MBREDC working to rope in major manufacturing project

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation is remaining very tight lipped about a manufacturing company it is going after. A Southeastern-based company is looking to expand and Horry County is a finalist on the list of possible locations.

MBREDC would not confirm any information about the prospect, however WMBF News partner My Horry News says the major manufacturing project could create more than 100 jobs and spur an investment of over $100 million.

The MBREDC has recently made efforts to attract new industries that aren't tourism-related, and manufacturing companies are towards the top of the list.

Bausch Linnemann opened its doors on Harrelson Boulevard last October. When it was announced the manufacturing company was moving its North American Headquarters to Myrtle Beach, the MBREDC said that would open the door to other manufacturers and heavy industry.

Right after, PTR Industries signed on, so MBREDC is hopeful this new manufacturer will follow the trend.

Bausch Linnemann's CEO Mike Miller said when he was looking for the new headquarters location, Myrtle Beach was more receptive to the industry than other places he looked into. "I would say the general attitude of the area, in terms of, I think it is a manufacturing-friendly environment," according to Miller. "I think it's a good foundation for the community. And adding another company here that does manufacturing or something along those lines of what we do is certainly a benefit to the community."

The MBREDC said it would be huge to land the project and hopes to be able to give a positive announcement, but officials do not know a timetable on when they will know.

Phillips said there is one area that desperately needs attention from local leaders if they are serious about attracting more business: transportation. The biggest - completing the highway system in Myrtle Beach.

"If you have more manufacturing here, you're generating more revenue here, and more need for that," Phillips added. "That's something that's desperately needed in this area. We're shipping product all over North America. We ship a lot of product to the West coast. And getting trucks in and out of here would obviously be easier if you had an interstate system that was coming all the way in here."

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