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Lancaster County’s Thomas & Betts will undergo a major expansion that’s expected to create more jobs at its plant at 3468 Old Camden Highway, just south of the Elgin community off U.S. 521.
The company, which makes steel power transmission structures, will add shifts in order to meet increased demands for its products, according to a media release issued Monday, March 4.
Thomas & Betts makes transmission poles for utility companies and cooperatives throughout the United States. A large percentage of these poles remain in the Southeast and along the East Coast.
This expansion is expected to increase the number of employees at the plant by about 30 percent this year.
“We are seeing increased demand from our customers, so it is the right time for us to expand in Lancaster County,” said Mike Scutella, plant manager at Thomas & Betts.
“South Carolina has provided an excellent home for our operations and we look forward to growing here,” he said. “We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials.”
Gov. Nikki Haley, in the release, said it’s always exciting to see a company grow in one of the state’s rural areas.
“We celebrate Thomas & Betts’ decision to expand their operations and create new jobs in Lancaster,” Haley said. “By continuing to strengthen our business-friendly climate, we can look forward to more announcements like this one.”
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 20,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
“Our state’s manufacturing sector continues to be a real wealth and job creator,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
“When companies like Thomas & Betts build on existing investments and create jobs, it helps make the communities where people live sustainable,” he said. “Every one of these jobs will have an impact in Lancaster County.”
Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough mentioned the “phenomenal” growth of Thomas & Betts, which has been in Lancaster more than 30 years.
“We will partner with Thomas & Betts to produce welders and other manufacturing employees to meet and exceed their needs and look forward to another 30 years of successful partnership with the company,” McCullough said.
Thomas & Betts began hiring for the new positions in January. New jobs include CNC (computer numerical control) operators, welders, fitters and other skilled positions.
Anyone interested in job opportunities with Thomas & Betts should call SC Works Lancaster at (803) 285-6966.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152