Palmetto Gourmet Foods Expanding Operations In Saluda County

$11.6 million investment to create 73 new jobs

Palmetto Gourmet Foods, Inc. (Palmetto Gourmet Foods), a producer of innovative, sustainable ramen noodles, today announced plans to expand its operations in Saluda County. The company is continuing its growth by investing $11.6 million and creating 73 new jobs to add to the approximately 200 positions that it has already created.

Founded in 2019 and headquartered at 782 Columbia Highway in Saluda County, Palmetto Gourmet Foods is the innovator and producer of the world’s first high protein organic ramen noodle, sold under the Chef Woo brand and the popular Ramen Express brand. Both products are available nationwide in over 11,000 stores, including major retailers such as Walmart and Costco. These products are also being exported coast-to-coast in Canada, with growing international demand.

With a focus on sustainability, the company strives to partner with local and environmentally friendly suppliers and use recyclable packaging. With its Chef Woo product, Palmetto Gourmet Foods has created an affordable, convenient, shelf-stable and planet-friendly instant protein meal that can help in the fight against protein malnutrition both domestically and on a world scale.

The expansion is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Palmetto Gourmet Foods team should visit the company’s careers page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council has also awarded a $300,000 Set-Aside grant to Saluda County to assist with the cost of building renovations.

QUOTES

“We are thrilled to be in South Carolina and part of a community that has been involved in farming and food production for generations. True to our core values, we take pride in developing and mass producing affordable, quality food – particularly now – at a time when food inflation is the cause of distress in so many families nationwide. In addition to our investment of $45 million to date, we are undertaking a further investment of $11.6 million to meet the growing demand for our products.” -Palmetto Gourmet Foods, Inc. CEO Dr. Reza Soltanzadeh

“When a homegrown company like Palmetto Gourmet Foods experiences success within our borders, all of South Carolina wins. These 73 new jobs the company is creating will make a big difference in Saluda County, and we’re excited to celebrate Palmetto Gourmet Foods’ success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Palmetto Gourmet Foods’ latest expansion in Saluda County further proves that South Carolina has the recipe for success for companies. We congratulate Palmetto Gourmet Foods on this $11.6 million investment and the 73 new jobs they are creating, and we value our strong business relationship.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are excited to see one of our existing industries growing here in Saluda County. I am thankful for these new job opportunities for our citizens and the capital investment that will help strengthen our tax base.” -Saluda County Council Vice Chairman Justin Anderson

“It’s exciting to see an existing industry in our region grow with new capital investment and jobs, and for that we are grateful. Congratulations to Palmetto Gourmet Foods and Saluda County on today’s news.” -Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Palmetto Gourmet Foods, Inc. (Palmetto Gourmet Foods) is expanding operations in Saluda County.
  • The company’s $11.6 million investment will create 73 new jobs.
  • Palmetto Gourmet Foods is a producer of innovative, sustainable ramen noodles.
  • Located at 782 Columbia Highway in Saluda, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Palmetto Gourmet Foods team should visit the company’s careers page.

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. to expand operations in Aiken County

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. to expand operations in Aiken County

Approximately $400 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs

 

For Immediate Release

November 1, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw), a leading global flooring provider, today announced plans to expand its operations in Aiken County. The approximately $400 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs at the manufacturing facility, which creates fiber used to manufacture residential carpet.

 

Located at 136 East Frontage Road in Aiken, Shaw’s expansion will increase the company’s manufacturing capacity and support future growth for new products. This location currently employs more than 600 associates.

 

The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. Individuals interested in joining the Shaw team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Aiken County was also awarded two Set-Aside grants, totaling $1,750,000, to assist with costs related to this project.

QUOTES

“Our expansion in Aiken represents a significant, long-term investment in our people and processes that will allow us to meet current and future projected market demand for high-quality carpet products. This investment positions Shaw well for the future and represents tremendous career opportunities for current and future associates.” -Shaw Executive Vice President of Operations David Morgan

 

“Shaw benefits from a talented, well-trained associate base in Aiken County. We’re proud to have been a part of the community for almost 20 years and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact.” -Shaw Plant 78 (Aiken, S.C.) Plant Manager John Riley

 

“The expansion of Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s operations in Aiken County signals yet another vote of confidence by this great company in South Carolina and our people. Congratulations to Shaw on this $400 million investment that will create more than 300 new jobs for our citizens.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina continues to provide the business climate where companies can find long-term success. Shaw has been a part of the Aiken community for nearly two decades which makes today’s announcement and the opportunities it represents even more exciting.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

 

“The Aiken County Council appreciates Shaw’s decision to expand its Aiken County operations. This announcement is a grand slam for Aiken County and represents the largest single capital investment in the county in over a decade. With an approximately $400 million capital investment and more than 300 new jobs to be created, this is a win-win for both Shaw and Aiken County.” -Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker

 

“A company like Shaw has options where to deploy a job creation and capital investment opportunity of this significance. We are grateful they chose Aiken County. It shows a company that is pleased with the business conditions that Aiken County Council works hard to maintain. Congratulations to Shaw and Aiken County!” -Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury

 

FIVE FAST FACTS
  • Shaw Industries is expanding operations in Aiken County.
  • The approximately $400 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs.
  • Shaw Industries is a leading global flooring provider.
  • Shaw’s facility is located at 136 East Frontage Road in Aiken, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Shaw team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

About Shaw Industries

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is more than a flooring company – we are more than 20,000 people united in our vision of creating a better future for our customers, for our people, for our community and for our company. We provide carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, laminate, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. We meet diverse customer needs through an expansive portfolio of brands, including: Anderson TuftexCOREtecFloorigamiPatcraft

Philadelphia CommercialShaw ContractShaw FloorsShaw Sports TurfSouthwest Greens and more. 

 

Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, USA, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with $6 billion in annual revenue and representation throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information about our company brands, operations and community involvement, or to join our industry-leading team, visit www.shawinc.com. 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alex Clark, CMP

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com

www.SCcommerce.com

 

Sara Martin

Senior Director of Corporate Communications

Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

sara.martin@shawinc.com

(770) 387-7274

Edgefield County, South Carolina To Market Incentive Zones through Retail Strategies

CONTACT: Caroline Hannum
Retail Strategies
caroline@retailstrategies.com

BIRMINGHAM, AL (August 25, 2021) – Edgefield County, South Carolina, is partnering with Retail Strategies to develop and execute a retail economic development strategy to draw attention to the County’s Special Incentive Zones.

By hiring a firm with business-savvy expertise, the County will receive market research, a customized recruitment plan, and national retailer outreach by the Retail Strategies team.

“Edgefield County is in a rural part of South Carolina, and we understand the need to be armed with data and market research to create an effective outreach strategy,” said Will Williams, president and CEO of the Economic Development Partnership. “By teaming up with Retail Strategies, we’ll be able to know how retailers view our area and the best ways to market the County’s Incentive Zones.”

“By teaming up with Retail Strategies, we’ll be able to know how retailers view our area and the best ways to market the County’s Incentive Zones.”

Will Williams, President and CEO, Economic Development Partnership

The work of the company is focused on the Incentive Zones surrounding the towns of Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton. These special zones allow for certain tax allowances and other incentives for businesses willing to locate there.

“Retail Strategies has extensive experience working with small and rural communities,” said Lacey Bacchus, business developer at Retail Strategies. “The market study, real estate assessment, and industry knowledge that we will provide to Edgefield County and the Economic Development Partnership will provide them with valuable insight of the market’s retail and real estate opportunities. Our goal is to bring more commercial and retail business to Edgefield County.”

Through the new partnership, Retail Strategies will perform a real estate market analysis of Edgefield County. The Retail Strategies team will work hand-in-hand with the Economic Development Partnership and County leaders in efforts for retail attraction.

The funding for the partnership is coming from the American Rescue Plan, which was passed by Congress and signed by the President earlier this year.

About Edgefield County, South Carolina

Edgefield County, South Carolina is located on the Savannah River just north of Augusta. Edgefield County is one of the largest peach producers in the United States. The region is focused on attracting industrial and manufacturing companies as well as retail.

For more information, visit https://edgefieldcounty.sc.gov/.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

For more information, visit: Retail Strategies Press Release

Accudraft Establishing Operations in Aiken County

Accudraft Establishing Operations in Aiken County

$4.7 million investment will create 42 new jobs

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. Accudraft Finishing Systems (Accudraft), a leading global finishing systems company, today announced plans to establish operations in Aiken County. The $4.7 million investment will create 42 new jobs.

Founded in 1977, Accudraft manufactures finishing systems and paint booths for the automotive, aircraft, marine vessel and train and railcar industries. With best-in-class products, Accudraft designs and engineers finishing enclosures and systems around the user and is continuously improving design and materials to produce durable finishing systems.

Located at 10 Windham Boulevard in the Verenes Industrial Park in Aiken, Accudraft’s new facility will accommodate additional production capacity and the company’s need to provide more efficient and effective service to its growing base of customers, distributors and partners.

Operations are expected to be online in 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Accudraft team should email info@goaccudraft.com.

QUOTES

“We are proud to work with the state of South Carolina and Aiken County to expand our manufacturing operations into the Southeast. We’d like to sincerely thank Aiken County and the state for their outstanding support, and we look forward to their continuing partnership for years to come.” -Accudraft Finishing Systems President Giovanna Helton

 

“Accudraft’s decision to establish operations in Aiken County is another great example of how companies recognize all South Carolina has to offer. We congratulate them on their new operations and look forward to watching them succeed for many years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“We appreciate the $4.7 million investment and 42 jobs Accudraft will bring to South Carolina. I look forward to the amazing work that will take place in Aiken County.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“This major announcement is a win-win for both Accudraft and Aiken County. The $4.7 million capital investment and the jobs it creates will favorably impact our community and our local economy. In addition, this project further highlights Aiken County’s pro-industrial, business-friendly environment. Aiken County continues to maintain the infrastructure, competitive workforce and favorable tax policies necessary to attract high-end manufacturing.” -Aiken County Council Chair Gary Bunker

“We welcome Accudraft to Aiken County and appreciate their investment here. They are a world-class company that will further diversify employment opportunities in the county. We look forward to working with them on their startup which hopefully leads to additional growth. Today’s news would not be possible without the years of tireless work by Aiken County Council to ensure the business conditions are right for companies to locate and be profitable.” -Economic Development Partnership Board Chair Gary Stooksbury

 

FIVE FAST FACTS
  • Accudraft Finishing Systems (Accudraft) is establishing operations in Aiken County.
  • The $4.7 million investment will create 42 new jobs.
  • Accudraft is a leading global finishing systems company.
  • Located at 10 Windham Boulevard in Aiken, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Accudraft team should email info@goaccudraft.com.

 

 

S.C. COMMERCE MEDIA CONTACT:
Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

Generac Power Systems, Inc. Expanding Operations in Edgefield County

Generac Power Systems, Inc. Expanding Operations in Edgefield County

Expansion will create 300 new jobs

For Immediate Release

June 17, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Generac Power Systems, Inc. (Generac), a leading global power and energy technology company serving the residential, commercial and industrial markets, today announced plans to expand operations in Edgefield County and create 300 new jobs. This new commitment adds to the company’s initial announcement this year and will bring Generac’s collective total of new jobs in the state to 750.

Founded in 1959, Generac is an industry leader that offers a broad range of power and energy solutions including back-up and prime power generator systems; engine-powered and battery-powered tools and equipment; and solar + battery storage systems.

Located at 30 Industrial Park Boulevard in Trenton, Generac’s expansion will increase the company’s capacity to meet growing demand for Generac’s home standby generators and associated energy technologies. The company’s location in South Carolina also serves as a distribution center to customers in the Southeast.

Individuals interested in joining the Generac team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

 The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Edgefield County was also awarded a $750,000 Set-Aside grant to assist with costs related to this project.

 

QUOTES

“Given multiple megatrends at play, including the growing unreliability of the grid and the increasing number of people working and learning from home, there has been significant and strong demand for Generac’s residential power systems. We are pleased to be able to substantially grow our operations in South Carolina so quickly to meet the needs of consumers.” -Generac Power Systems, Inc. President and CEO Aaron Jagdfeld 

 

“Generac’s announcement demonstrates the seemingly unlimited growth of our economy. After establishing operations in South Carolina earlier this year, Generac is already expanding and creating 300 more jobs. We are proud of this expansion and all of the good that will come from it.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“The fact that Generac is already expanding within our borders – just months after announcing operations in South Carolina – is a true testament to our business-friendly climate. We congratulate Generac on today’s announcement, and we look forward to our partnership with this great company for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Today’s news is very exciting for Edgefield County. We are grateful that Generac is growing their presence in our county, and we look forward to the great things the future holds in our partnership with them.” -Edgefield County Council Chairman Scott Cooper

“This news is a testament to the hard work that Edgefield County has put in over the years. We are extremely proud that Generac is expanding their new operation in the county, and we wish them continued success.” -Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury

 

FIVE FAST FACTS
  • Generac Power Systems, Inc. (Generac) is expanding operations in Edgefield County.
  • Expansion will create 300 new jobs.
  • Generac is a manufacturer of backup power generation products and energy technology solutions.
  • Located at 30 Industrial Park Boulevard in Trenton, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Generac team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

About Generac

Generac Power Systems, Inc. (NYSE: GNRC) is a leading global energy solutions company, supplying backup power and prime power systems, engine-powered and battery-powered tools and equipment, and solar energy storage systems. In 1959 our founder designed and manufactured the first affordable backup generator. 62 years later, the same dedication to innovation, quality and performance has expanded the company’s industry-leading product portfolio into homes and small businesses, job sites, and industrial and mobile applications across the globe. Generac offers battery storage systems for homes, energy management systems for businesses and utilities, backup and prime power systems up to 2 megawatts, and paralleled power solutions up to 100 megawatts.

 

S.C. COMMERCE MEDIA CONTACT:
Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com