A company near the tiny town of Yemassee is planning an expansion that will add more jobs to the area.
Le Creuset, a French cookware manufacturer, announced Monday morning that it will expand its facility located in Hampton County. The $3.6 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs. The company has been in South Carolina since 1974 and built its current 100,000-square-foot distribution center near Yemassee in 1997. Le Creuset intends to add nearly 200,000 square feet to its existing distribution facility. Founded in northern France in 1925, Le Creuset markets its high-end enamel cookware globally.
“Le Creuset chose an excellent site in Hampton County just off I-95 for their distribution headquarters, and they have expanded several times since then,” said Hampton County Council Chairman Hugh Gray.
The company will begin hiring for the positions later this year. Hampton County’s unemployment was 12.9 percent in April with a ranking of 13 in the state.