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Congratulations to our Board investors, Hire Dynamics,
on their recent award as a best place to work in South Carolina!


Hire Dynamics Named Top of the List
as a “South Carolina Best Place to Work”

Hire Dynamics, an industry leading staffing provider with 10 branch offices througout the Southeast, was recently named #1 Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The awards program, created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group, is designed to recognize employers that are benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 50 companies, with Hire Dynamics ranking number one in the small/medium business category.

“Having a company culture that is employee-centric is a critical piece to our business model,” says Hire Dynamics CEO Dan Campbell. “We can’t expect that our clients and talent will be served to the best of our ability if we don’t first have full alignment within our own house. We’re thrilled by the honor of a best place to work designation. It is a tribute to the work our employees do, day in and day out and the belief that What We Do Matters.” 

The first portion of the two-part survey consisted of evaluating each company's workplace practices, philosophy and demographics. The second consisted of an internal survey to measure employee experience. Combined, these factors determined the top companies and the final ranking. Hire Dynamics prioritizes loyalty to its clients, internal staff and the talent it places. The company’s commitment to exemplifying a people-first philosophy has led Hire Dynamics to be recognized as an award-winning leader both locally and nationally.

About Hire Dynamics:

Putting an average of 3,500 people to work every day, Hire Dynamics is an industry leading staffing provider specializing in contact (call) centers, manufacturing facilities, logistics/e-commerce operations and office support. Founded in 2001, we have grown to 10 branch offices and 16 on-sites throughout the Southeast. Our approach has been recognized and awarded many times by Staffing Industry Analyst’s list of “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” and Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 List of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S., among others. We can be found at, on LinkedIn here and on Twitter @HireDynamics.


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Tags: Hire Dynamics, South Carolina Best Place to Work

Mr. Carter Smith, CEcD, executive vice president at Economic Futures Group, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce was chosen by his peers as this year’s “Upstate Economic Developer of the Year.” The award was announced at the Upstate SC Alliance’s Mid-Year meeting Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza in Greenville. The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of local developers in the Upstate who have made a significant difference in their community.

“Carter defines excellence in economic development,” said Upstate SC Alliance president and CEO John Lummus in announcing the honor. “He has played a leading role in building the Upstate’s global competitiveness. This region is very fortunate to have benefitted from his wisdom, guidance and professionalism for the past 23 years.”

Carter was not present to accept the award because he was hard at work representing his county working on another project. When informed of the honor he said, “I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers this way. I’m just one member of a great team that gets these deals done.” 

Smith has worked on some of the largest and most celebrated economic development projects in South Carolina history including BMW, Adidas and Toray. Asked what has made Spartanburg so successful at winning projects, he replied, “Teamwork. We have had strong, focused, consistent leadership from the public and private sectors. There has always been a high priority placed on supporting the needs of business—existing and new, large and small.”

Smith is a Certified Economic Developer with the International Economic Development Council. In 1988 he served as president of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association. In 2010 Smith was recognized by the same group as its Local Economic Developer of the Year for South Carolina.  Smith started his current position in 1991. 

About the Upstate SC Alliance

The Upstate SC Alliance is a public/private regional economic development organization designed to market and brand the Upstate of South Carolina. The Upstate represent the commerce-rich northwestern corner of South Carolina, including the I-85 corridor and the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson metropolitan area. Additional information is available through the Alliance’s web site,

Media Contact: Clay Andrews | Director of Investor & Public Relations | Upstate SC Alliance | | 864.283.2305


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Tags: Carter Smith, Spartanburg County, south carolina, SC, Economic Futures Group, Economic Developer of the Year

South Carolina's Inaugural Aerospace conference far exceeded the expectations of the event's organizers. The level of participation from the private sector was proof that the state of South Carolina has established a strong network of industry support, sending a powerful message to industry worldwide that we are an exceptional place for business.  Aerospace offers and incredible opportunity for South Carolina, and with continued collaboration amongst the public and private entities of the state, we're poised to capture a large amount of those opportunities. 

-Jacob Hickman, Aerospace Business Recruitment



New Carolina Releases Economic Impact Study of the Aerospace Cluster


Columbia, SC (August 19, 2014) – The aerospace cluster has a $17.4 billion economic impact on South Carolina and supports more than 102,000 workers, according to a study conducted by Joseph Von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

The study, titled “Uncovering the Stealth Cluster: The Economic Impact of Civilian and Military Aerospace on South Carolina,” was released Tuesday (Aug. 19) by New Carolina – South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness and the university’s Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research during the state’s first ever Aerospace Industry Day held in Columbia.

An industry “cluster” is a group of complementary businesses that focuses on or serves the same industry. They come together to increase efficiency and innovation within that industry, while boosting the overall economy in a region. Clusters attract more businesses to an area and provide more opportunities for existing businesses to grow.

South Carolina’s aerospace cluster includes private sector firms operating directly within the industry (known as the “aerospace core”), the state’s four military aviation facilities and smaller private companies supporting the aviation and aerospace industries. Among the key findings of the study:

• The total economic impact of the aerospace cluster in South Carolina is $17.4 billion and 102,721 jobs.
• Since 2010, South Carolina’s aerospace core has had an average annual employment growth rate of 11.4 percent, which is approximately eight times higher than the employment growth rate for the state over the same time period.
• Since 2010, South Carolina’s aerospace core has had an average annual firm growth rate of 19.2 percent, with the majority of growth originating in small firms with five or fewer employees.
• The average compensation for a civilian aerospace employee is $70,748, which is significantly higher than South Carolina’s average employee compensation of $41,206.
• The aerospace cluster generates an average of $532,096,021 in state tax revenue per year.

S.C. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said Boeing was the catalyst for South Carolina as an emerging leader in aerospace.

“Much like BMW accelerated the growth of the state’s automotive industry, South Carolina’s aerospace industry has grown exponentially since Boeing selected the Charleston region in 2009,” said Hitt. “And the ‘Boeing boost’ continues as we recruit major global suppliers – like carbon fiber manufacturer Toray Industries – that serve the aerospace cluster in South Carolina.”

Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of New Carolina – South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness – says the impact study is an important step in the development of the aerospace cluster.

"This study shows that the aerospace cluster has the potential to raise average employee compensation, grow small businesses and drive economic growth in our state," said Stieritz. "We now have a clear picture of the aerospace industry's impact in South Carolina and can use that knowledge for targeted action to sustain and grow the cluster."

Martin Keaney, executive director of the McNair Center, said South Carolina is well-positioned to meet industry needs, including support of major research initiatives.

“This 2014 study validates the importance of the aerospace cluster to South Carolina,” said Keaney. “This economic impact analysis, which has received great support from our partners and industry, will help us measure progress going forward as South Carolina organizations work to grow this cluster. USC and the McNair Center are fielding education and research programs focused on building a high tech aerospace work force and creating innovation based on industry’s needs.”

To view the full study, click here.
To view the highlights from the study, click here.

About New Carolina
New Carolina - South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness - is a statewide, business-led organization taking nonpartisan, research-driven action to grow the long-term economic competitiveness of South Carolina. The organization’s signature work is developing target industries through clusters and the workforce through education initiatives. For more information, visit

About the McNair Center
The McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina is named in honor of South Carolina native and astronaut Ronald E. McNair. Formed in 2011, it is dedicated to bringing together top researchers and industry leaders to meet the technological demands of tomorrow’s aerospace market. McNair’s research is based on specific industry needs and examines a wide range of areas, including: analysis and design; polymeric, metallic and ceramic composites; lightweight metals; stir friction welding and processing; advanced composite structures and certification, durability, fatigue analysis; and health monitoring and condition based maintenance of lightweight structures. It also works to enhance student learning and develop a pipeline of future aerospace engineers.

About S.C. Department of Commerce 
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental,, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina ranked first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won Gold Shovel Awards in 2014 and 2012 and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit

Posted in: News you can use, Rankings & Recognitions, Upstate Thoughts

Tags: aerospace, Upstate SC, south carolina, Aerospace Cluster, Economic Impact

Erin Ford's PhotoThe Upstate SC Alliance welcomes Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC. to the Upstate! We were able to introduce Dr. Xiaohua Wu and Mannan Pharmaceuticals to the growing bioscience ecosystem in our region by working together with Upstate SC Alliance bioscience task force members, Wayne Roper, President of SCBIO, Sam Konduros, Executive Director for the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation, and Tony Smith, project manager at GADC.

This is a another great example of the private and public sector industry leaders working together to bring quality jobs and investment to our region. Together, we are creating the cure in Upstate South Carolina.  

-Erin Ford, BioScience Business Recruitment


Company seeking cures for muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers to create up to 34 jobs

Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC, an organization dedicated to developing and delivering effective pharmaceutical solutions to various muscular dystrophies (MDs) and metastatic cancers, is establishing research and development (R&D) operations in Greenville County. In locating at the Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) of Greenville Health System (GHS), Mannan plans to expand its R&D team to create up to 34 new positions over the next several years.
Mannan is the first pharmaceutical company to pioneer the development of compound-based drugs that target a novel pathway to treat various MDs and metastatic cancers. With the World Health Organization reporting an estimated 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012, and forecasts of 19.3 million new cancer cases per year by 2025 due to population growth and aging, the anti-cancer drug market is estimated to approach nearly $200 billion by 2015. At least 50 types of MDs have been identified, impacting over 500,000 patients worldwide. Mannan Pharmaceuticals' drugs in development are anticipated to target more than half of all MD patients, a drug market estimated at nearly $15 billion.
Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC is a privately held company and had been considering locations nationwide before deciding to open at ITOR, according to the company. Mannan expects to add up to three more associates in 2014 and then will continue to grow and expand its team over time, as investment and developments warrant.
Details on hiring plans and specific position requirements will be announced in late fall.

"We are thrilled to establish operations at ITOR in Greenville, as we believe that ITOR provides an ideal environment for Mannan to develop solutions to various muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers. Some of the most advanced cancer treatments anywhere in the world are being offered at ITOR, which provides organizations like ours with the services, technologies and facilities required to develop life-saving drugs for patients in need. We are extremely appreciative for the support we have received from the Department of Commerce, the Greenville Area Development Corporation, Upstate Alliance and Greenville Health System in making this announcement a reality." -Dr. Xiaohua Wu, senior executive with Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC
"Mannan's decision to come to Greenville County is another example of our growing research and development sector - and the fact their company focuses on combatting some of the most debilitating cancers and diseases is great news for our state. We welcome them to South Carolina and celebrate the 34 new jobs they are creating in Greenville." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"South Carolina continues to diversify our economy, with more companies engaged in the innovation and life sciences sectors taking root in our state. Mannan Pharmaceuticals' R&D facility at Greenville Health System represents how the knowledge economy is bringing both jobs to the area and viable solutions in healthcare." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"We're pleased that Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC has chosen to locate their research and development operations here in Greenville County and appreciate the valuable roles played by Commerce, the Upstate Alliance and Greenville Health System and ITOR in making this happen. Their decision is an important affirmation of this region's continuing strategic focus on further developing the bioscience cluster here, and we welcome them to Greenville." -Richard "Dick" Wilkerson, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation
"We want to welcome Mannan Pharmaceuticals to the Upstate and congratulate all the many partners that worked together to locate them here. We especially want to thank the members of the Upstate's Bio Task Force, particularly SC BIO, for the role they played in connecting Mannan with the resources critical to their success. Their announcement today is great testament to the strength of the Upstate's growing bioscience ecosystem." -John Lummus, president and CEO of the Upstate Alliance
"GHS's Clinical University and ITOR are very pleased to welcome Mannan Pharmaceuticals as the newest early stage innovation company to establish a research presence within the ITOR Innovation Zone on GHS's Memorial Campus. Mannan's focus on developing new drugs to combat cancer and muscular dystrophy makes them an excellent fit as our newest on-site private sector collaborator. We look forward to establishing a high-impact, collaborative relationship between Mannan and our clinicians and university partners, as we continually strive to improve the health of our region and enhance patient care by actively facilitating the development, implementation and widespread use of healthcare delivery advancements." -Sam Konduros, executive director for the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation 

  • Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC is establishing research and development (R&D) operations in Greenville County.
  • The company will locate in the Institute for Translational Oncology Research of Greenville Health System. 
  • Expects to create up to 34 new positions over the next several years.
  • Mannan develops compound-based drugs that target a novel pathway to treat various muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers. 
  • Details on hiring plans and specific position requirements will be announced in late fall. 

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Tags: Mannan Pharmaceuticals, R&D, greenville county, south carolina, bioscience, Upstate SC, Greenville Health System, ITOR, Institute for Translational Oncology Research, GHS

Viva Recycling of South Carolina, a tire recycler and rubber manufacturer, announced today its decision to establish a new facility in Anderson County. The $6.9 million investment is expected to create 14 new jobs in the area over the next five years.   

Established in 2011 and headquartered in Moncks Corner, Viva Recycling of South Carolina processes scrap tires to produce environmentally responsible recycled rubber products for home, business and recreation. These tires are collected from a variety of sources throughout the Southeast, including cars, light and heavy trucks, landfills, municipalities and tire retailers.  

Utilizing state-of-the-art recycling processes, the company separates the scrap tires and other selected industrial rubber scrap into their component parts - rubber, steel and fiber. While the steel and fiber are recycled, the rubber is sized, shaped, colored and molded into a wide range of sustainable products for various industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Viva Recycling of South Carolina's products include landscape mulch, playground safety flooring, artificial field in-fill, rubber sidewalks, rubber pavers, equestrian flooring, rubberized asphalt and many more items. 

The company's new facility, located at 3520 Abbeville Highway in Anderson, is expected to be operational by December 2014 and will implement the same recycling model used at the Moncks Corner operation, where it has recycled over four million tires per year.  

Viva Recycling of South Carolina will start hiring for new positions in September 2014. Those interested in applying should contact Toni Everett at 843-761-7955.   


"We are proud to build Viva's second South Carolina facility in Anderson, providing the Upstate with a true recycling option for scrap tire recycling, as we have successfully done in Berkeley County, where we already turn over four million scrap tires into useful consumer and other valuable products." - Marty Sergi, president and CEO of Viva Recycling of South Carolina, LLC 

"We celebrate Viva Recycling of South Carolina's decision to invest $6.9 million and add 14 new jobs in Anderson County. It's always a great day when one of our existing companies chooses to expand and continues to find success within our borders." - Gov. Nikki Haley 

Frequently touted as 'America's tire town,' South Carolina is known for our remarkable manufacturing ability. Today's announcement by Viva Recycling of South Carolina proves that not only can we make the tires, but we can manage the full product life cycle. Understanding the importance of sustainability in our economy, we are excited for the continued growth of our state's recycling industry." - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

"It is with great pleasure that we welcome Viva Recycling to Anderson County. I am beyond excited to have this company's investment, new jobs and environmentally sustainable products in Anderson County." - Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn


  • Viva Recycling of South Carolina will establish a new facility in Anderson County.
  • $6.9 million investment to create 14 jobs.
  • The company processes scrap tires to produce environmentally responsible recycled rubber products for home, business and recreation.
  • Viva Recycling of South Carolina products include landscape mulch, playground safety flooring, artificial field in-fill, rubber sidewalks, rubber pavers, equestrian flooring, rubberized asphalt and many more items.
  • Operations are expected to begin in December 2014 with hiring for the new positions starting in September 2014.

For more information on Viva Recycling of South Carolina, visit 

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Tags: Anderson County, south carolina, Anderson, Viva Recycling, SC, Commerce, Announcement, jobs, Tire Recycling

Investment expected to create 16 to 20 new jobs

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, will invest in a new state of the art Compounding facility for Medium Voltage cable insulation as well as adding a second Vertical Continuous Vulcanization line (VCV). Company officials say they plan to start construction in the second half of 2014 and production will begin the second half of 2015. These investments will bring 16 to 20 new jobs to the Abbeville community once in full operation, and further contribute to increased production capacity at Prysmian’s flagship North American plant.

These latest investment comes at a very important time for the group, as Medium and High Voltage Cable projects across North America continue to increase, Prysmian will be better equipped to serve these growing markets. Prysmian Group is particularly active in North America with full expertise in low, medium and high voltage cable design and manufacturing. Most recent projects such as the Hudson Transmission Project, represent Prysmian’s commitment to the modernization and development of power transmission networks.

The Abbeville facility is celebrating its 50th year, and this recent investment is just the latest example of the growth the plant has experienced over the years. The addition of the Vertical Continuous Vulcanization (VCV) process housed in a 373 foot tower, constructed in 2009, was the first one of its kind to produce Extra High Voltage power cables in North America. This new plant joined the existing Medium and Low Voltage power cable manufacturing facilities in Abbeville and further added to the product range available to Prysmian’s customers which include North America’s major utility companies. The continued investments in North America reinforce the Prysmian Group’s commitment to high-tech, high-value added sectors.

Prysmian's official news release can be viewed on their website here.

About Abbeville County Development Board

The Abbeville County Development Board (ACDB), founded in 1953, is the economic development organization for Abbeville County. ACDB is responsible for generate new capital investment and job creation within the County. ACDB assists clients with site selection and development, workforce recruitment and training, information management, incentives and regulatory issues.

Additionally, ACDB is actively involved in a number of important areas such as strategic planning, marketing, production of a semiannual newsletter, media relations, tourism and downtown revitalization. ACDB is comprised of a nine-member board of directors that are appointed by the Abbeville County Council and an Executive Director, which oversees the daily activities of the organization. Additional information is available through the Abbeville County website,

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Investment expected to create more than 50 new jobs

Bosch Security Systems, a leading global supplier of security, safety and communications products, solutions and services, plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg County.  In addition to leasing a newly constructed building in Greer, S.C. and further investment in equipment, the company expects to create more than 50 new jobs over the next five years. 

Bosch associates at the 150,000-square-foot facility, located at 140 Caliber Ridge Road in Greer, will distribute products to customers in North and South America and support light assembly for customer-specific projects. Bosch Security Systems' product portfolio includes video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire detection, access control and management systems, in addition to professional audio and conference systems. Operations are expected to begin in December 2014. 

Bosch Security Systems employs more than 12,000 associates worldwide. The company is one of 360 subsidiaries and regional companies of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services that employs more than 4,000 associates among four facilities throughout South Carolina. The company will begin hiring for the new positions in fall 2014.


"We are pleased to open the first facility for Bosch Security Systems in South Carolina. With this investment, we will benefit from synergies with multiple Bosch facilities and transportation lanes in the state. We will meet the growing demands of our customers in North and South America with greater flexibility and efficiency, due in part to a constructive partnership with the state of South Carolina, S.C. Commerce, Spartanburg County and the S.C. Ports Authority." -Christopher Gerace, regional president, Bosch Security Systems

"Bosch Security Systems is a welcome addition to our state's business community. Their decision to create more than 50 new jobs expands Bosch's footprint in our state and reinforces why South Carolina is a leader in logistics." -Gov. Nikki Haley

"The Bosch Group is deeply engrained in South Carolina's economy, and we welcome yet another one of their esteemed divisions to the Palmetto State. Bosch Security Systems will fit perfectly here, and I look forward to their future growth and success." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"The South Carolina Ports Authority looks forward to supporting the needs of Bosch Security Systems' new location in Spartanburg. Our strong port is one of South Carolina's key strategic assets, benefitting companies all across our state." -Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority

"We are pleased to see The Bosch Group has chosen South Carolina for yet another major investment in our great state.  Spartanburg County looks forward to working with Bosch Security Systems to ensure their growth and profitability continues in the Palmetto State." -David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

"We are extremely pleased Bosch, a globally recognized company, is establishing a distribution operation inSpartanburg County and the City of Greer.  We welcome them to our ever-growing list of international companies in Spartanburg County." -Russ Weber, president of Integral Solutions Group and chairman of the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group Board of Directors

"It is my great pleasure to welcome Bosch to the City of Greer. With Bosch's announcement, Greer has truly been given a coveted opportunity to further grow and diversify our city. As one of South Carolina's fastest-growing cities, Greer is extremely grateful to Bosch for their commitment, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide a return on their investment." -City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner


  • Bosch Security Systems plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg County. 
  • The company is leasing a newly constructed building and expects to create more than 50 new jobs over the next five years.
  • 150,000-square-foot facility, located at 140 Caliber Ridge Road in Greer, S.C.
  • Bosch Security Systems is a subsidiary of the Bosch Group, which employs more than 4,000 associates among four facilities throughout South Carolina. 
  • Operations are expected to begin in December 2014 with hiring for the new positions starting in fall 2014. 

About Bosch
Bosch Security Systems generated sales of $1.95 billion in fiscal 2013. Protecting lives, buildings and assets is our aim. The product portfolio includes video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control and management systems. Professional audio and conference systems for communication of voice, sound and music complete the range. Bosch Security Systems develops and manufactures in its own plants across the world. 

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of $61.2 billion. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies are represented in roughly 150 countries. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some $6 billion in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents (average of 20 patents per day). The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is "Invented for life." 

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermo-technology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013.

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Tags: Bosch, Bosch Security Systems, distribution center, Announcement, Spartanburg, SC, south carolina, investment, new jobs

Industry Leader Mark Farris Named New GADC President and CEOEconomic development group taps veteran to “build upon County’s opportunities, momentum”

The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), the county-chartered organization tasked with promoting and enhancing the economic growth of Greenville County (S.C.), has announced that prominent economic development executive J. Mark Farris will assume the reins as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.  He was unanimously selected after an extensive nationwide search in which the GADC received more than 300 applications and actively considered dozens of candidates from across the United States.

Mr. Farris, who will assume his new role effective September 15, has served as Director of Economic Development for York County, South Carolina since 1987.  He succeeds Kevin Landmesser who has served as interim President and CEO since May 2013.  Mr. Landmesser will remain with the GADC and has been promoted to Senior Vice President.

“We are truly excited to have Mark join the Greenville Area Development Corporation team as our new President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, Chairman of the GADC Board of Directors.  “Mark has been a tireless advocate of smart, strategic and high impact economic development in South Carolina overall and in York County, and is widely respected as a strong leader, visionary and strategist in the industry.  He will bring knowledge, energy, and a strong collaborative spirit to our public/private partnership, and is the right leader to build upon Greenville County’s tremendous opportunities, reputation and momentum.”

The GADC is a non-profit organization established to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County.  Since its founding in mid-1991, GADC efforts have resulted in the announcement of more than 17,500 new jobs and more than $3 billion in new capital investment in the county.

Mr. Farris has served as Director of Economic Development for York County since November, 1987.  Directing a team of four, York County has announced over $4 billion in new capital investment during his tenure -- an average of more than $180 million in new capital investment and in excess of 1,200 new jobs annually -- with more than $350 million in investment and 2,200 new jobs in 2013 alone.  Earlier this year, York County announced two of the largest economic development successes in state history when both Lash Group and LPL Financial announced plans to establish their respective headquarters in York County on the same day.  The combined announcements represent more than 5,400 jobs and over $240 million in combined investment in the county.

Mr. Farris is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and past President of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.  His economic development career includes prior service as both a Research Assistant and later as Economic Development Manager for Anderson County prior to joining York County.  A South Carolina native, he holds both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Clemson University.

Included among Mr. Farris’ numerous business and civic involvements are Board of Director positions with the Charlotte Regional Partnership, The Interstate Group,  and South Carolina’s I-77 Alliance, and active memberships in the International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, and South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.  He is a graduate of Charlotte’s American Leadership Forum and Leadership South Carolina.  He and wife Erin have three teenaged children.

“There are few positions in all of America that I would have entertained leaving York County for, but my overwhelming love of the Palmetto State and the strengths of Greenville County as an attractive and vibrant location made me realize that this was the right time and destination to commit my efforts and abilities to,” said Mr. Farris.  “The GADC is a nationally respected economic development organization with a superb team, and Greenville County is a model for planned strategic growth.  I look forward to contributing to the advancement of such an attractive and vibrant community.”

About GADC
The Greenville Area Development Corporation is a non-profit organization established by Greenville County Council to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County.  Since its founding in 2001, GADC efforts have resulted in the creation of more than 17,500 new jobs and more than $3 billion in capital investment in Greenville County, SC.  To learn more, visit or call (864) 235-2008.

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Tags: Mark Farris, GADC, Greenville Area Development Corporation, New CEO, CEO, President