ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A new company is bringing jobs to Anderson County.
Pregis, a global manufacturer of protective packaging, announced plans to establish operations in Anderson County on Tuesday. The $80 million investment will create 120 new jobs.
“On behalf of Anderson County, I would like to welcome Pregis to the area. I am pleased that Pregis has invested $80 million and will be manufacturing advanced protective packaging in Anderson County, significantly enhancing the diversity of the county’s technical offering. I am very excited this will add an additional 120 jobs in Anderson County.”Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn
With more than 25 facilities in North America, Pregis serves a wide variety of consumer and industrial market segments including food, pharmaceutical, healthcare, e-commerce, automotive, construction and more.
Located at 200 Masters Boulevard in Anderson, the company’s new 168,000-square-foot facility will produce engineered films for use in performance-oriented packaging solutions for food, consumer packaged goods and medical device applications. The plant will also include a world-class film laboratory to develop and test materials, according to a company press release.
“They’re going to be manufacturing jobs. They’re going to be management jobs, a whole variety of jobs, and then there’s going to be some technical jobs,” said Rusty Burns, Anderson County Administrator. “It’s a job hub right now, because they’re actually taking applications for Pregis right now, and Electrolux is hiring. First Quality is hiring, and Michelin is hiring. So, in that one location, there are four opportunities to get jobs right there.”
“They choose Anderson for the same reason that everybody chooses Anderson, because we have an excellent workforce,” Burns said. “Our quality of life is off the charts. Cost of living is low, and Lake Hartwell is never more than 30 minutes away. So all of those things make us attractive to people.”
Burns said last month, 1,300 people found work in the county, and they’re expecting the unemployment rate to go down even more this month.
“So the opportunities are there, and we’re just hoping people will take advantage of them,” Burns said. “As I tell everybody, right now, with all of the new companies and people hiring, if you get on the ground floor, your opportunity to go to the top is wide open and now is the time to do it.”
The new facility is expected to be operational by September 2021. Anyone interested in joining the Pregis
team should visit the company’s careers webpage here.