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Colgate-Palmolive To Create 300 New Jobs In Greenwood Co.

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Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that Colgate-Palmolive will invest $196 million to establish a new production facility in an existing building in Greenwood Co. Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that Colgate-Palmolive will invest $196 million to establish a new production facility in an existing building in Greenwood Co.

Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that Colgate-Palmolive will invest $196 million to establish a new production facility in an existing building in Greenwood Co. The plant is expected to open in 2014 and create 300 new jobs.

The new facility, located at 5421 U.S. Hwy 25 North, in Hodges, Greenwood County, will be the first one for Colgate-Palmolive in South Carolina, and represents the single largest first-phase investment in Greenwood County's history. 

At the new facility, the company will produce liquid hand soap for its Softsoap brand for the North American market as well as deodorant for its Mennen Speed Stick brand for both domestic and global markets. The state's workforce, infrastructure, proximity to markets and access to the state's seaport facilities were all key factors in the decision. 

Colgate-Palmolive will begin design work immediately, with retrofit of the building starting before the end of the year. Applications for positions will be accepted beginning in March 2014, with hiring conducted in partnership with readySC. 

Today's announcement is an exciting win for Greenwood County and a testament to our pro-business climate, skilled workforce and low cost of doing business," said Mark Allison, chairman of Greenwood County Council. "On behalf of Greenwood County Council, we especially want to thank our many community partners that helped make this project a reality. We look forward to working with Colgate-Palmolive for many years to come." 

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