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Greenville, S.C. (March 24, 2015) –Upstate South Carolina announces today it is one of only six metropolitan areas selected to develop a regional plan to attract and leverage foreign direct investment, building off its existing Upstate SC Regional Export Plan, as part of the Global Cities Initiative – a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Launched in 2012, the Global Cities Initiative helps business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness. GCI activities include producing data and research to guide decisions, fostering practice and policy innovations, and facilitating a peer‐learning network. This opportunity is part of the next phase of the Global Cities Initiative’s Exchange, a network that assists metropolitan areas as they create strategies to support sustainable economic growth, first addressing exports and then foreign direct investment.

The Upstate will join Atlanta; Des Moines, Iowa; Los Angeles; Milwaukee and Syracuse, N.Y. in developing their foreign direct investment plan. Brookings selected these six metro areas after an extensive application process. The Upstate was selected for its readiness and commitment to strategically pursue foreign direct investment such as greenfield expansions, mergers and acquisitions, and other types of foreign investment including EB‐5, private equity, joint ventures and sovereign wealth funds.

“For this next phase, we selected metro areas that are committed to attracting and leveraging foreign direct investment as part of a comprehensive global trade and investment strategy,” said Brad
, Brookings fellow and director of global special projects. “The six metro areas selected for this round will be strong role models for other regions and represent a growing group of leaders who understand the need to embrace the global market to remain competitive in the 21st century economy.”

Foreign direct investment has long supported regional economies, not only by infusing capital, but also by investing in workers, strengthening global connections and sharing best business practices. As the world’s largest economy with a stable investment environment, the United States has been a top destination for foreign direct investment. Yet in the world’s increasingly competitive investment market America’s global share of foreign direct investment has fallen.

For America to regain its standing, cities and metropolitan regions must capitalize on their competitive advantages. Metropolitan leaders, in partnership with their states, are best equipped to attract and retain foreign direct investment by promoting their areas’ unique specializations and establishing strategic and mutually beneficial relationships. The Upstate is well positioned to make foreign direct investment a central component of broader regional economic development strategies.

“The selection of Upstate South Carolina to develop a global trade and investment plan – with the guidance from a world‐class think tank – is exactly the kind of innovative planning that will ensure our community’s long‐term economic success,” said Jeff Henry, executive director of Middle Market banking for JPMorgan Chase in South Carolina. “We have a history of helping businesses connect to global markets and the Global Cities Initiative’s foreign direct investment work brings another level of depth to our region’s efforts to further create jobs, attract capital and grow our economy.”

A team of local leaders will join the Upstate SC Alliance in developing the plan including Dave Edwards, GSP International Airport; the Honorable David Britt, Spartanburg County Council; Dr. Robert Carey, Clemson University; and David Shellhorse, Appalachian Council of Governments.

“As the global economy changes, so must we,” said Dave Edwards, president/CEO of the GSP International Airport and champion of the Upstate FDI Plan. “Throughout our work with the Global Cities
Initiative, the goal is to transition the Upstate region from a player to a leader in the global economy. To make the shift, we must be prepared to expand the traditional role of economic development in whatever direction the global economy demands. The FDI plan, along with the recently released Upstate SC Regional Export Plan, will provide the roadmap for this transition.”

“The Upstate region has always excelled in the recruitment of FDI, as evidenced by having double the national average of jobs supported by foreign owned enterprises. By broadening our definition of
foreign direct investment, the Upstate can leverage its solid foundation in international recruitment to strengthen our global competitiveness,“ said John Lummus, president/CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance.

As part of this phase, the Upstate will develop a foreign direct investment market assessment and plan, along with an implementation plan and a policy memo. This work, added to the region’s existing regional export plan, forms the second core component of a global engagement strategy that will strengthen the region's global economic connections and competitiveness.

For more information on the Global Cities Initiative please visit or

The Upstate SC Alliance is the regional economic development organization designed to market and brand the 10‐county region for global business. The Alliance is supported by 150+ public and private investors. For more information on the Upstate SC Alliance, please visit To learn more about the Upstate’s participation in the Global Cities Initiative, go to


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New Regional Export Plan will Increase Global Economic Competitiveness

Greenville, S.C. (March 16, 2015) – At its Annual Meeting on March 11, 2015, the Upstate SC Alliance released a regional export plan outlining specific steps local business, civic and government leaders will take to promote economic development in the 10-county Upstate region. It assessed the Upstate’s current export climate, sets market-based goals for increasing exports and lays out strategies for supporting local businesses in increasing exports.

The plan is the culmination of a year-long process conducted under the region’s participation in the Global Cities Initiative, a five-year joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. Launched in 2012, the Global Cities Initiative helps business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness.  GCI activities include producing data and research to guide decisions, fostering practice and policy innovations, and facilitating its Exchange, a peer learning network. As part of the Exchange, the Upstate SC Alliance is developing a regional global trade and investment plan.

“The Upstate has a strong history of leadership in economic development from both the business and civic community,” noted Irv Welling, the region’s champion for the plan. “Over the past several decades, their support for international recruitment has transitioned our region from low wage, low cost manufacturing to a center of high-quality advanced manufacturing with world-class traded clusters. This plan with its focus on increasing exports is a continuation of their work and will help transition the region from a global player to a leader in the world economy.”

“After the Great Recession, smart economic development leaders are reorienting their efforts from a one-dimensional focus on domestic business attraction toward a broader array of strategic growth initiatives that include global opportunities,” said Marek Gootman, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives. “With this export plan, Upstate South Carolina is developing an economic strategy focused on long-term growth and competitiveness for the region and its firms.”

Yet exports are an under-used economic development tool and only five percent of U.S. firms currently export. This export strategy will help businesses across the 10-county region of Upstate South Carolina capitalize on the growing consumer class outside the United States to strengthen the local economy and grow jobs at home.

“As the global economy changes around us, we must explore new strategies to increase the competitiveness of our region. The Global Cities Initiative provides a supportive framework for our public, private and non-profit sectors to collaborate and leverage our combined assets to grow the Upstate region,” stated Upstate SC Alliance president/CEO John Lummus.

“The Regional Export Plan is the right strategy at the right time for ensuring the economic prosperity of the Upstate. As an economic developer, it allows us to grow and strengthen our existing industries by leveraging the assets that we have developed as a region through years of successful international recruitment,” stated Carter Smith, executive vice president of Spartanburg’s Economic Futures Group and co-chair of the Upstate Economic Developers Group.

The local Upstate SC team is continually building its list of companies that export or have the potential to grow their international activity; if your company exports or is interested in exporting, or if you know of another company that is, please contact the Upstate SC Alliance to discuss your current activities.

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Jennifer Miller,, 864-283-2316
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Grace Palmer,, 401-644-6403


$2 million investment by automotive supplier to bring new jobs

PecTec Corporation, a supplier of top-quality semi-finished and finished metal products for the automotive industry, is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County. The $2 million investment is expected to create 15 new jobs in Spartanburg, S.C.
Founded in the summer of 2014 in Spartanburg, S.C., PecTec Corporation operates under the Braun GmbH umbrella. Braun, a German-based firm, was founded in 1992 to provide customers with a wide range of non-ferrous metals. PecTec is Braun's first international production operation. 
Located at 130 Corporate Drive in Spartanburg, PecTec will provide customers with a line-up of non-ferrous metals finished in a variety of different types and designs. Included in the company's offerings are foils, strips and sheets of aluminum, aluminum alloy, copper, copper alloy and stainless steel. Once it's fully operational, the 11,600-square-foot Spartanburg facility is expected to produce more than six million linear meters of product annually.
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin this month. Those interested in applying may contact For more information on PecTec Corporation, please visit

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New distribution and U.S. sales office will be established at NEXT Manufacturing Center

Beringer Aero USA today announced relocating its U.S. operations to the City of Greenville. By locating in the NEXT Manufacturing Center at 400 Bernie Street, it permits the company to relocate existing positions from its Chicago facility and improve the company's business services.
Based in Tallard, France, Beringer Aero produces wheels and braking systems for a wide range of aircraft, from light aircraft up to its now-standard supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Pilatus PC-6, through various STC for general aviation, plus complete kits for many popular aircraft. Many of the company's products are utilized in international air show competitions as the now famous Red Bull Air Races, Reno Air Races or Valdez STOL competition and special projects like the Solar Impulse II that flew around the world with only electric energy.
By relocating its sales and distribution from Chicago, Illinois to Greenville, South Carolina, Beringer Aero anticipates improving customer services within the North American market. To establish its City of Greenville operations, Beringer is leasing light manufacturing and distribution space within the newly established NEXT Manufacturing Center.

"Beringer is excited about the opportunities the Greenville community offers and is grateful of the support from the Greenville Area Development Corporation, NEXT, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The Beringer team chose Greenville, South Carolina based upon the growth of its aerospace industry and pro-business environment." - Claire Beringer, Beringer Director Worldwide Marketing 
"NEXT attracts and grows high-impact, knowledge-based companies, and we are grateful to have Beringer Aero USA as part of this innovation ecosystem." - John Moore, President & CEO NEXT
"Beringer Aero USA's decision to locate this operation here is strong affirmation of the talent and professionalism of our educated, high-tech workforce and Greenville's competitiveness.  We are grateful for the company's commitment to our community." - Dr. Bob Taylor, Greenville County Council Chairman

Development will bring $45 million investment and create 150 new jobs
Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation is establishing operations in Spartanburg County. The company is investing $45 million in the project, which is expected to create 150 new jobs over the next five years.   
One of the largest suppliers of plastic mold parts in China's automotive industry, Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation specializes in the development, manufacturing and sales of plastic products and hi-tech molds. At its Spartanburg County facility, the company will manufacture a variety of parts and products for original equipment manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the automotive industry.
Strategically positioned to support South Carolina's thriving automotive sector, the new plant will be located at 1000 Robinson Road in Greer, S.C.  Expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2017, hiring for the 260,000-square-foot facility will also begin in the second half of 2017.
For more information on Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation, visit
"This investment in South Carolina and in Spartanburg County will further strengthen Jiangnan's effort to expand its global leadership role in the plastic molding industry. It is very clear to us that South Carolina is a pro-business state, and we look forward to continuing our cooperation with the state as we grow." -Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager Robert Cao
"Jiangnan's move to Spartanburg further proves what so many already know - that South Carolina has become a top destination for any company in the automotive industry. This $45 million investment, and the 150 new jobs it will create, is a huge win for the company, Spartanburg County, and the entire state of South Carolina." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"With today's announcement, Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation joins a roster of globally-renowned companies that have concluded South Carolina is
'Just right' for business. I offer my congratulations to Jiangnan and look forward to supporting them as their Spartanburg County operations come to fruition." - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"We are exceedingly pleased that Jiangnan chose to locate a new operation in Spartanburg County and welcome yet another international company to our community. The decision to locate here continues to demonstrate Spartanburg's ability to attract international manufacturing operations and highlights the role our skilled workforce plays in recruiting companies." -David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board
"We are pleased to welcome Jiangnan to the City of Greer and Spartanburg County. On my economic development recruiting trips to China, I've learned first-hand what a positive impact that foreign direct investment from Chinese companies can have on a community. With Jiangnan's gracious example and their great success in the City of Greer and Spartanburg County, we hope that this project will encourage other foreign companies to see the advantages of our quality workforce, ready-to-go sites, and can-do attitude." -City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner


Company investing $2.7 million in project
WG Plastics Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of plastics and injection molded assemblies, is establishing operations in South Carolina with a new facility in Abbeville County. The $2.7 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next five years.
Led by German entrepreneurs Wolfgang Gutmann and Uli Wellhaeuser, WG Plastics is a plastic injection molding operation that supplies the automotive industry. Strategically located near the Upstate's booming automotive sector, the company will be a full-service supplier of injection molded assemblies and components.     
WG Plastics' Abbeville County operations will be located at Lakelands Commerce Park's Incubator building before construction begins on a dedicated facility by 2018. Hiring for the new jobs is anticipated to begin in late 2016 and continue through early 2017. While the company's website is currently under construction, those looking to join the WG Plastics team should contact
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $200,000 grant to Abbeville County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
"WG Plastics manufactures premium parts for premium customers, and we are proud our operations will be calling Abbeville County home." - WG Plastics Technology Corporation President Wolfgang Gutmann
"WG Plastics Technology's decision to invest in South Carolina and move here is a huge win for our manufacturing industry. We couldn't be more excited to welcome this fantastic company to the South Carolina family, and we look forward to seeing the impact that the 50 new jobs it's creating will have on our state in the future." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"South Carolina has earned a reputation as a state that can compete, not just on the national scale, but on the international scale. I congratulate WG Plastics Technology Corporation for joining the thriving business community in this state, and we look forward to their success."
-Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
"We welcome WG Plastics to Abbeville County. We are very excited to see this company call our county and our Lakelands Commerce Park home, and we are confident that they will find all the resources they need here in our community to make their business a success." - Abbeville County Council Chairman Bryan McClain


Test facility will speed innovation, ensure fast customer response

The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), the County-chartered organization tasked with advancing the area's economic growth, announced today that Bosch Rexroth Corporation will expand its existing hydraulics manufacturing operation in the Southchase Industrial Park in southern Greenville County. The company is investing $5 million over the next few years to enhance unique product development capabilities at its Fountain Inn, SC campus.
The current operations manufacture many types of hydraulic pumps and motors used in construction, agriculture, mining, material handling, and oil and gas exploration. The expansion will involve a new off-highway equipment testing area that will give Bosch Rexroth's engineers the ability to test their products on their customers' equipment. This capability will allow for quicker innovation to include rapid prototyping and will ensure faster customer response.
"Greenville County has been an excellent partner for us as we've grown to meet the sophisticated needs of our customers in the Americas," said Mike McCormick, Vice President and Technical Plant Manager, Bosch Rexroth. "We're proud to be here." 
"In addition to being Bosch Rexroth's largest manufacturing site in the Americas, we are excited that Fountain Inn will now add to its resume that it is also the engineering and product development center for the Americas," said South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt.
"Having grown from one manufacturing plant opened in 1989 to adding its third in 2011, Bosch Rexroth is without a doubt an anchor of and major contributor to Greenville's economic base," said Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor. "This new and continued growth shows that Greenville County is 'Just Right' for advanced manufacturing."
"With the support of County Council, the GADC aggressively pursues any and all opportunities to support innovation initiatives of our existing industry," said GADC Chairman Dick Wilkerson. "This type of development is key to the long-term sustainability of our manufacturing base and higher-paying jobs."
About The Greenville Area Development Corporation
The Greenville Area Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization established by Greenville County Council to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County. Since its founding in 2001, GADC efforts have resulted in the creation of more than 18,500 new jobs and more than $3 billion in capital investment in Greenville County, SC. To learn more, visit or call 864-235-2008.


Company investing $1.75 million to establish North American headquarters in Greenville County

JTEKT North America, a leader in automotive and industrial product solutions, is expanding its operations in Greenville County. The company will be investing $1.75 million to establish an operational headquarters at CU-ICAR, creating 27 new jobs in Greenville, S.C. 
JTEKT Corporation was established in January 2006 through the merger of Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd., a world-class bearing manufacturer, and Toyoda Machine Works, Ltd., a machine tool manufacturer excelling in world-leading technologies. Combining the most advanced technologies and the manufacturing passion of the two companies, JTEKT is now a trusted systems supplier of JTEKT brand automotive steering and driveline components, Koyo brand bearings, and Toyoda machine tools, employing more than 44,000 workers worldwide. JTEKT North America employs more than 7,000 associates at 14 manufacturing facilities plus additional technical and sales centers in North America. 
Expanding its Greenville County operations, JTEKT has decided to locate its North American operational headquarters alongside its Koyo bearing product technical center at CU-ICAR, an advanced-technology research campus for the automotive industry. Occupying facilities at both 1 and 7 Research Drive in Greenville, S.C., the expansion is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2016. Hiring for the 27 new positions has already begun. Those interested in joining the JTEKT North America team may visit the company's career page at
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on JTEKT visit

"Our operational headquarters in Greenville County and CU-ICAR will provide an efficient base to support our extensive footprint in North America. The availability of professional and technical talent, proximity to the majority of our production facilities, and the quality of life in the Upstate makes this a great move for our organization." -Mike Davidson, COO, JTEKT North America
"JTEKT North America has been a fantastic partner to South Carolina, and we're excited that they have decided to build this operation headquarters at Clemson's ICAR facility. These 27 new jobs really will make a difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and that's a real reason to celebrate." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"Back in 2012, JTEKT announced a $100 million expansion in our state, and Team South Carolina is thrilled to see that they've elected to continue growing their footprint here. By establishing company headquarters in Greenville County, the company is demonstrating a tremendous commitment to our state, which serves as yet another indication that South Carolina's business-friendly climate and strong workforce are second to none." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"To see a company like JTEKT grow beyond their initial investment in the county lets us know that we are doing things right here in Greenville. Our business climate, infrastructure, and talented workforce all help make this a globally-recognized destination for the automotive industry." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor   

"At CU-ICAR, our goal is to provide a dynamic environment where global leaders in the automotive industry can be located together and work together, and it is exciting to see JTEKT call the CU-ICAR campus home. It's a win for Clemson students, faculty and staff; it's a win for JTEKT; and it's a win for South Carolina's economy." -Clemson University President James P. Clements

Company investing $2 million to open facility in Greenville County

Sutera USA, LLC, a firm specializing in semi underground waste and recycling collection systems, is establishing operations at 55 Commerce Center in Greenville, S.C. The company is investing $2 million in the facility, creating 20 new jobs in the Upstate.
Sutera produces a semi underground waste and recycling collection system that reinvents and revolutionizes waste industry in the United States. Established in 2013 and headquartered in the Upstate, Sutera's product features locally-produced standard precast concrete wells, PVC-coated polyester fabric six cubic-yard bags, several lid options and a fully-customizable visible exterior. As a rapidly growing firm, the company also operates a regional sales office in Ontario, Canada.
An environmentally and economically-friendly alternative to traditional dumpsters, the Sutera system uses a vertical semi underground waste disposal design. The Sutera philosophy of saving time, money and the environment is embodied in the product they have created.
Estimated units in the field are expected to expand to 10,000 within the next five years. Sutera is committed to the continued advancement of its product and service through research and development activities, by engaging our regional universities to assist in evolving Sutera's containment system integration with advancing segregation and recovery systems.
For more information on Sutera USA, LLC, visit 

"Sutera USA is pleased to demonstrate our continued commitment to South Carolina and the surrounding area by focusing in Greenville the development of our semi underground waste and recyclable material containment systems. Our innovative alternative technology offers critical solutions for containment; the first stage in responsible waste and recycling management programs. We are excited to see that the Sutera technology and our associated servicing activities are in complete harmony and supportive of the growing regional recycling industry." -Sutera President Bernie Melloul            
"The fact that Sutera has decided to expand operations at its Greenville headquarters is a huge win for South Carolina, and we couldn't be more excited to watch this company continue to succeed here." Gov. Nikki Haley
"With a thriving recycling industry, South Carolina is home to more than 500 recycling firms, and we're thrilled that Sutera is part of that impressive roster. I offer my congratulations to Sutera on their success in the Upstate and across North America and look forward to watching them grow in South Carolina for many years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Sutera is a thriving company looking to improve the recycling and waste industry. We enjoy these assignments where we help facilitate growth and expansion for successful companies with a unique offering." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

Company creating more than 100 highly-skilled career positions at Greenville County headquarters location 

ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC), the leading global provider of technology products and solutions, is expanding its headquarters location in Greenville County. The public company is creating over 100 highly-skilled career positions and investing more than $6 million in the expansion of its Greenville County headquarters location over the next five years.
With 43 offices located across North America, South America and Europe, ScanSource is a leading global provider of technology products and solutions including point-of-sale (POS), barcode, physical security, 3D printing, voice, video and data networking solutions. As a distributor, ScanSource enables hundreds of manufacturers to scale the distribution of their products to thousands of technology resellers. These technology categories include barcode scanners commonly found in retail and industrial settings, telephone and videoconferencing systems used in the workplace, and video surveillance that protects businesses and schools. The company employs more than 2,100 worldwide.
Approximately 650 employees work at the corporate headquarters campus at Logue Court off Pelham Road in Greenville. The newly announced expansion will convert approximately 30,000 square feet of warehouse space into office space for a growing sales force and support staff.
ScanSource has expanded its current headquarter campus location five times over the past 10 years, ultimately occupying over 175,000 square-feet in two buildings on more than 24 acres on Pelham Road. Likewise, each time ScanSource expands beyond South Carolina and the U.S., it has a positive impact on new jobs in the Upstate, as many support functions for the global corporation are provided in Greenville.
Locally in Greenville and statewide, ScanSource has an estimated economic impact of more than $20 million annually. This includes major contributions to education and other philanthropic causes, sales transactions with local businesses, and the financial impact of bringing visitors to the area for conferences and meetings.
The Greenville expansion project is expected to be complete over the next five years. For more information about ScanSource, visit
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $150,000 Set Aside grant to Greenville County to assist with the costs of building up fit and site improvements related to the project.

"Our corporate headquarters in Greenville plays an important strategic role in our global business, as it enables us to centralize some processes and share best practices, while also supporting the local needs of each geography. This expansion will give us the capacity we need to accommodate the growth of the global business, while also providing a positive impact on the state of South Carolina." -ScanSource, Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Mike Baur
"We have been very successful over the years in recruiting from South Carolina colleges and universities, and are excited at the talent we know we will be bringing to ScanSource with the new jobs we are creating." -ScanSource, Inc. Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources John Harvey
"ScanSource has been a tremendous partner to our state since its doors opened in Greenville over two decades ago, and the news that this homegrown company is expanding here again is a real reason to celebrate. ScanSource's decision to create an additional 100 jobs at its corporate headquarters is a huge win for South Carolina, and we look forward to watching this company continue to grow and thrive here for a very long time." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"Today, we congratulate ScanSource on all of their success here in the Palmetto State and around the world. When a South Carolina-based company chooses to further expand its footprint in our state, it's truly a testament to our unparalleled positive business climate and highly-skilled workforce." - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"ScanSource has been a model corporate citizen since its founding in Greenville in 1992, and they are a great example how successful a company can be when they dedicate themselves to the community in which they work, live and play. Greenville and the surrounding region is a better place because of ScanSource's significant contributions, and we appreciate their continued confidence in calling Greenville home with this latest expansion." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor