From The Director's Desk Change is never easy, yet constant and occurring all around us. As individuals or organizations, it can evoke a degree of uneasiness, anxiety, excitement or even joy. How we react and deal with that change plays a significant role in how our future may look. One thing is for certain, change is and continues to take place here in York County.
New 2018 population estimates released recently indicate that York County now has a population of over 274,000 people. This is a 3% increase over 2017 and a 21% increase from 2010. As our population grows, it makes it increasingly important to attract and sustain companies that will provide jobs for years to come.
Whether that means assisting companies as they grow, making sure new companies feel welcome, bolstering the economic development success created by grassroots efforts in our municipalities and towns, or cultivating an environment hospitable for entrepreneurs to flourish --- we continue to strive for this balance.
We continue to work hard to attract new companies into the area, engage existing businesses, and promote all the great assets and opportunities York County has to offer. Many of the key assets and activities that make us special are highlighted in our new Living in York County piece below. Check it out as we collectively celebrate the things that make York County -- The Location You Need. The Life You Want.
– David Swenson, Director of York County Economic Development
Eclipse Automation Announces New Operations Eclipse Automation, a provider of automated systems for a variety of industries, recently announced plans to locate new operations in York County. The company’s $4.6 million investment is projected to create 90 new jobs over the next five years.
Eclipse Automation is a leading supplier of custom automated manufacturing equipment for the life sciences, energy, transportation, mining and telecommunications industries. With locations in Canada and the United States, Eclipse Automation delivers state-of-the-art solutions through automation technology and project experience.
"The Rock Hill facility is the perfect location to support our long-term growth plan and ongoing commitment to our customers. Eclipse is focused on delivering innovative automated solutions worldwide, and we believe that South Carolina has an impressive reputation in quality manufacturing and developing skilled resources. Both will provide a solid foundation for success at our new location.”
–Eclipse Automation President and CEO Steve Mai
Eclipse Automation Grand Opening Event. Eclipse Automation recently unveiled its newest 57,000 square-foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The event had outstanding attendance attracting over 300 guests with an Open House, Tech Day and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. As part of the celebration, Eclipse Southeast hosted tours, welcomed local media, greeted families and friends, and showcased over 27 exhibitors who also sponsored the event.
Panelists David Swenson, Director of York County Economic Development and Stephen Turner, Director of Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation provided insights on what is driving growth, the challenges and new opportunities that have come with development and how Rock Hill and York County are doing their part in the Knowledge Economy within the Charlotte USA region.
Ernie Reigel, Interim CEO of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, provided an update on the newly formed organization and the impact to economic development in the region. Tours of the Lowenstein Building and surrounding development followed the panel.
Living in York County. This new addition to our York County Economic Development resource center shines. This PDF covers quality of life, education, cost of living, and all the many assets that come with living and doing business in York County!
This York Company Has Outstanding Reputation Proud supplier to the U.S. military. The ability to outpace other companies by reducing lead time. A stellar environmental record. Nation Ford Chemical stands out above the rest.
"Our Fort Mill location makes logistics convenient by road, by rail and by ship. Our site is conveniently located just off a major interstate, has direct access to the Norfolk Southern main rail line and is just three short hours from the Port of Charleston.” – President of Nation Ford Chemical Jay Dickson