LORIS, SC (WMBF) - An international company is bringing good-paying jobs to the Grand Strand.
The Canadian-based company, Accent Stainless Steel, announced it would be expanding into the Loris area over a year-and-a-half ago. The building was roughly halfway complete back in December 2015 and promised over 65 paying jobs. The vice president of the company, Barbir Sidhu, said they were delayed due to recent bad weather, but now, production is underway.
Escaping Serbia during war, Milan Graovac came to the U.S. with no money and not a single English word in his vocabulary. But he did have one thing.
"I'm a real welder. I know how to do my work. So I go to school, get some certification, pass all the welding certification, show people I can weld," Graovac said.
After years of welding jobs all over the country, Graovac was told by his daughter to pick a spot and stay there.
"She said, 'I'm looking for a job for you so you can come home and be every night home,'" he said. "So I said, 'You know what? I am coming home.' And I did. And I am so happy. I made my family happy."
Graovac is one of 13 new hires at Accent Stainless Steel who will work entry-level jobs and be paid between $22 to $25 an hour.
"Our aim is to have 65 people within three years, so we'll have 65 people within three years," Sidhu said. "And we actually want to do even better than that. So as a company, our goal is to have even a 100 people within three years."
And for Graovac, this 9 to 5 job comes with benefits.
"I'm a family man. I need a job home every night with my family," he said.
Accent Stainless Steel will have its official ribbon cutting ceremony very soon, and are accepting applications through South Carolina Works.