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Jobs coming to Sumter County with new housewares plant

This spec building on North Wise Drive is a beehive of activity as construction crews work on the inside and outside of the building that will house the new company.
This spec building on North Wise Drive is a beehive of activity as construction crews work on the inside and outside of the building that will house the new company.

A supplier of housewares and other retail goods is locating its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Sumter County and bringing 88 jobs to the area.

Sumter Easy Home LLC announced late Thursday its purchase of the Black River Spec Building on North Wise Drive in Black River Airport Park. The retail supplier, which has two sales offices in the U.S. and one in Canada, has previously purchased all its products from manufacturing facilities in Asia. Now, some of those products will be made in Sumter, according to company Vice President Mike Carney. With Sumter being the site of the company's first U.S. plant, it chose to name the company after Sumter for marketing purposes.

Sumter Easy Home supplies home organization and housewares to a variety of clients, including Walmart and Lowe's.

Products manufactured locally will include plastic-injected houseware storage and organization products, such as clothes hangers, laundry hampers and garage shelving, among other items.

Sumter Easy Home will invest $37 million into the 104,000-square-foot facility.

According to Jay Schwedler, president and CEO of Sumter Economic Development Board, roughly $12 million of the investment will be in facility improvements and about $25 million will be in machinery and equipment.

Schwedler said the company closed the sale on the building Wednesday and is looking to begin production as soon as possible. He anticipates the facility will be operational by late August and production to begin by early fall. Schwedler said he thinks the hiring of mainline workers will be fairly quick in order to make the product line.

Interested applicants should visit ReadySC's website, www.readysc.org, for more information.

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