Chemicals manufacturer PIDC will invest $13 million in new Spartanburg County plant


Spartanburg County has attracted another chemical company.

Michigan-based Pacific Industrial Development Corp. (PIDC) announced Tuesday it will invest $13 million to set up shop two buildings totaling 110,000 square feet at 5396 N. Blackstock Road and create 53 jobs during the next five years.

PIDC did not say when it will begin operating out of the facility, but it plans to begin hiring during the first quarter.

“We couldn’t be happier that we have decided to expand our company to Spartanburg County in South Carolina,” said Wei Wu, CEO of PIDC, in a statement. “From our first visit there last July, the community has opened their arms to welcome us. We are excited to bring jobs and manufacturing to South Carolina.”

PIDC’s site was previously home to NURRC LLC, a Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling facility that opened in 2007 as a joint venture between URRC and Coca-Cola Co.

International Recycling Group acquired the venture in 2011. The company shuttered the facility in 2014 due to declines in the PET industry.

According to property records, Michigan-based South Global Investments purchased the 30-acre site at Spartanburg’s Wingo Park on Sept. 23, 2016, for $2.1 million.

Local officials said they are excited about PIDC’s announcement and encouraged by the activity they are seeing in terms of economic development projects seeking to establish operations or expand in the county.

“We’re very pleased that this company could repurpose a building that was dark and provide a variety of job opportunities in the marketplace,” said Carter Smith, executive vice president of the Economic Futures Group.

Smith said other industry segments, chemicals in particular, are beginning to show signs of promise outside of the automotive manufacturing sector.

“PIDC’s announcement represents another indicator that this is an exciting time for industry in Spartanburg County,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt in a statement. “PIDC’s plan to repurpose an existing manufacturing facility and expand the workforce opportunities underscore that Spartanburg is a great place for businesses to build their future.”

The S.C. Department of Commerce said the state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job credits for the project.

According to PIDC’s website, the company has manufacturing sites in China and Michigan, as well as sales offices in Michigan, Louisiana, China, Germany and India.

The company said it specializes in the research and development of advanced materials, including specialty alumina materials, rare earth powders, aqueous solutions, and a variety of proprietary, formulated powders.

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