May 21 2013
$800,000 investment expected to create 20 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – General Machine of Anderson will expand its metalworking and manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The $800,000 investment is expected to generate at least 20 new jobs.
“It’s an exciting time for our business and this expansion is a big step for our company. We are seeing demand for our products and services grow, and this expansion will help us meet that demand. Anderson County has provided us with an excellent business environment and a talented workforce. We look forward to continuing to grow here in Anderson,” said Mike Ertzberger, president of General Machine of Anderson.
General Machine of Anderson is adding manufacturing space that will house additional equipment and allow the company to increase its machining fabricating, sheet metal and manufacturing capacity. Phase one of the two-phase expansion, the construction of an assembly building, is complete. Ertzberger said phase two of the expansion will be the addition of fabricating space, and should be completed by November.
“While we work every day to bring new companies to South Carolina, it’s always exciting to see one of our existing business increase its footprint here. We celebrate the decision of General Machine of Anderson to expand and create 20 new jobs in Anderson. Announcements like this show we are on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 23,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
“Manufacturing continues to be a real wealth and job creator across South Carolina. When a firm like General Machine of Anderson chooses to grow, it brings more job opportunities to a community and helps make it sustainable. Every one of these jobs will have an impact in Anderson County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
General Machine of Anderson, which began in 1999, grew from a two-person operation to a full-fledged machining, fabricating and manufacturing operation with more than 50 technicians and support staff. The company has been growing steadily over the past decade and was chosen as the Anderson Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year in 2004.
“General Machine is a 14-year-old, solid business with local roots in our community,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “Their decision to remain and grow in Anderson County demonstrates their strong commitment to our community, as well as our county’s dedication to building a great business climate that fosters a bright future for business and residents.”
The company has been hiring for the new positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should apply at the plant, located at 120 Doubletree Drive in Anderson.
General Machine provides a range of services to a long list of local, national and international companies in textiles, automotive, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, plastics, pipelines, appliances, chemicals, hardware and household products industries, plus local farmers, among others. For more information about General Machine of Anderson, please visit www.generalmachine.org.