Aflac officials announced today they will ramp up hiring in Columbia as the insurance company opens its new office today at 400 Laurel St.
The company plans to double its workforce in Columbia to 300 workers by the end of the year, company president and chief of operations Paul S. Amos II said in a statement. The company will add more than 140 jobs, ranging from entry level to management positions. The company initially had projected it would hire 50 to 75 new workers in the area.
“The ongoing success of Aflac Group Insurance in Columbia means great things for Aflac, the city of Columbia and the people of South Carolina,” Amos said. “Today, we are not only opening a new office, but announcing further expansion in terms of office space and expected job creation. Together, Aflac Group and South Carolina are making things happen in a very positive way.”
Aflac, which is leasing the fifth floor of the office building, will lease an additional 13,000 square feet on the third floor to prepare for the new growth.
Business and government leaders were expected to be on hand at a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.
"We're thrilled to have AFLAC expanding in South Carolina and delivering on its commitment to our state, which now means 100 new jobs this year," Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement. "When we work to cut the amount of red-tape on our businesses, reduce our tax burden and fight to protect our right-to-work status, business flourishes in South Carolina and it's a big win for our state."
“Aflac’s announcement today is further evidence that Columbia is on the move,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said in a statement. “The atmosphere we are creating here with business, government, and community leaders all working together is at the core of what makes this an attractive city for any business to locate and expand. Aflac Group has been a major part of that effort and we look forward to working with them on their continued rapid expansion and persistent success in our city.”
The Georgia-based supplemental insurance company pays cash benefits to policy holders who are sick or injured.
400 Laurel Street, Columbia