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Businesses to establish, expand operations in Florence County

Staff Report //August 20, 2020//

Businesses to establish, expand operations in Florence County

Staff Report //August 20, 2020//

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Effingham Pellets LLC, a subsidiary of Charles Ingram Lumber Co., is investing $5.4 million to establish operations in Florence County.

The newly formed company manufactures and supplies wood pellets for export sale to Europe.

The new facility, located at 4905 Ingram Bypass in Effingham, is expected to be online by June 2021. It will produce pellets to be burned in place of coal at power plants across Europe.

Ten jobs are expected to be created. Employment information is available online at

Charles Ingram Lumber Co., founded in 1931, grows trees for pulpwood and saw timber. The Effingham company also owns and operates a lumber mill. 

"Effingham Pellets LLC is a welcome addition to the business community of Florence County,” Florence County Council Chair William Dorriety Jr. said in a news release. “Innovative ideas, such as creating useful products from previously unused material, are a representation of the unique opportunities Florence County has to offer. We are proud to host this forward-thinking company.”

Florence County is also the site of SteelFab Inc.’s planned $5 million expansion, a move expected to create 28 jobs.

SteelFab Inc. is an American Institute of Steel Construction-certified fabricator of structural steel with 15 locations nationwide. It provides welding, coating, assembly, fabrication and other services for steel products.

"This project is SteelFab Inc.'s largest capital expenditure in its Florence plant since opening in 1988,” Rob Rutherford, SteelFab Inc. South Carolina Division president, said in a news release. “We are proud to be a part of the Florence community, which has helped us achieve incredible growth over the past 32 years.”

The expansion of the facility at 1220 Steel Road in Florence will increase capacity for cutting, drilling and fabrication. A third production line will be created, and two existing lines will be relocated.

Construction is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2021, with the overall expansion done by 2025. Employment information is available online at