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Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc. establishes operations in Pickens County

Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc. (Peabody Engineering), a leading manufacturer of industrial polyethylene storage tanks, announced plans to establish operations in Pickens County on December 14, 2020. The more than $5.6 million investment will create 35 new jobs over the next five years. Founded in 1952, Peabody Engineering produces and distributes storage tanks, telecommunication-disguising equipment…

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KP Components Inc. expanding Pickens County operations

Marlboro Development Team, Inc. announced the completion of a new 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for KP Components, Inc. KP Components is an affiliate of Demark-based KP Components Group A/S. They specialize in precision automated CNC machining of complex parts for a variety of industries. Continued growth over the last decade led to the selection of MDT…

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Manufacturing Company KP Components To Add More Jobs With Its Second Plant In Easley

Pickens County will be the site of a new plant from an expanding manufacturing company, a Denmark-based precision components manufacturer, KP Components. It is a $16 million investment that intends to create 47 jobs, according to a statement from the state’s Department of Commerce. The company already employs about 65 people in South Carolina.  The company will build a 50,000-square-foot…

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Scholar Technician Of The Year

PICKENS COUNTY — Alliance Pickens, in partnership with the School District of Pickens County, announced Jacob Campbell of the Pickens County Career and Technology Center and Pickens High School as the winner of the 2019 Pickens County Scholar Technician of the Year Award. Sponsored by Alliance Pickens, The Scholar Technician of the Year is an…

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Waffles Anyone?

LIBERTY — U.S. Waffle Company announced on Thursday plans to launch a new frozen food processing facility in Pickens County. The company’s $22.1 million investment is projected to create approximately 114 new jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. “We’re excited for our new Pickens County facility to come online, as it will allow…

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Waffle Maker Bringing New Jobs To Liberty

LIBERTY — A Greenville-based waffle and pancake manufacturer is moving its entire operations to Liberty. U.S. Waffle Company’s $22.1 million investment in the former NCR building is expected to create at least 114 new jobs, county officials announced Thursday evening. “We’re so proud that U.S. Waffle Company is choosing to make Pickens County your new…

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District’S Work-Study Program

LIBERTY — The Pickens County Career and Technology Center is working to provide students with work experience that goes beyond the average after-school job and is partnering with area industry and local businesses to do so. The center is working with Alliance Pickens and the district’s middle and high schools to provide “career discovery and…

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Homegrown Company Expanding In Easley

LIBERTY — A business that began in the trunk of a car is moving to a 52,000-square-foot building as the first tenant in a newly created multi-county industrial/business park in Easley. Hal and Angel Rice announced the expansion of leisurewear company Under the Carolina Moon and its parent company Advertising Authorities during a joint meeting…

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Clemson Wins 2019 College Football Playoff

Alliance Pickens would like to congratulate the Clemson Tigers on their 2019 National Championship win! Clemson University, which is located in Pickens County, is one of many attractions to our area. Read more about Clemson’s win below: For the second time in three years, Clemson is on top of the college football world, crushing Alabama…

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Taylormade Plans $8M

PICKENS — TaylorMade Golf Company, one of the tenants of the Pickens County Commerce Park, is anticipating a $8 million expansion. In April 2013, county officials announced that TaylorMade Golf Company would be building a facility in the commerce park, located in Liberty, and Alliance Pickens executive director Ray Farley said the company has built…

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Making Strides In Stem

Pickens County – Alliance Pickens, in partnership with the School District of Pickens County, announced Ben Cannon of the Pickens County Career and Technology Center and Daniel High School as the winner of the 2018 Pickens County Scholar Technician of the Year Award. Sponsored by Alliance Pickens,The Scholar Technician of the year is an annual…

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Keymark’S New Headquarters

LIBERTY – KeyMark, Inc. a leading provider of business process automation solutions, officially moved into its new headquarters last month. Located in the Pickens County Commerce Park at 105 Tech Lane, the move completed a $6 million investment in the company’s growth and commitment to the community. The new 23,000-square-foot headquarters will allow KeyMark to…

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“Project Dairy” Revealed

PICKENS COUNTY — In a special called meeting on Tuesday morning, the Pickens County Council approved the third reading of an ordinance providing for a fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement for “Project Dairy” — a code name for a business which was revealed to be United Tool and Mold, Inc., a leading…

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Pg Aerospace Coming To Liberty

PG Aerospace coming to Liberty The company is expected to bring over 20 jobs to the area. By Kasie Strickland – kstrickland@championcarolinas.com County Councilman Roy Costner welcomed the company to Liberty. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress Ray Farley Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress LIBERTY — In a special called meeting by the Pickens County Council…

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German Company Cuts Ribbon On Pickens County Facility

German company cuts ribbon on Pickens County facility FacebookTwitterShare Posted on June 29, 2017 By Greg Oliver The Journal PICKENS COUNTY — More than 13 months after announcing the move of their North American headquarters to Pickens County, officials with Germany based era-contact USA officially cut the ribbon for their new facility Wednesday. Company officials…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Pickens County Welcomes Newest Industry

By GREG OLIVER THE JOURNAL PICKENS COUNTY – For the second time in a little less than a month, a major economic development announcement took place at the Alliance Pickens headquarters in Liberty as a German based company announced Wednesday that the county would serve as its North American headquarters. The company, called era-contact, is…

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German Company Announces Plant, Jobs In Liberty

Project Big Apple came to fruition Wednesday, with the announcement that the world’s leader in high-speed railway couplings is moving its North American manufacturing headquarters to Pickens County. County Council gave final approval to a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement and other incentives in a special meeting at Alliance Pickens headquarters to make way for the…

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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…

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Zero Connect Launching Operations In Pickens County

Zero Connect, an assembler and distributor of fiber optic and copper cables, is establishing operations in Pickens County. The new development will create 72 new jobs and lead to an investment of more than $1.3 million.  Zero Connect is a custom cable assembly manufacturer and supplier of off-the-shelf fiber and copper products for voice, data…

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Cable Assembly Firm To Create 72 Jobs In Easley

An Iowa-based company that assembles and distributes fiber optic and copper cables is opening up operations in Easley and plans to create more than 70 jobs, the company founder said. Zero Connect had decided to locate its new facility in Greenville before meeting Ray Farley, director of Alliance Pickens, and other Pickens County officials, Larry…

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Champion Aerospace Fires Up Aviation From Rural Upstate

When a pilot starts a turbine- or piston-powered aircraft, chances are good the ignition system or its components were made at Champion Aerospace in Liberty. The business, with more than a century of aviation history and a brand well known to automotive parts consumers, has manufacturing operations and research and development labs in a 220,000-square-foot…

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Pickens County Recognized As A Certified Workready Community

Pickens County is now among the ranks of Certified Work Ready Communities, sending a strong message to prospective job creators about the skills of the county’s workforce. South Carolina Certified Work Ready Communities are certified by ACT based on four criteria: the National Career Readiness Certificate, business support, high school graduation rate, and soft skills.…

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New Building A Recruitment Tool

The sign isn’t out front yet, and the landscaping’s not quite finished, but the wheels of economic development have begun turning anew inside Alliance Pickens’ new building. The 6,000-square-foot facility, located within the 310-acre Pickens County Commerce Park in Liberty, is another tool to help leaders like Ray Farley, executive director of Alliance Pickens, recruit…

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Clemson Student Wins $100,000 For Manufacturing Software

CLEMSON — A Clemson University student who will receive her master’s degree on Friday said she will pay off her student loans and establish a scholarship with the $100,000 she won for developing manufacturing software. Valerie Pezzullo, 24, won first place in the MTConnect Challenge 2 for an application that detects vibrations in metal-cutting machines…

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New Scholar Technician Video Released

Learn more about how Pickens County, South Carolina. USA is continuing to excel in areas of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education via a collaboration between the School District of Pickens County, Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University by watching this newly released video. Scholar Technician℠ – 2014

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Counselors, Manufacturers Work Together To Prepare Students – Pickens County Courier

– Staff PICKENS COUNTY — Guidance counselors from all Pickens County schools recently collaborated with seven local manufacturing companies to learn about technology and job skill requirements by seven local manufacturing companies. The guidance counselors gathered at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center on October 28 to hear about job outlooks, Career Center technology…

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Pickens Students Win Glider Challenge – Greenville News

Pickens County students took home top honors in the 2013 Glider Challenge held April 25 at Lockheed Martin at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center. The R.C. Edwards Middle School team, “The UFOs,” won first place in the 2013 Glider Challenge. Team members were Clary Miles, Robert Weir, Khalil Anderson and John Robert. The…

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Taylormade Coming To Pickens County – Greenville News

By Julie Howle An ideal location, business friendly environment and highly skilled work force with training and education available at area colleges and universities were all part of the draw that led to TaylorMade Golf Co.’s decision to build a new golf ball production facility in Pickens County, company officials said. TaylorMade Golf announced plans…

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Taylormade/Adidas Golf Company Expanding With New Facility In Pickens County – Independent Mail

By Nikie Mayo TaylorMade Golf Company will invest $13 million to build a new golf ball production plant in Pickens County and will shutter its operations in nearby Westminster, corporation officials said Wednesday. The new 120,000-square-foot plant in Liberty will serve as TaylorMade’s North American golf ball production headquarters. Executive Vice President John Kawaja said…

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Taylormade To Produce Golf Balls In Liberty – Easley Patch

By Carolyn Farr Smith A golf ball manufacturer announced plans to invest $13 million in Liberty Wednesday to build a state-of-the-art production facility and expand operations in South Carolina. TaylorMade Golf Company will establish a new manufacturing and research and development facility in Pickens County. The 120,000-square-foot production plant will be housed in the Pickens…

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Video: Taylormade Announces New Facility In Pickens County

On Wednesday TaylorMade Golf Company announced it will invest $13 million in a new 120,000-square-foot plant to be located in the Pickens County Commerce Park.  Learn more about the company’s future plans in Pickens County by watching the video below. TaylorMade Announces New Facility in Pickens County, SC. USA TaylorMade Putting Down Roots in Pickens…

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Tri-County Tech Dedicates Center – Seneca Journal

By Greg Oliver Tri-County Technical College on Friday formally unveiled its state-of-the-art Industrial Technology Center, a 43,000-square foot-facility located less than five miles from the Pendleton campus. During a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring county and state-elected officials from Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties, Tech President Ronnie Booth said the college purchased the former Virginia…

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Newly Released Videos

Learn more about the Pickens County Scholar Technician, the School-to-Registered Apprentice Program and the School District of Pickens County’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning initiatives by taking a look at these short videos. The Scholar Technician – Pickens County, SC. USA SC School-to-Registered Apprenticeship program – United Tool and Mold STEM in the School…

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Students Combine Engineering With Racing – Seneca Journal

By Greg Oliver LIBERTY – Approximately 180 students representing 16 Pickens County elementary schools used engineering principles to race balloon-powered toy cars at the School District of Pickens County’s Jet Toy Challenge on Tuesday. Two teams from Forest Acres Elementary School won the top two spots and will advance to the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Jet Toy Challenge…

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Unique Apprenticeship Program Unveiled

By Greg Oliver LIBERTY – United Tool and Mold Inc. President Scott Phipps said that in order for the U.S. to regain its position as market leaders, preparing the employees of tomorrow is now a must. As a result, United Tool and Mold Inc. is teaming up with The Pickens County Career and Technology Center…

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Pickens School District, Company Announce Apprentice Program – Indepedent Mail

By Jennifer Crossley Howard LIBERTY — The School District of Pickens County has long prepared high school students for careers in machine technology at United Tool and Mold. On Wednesday, the school district and the company formalized their relationship and announced an apprenticeship program. The district’s Career and Technology Center, Apprenticeship Carolina and United Tool…

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Comatrol Recognized As A Top Sc Employer

Comatrol, a manufacturer of hydraulic cartridge valves located in Easley, was recently named as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The annual award, sponsored by SCBIZ Magazine, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group, recognizes companies across the state that provide outstanding work environments for their employees.…

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Sealevel Hires Five, Invests $2.5M – Gsa Business Journal

By Liz Segrist Liberty-based Sealevel plans to hire five people and invested $2.5 million to accommodate its facility expansion. Sealevel unveiled its new circuit assembly line and expanded manufacturing facility during a Tuesday announcement by Sealevel executives, Pickens County Council and Alliance Pickens. The hires will be for engineers and process control associates. The investment…

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County Students In High Demand

PICKENS COUNTY — STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs available to students in the Pickens County school district show that there are viable career options for those children who are not interested in what some view as a more traditional, four-year university education. Ray Farley, executive director of Alliance Pickens, recently organized a dinner…

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United Tool And Mold Makes Generous Donation To The Pickens County Career And Technology Center – Easley Progress

Liberty, SC – Just a little more than a week after local business and industry came together to raise more than $10,000 to support the School District of Pickens County’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, a Pickens County company is raising the bar with another donation aimed at supporting technical education. United Tool…

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Clemson Elementary Students Named Grand Champions At Jettoy Competition- Pickens Sentinel

By: Billy Cannada PICKENS COUNTY-Two teams from Clemson Elementary, the “Electric Lemons” and team “JDW” took home highest honors at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International JetToy competition in Detroit, Michigan last week. Led by their teacher Meredith Cross, the fifth graders were named Grand Champions at the event. The teams included; Jakob Ables, Will…

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Pickens County Wins Rural Education Award For Business And Industry Showcase – Easley Progress

Greenwood, SC – Pickens County was presented with the Rural Education Award for the Business and Industry Showcase by Governor Nikki Haley at the 22nd Annual Rural Summit sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The Business and Industry Showcase, a collaborative effort sponsored by Pickens, Anderson and Oconee Counties, reaches approximately 5,000 8th…

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Pickens County Firm To Expand – Greenville News

By Julie Howle PICKENS — A manufacturer of automotive components said Tuesday the expansion of its existing operation in Pickens County will mean an investment of about $5.14 million over five years and the creation of 93 jobs. YH America South Carolina LLC, at 109 Gillespie Drive off of State 93 between Easley and Liberty, assemblies…

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Pickens Development: The Focus Factor – Seneca Journal

By Greg Oliver This is the first of a two-part series on the economic development recruitment success of Pickens County PICKENS COUNTY — It seems like only yesterday when Pickens County leaders were feverishly seeking to jumpstart economic development while looking over their shoulders at successful neighboring counties. The loss of long-time textile plants was…

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Palmetto Plating Earns Recognition – Easley Progress

EASLEY — Palmetto Plating of Easley is featured in a top industry publication in recognition of their superior capabilities and excellent customer service. In a four page article, Metal Finishing focuses on the company’s ability to meet the unique needs of their current customers while continuing to explore new technology and processes that will ensure…

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Auto Supplier To Locate In Pickens County – Gsa Business

By Liz Segrist Michigan-based VCI-SC Inc., a metal-parts manufacturer, announced Tuesday it will create up to 50 jobs and make a $2 million investment with the opening of a new facility in Pickens County. The company is an automotive supplier for BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg County and other original equipment manufacturers. It’s also involved…

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Tri Tech Usa Celebrates

By Rick Spruill LIBERTY — Tri Tech USA Inc. hosted a beam-signing celebration Friday to mark the near-completion of a construction project in Pickens County The company’s new 41,000-square-foot manufacturing building in the Pickens County Commerce Park in Liberty will house more than $4,000,000 worth of technology and at least 40 new employees, according to…

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Pickens County Welcome Tri Tech Usa – Seneca Journal

By Greg Oliver The Pickens County Commerce Park, site for a number of economic development celebrations in recent years, will host another one at 9:30 a.m. today when Tri Tech USA, Inc. will officially celebrate construction of its new headquarters and manufacturing facility. Last December, Tri Tech USA, Inc. announced plans to relocate its operations…

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St. Jude Medical Celebrates Expansion – Seneca Journal

By Greg Oliver LIBERTY – In an economic climate where most businesses and industries are downsizing or placing freezes on new hires, St. Jude Medical, Inc. is growing. On Thursday, local leaders gathered in the company’s 60,000 square-foot, high-tech facility that opened last month to manufacture hybrid microelectronic circuits. The circuits are critical components used…

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Champion To Expand – Pickens Sentinel

By Sandy Foster LIBERTY – Champion Aerospace in Liberty is expanding its product line, bringing an opportunity for 30 to 45 new jobs to the area, according to company officials. In September 2008, the company acquired the products from Unison Industries, LLC, a subsidiary of General Electric, including highly engineered SLICK magnetos, harnesses and components.…

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11 Schools To Share $3 Million – Seneca Journal

By Greg Oliver COLUMBIA – Approximately 235 schools throughout the state, including 11 in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson 4, will share $3 million awarded Wednesday to palmetto Gold and Silver award recipients for 2007-08. Created by the Education Accountability Act of 1998, and now in its seventh year, the program awards a minimum of $1,500…

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Dayco Staying Put – Pickens Sentinel

By Ginny Johnson “We’ve got the mucky-mucks here in the room … but the heart and soul of any operation is out there making a living right now.” So said Rep. Gresham Barrett about the 450 employees of Dayco-Mark IV who get to keep their jobs thanks to the concerted efforts of Alliance Pickens and…

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Pickens Tti Hiring 140 Workers – Pickens Sentinel

By Rita-Sue Seaborn The Pickens TTI North America plant is currently hiring 140 new employees after being awarded the Home Depot contract to manufacture pressure washer products. Doug Newton, the company’s senior vice president of Human Resources, said. “This is certainly exciting,” he said. “This is the return of manufacturing to Pickens County and it…

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High-Tech Company To Create More Jobs In Pickens County – Independent Mail

By Stephanie Tracy LIBERTY — St. Jude Medical, an international cardiovascular device manufacturer, announced Tuesday it will build a manufacturing and development plant in the Pickens County Commerce Park. The new 100,000-square-foot facility will produce capacitors for implantable defibrillators, and will initially employ an extra 100 workers over the next five years in addition to…