ColgatePalmolive Opening New Facility in South Carolina

Colgate-Palmolive Opening New Facility in South Carolina

Oct. 7, 2013
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 26,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Location, workforce and market access were the key factors for Colgate-Palmolive  (IW 500/73) in deciding to locate its new facility. The company announced today that it will invest  $196 million to establish a new production facility in an existing 525,000 square foot building in Greenwood County, South Carolina.

“Greenwood County had a building that was a perfect fit for our needs, offers us a talented workforce and excellent market access,” saidMike Corbo, vice president, Global Supply Chain, for Colgate-Palmolive . “We appreciate all the support we’ve received from the state Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development, as well the Greenwood Partnership Alliance and Greenwood County.”

The plant is expected to begin operations in 2014 and will generate 300 new jobs.

At the new facility, the company will produce liquid hand soap for its Softsoap brand for the North American market as well as deodorant for its Mennen Speed Stick brand for both domestic and global markets.

“Manufacturing continues to be a real wealth creator in our state, and today’s announcement provides another boost to South Carolina’s manufacturing sector,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “The jobs created by Colgate-Palmolive’s new facility will help communities in Greenwood County remain sustainable for years to come.”

The Upstate Alliance and the South Carolina Ports Authority also were involved in the company’s recruitment to the state.  The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Governor's Closing Fund grant and job development credits.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 26,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

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Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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