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Sumter manufacturer to add 57 jobs

Jemison Metals in Live Oak Industrial Park will more than double workforce in expansion

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 12/19/19

A Sumter manufacturer of flat-rolled carbon steel products eventually used in the production of home appliances and other products is expanding and will create 57 jobs.

Jemison Metals, at …

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Sumter manufacturer to add 57 jobs

Jemison Metals in Live Oak Industrial Park will more than double workforce in expansion

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A Sumter manufacturer of flat-rolled carbon steel products eventually used in the production of household appliances and other products is expanding and will create 57 jobs.

Jemison Metals, at 1255 Northgate Drive in Live Oak Industrial Park, will be making a $14.3 million capital investment in a second facility and adding the jobs during a three- to five-year period, local and state economic development officials announced Thursday.

The expansion - pegged to be completed by 2023 - will more than double Jemison's local workforce, which currently is 35 employees, according to Brian Rauschenbach, economic development project manager with the Sumter Development Board.

Most of the new hires will be production and fabrication workers - to include welders, machine operators with Computer Numerical Control experience and others - and some management-level employees, he added.

Most of the capital investment will target getting a second building, which is already an existing facility in the same industrial park, ready for operations to include the purchase of technological machinery. Jemison will occupy 70,000 square feet in a building at 2630 U.S. 15 South, previously used by Kaydon Corp., Rauschenbach said. Sumter Transport Company currently has offices in part of the facility.

With the expansion, Jemison is bringing in-house some product manufacturing that was previously outsourced to a supplier, according to a S.C. Department of Commerce news release.

Jemison's current facility in the industrial park is 81,000 square feet; so, the manufacturer is basically doubling its footprint locally, Rauschenbach said. With the expansion, the Alabama-based company will have about 90 employees in Sumter.

Jobs will be filled as needed until the expansion is completed, he added.

"We are really thrilled Jemison chose Sumter as the site to continue to grow its investment operation," Rauschenbach said. "It's really a homerun for this community, and it's going to put a lot of good people to work in great jobs."

Sumter County Council Chairman Jim McCain also was excited with the announcement.

"We are always elated when companies in Sumter County grow and expand," McCain said. "It demonstrates that we have all the necessary components for businesses to not only locate here, but also to thrive."

The 57-job expansion is the second largest this year for Sumter County, Rauschenbach said. In late March, Florence Concrete Products announced an 80-job expansion here.

Jemison Metals' products are used in home appliances - such as washers and dryers - electrical panel boxes, snowplows and metal studs used in the construction industry.

In addition to Sumter, Jemison Metals has four other facility locations: Decatur, Alabama; Gadsden, Alabama; Cleveland, Ohio; and Lynchburg, Virginia.