MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- BauschLinnemann North America, a producer of surfaces and edge bandings for furniture makers, today announced plans to establish a new facility and its North American headquarters in Horry County, S.C. The company is making an investment in the area of more than $8 million dollars and will create 55 jobs.
"We are pleased to establish our new production facility and North American headquarters in Horry County. South Carolina has the right business environment for us and has the skilled workforce we need. We appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials in moving this project forward. The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development group has been key in this process and we are impressed with Horry County and what it has to offer," said Mike Phillips, President and CEO of BauschLinnemann North America.
In 2010, BauschLinnemann North America acquired Coastal Paper, a Myrtle Beach, S.C. company with manufacturing locations in Myrtle Beach and Conway. Then, in the first quarter of 2012, the manufacturing assets of CDM Papier Decor, Inc. of Drummondville Quebec were also acquired. To achieve manufacturing and operational efficiencies, the decision was made to consolidate all operations in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
"BauschLinnemann's decision to expand its workforce here in Horry County by 55 is exciting and furthermore it's our first corporate headquarters relocation under our new leadership. I am thankful for the company's commitment to Horry County and proud of our economic development team for this terrific announcement," said Tom Rice, Chairman of the Horry County Council.
BauschLinnemann's relocation to Myrtle Beach will generate a $31 million annual economic impact to the area. It also brings the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (MBREDC) total jobs announced to 315 for the year. In addition, the average hourly wage for the new positions will be significantly above the current community average.
"The scope of industry is widening in Horry County. BauschLinnemann announcing the relocation of its North American headquarters in Horry County comes on the heels of other recent announcements by AvCraft Technical Services and Frontier Communications. This is a clear indication that the strategy Horry County Council and the MBREDC have put in place is working. We are having a great year, and our mission to create jobs is becoming a reality," said MBREDC Chairman, Doug Wendel.
The MBREDC, the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Horry County Council, Burroughs & Chapin Co., and the City of Myrtle Beach all came together in support of this project.