Ohio firm confirms its moving to Graniteville

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 12:58 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 9:53 PM
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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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curly123053
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curly123053 12/15/09 - 02:19 pm
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Good news!

Good news!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 12/15/09 - 02:19 pm
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Sounds like all the good jobs

Sounds like all the good jobs are already taken. Nonetheless, I am sure they will have no problem filling their general labor positions. Congratulations to Graniteville!

smartie
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smartie 12/15/09 - 04:37 pm
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GREAT! just what we needed.

GREAT! just what we needed. more obnoxious ohio yankees in the area.

terry67
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terry67 12/15/09 - 07:18 pm
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LOL on the Ohio Yanks! I can

LOL on the Ohio Yanks! I can hear it now...."Thats not how WE did it in Ohio"!

deekster
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deekster 12/16/09 - 10:07 am
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Congratulations Mayor Deke

Congratulations Mayor Deke for bringing in new jobs. He always includes South Carolina positives for his resume. His scope of influence is remarkable.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 12/16/09 - 10:26 am
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Makin' signs!

Makin' signs!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/16/09 - 02:22 pm
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way to go...gee why is it

way to go...gee why is it that municipalities around us either are in the final running or seem to land some type of light, medium or heavy industry??? is seems they may tend to aggressively go out and look for businesses that want to relocate, i guess augusta wont because they may have to give tax breaks to the industries and that goes against they overall plan for development, which "tax'em till they bleed, then spend it real quick on projects that benefit a select few"

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lady_alessandra 12/18/09 - 09:36 am
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Ohio firm confirms IT IS

Ohio firm confirms IT IS moving to Graniteville, which would make the contraction IT'S not ITS.

OhioMike
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OhioMike 09/28/10 - 08:23 pm
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Good Job South Carolina! You

Good Job South Carolina! You managed to distroy a great company that has been around for over 100 years in a matter of 5 months! You should of listened to those Ohio Yanks, they obviously knew what they were talking about when it comes to running a business.

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