GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, announced its plans to expand its South Carolina operations with a new distribution center in Greenville County. The expansion is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2024 and is projected to create 45 new jobs over the next five years.
“The business-friendly climate of South Carolina and Greenville County, and the proximity to Inland Port Greer make this an ideal location to build our newest distribution center in support of our growing business,” said GE Appliances Vice President of Distribution Marcia Brey in a statement. “Investments like this allow us to quickly respond to external factors and keep product flowing efficiently throughout our entire network as we grow and enter new product categories. I would like to thank Governor McMaster and the Secretary of Commerce for their continued support.”
Located at Augusta Grove Business Park in Greenville, GEA will lease a 584,820-square-foot distribution warehouse. Provident Realty Advisors, Inc., a privately held real estate and investment firm based in Dallas, Texas, is the developer for the project. This new facility is a key investment in GEA’s distribution network, supporting the expansion of manufacturing operations by increasing supply chain capacity to ship and receive appliances from regional production facilities, along with imported finished goods arriving at the Port of Charleston. Additionally, the Greenville facility will allow the company to take advantage of its proximity to Inland Port Greer.
“South Carolina Ports celebrates GE Appliances’ growth in the Upstate. Our efficient operations at the Port of Charleston and rail-served Inland Port Greer will support GEA’s expansion. We are proud to provide advanced manufacturers with the cargo capacity and reliable service needed to run their businesses,” noted SC Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin.
The Greenville facility will be GEA’s second South Carolina location, following the opening of its $70 million state-of-the-art water heater manufacturing facility in Camden last year. The company also has manufacturing facilities at its Kentucky headquarters and in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
“South Carolina has a long-standing relationship with GE Appliances, and we are proud to announce the expansion of another GEA facility. Bringing innovative manufacturers to our state is an essential part of strengthening our economy. I am proud that we have the infrastructure and skilled workforce in place to allow companies like GE Appliances to thrive,” stated South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
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