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Sumter's Project Batch is Florence Concrete Products

Buildings, bridges manufacturing plant to expand, bring 80 jobs

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 3/28/19

A half-century-old Florence-headquartered manufacturing company that has a plant in Sumter is set to expand and become part of the Sumter-Lee Industrial Park.

The Sumter County Council gave two final approvals at its regular monthly meeting …

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Sumter's Project Batch is Florence Concrete Products

Buildings, bridges manufacturing plant to expand, bring 80 jobs

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A half-century-old Florence-headquartered manufacturing company that has a plant in Sumter is set to expand and become part of the Sumter-Lee Industrial Park.

The Sumter County Council gave two final approvals at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, paving the way for Florence Concrete Products Inc., which had been going under the code name of Project Batch, to expand at its current Industrial Road location.

Florence Concrete Products makes products for buildings and bridges in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Formed in 1955, it is headquartered, has a retail block and brick sale office and tilt up concrete division in Florence and operates a precast concrete manufacturing facility in Sumter, according to its website.

“Sumter County Council is always excited when one of our local industries experience growth. The expansions are proof of our pro-business climate and showcases that Sumter has the talent to fill the jobs of today and the future," Sumter County Council Chairman Jim McCain said.

Its website for the Sumter plant says the certified Prestressed Concrete Institute plant employs three registered professional engineers and six computer drafting technicians for a total of about 100 trained personnel.

This expansion will bring a $4 million investment into Sumter County along with 80 jobs, a number that was negotiated down from previous reports.

"We appreciate their investment which shows confidence in our community and its future," Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen said.

Council members unanimously approved an infrastructure credit agreement and an amendment to the industrial park's master agreement to expand the boundaries of the park to allow for about 60 acres. The credit agreement exempts the company from ad valorem property taxes under the contracted assumption that the construction, expansion and operating will also bring economic development to the county.

No one spoke for or against the proposals in a public hearing before the third and final readings were adopted.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, council members:

  •  Approved second reading of a rezoning request from Charles Smith to rezone his 5-acre plot on Cane Savannah Road from Agricultural Conservation to General Commercial or General Residential to allow for a 10-unit mobile home park. The request is not in conformance with the Military Protection Planning area that the property is in, but planning staff and the planning commission are recommending approval for a rezoning to GC because it is in more alignment with the 2030 Comprehensive Plan from a long-term standpoint. No one spoke for or against during the public hearing, and there were no questions from council members before they voted unanimously to move it to third and final reading;
  •  Approved second reading of a rezoning request from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office to allow a special exception use in a Heavy Industrial District to allow for an outdoor pistol, rifle or skeet shooting range beside the Brewington Road landfill. Planning staff and the planning commission are recommending approval because the parcel is not ideal for residential or other uses because of it being next to the landfill and near floodplains and because this special exception use is allowed in "virtually every commercial and industrial zoning" except HI. No one spoke for or against during the public hearing, and there were no questions from council members before they voted unanimously to move to third and final reading;
  •  Approved first reading, title only, to amend the county ordinance relating to tethering animals and other adoption practices; and
  •  Recognized Sumter County EMS Assistant Director Kent Hall for receiving the Jack Niles Award for Outstanding Achievements in EMS Education, a statewide award. He was honored for his efforts in the county EMS training program, including an active shooter training with the sheriff's office, and for spearheading the Stop the Bleed campaign that has provided life-saving kits to schools.