Union Co. leaders hope Industrial Spec Building spurs growth

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UNION COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Leaders broke ground on a new 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Union County on Thursday.

If you build it they will come, at least that’s the idea behind the new Midway Green Industrial Spec Building. 

“We’ve done speculative buildings in the past, but what’s different here is this was a partnership between Lockhart Power [Company] and Union County,” said Union County Supervisor Frank Hart. “A true public-private partnership.” 

The $3.9 million dollar investment will add 25 new jobs during the construction phase and county leaders hope even more high-paying jobs once a company moves in. So far a tenant hasn’t been secured for the facility, but in a strategic move the developers have designed the Spec Building in such a way that it will fit the needs of most companies. 

“We don’t want to eliminate anyone who would be interested in the Spec Building, because of some relatively minor shortcoming for their specific use,” COO of Lockhart Power Company Bryan Stone told 7News. 

The facility is environmentally friendly and it’s conveniently located on 142 acres of land so there’s plenty of room for expansion. “It’s one of only a few such buildings in the state. It’ll be loved by many manufacturing coming in,” Stone said. 

Having the infrastructure in place puts Union County on the radar, because companies looking to relocate or expand want a place that’s is move-in ready. 

“Approximately 70 percent of industrial prospects are looking for a community, which has a building ready to go.” Hart told 7News. “So without a facility almost 70 percent of folks aren’t looking at Union County. So it was key that we get new product, or a new facility, to market to industry.” 

The facility is set to be complete by September. 

To learn more about the Midway Green Industrial Spec Building click here

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