SC: Global Energy Franchise Announces New Facility in Cherokee County
21 Nov, 2011
Operations expected to create more than 200 new jobs over the next four years
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Global Energy Franchise today announced plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Cherokee County. The new operations are expected to generate more than 200 new jobs over the next five years.
“We are pleased to move forward with our plans to establish a new manufacturing facility here. Cherokee County offered us an excellent business environment, a skilled workforce and a building that fit our needs,” said Desimber Rose, president of Global Energy Franchise.
Global Energy Franchise will locate its new facility in the former TNS Mills Textile Facility located at 210 Henson Road, in Blacksburg. The company will be adding equipment to the facility and expects to start manufacturing by the second quarter of 2012.
“South Carolina provides an excellent location for businesses to start up new operations and find success. We appreciate Global Energy Franchise’s decision to invest in Cherokee County and celebrate the more than 200 jobs they will create,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
The company will provide solar system solutions to residents and businesses in South Carolina, with a comprehensive plan to manufacture and assemble photovoltaic panels for other companies around the United States and abroad.
“Today’s announcement will help raise South Carolina’s profile in the alternative energy market. Our state’s business-friendly climate continues to attract investments, like this one, that create new jobs in the manufacturing sector,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.
Initially, there will be 81 jobs created, which will expand to more than 200 jobs over the next four years. Job-skills training will be conducted in partnership with SC Works, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, and Worklink.
Global Energy Franchise will begin the hiring process immediately. A job fair will be held tomorrow, in conjunction with SCWorks, at the Blacksburg Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 businesses grow. This year, Commerce won the Gold Shovel Award and the Deal of Year Award from Area Development magazine. Commerce has been part of recruiting world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, Heinz, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. Commerce also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and offers grants for community development. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.