Why HERE?

Rarely is there a geographic location that satisfies every human need. Sumter and Lee Counties, South Carolina is that infrequent find. Combining southern hospitality, an aggressive business climate, award winning recreational venues, and state-of-the-art healthcare, TheLINK region meets any conceivable need. Nestled inside the heartland of South Carolina with robust assets that are sure to exceed what an individual wants and company desires. A strong educational system coupled with dedicated business and community leaders make this area not just ideal but idealistic. A low cost of living along with a high level of satisfaction and beaches and mountains right up the road, let us know that “Everything you need is HERE or near.”

Healthcare

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If you’re seeking world-class healthcare with the assurance of qualified, compassionate practitioners, look no further. From primary care to urgent medical matters, we’ve got healthcare down to a science and thus the formula for success. The enhanced use of technology coupled with experienced staff and leadership demonstrates that we genuinely Care about your Health HERE.

Why Here? It’s the best place to be because of our healthcare system” – BJ

 

Education

 

Hands on and Hats off – That’s our goal HERE. From Pre-K until Graduation Day, our educators are committed to providing excellence in instruction. We have seasoned faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to developing cutting edge curriculum that prepares students for now and later.

“Now at USC Columbia I feel just as prepared as my fellow national and international students” – Lona Gillard 

Recreation

While we do have great parks, parking is far from what we do HERE! With more than 30 recreational facilities, this region has spaces and places to explore for groups, gatherings or galas. Known for scenic views and packed pews, there’s something for everyone. Hunters, bunters and punters will delight in our ample out door spaces.

“I like to challenge myself to new sports and the Palmetto Tennis Center has the best courts and atmosphere” –Hailey Keyes

Employment

Work and Play in the same place? You bet! Located in the heart of South Carolina, everything is within reach. More than 80 international and domestic industries make this region the nerve center of commerce. Businesses thrive HERE and employees drive HERE, building a world-class workforce and worldwide success.

“I moved to Sumter, SC and I have a great job with great benefits” – Brian Rauschenbach

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

South Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary to Visit TheLINK Alliance

On June 17, 2021 it was announced that SC Governor Henry McMaster nominated Harry M. Lightsey III as the next Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Lightsey was confirmed by the State Senate June 29th and now heads the organization charged with...

To new heights: Shaw Air Force Base grows 24% in 10 years

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com Shaw Air Force Base proved itself to be a staple to the military world and Sumter community as it continues to prosper in personnel growth and base operations. In a span of 10 years, Shaw Air Force Base grew more than 24% in...

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will kick off National Small Business Week (NSBW) next week. For more than 50 years, the weeklong event has recognized the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the local and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sumter Today: King Machine rules in the tire mold market through its partnership with Continental

As with any partnership, the product is only as good as its weakest link, and that remains true at King Machine. The company manufacturers tire molds and is the only mold provider to Continental Tire’s Sumter plant. Both companies have expanded, and King Machine is...

SC military community virtual career fair

Are you a veteran, transitioning military personnel, or a military spouse looking for a new career? South Carolina Future Makers is hosting a virtual career fair on June 23rd. For more information...

4th Manufacturers and Technology Expo Held for Students in Sumter And Lee Counties

(Sumter, SC)—TheLINK Economic Development Alliance and the South Carolina Department of Commerce hosted the 4th Manufacturers and Technology Expo for 8th-grade students in Sumter and Lee Counties, Wednesday, March 31st. The Expo, which has become an annual event...

From SKF Sumter to Mars: Bearings produced at local plant used in Perseverance rover

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Sumter's manufacturing base has always been known for making products used across the globe, but now it can add "other planets" to that portfolio with SKF bearings on NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover. SKF, with two production sites in...

We got it MADE – Right HERE

For the past year, all of us have had to adjust our lives to deal with the global pandemic.  The same holds true for our local industries.  Not only did Sumter’s industries determine solutions to continue to produce high quality goods, but in some instances, pivoted...

3rd Anniversary at the Economic Development Headquarters

The introduction of the Regional Economic Development Headquarters was the dawning of a new era for development in Sumter. Not does it symbolize progress but it is also a reminder of the trajectory of our community-building efforts as partners, allies, and business...

Opportunities take flight: Crestwood High School begins Sumter School District’s first drone certification program

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Given the digital age we live in, you may see drones regularly flying around Sumter in three to four years, and the licensed pilot of that drone could be a current ninth-grader at Crestwood High School. That is the premise of a new...

BD Breaks Ground for Phase 2 of Expansion Project

SUMTER, S.C., March 5, 2021 — After extended negotiations starting in 2016, The Sumter Economic Development team announced BD’s major expansion project July 6, 2018. Through this expansion, BD committed to investing $150 million and creating 125 new jobs. BD has been...

King Machine Selects Sumter County for Expansion Project

SUMTER, S.C., March 1, 2021 — Through the combined efforts of TheLINK Economic Development Alliance, Sumter Economic Development, The City of Sumter, Sumter County, Continental Tire, Thompson Turner Construction, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce, King...

Shaw AFB invites local manufacturing companies for a base tour and a F-16 demonstration

We are grateful for the strong relationship that exists between Shaw AFB and Sumter area manufacturers.  After leaders from Shaw AFB toured local manufacturing companies such as Continental Tire, BD, and Pilgrim’s, Shaw AFB extended the invite to our manufacturing...

Virtual Career Fair for Shaw Air Force Base and the SC Military Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2021 Contact: James Richter Phone: 803.528.1288 Email: james@myscma.com (Columbia, SC) – Today, SC Future Makers, a workforce initiative of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), announced that it will host a virtual career...

Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance, the City of Sumter, and Sumter County hosted Senator Tim Scott’s team

Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance, the City of Sumter, and Sumter County hosted Senator Tim Scott’s team for a meeting and tour of beautiful Sumter, SC.  It was great to share the wonderful progress being made in Sumter region by highlighting economic...

Shaw AFB Wing Commander and Command Chief at Pilgrim’s, Continental & BD

Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance facilitated a series of Sumter based manufacturing familiarization tours with the leadership from Shaw Air Force Base.  Thanks to Pilgrim’s, BD, and Continental Tire for showcasing what you do.  The Airmen and Soldiers...

Company’s $84 million investment will create 164 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Santa Cruz Nutritionals (SCN), a subsidiary of Santa Cruz Healthcare, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County. The $84 million investment will create 164 new jobs. Established in 1968, SCN is a leading manufacturer of enhanced...

NOVA MOLECULAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. EXPANDING OPERATIONS IN SUMTER COUNTY

More than $14.9 million investment will create 25 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. (Nova), a chemical manufacturing company, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County. The more than $14.9 million investment will create 25...