Fort Mill Times

Nuke firm sets up in IL

More than 200 new jobs are waiting to be filled at a new Indian Land-based company.

URS Corporation's Washington Division opened the URS Nuclear Center in Indian Land this week, according to company officials. The company set up in part of the former HSBC building in the Edgewater Business Park on Hwy. 521.

The Fort Mill Times reported in February that URS was eyeing the HSBC office in the Panhandle for a new facility in the Carolinas. This week, the company made it official and said the URS Nuclear Center is open and recruiting new employees.

"We are delighted to be opening the URS Nuclear Center at Fort Mill, which will be the new hub for our commercial nuclear business," said Tom Zarges, president of URS' Washington Division.

"The Washington Division has been providing nuclear expertise since the industry's infancy, and we are well positioned to help our clients build the next generation of plants needed to meet the growing demand for clean and dependable energy. With new nuclear facilities expected to be concentrated in the southeastern part of the country, South Carolina is an ideal location for our URS Nuclear Center headquarters."

The URS Nuclear Center is located in the second and third floors of the former HSBC building. The center will manage licensing, design and construction services for new nuclear facilities and the development of nuclear fuel cycle facilities.

The San Francisco-based company received an incentive package from Lancaster County that includes a 35 percent rebate on property taxes in its first year of operation, which equates to an approximate $52,000 discount.

"We are very excited to have a top company like this locate in that building," said Keith Tunnel, head of Lancaster County Economic Development. "To have up to 400 employees there in the next year or so will be a big boost. It's a lot of professional employees and it will allow our citizens to get employment. It's a strong company that pays strong wages."

Approximately 400 employees will fill the office, including 200 employees who will transfer from other Washington Division offices. Two hundred additional employees will be recruited through career fairs held throughout the Southeast, beginning April 1-3 at the Holiday Inn- Center City in Charlotte. An additional career fair will be held at the Indian Land location on April 22 and April 23.

The company is looking for new graduates and employees with experience in several fields, including nuclear engineering, project management and general administrative support.

The Washington Division managed the former nuclear weapons site in South Carolina for the Department of Energy for nearly 20 years. URS provides services for a variety of industries, including transportation, hazardous waste, military facilities and defense and security programs.