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Global manufacturer new to South Carolina coming to Richland County

Jason Thomas //May 18, 2023//

Global manufacturer new to South Carolina coming to Richland County

Jason Thomas //May 18, 2023//

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A global material sciences company is setting up shop in Richland County, marking its first operation in South Carolina.

Xerxes, a subsidiary of Shawcor Ltd., will create approximately 80 new jobs at is facility, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Shawcor Ltd., the parent company of Xerxes, will expand its composite systems segment production capabilities in the United States, with an additional production facility for its Xerxes business, according to the release. Xerxes manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic underground storage tanks, primarily used within the retail fuel, storm water and wastewater markets.

Located at 141 Hobart Road in Blythewood, Xerxes plans to lease a new production facility that will expand the company’s capability to deliver underground fuel and water storage tanks.

“Our new Xerxes facility will bring 80 jobs to Blythewood while positioning us closer to our U.S. customer base and expanding our ability to serve the eastern U.S. market with underground storage tanks,” said Martin Perez, president of Shawcor Ltd.’s composite systems segment.

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Shawcor Ltd. is a global material sciences company serving the infrastructure, energy and transportation markets, the release stated. The company operates through a network of fixed and mobile manufacturing and service facilities. Its three business segments — composite systems, automotive and industrial, and pipeline and pipe services — enable responsible renewal and enhancement of critical infrastructure while lowering risk and environmental impact, according to the release.

The facility will be populated in a phased manner, the release stated. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2024 and to approach normalized levels of production in 2026.

“Xerxes’ investment in Blythewood will add to the growing vibrancy of Richland County and position the county for future economic development,” Richland County Council Chair Overture Walker said in the release. “Richland County is ripe with prosperity, and we are thrilled to welcome the Xerxes family to our region while enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve.”