a ripe environment for business to flourish,” said Oconee County Council Chairman Joel Thrift.  “We applaud BorgWarner’s success and are thankful for the job creation and capital investment that our community will receive.”

Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the SCWorks center in Seneca at 864-882-5638.

About BorgWarner
Auburn Hills, Mich.-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a technology leader in highly-engineered components and systems for powertrain applications worldwide. Operating manufacturing and technical facilities in 59 locations in 19 countries, the company develops products to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA and MAN.  For more information, please visit borgwarner.com.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of September 4 includes:

Tuesday, September 4, 1:00 PM:  Gov. Haley will join the Republican National Committee for a “We Can Do Better” Press Conference, NASCAR Plaza Building, 550 South Caldwell Street, Studio 43, Charlotte, N.C.  Note: Due to security reasons, you are required to RSVP to gopresponse@rnchq.org to attend.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of August 27 included the following:

Monday, August 27

8:30 AM:  Gov. Haley spoke at a joint South Carolina and Florida delegations breakfast, Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, Inverness Ballroom, 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL.

10:00 AM:  Media availability.

1:30 PM:  Call with a fellow governor.

2:00 PM:  Call with a fellow governor.

5:00 PM:  Call with a fellow governor.

Tuesday, August 28

10:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in USA TODAY’s Newsmakers event, Tampa Convention Center, USA TODAY's workspace No. 1402, Tampa, FL.

10:25 AM:  Television news interview.

10:40 AM:  Newspaper interview.

11:00 AM:  Gov. Haley participated in a conservative blogger and press briefing, Tampa Convention Center, Press Briefing Room, Tampa, FL.

2:30 PM:  Call with a local official.

2:40 PM:  Call with an agency official.

3:00 PM:  Call with a local official.

5:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the South Carolina Reception, Liberty Plaza, 180 South Morgan Street, Tampa, FL.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL.

9:55 PM:  Gov. Haley addressed the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL.

11:35 PM:  Gov. Haley appeared on Greta Van Susteren, On the Record Studio, Tampa Bay History Center, Lower Patio, 801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL.

11:55 PM:  Gov. Haley spoke at the Salute to the Carolinas Reception, SS American Victory (WWII Cargo Ship), Tampa, FL.

Wednesday, August 29

9:30 AM:  Economic development call.

9:45 AM:  Economic development call.

3:30 PM:  Economic development call.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL.

7:30 PM:  Gov. Haley appeared on CNBC’s Kudlow Report.

Thursday, August 30

4:30 PM:  Gov. Haley attended and spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s “Salute to Republican Governors” event, Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore, 5303 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL.

7:00 PM:  Gov. Haley attended the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL.

9:30 PM:  Gov. Haley appeared on Fox News’ Hannity.

Monday, September 3

5:30 PM:  Agency call.

 

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