County News

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (February 2, 2018) – According to a South Carolina Department of Commerce report released last week, Anderson County was the only county in the state to announce three top-10 economic development projects in capital investment and job creation during 2017, topping Berkeley, Spartanburg, Newberry, and Richland counties, which announced two each.

Announced expansions in 2017 to existing Anderson County operations by global appliance manufacturer Electrolux ($200 million investment) and global technology and services supplier Robert Bosch ($152 million investment) ranked fifth and seventh statewide, respectively, in capital investment announcements. Global orthopedic medical device company Arthrex’s announcement that it is launching new surgical device manufacturing operations in Anderson County expected to create 1,000 new jobs ranked second statewide in job creation announcements.

Anderson County’s industry recruitment in 2017 continues a nine-year period of economic development activities that have brought more than $3.3 billion in capital investment and 5,300 new jobs to Anderson County since January 2009.

“The success we’ve had in economic development recruiting in 2017 and over the past several years is unprecedented in the history of Anderson County, and we are establishing a new standard to which communities across the Southeast will now aspire. This new standard requires even more attention to our efforts with partners like Tri-County Tech to develop our workforce, providing our workers the training and education they need to continue to be the engine that drives our progress as a community. We have more than 200,000 people in the County now, and there is no sign that our growth is going to slow down anytime soon. In 2018, the County’s primary aim will be to encourage continued economic development through strategic, efficient modernization of our technology and public services infrastructure.” — Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn

“South Carolina has become an industrial powerhouse. To recruit more than $5 billion in capital investment [in 2017] – a feat which had never occurred prior to 2011 – takes a remarkable amount of collaboration and teamwork from many partners across this state.” — S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt