Bicycle Corporation of America plans to expand its existing production operations in Clarendon County, South Carolina. The company’s $5 million investment is projected to create 65 new jobs.
To expand, BCA will be purchasing an existing 140,000-square-foot building at 9104 Alex Harvin Highway in Summterton and installing two new product lines.
BCA was established in 2014 as a venture of Kent International, Inc., a family-owned bicycle importer and manufacturer based out of Parsippany, New Jersey. As a participant in Walmart’s Made in U.S.A. initiative, Kent International established BCA to augment its import sales. To date, BCA has produced more than 850,000 bicycles.
“We are so happy to be in Clarendon County and so proud that we are the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the United States. We love doing business here, and it is amazing how much support we get from both the local and state government, who understand the true value of job creation,” said Kent International, Inc. Chairman & CEO Arnold Kamler.
“The people of South Carolina have built an impressive track record manufacturing top-quality products of all types. The decision by Bicycle Corporation of America to expand operations in Clarendon County is a testament to our workforce, and I know they’ll continue to achieve great things with these two new product lines,” Governor Henry McMaster said.
“Congratulations to our friends at Bicycle Corporation of America and our partner Clarendon County. Since bringing assembly operations from China to its Manning facility five years ago, BCA has prospered from the potential of the growing market demand for products produced on American soil. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the company as it continues to roll out new products and enhance its operations,” said Mike Brenan, Chairman of Central S.C. Alliance.