Economic Development Partnership

Mission: To attract capital investment and create jobs in Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda Counties.

It was great having Lt Gov Pamela Evette in Aiken County today to visit with one of our new companies, Green Energy Biofuel. She was able to tour the facility and learn how this small company has grown!

a2b Fulfillment adding new facility in Edgefield County -

a2b Fulfillment, a third-party provider of order fulfillment, customer care and value-added services, announced plans to add its fourth U.S. location in Edgefield County, creating approximately 21 new jobs. We appreciate their investment in our region! a2b Fulfillment, a third-party provider of order fulfillment, customer care and value-added services, today announced plans to add its fourth U.S. location in Edgefield County, creating approximately 21 new jobs.

Bridgestone's Aiken tire plant earns LEED certification

Congratulations to the Bridgestone ORR plant for receiving this coveted environmentally friendly recognition. Both Aiken County Bridgestone facilities have received this designation! NASHVILLE, Tenn. ― Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s off-road tire plant in Aiken County, S.C., has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Like our friends at Development Authority of Columbia County, GA said...economic development organizations across the globe are the quarterbacks to the team called Economic Development. Our state agencies, developers, engineers, and education systems are our team members. We receive coaching from our local government and we are cheered on by you in the community. Our businesses are top supporters, our season ticket holders. Economic Development is a team sport and it works best when we all work together. #EconDevWeek #EDW2019

Editorial: Economic Development Partnership is a reason Aiken property taxes are low

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has designated May 6-11 as Economic Development Week! It was designed to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life of our community. #EconDevWeek #EDW2019 The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has designated May 6-11 as Economic Development Week. It was designed to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities

[05/01/19]   Communities across the globe are preparing to participate in the 2019 Economic Development Week celebration, and so are we. We’d like to hear from you: what economic development topics would you like to learn about? #EconDevWeek #EDW2019

Aiken County's MTU leading the way in use of Industry 4.0 technology

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, aka Industry 4.0, is underway Aiken County. MTU is leading the way. See how they're using data to improve safety, quality, and delivery. GRANITEVILLE – The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is underway Aiken County.

Lagging internet left rural SC biz stranded. Lawmakers seek to fix ‘digital divide’

We are working hard to solve this issue in our region! It’s time places other than just urbanized areas of South Carolina have access to acceptable levels of broadband connectivity. As state and federal officials debate ways to lift up the working, rural poor, health care and education have become a primary focus, with a common obstacle standing in their way: high-speed internet access.

For the 9th consecutive year, SC set a record for total export sales. Products produced in our region make up a part of the $34.6 billion of total export sales.

Our region is fortunate to have 2 Bridgestone facilities! One manufacturing passenger/light truck tires and the other manufacturing off-road radial tires.

Manufacturing employment in South Carolina and our region continues to grow. Are you looking for a job in manufacturing that provides great pay, great benefits and upward growth track? We have jobs in our region looking for people.

Something to consider...Currently, more than 1,000 jobs in our region are looking for people and only 20% require a four year degree!

Emerson will be holding a HIRING EVENT on January 24th at Aiken Technical College in the Amphitheater from 4 to 7 pm.

Multiple positions: Skilled Assemblers, CNC Machinists, Material Handlers, Maintenance Multicraftsmen, Quality Inspectors, Quality Technicians, Calibration Specialist. Bring your résumé and find out more about the positions at the hiring event. Apply Online:

Turbocharge Your Career at the MTU America Job Fair! It's on January 24th from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Avenue, Graniteville, SC 29829.

Hiring for the following positions for 2nd or 3rd shift: Engine Assemblers, Engine Painters, Test Cell Operators, Quality Technicians, Material Handlers, Machining Part Assemblers, MRO Crib Attendant, CNC Machine Operators and a Maintenance Technician.

Aiken Technical College announces ManuFirst SC Certificate program

Great article on this program we have partnered with Aiken Technical College to bring to our community. GRANITEVILLE — Aiken Technical College has received a grant totaling about $60,000 from the state to implement a ManuFirst SC Certificate program.

Aiken Technical College

We are excited to announce our participation in the new ManuFirst SC Certificate program! Through this program, South Carolina residents will have the opportunity to receive FREE training in advanced manufacturing and earn an entry-level certification. Thanks to the Economic Development Partnership, and our industry and community partners for their support of this initiative! #DiscoverYourPath #YourFutureisWithinReach

South Carolina residents interested in a career in manufacturing will soon be able to participate in free training at Aiken Technical College through the ManuFirst SC Certificate program announced earlier today. The Economic Development Partnership collaborated with Aiken Tech for this initiative. More information will be posted soon.

The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills

Interesting article about the future and educational attainment. Schools can no longer insulate its students from the unpredictability of technological progression and disruption. The result: new, nontraditional education options are beginning to proliferate.

Kimberly-Clark mill in Beech Island celebrating 50th anniversary

We congratulate Kimberly Clark for their 50 years of being in Aiken County. A top tier company with great jobs and a strong track record of community engagement. Aiken County is a better place because Kimberly Clark has their largest North American facility here. A milestone has been reached in Beech Island.

Bridgestone Top Tire Manufacturer for Tenth Straight Year

Bridgestone earned the rank of the top tire manufacturer in the world for the tenth straight year! Our region is fortunate to have two Bridgestone manufacturing facilities in Aiken County. Congratulations Bridgestone on this achievement! Bridgestone earned the rank of the top tire manufacturer in the world for the tenth straight year. The company was ranked as #1 in the 2018 version of the Global Tire rankings by Tire Business. Compan

Aiken couple’s business catapults from a local enterprise to a national success

This is the company we met with last week! What a great success story and still growing!! Thomas Jefferson said, "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." The Pruitts and their team are working hard! When Brian and Megan Pruitt moved to Aiken, they were new faces in an unfamiliar community. They were busy with work and children. All the signs pointed to one thing:

Night In Boxes

Located within our region there is a small, growing company that provides a great service for married couples and young children. Night In Boxes is headquartered in Aiken, SC with a worldwide customer base. Take a look at what they offer. They can help you have an enjoyable evening with just your spouse or with your spouse and children. Night In Boxes are the ultimate solution to enjoy an experience with a loved one from the comfort of your own home.

Green Energy Biofuel locating new facility in Aiken County | South Carolina Department of Commerce

We want to welcome Green Energy Biofuel to Aiken County! Thank you for your investment in our region! COLUMBIA, S.C. – Green Energy Biofuel today announced plans to locate a new recycling facility in Aiken County. The company’s $4.3 million capital investment is projected to create more than 40 jobs over the next five years.

Pictures from our Annual Meeting! Thanks to everyone who attended. Tripp Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow & Associates was our speaker and talked about community economic development.

Pictures from our Annual Meeting! Thanks to everyone who attended. Tripp Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow & Associates was our speaker and talked about community economic development.

[10/05/18]   ‪Today is National Manufacturing Day. It is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. We celebrate the manufacturers in the @edpsc region and the 7000+ jobs they provide. #economicdevelopment #ManufacturingDay ‬

[10/04/18]   We had a great Annual Meeting today! We appreciate all of our friends and supporters for being on our team. #econdevelopment

Editorial: Aiken County sees welcome spike in job announcements

Thanks for the tip of the hat by The Aiken Standard for Aiken County and EDP's efforts. It's hard work and time consuming but so rewarding to watch our communities grow! But none of this would be possible if we didn't have the best industrial companies in the world to work with! Aiken County seems to be batting a thousand so far in 2017 as it relates to job creation.

Carlstar Group announces expansion in Aiken County

Congratulations to The Carlstar Group on their expansion in Aiken County! This is great news, and we appreciate the continued investments existing industries make in our region. The Carlstar Group LLC, a global manufacturer of specialty wheels and tires, has announced its expansion in Aiken County, an investment the company says will create more than 40 jobs.

Emerson's ASCO creating 86 new jobs in Aiken County operations expansion

Great news today out of Aiken County with Emerson expanding its ASCO operations. We appreciate their investment in our community! South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's Office announced this week Emerson, a manufacturer of ASCO fluid automation products, is seeking to expand its operations in Aiken County.

The last day of the 1st month of 2017 is here. The economic indicators still point to good things happening in our region and the State of SC.

USFibers expanding Edgefield County manufacturing facility | South Carolina Department of Commerce

Great news today out of Edgefield County. USFibers continues to grow their business. We greatly appreciate Mr. Oh and his team for this news!! COLUMBIA, S.C. – USFibers, a manufacturer of recycled polyester fiber, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Edgefield County. The company intends to create more than 20 jobs to accommodate its continued growth and expand its product offerings.

MTU extends apprentice program deadline for high school sophomores

Manufacturing works: build a career on it. MTU's apprenticeship program gives high school juniors & seniors the opportunity to gain work skills immediately sought by employers for careers in manufacturing. Programs like this are key to workforce development. Rolls-Royce will be accepting applications to its apprenticeship program at the MTU America facility in Graniteville from current 10th grade students in Aiken County until Jan. 11.

The leading indicators for Dec 2016 in SC are in. There is a tremendous amount of positive news as we head towards 2017.

Local experts have positive economic outlook for S.C., U.S.

This information comes from earlier this month. SC continues to grow and our region has a lot of great opportunities in 2017. Unemployment in our region is low Saluda County-3.5%, Aiken County-3.9% and Edgefield County 4.6%. These numbers will only get better and now is the time to continue our efforts of making young people aware of the great opportunities available in manufactruing. #manufacturingworksbuildacareeronit Experts see continued economic growth for South Carolina in 2017. “We’ve got a lot of momentum going into next year,” said Dr. Doug Woodward at the University of South Carolina’s 36th Annual Econom…

MTU planning solar investment at Sage Mill Industrial Park in Aiken County

We have been working on many different projects over the last several months. Should expect more announcements early in 2017. MTU America is planning to invest in a clean energy system in Aiken County.

Apprenticeships Provide Opportunities for Students to Gain Experience and Further Their Education

Companies can help prepare the next generation of the workforce through apprenticeships, and they are a great opportunity for students. Locally, MTU America, Inc.’s Aiken Plant has had its youth apprenticeship program for a few of years and recently added an apprenticeship program that will allow apprentices to continue their education at Aiken Technical College in industrial maintenance while gaining relevant, on-the-job experience...

Bridgestone Americas, Inc Careers

Bridgestone will begin accepting applications for their Machine Technician position on Monday November 14. See details below:

Job Posting – Machine Technician

Bridgestone will be accepting applications for the Machine Technician position beginning Monday, November 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Applicants will be applying for consideration at either the Passenger Tire Facility or the Off Road Radial Tire Facility.

Starting rate of pay: $14.00

Position Summary
Our employees must be extremely flexible and comfortable participating in a team environment. Successful candidates will meet the following requirements:
• Must be willing and have the ability to work rotating swing shifts
• Must be willing to learn and have the ability to operate multiple pieces of equipment
• Must be able to meet and maintain all expected behavioral characteristics
Previous industrial/manufacturing experience and high school diploma or G.E.D. is preferred.

Our Culture
Safety, Quality, and Respect for the Environment are core values for our Aiken team. Everything we do must add value to the tire. Kaizen is Everyone’s job.

Compensation and Benefits
Bridgestone offers a state-of-the-art workplace and is managed in an innovative team management concept. The Bridgestone compensation plan will afford employees the opportunity to earn compensation that is at the top of the tire industry. A comprehensive benefits plan is also available to each employee. Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Drugs, 401k, Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Leave, Short Term Disability, Tire Purchase Discount and more.

Next Steps
You will be scheduled for a behavioral assessment.
• Candidates who pass the assessment will be scheduled for on-site interviews.
• Candidates who are chosen after the interview process are required to complete a two-part physical, drug screen and background check.
o Physical ability requires lifting up to 75 lbs.
o Hair follicle drug screening
Due to the number of applicants, the entire process may take up to 6 months or longer. We appreciate your patience.

Applications will be accepted on-line only at
starting at 5:00 pm on Monday, November 14, 2016. Only the first 2000 applications will considered. *You may apply anywhere there is internet access*

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of Bridgestone to consider for employmentall individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristicprotected by federal, state or local law. Bridgestone Americas, Inc Careers

Aiken Business Matters - October 10, 2016: Upliff

Our own Jonathan Larry was featured this week on Aiken Business Matters. He does a great job for us and we are proud of his work!

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