A Florence pharmaceutical company plans to stay in South Carolina after all, no incentives required. Florence Sen. Hugh Leatherman says money offered to help convince Roche Carolina to stay open has been returned to the state.
The Florence Morning News reports that Leatherman had worked to get $500,000 in incentive money from the state Commerce Department to convince Roche Carolina to keep its plant open after the company said in November it might close the Florence plant.
Roche employs about 300 people in the area. After the state response, the company has said it will keep its Florence plant open at least a few more years and Leatherman said this week that the money has been returned to the Commerce Department.
Roche’s Florence County plant makes an ingredient for Tamiflu as well as a chemotheraphy drug.