Advanta Southeast to open Clarendon County plant, bring 30 jobs


COLUMIBA, S.C. – Advanta Southeast, a maker of reusable packaging, will locate its new operating facility in Clarendon County. The $3.5 million investment is expected to generate 30 new jobs.

The company designs and produces reusable packing solutions for a number of clients, including General Motors, Ford, BMW, Lear and Yamaha, among others. Advanta already has a presence in Duncan, and expects the new facility to begin operations within the next month.

“Today’s announcement is a big step for our company and we look forward to starting operations in our new plant. South Carolina and Clarendon County offer us an excellent environment in which to do business, and we appreciate all the support we’ve received as we’ve moved forward with this project,” Merle Grams, president of Advanta Southeast, said.

Advanta is locating a new production facility in an existing building at 1799 Ram Bay Road. The 53,000-square-foot facility will allow the company to streamline its manufacturing process and expand its product line.

“It’s exciting to see a company like Advanta Southeast choose to set up new operations in one of South Carolina’s rural areas. We celebrate the company’s investment of $3.5 million and the creation of 30 new jobs in Clarendon County,” Gov. Nikki Haley said.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in the next couple of months. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the SCWorks Manning office at (803) 473-2086.

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Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 23,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.