It could be a transformative economic win for Newberry County.
The Samsung corporation says it will begin manufacturing home appliances including washing machines at a plant site once occupied by the Caterpillar company near I-26.
The decision represents a $380 million investment and is expected to create up to 954 jobs by the year 2020.
It is the company’s first manufacturing operation in South Carolina. Samsung has a call center in Greenville with 800 employees.
Celebrating the announcement near the Newberry Opera House, County Council Chairman Buddy Livingston called the company’s move “a monumental event” for the area and the state.
“The investment is big. The jobs are big,” he said. “The opportunity is absolutely huge in terms of economic development. Nothing bigger has ever happened in this community.”
Governor Henry McMaster called the company “magnificent.”
Samsung Electronics President and CEO Tim Baxter says by choosing an existing facility, the company was able to keep its environmental footprint small while getting to work as quickly as possible.
A Samsung statement says the company began discussions with state officials last fall.
The company says it chose the Newberry site for its high-skilled workforce, robust supply chain and transportation infrastructure along with a commitment to public-private partnerships.
A county council member says Newberry beat competitors that included Richland County.
The plant will be operational in 2018. For information about applying for a job at Samsung’s new plant, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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