SOI cuts ribbon to open Indian Land headquarters

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By Chris Sardelli

Carl Guidice is thrilled to be a part of Lancaster County.
Guidice, chief executive officer of Strategic Outsourcing Inc., a professional employer service, welcomed a large group of employees, guests and local and state officials at a ribbon-cutting for his company’s new Indian Land headquarters Monday.
SOI, which provides third-party benefit services for other businesses, recently moved its corporate offices from Charlotte to the the former HSBC building, which also houses URS Nuclear and Titanium Solutions. The building is located in the Edgewater Corporate Center, near U.S 521 and S.C. 160.
Guidice told the crowd that his company will make a great addition to the county’s economic community. Earlier this year, SOI announced plans to create between 60 and 80 new jobs and transfer about 160 current employees. The company also planned to invest about $1 million in its new facilities, and though it did not ask for incentives from the county, it will receive incentives from the state.
“Lancaster County made a pretty good decision making us a part of their community,” Guidice said.
He thanked several people and organizations for helping his company move to the county, including the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. With their help, he said there was little interruption in the company’s day-to-day activities, and his employees processed more than 13,000 paychecks during their first day in their new home.
“It was thrilling, fantastic, very exciting,” he said about the move. “This is one of the most positive experiences I have ever been involved with.”
Because of his positive experience here, Guidice recommends the county to other prospective businesses.
“I’d say other businesses will be hard-pressed not to come to Lancaster County,” he said. “With the facilities and the economic environment here, it’s in my honest opinion, a great environment.”
SOI’s Chief Financial Officer Mike Wilson said the company has already hired a few Lancaster County residents. He said he expects to hire more from the area.
“We had trouble finding quality employees where we were (in Charlotte), but there are more qualified resumes here,” Wilson said.
He said the company is currently searching for payroll technicians and benefit specialists.
Adam Jordan, with the S.C. Department of Commerce, said SOI is an example of why more businesses should move to Lancaster County.
“It’s a testament of this business climate here,” he said. “It says a lot about the available workforce in the area.”
About SOI
Founded in 1996, SOI serves as an integrated human resource department for small and medium-sized companies in a variety of industries.
The company is a third party provider of health-care and workers-compensation benefits. With offices located country-wide and with customers in all 50 states, SOI also provides expertise in human resources and compliance, risk management, employee benefits, payroll processing and information technologies.
For details, visit the company’s website at www.soi.com.  

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416