A company that specializes in a variety of fabric forming and finishing technologies, Highland Industries will invest $4.1 million to expand its industrial and textile facility in Cheraw, South Carolina, with plans to generate 24 new jobs during the next two years.
”We have long been committed to South Carolina. Continued investment in our manufacturing capabilities and our people here is the key to our future success,” said Scott Burkhart, Director of Manufacturing of Highland Industries, Inc.
Engineered, highly technical fabrics are woven or knit on state-of-the-art equipment at the Cheraw plant. The South Carolina Department of Commerce said the company maintains zero-landfill status in all its processes. A skilled workforce uses computer-aided technology to produce a consistent, high performance product. Fabrics produced in the factory ultimately end up in automotive parts, military tents and backpacks, rockets, roofing products and many other items that touch lives every day.
“It’s always exciting to see an existing company grow and continue to be successful here,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate Highland Industries’ decision to invest $4.1 million and add 24 new jobs in Cheraw.” The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for real property improvements related to the project.
“In South Carolina, we know how to make things, and we make them quite well. Highland Industries’ expansion and increased production is another indicator that we are leading the manufacturing renaissance,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
“Highland Industries has been an incredible member of the business community in the NESA region,” said North Eastern Strategic Alliance Executive Committee Chairman, state Sen. Yancy McGill. “To see the fashion in which Highland Industries has grown is a testament to the leadership of the company and the business environment of the region. Highland Industries’ willingness to invest more capital and jobs into the area serves as a testament to the region’s business climate.”
Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram said, “The Town of Cheraw is excited to see the continued growth of Highland Industries in our community. With plants located worldwide, it is humbling to have another major expansion awarded to Cheraw. This is a testament to the hard work of our local Highland Industries’ management team and the trust that they have in the local workforce and community.”