Ohio firm confirms its moving to Graniteville

GRANITEVILLE – The chief financial officer for an Ohio signage company confirmed today that it would be moving to Graniteville.

Gil Greytak said MCA Industries, a graphics and signage company based out of Massillon, Ohio, has already placed equipment at the Horsecreek Plant at Sage Mill Industrial Park off Bettis Academy Road. The company’s IT director will begin working on the computer systems at the plant Jan. 1.

Ninety-five people would be employed by the company that will use more than 30-acres of land at the industrial park, he said. The signage company creates banners, flyers, posters and other advertisements for businesses.

“We will be bringing some of our people down from the Ohio and Atlanta plants, but we are still looking for creative specialists, graphic designers and press operators,” Mr. Greytak said. “We’ll hire some of those workers as general laborers that will be trained by the state.”

The company is making a $93 million investment in the area, which includes acquiring the building from Avondale Mills, $3 million in improvements and $4 million in equipment. The loan to acquire the plant went through on Nov. 23, and the company has been working toward moving the plant to Graniteville most of the month, Mr. Greytak said.

Mr. Greytak said he was not aware of Aiken County Council discussing tax incentives for his company during a special called meeting tonight.

“We are primarily speaking with people on the state level, but we are continuing to look for funding and financing,” he said.

Councilmen Gary Bunker and Scott Singer both declined to comment on whether MCA Industries would be the company discussed tonight, which is labeled as Project X on the agenda.

Mr. Greytak said the plants in Atlanta and Ohio would close in three to four months, but eight graphic designers would telecommute from Ohio.

The plant would finish hiring by the end of March.

The company currently employs about 100 people in Masillon, according to Manta.com, an online small business directory. According to the Web site, the signage company brings in about $20 million in annual sales.

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