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Anderson County Could See Hundreds Of New Jobs

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It's a deal that could put hundreds of you back to work.

Anderson County Council says it battled several states to lure two large companies to the upstate, bringing hundreds of jobs to an area that's been hit hard by unemployment.  

7 On Your Side wanted to know what you could do to land one of these new manufacturing jobs so we went to Greenville Technical College.

Greenville Technical College has seen its enrollment more than double over the past few years.  

"We are seeing a lot of interest in the manufacturing programs," Greenville Technical College Dean Joel Welch said.  

Welch says the need for skilled workers is only growing.  

"We need more parents and school encouraging students to look at this option, the salaries are fantastic," Welch said.  

Technical College graduates may soon be in high demand.

Anderson County Council members tell us within 3 weeks tax incentives will be approved for two large manufacturing companies.

For now they are called Project EMB and Project Mustang.

To lure Project EMB the company will get 30 years worth of tax breaks.

With so much at stake we wanted to know what happens if this mystery company doesn't live up to its end of the bargain.  

"There is a provision after ten years that they meet certain goals in employing so many people and if they don't achieve that then we reduce the tax break we gave them," Anderson County Council Chairman, Francis Crowder said.

Crowder says the companies will create a combined 400 jobs, and expects you'll see the jobs posted within the next 6 months.

The jobs are skilled manufacturing and metal working jobs that pay nearly $18 dollars an hour.

So how can you make yourself more attractive to these employers?  

"You've got to build a technical base to be employed but the good news is in a matter of one year getting a certificate or 2 years getting an associates degree we can help you get those skills," Welch said,

Welch says bottom line if you want these new companies or any future companies to invest in you, you may have to invest in a technical, hands on education.

Project EMB must pass two more readings before it can move forward.

Project Mustang has just one more reading and the name of the company is expected to be released within the next 10 days.

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