RE-INVEST: Project Windy puts Clinton in the "bounce back" column

Rural South Carolina needs to capitalize on recent business announcements


EDITORIAL: Rural SC - we’re bouncing back


We think the City of Clinton should immediately re-invest the money coming in from the sale of the spec building at the Commerce 26 site in another spec building.

Immediately - as in, right away.

An announcement this week details the sale of the current spec building to a company code-named “Project Windy.” The 75,000 square foot building on 17.3 acres, with no rail access and 168 miles to the Port of Charleston, had a sales price of $3.5 million, according to the Advantage Clinton website. The City won’t realize all that money from this sale; city leaders are quick to acknowledge they have partners. But the City’s leadership made it happen.

It has happened at a time when there were no large, available-to-buy-right-now buildings in Laurens County. To the extent that the sale adds to the county’s enterprise fund, this is a City of Clinton-driven project that benefits Laurens County.

It is an indication that in South Carolina - finally - enterprise is starting to find the smaller counties.

Greenville, Columbia and Charleston-Dorchester are booming. Clinton, Laurens, Sumter, Marion-Mullins, Kingstree, Manning, Newberry and, yes, even Prosperity, and many others are anguishing. Now, it seems companies are finding, or being channeled to, places that really need their presence. 

Clinton has sold its spec building. Sumter has, too.

Sumter Easy Home LLC, a supplier of housewares and other retail goods, is locating their new manufacturing operations in Sumter County. The development is projected to bring $37 million of capital investment and create 88 new jobs. Sumter Easy Home LLC produces and distributes home organization and housewares to a variety of clients, including Walmart and Lowe’s. Sumter Easy Home will be servicing multiple businesses out of this facility.

According to the SC Department of Commerce and the Governor’s Office, the company purchased the Black River Spec Building, a 104,000-square-foot facility on North Wise Drive in Sumter. Officials said:

“All of us at Sumter Easy Home are excited and grateful to be locating our manufacturing operations in Sumter, S.C. This new facility will help us better service our customers by reducing lead times and controlling costs. Our company has been producing innovative houseware products for more than a decade in Asia, and now, with the support of Sumter County and the state of South Carolina, we’re opening our first U.S. manufacturing facility. We feel as if we’re not just coming to Sumter, we’re coming home.” –Sumter Easy Home LLC CEO Michael Lu

“Our state’s workforce has proven that it’s one of the best in the world, and that’s why we know Sumter Easy Home will succeed here. We are grateful for the commitment this investment shows in our state and look forward to seeing this great company prosper here for a long time.” – Gov. Henry McMaster

The Clinton-Joanna area is getting a solar farm. Hampton is getting one, too.

Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is launching a new solar farm in Hampton County. 

According to the SC Department of Commerce and the Governor’s Office, the company is investing $2.5 million in the project. Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation. Officials said:

“Southern Current is excited to keep bringing more clean energy projects to South Carolina. We owe a special thanks to all our partners that work for Hampton County, who have embraced solar energy and the new revenue it will generate. This solar farm will bring clean, renewable energy benefiting South Carolinians for decades to come.” – Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury

“Hampton County continues to work with innovative companies offering the newest technology in alternative energies, manufacturing, agribusiness and distribution. We welcome Southern Current to our county, and we appreciate their investment. Hampton County Council will continue to make our communities business-friendly and business ready.” – Hampton County Council Chairman Dr. Roy Hollingsworth

Solar farms do not produce jobs (past installation). 

Clinton will not see a jobs bonanza from the sale of the spec building. 

That’s not the point. We - the rural communities of South Carolina - are back on the radar. Now, as they say in business, we need to “capitalize.”



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