A Chinese companys announcement that it will invest $45 million into a new facility in Chester County could indicate that manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., said county Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.
JN Fibers Inc., a manufacturer of recycled polyester staple fiber products, is establishing a manufacturing facility in Richburg. Officials say the company will bring 318 new jobs. With an rate 11.6 percent unemployment in Chester County, residents need the work, Roddey said.
And, other lookers or representatives from the manufacturing and textile industry have considered Chester County for an expansion or a new facility, he said.
The trend leads Roddey to believe that, perhaps, jobs are coming back.
Chester County took a hit when its textile companies shut down or moved, taking with them thousands of jobs, he said. So Wednesdays official announcement something Roddey has been working on for a few weeks was, he said, like something from Heaven.
Not only will 318 people be put to work, he said, but the construction sector will see money coming from a major upfit of JN Fibers building at 1247 Frederic Drive in Richburg.
The company plans to invest in the existing building and add building space nearby, for a total of 600,000 square feet.
JN Fibers expects to begin operations in the third quarter of 2014 and begin hiring for the new positions in the second quarter of 2014.
We are pleased by the opportunity to establish new operations in Chester County, Mark Bachner, senior vice president of operations for JN Fibers, said in a statement. South Carolina is the perfect fit for our business needs. With an excellent business environment and access to markets, as well as top-notch workforce talent, we look forward to getting our operations in Richburg up and running.
Bachner returned a call from The Herald but said he did not have any more information to release regarding JN Fibers Chester operation.
The company is headquartered in Zhejiang, China.
The new plant will recycle discarded soda and water bottles and transform them into recycled polyester staple fibers for use in home textiles, furniture, upholstery and automotive industries.
Chester County approved a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement for the company, and the state Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a rural infrastructure grant of $800,000 for the development. Contact Anna Douglas at 803-329-4068
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