Florence company expands, adds new jobs

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A Florence County business announced it would expand and create new jobs in the Pee Dee.

According to a press release,  the Florence County Economic Development Partnership announced Wednesday that Angus-Palm, a Worthington Industries Company, located in Pee Dee Commerce City, will expand its metal fabrication manufacturing facility.  Angus-Palm will invest $13 million and create 55 jobs over the next four years.  The company currently has 176 employees.   

Angus-Palm designs and manufactures high-quality, custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations for a wide range of heavy mobile equipment in several end-markets including agriculture, construction and mining.  In addition to its Florence facility, Angus-Palm has locations in Watertown, SD and Greeneville, Tenn. 

The company will employ fabricators, welders, painters, assemblers, material handlers and engineers.  Safety training, lean manufacturing, on the job training and engineering/technician training will also be part of the expansion.  Those that would like to apply for employment, please call Angus-Palm at 843-413-4302.

Below is the news release sent to News13 Wednesday afternoon:

Angus-Palm expanding operations in Florence County
$13 million investment expected to create 55 new jobs   

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Angus-Palm, a metal fabricator of engineered cabs, is expanding its existing manufacturing facility in Florence County. The $13 million investment is expected to generate 55 new jobs over the next four years.

“We are pleased to expand our facility and add to the workforce in Florence,” said Angus-Palm Florence Operations Manager Chris Drose. “The expansion will allow us to grow the business by adding several new product lines to our current offering.”

The company will expand its metal fabrication facility located in Pee Dee Commerce City. Angus-Palm currently employs 176 people at the facility.

“It's exciting to see another one of our existing businesses grow its footprint here in South Carolina. We celebrate Angus-Palm's decision to invest $13 million and create 55 new jobs in Florence,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Angus-Palm designs and manufactures high-quality, custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations for a wide range of heavy mobile equipment in several end-markets including agriculture, construction and mining. In addition to its Florence facility, Angus-Palm has locations in Watertown, S.D. and Greeneville, Tenn.

“Today's announcement by Angus-Palm builds on the Palmetto State's manufacturing renaissance. Every one of these new jobs will create an impact in the Florence area and beyond,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 23,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“I look forward to working with this great corporate citizen in the future, as they further boost their operations and create additional employment opportunities,” said state Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman Sr.  “I am proud of the entire economic development team for this announcement and point once again to the fact that in Florence County, we are open for business.”

Florence County Council Chairman James Schofield said, “This is further proof that we are moving forward and staying competitive in our quest to bring in industry and grow Florence County. On behalf of Florence County Council, I congratulate them on their success.”

“Angus-Palm's expansion is a testament to Florence County's pro-business climate.  Our skilled labor force is dedicated to excellence and sustaining growth” stated FCEDP Chairman Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II.

The company will employ fabricators, welders, painters, assemblers, material handlers and engineers.  Safety training, lean manufacturing, on the job training and engineering/technician training will also be part of the expansion. Those that would like to apply for employment, please call Angus-Palm at 843-413-4302.

Angus-Palm is part of Worthington Industries, a leading diversified metals manufacturing company with 2012 fiscal year sales of $2.5 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the company employs 10,000 in 83 facilities in 11 countries. Learn more at http://www.worthingtonindustries.com/.

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