Gov. Nikki Haley and the state’s commerce secretary traveled to Washington, DC Monday to meet with the president and CEO of South Carolina’s newest major manufacturer.
The governor’s office told The Associated Press on Monday that Haley and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt had lunch with Volvo Cars executive Hakan Samuelsson and Swedish ambassador Bjorn Lyrvall. Later in the day, the governor’s Twitter account posted a photo of Haley with Samuelsson and Lyrvall at the ambassador’s home.
Volvo Cars last week revealed it had chosen Berkeley County as the site for its first North American plant. The company hopes the new $500 million facility would create 2,000 jobs within the next five years, with a potential 4,000 jobs by 2030. The Department of Commerce offered more than $150 million in potential incentives for the plant, with the state totaling more than $200 million in total incentives.
It was a short visit for the governor, as she is scheduled to attend events in Columbia on Tuesday morning.