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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Business And Industry Showcase Introduces Students To Advanced Manufacturing Careers – Pickens County Courier

For two days, more than 5,000 8th and 9th graders from Pickens, Anderson and Oconee counties had an opportunity to visit with representatives from local companies with the goal of learning more about how to prepare for their future careers. The Anderson – Oconee – Pickens Business and Industry Showcase, held at Littlejohn Coliseum on…

Pickens Building ‘Dynasty’ In Mechatronics – Gsa Business Journal

By Bill Poovey They are part of a long championship run in mechatronics.  These ambitious students design, program and build robotic controls and other high-tech gadgets in an Upstate classroom-laboratory.  Learning in an environment that sometimes requires safety goggles, their skills have made the Pickens County Career and Technology Center a prime recruiting stop for…

Mechatronics Paying Off For Recent Daniel Graduates – Seneca Journal

By Greg Oliver LIBERTY – Brandon Hall and John Hayes, who recently graduated from Daniel High School, will both attend Greenville Technical College this fall to pursue mechatronics degrees they say will open up numerous career opportunities. In fact, Hayes is already gaining valuable experiences through his employment at Cornell Dubilier, an international electronics manufacturer based…

Pickens County Once Again Has Bragging Rights To A State Championship In Mechatronics – Pickens Sentinel

By Patrick Lark, Cornell Dubilier Pickens County once again has bragging rights to a State Championship in Mechatronics. Mechatronics is a blend of mechanical and electrical fields required to keep modern manufacturing in motion. Brandon Hall and Johnny Hayes brought home the 6th consecutive championship. Chance Hall and Ian Bayne took 4th. 3 years ago…

Officials County-Wide React To Golf Manufacturer’S Arrival – Easley Progress

By Joe Toppe PICKENS COUNTY – TaylorMade Golf Company’s $13 million investment into Pickens County has city and county officials talking about the future. “We would like to join Pickens County and Alliance Pickens in welcoming Taylormade to our community,” said Pickens City Administrator Katherine Brackett. “The continued growth of the Pickens County Commerce Park…

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…

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…

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…

Pickens County Students Solve Robotics Challenge – Greenville News

Staff Report Students at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center proved their job-ready skills this year by solving a robotics problem for a manufacturing company. CTC mechatronics students successfully programmed a robot to build a prototype capacitor for Cornell Dubilier. CTC director Leonard Williams said engineers from Cornell Dubilier approached the school in November…

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…

Pickens Part Of New Economic New Economic Development Push – Easley Progress

By Lonnie Adamson EASLEY — Area economic development officials are taking steps to quantify workforce abilities as a tool for attracting new industry. The new program is called WorkReady, and state officials are working on funding options to make it available statewide. The statewide endeavor began with interest from Pickens, Oconee and Anderson economic developers.…

Farley, Alliance Pickens Honored For Workforce Education Efforts

Ray Farley, the Executive Director of Alliance Pickens, was recently presented with the “Outstanding Business and Industry Friend of Career and Technology Education Award” by the South Carolina Association of School Administrator’s Career and Technology Education Division. The annual award is given to a member to the business and industry community that has demonstrated his…

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…

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…

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…

Pickens County Students Celebrated For Their Achievements – Easley Progress

PICKENS COUNTY — Alliance Pickens and the School District of Pickens County are working together to celebrate a group of students that have distinguished themselves in the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM as they are collectively referred to. The event, “Pickens County Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, an Evening of…

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…

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…

Pickens County Companies Earn National Recognition – Pickens Sentinel

PICKENS COUNTY – Two Pickens County companies, JM Mold South and United Tool and Mold, both of Easley, were recently recognized by MoldMaking Technology, a top industry publication, as “Lead-Time Leaders”. MoldMaking Technology, which considers companies from across the United States, chooses only four companies in two categories to receive the award each year. The…

Michigan Industry Announces Pickens County Expansion – Seneca Journal

PICKENS — Pickens County continues to reap the benefits of economic development as Michigan based JR Automation Technologies LLC announced plans Tuesday to expand and locate its new sales, engineering and manufacturing facility in the county. Based in Holland, Mich., JR Automation Technologies is a maker of automation equipment for the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and…

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…

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.…

D.W. Daniel High Ranked By Newsweek/Washington Post – Independent Mail

By Vince Jackson CENTRAL — In a national survey of high schools “ranking rigor of course offerings,” Central’s D.W. Daniel ranked 18th in the state this year and 1,087th nationally. The “Newsweek” magazine/Washington Post annual survey determines what those publications deem the “top” high schools in the country. To determine rankings, officials measured the rigor…

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…