China-based JN Fibers Inc., a manufacturer of recycled polyester staple fiber products, will invest $45 million to establish a manufacturing facility in an existing building at 1247 Frederick Drive in Richburg, South Carolina, with plans to generate 318 jobs in Chester County.
The company plans to upfit the existing building, as well as add building space on the facility’s campus, for a total of 600,000 square feet. The JN Fibers plant is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2014.
JN Fibers Inc. will operate its factory and market products under their subsidiary Sun Fibers LLC. The new plant will recycle discarded soda and water bottles and transform them into recycled polyester staple fibers for use in home textiles, furniture, upholstery and automotive industries.
“We are pleased by the opportunity to establish new operations in Chester County. South Carolina is the perfect fit for our business’ needs. With an excellent business environment and access to markets, as well as top-notch workforce talent, we look forward to getting our operations in Richburg up and running. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said, Mark Bachner, senior vice president of operations for JN Fibers Inc.
“Today’s announcement is another big win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate JN Fibers’ decision to invest $45 million and create 318 new jobs in Richburg. This announcement shows that South Carolina has done the right things to be competitive on the global stage,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a rural infrastructure grant of $800,000 and approved job development credits.
“South Carolina’s manufacturing renaissance is getting a big boost from today’s announcement by JN Fibers. Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Chester County and throughout the state. We welcome JN Fibers to South Carolina, and look forward to the company’s success here,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
“We are delighted and very proud JN Fibers made the decision to ‘Choose Chester’ County for their new location,” said Mike Enoch, chairman of the Chester Development Association. “Their decision to locate here is a testament to the quality of our community and the determination of the team that worked to make this investment possible.”
“The South Carolina Ports Authority welcomes JN Fibers to the state as a valued customer and user of Charleston Harbor,” said Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “We wish them much success as they locate in Chester County and we look forward to facilitating the growth of their business.”