TheLINK Economic Development Alliance Wins Major Communication Award at the 2021 SEDC Annual Conference

TheLINK Economic Development Alliance Wins Major Communication Award at the 2021 SEDC Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Contact: Erika D. Williams
803-418-0709
EkWilliams@sumtersc.gov

TheLINK Economic Development Alliance received one of the top honors for a communications piece at the SEDC Communication Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony was held during the 2021 Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference, August 16-17, 2021, in Tampa, Florida.

“These annual Communication Awards recognize and showcase the leading communication and marketing work done by economic development professionals throughout the south. TheLINK Economic Development Alliance hit the mark this year with this communication piece showing not only creativity, but also solid messaging and effectiveness at reaching their target audience” commented Gene Stinson, SEDC President.

The “Industrial Parks Portfolio”, won the Special Judges Award for Innovation Concept in Site Promotion. “The purpose of creating a pocket size industrial portfolio is to create a convenient method to display the sites and buildings that are available to prospective businesses and consultants, said Jay Schwedler, President of TheLINK. “Each site and building occupied equates to new jobs, investment and thus an increase in our tax base.”

 The Communication Awards are given each year by SEDC at its annual conference. Over twenty categories of communications and marketing work submitted by SEDC members are evaluated within four divisions. Judging criteria for General Entry Awards include Graphic Appeal, Clarity of Message, Quality of Information, Positioning / Differentiation and Format.

“Our goal, as the project tagline indicates, is to Connect you to Endless Opportunities. One way of doing this is by creating innovative marketing concepts to draw attention to the countless assets that we have in this region. Winning the special judges award brings attention to our region and attention to the talent that is developed here,” stated Yanet Lopez, Multimedia Manager.

About SEDC

SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, with more than 860 members representing a variety of backgrounds. From local, regional, and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance and education, members share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. To find out more about SEDC, please visit www.sedc.org.

 

 

BD has been recognized for having one of the 100 best internship programs

BD has been recognized for having one of the 100 best internship programs

Let’s congratulate BD on their ongoing success! We’re thrilled to have them as one of our leading manufacturing industries in Sumter County, SC operating since 1970.

Every year, WayUp—the leading platform for employers to recruit diverse, qualified talent—publishes a Top 100 Internship Programs List to celebrate the companies giving students an exceptional experience. ​

For more information about the recognition, please visit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/benjaminlaker/2021/08/18/heres-the-top-100-internship-programs-for-2021/?sh=6e3c99373f7d

 

Nova Molecular to Break Ground on New Facility in Sumter, SC

Nova Molecular to Break Ground on New Facility in Sumter, SC

Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. (Nova), a manufacturing company and lead producer of high-purity solvents will break ground on a new facility in the Pocotaligo East Industrial Site located off of US 521 in Sumter on Thursday, August 12th at 3:00 pm. The new facility is a part of Nova’s operation expansion that will bring $14.9 Million in investment and 25 new jobs as announced in the fall last year.

Founded in 1991, Nova’s high-value solvent Recovery and Return program helps companies reduce costs, increase supply certainty and improve sustainability initiatives. The expansion is expected to be completed by 2024.

Individuals interested in joining the Nova team should visit novamolecular.com for more information.

Company and local officials commented on Nova’s expansion in Sumter in the original announcement:

“Nova began considering options in four states including South Carolina. All sites were located within Opportunity Zones which will provide significant tax benefits which will be reinvested back into the business. The Sumter, S.C. site was selected due to the proximity of the existing production facility to utilize and expand the outstanding Sumter community workforce we currently enjoy. The proximity also allows for better collaboration between sites. The financial incentives offered by the local and state governments were very competitive as well as the favorable corporate tax structure.” -Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. Chairman of the Board Jon Michael Clumpner

“It is always exciting to publicize and acknowledge the growth of a company in our county that has been an exceptional leader and partner in not only their line of business, but also in community cooperation and support. Increasingly, in the company’s time in Sumter, they have proven their desire to provide excellence in service to corporate customers and support to the well-being of our region.” -Sumter County Council Chair Jim McCain

“For more than a decade, Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. has provided superior service to Fortune 500 companies from around the globe from their Sumter operations facility. That, coupled with their announcement of an expansion, speaks volumes about the quality of work and workers that transpire in this region. We have long pursued and will continue to seek solutions to match world-class employers with exceptional employees that meet and exceed their expectations in order to respond to business needs. We are thrilled that Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. is growing and also for our community which will benefit greatly from this investment and job creation.” -Sumter Economic Development Board Chair Greg A. Thompson.

Five Fast Facts

● Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. is breaking ground on a new facility in Sumter.

● The ceremony will be held Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm in the Pocataligo East Industrial Site in Sumter.

● The operations expansion is expected to be completed by 2024.

● The expansion is bringing more than $14.9 Million and creating 25 new jobs.

● Nova Molecular Technologies is a manufacturing company and lead producer of high-purity solvents.

### The mission of the Sumter Economic Development is to be the galvanizing force of Sumter County’s economic development effort by creating wealth for all citizens of Sumter County by increasing per capita income and supporting the creation of well-paying jobs.

Southern Current expanding operations in Lee County

Southern Current expanding operations in Lee County

Company investing $38.8 million into expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, today announced plans to expand operations in Lee County. The company is investing $38.8 million into the expansion.

Located throughout the Southeast, Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities with an in-house team of development professionals. The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.

For more information on Southern Current, visit the company’s website.

QUOTES

“Southern Current is excited to expand its operations in Lee County. The economic development team and county administration have been strong supporters of the growth of clean energy. A strong partnership with the county has made these additional investments possible, and we are proud to be part of the community.” -Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury

“With this announcement by Southern Current, we are once again proving that South Carolina is a place where businesses of all kinds can grow and succeed. This $38.8 million investment is a big win for Lee County and the state as a whole.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“The future of solar energy in South Carolina continues to be a bright spot. We congratulate Southern Current on investing in our state and adding to our growing portfolio of renewable energy resources.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Our goal is to provide the ideal environment and labor for industry and community development. Southern Current’s confidence in our ability to provide these elements is evident in their decision to continue their business operations in Lee County.” -Lee County Council Chairman Travis Windham

“We are excited about Southern Current’s expansion. Companies that invest in our region have our commitment for excellence of service, leadership and talent development.” -TheLINK Economic Development Alliance Chairman Gordon Eckley

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Southern Current is expanding operations in Lee County.
  • The company will invest $38.8 million into the expansion.
  • Southern Current is a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets.
  • The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
  • For more information on Southern Current, visit the company’s website.