MSI-Forks is building its new North American headquarters in the Antrim Business Park in Rock Hill as part of a $3.5 million expansion that is expected to create 33 jobs over the next five years.
The company – which makes forklift arms – is building a 40,000-square-foot facility on an 11-acre site in the business park off Dave Lyle Boulevard. It also will house MSI-Forks’ existing York County manufacturing operations on Mount Gallant Road.
“Locating their headquarters here is another signal that our community is the place to be for growing and expanding companies,” Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols said. “We appreciate this new investment in the future of our area.”
MSI-Forks is a subsidiary of MS International, PLC, based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.
In 1994, the company opened a distribution facility in Rock Hill and in 2011 converted it into a manufacturing operation.
“The new South Carolina manufacturing plant will help us to consolidate and expand our position in North America,” MSI-Forks CEO Caio Lima said. “It shows our long-term commitment to the material handling industry in the United States.”
Hiring for the new jobs is expected to begin soon, and the facility is expected to be fully operational within a few months.
The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $55,000 grant to York County to help pay for property improvements related to the project.
The York County Council approved a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement that lowers the company’s property taxes for the next 30 years, reducing the assessment rate to 6 percent from 10 percent. The county also approved a special source revenue credit that additionally reduced MSI-Forks’ property tax by 25 percent for the next five years.
“York County is excited to see MSI-Forks expand as they make this $3.5 million investment,” York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell said. “We are proud that they chose to stay in our county and create these new jobs.”
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