A German medical supplier will get help from taxpayers to open a distribution center in Rock Hill.
The unnamed company is building on a 12-acre site at the eastern end of Dave Lyle Boulevard in Waterford Business Park. The $8 million project calls for a 121,000-square-foot distribution center that would employ 66 workers with average salaries of $40,000, city documents show.
The average income in York County is $24,000, according to Census figures.
On Monday night, city leaders approved spending $624,000 for an access road connecting the center to Dave Lyle Boulevard. The city, county, state and Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. are pitching in to cover the cost.
Those groups have spent nearly a year recruiting the company to York County.
"That's a nice win given the economy," said City Councilman Jim Reno. "You may have some people who lost their jobs -- maybe their skills will match what this company will need."
Major construction on the center is expected to wrap up by December in time for a January opening.
Few details have been disclosed about the company, but city officials referred to it in January as a Germany-based kidney dialysis equipment manufacturer with a strong presence in North America.
The land previously was the back portion of a larger tract that will be subdivided. The 800-foot road, which will extend east from the end of Dave Lyle Boulevard, will provide access to the smaller parcel of land and a much-needed access point to a larger undeveloped tract south of Dave Lyle Boulevard.
The hope is that other prospects will want to take advantage of the new roadway access.
Distribution centers typically do not offer jobs as high-paying as manufacturing or technical offices. But they remain the most frequent shoppers for industrial property in Rock Hill.
Seven current prospects looking at available sites would include a distribution component, economic development officials said earlier this year.