Published on December 30th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Cox Industries, Inc. expanding Orangeburg County operations
Treated wood products manufacturer investing $11.2 million in expansion
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Cox Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products, is expanding its Orangeburg County operations. The company is investing $11.2 million to expand and upgrade its facilities in Eutawville, Bowman, Orangeburg and Branchville, S.C. The investment is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next five years.
Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Orangeburg, S.C., Cox operates 14 manufacturing facilities and more than 10 distribution yards east of the Mississippi River. With operations in 10 states, the company employs more than 400 workers. In 2012, Cox Industries was recognized by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, receiving the organization’s Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award. Among the company’s quality products are decks, fences, utility poles, docks, retaining walls and other specialty items.
Cox has several projects planned to facilitate the expansion of its Orangeburg County operations. These projects include the completion of the installation of a wood-fired boiler at the company’s Eutawville, S.C. plant and the consolidation of other enterprise wide functions at its Orangeburg, S.C. facility. Additionally, Cox is planning to make capacity upgrades at its operations in Bowman and Branchville, S.C.
Hiring for these new positions is ongoing as these investments will be implemented over the next five years. Those interested in applying may view available openings on the company’s careers page online. For more information on Cox Industries, Inc., please visit www.coxwood.com.
“Investment in Orangeburg County by Cox Industries has been ongoing since the inception of our company here in 1954. We appreciate the continued support of Orangeburg County and the state of South Carolina which provide such a pro-business environment in which we thrive. Continued job creation is the foundational piece of fostering a vibrant economy throughout the county and state.” -Cox Industries, Inc. President and CEO R. Michael “Mikee” Johnson
“It’s always exciting when a great South Carolina company like Cox Industries decides to grow and invest in our state. This expansion is another reason to celebrate in Orangeburg County, and we look forward to watching Cox Industries continue to find success here for many years to come.” -Gov. Nikki Haley
“Our forestry industry is a thriving part of South Carolina’s economy. It’s a thrill to see one of our existing companies expanding in South Carolina, and I look forward to supporting Cox Industries as they continue to make a positive impact to our state.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Orangeburg County’s pro-business environment and Cox Industries’ $11.2 million expansion are a testament to how industries can prosper in Orangeburg County. We are thrilled to support Cox in their expansion efforts, and we would like to thank Cox Industries for their continued investment and commitment to Orangeburg County. It truly is another great day in Orangeburg County.” -Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.
“Cox Industries continues to make a positive impact in the Orangeburg County community. Their announcement of a $11.2 million expansion with the creation of 60 jobs, further strengthens the already strong roots that Cox has in Orangeburg County. We look forward to many more years of growth for Cox Industries.” -Orangeburg County Development Commission Chairman Ken Middleton
“The Central SC Region and its stakeholders congratulate Cox Industries on their recent expansion. Cox Industries’ commitment to growing their business in Orangeburg County speaks volumes about the assets that exist to achieve industry success.” -Central SC Alliance President and CEO Mike Briggs
FIVE FAST FACTS
Cox Industries, Inc. is expanding its Orangeburg County operations.
$11.2 million investment creating 60 new jobs.
Cox Industries, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Orangeburg, S.C.
With operations in 10 states, the company employs more than 400 workers.
Those interested in applying for the new positions may visit the company’s careers page online.
About Cox Industries, Inc.
Since 1954, Cox Industries has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products for the residential, commercial, industrial and utility markets. Headquartered in Orangeburg, SC, this family-owned and operated company produces a variety of quality wood products-from decks, fences and framing to utility poles, docks, retaining walls and other specialty items. Included on the SC list of the 100 largest privately held companies (#28) for 2010, Cox operates 14 manufacturing facilities and more than 10 distribution yards and employs more than 400 people in 10 states. Cox brand-name products are distributed via select building supply dealers, specialty distributors, and utility companies throughout the eastern United States and overseas. Cox was recently named SC Manufacturer of the Year for 2011 and received the Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence. In 2012 Cox Industries was recognized by the SCMA (South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance) for their Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award. This award recognizes excellence in categories of Community Involvement & Philanthropy, Wellness & Safety and Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. For more information, visit www.coxwood.com.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
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 Boeing, Bridgeston, Continental, Monster.com, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. 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. Consistently, South Carolina has ranked as one of the top states in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Locatioin International reports. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.