McIver Road textile plant to re-open, creating 135 jobs
The fiber industry is coming back to Darlington County. During a much anticipated announcement at the SiMT Gould Incubator Aug. 8, the Darlington County Economic Partnership announced that Fiber Industries would be re-opening the plant on East McIver Road in Darlington.
Hiring will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017 with production to start in early 2018.
Bobby Hudson, Chairman of Darlington County Council was present at the announcement.
“We are honored to have Fiber Industries start back up,” Hudson said. “It was a good place to work; I worked there for 33 years. I will tell you, the people are elated that it is going to happen and we wish you the best.”
Codenamed ‘Project Phoenix’, the re-opening has been in the works for quite some time.
Fiber Industries management team Andrew Rosenfeld and Leandro Carboni were on hand at the announcement to shed some light on the details that have been agreed upon by the company and the county.
“Last night the county approved our incentive package and that brings us closer to our vision and our plan to re-start the Palmetto Polyester Staple Fiber Operations business which is located about a mile down the road,” Rosenfeld said. “ReadySC will be our partner for the hiring process so we are looking forward to working with them.”
Carboni said that the plant will employee more than 100 people.
“We expect to invest more than $30 million dollars and to create at least 135 jobs,” Carboni said. “We believe the region has a great resource for very experienced employees, given the textile history in the city. The local community and the state have been very supportive in working with us; we really, really appreciate all the support. We are looking forward to working with all the stakeholders as we move forward.”
Darlington County Economic Partnership Executive Director Frank Willis said that it is a relief to finally be able to make this announcement.
“It is a huge relief,” Willis said. “You know people know that something is going on and then want to know who it is and what it is. You want to tell them but you can’t. Its nice to be able to say its Fiber Industries. The most valuable part is that we’ve competed and we’ve won. We’ve got $30 million dollars; we’ve got 135 jobs. To stand up and be able to say that is pretty doggone special.”
Willis has been working on several projects and thinks that this announcement can only help.
“They weren’t waiting on this by any means but there is certainly that trail mentality,” Willis said. “I saw you do it and I’m trailing you. I certainly think it is going to happen.”
Hiring will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017 and applicants can find more information at www.readysc.org. In the meantime, email SCFiberIndustries@npstrat.com to get more information.