Friday, March 17, 2006

Newberry industrial diversity

Agracel did a 20+ state site selection project for Komatsu in 2001, helping them to select Newberry, SC for their new Utility product line manufacturing plant. I returned to visit the plant, taking a tour with Gary Crain who explained to me, “Over 50% of the worldwide utility equipment market is in the USA and having this plant puts us in a great position to both import and export product.”

The plant has grown from an initial 65 employees to over 200, with plans to increase production greatly. The plant makes excavators, skid steer loaders, backhoe loaders and other ancillary products.

The Newberry Industrial Park has an international feel to it with companies from Japan, Korea, Ireland and Italy located in it. A new 465 acre site was purchased this month for a new industrial park. Based upon what I saw in Newberry, it will be filling up soon.

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