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February 14, 2011

Aflac President and Chief Operating Officer Paul S. Amos II today announced that Aflac, the company that pays cash benefits fast to policyholders who are sick or injured, will expand its operations at Aflac Group Insurance in Columbia, South Carolina, by even more than what was initially announced in September of 2010.

Aflac President and Chief Operating Officer Paul S. Amos II today announced that Aflac, the company that pays cash benefits fast to policyholders who are sick or injured, will expand its operations at Aflac Group Insurance in Columbia, South Carolina, by even more than what was initially announced in September of 2010.

Mr. Amos was joined by Chris Goodall, CEO of Aflac Group Insurance (Continental American Insurance Company), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, South Carolina Insurance Commissioner David Black, and other local dignitaries, elected officials and employees at a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the company' newly leased office space at 400 Laurel Street.

The ongoing success of Aflac Group Insurance in Columbia means great things for Aflac, the city of Columbia and the people of South Carolina, Mr. Amos said. Today, we are not only opening a new office, but announcing further expansion in terms of office space and expected job creation. Together, Aflac Group and South Carolina are making things happen in a very positive way.

In 2010, Aflac Group Insurance hired more than 50 people for permanent positions and 60 temporary workers. At a news conference in September 2010, the company further stated its plan to hire 50-75 new workers in 2011 and leased the new space on Laurel Street to accommodate the growing number of employees.

Due to continued growth in business, however, the company is revising its outlook upward; anticipating the need to fill more than 100 new jobs in 2011, 30 of which are expected in the first quarter of the year. Total job growth for 2010 and 2011 combined is expected to exceed 140 new jobs, ranging from entry level to management, raising the aggregate number of employees at Aflac Group Insurance on Devine Street and Laurel Street to more than 300. To accommodate the anticipated growth, Aflac is leasing an additional 13,000 square feet of space on the 3rd floor at 400 Laurel Street in addition to the existing space on the 5th floor.

When we transitioned to Aflac Group Insurance, people wondered if a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Georgia would commit to South Carolina and today we have our answer in the form of job creation in our community, Chris Goodall said. Aflac means business in Columbia, and we are pleased to work with Governor Haley, Mayor Benjamin and Richland County to make sure our presence in Columbia continues to grow.

"We're thrilled to have AFLAC expanding in South Carolina and delivering on its commitment to our state, which now means 100 new jobs this year," said Gov. Haley. "When we work to cut the amount of red-tape on our businesses, reduce our tax burden and fight to protect our right to work status, business flourishes in South Carolina and it's a big win for our state."

Aflac' announcement today is further evidence that Columbia is on the move, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said. The atmosphere we are creating here with business, government, and community leaders all working together is at the core of what makes this an attractive city for any business to locate and expand. Aflac Group has been a major part of that effort and we look forward to working with them on their continued rapid expansion and persistent success in our city.

Aflac' 30-year history in Richland County is a testament to the business friendly environment that this county strives to uphold. We are proud that Aflac calls Richland County home, and with this most recent announcement, further cements its presence in the County well into the future. We have great expectations for this international, Fortune 500 Company, and look forward to assisting with, and securing, their success and growth in Richland County well into the future, said Paul Livingston, Chair of Richland County Council.

About Aflac

When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For four consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies and by Forbes magazine as one of America's Best-Managed Companies in the Insurance category. In 2010, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the ninth time and in 2011recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the thirteenth consecutive year. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit www.aflac.com.

January 05, 2011

AQT Solar, a leading developer of low-cost CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-diselenide) thin-film solar cells today announced the company has selected Richland County, South Carolina as the location for its second manufacturing facility.

AQT Solar, a leading developer of low-cost CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-diselenide) thin-film solar cells today announced the company has selected Richland County, South Carolina as the location for its second manufacturing facility. The company plans to create 1,000 jobs at the existing 184,000 square foot LEED Silver Certified facility over the next four years.

The site, which will be upfitted beginning in the first half of this year, will expand AQT' current production capacity and help to fill the current order backlog of 160MW, a portion of which will be delivered this year via AQT' Sunnyvale manufacturing site.

South Carolina' strong market for clean energy and favorable business climate made it an attractive choice for AQT to locate its second facility. The large number of universities and technical colleges in the region provides a trained labor force required to fill the jobs that the facility will require. AQT Solar has achieved significant growth in a short period of time and we are excited to work with the state of South Carolina as we begin this next phase of our company' development, said Michael Bartholomeusz, CEO, AQT Solar. This new facility will not only increase the production capacity for AQT in the years to come, but will help drive the clean tech industry in this great state and create thousands of sustainable, high value jobs. We appreciate the extraordinary assistance we received from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the CentralSC Alliance and Richland County. The state' commitment at all levels made this project possible.

I want to welcome AQT Solar, Inc., to the South Carolina family, said United States Senator Lindsey Graham. Few issues facing our nation are as important as our need to become energy independent and I have long believed that South Carolina could be a leader in this effort. I am very pleased we are welcoming a new partner that will help pave the way to American energy independence while delivering the jobs and technology of the future to our state.

South Carolina continues to attract investment from a broad range of companies across the nation and around the globe. The decision by AQT Solar to establish a manufacturing operation and create a significant number of jobs in South Carolina is a positive indication that our business-friendly climate and skilled workforce are working to attract new investment. This announcement in combination with Amazon' recent announcement brings significant new opportunity to the Columbia region. To continue to attract new job opportunities from a variety of industries, we must remain committed to efforts that will keep taxes and regulatory burdens low, and thus our business climate attractive to new investment. We congratulate AQT Solar and wish the company much success in its endeavors here, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

The new facility, located in the Carolina Pines development in Richland County, will begin producing AQT' breakthrough CIGS solar cells by the beginning of 2012 and ultimately grow to approximately 1GW of annual capacity by the end of 2014. It will be built out in phases, targeting installation of 30-40MW annual production capacity and 60 jobs this year, and 1,000 jobs in total by the end of the four-year build out.

Bringing a solar technology leader like AQT to the Midlands with 1,000 high paying jobs is a huge win and a strong sign of things to come, said Steve Benjamin, Columbia mayor. The green, knowledge economy is here to stay and this puts us on the cutting edge.

Richland County is very pleased to join in the announcement that AQT Solar has chosen to locate in our jurisdiction after months of positive discussions and negotiations. This announcement further solidifies Richland County' position as an alternative energy destination in this green, high-tech market. We look forward to the creation of a significant number of new jobs and new capital investment in our county, and again warmly welcome AQT Solar to Richland County, said Paul Livingston, Richland County Council Chairman.

Central SC Alliance President & CEO Mike Briggs stated, Today, AQT Solar is making a significant commitment to the development of a thin-film solar cells manufacturing facility to be located in Richland County. Our team has been working with the company for the past several months on this competitive project. They are a leader in their technology. The University of South Carolina Research initiatives and Innovista, Midlands Technical College and Richland County' business friendly attitude helped solidify this deal. The Central SC Alliance core mission of recruiting best-in-class companies continues with today' announcement. Our region has solidified its position in South Carolina as a preferred location of choice for green jobs and high tech focused companies. I want to recognize and congratulate all the local and state officials involved in the project.

In August 2010, AQT celebrated the opening of its first manufacturing facility, located in Sunnyvale, California, with 15MW of production capacity. This facility will also increase production capacity this year, reaching its full 30-40MW annual capacity by the end of 2011.

readySC, South Carolina' workforce recruiting and training program, is working closely with AQT to assist with recruitment as well as customized training design and delivery, led by an experienced project management team. Please visit www.readySC.org for additional information regarding AQT' hiring timeline, position requirements and application process.

About AQT Solar

Founded in 2007, AQT Solar deploys a proprietary process on proven manufacturing platforms to produce high-performance, low-cost CIGS thin-film solar cells. For more information, visit www.aqtsolar.com.

Click here to view the original press release from AQT Solar

December 09, 2010

Richland County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Owen Steel Company Inc., a structural steel fabrication company, will expand its operations at its plant in Richland County. The $5 million investment is expected to generate 30 new jobs over the next five years.

Richland County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Owen Steel Company Inc., a structural steel fabrication company, will expand its operations at its plant in Richland County. The $5 million investment is expected to generate 30 new jobs over the next five years.

The Midlands have been a home to our company for many years, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to increase our footprint here. Richland County has offered us an excellent business environment, a talented workforce and the infrastructure we need to be competitive. This expansion will put Owen Steel in a position to increase our market share and meet customer demand. We appreciate all the support we have received from the community and local and state officials, said David Zalesne, president of Owen Steel Company.
Owen Steel will be upgrading its fabrication equipment and infrastructure at its Richland County plant, located at 2151 South Beltline Blvd. The company will also set up additional manufacturing operations in a recently-acquired facility in Richland County, located at 1602 Andrews Road. Structural steel produced by the company has been used in high-profile projects across the nation.


Owen Steel is an industry leader in fabricating structural steel and the company has been an important part of the Midlands business community for decades. This investment is an indication of the company' commitment to the local community and to our state. The announcement also serves as a reminder that South Carolina' business-friendly climate, skilled workforce and exceptional market access are important factors in fostering growth among our existing businesses. The state must continue its efforts to hold taxes and regulatory burdens low so that we may see more investments like this one. We congratulate Owen Steel on its growth and wish the company continued success, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Richland County is pleased that Owen Steel has chosen to expand its operations in our jurisdiction. This expansion is a testament to the county' business-friendly environment. Owen Steel has been a great corporate citizen, and we hope that the company has many more prosperous years in Richland County, said Richland County Council Chairman Paul Livingston.


The cornerstone of our regional economy is existing industry and we are excited about Owen Steel Company continued investment in Richland County. We are in a global competition for capital investment and jobs today and are thankful that these new jobs will be realized right here at home, said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.


The company will begin hiring for the new positions in near the middle of 2011. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should send a resume to hr@owensteel.com.


Owen Steel Company has been fabricating structural steel in Columbia since 1936. The company' experience with complex structural steel is unmatched in the industry, and covers the full range of steel contracting services, from design to delivery. For more information about Owen Steel, please visit www.owensteel.com.

December 07, 2010

Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today formally announced Amazon.com, Inc.' plans to invest up to $100 million and create 1,249 new permanent jobs with the establishment of a new distribution center in Lexington County. The facility is expected to create an additional 2,500 seasonal positions to meet its needs and to be operational before the 2011 holiday season.

Amazon.com is an example of true innovation and entrepreneurship. This is a company that developed a consumer concept that has evolved from filling orders out of the founder's garage to exceeding net sales of $24 billion last year. The company' decision to put down roots here and make a substantial investment in capital and new job creation is further indication that our state' efforts to establish a business-friendly climate are proving successful in today' competitive global market. Amazon.com is indeed a welcomed addition to our state' business community and its investment will bring new opportunity to the local workforce in Lexington County. Id thank Secretary Taylor and the team at Commerce, as well as the local economic development community for their successful efforts to recruit Amazon.com to South Carolina, said Gov. Sanford.


Amazon.com' decision to locate in South Carolina is the culmination of a strong team effort at the state and county level. When Commerce brought this project to Lexington County, we code named it project ASAP because we knew our ability to meet the company' needs in a timely fashion was paramount. From the state to the local level, we were able to accomplish this and ensure permits were in place. DHEC, Lexington County staff and others that were involved in the permitting process moved mountains in a short time to make this happen and I would thank them for their efforts. This announcement came to fruition because we have a government at the state and local level that recognizes time is money for businesses, said Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor. This announcement of yet another marquee name choosing to call South Carolina home sends a strong message to the world that we have the business environment, workforce and market access necessary to help world-class operations succeed.


Amazon.com plans to locate its approximately 1 million-square-foot distribution and fulfillment center in the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park in Lexington County. The facility is located off of I-77 at Exit 2, New Industrial Park Road (an extension of 12th Street). The location provides prime interstate access as well as close proximity to the UPS ground hub located near Columbia Metropolitan Airport.


The Lexington County Council is privileged to welcome internet retail giant Amazon.com to South Carolina and in particular, Lexington County. In addition to the 1,200 jobs expected to be created, we firmly believe that this company will be a huge corporate citizen for the Midlands area. Amazon.com' location here is an affirmation of our workforce, the county' transportation network and the importance of the Port of Charleston, said Jim Kinard, chairman of Lexington County Council.


We welcome this significant economic development announcement today by Amazon.com Inc. Lexington County and the Central South Carolina region offers some very unique assets for best-in-class distribution companies. From a comprehensive ground, rail, air and ocean transport system to a skilled and trained workforce the Central SC Region offers easy access to millions of customers, said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.


Congratulations to Lexington County Council on their efforts and we greatly appreciate the support of the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the other allies that participated in bringing this project along to a successful conclusion. These are competitive projects that take months to work by many, many folks. We welcome Amazon.com Inc. to the neighborhood and remain committed to attracting more quality companies, investment and jobs to this region, said Mike Briggs, Central SC Alliance president.

November 29, 2010

Kershaw County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Southeast Renewable Energy will build its new renewable energy facility in Kershaw County. The $50 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs over the next five years.

Kershaw County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Southeast Renewable Energy will build its new renewable energy facility in Kershaw County. The $50 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs over the next five years.

Company President and CEO Raine Cotton said that Southeast Renewable Energy is working diligently to get the last few steps of the project worked out; including permitting, that will allow the project to begin construction in early 2011.


Southeast Renewable Energy will build a 15-megawatt biomass energy plant in Kershaw County that will be fueled using timber residues. The company will sell the green power to Santee Cooper, and the plant is expected to be completed in late 2012. It is expected that the new plant will also create many indirect jobs in the logging, trucking and forest product industries.


South Carolina continues to see an increasing number of opportunities in both the energy and forestry sectors of our economy, and Southeast Renewable Energy' investments utilize our state' unique skills and resources in these sectors. By fostering a business-friendly climate and focusing on building a skilled workforce, South Carolina is well positioned to attract new investments from companies like Southeast Renewable Energy and this in turn means job opportunities for workers in our state. We appreciate Southeast Renewable Energy' investment and look forward to its success in the state, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


The company also has plans for similar plants in Dorchester County and Allendale County. The company has an agreement to sell green power in both cases to Santee Cooper for 30 years.


Kershaw County is pleased to welcome Southeast Renewable Energy to our corporate community. The company will join an already strong local timber industry in Kershaw County and should set the stage for future energy companies to locate in our area, stated Max Ford, chairman of Kershaw County Council.


Central South Carolina has emerged as the Clean Energy Region with a steady flow of energy related projects. This is due in part to the cluster that has developed around the core competencies that exists with our workforce in the sector. We congratulate Southeast Renewable Energy on this announcements and what they are doing to keep our environment clean and green, said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.


The company will begin requesting applications for the positions in early 2012.


Southeast Renewable Energy was founded in 2000 and is a growing leader in the biomass energy market. The company' focus is on developing biomass facilities with strategic partners and helping others navigate the development phase. For more information, please visit www.serenew.com

November 17, 2010

Clarendon County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Treleoni Group will establish its new manufacturing facility in Clarendon County. The $7.75 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.

Clarendon County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Treleoni Group will establish its new manufacturing facility in Clarendon County. The $7.75 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.

"We are pleased to move forward with plans for Treleoni Group' operations in Manning. Clarendon County provided us with an excellent environment in which to do business, and has a talented workforce that will benefit our operations. We look forward to bringing our new operations online," said David Poston, spokesman for Treleoni Group.


Treleoni Group is a start-up business that will manufacture non-woven products for specialty industrial markets. The company will locate its new facility in the former Yanagawa building in Manning, and expects to have operations online by late February.


Start-ups such as Treleoni Group play a vital role in our state' economy. Today' announcement is another indication that our state' focus on the fundamentals such as keeping taxes and regulatory burdens low coupled with Clarendon County' efforts to maintain a highly skilled workforce are the winning combination to attract new jobs and investment. We thank Treleoni Group for choosing to establish its new operations and create 100 new jobs in Clarendon County and wish them much success in their endeavors, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


On behalf of the county council, we welcome the Treleoni Group to Clarendon County. We also appreciate the work of John Truluck and the Clarendon County Development Board for recognizing the potential for the Yanagawa building and acting quickly. This is some much needed good news for our citizens, said Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart.


Treleoni' announcement is exciting, said Clarendon County Development Board Chairman John W. Skip Osborne. They were able to see that the quality workforce and an incredible building paired up to make Clarendon County the best place to start their business.


Treleoni Group will begin hiring for the positions in the spring of 2011. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the Manning Workforce Center at that time.

November 01, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Orangeburg County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Husqvarna North America, a producer of lawn mowers, chainsaws and other lawn and garden equipment, will expand its operations in Orangeburg County. The company expects to invest $105 million in the plant over the next 13 years.

COLUMBIA, S.C. November 2, 2010 The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Orangeburg County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Husqvarna North America, a producer of lawn mowers, chainsaws and other lawn and garden equipment, will expand its operations in Orangeburg County. The company expects to invest $105 million in the plant over the next 13 years.

"The expansion of our Orangeburg plant will help our company remain competitive and make our operations more efficient. South Carolina has proven to be an ideal fit for our operations, providing us with a thriving business environment, a talented workforce and exceptional access to markets. We look forward to expanding our manufacturing operations in South Carolina in the near future," said Michael Jones of Husqvarna North America.

Husqvarna North America is in the process of adding equipment to its Orangeburg County facility, which currently produces riding garden tractors, tillers and similar products. The added equipment will allow the plant to assemble new products, including the company' zero-turn-radius lawn mowers. Husqvarna will make its investment in two phases. The first phase will involve a $30 million investment to be completed by December 31, 2013 and the second phase will involve a $75 million investment to be completed by December 31, 2024.

"Husqvarna is has been an important part of the state' business community for many years, and this expansion furthers the company' commitment to Orangeburg County. Husqvarna' growth here is another indication that South Carolina' business-friendly climate and skilled workforce are working to attract new investment. Additionally, the state' efforts to keep taxes and regulatory burdens low continue to bolster business growth and work to help our existing businesses compete. We recognize Husqvarna had a world of choices when choosing where to invest and we appreciate their decision to grow in South Carolina," said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

In December, Husqvarna announced the establishment of a parts distribution operation in Midway Logistics Park in Lexington County. The company' Orangeburg plant has been in operation since the early 1970', and Husqvarna is the largest employer in the county.

"Husqvarna has been an integral part of the Orangeburg County economy for nearly four decades. This expansion is further evidence of its commitment to the community," U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn said. "Orangeburg County officials have worked hard to attract new investments. This announcement is an indication that their efforts are paying off, and I believe other companies will follow Husqvarna' lead in making Orangeburg home."

"We are grateful that The Husqvarna Group is located in Orangeburg County and continue to grow and support our community. Orangeburg County Council is ready to assist in the most aggressive way we can to ensure your growth is a smooth transition," said County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright.

"The news that Husqvarna wants to grow their business in Orangeburg is a testament to the successful operation of this facility and the quality workforce that exists here. Being our largest employer, they know they can staff the plant with employees that will produce an excellent product, efficiently and profitably," said Orangeburg County Development Commission Chairwoman Jeannine Kees.

"Husqvarna continues to show confidence in Orangeburg County and this region. We are deeply grateful for this vote of confidence and wish them continued success," stated Central SC Alliance President Mike Briggs.

Husqvarna is the world's largest producer of lawn mowers, chainsaws and portable gasoline powered garden equipment such as trimmers and blowers. The Husqvarna Group is also a world leader in diamond tools and cutting equipment for the construction and stone industries. The Group's products are sold in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.husqvarna.com.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

The S.C. Department of Commerce works closely with economic development professionals throughout the state to recruit new jobs and investments and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has been recognized for its success in the areas of job creation and economic impact by Area Development and Business Facilities magazines. The S.C. Department of Commerce was one of 10 state economic development organizations to receive Area Development' Silver Shovel Award in 2009 and Commerce received the 2009 Deal of the Year award from Business Facilities magazine. Southern Business & Development also awarded the S.C. Department of Commerce the "Deal of the Year" for the 2010 SB&D 100. Commerce received the recognitions for Boeing' selection of North Charleston for the company' second final assembly plant to support the 787 Dreamliner program. In addition to job and investment recruitment, the agency provides a range of business support services and offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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October 21, 2010

Fairfield County Council, the Department of Commerce and the Central SC Alliance announce that Elite ES will expand its U.S. operations, headquartered in Fairfield County. The company will relocate from its 30,000-square-foot facility in Winnsboro to the 50,000-square-foot speculative building in the Walter Brown II Industrial Park. The company will purchase the building from Fairfield County and complete the upfits necessary to meet its current and long term needs.

Fairfield County Council, the Department of Commerce and the Central SC Alliance announce that Elite ES will expand its U.S. operations, headquartered in Fairfield County. The company will relocate from its 30,000-square-foot facility in Winnsboro to the 50,000-square-foot speculative building in the Walter Brown II Industrial Park. The company will purchase the building from Fairfield County and complete the upfits necessary to meet its current and long term needs.

Elite ES is delighted to be expanding its operations within Fairfield County. We are very appreciative of all the hard work and support from the county, the Central SC Alliance and the state in helping us achieve our expansion goals, said Jonathan Balfour, president, Elite ES.


Fairfield County is pleased to have the opportunity to assist a world class company such as Elite with expanding its operations. Since locating in Winnsboro in 2006, the company has been an integral part of the community and has worked diligently to employ local residents. This expansion project demonstrates the company' commitment to Fairfield County and our local workforce, said R. David Brown, Fairfield County Council chairman. We congratulate Elite on this very important expansion project and look forward to working with the company in the years to come to ensure their continued success in Fairfield County.


Elite Electronics Systems provides a broad range of turnkey contract electronics manufacturing services and the company' growth in Fairfield County is a positive indication that South Carolina' manufacturing sector continues to grow and present opportunities. Additionally, this expansion demonstrates that South Carolina has laid the groundwork necessary to encourage investment and growth among our existing businesses. Our state' focus on the fundamentals such as keeping taxes and regulatory burdens low and maintaining a highly skilled workforce are working to attract new jobs and investment. We congratulate Elite Electronics on its growth and wish the company continued success in Fairfield County, said Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor.


We are very excited about the growth opportunity for Elite in Fairfield County. The company has been an important part of the business community since its initial decision to locate here in 2006. We know they will continue to be successful, and we look forward to continuing our relationship through this expansion, said Mike Briggs, president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance.


Based in the Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Elite Electronic Systems is a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM) and provides a broad range of full turnkey contract electronics manufacturing services. The company opened Elite ES in Winnsboro in 2006 primarily to supply Caterpillar in Newberry, S.C. This expansion project provides the additional capacity the company needs to continue to supply Caterpillar as well as other customers in the future. Hiring is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011 and details will be released at a later date.

October 18, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the City of Columbia Office of Economic Development announced that REI Automation, Inc., a technology company that designs and builds industrial automation equipment, will complete the expansion of their existing facility in Columbia.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the City of Columbia Office of Economic Development announced that REI Automation, Inc., a technology company that designs and builds industrial automation equipment, will complete the expansion of their existing facility in Columbia.

REI typically designs and builds custom, single-purpose machines, assembly lines and robot cells for manufacturing plants throughout the world. This $500,000 investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs. "We are very excited to be expanding to provide additional capacity for the assembly of an REI-developed machine that will be used in home improvement stores throughout the United States and Canada, commented Grant Phillips, President of REI Automation, Inc. This project is a little different, in that, we will be producing hundreds of these machines to meet our customer' demands.


This year the company is also celebrating 20 years in business. REI has experienced steady growth over the past twenty years by applying the technical knowledge of our employees in a variety of industries, stated Paul Brown, Vice President of Engineering. Over the past two years our medical and nuclear businesses have been expanding, while other industries have reined in capital spending.


REI Automation has been a part of the Midlands business community for a number of years, and the company' growth is a positive indication that South Carolina' business-friendly climate and talented workforce are working to help existing business prosper, even during challenging economic times. We congratulate REI Automation and wish them continued success here in Columbia, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple stated, "REI Automation, Inc. is a homegrown company that has realized tremendous growth and success over the last 20 years. We welcome these new technically-oriented jobs and investment to Columbia. The economic momentum continues in the Central South Carolina region with today's announcement."


The company plans to begin hiring immediately for machinist, assembly and warehouse positions. This announcement further demonstrates the deep pool of talent we have living and working right here in Columbia, commented Mayor Steve Benjamin. The hard working men and women at REI Automation, Inc. are a credit to our city and the entire region.


Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should forward their resume by email to: personnel@reiautomation.com or by fax to: 803-791-8663

September 29, 2010

Coca-Cola bottler will increase operations at plant in Bishopville

COLUMBIA, S.C. September 30, 2010 The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Lee County today announced that South Atlantic Canners, a Coca-Cola bottler, will expand its operations in Lee County. The company expects to invest $4.5 million in the course of its expansion.


The addition to our warehouse is important to our business and I am excited to begin this expansion, said Charles Ingram, chairman of the South Atlantic Canners Board of Directors.


During these difficult economic times, I am grateful for an investment of this magnitude from our company. This expansion reinforces the commitment Coca-Cola has to Lee County and South Carolina. It is my hope that this warehouse addition will have a positive impact on future economic development, said Troy Santoscoy, plant manager of South Atlantic Canners.


South Atlantic Canners expansion of its Bishopville facility will bring the factory' total square footage to 300,000, increasing the warehouse capacity by 50 percent. The company expects to begin preliminary work on the expansion in the fourth quarter of this year.


This expansion is positive news for Lee County and demonstrates South Atlantic Canners commitment to the Pee Dee region. The company' decision to invest in its Lee County operations with equipment upgrades will increase the competitiveness of this facility. As well, our state' focus on the business fundamentals, such as low regulatory and tax burdens, provides a business-friendly climate that will help South Atlantic Canners over the long-term. We congratulate South Atlantic Canners and wish the company much success, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


We are grateful for Coke' decision to expand in Lee County. We value and appreciate what Coke has done, is doing and will do in Lee County and look forward to their continued growth in our community, said Lee County Councilman Gordon Eckley.


South Atlantic Canners has operated for more than 25 years, with its original Lee County plant opening in 1974. The company has expanded several times since then, and has partnered with Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. The plant now has four production lines making Coke products in cans, 10 oz. bottles, 20 oz. bottles, half-liter bottles and two-liter bottles. For more information, please visit www.cokeconsolidated.com.


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September 20, 2010

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), today will cut the ribbon on its regional jet maintenance facility at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). CAE is Atlantic Southeasts primary overnight maintenance base for its regional jet fleet serving United Express, and the airline has invested significantly in refurbishing the existing facility (formerly the Doolittle Hangar) that can accommodate up to three aircraft at a time. Atlantic Southeast br

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), today will cut the ribbon on its regional jet maintenance facility at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). CAE is Atlantic Southeast' primary overnight maintenance base for its regional jet fleet serving United Express, and the airline has invested significantly in refurbishing the existing facility (formerly the Doolittle Hangar) that can accommodate up to three aircraft at a time. Atlantic Southeast brought more than 75 jobs to the Columbia area when it began performing overnight maintenance at CAE last year, but it has not had a permanent hangar facility until now. Renovations are scheduled for completion by mid-October 2010.

Moving into a hangar environment in Columbia is playing a strategic role as Atlantic Southeast continues growing to become the world' largest operator of regional jets, said Atlantic Southeast President Brad Holt. The CAE facility will allow us to maintain a growing fleet that will serve both our Washington (Dulles) and Chicago (OHare) hubs. We also are very pleased with the partnerships we have developed with CAE airport officials, and various government and civic agencies that have made opening an overnight maintenance base in Columbia possible, Holt said.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport Executive Director Dan Mann added, Atlantic Southeast Airlines has been a great partner with CAE for some time now so I am pleased with this opportunity of growth that relocating to the Doolittle Hangar will support. Our teams have worked together to refurbish this facility, making it possible for us to be one of five key Atlantic Southeast maintenance facilities located around the country.


South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor said, Atlantic Southeast' regional jet maintenance operation at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport has brought employment opportunities over the last year and the company' decision to establish a permanent facility to house this work is a reminder of South Carolina' ever-growing aviation industry. Our state has the workforce talent and resources necessary to continue to attract new investment, and we are proud to count Atlantic Southeast Airlines as a member of the state' business community.


Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance agreed. Atlantic Southeast fully embodies the pioneering spirit that we value within our community, and we are proud to see this growth in our aviation corridor, said Lexington County Council Chairman Jim Kinard.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, We are fortunate that Atlantic Southeast has expanded its presence and brought more than 75 jobs to the Columbia area. We are proud to have them in our business community.


With the Columbia hangar, Atlantic Southeast employs 600 maintenance personnel at five maintenance facilities in five states -- a 218,000-square-foot headquarters maintenance base in Atlanta, Ga.; a 39,000-square-foot maintenance base in Baton Rouge, La.; the 356,000-square-foot Columbia base and line maintenance centers in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Washington, D.C.


About Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Atlantic Southeast, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., operates more than 900 daily flights using its all-jet fleet to 104 airports in 28 U.S. states, District of Columbia, and Canada. Under the SkyWest, Inc. umbrella, Atlantic Southeast and SkyWest Airlines form the world' largest regional airline alliance. Founded in 1979, Atlantic Southeast operated solely as a Delta Connection carrier until adding United Express operations in February 2010. The airline operates a fleet of 166 aircraft and employs more than 3,500 aviation professionals across its route system. For more information, visit flyasa.com.

September 12, 2010

Chris Goodall, CEO of Continental American Insurance Company (Aflac Group Insurance), was joined today by Governor Mark Sanford, Mayor Steve Benjamin, Insurance Commissioner Scott Richardson, Central South Carolina Alliance CEO Mike Briggs, local dignitaries and elected officials, in announcing that Aflac , the company that pays you cash fast when you have been hurt or become ill, will lease an additional 27,000 square feet of office space in the City of Columbias central business district to a

Chris Goodall, CEO of Continental American Insurance Company (Aflac Group Insurance), was joined today by Governor Mark Sanford, Mayor Steve Benjamin, Insurance Commissioner Scott Richardson, Central South Carolina Alliance CEO Mike Briggs, local dignitaries and elected officials, in announcing that Aflac , the company that pays you cash fast when you have been hurt or become ill, will lease an additional 27,000 square feet of office space in the City of Columbia' central business district to accommodate anticipated expansion at Aflac Group Insurance.

In January 2011, Aflac Group Insurance will shift 120 of its existing employees from the Aflac Group main office on Devine Street to the newly leased space at 400 Laurel Street. The company plans to double the number of workers at the new location over the next three to five years by adding new employees, while continuing its full operations on Devine Street.


The seven-year lease ensures that Aflac Group can accommodate its anticipated growth with new office space at a convenient location for employees and customers to come and go with easy access and ample parking. Aflac Group Insurance, formerly known as Continental American Insurance Company, has a 30-year history in the city of Columbia and Richland County, and remains committed to the area, as was promised when the company merged with Aflac Incorporated to form Aflac Group Insurance.


We couldnt ask for a better location in Columbia' business district as we renew our dedication to expanding our business right here in Richland County, Goodall said. We are excited to demonstrate our strong commitment to our employees and customers, to the city of Columbia, Richland County and the state of South Carolina. We appreciate the tremendous enthusiasm that our state and local officials have shown us here in Columbia.


What made Continental American Insurance, now Aflac Group Insurance, such an attractive partner is our shared values, dedication to community, and strong commitment to the people we serve, Aflac President and COO Paul S. Amos II said. With this expansion, Chris Goodall and his hard-working team have given us every reason to believe that we were right, and that Aflac Group is poised for tremendous growth in the future.


Aflac's plans to expand their footprint in South Carolina, and Columbia in particular, are yet another telling dividend of our state's continued efforts to improve business soil conditions, Gov. Mark Sanford said. Today's news speaks highly of these efforts, and indeed is another notch in what has become a string of economic development successes lately on the recruitment and investment fronts. While immense economic challenges remain for our state, I'd join many in celebrating Aflac's announcement and welcoming them to downtown Columbia.


"We are honored a company of this stature is increasing their presence in South Carolina, State Insurance Director Scott Richardson said. The people of South Carolina are best served when government and the private sector share a mutual trust, so we are extremely pleased to continue the relationship that we have developed with Aflac Group Insurance to ensure that they remain a valued part of the economic engine of Columbia and South Carolina.


We are delighted that an international, Fortune 500 Company, with a history like Aflac', chose our city to build its group insurance operations, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said. Aflac' long-term commitment to Columbia is a great sign that our economic development plans are on the right track and sends a strong message that Columbia is an attractive city for any business to locate and grow.


Aflac Group will occupy the entire fifth floor of the five-story building; however, the terms of the lease provide Aflac Group with the first opportunity to lease any additional space that becomes available in the future. The building currently houses offices leased by AT&T.


South Carolina' burgeoning reputation as a preferred business location continues to attract the most well respected and globally recognized companies in the world. Aflac has received numerous recognitions, among them Fortune Magazine' global designation as No. 1 on the magazine' Most Admired Companies list. The fact that Aflac has chosen to invest and grow in South Carolina is a compliment to our skilled workforce and to the state' efforts to focus on the fundamentals necessary to help businesses compete and succeed. We congratulate Chris Goodall and the entire Aflac team on today' announcement and wish the company much success in Columbia, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Richland County is extremely proud that Aflac Group Insurance has chosen to expand its operations here in the capital county. This is a great testament to the county' continued focus on a pro business environment. We look forward to Aflac' continued presence, and wish them many more successful years in Richland County, said Richland County Council Chairman Paul Livingston.


About Aflac
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For 55 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for four consecutive years and has been named by the Reputation Institute as the Most Reputable Company in the Global Insurance Industry for two consecutive years. In 2010, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the twelfth consecutive year. In addition, Fortune magazine ranked Aflac No. 1 on its global list of the Most Admired Companies in the Life and Health Insurance category. Aflac was also named by Forbes magazine as America's Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.

August 15, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Kershaw County today announced that TB Kawashima USA Inc. will expand its facility in Kershaw County. The $9 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs over the next five years.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Kershaw County today announced that TB Kawashima USA Inc. will expand its facility in Kershaw County. The $9 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs over the next five years.

We are pleased to move forward with our new expansion at our plant in Kershaw County. This represents the second expansion to this plant in the last couple of years. Demand for our products has continued to grow, and Kershaw County has provided us with an excellent business environment in which to operate. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials, said Yuzo Mori, president of TB Kawashima USA.


TB Kawashima USA, a leading producer of fabric for the automotive industry, will expand its operations at its existing facility in Lugoff. The expanded operations at the facility are expected to come online in the fourth quarter of this year.


TB Kawashima' expansion is another reminder that South Carolina' automotive sector continues to present opportunities. TB Kawashima' decision to increase its footprint in Kershaw County is also a sign that our state' business-friendly climate, skilled workforce and exceptional market access are working to attract new investment and jobs. By continuing to keep regulatory costs and taxes low, South Carolina is well positioned to compete nationally and globally for new investments and growth among existing industries, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Kershaw County is pleased to have worked with TB Kawashima on the expansion of their Lugoff facility. In light of these interesting economic times, having a company create new jobs is especially welcome. Since locating here in 2003, TB Kawashima has been a strong asset to our manufacturing community, and we look forward to working with them in the future as their growth continues, stated Max Ford, chairman of Kershaw County Council.


ReadySC will assist Kawashima in providing a personalized training program for the new hires. The company will begin hiring for the positions in the fourth quarter of this year. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the Human Resources Department or e-mail sarmstrong@tbkawashimausa.com.


TB Kawashima USA is a leading provider of textiles used by the automotive industry for car interiors. The company' fabrics are used in cars produced by Honda, Nissan, Toyota and GM. For more information about the company, please visit www.tbkawashimausa.com.

August 02, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that FPL Food LLC will locate its further processing facility in Lexington County. The opening of this facility is expected to generate 75 new jobs, with a total employee count of over 150.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that FPL Food LLC will locate its further processing facility in Lexington County. The opening of this facility is expected to generate 75 new jobs, with a total employee count of over 150.

This move allows us to expand production and logistic capabilities for our customers. Lexington County offers us an excellent business environment and offers a building that fits our specific needs. We look forward to bringing our new facility online, and we appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials, said Francois Leger, CEO of FPL Food.


FPL Food is a producer of high-quality, value-added beef products and the facility will house the further processing function of its beef operations.


FPL Food' decision to locate in Lexington County is another indication that our state is competitive in today' economy. From our unparalleled market access to our skilled workforce, South Carolina has the resources to help companies get products moving quickly. In order to attract more jobs and encourage continued growth, it is important that the state works to foster an environment where businesses of any size can be successful. This means continuing to focus on the business fundamentals such as low taxes and low regulatory burdens. By further strengthening our business-friendly climate, the state will be well positioned to attract more investment and job opportunities for South Carolinians, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


We are pleased that FPL Food LLC will call Lexington County home. The company is a major producer of beef products and it will complement the host of other industrial food service providers in our community. We look forward to the job creation and economic growth that this company will provide for our local, regional and state' economy, said Jim Kinard, Chairman of Lexington County Council.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, The Midlands Region continues to attract companies that need a location that offers a superior transportation network which makes it cost effective to reach customers. We have a number of high-quality food-related companies that are known to be the best in their industries when it comes to quality. Our team appreciates the support from the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Lexington County Council.


The company is currently accepting applications. Anyone interested in job opportunities with FPL Food should visit www.fplfood.com or apply in person at the Lexington OneStop Center at 714 South Lake Drive in Lexington.


About FPL Food LLC
FPL Food LLC is the largest privately held beef provider in the Southeast. The company provides customers with quality beef solutions and value added products that cater to a specific niche for their business' success. For more information about the company, please visit www.fplfood.com.

May 19, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Richland County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Palmetto State Armory will locate its new facility in Richland County. The more than $2.9 million investment is expected to generate up to 50 new jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Richland County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Palmetto State Armory will locate its new facility in Richland County. The more than $2.9 million investment is expected to generate up to 50 new jobs.

Establishing this new manufacturing and distribution center is an important part of our company' growth plan, and we look forward to completing work on the facility. Richland County offers us an excellent business environment, and the location allows us to easily reach customers across the state and region. We appreciate all the support weve received from state and local officials, said Jamin McCallum, president of Palmetto State Armory.
Palmetto State Armory' new facility is located in Northeast Richland County off Farrow Road. The company will manufacture its own rifles as well as have retail and distribution facilities for its own shooting sports products and other brands. The company has operated for the past two years as an online retailer. The company' retail space is already open and the manufacturing facility is expected to start up in the next couple of weeks.


South Carolina continues to provide an excellent business environment for start-up companies to establish and grow their business, and Palmetto State Armory' decision to continue to do business here is yet another indication of the state' success. Palmetto State Armory' decision to make the Midlands its home is also a strong reflection on our state' strength in manufacturing as well as our accessibility to markets. We congratulate Palmetto State Armory on its investment and wish them well in their endeavors here, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


The Palmetto State Armory' new facility in northeast Richland County, as well as the addition of up to 50 new employees, signifies the company' strong presence in the market, and bodes well for its expanding customer base. We are pleased that Palmetto State Armory calls Richland County home, and we wish them many years of continued success, stated Richland County Chairman Paul Livingston.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple stated, Palmetto State Armory is a locally owned start-up company that discovered a niche market in the shooting sports industry. The Central SC Region offers a strategic location for distributors. Our superior interstate system along with the United Parcel Service southeast region air hub provides Internet- and retail-based companies a competitive edge.


Palmetto State Armory has already begun hiring for the positions and expects to continue hiring through the rest of the year. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact info@palmettostatearmory.com. For more information about Palmetto State Armory, please visit www.palmettostatearmory.com.

May 18, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Sumter County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Kaydon Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in Sumter County with an $8.9 million investment that is expected to generate 75 new jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Sumter County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Kaydon Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in Sumter County with an $8.9 million investment that is expected to generate 75 new jobs.

The expansion of our custom bearing facility in the Sumter area will help us grow our market share and increase our competitive edge. Our company has found an excellent business environment in Sumter, and we are pleased to grow our operations there. We look forward to increasing our presence in Sumter and appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials, said Kaydon Corporation Chairman and CEO James OLeary.


Kaydon has purchased a building formerly occupied by Bosch in Sumter near the campus of its custom bearings facility, where it produces bearings for a wide range of general industrial markets. The company will add equipment to the building and expects to have the new facility online in the fall of 2010. Kaydon also has an industrial tank turret/wind turbine bearing production facility in Sumter.


South Carolina continues to provide the economic advantages that allow companies to increase their bottom line, and expand in South Carolina. Kaydon has been part of the South Carolina business community for a number of years and this announcement further strengthens the company' commitment to our state. By providing a business-friendly climate and skilled workforce, and ensuring existing buildings are ready for adaptive reuse, our state can continue to attract investments that create new job opportunities for South Carolinians. We look forward to Kaydon' continued growth in our state and wish them well in their endeavors here, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


This expansion is only the latest in a string of local expansions for the Michigan-based manufacturer. Beginning in 2006, Kaydon added 40 new jobs and invested $4.5 million in new equipment. Also in 2006, Kaydon invested $18.5 million and added another 50 new jobs. Again in 2008, Kaydon made a $4.5 million additional capital investment and added 10 jobs.


Weve been working with Kaydon for several years now to find ways to help make them more competitive, more productive and more profitable, said Sumter Development Board Chairman Greg A. Thompson. Weve made several trips to Michigan to convince Kaydon that Sumter is poised and ready for their corporate growth.


On behalf of county council, were all very pleased with this announcement and with Kaydon' continued investments in our community, said Sumter County Council Chairwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney. Sumter County' partnership with Kaydon has been strong for 30 years, and this will only make our partnership and our community stronger.


When an existing industry expands, it sends a message that Sumter is a great place to do business. In competitive expansions like this one, a solid relationship with our corporate partners is indispensable, said Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen. Once again Sumter has competed with other communities for a highly sought-after project and won. That should tell folks a lot about our community.


We were pleased to have played an integral role in recruiting this project to Sumter County. The Alliance continues to aggressively market the region on a daily basis to the renewable energy sector and strongly feel that we are well positioned to attract more companies like Kaydon. Today' expansion announcement by Kaydon is further testament to the strong regional economic development environment that exists here in the Central South Carolina region. We applaud Sumter County Council members and the Sumter development board for continuing to provide a pro-business atmosphere which results in announcements like today', said Central SC Alliance President and CEO Mike Briggs.


Hiring for these positions will start immediately and be ongoing during 2010. readySC in cooperation with the Central Carolina Technical College will soon be conducting a pre-employment training program for assemblers and machine operators. These jobs are for second and third shifts, and CNC and manufacturing experience desired. An advertisement will be featured in the local newspaper May 30 giving details on how to apply for this training. readySC will be coordinating with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Development to process the applications.


Kaydon Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom engineered, performance-critical products, supplying a broad and diverse group of alternative energy, industrial, aerospace, medical and electronic equipment and aftermarket customers. For more information about the company, please visit www.kaydon.com.

May 17, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI) will locate its new facility in Richland County. The $480,000 investment is expected to generate 70 new well-paying jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI) will locate its new facility in Richland County. The $480,000 investment is expected to generate 70 new well-paying jobs.

Health IT is a critical focus area for our nation, and QSSI offers leading solutions that address the many aspects of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2009. We are excited about becoming a part of the business community in South Carolina, which offers a wealth of talented and trained personnel with experience consistent with our company mission, said Bikram Bakshi, president and CEO of QSSI.


QSSI is a software engineering and security services firm that delivers a broad range of healthcare information technology solutions. The new facility will be located at 7909 Parklane Road and will be an IT service provider that will focus on custom software development, help desk support and testing services.


QSSI has a wealth of experience in the information technology sector and is a leading contractor for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services among other commercial industries. South Carolina has seen steady growth in its information technology sector over the past several years and this announcement along with other recent announcements clearly shows that Commerce and its allies are successful in recruiting companies that grow the knowledge base in our state. We appreciate QSSI' decision to do business in South Carolina and wish them success in their endeavors here, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, We are very pleased to welcome the investment and new jobs by QSSI. Richland County and the Central SC Region have an established information technology sector with a skilled and trained workforce. The economic momentum continues in South Carolina and we want to recognize our friends at the Department of Commerce for their continued support.
We are proud that Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI) has chosen Richland County in which to locate a custom software development, help desk support, and testing services operation, which will result in 70 new jobs. Richland County Council Chairman Paul Livingston said, "Richland County continues to remain a destination for new and expanding businesses, due in large part to our business friendly environment, and excellent quality of life. Richland County heartily welcomes QSSI!



QSSI has begun hiring for the positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the company' recruiting team at qs_staff@qssinc.com.


About QSSI
Founded in 1997, QSSI is a rapidly growing firm with a broad set of information technology solution offerings. A SEI CMMI Maturity Level 3 rated firm, QSSI focuses on enterprise software development, security Services and critical IT infrastructure solutions as core competencies. QSSI has successfully performed on over 200 federal contracts in the civilian market and has over 300 IT professionals. For more information about QSSI, please visit www.qssinc.com.

April 07, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Central SC Alliance and the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) today announced that Immedion LLC will expand its operations into Richland County. The multi-million dollar investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Central SC Alliance and the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) today announced that Immedion LLC will expand its operations into Richland County. The multi-million dollar investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

We have been operating in the Upstate for the past few years, and this new data center in the Midlands allows us to extend our reach to all areas of South Carolina. The demand for our services is expected to continue to grow, and the SCRA USC Innovation Center provides us a perfect location to accommodate this demand. Richland County has an exceptional business environment and the skilled workforce we need for our operations, said Frank Mobley, CEO of Immedion.


Immedion operates an enterprise-level data center in Greenville near the CU-ICAR campus, and the new facility is located in a 15,000-square-foot space in the SCRA USC Innovation Center. The company expects to begin operations in early August.


It is always great to see a home-grown company prosper to the degree that Immedion has demonstrated in recent years. The company has witnessed success in Greenville, and the decision to open a new facility in Richland County means more well-paying jobs for South Carolinians. Immedion' announcement is another sign that South Carolina continues to encourage growth by providing a solid foundation for success with a skilled workforce and business-friendly climate. We congratulate Immedion on its expansion and wish them continued success in the Palmetto State, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, Immedion is a great example of how a home-grown company can prosper with the technology support system that exists here in Central South Carolina. The region certainly offers everything needed to support data centers as evident by today' announcement and the recent purchase of property in northeast Richland County by Google.


The SCRA USC Innovation Center at Columbia is designed to serve high-growth start-up companies like Immedion, with whom our SC Launch program has worked extensively, said Bill Mahoney, SCRA CEO. This center has become a reality because of the dedication by our business, academic, government and economic development partners to build the knowledge economy in South Carolina.


The company expects to begin hiring for the new positions in June. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should send an e-mail inquiry to employment@immedion.com.


About Immedion
Immedion' objective is to keep customer business-critical data and applications available 100 percent of the time, year-round. They accomplish this by coupling a world-class data center facility and a strategic array of managed services developed to deliver the highest degree of reliability at a very competitive price. Since 2007, Immedion has been delivering fully redundant power, Internet bandwidth, cooling and humidity control to the Upstate business IT infrastructure. Customers leverage the Immedion enterprise level data center to minimize critical computer system downtime caused by commercial power outages, Internet problems, or other system failures. Immedion is headquartered in Greenville. For more information please visit www.immedion.com.

March 15, 2010

Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Newberry County and the Central SC Alliance today announced Caterpillar plans to increase operations at its facility in Newberry County. The state and Newberry County have worked to assist the company with its expansion plans for Newberry, which should be completed in the next several years. The company expects employment at the Newberry facility to increase by about 500 people as a result of the capacity expansion project. Caterpilla

Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Newberry County and the Central SC Alliance today announced Caterpillar plans to increase operations at its facility in Newberry County. The state and Newberry County have worked to assist the company with its expansion plans for Newberry, which should be completed in the next several years. The company expects employment at the Newberry facility to increase by about 500 people as a result of the capacity expansion project. Caterpillar is making a multi-year, significant capital investment in support of the Newberry expansion plan. The company opened the Newberry generator set facility in 2006 as part of Caterpillar' Electric Power Division.

The expansion of our Newberry operation is part of the Electric Power Division' strategic global manufacturing plan for better serving our customers, said Joseph Mulay, Newberry facility manager for Caterpillar. South Carolina has been an excellent fit for our company, and we are pleased to be increasing operations at our Newberry facility. We appreciate the continued support we have received from the state Department of Commerce and local officials in Newberry County, Mulay added.
Caterpillar' Electric Power Division includes global design, packaging and marketing responsibilities for Caterpillar electric power generation products, including U.S. locations in South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana and Georgia and international locations in Northern Ireland, India, China and Brazil. The Electric Power Division includes products branded with the FG Wilson, Olympian and Caterpillar names. The Newberry facility currently produces a full range of diesel gensets under 200 kW for the North American market. It also produces a limited range of products in the 250 KW to 700KW range. The expansion plan would increase genset production in the 250-1250 kW range primarily for North American customers. These gensets are typically used as backup power for smaller retail operations, homes, farms and in municipal applications.


As we work to compete in today' global economy, our state's commitment to lowering taxes, reducing regulatory burdens and maintaining a pro-business environment is critical. Today' announcement to create 500 new jobs is indeed a sign that we are moving in the right direction, and we remain committed to further enhancing the state' business environment to allow our existing businesses, like Caterpillar, to be more competitive during these challenging economic times. Id like to thank Caterpillar for choosing to grow in our state, and also applaud the hardworking team at Commerce as well as the local economic development community in Newberry County, said Gov. Mark Sanford.


Caterpillar continues to enhance its four-county footprint in South Carolina, and this expansion is a positive indication that the efforts of dedicated economic development professionals at the state and local level are working to separate us from the competition for new jobs in this economy. The expansion of the Newberry facility will allow Caterpillar to reach its customers in the nation' fastest growing market efficiently and reaffirms South Carolina' ability to provide a high-skilled workforce and unmatched market access. Caterpillar is truly a world-class operation and its growth in Newberry County is sure to positively impact the local community and strengthen the company' commitment to our state over the long-term, said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.


Around 10 years ago, Caterpillar made the decision to make a significant investment in Newberry County in the form of a very large diesel generator manufacturing plant. Several years later, the company occupied the building and began limited production. Now, the decision to hire up to 500 additional employees means the original decision to invest in Newberry has come full circle. We are ecstatic that Caterpillar has decided to increase its investment in Newberry and look forward to a long and close relationship with Caterpillar. This announcement means a much brighter future for many in and around Newberry County. Many thanks to the Newberry County Development Team and the County Council who have spent many hours in making this event possible. A special thanks to Secretary of Commerce, Joe Taylor, and his staff for their continued pursuit of jobs in the Midlands area and for making this historic announcement possible, said state Senator Ronnie Cromer.


Newberry County could not be more pleased with today's announcement, commented Newberry County Council Chairman Henry Livingston. It is always positive to see an existing industry grow and continue to invest in the community. Most importantly, it brings much needed quality job opportunities to the citizens of Newberry County. Caterpillar is reinforcing its commitment to Newberry's power generation facility reflecting continued confidence in the county's business environment and workforce. We are happy to support Caterpillar' success with this venture.


Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, Today' expansion announcement by Caterpillar further demonstrates the strong work ethic that exists here in Central South Carolina. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of high-speed diesel generator sets and engines and we could not be prouder to have them in Newberry County. We offer a lot of unique and distinct business advantages to companies that have a direct impact on the bottom line including a superior transportation network, a deep water seaport and employees that are highly productive with the skills to make best in class products.


The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in the coming months. Individuals interested in job opportunities are encouraged to visit www.jointeamcaterpillar.com.

March 08, 2010

Company will move its distribution operations into a new facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 8, 2010) – The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) will expand its operations with a new facility in Lexington County. The company expects to invest more than $11.8 million in its new facility over the next five years.
 
“Our company continues to grow and gain market share, and this new facility will give us the room we need to remain competitive. The new site in Lexington County is perfect for our needs and we are pleased to continue doing business in the Midlands. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” said Peter Fawcett, CEO of RNDC.
 
RNDC will locate its new facility in the Lexington County Industrial Park, located just off U.S. 321. The company will build a 200,000-square-foot facility there, and expects to occupy the building by September. All employees from the company’s current location will be transferred there.
“An important element of success in economic development is producing top-notch buildings and sites strategically located for companies needing to move products efficiently. RNDC’s decision to locate in the Lexington County Industrial Park is an indication that the county’s work in this area is paying dividends. Today’s announcement is also a positive sign that our state’s strong market access and business-friendly climate are a winning combination working to attract new investments and helping our existing industries grow. We appreciate Peter Fawcett’s and RNDC’s decision to further invest in South Carolina and look forward to their continued success in our state,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.
 
“As we examined corridor development in Lexington County, distribution was one of the four sectors identified for the Cayce-West Columbia region. We are extremely pleased that one of our long standing existing industries decided to develop its next generation facility here in Lexington County. The company’s expansion validates the workforce, its work ethic, our geographic location and our commitment to assist existing industry,” said Lexington County Council Chairman James E. Kinard Jr.
 
Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple said, “RNDC’s announcement today further demonstrates the exceptional transportation and logistics network that exists here in the Central SC Region. More and more companies that have a need of moving product expeditiously to customers have discovered that our access to four interstate highways, the Port of Charleston and the UPS air hub located at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport is the perfect cost-effective location for growth oriented companies.”
 
RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

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