a few more jobs for Anderson

For Immediate Release Contact: Kara Borie, SCDOC, 803.737.1998

Heritage Propane Express Announces New Facility in Anderson County
Investment expected to create 24 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 8, 2010 – The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Anderson County today announced that Heritage Propane Express, full service provider of propane grill cylinders, will establish its new production facility in Anderson County. The acquired land and facility investment is expected to generate 24 new jobs once up to full production.

“Our company continues to extend its reach into new markets and this new facility will help us service more customers along the East Coast. Anderson County provides us an excellent environment in which to do business and has a workforce to suit our needs. We look forward to opening our new operations in South Carolina and appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” said Marty Baker Jr., vice president of Heritage Propane Express.

Heritage Propane Express will open a new propane grill cylinder exchange processing and delivery facility in Anderson County. The company expects to have the new facility constructed by June 2011, and will be located in the Hurricane Creek Industrial Park.

“Heritage Propane Express is a nationally-recognized full-service provider of propane grill cylinders for both retailers and distributors. The company’s decision to locate its new facility in South Carolina is another sign that our state’s exceptional market access and business-friendly environment are working to attract new investment and job opportunities. On behalf of the Department of Commerce, we welcome Heritage Propane Express to South Carolina and wish the company much success in its new Anderson location,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

“We are excited to welcome Heritage Propane Express to the Anderson County family,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Site selection is a very competitive market and it speaks volumes that our county can attract industry even during an economic downturn.”

“I am so proud to have the pleasure of making a second economic development announcement in two weeks,” said Anderson County Councilman Ron Wilson. “Again, I certainly applaud our Economic Development Office and their efforts to attract industry. This is yet another success and we are proud to welcome Heritage Propane Express to District 6.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in May 2011. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Steve Magill at steve.magill@heritagepropane.com in the spring of 2011.

Heritage Propane Express (HPX) is a full service provider of propane grill cylinders for exchange for retailers and distributors. HPX has production facilities, districts and depots in its marketing areas that refurbish, deliver and distribute to retailers. In addition to propane cylinders, HPX provides services such as quality storage cabinets, safety protection, safety and marketing training and unique marketing branding enabling the retailer to provide point-of-purchase sales of both exchange and new propane grill cylinders. Currently, HPX services 37 states. For more information, please visit www.heritagepropaneexpress.com.

About S.C. Department of Commerce
The S.C. Department of Commerce works closely with economic development professionals throughout the state to recruit new jobs and investments and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has been recognized for its success in the areas of job creation and economic impact by Area Development and Business Facilities magazines. The S.C. Department of Commerce was one of 10 state economic development organizations to receive Area Development’s Silver Shovel Award in 2009 and Commerce received the 2009 Deal of the Year award from Business Facilities magazine. Southern Business & Development also awarded the S.C. Department of Commerce the “Deal of the Year” for the 2010 SB&D 100. Commerce received the recognitions for Boeing’s selection of North Charleston for the company’s second final assembly plant to support the 787 Dreamliner program. In addition to job and investment recruitment, the agency provides a range of business support services and offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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