FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A project aimed at getting the attention of big industry investors is taking off in Florence County. Construction on a new industry ready building is nearing completion.
Economic leaders hope the construction taking place in the Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City, turns into a multi-million dollar investment and hundreds of jobs for Florence County.
The spec building located along Florence Harlee Boulevard is Class "A" LEED ready, which means it's a move-in ready facility for any industry looking to put down roots in Florence County.
"It is there to attract industry, it could be any industry that wants to expand or it could be a new one coming to the area," Jeff Singletary, Spokesperson for Pee Dee Electric Cooperative said.
Jeff Singletary with Pee Dee Electric Cooperative said the new spec building in the final stages of construction will be 100,000 square foot facility and will have the ability to be expanded by an additional 200,000 thousand square feet.
Singletary said in the past investing manufactures would look for large open spaces to build their own facilities, but now spec buildings are preferred.
"It seems like in the past three or four years it seems like they are starting to come back. Where we used to have green space, green fields now people are looking for inventory they are looking for buildings," Singletary said.
WMBF News learned Pee Dee Electric Cooperative constructed this building and in the future the county will purchase the land it's on, and the hope is that a manufacture will buy or lease the building.
Through a unique partnership, The North Eastern Strategic Alliance, Florence County and Pee Dee Electric Cooperative are marketing the space and working to bring new or existing industry into this building.
"People could come from different counties. It's just an opportunity to provide jobs first and foremost, but also just to help with economy as well too," Singletary said.
Already potential investors are looking at the space.
"We would love to see somebody come in pretty quick and that just gives a good testament of Spec buildings. Other areas are doing this and it's been successful and it's surely a good program to be looking at doing," Singletary said.
The spec building is slated to be complete on August 22.