April 10, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- South Carolina government officials joined
-Pacific leaders today to celebrate the start-up of production at the company's oriented strand board (OSB) plant at
Clarendon County, S.C.
, and the 130 new jobs these operations create.
, CEO and president of
, chief of staff to Governor
, addressed a group of mill employees and officials from state, county and city government.
is a major part of our focus on growing our building products business," said
. "The investment in our
facility makes us well-positioned to grow with our customers as the housing market continues its slow recovery."
"Creating a strong business environment in the state, and as a result a skilled workforce, is a priority for me as governor," Gov. Haley said in a statement. "The economic ties to manufacturing are a key component in this effort and partnerships between the
State of South Carolina
and industry like
The mill was part of a
acquisition of Grant Forest Products in 2010 that also included a plant in
Allendale County, S.C.
, and another plant in
-Pacific spent an additional
to complete construction on the
facility in 2011, and in 2012 announced plans to start-up operations this year.
-Pacific, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, headquartered in
, has seven manufacturing facilities in
directly employing approximately 1,400 people. These jobs, combined with those created by other Koch companies in the state, employ more than 2,000 people directly and support nearly 7,500
jobs overall with total compensation of
rated sheathing and sub-floor, Thermostat
OSB radiant barrier sheathing, and DryGuard
enhanced OSB sub-floor, plus larger panels used in specialty applications.
, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs nearly 35,000 people worldwide. For more information visit