Jasper County Leaders Break Ground on New Industrial Building

January 20, 2015

Jasper County business and community leaders gathered at PointSouth Commerce Park at Exit 33 on I-95 today for a groundbreaking ceremony to announce the construction of a 50,000 SF promotional industrial building to attract new industries to the area.

Led by SouthernCarolina Alliance, the regional economic development organization marketing Jasper County, and developer Kraig Gordon of Gordon Construction, the leaders made brief remarks before posing for photographs as they ceremoniously broke ground with gold shovels.

“Jasper County’s location, with I-95 and easy access to the Ports of Charleston and Savannah, creates a perfect situation for manufacturing, assembly and distribution,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance President and CEO Danny Black. “However, many companies are looking for existing buildings as a way to shorten their start-up time and to begin operation more quickly. An expandable industrial building like this one, which can be finished to suit the company, is ideal for attracting these companies.”

According to Jasper County Council Chairwoman Barbara Clark, who joined Black and Gordon in making remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony, said, “The people of Jasper County are our greatest asset, and marketing tools like this promotional building give us another competitive edge in recruiting manufacturers to our county.”

The 50,000 square-foot building will be constructed with a 6” concrete floor and ceiling heights from 24-30’ to accommodate both manufacturing and distribution operations. The building will be expandable to more than 100,000 SF.

Gordon Construction, Point South Partners, Zinn Asset Management Corporation, South State Bank, SCANA Corporation, and Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung were all represented at the event as partners who have played a critical role in the production of the project.

Mr. Greg Lyon, Director of the Japan office for the S.C. Department of Commerce and the official responsible for much of the Asian marketing effort for the state of South Carolina, attended the groundbreaking to show his support for the effort and to see the 144-acre industrial park firsthand.

Jasper County Chamber of Commerce President Marty Sauls, who also serves on the SouthernCarolina Alliance Board of Directors and on Jasper County Council, welcomed the crowd and thanked the partners who have made the project possible.

The building, which will take several months to complete, is already being marketed by the SouthernCarolina Alliance marketing team and Jasper County’s economic development director Phil Richardson to prospects, who have already begun visiting the building site.

For more information on the project or to learn more about SouthernCarolina Alliance and Jasper County’s economic development efforts, please contact Kay Maxwell at 803.541.0023 or visit the website: www.SouthernCarolina.org.

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