Lash Group looks to double Fort Mill workforce by 2020

Gov. Nikki Haley lauded Fort Mill and York County for “rolling out the red carpet” to business Monday during a ribbon cutting for Lash Group’s new headquarters.

Haley and other local dignitaries attended an opening ceremony for the five-story, 250,000-square-foot Kingsley Park building, where company leaders said they plan to double the 1,200-person work force by 2020.

The patient support services company, which employes about 3,500 nationwide, was founded in 1993 around a kitchen table in Charlotte by Peyton Howell and several others.

Howell, now employed with Lash Group’s parent company AmerisourceBergan, which acquired Lash in 1998, said that initial group of employees “needed a conference table and so we used my kitchen table.”

Tracy Foster, who joined the company in 1996 and is now president of Lash Group, said the company moved 1,200 jobs to the Fort Mill site when its relocated its headquarters from Charlotte to South Carolina.

The company, which started construction of the new headquarters almost a year ago, moved into the new building during March, Foster said.

Foster said the company expects to add another 1,200 jobs at the Fort Mill headquarters by 2020, for a total of 2,400 jobs. She said the added jobs could be a mix of new positions or jobs moved from Charlotte.