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

Continental Tire Breaks Ground on New Sumter Building

•Production and management team members celebrate the occasion • Over 126,000 square feet to be added to existing manufacturing facility Sumter, SC, August 29, 2022 – Continental Tire broke ground earlier this month in Sumter, South Carolina on a new building which...

HGTC Partnership Secures Internship at Georgia-Pacific

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is proud to announce that an electronics engineering student has secured a summer internship at Georgia-Pacific, Clarendon. Cameron Feagin has accepted a summer internship position in the Electrical and Instrumentation...

CCTC STUDENT ACCEPTS SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT GEORGIA-PACIFIC

Adam Howard, a recent graduate from Sumter High School and first-year student in Central Carolina Technical College’s mechatronics program has accepted a summer internship at Georgia-Pacific in Clarendon. “The partnership with CCTC was established as students in the...

Improving on the ‘BD Way’: Leading local manufacturer wins company’s most prestigious honor

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com One of Sumter's leading manufacturers was recently recognized with its company's most prestigious award. BD, a medical device manufacturer of blood tubes and needles for the health care industry, won the 2021 Bronze H.P. Becton Quality...

The South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs has partnered with Ping by Tallo, SC Future Makers, and Sumter Economic Development to host the first South Carolina Military Community Hiring

The hiring fair will be divided into a two-day event. A statewide virtual hiring event will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees can register by visiting the Ping by Tallo event website. An onsite hiring fair will be hosted at the Sumter...

EMS-GRIVORY takes four awards at the SPE Automotive Award Night!

EMS-GRIVORY takes four awards at the SPE Automotive Award Night! At the 20th SPE Automotive Award Night of the «Society of Plastics Engineers», EMS-GRIVORY was once again among the prize winners taking a total of four awards! This year again, innovative applications...

Rauschenbach Graduates from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) Program

Brian Rauschenbach, Project Manager with Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance recently completed the two-week Advanced Economic Development Leadership executive education program and was awarded the Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDP)...

South Atlantic Canners and Santa Cruz Nutritionals Honored During Statewide Conference

Two industries in TheLINK Region were recognized during the 2021 SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Greenville. The anchor event for the conference is the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership Manufacturing Excellence Awards Luncheon that was held Friday,...

Graduate in to Greatness Initiative

More than 20 representatives from local industries and the Sumter School District met to discuss current and future workforce and talent development initiatives. “Graduate in to Greatness” is a new initiative to provide High School seniors with a solid career path as...

We continue to grow and expand our industrial portfolio

Business is great HERE! We continue to grow and expand our industrial portfolio. Nova Molecular Technologies is building a new facility with plans to invest $14.9 million and create 25 new jobs. BD is currently under construction for a major expansion investing $150...

Economic Development Luncheon

More than 50 community leaders convened at the Bishopville Opera House for an Economic Development update for Lee County. Information was presented regarding new business announcements and expansions, community investments, and talent development initiatives. Local...

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...