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Officials with the company announced Tuesday a $30 million investment at the Palmetto facility off McIver Road in Darlington, which is expected to create at least 135 new jobs.The Palmetto facility was shut down in 2008 by the bankruptcy of its owner at the time, Wellman Inc. When the plant was closed, measures were taken to facilitate a future restart.The $30 million capital investment will be used to revamp the site and install new equipment. Production of polyester fibers used in a variety of apparel, home furnishing and other non woven markets will restart at the plant early 2018. and we’ll be close to a lot of our key customers and potential customers,” said Leandro Carboni, management for Fiber Industries. “We feel really good about the market here and the location of this facility.”Officials said the textile industry is regaining momentum after a hard hit during the recession and this investment is a sign of a market growth.The investment project was previously referred to under the code name “Project Phoenix.” The Darlington County Council approved an incentive package for the company at its regular meeting on Monday evening.Frank Willis, Darlington County economic development director, said this project has taken years to culminate but it’s a major sign of growth to come in the county.”These things can have long lead times but it’s huge when we get them,” he said. “I have seen more economic activity in the past eight months than I saw in my first four years here. We have several other projects that we’re positive will happen soon.”Robert L. Kilgo, Jr., Darlington County Council, said this investment bodes well for laborers in the Pee Dee.”Anytime you create new positions, the money rolls over and over again within the county to help in other areas,” he said. “Fibers will impact the entire area. It’s good to see the old fiber plant coming back and not just sitting empty, collecting dust.”Hiring for the new positions will begin sometime in the fourth quarter this year, with operation beginning in 2018. Fiber Industries is working with Ready SC to facilitate the hiring process.ArticlesVictim of apparent homicide on South Irby Street identifiedFlorence man among nine sex traffickers sentenced to federal prison timeFlorence friends to share week being homelessFlorence police, coroner investigating apparent homicide on South Irby StreetEllis resigns as West Florence boys’ basketball coachDriver charged with DUI after crashing vehicle into Lake City dance studioMark Anthony PhillipsAfter 48 years, Norman’s Gun Exchange is closing in EffinghamWoodberry to step down as West Florence’s AD at school year’s end, will remain Knights’ football coachHarry Thomas
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