Office furniture company to build new facility in Conway, expected to create dozens of new jobs

Updated: Nov. 24, 2020 at 8:46 PM EST
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CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – An office furniture company is planning to expand its operations in Conway, creating dozens of new jobs in the process.

Founded in 2005, Skutchi Designs, Inc. manufactures various workplace products, including office cubicles, interior glass office walls and office desks, the South Carolina governor’s office said in a press release.

“In Italian it means ‘two bad boys’,” said Skutchi owner Joe Ferraro.

Skutchi may have been started by bad boys, but Ferraro said the business has been doing a pretty good job during the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the first month or two was slow, but once other businesses started to re-open, things picked up.

“We do sell a lot of products that help space people out,” said Ferraro. “Number one is our panel system, our wall systems, our cubicle solutions, our pet screens. All that encompasses and helps people get back to work. It separates who needs to be separated.”

The need for offices to put up cubicles and partitions has made Skutchi churn out more products than ever. They’ve been so busy, they’re growing out of their office off Highway 501 in Conway.

“Basically, we ran out of space, and it’s a dynamite opportunity to have to work with the state of South Carolina in a new Ascott Industrial Compound,” said Ferraro. “I think it’s going to do wonders for us, and we’re really happy to go to a new home.”

That new home will be on Adrian Highway in Conway, where the plan is to build an 85,000 square foot facility.

In order to reach more customers, Skuchi is hiring 41 new employees when they move into the new building.

“We need a lot of CNC operators, we need more sales, more technical stuff,” said Ferraro. “Our whole base is technology, so we’re going to need a whole more office staff as well as production staff.”

Skutchi worked with the state to find something in the price range, and the currently vacant Ascott Valley Park was a win-win for both parties.

“It’s always a great day when we can celebrate the expansion of one of our South Carolina companies. Skutchi Designs, Inc.’s decision to expand its Palmetto State operations is a win for the company and for our entire state, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact these 41 new jobs will have in Horry County,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

According to the governor’s office, the expansion is expected to be completed by 2022.

Individuals interested in joining the Skutchi Designs, Inc. team can click here for updates on future job opportunities.

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