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Sumter's expanding Project Combine is SKF

Formerly Kaydon Corp., bearing manufacturer to invest $26M, create 10 jobs by December ’20

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 11/29/19
Sumter County Council announced which major industry in the county is expanding its operations with a $26 million investment and creating at least 10 new full-time jobs. The company, which went by the codename Project Combine while it underwent …

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Sumter's expanding Project Combine is SKF

Formerly Kaydon Corp., bearing manufacturer to invest $26M, create 10 jobs by December ’20

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Sumter County Council announced which major industry in the county is expanding its operations with a $26 million investment and creating at least 10 new full-time jobs.

The company, which went by the codename Project Combine while it underwent three readings before Sumter County Council, is SKF. Until recently called Kaydon Corp., SKF, which operates in two facilities at 925 Corporate Circle and 840 Corporate Circle in Sumter, is a global leader in manufacturing bearings of all sizes and serves applications and markets including military, medical, semi-conductor and the standard catalogue business.

"SKF is proud to have a home here in Sumter," said Marcus Jakob, SKF Sumter director of operations. "We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of local government and community officials in establishing a business-centric environment where SKF can feel confident in investing in our facility and creating valued jobs. We look forward to the continued success of our SKF Sumter manufacturing team as they advance the world of next-generation bearing manufacturing."

Council unanimously approved, with Councilman Jimmy Byrd absent, the third and final reading of an ordinance authorization between Sumter County and SKF on Tuesday after no one spoke during its final public hearing.

"Then Kaydon, now SKF; one thing that has not changed is this company's high reputation and delivery of service," Chairman Jim McCain said. "We are grateful for SKF's continued investment in our community and our people of Sumter County."

The expansion is set to be completed by December of 2020.

If interested in joining the SKF team, visit www.skf.com/us/career/index.html.

Also during Tuesday's council meeting

- County Administrator Gary Mixon said with last year's $50 million financial budget, Sumter County was under budget by $800,000.

"We're extremely proud of the work our financial team does," Mixon said. "It's very positive numbers."

- Two people spoke during the public comment period about their concerns for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office's request for an increase in pay to deputies.

At the last council meeting, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office made a request for an increase in pay to its deputies, saying they feel they're underpaid in the line of duty. Councilman Eugene Baten and Chairman Jim McCain went back and forth about where the county would pull the money from to budget for the request last meeting.

One of the speakers on Tuesday said the under-budget money could be put toward the request.

- The second reading of the Sumter 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which sets out the vision and future land use of Sumter County, was approved unanimously. Three readings are needed in the county to pass an ordinance proposal.

- Baten said he approved filling appointments for board and commissions during the Internal Affairs Committee report, but he said he was disappointed at the makeup of the current board and commissions based on race and gender.

He said the county's representation should be equal in race and gender, as the council made a policy in the mid-2000s to have equal representation on Sumter County's board and commissions.