Steel company brings headquarters, 65 jobs to Horry Co.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Accent Stainless Steel will bring their new headquarters to Horry County when they move into the Loris Industrial Park.

The Canadian company manufactures craft and micro-brewing systems and equipment. Their plans to expand in the US includes a $3.1 million investment and the creation of 65 manufacturing jobs that would average $22 per hour.

That's about 65 percent higher than the average wage in Horry County.

The company is working with a real estate developer to construct and lease a new 50,000-square-foot facility which could be operational by the end of 2014.

"Our goal is to set up a world-class manufacturing facility in South Carolina that can produce high quality products for our domestic and international clients. Micro-breweries are a big industry for us and I look forward to manufacturing the Newlands brand of brewing equipment in this new facility. I feel that Horry County has the training centers, infrastructure, and standard of living to attract top-notch people that will help make our company successful. I look forward to working with them along this journey." said Balbir Sidhu, vice president/manufacturing of Accent Stainless Steel.

Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said, "I was pleased to be a part of the EDC's recruitment efforts to locate this company to Horry County. Not only can we celebrate new, high paying jobs for our citizens, but also another first-class company and corporate citizen for the Grand Strand."

The company decided to expand in South Carolina because of the available training opportunities through Horry-Georgetown Technical College's newly implemented welding program, according to Governor Nikki Haley's office.

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