Frank Tourville has been a key player in the industrial development of Orangeburg. Fifty-two years after the founding of Zeus Industrial Products, the company he brought to Orangeburg in 1981 is an internationally renowned tubing manufacturer.
In recent days, the company has again shown it is committed to the region that is its home base.
First, Zeus announced it is building a 148,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Calhoun County as part of a $76 million expansion. The facility will result in creation of 350 new jobs over the next several years.
Zeus has also purchased an existing 84,000-square-foot warehouse in St. Matthews. An additional 10 to 20 jobs will be added for the facility. The building is to be used for storing raw material and finished goods.
Then this past week, Zeus announced it is investing $15.9 million in Orangeburg County and creating 20 new jobs.
The expansion includes the addition of 64,000 square feet to its Industrial Road operations. The addition will allow Zeus to house engineering, equipment design, tooling production and machine assembly in one centralized engineering center.
The facility will be located across the street from Zeus' sales and marketing office. The company's global headquarters will remain at 620 Magnolia St.
"We have been pleased with all of the local and state support that we have received since commencing our Orangeburg operations back in 1982,” Zeus President and CEO John Winarchick said.
"We remain committed to being a good citizen of the county, meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and, most importantly, providing quality careers for all of our employees in an atmosphere that will allow them to flourish," Winarchick said.
Tourville founded Zeus with the belief he could do better than the firms for which he worked. He has told The T&D his thinking then: “If they can do it, why not us? We can do it better.”
He did, beginning to build his business in the circa 1897 Santee/S.C. Cotton Mills building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Our arrival to Orangeburg was one of the best things we have done,” he said at Zeus’ 40th anniversary. “We have the best employees in the world. It is a hall of fame.”
Today, the company has nine facilities on six campuses in North America and Europe. It employs hundreds in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties alone. As evidenced by the recent announcements, the company continues to grow.
The success story that is Frank Tourville and Zeus has meant much to the progress of Orangeburg. There is no better development promotion for Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.