Construction begins on spec building in Union County

Lockhart Power Co. and Union County announced Tuesday, May 1, they have broken ground on a new 100,000-square-foot spec, or speculative, building on 24 acres at Midway Green Industrial Park.

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An artist's rendering of a 100,000-square-foot spec building under construction at the Midway Green Industrial Park in Union County. Photo courtesy of Lockhart Power

Lockhart Power Co. and Union County announced Tuesday, May 1, they have broken ground on a new 100,000-square-foot spec, or speculative, building on 24 acres at Midway Green Industrial Park.

The park is a 142-acre South Carolina Certified Park adjacent to Highway 49 in Union that is owned by Greenville-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Lockhart Power’s parent company.

Lockhart Power’s subsidiary Midway Green Development LLC and the nonprofit Union County Facilities Corp will lead construction of the building, which will be expandable to 200,000 square feet, the utility said.

The building is anticipated to be completed during the third quarter of this year.

“We are very excited about this project and the impact it will have on our community,” said Frank Hart, Union County supervisor, in a statement. “We believe that this type of public-private partnership will be a model for economic development in rural [South Carolina] counties going forward.”

Financial details of the project were not disclosed, but Lockhart Power said the building would be “one of only a handful of its size and quality in the state.”

The utility infrastructure within the park includes several million gallons of excess water per day and sewer capacity, more than 30 megawatts of electric power capacity provided by Lockhart Power, and natural gas, according to Lockhart Power.

The park also boasts rail access.

According to Lockhart Power, this will be Union County’s fourth spec building. Others are currently occupied by Haemonetics, Gestamp, and Timken Industrial Bearings.

The Midway Green building will be the only available building for manufacturing in the county, the utility said.

“Lockhart Power, its parent company Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, and the extended Milliken family continuously strives to make a real difference in Union,” said Bryan Stone, chief operating officer at Lockhart Power, in a statement. “Our significant investment in this speculative manufacturing building is one way in which we are doing so, and we couldn’t be more excited to meet the next world-class company who will call Union its home.”

DePaul Engineering completed the engineering for the spec building, the utility said.

Spartanburg-based McMillan Pazdan Smith has been selected as the project’s architect.

THS Constructors, based in Greenville, will be the general contractor for the project.

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