SC: OldCastle Lawn and Garden Announces Expansion in Cherokee County
12 Oct, 2010
Investment expected to create 30 new jobs
The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Cherokee County today announced that OldCastle Lawn and Garden will expand its current production facility in Cherokee County. The $625,000 investment is expected to generate at least 30 new jobs.
“Oldcastle is a thriving company that promotes growth and excellence in standards of safety, quality and production. We are excited to be in Cherokee County and look forward to growing together in community spirit,” said David H. Blanton, plant manager for OldCastle Lawn and Garden.
OldCastle Lawn and Garden will add equipment to its current facility in Cherokee County. The new equipment will expand the plant’s production of the company’s bagged wood chip and mulch products. The company expects to start the expansion by the end of the year.
“OldCastle Lawn and Garden has had a presence in South Carolina for a number of years, and we are pleased to see them grow here. Our state’s commitment to the business fundamentals, such as working to keep taxes and regulatory burdens low, is important now more than ever in helping to keep businesses competitive and encourage growth. We recognize that OldCastle Lawn and Garden could have made this investment anywhere, and we appreciate the company’s decision to further invest and create jobs in Cherokee County,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.
“We are truly grateful for OldCastle’s decision to expand in Cherokee County. We welcome the new jobs and their continued commitment to the future growth of our entire community,” stated Cherokee County Council Chairman Hoke Parris.
The company intends to begin hiring for the new positions in the spring of 2011 and will hire through the Gaffney Workforce Center at that time.
Oldcastle® is the world’s leading producer of architectural products for landscape design. Committed to innovation, Oldcastle® is continually inventing new ways to help contractors and homeowners improve outdoor spaces. For more information, please visit www.myoldcastle.com.
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 and Business Facilities magazines. 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 received the 2009 Deal of the Year award from Business Facilities magazine. Southern Business & Development also awarded the S.C. Department of Commerce the “Deal of the Year” for the 2010 SB&D 100. Commerce received the recognitions for Boeing’s selection of North Charleston for the company’s second final assembly plant to support the 787 Dreamliner program. In addition to job and investment recruitment, the agency provides a range of business support services and offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.