MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach-based Canfor Southern Pine is investing $8 million to expand operations in Darlington County and bring an estimated 50 jobs to the area.
According to a news release from the office of Governor Nikki Haley, a second shift will be added at the existing manufacturing facility in Darlington, located at 1100 Chesterfield Lumber Drive. This facility manufactures southern yellow pine dimension lumber, which is primary used in construction.
"This investment demonstrates Canfor's confidence in South Carolina and the southern yellow pine forest industry," said Douglas Warstler, president of Canfor's southern pine operations, which are headquartered in Myrtle Beach. "Our partnership with the state and local economic development organizations made this capital project possible, which will contribute significantly to the County's economy through both jobs and increased economic activity."
Canfor operates 28 manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada, including facilities in Conway, Camden, and Darlington, the release states. The company employs about 600 people in South Carolina, and currently 84 workers in the Darlington facility.
"A great test for a state's economic development success is whether its business environment fosters the growth of companies that they already have," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "Canfor Southern Pine's commitment is a great example of growing our existing industry, and we applaud their investment of $8 million and creation of 50 more jobs for Darlington County."
"Canfor's decision to expand its operation in Darlington County is welcome news," said Darlington County Council Chairman Wesley Blackwell. "We are proud of our existing industries and especially pleased when a company like Canfor elects to continue its growth in our County. Darlington County will continue to provide economic opportunities for our citizens."
Those interested in a job working for Cantor Southern Pine can apply on their career opportunities website at: http://jobs.canforsouthernpine.com