Lee County coatings business will add 20 jobs

Bishopville plant to make $1M investment, hires by next year

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 6/20/18

A metal-finish coatings business in Lee County is growing and expanding its operations.

Carolina Metal Finishing, a leader in powder and custom metal finishing for industrial sprinkler heads and other fire protection service fixtures, will be …

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Lee County coatings business will add 20 jobs

Bishopville plant to make $1M investment, hires by next year

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A metal-finish coatings business in Lee County is growing and expanding its operations.

Carolina Metal Finishing, a leader in powder and custom metal finishing for industrial sprinkler heads and other fire protection service fixtures, will be adding 20 jobs by the beginning of next year, Plant Manager John Gibart said Tuesday.

The plant, at 547 S. Main St. in Bishopville, will also be making a $1 million capital investment in a new building at its site. Gibart said the company plans to break ground on the new building next month and move in by the end of this year.

The company's metal-finish coatings are used for additional protection and durability for the fire protection service products. Those products are then used in industrial and commercial buildings, such as a manufacturing plant or a hotel, according to Brian Rauschenbach, economic development project manager with TheLINK, which serves Sumter and Lee counties.

An affiliate of Paramount Metal Finishing in Linden, New Jersey, Carolina Metal Finishing has been in operation since 2006. With the expansion, the Bishopville operation is increasing from 24 to 44 employees.

Gibart said the 20 new employees will be mostly mainline production workers. Six workers have already been hired and trained, he said.

Lee County officials said they are happy with the development announcement.

"Our goal is to help companies, much like Carolina Metal Finishing, meet and exceed productivity expectations, and we put forth every effort to make sure that happens," Lee County Council Chairman Travis Windham said. "It is always good to see when hard work yields good fruit."