Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The BID Group of Companies, a British Columbia-based maker of forestry products, today announced that it will establish its new Comact USA manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The building purchase and capital investments, totaling $3 million, is expected to generate 40 new jobs over the next two years.
“We are thrilled to be expanding into the Southeast U.S.,” said Brian Fehr, CEO of the BID Group. “We are already filling orders now and we are excited to hit the ground running with this expansion.”
The new Comact USA facility will be located at 176 Academy Road in St. George, and will have more than 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Initially, workers at the new facility will build handling equipment for the forestry sector. The facility is expected to begin operations in early September.
“International companies have come to recognize South Carolina as the right place to do business, and today’s announcement by the BID Group is another indication of that fact. We know what businesses from around the globe need in order to do well. We celebrate the BID Group’s decision to invest $3 million and create 40 new jobs here in Dorchester County,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
For the BID Group, the new location will drastically decrease time-to-market and related costs, as compared to products that would otherwise be shipped from one of the BID’s Canadian locations.
“South Carolina continues see its manufacturing and agribusiness sectors grow and create jobs. The BID Group’s investment builds on our state’s success in those sectors and strengthens our Canadian economic ties. Every one of the new jobs the BID Group creates will have an impact in Dorchester County and beyond,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 23,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, and has recruited more than $530 million in capital investment and more than 2,200 jobs in the agribusiness sector.
The company will begin the hiring process shortly for the new positions. Available positions will soon be posted to The BID Group’s website at www.bidgroup.ca/careers.
With over 30 years of experience, the BID Group has established itself as a leader in a variety of value-added, turn-key solutions for the forestry industry. Specializing in sawmills and planer mills, BID’s services include engineering and design, industrial fabrication, construction management and facilities maintenance as well as green energy systems and lumber remanufacturing. For more information about the company, please visit www.bidgroup.ca.