A nutritional supplement manufacturer announced Thursday it will move its corporate headquarters from Idaho to Berkeley County, bringing 330 new jobs to the area.
Thorne Research, Inc., said it will build a new $35 million manufacturing facility and corporate office complex in Summerville. The 240,000 square-foot project is expected to create 330 new jobs.
Thorne creates what it calls “foundational vitamins and minerals” and “therapeutic-focused nutritional supplements.” It was founded in Seattle and relocated to Idaho in 1990. Its website notes it partners with the U.S. Olympic Committee. “Combined with dramatic increases in new professional customers, particularly medical doctors and our international businesses, our new Summerville facility will meet our need to increase capacity and productivity to meet our anticipated future growth,” CEO Paul Jacobson said in a statement.
Roughly 270 employees at the Idaho facility were notified of the company’s plans on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear how many of the 270 would be offered new jobs in South Carolina.
The company hopes the site will be fully operational by summer 2018, with hiring for the new positions projected to begin in the second quarter of that year. Anyone interested in joining the Thorne Research team should visit the company’s career page online. For additional information on the company, visit www.thorne.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.