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$5.4 million investment will increase operations and create 15 new positions

Greenwood, S.C., continues to increase its role and competitiveness as an international provider of genetic services with the commitment of more than $5.4 million from the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) to expand and enhance molecular and metabolomic testing. This investment will bring new technologies and equipment, an expanded diagnostic test menu and enhanced efficiencies to the Center's Harold A. Taylor Diagnostic Laboratories in Greenwood.
In addition, future money allocated in the recently passed Greenwood County Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum will be used to run a new telecommunications network throughout the GGC campus that will allow for high speed data capabilities, further enhancing their diagnostic, research, educational and clinical capabilities.     
"Current genetic testing practices require the newest molecular and metabolomic platforms.  The methods involved require a high level of precision combined with state-of-the-art equipment, well-qualified personnel and bioinformatic solutions to manage the extremely large datasets that are produced on a daily basis.  This investment lays new groundwork and allows us to further our commitment in the demanding and ever-changing world of clinical diagnostics," said Mike Friez, PhD, Director of the GGC's Diagnostic Laboratories. 
According to Friez, the expansion will also allow for the hiring of additional laboratory technologists and scientists to develop and implement the new tests, as well as staff to enhance future marketing strategies.
Currently the Greenwood Genetic Center employs 170 people, including 36 MDs and PhDs, and provides over 27,000 laboratory tests annually.
"This investment is critical in maintaining our international leadership role in diagnostic genetic testing and will facilitate our ability to recruit academic and industry relationships that are critical to the economic development and growth of the Center and the surrounding Partnership Campus," said Steve Skinner, M.D., Director of the GGC. "Most importantly, this investment will ensure that the patients and families that we serve will have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic testing right here in Greenwood, S.C."
"I am excited to see the Greenwood Genetic Center continue to grow, and even more so, grow into areas of increased capabilities for fruitful partnerships and industry-related contract work, " noted Heather Simmons Jones, chief executive officer of Greenwood Partnership Alliance, the public-private partnership tasked with enhancing the economic growth of Greenwood County.  "The model of adding increased revenue while connecting with companies committed to cutting-edge treatment and clinical trial activities, only accentuates the great work being done on-site in Greenwood." 

Manufacturing and distribution center to bring $45 million investment and create 450 new jobs

PL Developments, a manufacturer, packager and distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products, is launching new Greenville County operations to expand its presence in South Carolina. The new development is projected to bring $45 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 450 jobs.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Westbury, N.Y., PL Developments primarily serves U.S. retailers with an assortment of more than 450 unique products across several healthcare applications, the company's nationwide facility footprint exceeds one million square feet.
Located at 513 Old Griffin Road in Piedmont, S.C., the company's new Greenville County facility will include enhanced logistics capabilities along with new pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging capabilities for the company. Logistics operations at the Old Griffin Road site will commence in early 2017 with new manufacturing capabilities expected to begin in early 2018. Once commissioned, the Old Griffin Road location will be PL Developments' second operation in South Carolina and sixth in the country.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $750,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Greenville County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
"The commissioning of the Old Griffin Road site provides both short- and long-term opportunities to enhance the capabilities of our business. The strategic location provides us efficient access to major rail, highway and ocean ports, which will benefit our business immediately. Longer term, the company has several growth initiatives which will be made feasible through the investments made at the site. Opening a sixth production site has been a strategic objective for nearly two years. We are thrilled to partner with South Carolina and Greenville County; both teams have been wonderful to work with and supportive of our vision for a bigger and better PL Developments." -PL Developments President Evan Singer
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome PL Developments to the South Carolina family and to its new home in Greenville County. This $45 million investment, and the 450 new jobs it means for Greenville County, represents the beginning of a new partnership between our state and this fantastic company that will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"Congratulations to PL Developments for announcing their new Greenville County operations. As a state that prides itself on its booming manufacturing sector, we celebrate this new announcement by PL Developments and look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"Greenville County offers the ideal requirements for PL Developments: a skilled workforce, attractive for recruiting talented people and a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the company. We thank PL Development for choosing Greenville County, and welcome them to their new home in Piedmont. We are positive the company will be very successful here." -Greenville County Council Vice Chairman H.G. (Butch) Kirven Jr.

  • PL Developments is establishing new operations in Greenville County.
  • $45 million investment to create 450 jobs.
  • PL Developments is a manufacturer, packager and distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products. 
  • The new facility, located at 513 Old Griffin Road in Piedmont, S.C., will focus on pharmaceutical manufacturing, packaging and distribution.
  • The new site will allow PL Developments to offer new products and capabilities to its clients and consumers. 


Carbon fiber manufacturing facility to bring $600 million investment and create 220 jobs

Teijin Ltd., a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, will be constructing a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Greenwood County. Creating 220 new jobs, the project is expected to bring $600 million in new capital investment to Greenwood County – the largest initial capital investment by a company in the county’s history.

Founded in 1918, Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation; information and electronics; safety and protection; environment and energy; and healthcare. The company’s main fields of operation include high-performance fibers, such as aramid, carbon fibers and composites, resin processing, polyester fibers and more. The group has approximately 150 companies and 16,000 employees in 20 countries worldwide.

Located along S.C. Highway 246 in Greenwood, S.C., the company will be constructing a carbon fiber manufacturing facility to supply the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets. With a very high strength-to-weight ratio, carbon fiber is an environmentally-friendly solution for the advanced manufacturing industry.

Details on hiring for the new positions will be announced after completion of ongoing engineering studies. For more information on the company, visit


“After an extensive site selection process that included six states, Teijin selected Greenwood, S.C. because of its pro-business atmosphere and proactive support from Governor Haley and her team, as well as local government officials. We were also attracted to the diversity of Greenwood’s citizens, the community’s rich history of welcoming foreign investment and the excellent training opportunities available at Piedmont Technical College. We plan to invest in resources to develop new and innovative products to meet the increasing demands of the global carbon fiber market.” –Teijin Director of Government Relations Wayne Trotter

“When a company invests $600 million in our state and our people, it shows a real commitment to working on a lasting partnership, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the commitment Teijin has shown today. We’re excited to welcome the newest member of the South Carolina family to its new home and look forward to seeing the tremendous impact these 220 new jobs will have in Greenwood County and across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“We’ve worked hard to create a pro-business, pro-manufacturing environment in South Carolina, and this new announcement is further evidence that our strategy is paying off. I congratulate Teijin on their incredible commitment to our state, and we welcome them to our world-renowned business community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Today’s announcement represents the largest initial capital investment by a company in our county’s history. We attribute this success to our local leadership, our highly-skilled workforce and our pro-business atmosphere that we strive to create. We welcome Teijin to Greenwood and will work hard to make sure their industry is a success for years to come.” –Chairman of Greenwood County Council Steve Brown

“Greenwood County is a great place to do business, and we are excited to welcome Teijin and their state-of-the-art carbon fiber facility to our world-class manufacturing base. We are thankful to all of our partners that worked collaboratively with us to help make this investment a reality.” –Chairman of Greenwood Partnership Alliance Frank J. Wideman, III


  • Teijin, Ltd. is establishing manufacturing operations in Greenwood County.
  • $600 million capital investment to create 220 new jobs.
  • Teijin is a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, with a focus on the production of high-performance fibers. 
  • Teijin will be constructing a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Greenwood to supply the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets.
  • Details on hiring for the new positions will be announced after completion of ongoing engineering studies.

Expansion to bring $52 million in capital investment to the Upstate
Fitesa Simpsonville, Inc., a global leader and innovator in the design and manufacture of nonwoven fabric solutions for the global hygiene market, will further expand its existing facility in Greenville County to increase production capacity. The $52,000,000 investment is expected to create an additional 38 jobs over the next five years.
Established in 1973, Fitesa primarily serves the hygiene, medical and industrial markets. Its products provide a variety of physical and aesthetic properties, including softness, strength, abrasion resistance and sustainability. The company's Simpsonville facility, which was opened in 1990, represents one of the company's eleven plants located across eight countries worldwide.
To expand its Simpsonville operations, which are located at 840 Southeast Main Street, Fitesa is adding 20,000 square-feet to the existing facility. The company will be making infrastructure improvements and adding equipment to increase production of spunmelt fabrics.
The company expects the improvements to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017, and hiring for the new positions will begin in the spring of 2017. For more information on the new positions, visit the company's careers page online.
"Our mission is to be the preferred choice for the supply of nonwoven fabrics to the global hygiene industry, and to deliver high quality products with exceptional service and sustainable processes. We are pleased to continue to grow our operations here and appreciate the support of Greenville County in making this announcement a reality."
-Fitesa Global Marketing Director Ray Dunleavy
"It's another great day in South Carolina as we celebrate Fitesa and its decision to expand in Greenville County. With global headquarters already established in the Upstate, this $52 million expansion and the 38 new jobs it will create further show Fitesa's fantastic commitment to our state and our people." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"South Carolina's robust manufacturing industry continues to drive economic success in our state, and today's announcement from Fitesa is a testament to that. I'm excited to see what our loyal, world-class workforce will achieve with this expansion in the months and years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"Fitesa has been an integral manufacturing partner within the Greenville community for almost 30 years. The company's growth and continued expansion are a true testament to the County's workforce and collaborative spirit." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor


Company investing $20 million to expand and Upgrade Union County facility

Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE), the global leader in blood management solutions, is expanding its existing operations in Union County. The company is investing nearly $20 million in the expansion, which is expected to create 40 new jobs over the next five years. 
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Braintree, Mass., Haemonetics operates facilities on four continents across the globe, employing almost 4,000 workers worldwide. The company has a comprehensive portfolio of devices, information management and consulting services, serving each facet of the blood supply chain - from plasma and blood collectors to hospitals.
Haemonetics recently celebrated 20 years at its current Union County site, which is located at 155 Medical Sciences Drive in Union, SC. In this latest investment, the company will be expanding the existing facility by 3,000 square-feet, as well as making significant upgrades to plant equipment and infrastructure.
Products manufactured at the Union County site are required for plasmapheresis, during which the raw material in life saving plasma therapies is collected. Therapies treat a variety of disease states including immune deficiencies, hemophilia, and other blood disorders.  
Improvements to the facility and hiring for the 40 new positions is already underway. Those interested in joining the Haemonetics team should visit the company's careers page online. For more information on Haemonetics Corporation, visit
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $400,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Union County to assist with the cost of real property improvements. The Council has also approved job development credits related to the project.
"The South Carolina community has been an integral partner in our manufacturing operations for the last 20 years, and our decision to further invest in the Union facility reflects upon the diverse pool of talent, partners and resources that South Carolina has to offer. I look forward to continuing our strategy of continuous improvement and manufacturing excellence in Union, helping to further support our global product lines." -Haemonetics Corporation CEO Ron Gelbman
"Haemonetics has been doing business in South Carolina for 20 years, and it's exciting to see this great company make the decision to expand here. This nearly $20 million investment, and the 40 new jobs it will bring to Union County, is a testament to Haemonetics' commitment to South Carolina, and we look forward to watching its continued success here for many years to come." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"South Carolina continues to stand out as a leader in the manufacturing renaissance, and today's announcement by Haemonetics is a testament to that. From planes and cars to tires and medical devices, the people of this state have shown that they produce first-class products, attracting investment from both existing and new industry alike." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
"Haemonetics continues to be a great corporate partner for Union County and we are very excited about their additional investment in our community.  We view this expansion as further confirmation that Union County continues to be a great place to do business in South Carolina. We are appreciative and proud to support their investment and job creation efforts now and in the future." -Union County Supervisor and Chairman of County Council Frank Hart
"Haemonetics is a staple in Union County with more than 20 years at its current location. It has been my pleasure working with the Haemonetics management team, Department of Commerce, and our local officials on this investment of approximately 20 million dollars for our community and 40 career opportunities for our citizens.  Thank you, Haemonetics, for your continued commitment and support of Union County." -Union County Development Board Chairman Joe Nichols


CreatiVasc Medical to move manufacturing from Boston, merge with Brookhaven Medical and Texas firm | Upstate Business Journal

CreatiVasc, designer of a vascular device used for dialysis, announced at the SCBIO conference this week that it will design and manufacture its devices in South Carolina, moving from Boston.

Brookhaven Medical, which invested $5 million in CreatiVasc last year, will merge with CreatiVasc and Texas-based FutureMatrix Interventional in November, said Brookhaven CEO John Feltman. CreatiVasc and Brookhaven are set to merge initially by Nov. 7. FutureMatrix Interventional produces balloons used in catheters and other medical devices.

After FDA approval of CreatiVasc’s Hemoaccess Valve System, Brookhaven expects to have an initial public offering, probably in early 2016, said Feltman.

The Hemoaccess Valve System works as an on/off switch to provide blood flow to a graft needed during dialysis. The valve provides blood flow on demand rather than all the time, which often causes failure when a patient comes for dialysis.

CreatiVasc CEO Steve Johnson said that the device was one of three nationwide selected for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Innovation Pathway, speeding up the process of approval for use. It was also classified as a device “with no predicate in the world,” said Johnson.

There has been little innovation in the field of dialysis in the last three decades, said Johnson. “They [FDA] are intent on speeding this product to the market because of the need in the market.”

Trauma supplies company invests $2.5 million on larger campus, is creating 15 new jobs

A company specializing in medical and triage supplies for first responders, military and law enforcement agencies is expanding its Anderson County operations. Tactical Medical Solutions, which established a presence in the county in 2006, has invested $2.5 million to purchase 67 acres and build a new corporate office. The expansion is creating 15 additional local jobs.

Tactical Medical Solutions was founded in 2003 by former Army Special Forces personnel and medics. The company supplies customized kits and emergency response supplies to support federal agencies, law enforcement agencies and medical personnel nationwide as well as internationally. Their Anderson County corporate office houses its administration and sales staff as well as kit assembly operations and custom order fulfillment.

The new, 25,000-square-foot facility is located at 1250 Harris Bridge Road in Anderson and is nearly three times larger than the company's previous site. Tactical Medical Solutions purchased 67 acres and constructed the new facility, which is intended to be the first of a larger corporate campus and training center. Today the company works with more than 300 domestic and 30 international distributors.

Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit and search for Tactical Medical Solutions.


"South Carolina and Anderson County have provided a pro-business environment that has had a definitive impact on Tactical Medical Solutions' pursuit to be a global leader in the area of pre-hospital medicine. This partnership has allowed us to expand our workforce, build new facilities, and pursue aggressive growth while being able to live and play in one of the most beautiful areas of the country." -Ross Johnson, CEO of Tactical Medical Solutions 

"It's always a great day when we can celebrate the growth of one of our existing companies, especially one that serves our brave men and women in uniform. After starting TacMed a little over a decade ago, today they are nearly tripling the size of their operation and bringing 15 more jobs to the Anderson community, and we couldn't be prouder." -Gov. Nikki Haley 

"While the recruitment of new industry to South Carolina is an important piece of our economic strategy, the growth and expansion of our existing businesses is just as important. Today's announcement is a terrific step forward for TacMed and Anderson County, and we look forward to seeing their continued success in the future." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Tactical Medical Solutions has been the perfect fit for our community. In addition to their new $2.5 million investment and 15 jobs, Tactical Medical Solutions and Anderson County both share a strong commitment to our military, law enforcement and first responder personnel. It is gratifying to see one of our companies prosper and we look forward to continuing our long and successful relationship with Tactical Medical Solutions as they relocate into their new facility in district 4." -Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen, District 4


  • Tactical Medical Solutions is expanding its Anderson County operation, which specializes in medical and triage supplies for first responders, military and law-enforcement agencies.
  • $2.5 million investment creating 15 additional jobs.
  • Tactical Medical Solutions has operated in Anderson County since 2006.
  • The new 25,000-foot facility will be nearly three times larger than their previous site.
  • Those interested in careers with the company may search for available postings at

 About Tactical Medical Solutions Inc.

TacMed is the global leading developer and manufacturer of medical supplies for combat and tactical medicine. Tactical Medical Solutions Inc. was founded in 2003 as the result of combat operations in Afghanistan, in the years since, TacMed has grown to become one of the largest suppliers of high quality medical products, trauma kits, and equipment for military, law enforcement, first responders, and hunting/outdoors. TacMed maintains several US government contracts through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), General Services Administrations (GSA), and NATO (NSPA).

$15 million investment expected to create 11 new jobs

Solar Atmospheres, a leading commercial heat treating company, is establishing its first Southeastern operations in Greenville County to better serve customers in the automotive and aerospace-rich region. The company's more than $15 million investment will create 11 new jobs in the area.

Solar Atmospheres is one of the world's largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. The newest division of Solar Atmospheres will be operating out of 54,000 square feet of manufacturing space at 108 Progressive Court. The facility is located on a 14-acre site south of Greenville near the intersection of I-85 and I-185, which is within a one-day trip from most industrial centers in the Southeast.

Vacuum furnaces and support equipment are currently being scheduled for installation and startup. Furnace sizes will range from vacuum furnaces capable of supporting small production lots and development work to a 24-foot car bottom furnace for processing large, heavy loads. Process capabilities will range from standard vacuum heat treating to vacuum carburizing, vacuum annealing, vacuum stress relieving, vacuum brazing, and other specialized vacuum thermal processes as well as research and development activity.

Company representatives expect the Greenville facility to open by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The company operates three existing facilities in the United States: two in Pennsylvania and another in California. Solar Atmospheres today serves more than 18 industries, including aerospace, medical, automotive and power generation.

Hiring will begin in January. Those interested in being a part of the new Solar Atmospheres Greenville team may visit the company's careers page. For more information about Solar Atmospheres, Southeast, please contact Steve Prout at (864) 970-0111 ext. 1401, or


"This is a major expansion for our companies with an investment in excess of $15 million including building, property, new vacuum furnaces, and a facility-wide closed-loop water cooling system to ensure continuous uptime for our customers." -Roger Jones, corporate president of Solar Atmospheres

"Greenville was selected because of its logistical convenience to current and prospective customers and the favorable business climate in South Carolina and especially in the Greenville area." -Steve Prout, president of Solar Atmospheres Southeast

"With this announcement we are once again proving that South Carolina is a place where businesses of all kinds can grow and succeed. We celebrate Solar Atmospheres for choosing Greenville County for their new facility, bringing $15 million in investment and creating 11 new jobs for the area." -Gov. Nikki Haley

"Companies that serve our growing automotive and aerospace sectors are quickly finding a home in South Carolina. What a testament to our business-friendly reputation that Solar Atmospheres will bring their first facility in the Southeastern United States to Greenville." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Solar Atmospheres is an outstanding example of a company that is using world-class technology, unmatched technical expertise and performance-based processes to grow and succeed. Theirs is a technology-driven business with an entrepreneurial energy, and will be a great addition to Greenville County." -Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation

"The Upstate region is primed to support innovation and growth among cutting-edge partners serving the automotive and aerospace industries. This area is home to a growing array of research-driven, technically advanced organizations whose expertise continues to fuel our regional economy. We welcome Solar Atmospheres to the Upstate." -John Lummus, president and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance


  • Solar Atmospheres is establishing its first Southeastern operations in Greenville County to better serve automotive and aerospace customers in the region.
  • $15 million investment to create 11 new jobs.
  • Company will be operating out of 54,000 square feet of manufacturing space at 108 Progressive Court.
  • Solar Atmospheres today serves more than 18 industries, including aerospace, medical, automotive and power generation.
  • Those interested in being a part of the new Solar Atmospheres Greenville team may visit the company's career page.

About Solar Atmospheres
Solar Atmospheres is one of the world's largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. Through unmatched technical expertise, equipment, and quality systems, Solar's thermal processing produces bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. For clients requiring an "out-of-the ordinary" application, an in-house R&D team of metallurgists and scientists develop innovative, custom process solutions. Serving over 18 markets, Solar's state-of-the art services include vacuum brazing, carburizing, nitriding and advanced processing of raw materials such as Titanium, Tantalum, and nano powders. With over 50 furnaces ranging from lab sized to the world's largest commercial vacuum furnaces, Solar can efficiently handle any size job. Headquartered in Souderton, near Philadelphia, Solar also operates plants in Hermitage, near Pittsburgh, in Fontana, California, near Los Angeles, and most recently in Greenville, South Carolina. Please visit for more information.

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Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC, an organization dedicated to developing and delivering effective pharmaceutical solutions to various muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers, will establish operations at the Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) of Greenville Health System (GHS) in Greenville County. Mannan plans to expand its research and development team to create up to 34 new positions over the next several years.

“We believe that ITOR provides an ideal environment for Mannan to develop solutions to various muscular dystrophies [MDs] and metastatic cancers,” said Dr. Xiaohua Wu, senior executive with Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC, in a press release. “Some of the most advanced cancer treatments anywhere in the world are being offered at ITOR, which provides organizations like ours with the services, technologies and facilities required to develop life-saving drugs for patients in need.”

Read the full article from the Upstate Business Journal.

In the basement of Clemson University’s Sirrine Hall, a Ukrainian professor and a Russian graduate student are working side by side on a project that could save the world from chemical warfare.

Igor Luzinov, a materials science and engineering professor, is leading Clemson’s research on the smart film that can detect banned chemicals. Collaborators from MIT, the University of Central Florida and Physical Sciences Inc. are developing electronic devices that will read the data the chip collects.

Read the full article and view the article's video from the Greenville News.