SafeRack announces expansion, plans to create 100 new jobs
GEORGETOWN COUNTY — SafeRack, LLC, located in the Georgetown County Business Center in Andrews, is expanding its existing operations. The expansion willinclude a $20 million investment in Georgetown County and creation of 100 new jobs over the next five years, in addition to temporary construction jobs.
The announcement was made this week, following an agreement with Georgetown County that provided incentives to the company to assist with the expansion. SafeRack plans to add more than 100,000 square feet to its facility at 219 Safety Ave. With SafeRack’s customer base growing, expansion is necessary to meet demand, said Rob Honeycutt, SafeRack CEO.
“Many companies opt for customer service and manufacturing facilities overseas,” Honeycutt said. “SafeRack has always been committed to maintaining its base in Andrews. Having all customer service representatives based in South Carolina is one component of meeting the company’s commitment to providing its customers the best buying experience.”
Established in 2003, SafeRack manufactures industrial safety products and provides turnkey services that improve worker safety and productivity in truck, railcar and industrial loading applications.
“In every respect, SafeRack is the model corporate citizen and we’re very excited to have this company choose to expand in Georgetown County,” said Brian Tucker, director of the Georgetown County Economic Development Department. “We fully understand that Georgetown County will have no success recruiting new companies if we do not support and encourage our existing industries. Safe Rack provides tremendous career opportunities to existing residents and we are happy to see them growing and hiring more Georgetown County residents.”
Not only does nurturing existing businesses promote job growth and development of the local economy, it’s an example of the kind of support new businesses can expect if they choose to locate in the county.
“We were delighted when SafeRack chose to locate in Georgetown County and we’re equally pleased to see it not only succeeding, but thriving and growing here,” said Georgetown County Council Chairman Johnny Morant. “This company and its contributions to our economy have already proven extremely valuable and we look forward to seeing them have an even greater impact for our community and its residents, particularly in the Andrews area. We are committed to supporting the county’s existing businesses and helping them be successful. We consider SafeRack’s decision to expand its facility here a sign that we’re succeeding in that effort.”
Council Member Austin Beard, who represents the Andrews area, agreed. “I appreciate the interest SafeRack has taken in Georgetown County and its residents. We’re glad to have SafeRack here and I look forward to seeing this company continue to thrive. It’s terrific to ride by and see dirt being moved around out there as they grow.”
With more than a decade of stewardship and integrity in leading a successful enterprise, SafeRack has proven to be a valuable member of the region’s business community, as well as the county’s said Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., president pro tempore of the S.C. Senate and Chairman of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance Executive Committee.
“This announcement embodies what makes our region and state great,” Leatherman said. “We look forward to continuing to support businesses such as SafeRack that are showing how successful businesses in our region can be.”
SafeRack’s facility in Andrews houses manufacturing operations, warehousing and sales. The new space is anticipated to be operational in 2017. The company also has facilities in Sumter and overseas in Broadstairs, England.
“SafeRack is a great example of how homegrown companies can grow and thrive in our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “This $20 million investment, creating 100 new jobs, is a huge step for this remarkable company and is a real reason to celebrate. We look forward to watching SafeRack continue to succeed in South Carolina and around the world in years to come.”
SafeRack’s expansion benefits Georgetown County, but also South Carolina as a whole by sending a message that “the Palmetto State is an ideal destination for businesses to succeed,” said S.C. Secretory of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
A groundbreaking ceremony the SafeRack addition will be scheduled in early 2016.
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