Stanley Tools to expand production


September 27, 2017



Staff Reporter


Based on the recommendation of Chesterfield County Economic Development Director Kim Burch at last week's meeting, Chesterfield County Council unanimously approved an economic incentive package for the production expansion of the Stanley Black & Decker Inc. plant located in Cheraw.

Previously known as Project Tape, this $3.9 million investment is expected to create 60 new full-time jobs over five years at the Cheraw facility and entails the production of a tape measure.


The first incentive would establish a fee payment to the county in lieu of taxes, the provision of revenue credits and other related matters, while the other measure would include the affected land in the Chesterfield County portion in the multi-county industrial park.


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April 19, 2016


Several years of planning, followed by a year of construction, three months of employee training and test runs, in addition to seven weeks of production, culminated in the ribbon-cutting last Thursday and a grand opening Saturday of the Nestle Waters bottling plant.


Nearly 1,000 people enjoyed the festivities at the grand opening of the facility, which is located one-half mile southeast of McBee on S.C. Highway 151.

This free family-friendly event included tours of the new facility, a barbecue and hotdog lunch, face-painting and ice cream, in addition to prize drawings.


Four score guests from the local area, including state, county and municipal office-holders, in addition to leaders from public education, the private sector and the media were on hand at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Nestle Waters North America President and Chief Executive Tim Brown, who has been with the company for 30 years, flew in from Connecticut and mingled with the guests for a couple of hours.


Since late February, the plant, which is operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has been shipping bottled water to wholesale distribution centers throughout the Carolinas and neighboring states.


Fifty-nine full-time employees were hired, which is about 30 percent more than the projected 45 jobs in the initial planning. According to plant manager Tom Strowe, a little over half, or 33, of these employees reside in Chesterfield and Darlington counties, while three-fourths of the employees live within a 60-mile radius of the plant. The annual payroll is about $2 million with wages and a benefit package in the top quarter of the area work force within a 60-mile radius.


The four-and-one-half acre plant was constructed on a 60-acre tract that is part of the new 497-acre Alligator Industrial Park. Based on demand, a range of 60-100 truckloads of bottled water is departing the plant daily for regional distribution.


During the year-long construction phase, there were about 310 jobs with a direct labor income of about $10.3 million, an average of $33,000 per employee.


The usage from the Swift Springs site will average about 216,000 gallons per day for the regular water processed line at the McBee plant, while Nestle is buying an additional daily average of 288,000 GPD from Alligator for the purified water line.


Nearly $400,000 in annual property taxes is expected to be generated annually for the local government and school district. The approximate breakdown will be $126,500 for the county coffers and $272,000 for Chesterfield County School District.



April 19, 2016


Chesterfield County Council unanimously approved an ordinance at last Wednesday’s meeting that authorized a property tax incentive and infrastructure improvement package to aid Conbraco in its expansion of its distribution center in Pageland. This economic development is projected to create 62 jobs and $10.9 million of investment within five years, bringing the total employment of Conbraco’s Pageland facilities to about 300 jobs.


The tax incentive would establish a fee payment to the county in lieu of property taxes, the provision of revenue credits and other related matters in the joint industrial park with Lancaster County.


These incentives have become standard procedures by state and local governments to help convince private businesses, including Titan Stainless and Nestle Water, to locate to those government entities.


In addition to its distribution center, Conbraco, a privately-held company that was founded in 1928, operates a foundry and plant in Pageland that manufactures brass valves and fittings under the Apollo trademark. Headquartered in Matthews, N.C., the company has supplied product to 118 total projects worldwide in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.


In other financial business, council also unanimously approved the perfunctory first readings of the 2016-17 budgets for the four rural fire departments and the 2016-17 general fund budget for operation of the county government.


The first readings of all budgets were duplicates of the current year’s financial plans that total $20.13 million, which includes the general fund ($16.5 million), all fire districts ($251,000), capital equipment ($890,000), grants ($62,000), E911 ($375,000), victims’ assistance ($48,000) and road maintenance ($2 million).


In related business, based on the recommendations of Public Works Director Tim Eubanks and Finance Director Michelle Stanley, with the concurrence of County Administrator Denise Douglass, council unanimously agreed to purchase two dump trucks from the Florence Truck Center totaling $339,400 and a roll-off truck from the Florence Truck Center for $192,778.


Council also approved the purchase of a new John Deere motor grader from Flint Equipment for a net cost of $57,811. The original purchase price of $239,436 was offset by a trade-in and buy-back.


Following a short executive session in which council discussed potential legal matters regarding Eagle Construction and the construction of the animal shelter, council took no action.


Prior to adjournment later that afternoon, council conducted a 2016-17 budget planning session where council heard financial presentations from the various departments for which council provides oversight, including elected positions such as sheriff and probate judge and appointed positions such as voter registration/elections and public works.



August 25, 2015


Dear Friends,


I’m excited to announce that Nestlé Waters is partnering with SC Works, ReadySC and McBee High School to hold two job fairs this month:


  • Wednesday, August 26 from 8 a.m. – noon and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at SC Works, 1319 S 4th Street in Hartsville
  • Saturday, August 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McBee High School, 264 E Pine Ave in McBee.


We are looking to hire a variety of positions including production operators, forklift/loader operators, maintenance mechanics, team coordinators, raw material handlers, and dock coordinators. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must have a high school diploma or GED. Manufacturing experience is preferred. You must be willing to submit to a drug screen/background test and be willing to work any shift, including weekends.


Please bring an updated resume to the job fair and apply online at www.nestlewaterscareers.com/south-carolina for positions of interest prior to attending the job fair. If you are unable to attend a job fair, you many still apply for a position at www.nestlewaterscareers.com/south-carolina.


In addition to the good news about the job fairs, I’m pleased with the progress that is being made on our new bottling facility.  Workers have started painting the outside, added skylights and much more!.  Here are a few recent photos: