CHESTERFIELD COUNTY RANKS 6th AS A TOP U.S. RURAL COUNTY FOR NCRC
by Adam Bruns
Unique Analysis Shows Where Rural Certifications are Strongest
Repeating an exercise first published in our September 2017 issue, Site Selection has collaborated with ACT to analyze that organization's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) data across every county in the United States, filtering the data so that we can glimpse the top performers in the four categories at right.
Fred R. Mcconnel, director, ACT Work Ready Communities, says regions are "doing some great things by leveraging their Work Ready Communities teams and using the NCRC to create a common language within their career pathways." West Alabama, working with Shelton State Community College, is one. Mississippi County in northeastern Arkansas is another. And Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, working with Chippewa Valley Technical College, has seen 52 area employers recognize the NCRC, along with such activities as apprenticeships, incorporating ACT's Workkeys into K-12 academic and career planning, and increasing partnership with the Department of Corrections to offer Workkeys testing to soon-to-be-released offenders.
A 2018 study from ACT showed a correlation between NCRCs and higher wages. "What's more, higher NCRC levels translate into higher increases in earning," said the report. "In fact, adults with some postsecondary education earned approximately $8,000 more with a Silver NCRC as compared to a Bronze NCRC, and roughly $5,500 more with a Gold or Platinum NCRC as compared to a Silver."
"The challenge for many rural communities is the misconception that they do not have enough skilled workers to support existing employers and attract new ones," says McConnel. "By proving not only the quantity, but the quality of their skilled workforce, these communities are able to show current employers that they are committed to their future success within the community and that they can help grow any new employers in the same way."
Dynamic Brands launching Chesterfield County operations
July 18, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Dynamic Brands, a Richmond, Va.-headquartered parent company for a portfolio of premium golf and recreational accessory brands, is relocating manufacturing and warehouse operations to Chesterfield County. The company's $3.8 million capital investment is projected to create at least 12 new jobs.
Founded in 2004, Dynamic Brands' operations include manufacturing and distribution, as well as business-to-business and direct-to-consumer sales. Offered through a variety of name brands, the company's product portfolio consists of golf and travel products, such as walking carts, golf bags, travel covers, embroidered golf towels and more.
Plans for the company's new, 65,000-square-foot facility, located at 2203 Highway 601 in Pageland, S.C., include complete office renovations and interior improvements for production, as well as exterior upgrades. The new operations are expected to come online in the first quarter of 2019. Hiring is expected to begin in late fall 2018.
For more information on Dynamic Brands, visit www.dynamicbrands.com.
"This new facility will give us additional space to expand our offices as well as production and warehouse storage. Our business has expanded to the point where we have outgrown our current facility. The location we selected is close to our current facility, is the optimal size and layout for our business and gives us the opportunity for future expansion."
-Dynamic Brands CEO Leighton Klevana
"Today, we celebrate another win for one of South Carolina's rural communities. I congratulate Dynamic Brands and Chesterfield County and look forward to watching the impact these new jobs will have on the region." -Gov. Henry McMaster
"Congratulations to Dynamic Brands for selecting Chesterfield County for their new facility. This shows that we not only make things well in South Carolina, we're also ideally positioned to move products around to serve our companies' customers." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"We are pleased to welcome Dynamic Brands, their $3.8 million investment and the 12 new jobs they are bringing to Chesterfield County. Dynamic Brands is a company that sells products in 50 countries worldwide, and we are proud they chose to locate here. We look forward to the company continuing to prosper and grow." -Chesterfield County Council Chairman Al Johnson
FIVE FAST FACTS
Dynamic Brands launching Chesterfield County operations.
$3.8 million investment to create at least 12 new jobs.
Dynamic Brands is the parent company for a portfolio of premium golf and recreational brands.
The company will be establishing its new manufacturing and distribution operations at 2203 Highway 601 in Pageland, S.C.
The new operations are expected to come online in the first quarter of 2019.
Southern Current launching new solar project in Chesterfield County
July 17, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with a new facility in Chesterfield County. The company is investing $100 million in this latest project.
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com
"Southern Current is excited to be working with Chesterfield County. The economic development team has been a strong supporter of the growth of clean energy, and we're excited to become part of the community. These types of partnerships are continuing to show the country what makes our state so great!" -Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury
"Our approach to creating a business-friendly environment for all types of companies continues to pay off, and Southern Current's new investment in Chesterfield County is a testament to that. I look forward to seeing the impact that the renewable energy industry will continue to have in the region and across the state." -Gov. Henry McMaster
"The renewable energy market is increasingly a major driver of South Carolina's economy, and today's announcement in Chesterfield County is proof of that. I congratulate Southern Current on this latest $100 million project and wish them continued success." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"Chesterfield County is excited to welcome Southern Current's solar farm facility. This $100 million project represents a significant investment from a leading company in the solar energy market. Our county is and will continue to be an attractive place for new businesses to locate and existing businesses to prosper and grow." -Chesterfield County Council Chairman Al Johnson
"On behalf of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) executive committee, I would like to congratulate Southern Current and Chesterfield County. This is Southern Current's second announcement in as many days, and their significant investment shows that our region is a great place to invest and grow." -NESA Executive Committee Chairman Sen. Luke Rankin, Esq.
FIVE FAST FACTS
Southern Current is launching new solar operations in Chesterfield County.
$100 million of capital investment.
Southern Current is a leading owner and developer of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar projects across the southeastern United States.
The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.
Stanley Tools to expand production
September 27, 2017
Based on the recommendation of Chesterfield County Economic Development Director Kim Burch at last week's meeting, Chesterfield County Council unanimously approved an economic incentive package for the production expansion of the Stanley Black & Decker Inc. plant located in Cheraw.
Previously known as Project Tape, this $3.9 million investment is expected to create 60 new full-time jobs over five years at the Cheraw facility and entails the production of a tape measure.
The first incentive would establish a fee payment to the county in lieu of taxes, the provision of revenue credits and other related matters, while the other measure would include the affected land in the Chesterfield County portion in the multi-county industrial park.
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NESTLÉ CELEBRATES WITH COMMUNITY
April 19, 2016
Several years of planning, followed by a year of construction, three months of employee training and test runs, in addition to seven weeks of production, culminated in the ribbon-cutting last Thursday and a grand opening Saturday of the Nestle Waters bottling plant.
Nearly 1,000 people enjoyed the festivities at the grand opening of the facility, which is located one-half mile southeast of McBee on S.C. Highway 151.
This free family-friendly event included tours of the new facility, a barbecue and hotdog lunch, face-painting and ice cream, in addition to prize drawings.
Four score guests from the local area, including state, county and municipal office-holders, in addition to leaders from public education, the private sector and the media were on hand at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Nestle Waters North America President and Chief Executive Tim Brown, who has been with the company for 30 years, flew in from Connecticut and mingled with the guests for a couple of hours.
Since late February, the plant, which is operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has been shipping bottled water to wholesale distribution centers throughout the Carolinas and neighboring states.
Fifty-nine full-time employees were hired, which is about 30 percent more than the projected 45 jobs in the initial planning. According to plant manager Tom Strowe, a little over half, or 33, of these employees reside in Chesterfield and Darlington counties, while three-fourths of the employees live within a 60-mile radius of the plant. The annual payroll is about $2 million with wages and a benefit package in the top quarter of the area work force within a 60-mile radius.
The four-and-one-half acre plant was constructed on a 60-acre tract that is part of the new 497-acre Alligator Industrial Park. Based on demand, a range of 60-100 truckloads of bottled water is departing the plant daily for regional distribution.
During the year-long construction phase, there were about 310 jobs with a direct labor income of about $10.3 million, an average of $33,000 per employee.
The usage from the Swift Springs site will average about 216,000 gallons per day for the regular water processed line at the McBee plant, while Nestle is buying an additional daily average of 288,000 GPD from Alligator for the purified water line.
Nearly $400,000 in annual property taxes is expected to be generated annually for the local government and school district. The approximate breakdown will be $126,500 for the county coffers and $272,000 for Chesterfield County School District.
CONBRACO $10.9 MILLION EXPANSION MOVING FORWARD
April 19, 2016
Chesterfield County Council unanimously approved an ordinance at last Wednesday’s meeting that authorized a property tax incentive and infrastructure improvement package to aid Conbraco in its expansion of its distribution center in Pageland. This economic development is projected to create 62 jobs and $10.9 million of investment within five years, bringing the total employment of Conbraco’s Pageland facilities to about 300 jobs.
The tax incentive would establish a fee payment to the county in lieu of property taxes, the provision of revenue credits and other related matters in the joint industrial park with Lancaster County.
These incentives have become standard procedures by state and local governments to help convince private businesses, including Titan Stainless and Nestle Water, to locate to those government entities.
In addition to its distribution center, Conbraco, a privately-held company that was founded in 1928, operates a foundry and plant in Pageland that manufactures brass valves and fittings under the Apollo trademark. Headquartered in Matthews, N.C., the company has supplied product to 118 total projects worldwide in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
In other financial business, council also unanimously approved the perfunctory first readings of the 2016-17 budgets for the four rural fire departments and the 2016-17 general fund budget for operation of the county government.
The first readings of all budgets were duplicates of the current year’s financial plans that total $20.13 million, which includes the general fund ($16.5 million), all fire districts ($251,000), capital equipment ($890,000), grants ($62,000), E911 ($375,000), victims’ assistance ($48,000) and road maintenance ($2 million).
In related business, based on the recommendations of Public Works Director Tim Eubanks and Finance Director Michelle Stanley, with the concurrence of County Administrator Denise Douglass, council unanimously agreed to purchase two dump trucks from the Florence Truck Center totaling $339,400 and a roll-off truck from the Florence Truck Center for $192,778.
Council also approved the purchase of a new John Deere motor grader from Flint Equipment for a net cost of $57,811. The original purchase price of $239,436 was offset by a trade-in and buy-back.
Following a short executive session in which council discussed potential legal matters regarding Eagle Construction and the construction of the animal shelter, council took no action.
Prior to adjournment later that afternoon, council conducted a 2016-17 budget planning session where council heard financial presentations from the various departments for which council provides oversight, including elected positions such as sheriff and probate judge and appointed positions such as voter registration/elections and public works.
August 25, 2015
I’m excited to announce that Nestlé Waters is partnering with SC Works, ReadySC and McBee High School to hold two job fairs this month:
We are looking to hire a variety of positions including production operators, forklift/loader operators, maintenance mechanics, team coordinators, raw material handlers, and dock coordinators. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must have a high school diploma or GED. Manufacturing experience is preferred. You must be willing to submit to a drug screen/background test and be willing to work any shift, including weekends.
Please bring an updated resume to the job fair and apply online at www.nestlewaterscareers.com/south-carolina for positions of interest prior to attending the job fair. If you are unable to attend a job fair, you many still apply for a position at www.nestlewaterscareers.com/south-carolina.
In addition to the good news about the job fairs, I’m pleased with the progress that is being made on our new bottling facility. Workers have started painting the outside, added skylights and much more!. Here are a few recent photos:
THE SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION MAIN STREET
January 17, 2019
The town of Pageland entered the town in a chance to win a $500,000 investment from "The Small Business Revolution Main Street" television program. Pageland has survived the cuts and is in the top 10 towns picked to get this money to give the town a face lift. The TV crew is visiting Pageland January 24, 2019. Click here to view the resolution.