$4M industry expansion in neighboring county
VELUX expanding Greenwood County operations
Company investing $4 million in product line expansion
GREENWWOD – VELUX, a world leader in skylights and roof window manufacturing, is expanding its Greenwood County operations. The company intends to invest $4 million and create 21 new jobs as a result of the expansion.
Celebrating 75 years in business, VELUX provides skylights and roof windows through home centers, building material suppliers, lumberyards and independent door, window and roofing retailers. The company also provides a complete catalog of blinds, electronic accessories, solar panels and shades.
Located at 450 Old Brickyard Road in Greenwood, S.C., VELUX will be adding a new line of products targeting the industrial and commercial skylight business. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has committed a $100,000 grant to Greenwood County to be used toward the costs of building upfit.
“Thanks to the high quality of our products and services, the strength of our brand reputation and our outstanding workforce, we have enjoyed great success here in Greenwood since opening our first plant 37 years ago. We considered opening a new manufacturing plant on the West Coast, but we instead chose to make the investment here in Greenwood, where we have enjoyed so much long-term success.” –President of VELUX Greenwood John W. Pillman
“Any time one of our existing companies succeeds to the point that it is able to grow, it speaks to the competitive business environment and world-class workforce that Team South Carolina has worked so hard to create here. We thank VELUX for their continued commitment to the Greenwood community and look forward to seeing the success they will have here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“We’re always excited to see an existing company succeed in our state. Congratulations to VELUX on this latest expansion and the creation of these excellent job opportunities for the people of Greenwood County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“We are excited that VELUX has chosen to grow and expand their Greenwood operations. We take pride in the fact that our workforce played a role in that decision and allows them to continue to produce the high-quality products for which they are known. Greenwood County Council is committed to supporting VELUX as they continue to grow.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steven Brown
“VELUX choosing to continue their growth in Greenwood County is another testament to our excellent business environment, talented workforce and exceptional market access. We want to thank them for the confidence to grow their business here, and look forward to working with them on future opportunities.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Board Chairman Frank J. Wideman III
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As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of the last five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.