Work on Chester project could start within a month of Monday’s announcement

06/14/2014 9:13 PM

06/14/2014 9:16 PM

Construction could start within 30 days on a Chester County manufacturing project that’s scheduled to be unveiled Monday, county officials say.

Gov. Nikki Haley, company representatives and state and local officials are expected to announce project details 10 a.m. Monday in Richburg.

The plant is expected to bring 1,500 jobs to Chester County. Investment in the manufacturing plant, believed to be automotive related, is projected to be $560 million.

Also on Monday, Gov. Haley is scheduled to announce two office projects in Fort Mill. Sources have said the projects represent an investment of more than $200 million and more than 5,000 jobs.

The Chester Council held a public hearing on Friday on whether to give the unnamed manufacturing company property tax breaks. No one spoke at the public hearing. The council will meet Monday before the governor’s announcement to vote on the property tax breaks.

Following Friday’s public hearing, Councilman Archie Lucas of Great Falls asked if there was a time frame for the new company to break ground.

County staff said the company intended to break ground “as soon as possible. . . less than 30 days.” Staff members said the company is reviewing the proposed site, which has not been made public.

County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey said those questions, as well ones on employment opportunities, should be answered Monday.

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