Moss is handing the reins of the county’s economic development recruiting agency to Jon Coleman, LCDC deputy director, at the first of the year. Lynn Finley, LCDC business/office manager, will assume Coleman’s duties, and a marketing director will be hired by LCDC during 2016.
“Laurens County has become a better place because of Marvin Moss,” said Stan Bryson, chairman of the LCDC board and director of the Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority. Moss has more than 27 years of industry recruiting experience in Laurens County and Upstate South Carolina, and worked in industry before that.
Moss and the LCDC team, with assistance of the SC Department of Commerce and the Upstate Alliance, has landed the “big fish” industries - ZF Transmissions Gray Court has 2,000 employees.
But Moss also has paid attention to mid-size and expanding industries - just before Tuesday’s reception, he had returned from a trade mission to Detroit.
Coleman said since its founding in 2006, with Moss as its only executive director, LCDC has recruited 4,700 new jobs and $1.5 billion in capital investment to Laurens County.
“This is a team effort,” Moss said. “I want to thank my board, what a great board I’ve had. There are a ton of allies here today - allies and friends. When I started this with the Chamber in 1999, I was told this is a cut-throat business. I have found it to be anything but a cut-throat business. We became friends.”
Moss and his wife Cheryl greeted a steady stream of Laurens County business and industry leaders, PTC officials including college president Dr. Ray Brooks, city officials from Clinton, Laurens and Gray Court, Laurens County representatives, SC Commerce and Upstate Alliance representatives, and others during the two-hour reception.
Coleman said Moss’ “going away present” from LCDC is a new Holland Grill, available through CNNGA. Coleman told his retiring boss and mentor, “We’re all coming over to your house!”