2021 IN REVIEW: Economic development even with a pandemic | Local

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a negative economic impact, but development in the T&D region continued in 2021.

Premium peanut

Headlining the year in economic development, Georgia-based Premium Peanut announced in September that it would establish operations in Orangeburg County.

The producer-owned peanut shelling company said it would invest $ 64.3 million and create 130 new jobs. Premium Peanut plans to invest $ 27.5 million in buildings and $ 36.8 million in equipment over five years.

It will be the state’s first peanut shelling plant.

The company started shelling peanuts in January 2016, with a shelling capacity of around 140,000 tonnes.

Through investment, efficiency gains and growth, the company now has a plant capacity of 300,000 tonnes, which represents about 10% of the US peanut crop.

Premium Peanut’s new facility will provide more capacity and allow South Carolina peanut producers to be part of a cooperative model. This installation will be based on the company’s existing model.

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Premium Peanut’s customers are the leading domestic manufacturers of snacks, candies and peanut butter, as well as customers in more than 30 countries around the world.

Parts of the new facility are expected to be operational by spring 2022.

BRN sleep products

Turkish-based BRN Sleep Products also announced in July that it plans to invest around $ 4.3 million and create more than 300 new jobs in Orangeburg County over the next five years.

BRN Sleep Products is an online supplier of ready-made mattresses, box springs, covers and brands.

Orangeburg is the company’s flagship manufacturing facility in the United States.

The company will be located at 3771 Cameron Road (US Highway 33) near Exit 149. It is located in the old Utica Tool building.

The plant will manufacture a new line of products, which will help increase the company’s ability to meet growing demand.

BRN’s arrival means Orangeburg County is now home to 29 international companies from 17 foreign countries.

INDEVCO

INDEVCO, a world leader in packaging products, has announced an investment of $ 22 million and the creation of 50 new jobs with its new 100,000 square foot factory which is under construction.

The project will be located at 715 Prosperity Drive in the Orangeburg County Industrial Park.

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Its new manufacturing facility in Orangeburg will support the petrochemicals, lawns and gardens and salt markets.

The prefabricated metal building will house manufacturing, warehousing, office and laboratory spaces.

The facility includes a 20,000 square foot penthouse with 63 foot high ceilings designed to accommodate large manufacturing machinery. The remaining 80,000 square feet have a clear height of 30 feet.

Zeus

Zeus Industrial Products was in a large-scale hiring mode at its Gaston plant and other locations. About a hundred new jobs were opened at the factory.

Jobs are being added to meet growing customer demand as the economy opens up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zeus jobs – mostly machine operators – pay $ 20 or more an hour.

US 301 Industrial park / specific building

At the end of the summer, Orangeburg County announced plans to build a new industrial park on US Highway 301 near the Interstate 26 interchange.

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The county plans to develop the 242-acre park behind the 7-Eleven Travel Center currently under construction near Exit 154.

The project, which includes approximately 162 developable acres, is identified as the Shamrock Commerce Center. The park will be served by the Orangeburg City Utilities Department with electricity, water, gas and sewage.

The industrial park will be anchored in a $ 25 million speculative building in the park.

The 534,702 square foot speculative building is billed as the largest speculative building ever built in the Midlands.

The building is fully financed by private funds.

The speculative building is being developed by Appian Investments, based in Greenville, South Carolina, the investment and development arm of real estate brokerage and management firm NAI Earle Furman.

The building is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

The industrial park is the 11th in the county.

7 eleven

The first project underway in the park is a 6,600 square foot 7-Eleven. The company is expected to open in the third quarter of 2022. The company launched the project in May. The project promises around 29 new jobs.

This development is the first of a commercial corridor designed as part of a development plan for this interchange on Five Chop Road.

Earlier this year, QuikTrip Corporation cut the ribbon for a new $ 7 million travel hub located near the Orangeburg County / City Industrial Park at the interchange.

Santee industrial park

It’s been 13 years since Dubai World, the parent company of Jafza International, said it was considering Orangeburg County for a $ 600-700 million logistics, manufacturing and distribution center.

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The year was marked by movement in the 1,322-acre South Carolina Gateway Industrial Park, formerly JAFZA Magna Park, property.

A 125,000 square foot Class A expandable structure with sloped walls that can be subdivided for small users is currently under construction in the park.

The walls of the speculative building rose as the year drew to a close.

The park’s master plan projects over 6.5 million square feet of construction space. Approximately 350 acres are currently available for sale or custom development.

Approximately 806 acres of the site can be developed.

The site is supplied by the Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Dominion Natural Gas, Water from the Marion Lake Regional Water System, Orangeburg / Santee County Sewerage, Telecommunications by Verizon and Frontier and fire protection by the Santee Fire Department and the Orangeburg County Fire Department. A service.

The site also has access to the CSX rail.

Feeding site

Construction began in the spring on a road in the new 745-acre Orangeburg County Electrical Site Industrial Park.

The new park is located on US Highway 21, approximately one mile south of US Highway 178. It is roughly across from the Okonite factory.

The county and the city will join forces for the development of the site.

The road works are funded by a $ 600,000 Site Preparation Development Grant from the SC Department of Commerce. There will be no expense to the county for the road project.

The Orangeburg County Development Commission says the site is ideal for heavy-duty manufacturing. Of the 745 acres, approximately 725 are suitable for development.

A speculative building can be built to make it more attractive to industry.

The SC Department of Commerce has designated the industrial park as a certified Palmetto site, indicating that due diligence work is being done and that the park is ready for future development.

Due diligence work carried out on the property includes: a boundary study, identification of cultural resources, evaluation of protected species, geotechnical works, delineation of wetlands and topographic studies.

The park provides high volume utility capacity at the site, which is why it is currently referred to as a “feed site”.

The park is serviced by the Orangeburg Utilities Department. The park also has Norfolk Southern Rail access.

Other developments

Heating and cooling system maker Allied Air Enterprises Inc. has announced plans to invest $ 35.7 million to expand its manufacturing facility and add a new 405,000 square foot distribution center. Soon, the company will have more than 1.4 million square feet of active workspace in the county.

Neeses’ solar farm, Magnolia Solar, also announced that it would earn an additional $ 46.2 million from its farm’s equipment and solar panels in December. There are no new jobs as a result of the investment.

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There were also new road extensions for Shamrock Business Park and John W. Matthews Industrial Park.

Bamberg County

South Carolina Oak to Barrel LLC announced in September that it would invest $ 6.8 million and create 122 new jobs at the former Black Water Barrels factory located at 3914 Bamberg Highway in Bamberg County. The company would manufacture barrels for the bourbon, fine wine and whiskey industries.

Black Water Barrels announced in November 2019 its temporary closure as part of a restructuring effort. The business never reopened.

The installation is in place and operational.

The company bills itself as the only female-owned cooperage in the state and one of the only female-owned cooperages in the country.

Also in Bamberg County, the former Paw Country Club and the Bamberg Golf and Sports Club reopened in December as the River Birch Golf Course. The course opened on December 7th.

Broadband

Tri-County Electric Cooperative continued to expand its broadband infrastructure to all of the cooperative’s customers.

The project will provide high speed service to all Tri-County members in the Santee, Elloree, Vance and Eutawville areas as well as in Calhoun County.

Non-members will also have access if they are in the service area of ​​the cooperative.

The electric cooperative is investing a total of $ 50 million in its broadband project across its entire coverage area.

The cooperative started the project in December 2020 and expects it to be completed by June 2022.

The cooperative has a total of 18,000 meters and hopes that around 3,000 customers will be served by the end of the year.

The project was ahead of schedule and will be completed in about two years instead of the three years originally planned.

Aiken Electric Cooperative and its subsidiary AECONNECT Inc. also announced their intention to invest $ 19 million in broadband placement in currently unserved rural areas such as Springfield, North, Wolfton and Woodford.

Work will begin in areas around Springfield early next year and then around the north by mid to year end.

No new jobs were planned for either of the broadband projects.