Company will invest $196 million, hire 300
Consumer products giant Colgate-Palmolive announced plans this week to convert an existing building into a new 525,000-square-foot production facility in Greenwood, adding 300 jobs in the process.
The new facility will be located at 5421 U.S. Highway 25 North in Hodges. Colgate plans to spend $196 million and will begin retrofitting the building before the end of this year. Current plans are to open the new production facility in 2014 with hiring to begin in March.
“We’re pleased with the opportunity to locate our new operations in South Carolina,” said Mike Corbo, vice president, global supply chain, for Colgate-Palmolive. “Greenwood County had a building that was a perfect fit for our needs, offers us a talented workforce and excellent market access.”
At the new facility, the company will produce liquid hand soap for its Softsoap brand for the North American market as well as deodorant for its Mennen Speed Stick brand for both domestic and global markets. The state’s workforce, infrastructure, proximity to markets and access to the state’s seaport facilities were all key factors in the decision.
“Today’s announcement is an exciting win for Greenwood County and a testament to our pro-business climate, skilled workforce and low cost of doing business,” said Mark Allison, chairman of Greenwood County Council. “We look forward to working with Colgate-Palmolive for many years to come.”
This will be the first facility in South Carolina for Colgate-Palmolive and the deal represents the single largest first-phase investment in Greenwood County’s history.