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EOC Naturals locating in Allendale

COLUMBIA -- EOC Naturals announced plans to locate a new, all-natural pet treat manufacturing facility in Allendale County. The development is projected to bring $3.3 million in capital investment and create 76 new jobs over the next five years.

Manufacturing high-quality, food-grade pet treats since 1989, the company will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. Headquartered in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, EOC Naturals uses state-of-the-art technology to produce a range of products for pets of all sizes under the Eurocan Pet Products brand, as well as for some of the country's largest retailers.

Located at 3405 Fairfax Allendale Highway in Allendale, the company's new manufacturing facility is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2019. Hiring for the new positions is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $500,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant was also awarded to Allendale County to assist with costs associated with the project.

Ascend growing in Greenwood

COLUMBIA -- Ascend Performance Materials, a global provider of high-quality fibers, chemicals and plastics, is expanding its Greenwood County operations once again. To accommodate the company's continued growth, Ascend is investing $35.2 million, creating 30 new jobs.

With six manufacturing plants in the Southeastern United States and Europe and more than 3,200 employees and contractors around the world, Ascend is a global leader in the production of nylon 6/6 fibers, resins and compounds. The company supplies a wide range of industries and applications, from apparel to airbags, cable ties to circuit boards and carpets to car parts.

Located at 1515 Highway 246 South in Greenwood, Ascend plans to upgrade several lines in early 2019 to increase capacity of nylon polymer production. Last year, the company added 24 million pounds of staple fiber production capacity at the facility.

Santee Cooper hits goal 2 years ahead of target

MONCKS CORNER – Santee Cooper energy-efficiency programs are saving customers 209 gigawatt hours a year, an energy savings goal the utility reached two years ahead of its 2020 target. Even better, these programs have saved customers more than $250 million since their launch in 2008.

Santee Cooper’s Reduce The Use programs have helped more than 73,000 of its 185,000 residential and commercial direct-service customers save energy and money. The 2018 annual energy savings is enough to power the needs of more than 16,500 average residential customers.

Through Reduce The Use, Santee Cooper offers customers rebates for a variety of energy efficiency improvements, from smart thermostats for their homes to lighting controls for their businesses. It also offers the Smart Energy Loan program, a low-interest loan that helps residential customers make upgrades such as high-efficiency electric heat pumps, duct replacements and heat pump water heaters.

“Santee Cooper’s ability to achieve our 2020 goal in 2018 shows the strength of the energy efficiency programs we have developed over the years,” said Jim Brogdon, interim president and CEO. “Our conservation and energy efficiency team has worked hard to promote these programs with our customers, with significant results in energy and cost savings.”

When it was introduced, Reduce The Use was a first-of-its-kind energy efficiency approach in South Carolina. Santee Cooper has been the state’s leader in both energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, providing renewable Green Power to meet customer needs since 2001.

Santee Cooper will continue helping customers Reduce The Use for the next two years, while also establishing a new 2030 plan with additional energy-efficiency and beneficial-electrification programs.

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