Manufacturing company might build facility in Aiken County

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Plans to bring a manufacturing facility and nearly 40 jobs to Aiken County will likely hinge on incentives offered by county officials.

The county is working to secure an agreement with an unnamed company to locate a facility on about 20 acres inside Sage Mill Industrial Park. The county-owned property would be purchased at $5,000 per acre, according to Aiken County Council documents.

Dubbed “Project Prosper,” the company would invest at least $14 million in the facility and create 38 full-time jobs.

“It’s a matter of them getting the incentives they want,” said Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian.

Though still in negotiation, the county is prepared to offer a fee-in-lieu of tax with a fixed millage rate, according to a council resolution. The company also would likely be eligible for state grants.

Aiken County is just one location the company is looking at building a facility, Killian said.

The company is considering Aiken County, in part, to be closer to supply a customer, he said.

Killian said he hopes the company will make an announcement in a couple of months.

“We’re going to make this happen the best we can,” he said.

Economic Development Partnership Director Will Williams declined to comment on the project because it hasn’t been finalized but described it as “a positive step in the right direction.”

Graniteville is already home to industrial expansion at Bridgestone, which is adding capacity to its existing plant and adding a facility.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” Killian said. “This is another good project.”

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