Governor Haley speaks at Otis Elevator press conference (Source: WMBF News Reporter Crystal Moyer)
FLORENCE, SC(WMBF) – Otis Elevator Company, a unit of United Technologies Corp., announced Friday that it is opening a new manufacturing center in Florence. The new facility will bring about 360 jobs to the area.
"Otis is excited to bring the production of its energy efficient elevators to the city of Florence," said Didier Michaud-Daniel, president of Otis Elevator Company. "The collocation of our new equipment operations will significantly improve our ability to incorporate global innovations into the North American market, and more quickly respond to our customer's needs."
The Florence facility will produce all new elevators that have not been produced anywhere else in North America, such as the innovative Gen2 elevator. The Gen2 incorporates green technology, including ReGen drives and LED lighting as standard. Hydraulic elevators with improved efficiency will also be produced at the new location. These elevators use much less hydraulic fluid than existing models and require less space.
"Attracting a world-class business like Otis Elevator Company is a big win for Florence County and South Carolina as a whole. We're going to celebrate Otis' decision to invest in our state and create 360 well-paying jobs," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
The 423,000 square-foot facility, which will feature a 150-foot test tower, will include manufacturing, engineering, a contract logistics center and field support operations. The co-location of these functions, currently situated in four different cities, will reduce lead times improving both speed to market and the customer experience.
Michaud-Daniel said that Florence was an ideal place for the new facility.
"Because of its strategic location in the southeast, your excellent business climate and your well trained and dedicated work force," Michaud-Daniel said.
Since January, Commerce has announced the recruitment of more than $1.5 billion in capital investment and more than 5,000 new jobs from companies in the manufacturing sector.
"We welcome Otis as a new corporate citizen to Florence and the Pee Dee Region," said Senator Hugh K. Leatherman. "It is a proud day when Florence County, South Carolina proves that manufacturing jobs can be placed here and that we can compete in a global market."
"New jobs, especially high paying manufacturing jobs in today's economy are not only a testament to the strength of Otis as a company, but also the aggressive approach Florence County takes to economic development. We are happy to welcome Otis and look forward to a long, successful partnership," said Florence County Council Chairman, K.G. "Rusty" Smith.
Chairman of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, Dr. Charles Gould stated, "The investment into Florence County by Otis Elevator proves once again that we are on the radar of the largest corporations in the world. Our proactive economic development team has brought us another success."
Otis Elevator Company of Florence plans to be up and running by July 2012 and they plan to produce and deliver their first new and improved elevator that same year.
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