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SUMTER, SC (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley is celebrating one of the crown jewels of her push to bring jobs to South Carolina as she helped break ground at a ceremony for the new Continental tire plant in Sumter County.

Work has already begun clearing the site for the plant which officials for the German tire maker say will employ 1,600 workers by 2021, so people attending Wednesday’s ceremony had to watch their step.

Haley says the plant shows how dedicated she is to bringing jobs to South Carolina. The state’s unemployment rate is now at 9.3 percent. It was 10.5 percent when she took office in January 2011.

South Carolina beat out Louisiana and a site near the Brunswick-Columbus County line for the $500 million plant. Continental Tire says the plant should make its first tire in 2014.

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6 Comments on "SC Gov. celebrates Continental Tire’s new Sumter plant"

2015 years 9 months ago

We’ve lost out on the last two opportunities, and instead of concentrating on what Brunswick County needs to do to help secure these jobs, our County Commissioners would rather waste time passing resolutions about same sex marriage.

Mike T
2015 years 9 months ago

I am sure the State of South Carolina sent a special invitation to NC Senator Phil Berger. I am sure the SC Govenor gave him a great big kiss for his gift and presented him a gold shovel. He most likely left the event for a long weekend in Myrtle Beach. What was our most recent unemployment level, 13%? OH MY!!

2015 years 9 months ago

Some day when you learn all about infrastructure and logistics, the light may turn on.

2015 years 9 months ago

What in the world are you talking about?

Mike T
2015 years 9 months ago

Life is short. Don,t be overly concerned, life in the house of commons is somewhat if not totally delusional.

2015 years 9 months ago

…you simply don’t understand that IMMEDIATE rail access and IMMEDIATE (and closer) Interstate access were worth more than our taxpayer funded bribes and promises of dreams to come to either Continental or Caterpillar.

South Carolina ALWAYS had the inside track, but the companies kept us on the hook to see exactly how crazy we could be and how astronomical the numbers would become.

It was two cases of established, ready to go infrastructure versus future promises of a rail spur “some day” and I-74 being completed “some day.”

Berger simply said, “Stop the insanity”….thankfully!


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