South Carolina Lands Two New Business Ventures
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South Carolina captured deals for a sporting toy company to open distribution operations and a golf bag maker to set up third-party logistics and global manufacturing in the state.
Gov. Henry McMaster recently announced both new business ventures on consecutive days. South Carolina is actively promoting its strategic Eastern Seaboard location halfway between New York and Miami as an enticement for business development.
“South Carolina’s booming economy and strong workforce continue to attract top-tier companies,” McMaster noted Dec. 7 when congratulating sporting toymaker and pogo stick king Flybar Inc. for selecting Greenwood County for its new distribution operations.
Flybar, founded in 1918 as the “original pogo stick company,” recently expanded its active play and bounce portfolio among over 500 items it produces in 14 different categories such as skateboards, ride-on vehicles, trampolines, sleds and preschool toys. The company also is among the world’s largest pogo stick makers.
“Greenwood’s infrastructure, proximity to the port and mature business market made it the ideal location for our main distribution center. We can’t wait to get Greenwood bouncing and smiling,” said Saul Wolhendler, Flybar president and CEO.
The company’s $8 million investment will create 36 jobs in the new Greenwood distribution operations center to support its needs for increased inventory and order fulfillment.
The state Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $75,000 rural infrastructure grant to Greenwood County to help offset building improvement costs for the new operations and land the deal.
“By creating these job opportunities and investing in our state, Flybar Inc. joins our robust logistics community that continues to advance South Carolina’s economy,” Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey III said.
Lightsey and McMaster a day earlier welcomed an announcement of a $4 million investment by Global Sales and Warehousing to establish operations in Orangeburg County.
“South Carolina’s talented workforce, convenient East Coast location and unparalleled infrastructure provide an ideal location for companies to efficiently make and move their products,” Lightsey commented.
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The project will create 35 jobs. Activities at the facility will involve third-party logistics services as well as importing materials to assemble golf bags and distribute completed products.
Jeff Aubery, the company’s founder and CEO, said the site was chosen for its “incredible infrastructure and business-friendly environment.”
Matthew Shaffer, chairman of Central SC Alliance, said, “As our communities grow and technology advances how business is conducted worldwide, ensuring that products can get from facilities to store shelves and consumers’ doors efficiently and effectively is of increasing importance.”
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