Staffing for manufacturing industry rising in South Carolina

02.17.2012


Staffing in the manufacturing sector is on the rise in South Carolina, where various companies are adding jobs.
Staffing in the manufacturing sector is on the rise in South Carolina, where various companies are adding jobs.

Staffing in the manufacturing sector is on the rise in South Carolina, where various companies are adding jobs. A chemical manufacturer recently announced plans to expand its operations in Lee County, which should result in the creation of 50 jobs.

The chemical manufacturer has purchased a building, and plans to upgrade the facility so that it can be used for warehouse and manufacturing operations, according to television station WLTX. The plant will manufacture new products.

Governor Nikki Haley stated on February 16 that the investment made by the chemical manufacturer into the new capacity will approach $5 million, The Associated Press reports. The plans to upgrade the facility are being facilitated by a rural infrastructure grant approved by the Coordinating Council for Economic Development, which gave the company $100,000, according to WLTX.

"We are pleased to grow our presence in South Carolina," Technical Director Benny Maresca said in a statement. "Bishopville has provided us with an excellent business environment and a skilled workforce. This expansion will allow us to better serve our current customers and increase our market share."

The company has announced that it plans to start hiring later in the month, and will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility in the spring, according to the media outlet.

The job creation that is happening in the state can also be observed in the health services industry. A North-Carolina based firm recently announced plans to establish a $30 million wellness-based senior living community, which should result in the staffing of 130 new positions, according to television station WBTV. The new facility will be located in the Stonecrest Development, which is on SC Highway 160.

Company chief executive officer Donald Thompson has stated that once the construction of the facility has been completed, the structure will be almost 130,000 square feet in size, the media outlet reports. He stated that the earliest he wants to start building the new complex is July 2012. The new facility is expected to create 130 new positions in management and healthcare.

"The motto of the City of Tega Cay is ‘The Good Life,' " Mayor George Sheppard stated, the media outlet reports. "In the past, one of our major obstacles was that many of our older citizens were forced to leave the City when their healthcare needs increase." The new facility will allow seniors to stay in the area and get the healthcare they need.