NORTH CHARLESTON - (WCSC) - Construction for the Volvo Factory being built in Berkeley County is expected to create more than one thousand construction jobs. On Wednesday hundreds of subcontractors from across the county came out to find out how they can be a part of the project.
The factory is being built in Summerville in the Nexton area.
Mike Green works with BESCO, Broadway Electric Service Corporation, out of Aiken, SC.
"I'm hoping to learn that they want us to do a bit of electrical work for them," Green said.
"I want to get some contracts to haul some rock and sand and gravel," a truck subcontractor, Richmond Halls said.
The outreach event was at Trident Technical College. Subcontractors learned about upcoming bid packages for the Volvo Factory construction.
Deputy Director of Special Projects for the SC Department of Commerce, Chuck Bundy says the plant is an exciting addition to a thriving automotive cluster in the state that will create a variety of jobs.
"The good news is anything related to construction whether it's plumbing, whether it's electrical, whether it's masonry, whether it's structural steel there are a variety," Bundy said.
The Berkeley County Supervisor, Bill Peagler, says 700 to 1,500 jobs could be filled from those who came to the outreach event. Subcontractors got to meet with project managers from Yates and Gray Construction in addition to Eisenman, the building coordinator.
"This is an opportunity for Berkeley County and the Tri-county residents to shine," Peagler said.
Project managers say the bid packages will be awarded throughout the year. The factory is expected to be operating by the end of 2018, bringing in more jobs and boosting the economy.
"It's not recycled money here, ,it's new money coming in," Peagler said. "This is money from the outside being invested in Berkeley County, it's a win win proposition for them and for us."
In the next ten years we can expect Volvo Factory to create more than 2,000 jobs. This Volvo factory in the Lowcountry will be the first in the United States.
"I think it's going to be pretty awesome, just showing what the state has been doing, trying to attract new business, it can only be good for all of us," Greene said.
If you missed the event there will still be future opportunities to get involved with the Volvo Factory project. Hiring for jobs in the plant will become available October of next year.