Milliken & Co., a diversified global textile manufacturer headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., with more than 70 locations worldwide, is expanding operations in Cherokee County.
The company’s $27.4 million investment will create 75 new jobs, according to a news release from the South Carolina governor’s office.
Located at 157 New Milliken Road in Blacksburg, Milliken’s Cherokee County expansion will include newly added production lines to increase manufacturing capacity, the release stated. Known as the Magnolia Finishing Plant, the facility specializes in workwear, military and flame-resistant apparel.
“Expanding Magnolia Plant made perfect sense to us as a company,” Milliken president and CEO Halsey Cook said in the release. This plant is on the cutting edge of manufacturing excellence and innovation, and Cherokee County’s support is vital to its operation. We’re grateful for the partnerships with this community and the state, and we’re proud to call South Carolina home.”
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Milliken is a materials science expert with a diverse portfolio serving the textile, flooring, specialty chemical and health care industries, the release stated. South Carolina is home to more than 25 Milliken locations, including textile and chemical manufacturing facilities, showrooms and the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg.
The expansion is expected to be complete by year-end. Individuals interested in joining the Milliken team can visit the company’s careers page.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant to Cherokee County to assist with costs related to this project, according to the release.
“Milliken has been a great partner and community member for more years than I care to remember. We are excited for them and hope our great partnership continues way into the future,” Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer said in the release.