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ZF Transmissions Holds Signing Day for Apprenticeship Program
ZF Transmissions (ZF) held their signing ceremony at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Piedmont Technical College as nine students were accepted into ZF’s apprenticeship program.
Apprentices have the opportunity to experience rotate jobs on the floor, giving them a feel for each department before moving over to ZF’s maintenance department and rotating through all of the jobs in that area as well. Following the 3-year program, the students will be certified maintenance technicians with an earning potential at ZF of approximately $60,000 annually.
This year, there are ten apprentices who were chosen to be a part of the program.
Laurens Teachers Learn from Summer Manufacturing Jobs
Posted: August 1, 2017
Steel-toed boots, safety glasses and sophisticated robotics will likely resonate among this year’s summer memories for a group of Laurens County educators.
Fifteen teachers from Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 seized the opportunity to earn while they learned at ZF Transmissions in Gray Court as part of the automotive manufacturer’s Teacher Link initiative.
The program is intended to strengthen relationships with the education community, prepare students for careers in manufacturing, and promote the company’s apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship is a three-year program for eligible Laurens County high school graduates to work part-time at ZF while enrolled in a full-time mechatronics associates degree program at Piedmont Technical College.
Laurens County was recently named “one of America’s Top Sites”
by Trade and Industry Development magazine.
Posted: July 26, 2017
“When only top-drawer locations will have a chance of making it onto your short list of sites for your new site location project, you know you are in for an arduous journey, or maybe not. The select locations featured here represent a large and diverse swath of the country and are bountiful in desirable features for a variety of businesses. Taking a few minutes to read through each of the brief write-ups about these locations can set you on the path to making an easy decision on a premier location for your next development project. Like the headline says, the quest for the prime location just got easier.”
Trade and Industry Development says, “Nestled in the heart of the Southeast’s Power Triangle between Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte and Greenville, South Carolina, Laurens County has courted approximately $1 billion in business investment since 2010, landing it a coveted spot on America’s top sites.
GE Renewable Energy Selects Clinton, SC for New Test Facility
Posted June 28, 2017
GE Renewable Energy today announced that it has selected Clinton, South Carolina for a new research and development facility. The $29 million facility will be used to test prototype bearing designs and evaluate next generation bearing technology for the GE’s Onshore Wind business. The new facility will be located at 19267 SC-72, Clinton, SC, and begin operation by the end of the year.
Pete McCabe, President and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business said “GE Renewable Energy is delighted to expand our presence in South Carolina. The highly skilled workforce and proximity to other GE facilities makes this an ideal location to continue our research as we work to provide sustainable, reliable, affordable energy for everyone.”
Turkish Firm Embraces South Carolina
Posted June 6, 2017
Mogul Novwovens is ramping production in Gray Court. About 55 percent of Mogul’s production is exported to around 50 countries, with approximately half that amount going to US customers. The Mogul Nonwovens facility will serve a portion of the company’s North American demand. Enver Kayali, Mogul president, says, “We care about our American footprint. We have a vision, and this plant complements our mission.”
REMA relocates headquarters to Fountain Inn
Posted June 6, 2017
$2 million investment expands production, engineering and product development capabilities in the off-highway material handling and on-highway electric vehicle charging market.
Laurens County South Carolina economic development continues to grow. REMA USA LLC., a leading global innovator and manufacturer of high-power electrical connectors, is expanding its United States headquarters into Laurens County. Investing $2M into an existing 38,000-square-foot facility located at 385 South Woods Drive, Fountain Inn, S.C., the company will employ approximately 30 people, This investment will enable the company to meet increased customer demand.
Four Upstate communities make “Small Towns, Big Deals” list
Posted: April 26, 2017
Southern Business & Development list recognizes investment, job creation from 2010-2016
Four Upstate communities are named in Southern Business & Development’s “Dixie Dozen: Small Towns, Big Deals” feature, which recognizes successful economic development efforts among communities with a population of 200,000 or less.
Cherokee, Laurens, Oconee, and Pickens counties were among the 14 South Carolina communities highlighted in the current edition of the publication, which covers economic development in the American South.
Fukoku America Expanding Laurens County Operations
Posted: March 5, 2017
Company investing $13.9 million in existing manufacturing plant
Fukoku America, a manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive products is growing its operations in Laurens County. The expansion is expected to bring $13.9 million in new investment and lead to the creation of 65 jobs.
Fukoku is the largest producer of wiper blade rubber in the world and is used in a variety of applications, from automobiles and trains to ships and aircraft. With an annual production of wiper blade rubbers exceeding 200 million, the company accounts for a large share of the domestic market and approximately 40 percent of the international market. Fukoku also develops seals for industrial applications, such as pneumatic tools and industrial machinery.
Laurens County Development Corporation Celebrates Successful 2016
Posted: January 19, 2017
Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC) board members, stakeholders and investors received a report card on the 2016 economic development climate for Laurens County and the state of South Carolina at the LCDC annual meeting on Tuesday at Musgrove Mill Golf Club.
Nelson Lindsay, Director of Global Business Development for the SC Dept. of Commerce, and Jonathan Coleman, Executive Director of the LCDC, issued the reports for their respective organizations.
Lindsay’s annual recruitment report indicated that in 2016, South Carolina recruited 13,101 jobs in 131 projects with a capital investment of $3.4 billion. In 2015, 17,288 jobs were recruited in 150 projects with a capital investment of $4.2 billion.
U.S. Commerce Department Invests $1.3 Million to Help Attract FDI and Create Jobs in South Carolina
Posted: January 5, 2017
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.3 million grant to Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission of Laurens, S.C., to help build critical water and sewer infrastructure for an industrial park to support foreign direct investment. According to the grantee, the investment is expected to create 80 new jobs and generate $17.6 million in private investment.
Rural Infrastructure Authority Awards More Than $9 Million in Water and Sewer Grants
Posted: November 15, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Building capacity in water, sewer and storm drainage infrastructure continues to be the focus of the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA), as its Board of Directors recently approved more than $9 million in grant awards for 25 projects across South Carolina. More than half of the projects funded were in counties designated as Tier III and IV, which are considered to be less developed.
More than 23,000 residential customers and 2,000 businesses will benefit from the improvements, thereby strengthening the efforts to protect public health and the environment as well as support
existing and new economic activities.
ZF Welcomes First Class of Apprentices
Posted: Oct 17, 2016
Ten recent high school graduates started work at ZF Transmissions this week, thanks to a partnership between the company, both Laurens County school districts and Piedmont Technical College.
The ten students are the first group to go through a new, three-year apprenticeship program that will eventually take students in the eleventh grade and train them for careers at ZF that they can start as soon as they get out of school.
[Photo Courtesy of The Laurens County Advertiser]