Sunstrand, LLC locating new production operations in Florence County
Advanced materials provider creating 42 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sunstrand, LLC today announced it is locating new biomaterial manufacturing operations in Florence County. The company is projected to bring $8.4 million of capital investment, leading to the creation of 42 new jobs.
Working closely with farming partners to procure natural materials, Sunstrand, LLC produces bulk biomaterials to preform manufacturers, wastewater remediation companies and animal bedding distributors across North America. The company is an industry-leading supplier of natural fiber reinforcements and fillers for a variety of industries and is North America’s only commercial decorticator of technical grade bast fibers.
Located at 1728 North River Road in Pamplico, S.C., the company’s 140,000-square-foot facility is projected to come online in early 2019. Hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit www.sunstrands.com for more information.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
“Sunstrand is excited about our expansion into South Carolina. This investment will see the deployment of a major processing facility that builds a new industry from the ground up. Considering our need for world-class farmers, an accessible workforce and access to manufacturers in the region, South Carolina is the perfect location.” –Sunstrand CEO Trey Riddle, Ph.D.
“We’re proud to welcome Sunstrand, LLC to the South Carolina business community. With a workforce at its disposal that’s second to none and one of the most competitive business environments in the world, we know that Sunstrand will have all the tools necessary for success here.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“South Carolina has a rich history in the advanced materials sector, and today’s announcement by Sunstrand, LLC shows that this industry continues to flourish in the Palmetto State. We congratulate this innovative company on their new operations and look forward to all they’ll be able to achieve in Florence County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Florence County has a long and proud agricultural history. Project Meadowlark is building on this history to create cutting-edge products used in boat and car manufacturing, construction materials and cooking utensils. All of this from plants that are ideally situated to grow in our community. Thank you to Project Meadowlark for putting their trust in Florence County, and thank you to our local leaders who made it possible. Working together, I know this can lead to greater things in the future for our area.” —S.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh K. Leatherman
“We are always excited to attract new industry to Florence County, especially in rural areas where they make such an important contribution to jobs and quality of life. We look forward to helping Project Meadowlark grow and thrive in Pamplico.” –Florence County Council Chairman Kent Caudle
“Job creation and investment in rural areas help power the success of our county as a whole. Project Meadowlark is good news for Pamplico, Florence County and the Pee Dee area.” —Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank J. “Buddy” Brand
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Sunstrand, LLC is locating new production operations in Florence County.
- $8.4 million investment to create 42 new jobs.
- Sunstrand, LLC is a biomaterial manufacturing company that supplies natural fiber reinforcements and fillers to a variety of industries.
- Located at 1728 North River Road in Pamplico, S.C., the company’s 140,000-square-foot facility is projected to come online in early 2019.
- Hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit sunstrands.com for more information.
Sunstrand is North America’s leader in Sustainable Materials. The company sources rapidly renewable crops (bamboo, hemp, flax, kenaf), process them into customer specifications, and leverage these materials for use in plastics, animal care products, textiles, and more. Developed by composite engineers and material scientists with attention to detail and rigorous mechanical testing, Sunstrand product advantages include sustainability/green messaging, light-weighting, reduced density, reduced cost, and improved performance. Sunstrand has additional operations in Louisville, Kentucky and Alberta, Canada.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce