York County Economic Insight | Fall 2019 Issue




From The Director's Desk. 
Each year York County hosts a Citizens Academy 101, designed to give residents an opportunity to learn more about county government and the services provided through daily operations. Each session introduces a variety of topics to give participants an overview of York County's departmental functions providing a setting to promote open lines of communication. I recently had the privilege to spend some time, not only with this group, but similar groups in York County, talking about what is happening in our local economy.
With each encounter, I am reminded of just how good we have it here and how bright our future looks. Our staff continues to be busy with a number of current expansions as well as quality new firms looking at the county. Our marketing efforts remain focused on highlighting the stories and events that make our county stand out among the rest.

Whether its innovative new companies like DIRTT Environmental Solutions making York County their new home, or companies like Wheel Pros receiving notable awards in manufacturing excellence, or historically low unemployment, York County continues to see great companies doing great things to help our citizens and local economy. 

The support of our public sector leadership matched with dedicated stakeholders from the private sector definitely helps in pushing us forward to make sure York County is — The Location You Need. The Life You Want. 

– David Swenson, Director of York County Economic Development

DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Inc. establishing operations in York County 
DIRTT Environmental Solutions, an interior construction company that uses technology for client-driven design and manufacturing, announced plans to establish operations in York County. The $18.5 million investment is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

The company uses its proprietary ICE® software to design, manufacture and install fully-customized interior environments. The technology drives DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Inc.’s advanced manufacturing and provides certainty on cost, schedule and the final result.

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"We’re very pleased to establish manufacturing operations in Rock Hill, which will maximize DIRTT’s production efficiency, ensure we have the capacity to support business growth and will help us better serve our customers geographically. With Charlotte Douglas International Airport less than 30 minutes away, our Rock Hill facility will also serve as our East Coast sales and marketing hub with a world-class DIRTT Experience Center. Thank you, Rock Hill, York County and South Carolina for welcoming DIRTT!”
DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Kevin O'Meara

Here is how York County thought inside and out the Box, attracting $400 million 
York County has manufacturing and manufacturing jobs coming. York County Council finalized two agreements on Nov.18 that will add or expand operations.

Council finalized a tax incentive agreement with New-Indy Containerboard for property at 5300 Cureton Ferry Road in Catawba. New-Indy bought the Resolute Forest Products paper mill site on Dec. 31, 2018 for $300 million. New-Indy projects a total investment of $433 million. The incentive agreement requires $400 million invested within eight years.

The facility now makes communication papers. New-Indy manufactures container board, a product that goes into cardboard boxes. The company mainly has recycled container board mills across the country.

Also relying on a tax incentive to grow business in York County is National Machinery & Fabrication. Jimmy Hutto, owner and president, is a Rock Hill resident. His company has been at its York County site since 1997.

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Salute to Manufacturing Awards Honor Companies: York County Industry Wins Award
The Salute to Manufacturing awards closed out the S.C. Manufacturing Conference & Expo at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston in late October. The award winners were announced during a special luncheon following the two-day conference and a keynote address by Gov. Henry McMaster. McMaster presented the awards to 12 companies from around the state in several categories.

Wheel Pros, a designer, marketer and distributor of branded, aftermarket wheels took home the Carlisle Associates Smart Move Award for building a new plant.

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York County Economic Development's Recruit Platform brings Unprecedented Power to the Search for Knowledge
Knowledge is power, and in the realm of economic development and industrial recruitment, the more detailed and targeted that knowledge, the more powerful it is.

Recently, the South Carolina I-77 Alliance rolled out a new tool for each of its counties with the ability to analyze workforce, demographic, and socio-economic data in unprecedented detail directly through our county website.

This free online resource, Recruit v4.5 from GIS WebTech, provides this data, coupled with available property listings, built on a platform powered by the latest advancements in online mapping technology. Recruit v4.5 instantly positions our office with the most technologically advanced repository of local economic data for the community.

 In other words, no more settling for approximations.

This all-new level of knowledge management fundamentally improves our county’s efficiency in attracting new industrial and corporate facilities. The platform highlights data and assets both inside and outside the respective community, while a common interface, shared technology, and data fidelity ensures a seamless user experience. In fact, this technology is the industry standard used by professionals in the practices of site selection and corporate real estate.

READ MORE about it here or click below to go straight the the new platform. 


Testimonials Speak!
See this video on how Composite Resources found ideal location in York County, SC

"Rock Hill is a great location for finding a diverse workforce. It's a great place for any business to be located, because it has a little bit of everything. Low land costs. A business friendly government."  – Morgan Brady, Managing Partner, Composite Resources 
Other Notable News & Links:
York County Highlights:
Here’s where the money is: Salaries high, jobs ready, and other details in York County.
Started but didn’t finish at York Tech? Rock Hill college’s new program can help
Domtar Proudly Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2019
‘Close to forever as we can get’: A new York County greenway won’t look far for ideas
What could half a billion dollars buy in downtown Rock Hill? Look quick. It's coming.

South Carolina has historically low unemployment. York County is one big reason why.

Regional & State Highlights:
NEWSMAKER: Janet LaBar (Charlotte Regional Business Alliance) opens up on big changes coming to Alliance strategy
After months of delays, latest Charleston Harbor deepening project gets green light

Commuter rail to York County? It could happen, CATS chief says
Big changes coming to Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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