Competition Accessories Announces Operation Relocation; Create 40 New Jobs; Invest $3.3M | Trade and Industry Development

Competition Accessories Announces Operation Relocation; Create 40 New Jobs; Invest $3.3M

Sep 20, 2009

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, York County and the City of Rock Hill today announced that Competition Accessories will relocate its headquarters and distribution center to Rock Hill. The $3.3 million investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs.

“We are pleased to locate our operations in Upstate South Carolina. York County provides an excellent business environment for our company to grow. The combination of a positive business climate, available labor force and top-notch market access will allow us to grow and meet increasing demand from our customers. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Dan Conetta, general manager of Competition Accessories.

The company plans to relocate its headquarters to Rock Hill during the third quarter of this year. Competition Accessories will also create a distribution center for aftermarket motorcycle, ATV and personal watercraft accessories.

“Competition Accessories has long been a leading direct sales merchant for motorcycle parts and accessories, with customers throughout the country. The company’s decision to locate its national headquarters and distribution center in South Carolina is a strong testament that our business-friendly climate and excellent market access are working to attract new investment and jobs to our state. Thanks to the team effort of state and local officials, York County will benefit from this investment now and in the future,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

Mr. Buddy Motz, chairman of York County Council said, “This company depends on a good transportation network to move their products and York County is a proven location for warehouse and logistics operations in the Charlotte region thanks in large part to the Pennies for Progress road construction and improvement program.  We welcome Competition Accessories to our area and look forward to the new jobs and investment this industry leader will provide for our community.”

“We’re excited to see this company relocate to our area. Both York County and Rock Hill provide an excellent location for new companies, both in terms of business environment and quality of life. We welcome Competition Accessories to the Rock Hill business community,” said Rock Hill City Manager Carey Smith.

Competition Accessories plans to begin hiring immediately after Labor Day. Anyone interested in potential employment should call 1-800-543-3535 ext 2000 to receive information of how to fill out applications and set up interviews. The company anticipates having immediate openings in retail sales, warehouse operations, graphic design and telephone customer service positions.

Competition Accessories began in 1959 as a distributor of motorcycle parts in Xenia, Ohio. Since then, the company has grown, constantly adding to its inventory. Today, the company carries a broad range of major name brands including Arai Helmets, Shoei Helmets, Sliders Kevlar Motorcycle Clothing, Firstgear, Tourmaster and Cortech Apparel as well as Michelin, Dunlop, Continental and other top brands. With an experienced and dedicated customer service or sales staff, Competitions Accessories strives to meet all its customers’ needs. For more information, please visit

About S.C. Department of Commerce
The S.C. Department of Commerce works closely with economic development professionals throughout the state to recruit new jobs and investments and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has been recognized for its success in the areas of job creation and economic impact by Area Development magazine and Southern Business and Development magazine. The S.C. Department of Commerce was one of 10 state economic development organizations to receive Area Development’s Silver Shovel Award in 2009 and Commerce ranked number two in the country in points per million residents by Southern Business and Development for the state’s 2008 job recruitment efforts.  In addition to job and investment recruitment, the agency provides a range of business support services, offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements, and provides tools to enhance workforce skills. For more information, visit

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