Vapor Apparel, a leader in performance apparel manufacturing and digital print-on-demand services, is opening a $1.3 million, 30,000-square-foot, manufacturing plant on an 8.5 acre tract of land at 1243 Riley Road in Union County, South Carolina. The project is expected to create 114 jobs during the next five years.
This project marks a major step for the company that focuses on sublimation printing solutions and performance fabrics. The facility will house the company’s domestic cut and sew division, which is a rapidly expanding part of the company’s product line. The establishment of this Union County facility will complement the company’s existing production facility located in North Charleston, South Carolina and expand its ecommerce fulfillment and print-on-demand services.
“It is an honor to bring sewing jobs back to South Carolina. Union is textile country. It has a history in the industry. These jobs are connected to technology through Print-On-Demand markets which we will continue to invest in moving forward,” Vapor Apparel Co-Founder/President Jackson Burnett said.
“This time the jobs are connected to dynamic markets and leverage our investment in mass customized artwork for our clients. We also have a lot of demand for Made in the USA products with our national parks retailers. Our custom cut and sew offers minimum orders as few as six garments,” Vapor Apparel Co-Founder/Chief Revenue Officer Christopher Bernat added.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project. In addition, readySC, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training for the open positions at Vapor’s Union County facility.
“South Carolina has a long tradition of supporting the textile industry. Today, we celebrate Vapor Apparel’s decision to continue that tradition by selecting Union County as the site of their first U.S. manufacturing facility. This is not only another victory for our textile manufacturing industry but for our state as a whole,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.