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Not so lazy days of summer
Partnership busy building relationships
Published Monday, June 16, 2014 9:06 am
by Ronnie Bryant, Charlotte Regional Partnership

Even as most people are planning summer vacations and beach trips, here at the Partnership we’re keeping our eye on the economic development prize. But that’s not to say we’re not enjoying ourselves while doing it. I joined several key staff members in Pinehurst last week for the U.S. Open Championship, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the country, which draws spectators from around the world.

During the event we hosted Partnership board members and investors, as well as national consultants and representatives from the N.C. and S.C. Departments of Commerce. The week proved to be wonderful networking opportunity and gave us the chance to show off Charlotte USA to many of our out-of-town guests. One of the highlights from Pinehurst—besides the world-class golf—was a scenic ride aboard an Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway train, during which our guests enjoyed a delicious southern barbecue dinner and good times with friends both old and new. I’d like to personally thank everyone who joined us at Pinehurst. I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did.

In other news, this month and next the Partnership is hosting officials from companies around the world who are scouting Charlotte USA as a potential site to expand or open new headquarters. Representing such diverse industries as food manufacturing, energy, aerospace, and craft brewers, these companies could bring thousands of jobs to the region and more than $100 million in capital investments. Our team is hard at work connecting these company officials with the right people and showing them all that the region has to offer as a superlative place to work and live. And looking a little further down the road, we’ll be traveling to the West Coast this summer where we’ll visit with site selection consultants and other important decision-makers.  

Although the wheels of commerce may turn a little slower in the summer, we’re keeping our foot on the gas and pursuing opportunities that can further bolster the local economy and strengthen Charlotte USA’s position in the global marketplace.  

Locations, expansions, contractions
Giti, a Singapore-based tire company, is opening a new tire manufacturing plant on a 1,300-plus-acre site at the Chester County Megasite in S.C. The project is expected to create more than 1,300 jobs. A global company with locations in Asia, Europe, Canada and the U.S., Giti offers a wide range of tires and services, delivering to more than 100 countries worldwide.

The S.C. Department of Commerce and Chester County spearheaded the project and asked the Charlotte Regional Partnership to help showcase the area’s many assets to Giti executives. The recent announcement marks one the biggest economic development projects in Chester County in more than three decade, and is expected to help create related businesses in the area, providing additional jobs.

Incheon, South Korea-based YG-1 America Inc. is building a $13.8 million facility in Charlotte and will create 53 new jobs over the next three years. The advanced manufacturing company makes make cutting tools, such as drill bits, taps, end mills, spade drills and rotary tooling. Company officials said they were attracted to the area because of the region’s skilled workforce and convenient location.

The Statesville-based Kewaunee Scientific Corp. has won a $13 million contract to equip the Shell Technology Center in India. The Iredell County company will provide furniture, fume hoods, gas and vacuum systems, exhaust systems and other equipment for the Bangalore facility, where approximately 1,500 will work by the end of 2015.

Red Ventures recently unveiled its new 180,000-square-foot Fort Mill, S.C., facility, complete with a bowling alley, beer garden, spin and yoga studios and a coffee bar. The Internet marketing firm’s new building has 60 themed meeting rooms and long cubicle-like stations, rather than offices. The innovative, Silicon Valley-inspired design and architecture is unique for the East Coast, and intended to attract world-class talent, company officials said. The five-story building can house 1,200 employees. The company intends to hire most of its new employees from within South Carolina, and hopes to reach 1,800 employees in the state by the end of the year – a 50 percent increase from the current 1,200 employees in South Carolina.    

Investor profile
Our investors’ commitment to regionalism allows us to continue and enhance our mission-critical efforts to generate qualified projects, create awareness of the many assets our region offers businesses, and assist communities in responding to projects requests. This week we highlight Adams Outdoor Advertising. When you see a member of the company, please thank them for their support of Charlotte USA.

Ronnie Bryant is president and CEO of Charlotte Regional Partnership.


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