Health care products company to bring 450 jobs to Greenville County

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A New York company that makes consumer health care products intends to create 450 jobs at a new factory and warehouse in southern Greenville County.

PL Developments of Westbury, N.Y., plans the facility in an existing building with about 200,000 square feet of space at 513 Old Griffin Road near the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, said Evan Singer, the company’s president.

He said PL Developments will use the site beginning next year to receive raw materials by rail that will then be hauled by truck to its existing plant and warehouse in the Laurens County community of Clinton.

The company plans eventually to begin making new products at the Greenville County site that are under development now, and it may build a large warehouse there, Singer said.

The company doesn’t have enough manufacturing capacity at other plants around the country to make the planned new products, he said.

Singer said PL Developments will spend about $45 million at the Greenville County site in phases. He didn’t say exactly how much the new jobs would pay.

The company makes private-label alternatives to well-known brands of consumer health care products such as Tylenol pain medication and Vicks NyQuil flu remedy sold over the counter.

The product line includes medicine for allergies, motion sickness and sleeplessness, laxatives, probiotics, cholesterol and pregnancy tests, witch hazel and epsom salts, according to PL Developments’ website.

The company makes hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol at its plant in Clinton, which it acquired when it bought Aaron Industries in 2013.

PL Developments’ products are sold in major retail chains around the country such as Walmart, Walgreens and CVS.

The company, privately owned by the Singer family, employs about 1,100 people in New York, Florida, California and South Carolina.

In South Carolina, the company employs about 170 people at a warehouse in the Spartanburg County community of Duncan, in addition to the factory and warehouse in Clinton.

Greenville County Council approved a property tax break for the PL Developments facility on Tuesday night.

Council members also voted in favor of property tax breaks related to a 30-job, $78 million expansion at Sealed Air Corp.’s plastic food packaging plant in Simpsonville and a $5 million, 50-job Gower Corp. facility on Old Stage Road, according to paperwork related to the tax breaks.

The projects were among six economic development projects presented to County Council by the Greenville Area Development Corp., the county’s economic development arm.

Combined with other projects earlier in the year, they helped GADC set records in 2016 for total job creation and corporate investment, said Mark Farris, GADC president.

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