South Carolina continues to strengthen its manufacturing sector, this time with a rare kind of production coming to the Upstate.
Scio Diamond Technology Corporation today announced it is moving its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations from Boston to Greenville County, with plans to generate 70 new jobs over the next five years.
Scio Diamond uses a chemical process to produce high-quality, single-crystal diamonds in a controlled laboratory setting. These cultivated diamonds have the identical chemical, physical and optical properties as any diamond found in the earth, according to the company.
Scio is upfitting a 9,300-square-foot section of the NEXT Innovation Center development, with more than 6,000 square feet for 18 to 20 diamond growing reactors, supporting equipment, plus laser and polishing operations.
Company officials say the facility should be fully online and into the growing and production process by second quarter of 2012.