A Caterpillar supplier has chosen Anderson County for its first operation outside of its home state. the plant will serve the new Caterpillar facility in neighboring Georgia.
A major metal fabricator, McLaughlin Body Company, based in Moline, Illinois since 1902, will locate their new subsidiary operation in an Anderson industrial park, pending final approval by the Anderson County Council on April 15. The $22 million dollar investment is expected to generate 250 new jobs over the next five years.
Company president John Mann says after a thorough search, Anderson County proved to be the ideal location for the company to expand. “This involved picking a location that had a highly motivated, available workforce; a good physical location to serve customers, especially customers in the Southeast who desired a world-class metal fabrication company like ourselves,” Mann said at a Monday-morning press conference.
“At the same time we had to find well-situated supply chain companies with advantageous logistics and infrastructure,” Mann added.
The expected date to have the facility fully operational is the first quarter of 2014.
Mann says Anderson County’s Tri-County Technical College will help them to prepare their workers quickly and he touted its specialized welding school. The new operation will demand a variety of skilled manufacturing and technical positions including engineering, robotic weld programming and welding.
Governor Nikki Haley attended Monday’s announcement:”Our jobs are to make sure that this company is successful; our job is our job is to make sure we wrap our arms around them. It’s not about getting a company here, it’s about making sure that after they been here a year, they can say this is the best decision they ever made.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Governor’s Closing Fund grant for $4 million for building acquisition and job development credits.