Expansion project invests $60 million in Marlboro Co.

Marlboro County, SC - MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Mohawk Industries has announced it will be investing nearly $60 million in Marlboro County as it expands its Pee Dee manufacturing facility.

Officials with Mohawk Industries made the announcement alongside Marlboro County leaders and members of the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the North Eastern Strategic Alliance on Thursday.

The company said the major investment will bring several jobs to the area over a two-year time period.

"We have been very pleased with the results of the Oak River North Extrusion and Yarn operations," Mohawk Industries Vice President Larry Perugini said. "The people at the facility have been key contributors to our company's success, and we are grateful for their good work and dedication."

Mohawk Industries projects it will add an additional 87,500 square feet of manufacturing space to its facility in Bennettsville, which opened in 2006. Additional yarn conversion equipment will be added to the plant to boost production.

"Economic development, in addition to recruiting new business, is the sustaining of existing business," South Carolina Sen. Gerald Malloy said. "I am very grateful for this expansion by Mohawk, as it is needed in our community."

The Bennettsville plant is one of two facilities planted in the Pee Dee by Mohawk, according to officials. The company previously expanded its Oak River North facility in 2008, employing more than 400 people.

For employment opportunities as a result of the expansion, click here or call the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce at (843) 479-4081.

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