Laurens County makes “Small Towns, Big Deals” list

Apr 20 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

Four Upstate communities are named in Southern Business & Development’s “Dixie Dozen: Small Towns, Big Deals” feature, which recognizes successful economic development efforts among communities with a population of 200,000 or less.

Cherokee, Laurens, Oconee, and Pickens counties were among the 14 South Carolina communities highlighted in the current edition of the publication, which covers economic development in the American South.  

The feature “is a salute to 12 parishes or counties in a state that continue to attract manufacturing jobs.” Each featured area has a population of 200,000 or less and attracted multiple projects between 2010 and 2016, leading to creation of 50 or more jobs.  

“Having Cherokee, Laurens, Oconee and Pickens counties recognized for their industrial recruitment successes and economic growth demonstrates that the Upstate is a great place to do business, with communities of various sizes and strengths,” said John Lummus, President & CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance. “We are proud the Upstate has such a strong presence in this feature.”

Overall, the Upstate saw $13.3 billion in capital investment from 2010-2016, with more than 37,515 jobs created.

“From 2010-2016, Laurens County experienced great industrial recruitment success,” said Jonathan Coleman, Executive Director of the Laurens County Development Corporation. “It shows that Laurens County is a great place to do business, no matter the size of the industry. We have built upon those successes to make our environment even better for business. We continue to make strides in the right direction and hope the next six years will be even better.”

Recent announcements of Belgium-based Moderna Products investing $6.5 million in Cherokee County, ZF Transmission’s largest North American investment in Laurens County with $400 million, BASF’s $60 million facility expansion in Oconee County, and the $13 million invested by Taylor Made in Pickens County were among the projects highlighted by the publication.   

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