JUNE 9, 2016 | An expansion of the Bamberg County operations of Masonite International will create 50 new jobs over the next year, officials announced this month.
The company, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of decorative interior doors and entry door systems, says it expects additional growth in the future. Featuring a wide array of patented designs for frames, stain kits and building materials, Masonite International operates more than 70 locations around the world–with 37 sites in the United States alone. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.
“South Carolina continues to build on its reputation as a leader in manufacturing, and Masonite’s decision to expand in Denmark is another big win for our state,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. “It’s special any time we see a company succeed and grow in one of our rural communities, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 50 new jobs this expansion means for Bamberg County.”
The 50 new positions will allow Masonite’s Denmark, S.C.,facility to add another auto line shift. Additional growth and capacity increases are expected to take place through the first quarter of 2017. There are also plans for the creation of a weekend shift, which will require additional staffing in auxiliary support departments.
“Masonite is a fine company that has been an asset to our county,” said Bamberg County Council Chairman Isaiah Odom. “Every good job they provide in our area creates a better future for a family here, where Masonite continues to expand. We congratulate the company and want to help Masonite flourish in Bamberg County.”
If you are interested in applying for any of the new positions, visit the company’s careers page online for more information. Applications must be submitted in person at the facility, which is located at 1349 Locust Avenue in Denmark.
For more information on Masonite International, visit masonite.com.
MAY 5, 2016 | A Minnesota-based wire decking and shelving company will invest $2.5 million to open a 31,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Walterboro. The project is expected to create 50 new jobs, officials said.
“It’s exciting to see a company like J&L Wire, which is dedicated to making products right here in the U.S., make the decision to establish operations in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “J&L’s $2.5 million investment and the 50 new jobs it means for Colleton County are real reasons to celebrate in Colleton and across our entire state.”
J&L Wire, which is headquartered in St. Paul., Minn., will open its state-of-the-art facility in the former Press Building on Mable T. Willis Boulevard in Walterboro. The company, which was founded in 1980, is a leading manufacturer of galvanized wire decking and shelving used in warehouse storage, material handling and logistics. The established product line includes Galva-Deck® wire decking and Boss Hog™ woven wire flooring for agricultural confinement panels. Read more →
There’s been lots of great news since the start of December for the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone, including announcements of more than $241 million of capital investment and 162 new jobs in the region as well as $2 million wastewater infrastructure grant for Walterboro. Details:
A worker at Kronotex in Barnwell County.
$230 million expansion at Kronotex in Barnwell County: Swiss Krono Group announced Dec. 22 it would invest $230 million and create 105 new jobs in an expansion of a Barnwell County plant, officials announced today. To support the expansion, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $1 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Barnwell County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project. Read more.
Cypress Creek Renewables investing $8 million in Allendale County: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. More.
$3.6 million investment in Bamberg cooperage: Bamberg County will get a new cooperage facility from a $3.6 million investment that will create 57 jobs over the next five years, officials announced Jan. 6. More.
Walterboro gets $2 million grant to improve wastewater plant: The City of Walterboro has received a $2,040,000 grant as part of the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone to make significant upgrades to its water and sewer treatment plant, officials announced Jan. 5. More.
Black column on Promise Zone: SouthernCarolina Alliance President and CEO Danny Black penned a holiday column that looked back on the blessings that came in 2015 with the establishment of the Promise Zone. An excerpt:
Kronotex facility to add fiberboard mill, expand flooring production
DEC. 22, 2015 | A Swiss company will invest $230 million and create 105 new jobs in an expansion of a Barnwell County plant, officials announced today. To support the expansion, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $1 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Barnwell County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.
Swiss Krono Group, one of the world’s leading producers of engineered wood products, and its American subsidiary, KronotexUSA Holdings, Inc., is investing $230 million to build a high-density fiberboard (HDF) mill and expand its laminate flooring production, an investment that will create 105 new jobs over the next few years. Read more →