York County Economic Insight | Spring Issue 2023


From The Director's Desk. 
As we move into the spring season, we wanted to reflect on some of the exciting developments that have taken place in our area. Earlier this year, we welcomed Pallidus and PDM US to York County, which is great news for our local economy.

Additionally, we're proud to congratulate Elkem on being named the Manufacturer of the Year in York County, recognizing the hard work of our local manufacturing sector. We're also pleased to see our local education institutions, like York Technical College, continuing to provide valuable training and apprenticeship opportunities to students.

Celebrating Small Business Week last week, we were able to shine a spotlight on the small business community that helps to make our community unique and vibrant. We encourage everyone to continue to shop local and support these businesses in your own way.

While we're excited about the positive developments in our area, we're also keeping a watchful eye on the national and local economy and any potential impacts on our community. We're committed to promoting economic growth and opportunity in York County and will continue to work towards that goal.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to promote economic growth and opportunity in York County. With a notable year in 2022 and more interest in our area in 2023, it's clear that York County is -- The Location You Need. The Life You Want. 

– David Swenson, Director of York County Economic Development

Pallidus relocating corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations to York County
Pallidus, an innovative silicon carbide (SiC) wafer semiconductor manufacturer, recently announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations to York County. The company’s $443 million investment will create 405 new jobs.

Founded in 2015, Pallidus leverages its proprietary M-SiC technology to increase the quality and lower the cost to produce silicon carbide wafers used in semiconductors. The company’s next-generation technology has garnered traction in the rapidly expanding transportation, green energy and industrial power electronics markets.

"Our decision to move our corporate headquarters and establish our high-volume manufacturing facility to York County, South Carolina, was one made with much thought. We wanted to locate to a community that aligned with our innovative spirit and attracted the technology talent we need to grow our new semiconductor silicon carbide wafer production. We found all of these assets and more in our Rock Hill location. This community offers an exceptional quality of life for our employees, while also being easily supported from our state of art research and development facility in New York. We look forward to years of growth here in York County.” 

Pallidus Vice President Global Facilities Jerry Knowles

PDM US expanding operations, establishing world headquarters in York County
PDM US, a manufacturer of pre-insulated copper pipes, recently announced plans to expand operations and establish its world headquarters in York County. The company’s $18.5 million investment will create 25 new jobs.

PDM US is a leading global pipe manufacturer and copper tube supplier. The company’s Rock Hill operations serve as its main production facility and will now also serve as its world headquarters. 


Elkem Named Manufacturer of the Year in York County, SC
York County Economic Development was thrilled to announce Elkem as the Manufacturer of the Year in York County. The award was recently presented at the York County Regional Chamber's annual awards ceremony and recognizes Elkem's excellence in manufacturing, their commitment to safety and quality, and their dedication to the community.

Elkem, a global leader in the production of silicones, silicon, ferrosilicon, foundry alloys, carbon, and microsilica, has been a significant contributor to the York County manufacturing community since 1998. They have consistently demonstrated their commitment to innovation, sustainability, and safety in their operations.


Representing the SC I-77 Alliance at JEC World 2023: Insights into Composites, Sustainability, and South Carolina's Potential
David Swenson shares how he represented the SC I-77 Alliance region at the world's largest composites conference recently. The JEC World 2023 is held annually in Paris, France and draws over 40,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors from across the globe. 


Tour of Newly Opened ArcLabs Welding School
The York County Economic Development team recently attended a tour of the newly opened ArcLabs Welding School in Rock Hill, SC, and we were thoroughly impressed by what we saw. As a county that values workforce development and job creation, ArcLabs' focus on welding education will be valuable to our community.

During our tour, we were amazed by the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at ArcLabs, as well as the passion that the staff at ArcLabs have for helping their students become the best welders possible. The school has invested in the latest technology to ensure that their students receive the best education they can provide.


York Technical College Hosts Spring Apprenticeship Signing Day
On April 26th, 2023, ten companies visited York Technical College for the biannual Apprenticeship Signing Day in the Learning Commons. In just one year, the Apprenticeship Program at York Technical College has nearly doubled in growth, with over 32 new apprenticeships established since January of 2022. Through the Apprenticeship Program, students receive real-world experience in their respective field of study. 

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