Giti Tire officials are reviewing five bids, ranging from $7.9 million to $19.8 million, for initial site work on the company’s new Chester County tire plant.
Giti officials, led by Julianto Djajadi, the executive vice president for business operations for Giti Tire USA, hope to announce a decision by Wednesday.
The companies are bidding to prepare 250 acres of the 1,152-acre site between S.C. 9 and Old Richburg Highway. The company recently purchased the land from the Springs Corp.
Giti intends to build a $560 million plant, which would employ 1,700 people and make 30,000 passenger and light truck tires a day at full production. The plant is tentatively scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2017.
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Richardson Construction Co. of Columbia, which cleared about 100 acres of the site when an automotive prospect was interested in the land in 2005, bid on the project but was not one of the five pre-qualified companies. In court, Richardson Construction alleged that neither state nor Chester County bidding processes were followed, but a judge refused to block the bidding process.
Giti anticipates an official groundbreaking in mid-February, but sitework could start in January, said Karlisa Parker, economic development director for Chester County.
Chester County reviewed the qualifications of potential bidders for the projects and “prequalified” five companies. Chester County is involved with the selection process because the county received a $36,325,000 grant from the S.C. Coordinating Economic Development Council for land acquisition and site development for the Giti project.
The final decision is left to Giti.