A recycling company announced plans Wednesday to expand its operations in Edgefield County.
US Fibers will spend $5.5 million and create about 48 new jobs at its polyester recycling operation on Pine House Road in Trenton, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
Work on the expansion will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.
US Fibers has operated in South Carolina for nearly 20 years and in Edgefield County for 10 years. The company previously expanded its Trenton facility in 2010.
“We are pleased that US Fibers has decided to reinvest in Edgefield County,” said Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell. “Capital for expansions is a very competitive market in today’s global economy, and we are proud that their investment dollars are being made here.”
US Fibers recycles all forms of polyethylene material and then converts it into regenerated staple fiber. The company supplies material to the automotive, filtration, construction and home furnishings industries.
The company will begin hiring for the new positions sometime in the third quarter. Those interested in the new jobs can apply through the company’s Web site, www.usfibers.com.
“This investment and expansion represents another important step in our evolution as a major recycled PET fiber producer. We appreciate the excellent business environment that South Carolina offers and the continued support from our employees, customers and suppliers,” said Steve Zagorski, vice president of New Business Development at US Fibers.