Forestry-product manufacturer bringing 40 jobs to Dorchester Co.

Forestry-product manufacturer bringing 40 jobs to Dorchester Co.

The BID Group of Companies, a British Columbia-based maker of forestry products, announced Wednesday that it will establish its new Comact USA manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The building purchase and capital investments, totaling $3 million, is expected to generate 40 new jobs over the next two years.

"We are thrilled to be expanding into the Southeast U.S.," said Brian Fehr, CEO of the BID Group. "We are already filling orders now and we are excited to hit the ground running with this expansion."

The new Comact USA facility will be located at 176 Academy Road in St. George, and will have more than 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Initially, workers at the new facility will build handling equipment for the forestry sector. The facility is expected to begin operations in early September.

"International companies have come to recognize South Carolina as the right place to do business, and today's announcement by the BID Group is another indication of that fact. We know what businesses from around the globe need in order to do well. We celebrate the BID Group's decision to invest $3 million and create 40 new jobs here in Dorchester County," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

For the BID Group, the new location will drastically decrease time-to-market and related costs, as compared to products that would otherwise be shipped from one of the BID's Canadian locations.

"South Carolina continues see its manufacturing and agribusiness sectors grow and create jobs. The BID Group's investment builds on our state's success in those sectors and strengthens our Canadian economic ties. Every one of the new jobs the BID Group creates will have an impact in Dorchester County and beyond," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

The company will begin the hiring process shortly for the new positions. Available positions will soon be posted to The BID Group's website.