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Highland Industries Inc. has announced an investment of $4.1 million to Cheraw’s existing plant on Highway 9 that will generate 24 new jobs during the next two years.


Gov. Nikki Haley and local government officials credit the success of the company and local economic development efforts for the good news. The expansion will be aided by a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant, recently awarded for real property improvements related to the project by the Coordinating Council for Economic Development.


“It’s always exciting to see an existing company grow and continue to be successful here,” said Haley in a news release. “We celebrate Highland Industries’ decision to invest $4.1 million and add 24 new jobs in Cheraw.”


Highland Industries is owned by Takata Corp., based in Tokyo. Fabrics made at the factory are used in automotive parts, military gear, rockets, roofing products and more.


“This is a wonderful announcement for the town of Cheraw and for Chesterfield County,” said Chesterfield County Council Chairman Matt Rivers. “We are proud of Highland Industries and appreciate their contribution as a corporate citizen.”


Highland Industries Inc. specializes in a variety of fabric forming and finishing technologies, using state-of-the-art equipment at the Cheraw plant. Their products serve customers around the world in the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors.


The fabrics produced at Highland ultimately end up in automotive parts, military tents and backpacks, rockets, roofing products and many other items.


While focused on producing innovative textiles, said Burkhart, Highland is also committed to environmental stewardship. The company maintains zero-landfill status in all its processes.


“With plants located worldwide, it is humbling to have another major expansion awarded to Cheraw,” said Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram. “This is a testament to the hard work of our local Highland Industries’ management team and the trust that they have in the local workforce and community.”


“We have long been committed to South Carolina,” said Scott Burkhart, director of manufacturing of Highland Industries. “Continued investment in our manufacturing capabilities and our people here is the key to our future success.”


“In South Carolina, we know how to make things, and we make them quite well. Highland Industries’ expansion and increased production is another indicator that we are leading the manufacturing renaissance,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.


— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at kkissiah@civitasmedia.com.

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