Success breeds success, and in Orangeburg County attracting industries large and small remains a top priority.
Existing industries play a key role in recruiting new firms. That is why as much as industrial acquisitions make news and are cause for celebration, the Industry Appreciation section in today’s newspaper is also about recognizing industries that already call our region home.
In The T&D Region, there is an impressive list of industries whose experiences here tell as much of a story as anything that can be said to a prospect.
In Orangeburg County: Husqvarna, lawn mowers, 2,000 employees; Food Lion Distribution Center, distribution of groceries, dry and perishable, 498; Zeus Industrial Products Inc., polymer tubing, 450; Koyo Corporation of U.S.A., taper roller bearings, ball bearings, hub units, 400; Allied Air Enterprises Inc., residential furnaces and air conditioners, 400; SI Group, specialty chemical manufacturing, 322; The Okonite Company, electrical power cable manufacturing, 220; Holcim, cement, 200; North American Container Corp., bulk shipping containers, 150; Gulbrandsen Chemicals, aluminum chloride products, 100.
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In Calhoun County: DAK Americas LLC, plastics and resins, 430 employees; Devro Inc., edible casing for meat packaging, 300; Zeus Industrial Products Inc., high-performance polymer tubing for aerospace, automotive, medical and other industries, 125; Starbucks Roasting Plant, roasts and distributes coffee, 101; Alaglass Pools, fiberglass pool construction, 100.
In Bamberg County: Rockland Industries, textiles, 170 employees; Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (Tobul Accumulators), accumulators, 115; Phoenix Specialty, washers, shims and stampings, 115; Collins Aerospace, heating nozzles, 107. Masonite, the door manufacturer employing 110, has announced it will close its Denmark plant in July.
In Orangeburg, more than a fourth of the workforce is in manufacturing. The numbers for Calhoun and Bamberg are similar. Statewide, manufacturers employ roughly 12 percent of the workforce.
Nurturing and supporting the industries already calling our locality and our state their homes are essential, not just to say thank you but to let them know how crucial they are to progress now and in the future. For it is not only in their own expansions and their attraction to industries serving them that we grow, it is through their roles as communicators that our potential for growth is enhanced.
No matter how good a job our industrial salesmen do, industrial prospects look to the experiences -- the satisfaction or dissatisfaction levels -- of existing industries in sizing up a locale.
Our existing industries have good things to say about The T&D Region. And we anxiously anticipate more good news in the industrial and business sectors.