South Korean multinational conglomerate Samsung will lease a massive Edgefield County warehousing and shipping facility to support its new home-appliance factory in Newberry, S.C.
The global technology and manufacturing giant will use the 421,000-square-foot facility near Trenton that was a fulfillment center for clothing company Urban Outfitters from 2005 to 2015.
Will Williams, president and CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda counties, said he didn’t know precisely how Samsung would use the huge property, but speculated that the company would move in possibly in the next 30 to 45 days.
“I’m sure there’s going to be some work that has to be done inside the building to accommodate whatever they’re going to be doing,” he said.
Terms of the lease were not immediately disclosed. Questions emailed to Samsung’s corporate communications team were not immediately returned.
Samsung opened its appliance factory in Newberry, S.C., on Jan. 12 in a former Caterpillar plant that produced electric power generators. The Samsung plant will manufacture “ship-ready washing machines, producing the products’ washer cabinets, inner tubs and bases from blank steel,” according to the company.
Samsung had been looking at the Trenton property for “a month or so,” Williams said. The company was using a commercial real-estate firm out of New York to broker the deal, and the EDP has known only for the past two weeks that Samsung was the prospective lessee.
“We were making sure we had information ready, and worked with the building’s owner to make sure it was a viable location,” Williams said.
The building is owned by Fulcra Enterprises, a Cornelius, N.C., real-estate investment company.
At peak employment, Urban Outfitters had nearly 500 workers at the facility, which included a call center that was relocated to Martinez in 2013. Urban Outfitters moved into the building in 2005, five years after it was constructed, to house the regional distribution operations of children’s clothing company VF Playwear.
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