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September 27,  2021

 

As Laurens County ushers in new investment and industry, the county’s economic development group seeks to attract and retain a healthy workforce through what the organization calls “vibrant, resilient and livable communities.”

The most recent economic development announcement in the area, Malouf Companies’ $47.2 million investment toward a new warehousing and distribution center at 101 Michelin Drive in Laurens, is expected to create 240 jobs in the area, according to a news release.

Site preparation and building improvements, aided through a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant from the state, is slated to reach completion this year before a Nov. 30 opening date.

“We are thrilled to have Malouf locate in Laurens County,” Laurens County Council Chair Brown Patterson said in the news release. “They will be a great addition to our corporate community. Laurens County continues to create good jobs and capital investment in manufacturing and distribution operations, and we are excited about the opportunities that Malouf will provide for our citizens. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with our newest addition, Malouf.”

The company warehouses and distributes home furnishing and other consumer products, while also providing technology, retail and logistics services throughout the United States. Ryan Egbert, the company’s national distribution director, said in the release the S.C. facility will offer more space under one roof than its existing North Carolina location as the company fields the market’s intensified demand for consumer goods — one positive impact of the pandemic economy.


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