MycoWorks, a biotechnology company that specializes in mycelium-grown materials for use as sustainable, luxury-quality leather alternatives, plans to establish operations in Union, South Carolina. The $107 million project is expected to create 400 new jobs.
Located at 260 Midway Drive, the new facility will increase the company’s capacity to meet the fashion and luxury industries’ growing demand for its materials, including its flagship product Reishi. Operations are expected to be online in early 2023.
"Deciding where to lay down roots was a big decision, but the partnership offered by state and local officials in combination with access to talent and amenities in the area made it easy. We look forward to growing a world class team and operation in Union County, South Carolina,” said MycoWorks Chief Operating Officer Doug Hardesty.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
“We are at a time of great transformation among various industries, and companies like MycoWorks are paving the way in their arena. We welcome this groundbreaking business to South Carolina and look forward to watching them succeed for years to come,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.
Established in 2013, MycoWorks’ patented Fine Mycelium process produces materials including Reishi, a globally recognized breakthrough in materials science, that mimics the performance of animal leathers and lowers environmental impacts. The material offers creative solutions and new design possibilities for fashion and luxury brands while offering relief to supply chain constraints.
“We say the Upstate is where manufacturing and technology intersect, and MycoWorks is showing it by choosing to scale up in Union County. Their sustainable biotechnology products add high-tech opportunities to the region’s vibrant engineered materials ecosystem,” Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus noted.