Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Less than a year after establishing local operations, The BID Group of Companies, a British Columbia-based equipment manufacturer for the forest industry, will expand its Comact Equipment U.S. Inc. manufacturing facility in Dorchester County.
The capital investment, totaling $1.8 million, is expected to generate approximately 60 new jobs – more than doubling the facility’s current employment.
The company made the announcement May 21.
Comact, located at 176 Academy Road in St. George, will add more than 3,500 square feet to its existing 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate another line that will produce log and timber-handling equipment primarily used for sawmills. The company began production in St. George during the fall of 2013.
“We are proud to announce this expansion to assist with the growing forest industry requirements in the South. Our decision to relocate some of our manufacturing to South Carolina in 2013 is paying off for us and our customers and we look forward to growing our business in Dorchester County and specifically the great community of St. George,” said BID Group CEO Brian Fehr.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley welcomed the news.
“In 2013 the BID Group chose to locate in our state and less than a year later they are ready to expand – a clear indication that South Carolina has the workforce and business environment companies need in order to succeed in the global market,” Haley said. “We celebrate BID Group’s decision to invest $1.8 million into Comact and create 60 new jobs.”
“It is impressive that in less than a year since locating in Dorchester County, Comact is already expanding their St. George facility,” Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn said. “We welcome their growth and look forward to our continued partnership with Comact.”