Category Archives: Columbia/Midlands
In a further sign of a recovering economy, The Next Wave boats, a successor of Sea Pro Boats and Tidewater Boats, will build a 200k SF new manufacturing facility that will employ some 238 jobs in Newberry, just northwest of Columbia.
Urban Outfitters, under that retail name as well as Anthropolgie, Free People and Terrain, is closing its e-commerce distribution center near Aiken/Augusta to focus its e-commerce efforts at a new facility west of Philadelphia. Plans for the 459k SF facility in Trenton, SC are unclear. John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the story.
With somewhat of a local cult following, Pigg closed 28 stores about a year ago, replaced mostly by Bi-Los and a few Harris Teeters. Does anyone miss them? Find out in Abigail Darlington’s article in the Post and Courier.
Jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s what ticks an economy and is keeping SC at the forefront of job growth nationally. Gov. Nikki Haley had three major economic development announcements yesterday in companies such as Giti Tires, Lash Group, and LPL Financial that are, respectively, expanding or moving their corporate or regional headquarters to SC. While the Midlands area of SC will be the direct beneficiary, the entire state and the Lowcountry will see the ripple effects, particularly in the case of Giti Tires which will use the Port of CHS for imports and exports. The Post and Courier’s Cynthia Roldan and John McDermott have the story on some very big wins for the SC economy.
FLP Financial, which provides services to independent financial advisors across the nation, is consolidating its Charlotte offices and existing 1,000 jobs, into a facility that could employ another 2,000 jobs. The Charlotte Observer has the story.
Lash Group, a health care consulting firm, will move its corporate headquarters to a new 250k SF office building in Fort Mill, just south of Charlotte, and hire 1,200 persons, with that number projected to double. The Charlotte Observer has the story, that also includes the aforementioned Giti Tire announcement of 1,700 jobs and a $560M investment in Chester County, just south of Fort Mill. By the way, another economic development job announcement is planned for 3:00 today for the Fort Mill area.
Giti Tire of Singapore will invest $560M and create 1,700 new jobs over the next decade to build tires in a 1.8M SF plant in Chester County between Columbia and Charlotte. It is now the 4th recent expansion of a tire manufacturer in the state in recent years, including Continental (also 1,700 new jobs), Bridgestone/Firestone (850 on top of existing 1,000 employees) and Michelin (200-300 on top of existing 2,000). One of the big reasons for Giti’s decision – the Port of CHS. John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the announcement from Giti Tire.
Ruiz Food Products, maker of El Monterey food products, the #1-selling brand of frozen Mexican food in the U.S., is investing $55M in a dark Heinz facility in Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce Park in Florence for its first East Coast facility. The Post and Courier’s Warren Wise has the story.
Wal-Mart has announced plans to build two new Neighborhood Markets, its 40k SF grocery store, in Orangeburg, as part of its push to add nearly 300 Neighborhood Market stores nationwide by the end of 2014, nearly doubling the current inventory of stores in the U.S. There are no such stores in CHS and only a handful in the state – in Greenville, Greer in the Upstate, one in Columbia and one in Myrtle Beach. Here is the story from Orangeburg area’s The Times and Democrat newspaper.