Seven companies plan to locate or expand in a six-county region of South Carolina, producing $38.2 million in new capital investment and creating an estimated 304 new jobs in the southern part of the Palmetto State.
"When we can announce this kind of job-creating investment - more than 300 jobs and $38 million in six counties - it's huge for the rural parts of our state but also a win for Team South Carolina and that's another reason to celebrate. South Carolina is on the move," said Governor Nikki Haley.
Seven companies either locating to or expanding in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties were announced at the SouthernCarolina Alliance's Annual Regional Celebration.
Companies planning expansion include;
Augusta FiberglassCoating, Inc.,a leading manufacturer of custom fiberglass reinforced plastic equipment, plans an ongoing expansion to accommodate the company's growing client demand at its current location in Blackville, South Carolina, and at its new facility in neighboring Bamberg County. The company's $800,000 investment in new manufacturing equipment has created 69 new jobs.
Dixie Poly-Drum Corp., a leading manufacturer of safety and plastic material products, is rebuilding its facility in Hampton County that was lost to fire six months ago. The company plans to invest $1.1 million in the facility, creating an additional 84 jobs in Yemassee.
Progressive Packaging, Inc., a full-service packaging solutions company based in Simpsonville, is opening a new distribution center in Hampton County to accommodate its growing consumer base. The $500,000 investment will create five new jobs in the area in the first 12 months of service.
Green Link Wood Industries, a hardwood veneer manufacturer, plans to purchase and operate the former Kearse Manufacturing Company Inc. facility located at 225 Veneer Lane in Olar in Bamberg County. The $1.2 million investment is expected create 44 jobs.
Three additional corporate expansions in this region; a $2.5 million investment by Palmetto Aero in Colleton County, a $2.6 million investment by KBRS in Jasper County, and $29.5 million investment by Kronotex USA in Barnwell County, were previously reported by the Area Development Online Newsdesk.
The Governor also recognized Louis Hornick & Company, the manufacturer of home textiles and Walmart supplier that is locating to Allendale County. The company announced in October of 2013 that it planned to create 125 jobs with a $2.5 million investment.
The SouthernCarolina Alliance represents the six-county region of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. The state's economic development alliances work alongside the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the county economic development offices to market their regions of South Carolina to prospective companies and recruit jobs to the state.