If all goes according to plan the International Megasite coming to I-77 just South of Chester County could rival some of the state’s largest manufacturers, such as Volvo in Berkeley County, BMW in Spartanburg County, Continental Tire in Sumter County and Giti Tire in Chester County.
In a published report, Bobby Hitt, state secretary of commerce says “The International Megasite is ready to represent the next chapter in the Palmetto State’s record of building a major presence in the transportation manufacturing space, including automotive and aerospace.
When this property is a thriving workplace, the benefits will be felt across South Carolina.” The I-77 Alliance is marketing a 1,500-acre site at exit 34, 20 miles south of the Chester County line.
A master plan calls for more than 9 million square feet of manufacturing space, rail lines, an electrical substation, a million-gallon water tank and perhaps even a new interchange off the interstate.
Rich Fletcher, I-77 Alliance president and CEO says they’re looking at something that could bring 2,000 or more jobs.