COLUMBIA — Colgate-Palmolive Co. is investing nearly $200 million to establish a new production facility in Greenwood County that will employ 300 workers.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and business leaders Monday praised the company’s decision.
“Colgate-Palmolive is a household name and world-class business, and we are proud to have them join South Carolina’s business community,” Haley said.
Colgate-Palmolive will establish a new production facility in an existing 525,000-square-foot building. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2014, and will produce liquid hand soap for Colgate-Palmolive’s Softsoap brand as well as deodorant for its Mennen Speed Stick brand for both domestic and global markets.
This is Colgate-Palmolive’s first plant in South Carolina. State officials say South Carolina’s workforce, infrastructure, proximity to markets and access to the state’s seaport facilities were all key factors in the decision.
“Manufacturing continues to be a real wealth creator in our state, and today’s announcement provides another boost to South Carolina’s manufacturing sector,” said Bobby Hitt, the state’s Secretary of Commerce. “The jobs created by Colgate-Palmolive’s new facility will help communities in Greenwood County remain sustainable for years to come.”
Death penalty trial starts this week
FLORENCE, S.C. — A Darlington man accused of killing two people in 2009 in Florence County is going on trial this week.
Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Fonnelze Delaine, 26. He is charged with two counts of murder and faces a possible death sentence if he’s convicted in the killings of 26-year-old Billy Hall and 32-year-old Talya Poston.
Prosecutors have said Delaine ordered them killed because the two were going to testify against him in an upcoming drug trial. Their bodies were found on a dirt road in September 2009.
Prosecutors say Delaine masterminded a plot to get rid of Poston and Hall, who he concluded were confidential informants after he was arrested on drug distribution charges.
In May, the man who actually killed the two was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder. Two other defendants have also pleaded guilty for their involvement.
This is the first capital murder trial in Florence County in more than a decade.