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Latitude Plans Clarendon County, South Carolina, Operations

Latitude Corp., a contract manufacturer of precision metal manufacturing solutions, plans to establish operations in Manning, South Carolina. The $29 million project is expected to create 200 jobs in Clarendon County.

The company will purchase a 50,000-square-foot facility located at 2414 Joe Rogers Blvd. to manufacture large metal components. Operations are scheduled for June 2024.

“We are pleased to be partnering with South Carolina and Clarendon County and look forward to joining the Manning community. Our new facility will allow us to better serve customers regionally and continue the growth story of Latitude Corp. The South Carolina team was very supportive through the due diligence process and Santee Electric, having constructed a spec building suitable to our needs, helped us to narrow down our facility choice. The readySC program, which helps to recruit and train potential employees, convinced us that South Carolina was the right location for our business expansion,” Latitude Corp. President Tom Verbos said.

As an incentive the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $400,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Clarendon County to assist with the cost of building improvements.

“Once again, South Carolina’s strong workforce helps to reassure a company that the Palmetto State is the right choice. South Carolinians have a reputation for excellence in manufacturing, and we look forward to seeing the impact their talents have on Latitude Corp. and its future,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

Latitude Corp. works with customers in numerous industries including agriculture, aerospace and defense, commercial appliances, government, healthcare, and is targeting growth in electric vehicles, energy and construction. The company has an additional operation in Tucson, Arizona.

“Welcome, Latitude Corp., to the Clarendon community. This new facility puts the company in the middle of a phenomenal growth opportunity underway in the heart of the county. We look forward to seeing the progression of the company as it builds its local presence and the positive impact it will have on some of the greatest beneficiaries, the skilled workers of Clarendon County,” added Matthew Shaffer, Chairman of Central SC Alliance.

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