German Company Bringing New Jobs, $3M Investment

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com COUNTY — A new neighbor is moving into the “world-class neighborhood” that is the Pickens County Commerce Park. The company, era-contact GmbH, a world market leader in electrical railway couplings, announced last week that it will be locating its North American manufacturing headquarters in Pickens County. The $3.4 million…

County Snags One More

PICKENS COUNTY — era-contact, a German based company that produces couplings for electric railways, announced a new facility to be built in Commerce Park off U.S. 123 in Liberty. The space will serve as the company’s North American headquarters, bringing 45 new jobs to the Upstate as well as a $3.6 million investment to the…

Where Are They Now?

PICKENS COUNTY — The 2015 Alliance Pickens Scholar Technician of the year was Steven Hoke Durham, with Nathan Brown and Sylvia Townsend also placing as finalists. Durham is a graduate of the Machine Tool Technology program at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center who also attended Daniel High School. He is currently approaching his…

Alliance Pickens’ Workforce Development Program Receives International Acclaim

COUNTY — Alliance Pickens, with input from Pickens County existing industry partners, the Pickens County Career and Technology Center (CTC), and Tri-County Technical College, developed the Scholar Technician initiative in 2012 as a work-force development activity and economic development program. This initiative focuses on the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and…

Alliance Pickens Director Says County ‘Very Well Positioned’ For Future Manufacturing Investment

By GREG OLIVER THE JOURNAL PICKENS COUNTY – Alliance Pickens Executive Director Ray Farley has witnessed the influx of economic development at the Pickens County Commerce Park. But like all economic officials, Farley has also seen time go by when no announcements of new industry or expansions occurred. Of course, Farley prefers to see economic…