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SC: Universal Forest Products to Open New Facility in Cameron, Hire 120

4 Apr, 2018


Gov. Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce announced that Universal Forest Products, a provider of wood and wood-related products, plans to open a manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. Operating as UFP Cameron, LLC, the $6.1 million facility is projected to create more than 120 new jobs over the next several years.

UFP Cameron, LLC will be located at 106 Logistics Drive in Cameron, S.C. and is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018. The facility will be dedicated to manufacturing products for the industrial market.

Its parent company, Universal Forest Products, Inc., is a nearly $4 billion public company (NASDAQ: UFPI) that was founded in 1955 and supplies the retail, industrial and construction markets. The firm has approximately 130 facilities in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. 

Those interested in joining the Universal Forest Products team should visit the company’s careers page online.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Additionally, a $500,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant was also awarded to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

Quotes

“We are excited about this opportunity, which has been made possible, in large part, through the assistance and cooperation of the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Orangeburg County Development Commission.” –Universal Forest Products Regional Vice President J.F. Granger

“As we continue to work to make South Carolina the best place to do business, we are encouraged by global companies like Universal Forest Products that choose to come here. We’re grateful for this new partnership and look forward to strengthening it in the years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“Manufacturing continues to be a source of wealth creation throughout our state. Universal Forest Products’ investment adds to South Carolina’s manufacturing portfolio, and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for this new partnership.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“On behalf of the Orangeburg County Council, we welcome Universal Forest Products to our community. As the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of wood and wood-alternative products, we are grateful to be part of UFP’s continued success. We also want to thank Santee Cooper and Tri-County Electric for their vision in helping us establish a speculative building program at Matthews Industrial Park.” –Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

“We congratulate Universal Forest Products on today’s announcement and thank the company for its decision to expand within Orangeburg County. Universal Forest Products’ investment is another valuable addition to the thriving wood and paper manufacturing industry within the region.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

Five Fast Facts

  • Universal Forest Productsis opening a new facility, which will operate as UFP Cameron, LLC, in Orangeburg County.
  • $6.1 million investment to create more than 120 new jobsover the next several years.
  • Universal Forest Products manufactures and distributes wood and wood-related products, pressure-treated wood and more.
  • Located at 106 Logistics Drive in Cameron, S.C., the company’s operations are expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018.

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13.2 billion in capital investment and 69,600 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

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. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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