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Chemical company celebrates grand opening of Richland County facility

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Richland County Administrator Leonardo Brown, Councilman Paul Livingston and Economic Development Director Jeff Ruble help with Tuesday’s ribbon cutting at Miwon Specialty Chemical USA Inc. in Columbia. (Photo/Provided)Miwon Specialty Chemical USA Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest manufacturing facility in Richland County on Tuesday.

The 65,000-square-foot, $25 million plant is the South Korea-based company’s first U.S. location and 13th global site.

Located in the Pineview Industrial Park, the facility produces raw materials for inks, coatings, adhesives, photopolymer printing plates and dry film photoresists. The materials, cured by exposure to ultraviolet light, are used for protective coats on products ranging from kitchen cabinets to TV screens to mobile phones.

“This is a very important step for us as the first production plant of Miwon Specialty Chemical in the United States,” H.W. Kim, chair of parent company Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., said in a news release from Central SC Alliance. “Through this new investment, we expect we can contribute to improving supply chain management of our local customers. Our plant in Richland County will actively perform to supply quality products to customers widely spread throughout the United States.”

The plant will include a state-of-the-art laboratory, Kim said.

“Congratulations to Miwon Specialty Chemical USA Inc.’s grand opening in Richland County,” S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said in the release. “Today’s milestone further proves to the world that South Carolina’s business-friendly environment and talented workforce offer companies the tools necessary for success. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Miwon Specialty Chemical USA Inc. for many years to come.”

Miwon has filled more than half of the 25 jobs expected to be created by the new facility and is hiring to fill the remainder, according to the release.

Employment information is available online at https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Miwon-Specialty-Chemical-Co.

"It is exciting to see Miwon Specialty Chemical wrapping up construction and being that much closer to operation here in Richland County,” Richland County Council Chair Overture Walker said. “Council wishes the company much success as it opens its doors, adding to our strong and vibrant local economy.”

Construction began on the facility in July 2020 after plans for the plant were announced the previous year.

Central SC Alliance assists Richland County economic development efforts.

“The continued growth of foreign direct investment in Richland County, as well as throughout the Central SC Region and the state, is an exciting sign of the opportunities we anticipate seeing in the future,” Central SC Alliance Chair W. Keller Kissam said. “As more and more companies take note of our pro-business environment, we’ll be here to help welcome them alongside our partners, allies and flourishing existing industries.”

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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