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South Carolina Power Team’s Warren A. Darby Jr. Completes Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program

June 13, 2019

South Carolina Power Team is pleased to announce that Warren A. Darby Jr., Senior Vice President for Global Business, has completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) Program.

Warren was awarded the Economic Development Master Practitioner diploma during a recent ceremony at the Kauffman Conference Center in Kansas City, MO, at the conclusion of the two-week program developed by a partnership comprising Clemson University, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Alabama and Texas Christian University.

The AEDL program is an experiential, executive education course that explores economic development subjects that impact communities and states. Instructors include site consultants, business leaders, nationally known subject experts and university professors. Topics covered included negotiation, communication, workforce/education, project management, community development, influencing change, international trade/foreign direct investment and other key subjects that impact quality job creation.

“The world-class faculty leading the AEDL program gave me deeper insight and a broader perspective about the opportunities and possibilities that South Carolina has in our fast-growing and changing global economy. I certainly look forward to helping the SC Power Team assist communities and companies across the state capitalize on those opportunities,” Warren said.

“We’re proud of Warren for reaching yet another milestone in his professional development as a catalyst and guide for our state’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives as they work to advance economic growth and job creation in their communities and service areas,” said James Chavez, President and CEO, SC Power Team.

Warren joined the SC Power Team from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where he served as Project Manager, Global Business Development from 2010 to 2014.

Warren is a member of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) and 2000 graduate of Clemson University. He and his wife, Shannon, live in Columbia with their son, Walker, and daughter, Taylor.

e-Points – Project Pioneer: Ideas To Address Your Workforce Challenges

June 4, 2019

Project Pioneer

Extraordinarily tight labor conditions exist in South Carolina and across the nation. To provide co-op served industrial/commercial members, the economic development community and other workforce-focused stakeholders with information for meeting the challenge, the SC Power Team maintains Project Pioneer.

An ongoing, statewide labor study, Project Pioneer combines traditional workforce data sources with comprehensive primary research. Initial implementation included more than 200 employer interviews and the polling of 12,000 South Carolina workers. Data gathering for Project Pioneer is continuous.

In addition to generating data for long-term decision making, Project Pioneer is revealing immediate opportunities for co-op served industrial/commercial members to attract/retain skilled workers. Executives, operations managers, human resource directors and trainers can apply any of the following ideas – in the short-term – to their own unique workforce challenges:


Tri-County Electric Cooperative Unveils Tri-County Global Industrial Site

May 17, 2019

Economic development on the I-26 corridor between Orangeburg and Columbia is getting a major boost with the opening of the new Tri-County Global Industrial Site.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative in partnership with SC Power Team officially unveiled their 380-acre industrial site just off I-26 and U.S. 601 with a presentation and luncheon on Friday, May 17.

The Orangeburg area’s newest rail-served site sits on the Norfolk Southern main line. A 45-acre building pad already is in place and the new industrial site also offers 500,000 gallons per day in excess water and wastewater capacity.

“We’re excited to now offer the Tri-County Global Industrial Site to industries that want to take advantage of the in-place infrastructure and ideal location close to major interstates such as 26, 95, 77 and 20, thriving airports in Columbia and Charleston, and one of the largest seaports in the country on Charleston Harbor,” said Chad Lowder, CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

“We’re proud to partner with Tri-County Electric Cooperative on this robust new industrial site, and we’re certain it will serve as another linchpin to the continuing economic and industrial growth of South Carolina,” said James Chavez, President and CEO of the SC Power Team, which represents the Palmetto State’s 20 electric cooperatives in their economic development efforts.

“This exciting new industrial site, the first of its kind in South Carolina and nearly 10 years in the making, is a shining example of the power of collaboration,” said Gregg Robinson, SCCED, Executive Director of the Orangeburg County Development Commission. He cited local and statewide partners including the Tri-County Electric Cooperative, SC Power Team, Santee Cooper, City of Orangeburg and its Department of Public Utilities, Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, and the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Rebecca M. Breland, P.E., New Director of Site Development for South Carolina Power Team

February 6, 2019

Rebecca M. Breeland, PE

Rebecca M. Breeland, PE, Director of Site Development, SC Power Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. (February 6, 2019) – South Carolina Power Team is pleased to announce Rebecca M. Breland, P.E., as its new Director of Site Development. Rebecca will assist with product development efforts for SC Power Team. Her primary focus will be working with cooperatives and community partners to develop market-ready sites and ensure sites are competitive throughout the selection process for project decisions in the SC Power Team service territory.

Rebecca joins the SC Power Team from South Carolina Department of Transportation. Rebecca, a Registered Professional Engineer, joined SCDOT in 2014 as an Assistant Program Manager for the Pee Dee Region and was promoted to Program Manager for the Waccamaw Region. She was responsible for the development of over 30 SCDOT projects.


Meritor expanding Clarendon County manufacturing operations

May 9, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Meritor, a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle markets, is expanding its existing operations in Clarendon County. The $5.2 million investment is projected to create 31 new jobs.

Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Meritor is a leading global supplier of commercial vehicle systems and solutions for a variety of industries. With a legacy of providing innovative products for more than 100 years, the company serves truck, trailer, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world.

Located at 2398 Ram Bay Road in Manning, S.C., Meritor is investing in its existing Clarendon County facility, making upgrades to its assembly lines to improve safety, quality and efficiency to accommodate demand in the commercial vehicle market. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in early summer 2018.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of site preparation and building improvements.

ACS Manufacturing, Inc. establishing operations in Abbeville County

April 24, 2018

ACS Manufacturing, Inc. today announced plans to locate new manufacturing operations in Abbeville County. The company’s $6 million investment is projected to create more than 150 new jobs over the next five years.

Since 1995, ACS Manufacturing has delivered a broad range of solutions for sound and environmental issues, from acoustical equipment enclosures and fuel tanks to turbine systems and skids. The company has an extensive history of supporting industry leaders in the oil and gas, data center, power generation and wastewater treatment markets.

Located at 1439 Cambridge Street Extension in Abbeville, S.C., ACS Manufacturing’s 141,000-square-foot facility is projected to come online in the third quarter of 2018. Those interested in joining the ACS Manufacturing team should visit the company’s careers page online for more information.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

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

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. Expanding its Aiken County Operations

February 15, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Zeus Industrial Products (Zeus), a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Aiken County. The company’s $15.7 million investment in Aiken County complements a $15.9 million expansion in Orangeburg County and $76 million expansion in Calhoun County, both of which were announced over the last several weeks. With this project, Zeus is expected to create an additional 51 new jobs in Aiken, S.C.

Founded in 1966, Zeus develops and manufacturers polymer tubing for a variety of industries, including the medical, fluid handling and electrical markets. Zeus works with customers in collaborative relationships to design, engineer and produce fluoropolymer and specialized plastic tubing that delivers the temperature resistance, chemical resistance and high tensile strength demanded by today’s applications.

Located at 9150 Levels Church Road West in Aiken, S.C., Zeus intends to convert its warehousing operations and floor space to manufacturing space in order to increase production of existing products by installing additional manufacturing lines. The plant will also be increasing its product portfolio as several new products and new manufacturing processes are introduced over the next few years.

The initial hiring for these new positions has already begun and will continue into 2019. Interested applicants should visit the company’s website at zeusinc.com/careers for more information.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.

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

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