Chinese company to hire 500, invest $218M in Lancaster Co. plant

Posted December 16, 2013 10:23 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

It’s become a fairly common occurrence: North Carolina companies moving into York or Lancaster counties to take advantage of lower taxes or maybe new incentives doled out by state economic officials.

But Monday, a Chinese based textile company announced news that’s heard a little less frequently: The company is opening its first United States-based plant in Lancaster County.

Keer, a maker of industrial fibers, announced its plans to invest $218 million and hire 501 employees in the next five years.

The news of Keer’s plans comes with open arms from Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

“You’re not going to have folks commuting from China,” Willis said. “These will be jobs that folks in the tri-county area will be able to fill. Not just where North Carolinians changing where they drive to work every day.”

The company will open its new 230,000 square foot facility in Indian Land and will break ground in February.

“Keer’s commitment to our state is a strong testament to South Carolina’s pro-business environment and capable and ready workforce,” said S.C. Governor Nikki Haley. “We welcome Keer to South Carolina and celebrate their $218 million investment that will create 501 jobs in Lancaster County.”

Employees at the Keer plant will help produce industrial cotton yarn.

“For over 100 years Lancaster County was a leader in the textile industry and with the addition of Keer’s new manufacturing facility we can once again be a leader in the industry for decades to come,” said Larry McCullough, chairman of Lancaster County Council. “We are very excited and honored to have Keer America as our newest business partner in Lancaster County.”