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Palmetto Engineering to invest $1.2 million in Piedmont expansion

Palmetto Engineering

, a firm that specializes in telecommunications engineering, industrial electrical engineering and GIS telecommunications software, is expanding its Upstate operations with the establishment of a new facility in Anderson County. The company is investing $1.2 million in the project, creating 25 new jobs in Piedmont, S.C. over the next five years.

Established in 2006 and headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Palmetto Engineering provides solutions for moderate to complex electrical and telecommunications projects. A rapidly growing firm since its inception, the company now employs more than 160 workers across Arkansas, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Techtronic Industries breaks ground for new facility – Piercetown

By Stan Welch

A crowd of well over a hundred people were on hand last Thursday, for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Techtronic Industries facility near the intersection of Highway 81 and I-85.

Also on hand were representatives from the offices of the state’s two U.S. Senators, Congressman Jeff Duncan, and Governor Nikki Haley. All of them sent messages of encouragement and appreciation for TTI’s decision to locate their new logistics and distribution center at the Betsy Tucker industrial site, instead of in one of the several states and foreign countries that tried to woo them.

County and state officials were also on hand, with District Four County Council representative Tom Allen serving as the master of ceremonies. Also on hand were Council Chairman Tommy Dunn, District Six Councilman Ken Waters, Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, and Councilmen Frances Crowder. State Senators Billy O’Dell and Kevin Bryant both spoke briefly, as did Anderson County Transportation Committee Chairman Ronnie Townsend. Chairman of the state House Ways and Means Committee Brian White thanked all the various state, federal and local officials who worked together to make the project possible.

TTI, which manufactures a variety of product lines, including Milwaukee, Homelite and Ryobi power tools, and Oreck, Hoover and Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners, employs more than twenty thousand people worldwide, and does more than five billion dollars in annual sales.

Techtronic Industries expanding facilities

Techtronic Industries (TTI), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional and industrial products, is expanding its manufacturing and distribution operations in Anderson County. The $85 million investment will create at least 216 new jobs in Anderson over the next five years.

Founded in 1985, TTI has continuously expanded around the world through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. TTI now boasts among its portfolio some of the world’s most famous and iconic brands. The company’s brands include Milwaukee®, AEG®, Ryobi®, Homelite®, Hoover®, Oreck®, Vax® and Dirt Devil ®. As a global leader in the home improvement, construction and consumer product markets, the company employs more than 20,000 workers worldwide.

To expand its Anderson County operations, TTI will construct a new 1.3 million-square-foot distribution, assembly and reconditioning center. The new distribution center will be constructed near the I-85 / S.C. Hwy. 81 interchange. This expansion will significantly improve efficiency and productivity at the company’s Upstate operations, as well as increase the distribution of TTI’s outdoor products and power tools.

Incentives continue to drive economic development in county

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council continued its approval of present and future economic developments Tuesday night, giving necessary approvals to various incentive agreements for two projects.

The first, Euwe Eugen Wexler U.S. Plastics Inc., received final approval of several incentives, as well as approval of their purchase of approximately eleven acres of land from the county. The company purchased a spec building built by the county in order to attract industry to the Alliance Park. The site included a fifty thousand square foot building shell built by the county. Economic development director Burriss Nelson reported to the Council that the company is already planning to expand the building, possibly before they even open the facility.

Gilstrap named to Ten at the Top board

Teri Gilstrap with Anderson County Economic Development has been selected to serve on the board for Ten at the Top (TATT), a non-profit organization created to foster collaboration and planning in South Carolina’s Upstate region.

The new board members will serve for the 2015-2017 term. They join existing members to form the governing board for the 10-county non-profit organization. New members of the Ten at the Top Board of Directors include:

County Council approves incentives for two economic development projects

By Stan Welch

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council continued the legislative process aimed at securing the latest major economic development project for the county. Council gave first reading approval to various tax credits and other economic incentives related to Project Machine.

They also gave second reading approval to similar incentives for Project Owl, including the selling of certain property to the company which is slated to occupy the spec building built by the county last year in Alliance Park, for the sole purpose of attracting industry.

New corporate headquaters could bring 470 jobs to area

By Stan Welch
The biggest news to come out of the Feb. 24 Anderson County Council meeting concerned a potential economic development in the Piedmont area. While economic development director Burriss Nelson followed the usual procedure of using a code name for potential projects, enough details surfaced during the discussion of the benefits to be received to serve as clues to the client’s identity and intentions.

Chomarat opens facility in Alliance Industrial Park

By Stan Welch

County, state, federal and company officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Chomarat North America’s third Anderson county facility last week. The facility is located in the Alliance Industrial Park , within sight of the Walgreen’s facility.

Chomarat is a French company with multiple locations across the globe, but it has clearly made a strong commitment to the Anderson area; a commitment just as strongly reciprocated by the County Council and the economic development department.

County approves incentives to E&I Engineering

By Stan Welch

It’s rare to find a town or county council whose agenda doesn’t include a reading of their budget at this time of the year, but the Anderson County Council plans to have at least one more budget workshop before bringing the county’s budget to the floor for a final vote.

As a result, the Council moved smoothly through an agenda which saw third reading approval given to the ordinances needed to approve the financial incentives given to E & I Engineering, which plans to create at least 250 jobs in the coming years. The company, which is occupying an existing building near Exit 21 on Interstate 85, is expected to have a total economic impact of $400 million over the next twenty years.

Project “Mystery Green” announcement Friday

Duke Energy

By Stan Welch

A gathering of civic, political and business leaders will appear at ten o’clock Friday morning at the Anderson Civic Center for the official announcement of the economic development project currently called Project Mystery Green.

The project is generally acknowledged to be a massive upgrade of the Lee Steam Plant, and it is designed in part to address environmental concerns about the plant; as well as to significantly increase the generation of power through the newer technology.

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