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TaylorMade To Make Pickens Co. North American HQ

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TaylorMade Brings North America Operation To Pickens TaylorMade Brings North America Operation To Pickens
The company plans to break ground in May. The company plans to break ground in May.
The facility will serve as the company's North American golf ball production headquarters. The facility will serve as the company's North American golf ball production headquarters.
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. -

The TaylorMade Golf Company says it's building a 120,000-square-foot golf ball production facility in Liberty. It will be located in Pickens County Commerce in Liberty.

The facility will serve as the company's North American golf ball production headquarters. The company had a choice between keeping operations in SC or moving to a site in Georgia. State leaders say they worked hard to lure the company to the state.

It's a $13 million investment that is initially expected to bring more than 100 jobs.

"The opportunity to have a permanent home in Pickens County was too good of an opportunity for our company to pass up," said John Kawaja, executive vice president at TaylorMade Golf. "We are getting a new building in a booming area that will improve our unit production, quality and margin position. Most important, we are committed to keeping jobs in South Carolina."

The company plans to break ground in May. Construction is set to be completed by January which is when current manufacturing will move to the new facility.

"This is the greatest news we've had in a while. Pickens needs the jobs here," Pickens County Councilman Randy Crenshaw said.

The Pickens Alliance handled the negotiations which began 15 months ago.

"It's been clear sailing we can't wait to get started," John Kawaja, Exec VP at TaylorMade, said.

The company plans to begin with about 130 workers at the new plant.

Many of them will transfer from an existing facility the company leases in Oconee County.

TaylorMade plans to double its production output if golf balls. They are plans of growth with this location in mind.

"The learning institutions in the neighborhood that are perfect as a recruiting opportunity for us," Kawaja said.

The company will also be more visible from Highway 123

"We can be a tour stop between the Masters and Quail Hollow, people coming up for the Clemson games," Plant Manager Scott Austin said.

The company came close to leaving the state, until state and local leaders made a good offer.

"The company is staying in South Carolina. They were looking at Georgia. They could have very easily gone to Georgia," Ray Farley with Pickens Alliance said.

The benefits of having the Adidas-owned company expand here could be seen in more announcements like this.

"It's going to make the whole region, easier for us to recruit more companies," Farley said.

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