A rubber and plastics recycling company announced Thursday it will expand in Berkeley County, creating up to 200 jobs with a new facility in Saint Stephen.
Viva Holdings Group, Inc., manufactures semi-finished rubber goods through its subsidiary Viva TPE Products, LLC, for export to China. The holdings group is a partnership between a Chinese corporation and a South Carolina firm that handles the recycled material. The company uses a combination of recycled rubber and recycled plastics for its products.
“Viva brings together a team of Chinese and U.S. principals to create an international leader in the worldwide rubber and plastic recycling industries,” Chairman Zhang Baofa said in a statement. “Hebei JingXin Chemical Group Ltd. is honored to be part of this venture.”
The project will move into a vacant warehouse on the western edge of town. Saint Stephen is a town of around 1,700 people located roughly 40 miles north of Charleston.
“This announcement is a true revival for an area that has suffered for too long and provides opportunities for folks to both live and work in this region. Viva’s new operation in St. Stephen is the beginning of a new day for this part of Berkeley County,” Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler said in a statement.
Viva plans to invest $28 million into the facility before opening the site early next year. Hiring will begin in the fall, the company said.