MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A new business in Marlboro County is looking to put hundreds of people back to work.
Arris, a housing manufacturer company, is the first major new business the area has had in a decade.
The company is looking to hire 100 people by the end of this year and a total of 250 people by the end of year 2020.
“Now that everything’s coming to fruition and they’re starting to hire we super excited,” County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said. “It’s even more exciting that they’re now giving us employment numbers fully built out that are higher than the announcement, even so it’s great for Clio and the Marlboro County area.”
Munnerlyn admits the area faces a lot of challenges bringing industries in.
"Sometimes it is difficult for inland counties to recruit industries when you don't have an interstate," he said.
However, Andy Miller, Arris’ Chief Operations Officer, said the location is just right for production.
Their goal is to manufacture 2,000 prefabricated apartments every year and ship them to housing communities across the south.
“We have to make some renovations to it, but other than that, the building’s size and the offices that are within the building are perfect for what we want to do,” Miller said.
They also need workers to make it happen.
“We feel like the workforce that’s going to be available in the Marlboro County area will be perfect for what we need,” Miller said.
Munnerlyn said as of March the unemployment rate for the county is 4.9%, which is a lot higher than the national average of 3.8% and even further from the most recent South Carolina unemployment rate of 3.2%.
But, it’s a number Munnerlyn expects will improve with the new business.
“We’re excited that we have some jobs coming here... goods jobs and really will make a big, positive impact on the community,” Munnerlyn said.
There will be a job fair this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility located on Highway 9 South in Clio.
If you’re unable to make the job fair. You can apply online at arrisbuilt.com.