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Fabric forming company Highland expands in Cheraw

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Nov '09
The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Chesterfield County and the Town of Cheraw announced that Highland Industries Inc. will expand its facility in Chesterfield County. The new equipment will allow for weft insertion manufacturing at the Cheraw plant.

“We are extremely satisfied with the continued growth and the expansion of our operations. We are proud of the job creation opportunities for Cheraw. The strength of our operations is the diversification of our business and the adaptability of our associates to participate in our growth,” stated Nick Irwin, director of manufacturing for Highland Industries.

Highland specializes in a variety of fabric forming and finishing technologies, resulting in a diversified product portfolio servicing a global customer base. This diversity has enabled Highland to maintain a fairly stable work force during the current trying economic times. This expansion will not adversely affect the company's customers. Highland will continue to provide exceptional quality, service, delivery and value to its customers.

“Highland Industries' expansion in Chesterfield County is a great reminder that our state's business-friendly environment is working to attract new investment and jobs throughout South Carolina,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce. “Highland Industries has reaffirmed its commitment to the area and this is a wonderful to compliment to the workforce and local leadership in Chesterfield County. The County has laid the ground work to make itself an attractive place to do business and we believe today's news will be the start of more good things to come. We thank Highland for their new investment in South Carolina and look forward to growing our relationship with them in the years ahead.”

Matt Rivers, Chesterfield County Council, Chairman commented, “Highland Industries' decision to locate their new weft insertion operation in Cheraw, South Carolina is yet another strong testament to our skilled workforce and business-friendly environment.” Rivers continued, “On behalf of Council, I would like to both congratulate and thank Highland Industries. The very best tribute to a county and town is when a company continues to reinvest over & over.”

“Highland Industries has shown dedication and support to our community and we look forward to many more years of continued growth and success,” said Cheraw Mayor Scott Hunter. “It takes a lot of work and cooperation between our local communities to provide the necessary environment for existing businesses to grow. With recent job losses in the Cheraw area, Highland will have no difficulties finding highly skilled and motivated workers,” continued Hunter.

Highland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has contributed $23 million dollars in utilities, wages and benefits for the local economy. During FY'08 and FY'09, our company invested $9 million in the Cheraw plant. The projected capital investment for FY'10 is $3.5 million.

South Carolina Department of Commerce


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