Eat On This

Eat On This

Members of Sumter County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Sumter Police participated in a special Law Enforcement session of “Eat on This” – a new community outreach program hosted by TheLINK and Sumter Economic Development. Eat on This is designed to engage groups, build awareness and highlight the impact of economic development in this region.

The goal of the initiative is to explain the community growth process and provide an interactive space to address questions, concerns and become more informed about what’s happening HERE. Sessions are scheduled twice per month with community influencers and organizations.  Let us know if you, too would like to be involved and “Eat on This”!

Toon In To Manufacturing – Carlos

Toon In To Manufacturing – Carlos

Hi, my name is Carlos Andres Barrios. I’m a Process Engineer at Carolina Filters, Inc here in Sumter, SC. We clean metallic filtration and associated process equipment. I’ve been working at Carolina Filters for 3 months and I love it! My birthday is April 11th and my favorite childhood cartoon was Batman.

The best thing about my job is the fact that I have to use imagination and creativity to develop tools to make the process easier and safer for my co-workers. You should “TOON” in to a career in manufacturing because it is rewarding and it provides a unique and detailed perspective towards optimization and standardization of a production line.

East Coast Components Announces Expansion

East Coast Components Announces Expansion

East Coast Components, Inc., a wooden truss manufacturer, has announced an expansion to their Bishopville, SC facility. Formerly, Agtruss, the company became East Coast Components October 7, 2020 and has more than 20 years of meeting the residential, commercial and agricultural needs of Lee County and beyond. The $500,000 investment will create 6 new jobs for the facility located at 316 Industrial Blvd in Bishopville, SC.

“Lee County is ripe for industrial growth, positioned for logistical superiority and open to helping businesses become industrial leaders.  It is this openness and dynamic leadership we value and look forward to for continued growth and success.”  Reece Holley, Co-Owner, East Coast Components, Inc.

When companies in Lee County expand, it demonstrates that we have all the necessary components for businesses to start here and stay here. We are excited that East Coast Components recognizes these assets and will continue to call Bishopville home.” – Travis Windam, Chair, Lee County Council

“It is always our goal to create an environment that stimulates growth and progress for our businesses and our citizens. East Coast Components’ decision to expand in Lee County demonstrates the value of our efforts and is indeed a major win for this region.” Gordon Eckley, Chair, TheLINK Economic Development Alliance

FIVE FAST FACTS

East Coast Components is expanding in Bishopville, SC.
The $500,000 investment is creating 6 new jobs.
The company, formerly Agtruss became East Coast Components October 7, 2020.
East Coast Components is located at 316 Industrial Blvd in Bishopville, SC.
The expansion is expected to be complete in December 2022.

About TheLINK Economic Development Alliance

TheLINK Economic Development Alliance is a public-private economic development organization charged with facilitating the creation of jobs and the investment of capital in our region. Governed by a board of directors comprised of business leaders and public officials throughout Lee and Sumter Counties, SC, TheLINK is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization recognized by the South Carolina Secretary of State.
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TheLINK Economic Alliance Receives  “Excellence in Economic Development” Award

TheLINK Economic Alliance Receives “Excellence in Economic Development” Award

Washington, DC – TheLINK Economic Alliance won a Gold Rank “Excellence in Economic Development” award for its Industrial Portfolio from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented October 5, 2021 at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, in Nashville, TN.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs. Twenty-five award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries for awards this year.

“Bringing home the gold and competing among more than 500 entries puts us in an elite category representing the top 5% receiving this international award. It validates what we’ve long known–this region has all of the makings to be globally competitive and to win”, commented Jay Schwedler, President and CEO of TheLINK Alliance.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”

“Our goal is to consistently create a dynamic marketing program that showcases our best assets and puts TheLINK region out front where we belong”, stated Yanet Lopez, Multimedia Manager for TheLINK Alliance.

Each of this year’s recipients represents the best of the economic development profession and exemplifies the ingenuity for fellow economic developers to aspire to in the years to come.

 About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development experiences. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at iedconline.org.

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Toon in to Manufacturing – Detra

Toon in to Manufacturing – Detra

Hi, my name is Detra Mardis. I’m the Human Resources Manager at Eaton Corporation. We’re a manufacturer of electrical distribution equipment. I’ve been working at the Sumter, SC facility for 14 years and a total of 20 years for the company. My birthday is February 25 and my favorite childhood cartoon was Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Inspector Gadget.

One of the best things I like about my job is that no two days are ever the same and I get to witness employees grow into their career/life goals. You should ‘TOON’ in to manufacturing because a career in Human Resources (HR) offers the opportunity to make a real difference while contributing to the organization’s success. We provide solutions and foster growth opportunities for employees and leaders alike.

Toon in to Manufacturing – Larsen

Toon in to Manufacturing – Larsen

Hi, my name is Larsen Cline. I’m the Communications Specialist for Continental Tire here in Sumter, SC. We manufacture passenger and light truck tires. I’ve been working here for almost 6 years and it has been rewarding. My birthday is March 22nd and my favorite childhood cartoon was Scooby-Doo and Power Rangers.

The best thing about my job is “The People!” I have so many wonderful colleagues who are always willing to lend a helping hand or share their knowledge. I also love working for a global company that offers so many growth opportunities to their employees and amazing benefits! You should ‘TOON’ in to a career field in manufacturing because we work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment which keeps things fun and interesting! Also, the teamwork and collaboration within the departments at a manufacturing facility is an incredible thing to witness. All of the departments come together to solve issues and it truly exemplifies one of our core values, For One Another. In the communications field, I interact with and learn from all levels of the organization and also adapt with the ever-changing communication channels; from print to digital, we’re always evolving to best fit the needs of our employees’, which also keeps me relevant in the field!

Toon in to Manufacturing – Jenene

Toon in to Manufacturing – Jenene

Hi, I’m Jenene Morris. I’m an Accountant for the Sumter SKF facility. We’re a manufacturer of Ball, roller & wire race bearings. I’ve been working here for almost 5 years and it’s been great! My birthday is March 25 and my favorite childhood cartoon is Looney Tunes.

The best thing I like about my job is that there is always something new – never gets boring. You should ‘TOON’ in to manufacturing because there is high demand for Accountants and the manufacturing environment provides the opportunity to work in so many different aspects of accounting that you should always be challenged.

Toon In to Manufacturing Paula

Toon In to Manufacturing Paula

Hi, I’m Paula Smith. I’m the Human Resources and Safety Manager at EMS-CHEMIE (North America) Inc in Sumter, SC. We’re a manufacturer of high-performance polyamides.  I’ve been working here for 8 years and I love it. My birthday is November 24 and my favorite childhood cartoon is Looney Tunes.

The best thing about my job is that I like to help others develop the skills and talents to accomplish their career goals and help them solve problems. You should ‘TOON’ in to manufacturing because it gives you the rewarding opportunity to improve the organization and the people you meet along the way.  You are helping people reach their life goals while experiencing a brand-new day with new challenges and opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life.