Unidentified Aiken County company has plans of expanding

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An Aiken County company with plans of expansion will likely remain under wraps for at least a month.

Though details about the project remain scant, Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian confirmed that the county council heard the first reading Tuesday for a potential multimillion dollar investment by an undisclosed Aiken business.

“It is an existing company,” Killian said. “It’s the expansion of a business that is already here.”

Project Charger is in the preliminary stages, and Killian said a second reading is scheduled for July 23.

The expansion, if plans progress, would result in additional jobs, though the number is undetermined.

Killian said news of the project is an indicator that businesses are “comfortable in making an investment here.” An announcement revealing the company’s name and more information about the project could take place in 30 to 45 days, he said.

“Aiken County Council took the initial steps to demonstrate their interest of having this company come and be successful here,” said Will Williams, the director of the Economic Development Partnership, serving Aiken and Edgefield counties.

This is the second secretive project floating around in Aiken County this year.

Project Proper was announced in February. The project, which hinges on county-offered incentives, was described as a manufacturing facility that would bring 38 full-time jobs and a $14 million investment to Sage Mill Industrial Park in Aiken County.

The firm remains unnamed but those plans are still in the works.

“We continue to work with the company as they work through their business planning and strategy,” Williams said.

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thauch12 07/17/13 - 05:21 pm
Crap journalism.

Wow, this is officially the most pointless story I have ever read.
It could be summarized as "at some point, some company in Aiken is planning on doing some additional building which may add some jobs." I'm amazed the AC prints some of this nonsense.

palmetto1008 07/17/13 - 05:35 pm
It's GOOD news.....I welcome

It's GOOD news.....I welcome it, even without the details.

bdouglas 07/18/13 - 09:12 am
I've never understood why

I've never understood why they keep projects like this secret. Is it because the details on all the tax breaks aren't worked out yet, and thus they haven't completely committed to the expansion? Seems like a don't tell the public because we might still back out if we don't get the tax breaks we like kind of deal.

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