By Karen Kissiah
April 30, 2014
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke Energy Progress has chosen a 550-acre site at Alligator Industrial Park near McBee, S.C., to participate in the utility’s 2014 Site Readiness Program.
The proposed industrial park is located strategically on S.C. Highway 151 and has access to rail, gas and electricity. This large parcel of undeveloped land will undergo a comprehensive assessment for possible recruitment of agribusiness, food processing, metal fabrication, plastics or other appropriate industrial projects.
Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program is designed to help communities served by the utility compete for new companies and jobs.
As part of the six-month assessment, Duke Energy has hired McCallum Sweeney, a nationally known consulting firm, to conduct a site study. McCallum Sweeney, based in Greenville, S.C., has been instrumental in many high-profile industrial relocations and expansions.
“This is a great opportunity for McBee and Chesterfield County to prosper through Duke’s program for site readiness as they recognize the need for our rural communities to be ready for new industry,” said Kim Burch, interim economic development director, Chesterfield County. “Our citizens will realize the importance of this program through the development of this property and how it affects the community.”
Professional land-use planners will develop conceptual plans for the site. Duke Energy, McCallum Sweeney and the planners will present all recommendations at a final report meeting in Chesterfield County.
“There are many factors that influence manufacturing companies considering site location,” said Stuart Ames, Duke Energy’s economic development manager in Chesterfield County. “Duke Energy provides reliable, affordable electricity and this industrial park provides strategic access to the Charlotte market.”
“Duke Energy’s economic development team forges strategic relationships with prospective industries nationally and globally,” said Stu Heishman, Duke Energy’s vice president of economic and business development. “We work to find the right industries and businesses to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”
Duke Energy’s overall economic development program has also been consistently named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs.
Earlier this year, counties were invited to submit applications for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Ideal properties for this program are 75 acres or larger, served by the utility. A qualified site can be best suited either for a single, large industrial facility, data center, or for a potential industrial park (multi-tenant site).
For more information about Duke Energy’s economic development programs, visit www.considerthecarolinas.com