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A.I.D. Company Invests $7 Million To Expand Manufacturing Facility In Oconee County, South Carolina

A.I.D. Company, a subsidiary of RBC Bearings Inc. and a maker of aerospace components, is investing $7 million to locate into a new manufacturing facility in Westminster, Oconee County, South Carolina, where it is expected to generate 75 new jobs.

The manufacturer of control rods used in both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft plans to relocate into the new facility at 123 Commerce Way in Westminster, a city located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Greenville, South Carolina. The move will expand its manufacturing space from 35,000 square feet to 63,000 square feet.

"We are excited about growing A.I.D. Company and pleased to locate our operations in Oconee County. South Carolina has created an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce that will help us succeed. We appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials," said Dr. Michael Hartnett, president and CEO of RBC Bearings Inc.

"Today's announcement is another win for one of our state's rural counties. We celebrate A.I.D. Company's decision to locate in Oconee County with a $7 million investment and the creation of 75 new jobs. We remain committed to strengthening our state's business climate and brining job-creating investments to all areas of South Carolina," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

"Manufacturing continues to be a strong sector in South Carolina's economy, and the aviation and aerospace industry is an increasingly important part of manufacturing here. Today's announcement by A.I.D. Company location builds on the Palmetto State's reputation in the aerospace club," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

As an incentive, The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met. The company, which begins hiring for the new positions in October, will work with readySC on employment screening.


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