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Director of Site/Product Development Position Opening

June 29, 2018

SC Power Team has an opening for a Director of Site/Product Development. Please see the below company overview, job description, qualifications, and details to apply.

About SC Power Team:

SC Power Team was established in 1988 by the electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper to promote economic development in South Carolina. Over the last year the organization has evolved to be the economic development organization of the state’s 20 electric cooperatives.  SC Power Team is dedicated to supporting its local and regional partners in promoting, attracting, and retaining business and new industry. The organization accomplishes this through community-focused initiatives, which place emphasis on competitiveness and community preparedness. In collaboration with its partners—Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. and the state’s 20 electric cooperatives—SC Power Team is able to offer several incentives to advance communities through Industrial Site and Product Development.

Position:  Director of Site/Product Development

Reports to:  Sr. VP Community Preparedness

Other Primary Stakeholders:  President & CEO, VP Global Business

The Director of Site/Product Development shall be a creative, cooperative and well-rounded professional with a wealth of technical and industry knowledge who has a passion for industrial site development. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Community Preparedness, the Director of Site/Product Development will assist the SC Power Team, the 20 Electric Cooperatives and the communities they serve with enhancing and developing Industrial Sites, Parks and Buildings for the attraction, retention and expansion of Industrial Facilities.

The position requires technical training as a civil engineer and knowledge of site development regulations and construction practices. To be a successful Director of Site/Product Development, you should be knowledgeable, communicative, observant, organized, and committed to reaching the core mission of the SC Power Team, which is the creation of jobs, capital investment and electric load through economic development. A Director should also possess strong interpersonal, time management, and presentation skills to work well with other engineers and team members from diverse backgrounds to understand project goals, propose solutions, and assist in implementing, troubleshooting, and reviewing plans as Site/Product Development projects progress.


  • Possess an in-depth working knowledge of industrial development and site engineering for economic development and industrial prospect recruitment;
  • Maintain working knowledge and professional development of industrial site planning and conceptual design for site/product development;
  • Respond to inquiries associated with industrial prospect activity as it relates to site and utility needs;
  • Assist in site selection and electric territorial assignment for industrial prospect activity;
  • Use of AutoCAD software to create detailed 2D or 3D layouts for complex industrial activity;
  • Through the use of company owned drone, obtain drone photos and videography of industrial product for marketing use;
  • Collaborate with Industrial Site Selection Consultants, Industrial Brokers and Industrial Developers to enhance the marketability of cooperative served industrial product;
  • Collaborate with others to establish timelines as well as solve problems, while being responsive;
  • Ability to analyze a situation and come up with creative solutions that solve problems;
  • Maintaining and monitoring project plans, project schedules, work hours, budgets and expenditures;
  • Assisting with the development of project strategies;
  • Organizing, attending and participating in stakeholder meetings;
  • Preparing necessary presentation materials for meetings;
  • Documenting and following up on important actions and decisions from meetings and distribute minutes to all project team members;
  • Ensuring projects adhere to frameworks and all documentation is maintained appropriately for each project;
  • Create a project management calendar (GANT chart) for fulfilling each goal and objective;
  • Ensuring project deadlines are met;
  • Assess project risks and issues and provide solutions where applicable;
  • Ensure stakeholder expectations are managed towards the best solution;
  • Estimating material, labor, or construction costs for budget preparation.


The Director of Site/Product Development should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management and possess a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the engineering design and/or industrial development and construction fields. Licensed as a professional engineer is a plus.

Qualifications must include competency in using Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, AutoCAD software and ArcGIS, with exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills.

Submit resumes along with salary expectations and any additional supporting information to Mr. James W. Frost, II, P.E. at jfrost@scpowerteam.com.

Custom Labor Reports and Findings from Project Pioneer now available via SCPowerTeam.com

April 11, 2018

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Power Team has completed an unprecedented statewide, comprehensive labor study for South Carolina. The labor study, known as “Project Pioneer,” was commissioned by the South Carolina Power Team, funded by South Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, and conducted by Site Selection Group.

Understanding the significance workforce plays in the site selection process is one of the major reasons the SC Power Team commissioned “Project Pioneer,” named for its size and scope, as no labor study of its depth and scope has been conducted for South Carolina. Project Pioneer was a comprehensive workforce study covering each county in South Carolina. Being that one of the primary drivers in manufacturing location decisions is workforce availability, the study focused primarily on the manufacturing and logistics sectors. Specifically, the study evaluated employment commuting patterns, analyzed underemployment and the manufacturing skills gap, and assessed the current available labor data.

The SCPowerTeam.com state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) web applications now offer custom reporting capabilities and access to raw data, utilizing ArcGIS integration. The findings, data points, and labor shed reporting capabilities enable communities across South Carolina to accurately depict the workforce offerings in their given area, and project commuting patterns for their area’s workforce. The information provided on the GIS web applications is free to any users and will be updated, periodically, offering the most-accurate labor-related data for all counties in South Carolina.

About South Carolina Power Team
South Carolina Power Team is a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., and the state’s 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. The power system serves the entire state (46 counties) and over half of its population. Its mission is to facilitate the growth of jobs, investment and electric load through the attraction of new industrial and commercial activity, as well as, the expansion and retention of existing businesses and industrial facilities. For more information, visit www.SCPowerTeam.com.


Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director
803.960.6917 | jkelley@scpowerteam.com

Coca-Cola Consolidated Investing $5 Million and Creating 20 New Jobs

November 2, 2017

Coca-Cola Consolidated today announced plans to construct a new $5 million sales and distribution center at the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland, S.C. The company will be bringing 45 existing jobs with the operation and creating at least 20 new jobs.

Coca-Cola Consolidated has seven locations in South Carolina and employs more than 1,200 people in the state. The new facility will handle sales and distribution of Coca-Cola products throughout Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

The company will be locating its operations in the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park’s Speculative Building in Ridgeland, S.C. For more information on Coca-Cola Consolidated, visit www.cokeconsolidated.com.

SC Power Team Receives 2017 NREDA Organization Excellence Award

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Power Team, a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of the 2017 National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) Organization Excellence Award.

This award was presented to SC Power Team for its Site Readiness Fund (SRF) initiative, a $30 million fund established by its Board of Trustees in 2014 as matching grants to pair with funding from the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, local governments, and other resources to facilitate the enhancement of existing sites, parks, and buildings within the electric cooperative service territories. SRF’s objective: to create winning sites that can be competitive through a site selection process; support the advancement of a site; and better position the site for winning during the site selection process. SRF investments have funded items, to include but not limited to: land acquisition; water and wastewater upgrades; industrial park infrastructure upgrades; speculative building construction and upgrades; roadway projects; and general site improvements.

“Since 2014, more than $130 million in combined funds have been put into making sites market-ready throughout South Carolina,” explained Bob Paulling, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for SC Power Team. “The most recent example of SRF’s community impact is the opening of MM Technics first North American metal stamping plant in Newberry County; a $12.6 million investment which will create 65 new jobs. SRF funding was used for road upgrades, clearing, grubbing and grading of MM Technics’ location in Mid-Carolina Commerce Park.”

The SRF commitments exceeding $25 million has leveraged an additional $105 million in investment from local governments and electric cooperatives. The sites where SRF has been utilized are referred to by SC Power Team as “SC Power Sites.” The locations of these SC Power Sites are clustered in areas of significant growth in South Carolina, to include: Upstate, I-85 Corridor; Central Midlands, I-26/I-77 Corridor; Charleston Region, I-26/I-526 Corridor; and Pee Dee Region, I-95 Corridor. These areas share five characteristics: location; infrastructure; labor force; speed to market; and willing partners. Locations can be found on the SC Power Team website, SC Power Sites/Featured Sites web page.

Clancy Courtney, Product Development Manager and 30-year member of the SC Power Team, concentrates his efforts on marketing SC Power Sites and making sites market-ready. He accepted the award on behalf of the organization at the awards ceremony which was held during the NREDA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

“The Site Readiness Fund is a community preparedness initiative established only four years ago, yet is having a profound effect on developing product, bringing sites to a market-ready status, and securing location announcements,” stated James Chavez, President and CEO for SC Power Team. “Through this initiative, the SC Power Team is carrying on its legacy of being essential to economic development in South Carolina and being partners in progress and prosperity.”

SC Power Team is dedicated to supporting its local and regional partners in promoting, attracting, and retaining businesses and new industry. The organization has done this for nearly three decades through competitiveness and community preparedness initiatives.

About South Carolina Power Team
South Carolina Power Team is a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., and the state’s 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. The power system serves the entire state (46 counties) and over half of its population. Its mission is to facilitate the growth of jobs, investment and electric load through the attraction of new industrial and commercial activity, as well as, the expansion and retention of existing businesses and industrial facilities. For more information, visit www.SCPowerTeam.com.


Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director
803.960.6917 | jkelley@scpowerteam.com

$520 million expansion includes the addition of office operations and brings Volvo Cars' South Carolina investment to more than $1 billion

September 25, 2017

Volvo Cars today announced that it is investing an additional $520 million in its Berkeley County operations and creating 1,910 new jobs. This new commitment adds to the company’s initial 2015 announcement and brings the collective total to more than $1 billion in investment and 3,900 jobs, respectively.

Under construction currently, Volvo Cars’ Berkeley County manufacturing plant will be the global production home of the company’s all-new S60 sedan, which is expected to roll off the assembly line next year. With this new investment, the company is planning to add an additional product line – the next generation XC90 – to its South Carolina operations in 2021.

More than just increased manufacturing capacity, this additional investment will also support the construction of new office operations on the company’s Berkeley County site. The 88,000-square-foot office facility will include up to 300 new workers and will serve as a training center and house research and development and operations management activities, as well as a southern regional sales office.

Next month, the S.C. Department of Commerce is planning to go before the Joint Bond Review Committee and the State Fiscal Accountability Authority to request $46 million in bonds to offset eligible items of infrastructure under the Economic Development Bond Act.

Firms interested in potential supplier opportunities with Volvo Cars’ Berkeley County facility should visit S.C. Commerce’s website and fill out the online supplier information form or contact VolvoCarsSC@SCcommerce.com with any questions.

For more information on Volvo Car USA, visit the company’s website.

Samsung Electronics to Open $380 Million Manufacturing Plant in Newberry County

July 21, 2017

Samsung, one of the world’s leading technology companies, is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, industry-leading appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years.

Established in 1969 and employing nearly half a million people worldwide, Samsung has transformed the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, cameras, digital appliances, network systems and more. Over the last 40 years, Samsung Electronics’ U.S. subsidiary, Samsung Electronics America, has steadily expanded its footprint in the U.S., creating thousands of high-skilled jobs and investing in cutting-edge manufacturing.

Ruiz Foods Expands Existing Florence County Manufacturing Facility

July 11, 2017

Ruiz Food Products, Inc., a producer of frozen food and snack products, is expanding its existing Florence County operations. The $79 million investment is expected to create 705 new jobs over the next several years.

El Monterey™ is the flagship frozen Mexican food brand for Ruiz Foods and the top-selling brand of frozen Mexican food in the United States. Its products include burritos, tamales, breakfast burritos, empanadas, quesadillas, taquitos and more. Tornados™, also distributed nationally, is the company’s snack brand and a leader on convenience store roller grills. Ruiz Foods produces these items at facilities in California, South Carolina and Texas, employing nearly 3,600 team members nationwide.

Located at 2557 Florence Harllee Boulevard in Florence, S.C., the company will be adding another production line to its South Carolina manufacturing facility immediately; and, there are plans to add additional lines in the next seven years.

GE Renewable Energy Selects Clinton, SC for New Test Facility

GE Renewable Energy recently announced that it has selected Clinton, South Carolina for a new research and development facility. The $29 million facility will be used to test prototype bearing designs and evaluate next generation bearing technology for the GE’s Onshore Wind business. The new facility will be located at 19267 SC-72, Clinton, SC, and begin operation by the end of the year.

Sumter Easy Home Invests $37 Million in Manufacturing Facility

June 23, 2017

Sumter Easy Home LLC, a supplier of housewares and other retail goods, is locating their new manufacturing operations in Sumter County. The development is projected to bring $37 million of capital investment and create 88 new jobs.

Sumter Easy Home LLC produces and distributes home organization and housewares to a variety of clients, including Walmart and Lowe’s. Sumter Easy Home will be servicing multiple businesses out of this facility, including the warehousing and shipping of TidyLiving.com orders. The company has purchased the Black River Shell Building, a 104,000-square-foot facility on North Wise Drive in Sumter, S.C., served by Black River Electric Cooperative.

TICO Manufacturing Expands Operations in Jasper County

June 21, 2017

TICO (Terminal Investment Corporation), a manufacturer of terminal tractors and related equipment for the port, intermodal, and distribution industry sectors, will expand their operations at Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland with the addition of a parts distribution center as part of their product support program.

Currently employing 145 at the Ridgeland site, TICO’s expansion will add 9 jobs at the industrial park, where the company will utilize an existing building near their current operations to house the parts distribution operation, consolidating operations from two locations.

SouthernCarolina Alliance, the regional economic development organization, partnered with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Jasper County to support and encourage TICO’s decision to grow their operation by locating the new maintenance and distribution division in the industrial park, providing easy access to the manufacturing facility.

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