15 January 2013

Vancouver-based Swift Group to invest $3.5 million and create 60 new jobs in South Carolina

- Establish a new filter manufacturing facility in Clarendon County
- New facility will be the first U.S. operation for the company
- Rural infrastructure grant for $225,000 for building upfit

Columbia, S.C. – 15 January 2013 – Swift Group of Industries, a maker of replacement refrigerator filters, will establish a new filter manufacturing facility in Clarendon County. With an initial $3.5 million investment, and further investment planned later, the company expects to generate 60 new jobs. 

We looked at a number of different states for our U.S. location and found that South Carolina offered the best choice. The entire South Carolina economic development team was well-prepared to show us the path to our company goals. We would like to thank John Truluck at Clarendon County, Andre Leblanc and the Commerce staff and especially the Clarendon County Council for working through the Christmas holiday to make this project a reality,” said Ramesh Suri, managing director of Swift Group of Industries. 

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Swift Group will locate a new production facility in Clarendon County at 2678 Ram Bay Road in Manning. The company makes refrigerator replacement filters for water and ice dispensers for all major OEM brands. In addition, the company also makes home appliances, appliance components and barbeque grills. The company uses an environmentally friendly “green” manufacturing process in making its products. 

Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural areas. We celebrate Swift Group’s decision to put down roots in South Carolina with a $3.5 million investment and the creation of 60 new jobs in Manning. Our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce continue to attract investment from companies all around the globe,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. 

The new facility will be the first U.S. operation for the company, and will move some manufacturing operations from China to South Carolina. The company currently exports its products from Canada to Australia, Israel, Europe and the U.S. 

South Carolina continues to see its manufacturing renaissance gain steam with announcements like this one by Swift Group. Our manufacturing sector is a key wealth creator in the Palmetto State’s economy. In addition, these jobs will have a positive impact and help sustain the Manning community,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. 

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 20,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector. 

Suri said the company is committed to hiring local talent, as well as helping community members in need. He said Swift Group would also buy materials from local suppliers

Swift Group is now hiring for a range of positions including mold makers, injection mold machine operators and assembly line workers. 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a rural infrastructure grant for $225,000 for building upfit.

Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce