Several new businesses have opened locations in Clarendon County over the past eighteen months and several more are on the way, according to Executive Director of the Clarendon County Development Board, George Kosinski.
These businesses include the fortune one hundred company Westinghouse, Sumter Casket, Loctek, Palmetto Yacht Management, On-time Distribution and Hunt Brothers Pizza. Provalus, an information technology firm, is also new to the county and hopes to provide one hundred plus jobs to down town manning when they open their location in late summer. All in all the past eighteen months saw over 40 million in new capital investment into the county along with 500 new job opportunities.
“We want the World to know that Clarendon County is open for business and that our people are ready to work,” Kosinski said.
New jobs are a welcome prospect in a pandemic where many people are struggling to find employment, but they are far from the only advantage to the introduction of manufacturing in Clarendon County. Manufacturing carries the lion’s share of the tax burden as property is assessed at 10%. Unlike commercial 6% and residential at 4%. More jobs also bring in more people, which leads to more rooftops and more patronage for local small businesses already in the county. It also can lead to the emergence of new small businesses and service related support companies. Manufacturing helps fund schools, fire departments, law enforcement and other essential services that the public needs.
“Economic Development is vital for a community in order to grow, create higher wages and a better quality of life for its Citizens,” Kosinski said. “Manufacturing growth not only provides much needed tax revenue but ample opportunities for our family, friends and neighbors. We would like to thank our existing businesses and welcome our newest ones to the Clarendon Family. #DestinationClarendon.”
Anyone wishing to learn more about these projects should contact the Clarendon County Development Board.