Railway operator Norfolk Southern today kicked off a daily rail service for moving cargo between Charleston and S.C. State Ports Authority's new rail yard in the Upstate, officials said today.
The train service allows companies to transport shipping containers to and from SPA's so-called inland port, a nearly 100-acre facility that opened weeks ago near Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
Fitesa Simpsonville Inc. - a Simpsonville, S.C.-based designer and manufacturer of nonwoven fabrics for hygiene, medical, and industrial specialty applications - is investing $50 million to expand its Simpsonville facility and create at least 32 jobs.
Emphasis on economic development in Oconee County may be beginning to bear fruit.
Figures provided by the county Economic Development Commission Thursday showed there are currently 22,151 jobs in the county - an increase of 238 in the past 12 months. Richard Blackwell, executive director of the commission, said the increase comes despite the loss of nearly 400 jobs as a result of downsizing as the Covidien plant near Seneca moves to Costa Rica by 2015. David T. Young, a Covidien spokesman, said the company has about 200 employees remaining on the site out of the nearly 600 employees that were working at the plant when officials announced in September 2012 that the plant was closing.
Still, the county is up in job creation.