A replacement refrigerator filters producer, Canadian-based Swift Group of Industries, will invest an initial $3.5 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Manning, South Carolina, with plans to create 60 jobs.
“We looked at a number of different states for our U.S. location and found that South Carolina offered the best choice. The entire South Carolina economic development team was well-prepared to show us the path to our company goals. We would like to thank John Truluck at Clarendon County, Andre Leblanc and the Commerce staff and especially the Clarendon County Council for working through the Christmas holiday to make this project a reality,” said Ramesh Suri, managing director of Swift Group of Industries.
The Vancouver, British Columbia-based firm, which produces refrigerator replacement filters for water and ice dispensers, along with home appliances, appliance components and barbeque grills, will locate its new production facility in Clarendon County at 2678 Ram Bay Road in Manning. The new facility will be Swift Group’s first U.S. production facility, as it relocates some manufacturing from China to South Carolina. The company currently exports its products from Canada to Australia, Israel, Europe and the U.S.
“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate Swift Group’s decision to put down roots in South Carolina with a $3.5 million investment and the creation of 60 new jobs in Manning. Our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce continue to attract investment from companies all around the globe,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
“South Carolina continues to see its manufacturing renaissance gain steam with announcements like this one by Swift Group. Our manufacturing sector is a key wealth creator in the Palmetto State’s economy. In addition, these jobs will have a positive impact and help sustain the Manning community,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a rural infrastructure grant for $225,000 for building upfit.