1,000 new jobs coming to Williston

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:58 AM
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina's unemployment rate has risen to its highest level in a quarter century, but there's some good news for the state's hard-hit rural counties - hundreds of new jobs.

Development officials said Wednesday the Crane Co. will close a vending machine factory outside St. Louis and consolidate the operation at its Dixie-Narco plant in Williston in Barnwell County.

That will mean an estimated 1,000 jobs over five years, with almost all the workers to be hired locally.

Unemployment in South Carolina was 10.4 percent in January.

That area of the state has been hit hard in recent months with announcements of plant closings.

Marty Martin, executive director of the Barnwell County Economic Development Commission, said the first new jobs should be available next year. He said with expanded unemployment benefits, workers laid off in the coming months may be able to get by until those new jobs open up.

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Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 03/11/09 - 01:53 pm
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That is good news...Bad news,

That is good news...Bad news, ..They have nutcases like "williston" the dem, over there.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/11/09 - 02:25 pm
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Is Georgia on my mind?

Is Georgia on my mind?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 03/11/09 - 07:11 pm
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We have seen in the past

We have seen in the past where these big job announcements never pan out in the end.. They say 1,000 jobs over 5 years but in the end its more like only a cpl of hundred. You have to take this with a grain of salt. Don't believe it until you actually see 1,000 new ppl on payroll.

getagrip
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getagrip 03/12/09 - 05:58 am
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This is great for Williston

This is great for Williston and will help since Dayco laid off workers due to the automobile industries troubles.

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justus4 03/12/09 - 06:07 am
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This is way too premature.
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This is way too premature. Ant they are talking about next year? It probably won't happen. Just keepin it honest.

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