Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, according to news releases. The company is planning to invest $6 million in the project, creating 35 new jobs.
“Companies come to our state and invest in our people because of all our state has to offer, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for Thunderbolt Biomass in Allendale County,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. Read more →
A pair of national radio stories on NPR’s Marketplace profiles activity going on in the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone that you might want to check out (you can read or listen to the stories by clicking on the links): Read more →
DEC. 21, 2015 | Cypress Creek Renewables, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, has taken first steps toward investing $8 million in a solar energy project in Allendale County. The project, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016, will create 40-60 jobs during construction. Read more →
People in rural counties across South Carolina know the challenges they face.
Barnwell County residents talk during a July 9 town hall meeting.
They know about their high poverty, higher than normal unemployment, challenged schools and need for better health care facilities. They understand how their tax rates are higher than urban areas because of the lack of a broad industrial tax base to help fund local services.
But they also know these problems can be solved. They just need more resources, better infrastructure and more collaboration to get things done. Read more →