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Berkeley tire company to bring 150 jobs to Lowcountry

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A tire recycling and rubber product manufacturing company is making a $25 million investment in South Carolina, which is expected to bring 150 new jobs Berkeley County.

Tire International expects to have its plant fully operational by the end of the year. Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance made the Tire International announcement Wednesday.

"Tire International's $25 million job-creating investment in the Lowcountry – that is expected to generate as many as 1,000 jobs – is something we're going to celebrate," Haley said.

Tire International has established a third-generation recycling and manufacturing operation in Moncks Corner. The company is currently in the process of upgrading its current facility to prepare for full operations. The company previously based its tire recycling and rubber manufacturing work in China, but now is bringing all of those operations to Berkeley County.

"South Carolina continues to have a strong reputation in the materials recycling sector," said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce. "Tire International's decision to locate in Berkeley County will further bolster that reputation. The company's decision to locate its operations in South Carolina is another indication that our state's business-friendly climate, skilled workforce and exceptional market access are working to attract new investment and international companies."

Tire International plans to begin hiring for the new positions at the end of September and will work with readySC during the hiring process. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the Moncks Corner Workforce Center at 843-761-4400 in September.

"We are delighted to start up operations in the business-friendly environment of South Carolina and Berkeley County. This was the key in our decision to not only expand our operations but also to move our production operations from China to South Carolina," said Tire International CFO and Director Marty Sergi.

At the plant, Tire International will recycle tires by breaking them down into raw materials and will produce finished consumer products including environmentally responsible and high quality commercial and residential flooring, artificial fields, playgrounds, landscaping materials and rubberized asphalt.

"We are excited another global company has chosen our community as its preferred place to do business," said Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis. "Tire International joins a growing list of international companies drawn to our region by a productive port, an integrated transportation system and a business-friendly environment. We look forward to their continued success."

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