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Expansion in Greenville County projected to bring $6 million investment and 57 new jobs

Meyer Tool, Inc. (MTI), an innovative high-tech supplier to the gas turbine engine industry, is expanding its Greenville County operations. The expansion project is expected to bring $6 million investment and 57 new jobs to the Upstate.
 
Founded in 1951, MTI is a recognized industry leader in turbine technologies, supplying a range of precision components to the aerospace and gas turbine engine industries. The company specializes in electrical discharge machining (EDM), laser machining and welding, water jet machining, abrasive grinding, coating and other processes required to provide a single-source solution for airfoils and other hot section turbine components. The company holds AS9100 and NADCAP certifications for all special processes.
 
Located at 7640 Pelham Road in Greenville, S.C., MTI is expanding its existing facility by 44,000 square-feet to accommodate the company's continued growth. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and those interested in joining the Meyer Tool team should visit the company's career page online.
 
For more information on the company, visit www.meyertool.com.
 
QUOTES
 
"This expansion is necessary to continue growing our existing business, as well as adding new opportunities. The growth reflects our continuing commitment to provide superior service to our customers. Without our strong team and partners none of this would be possible." -Meyer Tool, Inc. General Manager Greenville, S.C. Chris Urban
 
"It's always exciting to see a company like Meyer Tool succeed in our state and make the decision to expand here. This $6 million investment, and the 57 new jobs it means for Greenville County, shows that Team South Carolina's approach to creating a competitive business environment and building a world-class workforce is paying off for both South Carolinians and our companies." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"It's no secret that South Carolina's manufacturing industry continues to experience great success. The latest expansion of Meyer Tool's manufacturing operations in Greenville County is yet another example of that success." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"Meyer Tool is a leader within the aerospace and power generation industry and a true ally of Greenville, S.C. We are excited to have them as part of our industrial community and applaud their continued growth." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Meyer Tool, Inc. is expanding its Greenville County operations. 
  • $6 million investment to create 57 new jobs.
  • MTI is a privately-held, high-tech manufacturing company supplying a variety of precision components to the aerospace and gas turbine engine industry. 
  • Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and those interested in joining the Meyer Tool team should visit the company's career page online.  
  • For more information on the company, visit www.meyertool.com

$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 steve@solaratm.com.

QUOTES

"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

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • 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 www.solaratm.com for more information.

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Italy-based Prysmian Group, a global cable producer serving the energy and telecom industries, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Abbeville County, South Carolina. The company's $8.2 million investment is expected to create approximately 20 new jobs once in full operation.

Prysmian, whose Abbeville facility is celebrating its 50th year of operation, is investing in a new, state-of-the-art compounding facility for medium voltage cable insulation and is adding a second vertical continuous vulcanization line. Company officials plan to start construction this year, with production expected to begin in the second half of 2015. Prysmian's first VCV process, housed in a 373-foot tower and constructed in 2009, was the first one of its kind to produce extra-high voltage power cables in North America. 

"Prysmian is a great South Carolina company that has been part of our business community for 50 years - and we couldn't be more excited to see them continue to expand here. Their commitment to bringing value and innovation to their clients matches South Carolina's commitment to great service and support for our businesses. Congratulations to Prysmian Group for investing $8.2 million and creating 20 jobs in Abbeville,” said Governor Nikki Haley. 

Read the full article from AreaDevelopment.com.
 

Top States for Doing Business 2014: Georgia Unseats Texas, Industrial Midwest Rises

By Area Development

Sparking growth in business investment and jobs has proven more difficult than expected for states as they have emerged from the Great Recession. Capital spending and, especially, job creation have remained below par as corporate chiefs and business owners stick with a conservative philosophy until they perceive signs of a true boom. So the fight for the attention of site consultants and CFOs is more pitched than ever.

With that in mind, Area Development is publishing our fifth annual Top States for Doing Business survey of site consultants, ranking the states based on their number of mentions by the consultants in three overall categories and 18 subcategories:

Business Environment: overall cost of doing business, incentive programs, corporate tax environment, cooperative state government, access to capital and project funding, speed of permitting, most favorable regulatory environment

Labor Climate: availability of skilled labor, competitive labor costs, labor climate for right-to-work states, labor climate for non-right-to-work states, leading workforce-development programs

Infrastructure and Global Access: distribution and supply-chain hubs, rail and highway access, certified sites/shovel-ready programs, competitive utility rates, energy reliability and smart-grid deployment, water outlook, including availability and cost

Three major features of the list pop up. First, it continues to be dominated by states in the South and mid-South that have managed to extend the momentum in landing business development that they have enjoyed for some time (mostly, these states just switched positions within the top 10).

Second — and probably more intriguing because it is a new development — the list includes two states from the industrial Midwest. The presence of Indiana and Ohio on the 2014 list indicates that these states in particular, and the upper Midwest in general, are scratching their way back into position as major players in the U.S. economic-development derby.

And third, the state of California finally proved unable, in the new list, to hang on to its 10th place ranking in the 2013 survey. The state’s reputation with site consultants keeps taking hits — witness Toyota’s announcement earlier this year that it plans to move its corporate headquarters and 4,000 jobs to suburban Dallas from southern California. And so this year, California placed in the top states in only three of the 18 sub-categories, notably ranking third for access to capital and project funding, no doubt a legacy of the continued success of Silicon Valley.

The following profiles of each of the top 10 states provide insight into why each state is among the surveyed consultants’ top choices for new and expanded facilities.

3. South Carolina

The Palmetto State long has been held in high regard by the economic development community, but South Carolina picked up two huge new testimonials this year from a couple of the biggest names in global manufacturing. BMW and Boeing each announced crucial new and expanded roles for their South Carolina operations.

The companies could cite South Carolina advantages such as its low overall cost of doing business (site consultants ranked the state No. 1 in this regard). The state was also given especially high marks for its incentive programs, cooperative state government, and certified sites/shovel-readiness in the Area Development survey. Site consultants ranked South Carolina No. 2 for all three of the aforementioned factors.

Probably the most consistent advantage of South Carolina is the quality of its workforce. South Carolina is a right-to-work state with a low unionization rate of 3.3 percent overall, and — at 1.3 percent — the lowest unionization rate in the United States for the private sector.

The state’s ReadySC workforce-training system includes recruiting, screening, training, and other aspects of workforce preparation. ReadySC, for example, committed to help Boeing hire 3,600 people over the next several years. And that was even before Boeing committed to producing the new stretch version of the Dreamliner at its plant in North Charleston, S.C., which will become the first Boeing jetliner model to be built solely in a nonunion factory.

Meanwhile, BMW said it would expand its plant in Spartanburg County with a $1 billion investment that will create 800 new jobs and make the facility the biggest exporter of autos anywhere in the United States.

Read the full article from Area Development here.

The fact that the nuclear industry is significant in South Carolina surprises few people, but the $20 billion scope of its yearly economic impact in the Carolinas just might.

A new study by Clemson University says employment and corporate activity from energy production at the 12 commercial nuclear plants in South Carolina and North Carolina are primary factors, along with jobs and new construction at the federal Savannah River Site in Aiken County and waste disposal in Barnwell County, even using conservative figures.

At least 29,000 jobs are generated directly by the nuclear industry in the two states, the report released Wednesday said - 71,000 others indirectly - which generate $4.2 billion in direct and indirect pay each year along with almost $1 billion in state and local taxes.

"The nicest thing for me is being able to validate that the Carolinas is really a leader in nuclear energy for the United States," said Jim Little, Carolinas' Nuclear Cluster chairman, who also is a 40-year veteran of the nuclear industry.

Read more from The State.

Duke Energy Carolinas proposes to build a 750-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant at its recently shuttered W.S. Lee coal-powered facility in Anderson County, S.C.

The N.C. Electric Membership Corp. would be a minority partner in the proposed plan, owning 100 megawatts of the capacity.

Duke says no final decision has been made to build the plant. But it says that, at this point, it is prudent to start the process of getting permission for the project.

Duke and NCEMC made a filing with the S.C. Public Service Commission late Thursday, asking for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed plant.

"The energy needs of our customers are significant over the next 15 years," says Clark Gillespy, Duke's S.C. president. "Our commitment is to meet our customers' needs in a way that balances affordable, reliable and increasingly clean electricity, and this project will help us satisfy that need."

Read the full article from the Charlotte Business Journal.

A new report on America's energy future describes how the Greenville County Schools' decades of energy-savings efforts have significantly cut power bills and freed up money to benefit students.

Two congressmen are leading a bipartisan discussion set Wednesday in Washington, D.C., on the report, entitled: Powering Up America: The Revolution Began Yesterday.

Read the full article from GSA Business.

Liquid Lignin Co. LLC in Clemson has received an $80,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to develop environmentally friendly borate-based wood.

If the project proves to be commercially viable, the company is eligible to compete for up to $300,000 to commercialize the technology.

The company, a member of the Next Innovation Center in Greenville, is positioning to be a major player in the manufacture and marketing of lignin, a chemical compound that binds the cells, fibers and vessels that constitute wood and the liquefied elements of plants, such as straw. The company's website says its "beachhead is Sequential Liquid-Lignin Recovery and Purification," a process for removing lignin from papermaking operations.

Read the full article from GSA Business.

The U.S. Energy Department has awarded Clemson University $200,000 to develop courses and training programs that will help researchers and students gain a better understanding of technology being developed to monitor the electric grid.

Including Clemson's contribution, the total value of the project is $250,000.

The DOE grant, announced Wednesday, is one of seven awards totaling $1.4 million that were given to help colleges prepare the future electric power workforce.

Read the full article from GSA Business.