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Chemical manufacturing operation will bring $13 million of new investment

PIDC (Pacific Industrial Development Corporation), a specialty chemicals manufacturer, intends to open a manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County. The development is projected to bring at least $13 million of capital investment and create 53 new jobs over the next five years.
 
With operations in five countries, PIDC is a chemical company focused on innovative research and development of advanced materials, including specialty alumina materials, rare earth powders, aqueous solutions and a variety of proprietary, formulated powders.
 
Located at 5396 N. Blackstock Road in Spartanburg, S.C., the company will be moving into two buildings totaling approximately 110,000 square feet. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
 
QUOTES

 
"We couldn't be happier that we have decided to expand our company to Spartanburg County in South Carolina. From our first visit there last July, the community has opened their arms to welcome us. We are excited to bring jobs and manufacturing to South Carolina." -PIDC CEO Wei Wu
 
"We're proud to welcome PIDC to the South Carolina business community and look forward to seeing all that we know they will achieve in the Upstate. With a workforce at its disposal that is second to none and one of the most competitive business environments in the world, we know that PIDC will have the tools necessary for success." -Gov. Henry McMaster
 
"Congratulations to PIDC for deciding to launch this new facility in Spartanburg. With today's announcement, PIDC joins an impressive roster of globally-respected manufacturing firms that operate here, advancing South Carolina's pro-business reputation." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"PIDC's announcement represents another indicator that this is an exciting time for industry in Spartanburg County. PIDC's plan to repurpose an existing manufacturing facility and expand the workforce opportunities underscore that Spartanburg is a great place for businesses to build their future." -David Britt, Spartanburg County Economic Development Committee Chairman and Economic Futures Group Board Member

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • PIDC is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County.
  • $13 million investment to create 53 new jobs.
  • PIDC is a specialty chemicals manufacturer with existing operations in five countries.
  • The company's new facility will be located at 5396 N. Blackstock Road in Spartanburg, S.C. 
  • Interested applicants for the new jobs should visit the company's careers page online. 

Chemical provider investing $3.8 million to accommodate continued growth

Ascend Performance Materials (Ascend), a global provider of high-quality fibers, chemicals and plastics, is expanding its Greenwood County operations. To accommodate its continued growth, the company is projected to invest $3.8 million and create 20 new jobs.
 
With five manufacturing plants in the southeastern United States and more than 3,200 employees around the world, Ascend manufactures a variety of compounds, including fibers, intermediate chemicals, resins and more. The company supplies a wide range of industries and applications.
 
Located at 1515 Highway 246 South in Greenwood, S.C., Ascend plans to increase polymer production at its Greenwood facility. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online.
 
QUOTES
 
"Expanding polymer production lines at our Greenwood facility is good for South Carolina and good for Ascend. It allows us to take advantage of the expertise we've built for decades to deliver the best quality and service to our customers." -Ascend Performance Materials Greenwood Site Director Hal McCord
 
"Ascend Performance Materials' decision to invest in Greenwood County is great news for Team South Carolina. The $3.8 million they are investing and the 20 new jobs they are creating will make a real difference in the community." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"South Carolina has a rich history in the chemical production sector, and today's announcement by Ascend Performance Materials shows that this industry continues to flourish in the Palmetto State. We congratulate this tremendous company on their continued commitment to our state and look forward to watching them thrive here for years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"Ascend's decision to expand in Greenwood County gives further affirmation that our community is not just a great place to locate a business, but also a great place to grow a business." -Greenwood County Council Chairman Steven J. Brown
 
"We are excited about Ascend's continued growth in Greenwood County and wish them much success in the years to come." -Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chairman Frank Wideman III
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Ascend Performance Materials is expanding its Greenwood County operations. 
  • $3.8 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
  • Ascend Performance Materials is a global provider of high-quality fibers, chemicals and plastics for a variety of markets.
  • Located at 1515 Highway 246 South in Greenwood, S.C., the company will be increasing polymer production at its Greenwood County facility.  
  • Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online.

Fiberglass manufacturer investing at least $5 million in Greenville County

B&W Fiberglass, Inc., an advanced materials manufacturer, is launching its first operations in South Carolina by acquiring a new facility in Greenville County. The company will be investing at least $5 million and creating 46 new jobs with this new development.
 
Founded in 1991, B&W Fiberglass is a global producer of advanced solutions focused on high-performance textiles and textile components. Over the last decade, the company's product offerings have evolved to encompass a myriad of fibers including, but not limited to, glass, aramid, basalt and thermoplastic fibers. B&W Fiberglass is focused on a multitude of end markets, encompassing automotive, aerospace, filtration media, medical devices, marine, thermal barriers, recreational equipment, personal protection and general industrial applications.
 
Located at 101 Slater Road in Slater, S.C., the company is acquiring an existing 450,000-square-foot weaving facility, which produces industrial fabrics used for construction and filtration media for industrial and commercial applications. The South Carolina operation will join seven other operating locations in North Carolina and the United Kingdom.
 
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately, and interested applicants should visit the company's website at www.bwfiberglass.com for more information.  
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Greenville County to be used toward the costs of building upfit.
 
QUOTES
 
"I would like to thank Governor Haley, the State of South Carolina and Greenville County for their support during this process. It is not only our goal that textile manufacturing remains in Greenville County, but that it thrives. My family is committed to continually investing in this operation to ensure its viability long into the future. We will approach this opportunity with the same commitment to innovation, excellence, responsiveness to customer needs and quality products that we value at our core within the diverse industrial textile business we serve." -President of B&W Fiberglass Brent Beason
 
"The investment that B&W Fiberglass is making in the people of South Carolina represents a significant commitment to our state, and we couldn't be more grateful for that. The 46 new jobs this fantastic company is creating in Greenville will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the Upstate for a very long time." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"Congratulations to B&W Fiberglass for deciding to do business in South Carolina by launching their new operations in Greenville. With this announcement, B&W Fiberglass joins a community of globally-respected manufacturing firms that operate here, and we look forward to watching them grow." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"The Slater/Marietta community is fortunate to have B&W Fiberglass. With the closing of JPS Slater and the 6.9% unemployment rate within the community, B&W Fiberglass is extending opportunities to the community, and Greenville County is grateful." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • B&W Fiberglass, Inc. is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Greenville County.
  • At least $5 million of ongoing investment to create 46 new jobs.
  • B&W Fiberglass is a global producer of advanced solutions focused on high-performance textiles and textile components.  
  • The South Carolina operation will join seven other operating locations in North Carolina and the United Kingdom. 
  • Located at 101 Slater Road in Slater, S.C., the company is acquiring an existing 450,000-square-foot weaving facility, and hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately. 

Company investing $20 million in production expansion

Ortec, a leading biomaterial and polymer technology company, is expanding its existing operations in Anderson County. Complementing recent growth at its facilities in both Pickens and Greenville Counties, the company intends to invest $20 million and create 60 new jobs in Anderson County.
 
Founded in 1980, Ortec helps its clients reach market goals through technical expertise, high-quality systems, regulatory compliance, confidentiality and personalized service. The company develops and manufactures custom polymers for a wide variety of industries.
 
To expand in Anderson County, Ortec is upfitting its existing 200,000-square-foot building, which is located at 500 Westinghouse Road in Pendleton, S.C. Ortec will be investing in new production equipment and support infrastructure, allowing for an added focus on the production of materials going into specialty coatings, adhesives, automotive applications and graphic arts technology.
 
The expanded facility is projected to be operational in the third quarter of 2018, and hiring of new positions will begin in early 2018.
 
QUOTES
 
"Ortec is pleased to continue to grow its business footprint in upstate South Carolina. I want to acknowledge the Anderson County Economic Development Group, the Anderson County government officials and the S.C. Department of Commerce for their efforts in creating a pro-business environment to support this growth." -Ortec, Inc. President Larry Brotherton
 

"It's always exciting to see one of our businesses prove how committed they are to South Carolina by continuing to invest in our people and create new jobs here. This $20 million investment and the 60 new jobs it means for Anderson County will make a real difference in the local community and should be celebrated across the state." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"South Carolina's manufacturing industry continues to grow, and today's announcement by Ortec is a further testament to that. Going forward, I am thrilled to support the company as they continue to succeed and create new opportunities for hardworking South Carolinians." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"I am delighted that Ortec is bringing 60 new high-tech jobs to the Pendleton area. This investment and the reuse of a long vacant manufacturing facility is great news for our community and our state. Congratulations and best wishes to Ortec!" -Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Ortec is expanding its existing operations in Anderson County.
  • $20 million investment to create 60 new jobs.
  • Ortec is a leading biomaterial and polymer technology company.
  • The upgraded facility, located at 500 Westinghouse Road in Pendleton, S.C., is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2018. 
  • Hiring for the new positions should begin in early 2018. 

 

Company investing at least $5.6 million in existing Upstate facility

Ashland, a premier global specialty chemicals company, is expanding its existing Greenville County operations in order to accommodate continued growth. This new expansion is projected to bring at least $5.6 million of new capital investment to the Upstate.

A Fortune 500 company with customers in more than 100 countries, Ashland serves a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical.

Ashland's Greenville County manufacturing site, which is located at 410 Old Pelzer Road in Piedmont, S.C., produces high-performance, pressure-sensitive adhesives and specialty resins. Ashland will be making upgrades to its infrastructure and production capabilities to support strategic growth in the specialty water-based adhesives markets.  

QUOTES

"This site investment reflects Ashland's continued commitment to investing in its portfolio of highly-differentiated specialty ingredients and helping deliver value to our customers." - Piedmont Plant Manager Michael Casedonte

"We're excited to celebrate the ongoing success of our state's thriving manufacturing industry. I congratulate Ashland on this wonderful expansion project and look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow and prosper here in South Carolina." - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Greenville County is a robust manufacturing community, and Ashland has been a contributing member for many years. We are happy the company chose to expand its business here and look forward to supporting its growth here in Greenville." - Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Ashland is expanding existing Greenville County operations.
  • At least $5.6 million of new capital investment.
  • Ashland is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers across a wide range of consumer and industrial markets.
  • The company will be upgrading infrastructure and production capabilities at its Greenville County plant, which is located at 410 Old Pelzer Road in Piedmont, S.C.
  • For more information on Ashland, visit the company's website at www.ashland.com

New project to bring $15 million of new capital investment to Upstate

Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC), a 50-50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Turbocoating Corporation, will be launching new operations in Spartanburg County. This project represents $15 million in new capital investment and the creation of 50 new jobs.
 
Formed in 2014 and headquartered in Hickory, N.C., ACC combines Turbocoating's proprietary coatings technologies and industrial processes with GE Aviation's coatings processes developed specifically for ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material. This combination will allow the company to produce advanced coatings for GE's high-temperature CMC components in jet engines.
 
Located at 1191 Howell Road in Duncan, S.C., the company's new 62,500-square-foot facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and those interested in applying should email the company at ACCcareers@advanced-ceramic-coatings.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $250,000 Set Aside grant to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.
 
QUOTES
 

"Duncan and Spartanburg County offered the right mix of skilled employees and resources to help ACC expand its production capabilities over the next few years. GE and Turbocoating will invest more than $15 million in equipment and the new facility and will employ around 50 people by 2022." -ACC General Manager Scott Hayes
 
"ACC's decision to build its newest facility in Duncan is a real reason to celebrate, not just for the 50 South Carolinians who will now work there, but for the state as a whole. Each time a company has the ability to expand anywhere in the country and they choose South Carolina, it shows the world that every part of our state is open for business and we are ready to partner with any company looking for a place to call home." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"South Carolina's undeniable prowess in the manufacturing industry continues to help us attract companies from across the country and around the world. We're proud that ACC has chosen Spartanburg County for its new operations, and we look forward to watching them succeed in our state." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"We are extremely pleased that Advanced Ceramic Coatings is establishing an operation in Spartanburg County. The Economic Futures Group, along with key public/private allies like the S.C. Department of Commerce, Spartanburg County Council and private developers, helped secure this operation, and Spartanburg County Council will benefit from this investment now and in the future." -Chairman of Spartanburg County Council's Economic Development Committee and Board Member of the Economic Futures Group David Britt
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC) launching new operations in Spartanburg County.
  • $15 million investment to create 50 jobs.
  • ACC is a joint venture between GE Aviation and Turbocoating Corporation and will be producing advanced coatings for jet engine components. 
  • Located at 1191 Howell Road in Duncan, S.C., the company's new 62,500-square-foot facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017. 
  • Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should email the company at ACCcareers@advanced-ceramic-coatings.com.  

Injection molding company investing $6.2 million in new Spartanburg County facility

International Mold Corporation (IMC), a Michigan-based aluminum design and build company, is establishing a new manufacturing operation in Spartanburg County. The project is expected to bring $6.2 million in new investment and create 60 new jobs.
 
Established in 2006 and headquartered in Clinton Township, Mich., IMC offers a comprehensive variety of services, including aluminum injection, reaction injection molding (RIM) and blow mold design and build services, as well as engineering, in-house tryouts, in-house low-volume production runs, prototype and low-volume production assembly, 3-D laser scanning, reverse engineering scanning, logistics and more. With greater than 100 employees across seven facilities, IMC utilizes state-of-the-art technology to supply products to a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
 
Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., the company will be constructing a new 24,000-square-foot facility, with the ability for future expansion of up to 100,000 square feet. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of April 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and those interested in joining the IMC team should apply in person or visit the company's career page online.
 
For more information on International Mold Corporation, visit www.internationalmold.net.
 
QUOTES

 
"We are very excited to expand our operations to South Carolina. There is a lot of business potential within South Carolina's automotive cluster, as well as other opportunities in neighboring states." -International Mold Corporation Treasurer Michael Lilla
 
"The business-friendly environment we've worked hard to create in South Carolina is paying off for the people of our state, and this announcement by International Mold Corporation is further proof of that. This $6.2 million investment and the 60 new jobs it means for Spartanburg County are huge reasons to celebrate across South Carolina." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"South Carolina's manufacturing sector continues to thrive, attracting world-class businesses like IMC. I congratulate them on their new investment and look forward to watching them succeed within our borders." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"Spartanburg County enthusiastically welcomes the addition of International Mold Corporation to our vibrant manufacturing community. International Mold Corporation's decision to locate their facility in Spartanburg County demonstrates our community's ability to attract quality companies providing excellent job opportunities for the citizens of Spartanburg." -David Britt, chairman of Spartanburg County Council's Economic Development Committee and board member of the Economic Futures Group
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • International Mold Corporation (IMC) is establishing its first South Carolina operation in Spartanburg County.
  • $6.2 million investment to create 60 new jobs.
  • IMC is a Michigan-based injection molding company that supplies a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
  • Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., IMC will be completing a new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the spring of 2017.
  • Hiring for the new positions will begin in the second quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the facility in person or apply online. 

$75 million investment expected to create 140 jobs in Greenville County

Tower International, a leading integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies, is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Greenville County. The company is investing $75 million in the new facility, creating 140 jobs in Fountain Inn, S.C.

Established in 1993 and headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Tower International is a leading global manufacturer of engineered automotive metal components and assemblies for the world's largest automotive manufacturers. With an annual revenue of $2 billion, Tower employs more than 7,000 colleagues at its facilities in North America and Europe.  

Housed in the Southchase Business Park in Fountain Inn, S.C., Tower's new Greenville County operations will manufacture large complex assemblies for a leading automobile manufacturer. With the first assembly program commencing in September 2017, hiring for the new positions is expected to occur throughout 2017. Those interested in joining the Tower International team should visit the company's careers page online.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. Greenville County was also awarded a Set-Aside grant in the amount of $100,000 to assist with the costs of building upgrades and renovations. 

QUOTES

"Tower International's expansion in South Carolina is an important part of the expected future growth of our North American operations. We are most appreciative of the support we have received from the Greenville Area Department Corporation, Greenville County and the State of South Carolina as we establish our first facility in the Palmetto State." -President of Tower Americas Jim Bernard

"We couldn't be more excited about Tower International's decision to do business in South Carolina. This $75 million investment and the 140 new jobs it means for Fountain Inn are real reasons to celebrate, and we look forward to watching Tower thrive in our state for many years to come." -Gov. Nikki Haley

"Today's announcement further strengthens South Carolina's status as a global leader in the automotive industry. We celebrate this significant investment by Tower International, creating new opportunities for the people in our Upstate community." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Tower International adds to the automotive competitiveness of the Greenville landscape and we are proud to welcome them to the community. Greenville County wishes them much success and continued growth." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Tower International is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Greenville County.
  • $75 million investment creating 140 new jobs.
  • The new facility will manufacture large complex assemblies for a leading automobile manufacturer.
  • The Greenville County facility will be located at 139 Southchase Blvd. in Fountain Inn, S.C.
  • Those interested in joining the Tower International team should visit the company's career page online.

Engineered Plastic Components, Inc. (EPC), a provider of plastic injection molded products, has selected Anderson County for the company's new operations. The $5.3 million investment is expected to create 43 new jobs.
 
Founded in 1994, EPC designs, engineers and manufactures world-class thermoplastic products utilizing innovative engineering capabilities. Originally operating with only four injection molding presses, the company has expanded to include more than 200 injection molding machines across 15 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.
 
The company will be moving its new operations into an existing building, which is located at 105 Clemson Research Boulevard in Anderson, S.C. For more information on the company or the new positions, visit the company's career page online.
 
QUOTES
 

"We are very excited about the opportunity that exists in South Carolina. Anderson is well-positioned to assist us in achieving the growth goals we have for our company." -Engineered Plastic Components, Inc. CEO Reza Kargarzadeh
  
"We could not be more excited to welcome Engineered Plastic Components to the South Carolina family. This investment, and the 43 new jobs it means for Anderson County, is a huge win for our entire state, and we look forward to watching this fantastic company thrive and grow here for many years to come." -Gov. Nikki Haley

"I congratulate EPC on their decision to establish operations in Anderson County. It demonstrates the continued strength of our state's manufacturing sector and is a testament to the positive business climate and highly-skilled workforce present in all corners of the state." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"EPC, Inc. is a 22-year-old plastic injection molded products manufacturer with 15 facilities across the United States and Mexico that offers our citizens an average salary of $17.93 an hour. EPC selected Anderson County as their newest venture with a $5.3 million investment in its first facility in South Carolina." -Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn
 
"Our county is committed to nurturing a climate that encourages a bright future for its businesses and residents. We are thrilled to welcome EPC to the historic Town of Pendleton where history, community and civic pride offers the distinction of a small town with great economic impact for all South Carolinians." -Anderson County Councilman, District 4, Tom Allen
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Engineered Plastic Components, Inc. (EPC) is opening a new location in Anderson County.
  • $5.3 million investment creating 43 new jobs.
  • EPC is a provider of plastic injection molded products for a variety of industries and applications, including the automotive, home appliance and medical markets.
  • The company's new operations will be located at 105 Clemson Research Boulevard in Anderson, S.C. 
  • For more information on the new positions, visit the company's career page online. 

Company investing $1 million in new Oconee County facility

US Building Innovations, Inc. (USBI), a company that specializes in the production of advanced coatings, is expanding its Upstate South Carolina operations with a new facility in Oconee County. The $1 million investment is expected to generate 31 new jobs in Seneca, S.C.

Founded in Pickens, S.C. in 2011, USBI began as a wholesale provider of hydrophobic surface coatings. In an effort to meet the growing demands of its customer base, the company expanded its operations to include product development and manufacturing. Specializing in advanced coatings, USBI serves a vast spectrum of industries, ranging from marine, auto and aviation to electronics, architectural and residential applications.

As the future home of USBI’s headquarters, the company’s new 17,000-square-foot facility, located at 391 Newry Road in Seneca, S.C., will also house a research and development lab, warehouse and distribution space and manufacturing operations. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016, with hiring for the new positions anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015. Those interested in joining the USBI team should contact info@usbiinc.com.

For more information on US Building Innovations, Inc., visit www.usbiinc.com.

QUOTES

“USBI is proud to announce the launch of our new facility in Oconee County. We are grateful for the environment to grow, and for the support the state of South Carolina and Oconee County provide for business. We look forward to being part of the continuing economic success of the Upstate. ” –USBI President Erin Roussey

“It’s exciting to see one of our very own companies find success here and continue to invest in the people of South Carolina. USBI’s decision to invest $1 million in building a new facility and creating 31 new jobs in Oconee County speaks to South Carolina’s extraordinary workforce and pro-business climate.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Team South Carolina has truly cultivated a positive business climate throughout our state, allowing businesses like US Building Innovations to grow and thrive. I offer my congratulations to USBI on their decision to expand, affirming that the South Carolina is ‘Just right’ for business.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“USBI will be a great addition to Oconee County’s economy. I look forward to being one of the first to welcome the company to our community and ensuring they continue to find a successful business climate here for their operations.” –Oconee County Council Chair Wayne McCall

“On behalf of the Oconee economic development team, this is great news for Oconee County and for our growing economy here as every job counts. USBI has made a great decision in choosing to locate here in Oconee County.” –Oconee Economic Alliance Chair Glenn Buddin

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