FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) – A China-based business is bringing its manufacturing operations to Fairfield County.
Healthcare US Co., Ltd., a memory-foam mattress manufacturer, announced Tuesday that they will invest $45 million into the project and create 250 new jobs. The facility will be located at 1 Guardian Way in Winnsboro.
The company is expected to launch its new, 650,000-square-foot facility in the first quarter of 2019.
“We’re happy to be establishing this new facility in Fairfield County, and we are very appreciative of the ongoing support from both the local and state governments,” Healthcare Co., Ltd. President James Ni said. “This is a milestone for our company, and we are excited to support the community we will soon be calling home.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Fairfield County to assist with the costs of building renovations.
“South Carolina has been attracting business from all over the world for years because we have worked hard to create a business-friendly climate and a workforce that is second to none,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “We’re thrilled that Healthcare US Co., Ltd. has chosen to join the ranks of international companies that call our state home and look forward to many years of success.”
Founded in Jiangsu, China in 2003, Healthcare Co., Ltd. is the first publicly-traded, memory-foam mattress manufacturer in China and is now the largest such manufacturer in that country. Becoming a global industry leader, the company has established production operations in both Serbia and Spain, with approximately 3,600 workers worldwide.
Fairfield County Council Chairman Billy Smith says people in the area have been hit hard by the abandonment of the VC Summer expansion, and they’re ready to work.
“Some of those folks are still unemployed and they’re kind of struggling to get by,” Smith said. “So we hope that this will give them some hope.”
Healthcare US is already accepting applications, and they’ll need a variety of jobs to be filled as they go through the process of revamping the property.
“Initially, it’ll be construction,” Smith said. “They’ve got a very automated process, and because of that, the ramp up and getting all that infrastructure in place will take some time, so those will be the first things, and it’ll grow from there.”
The new facility will open on the property where the old Fairfield County Mack Truck plant was located.
Hiring is also slated to begin early next year, and interested applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.