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      3 companies announce 7,100 jobs along I-77

      By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

      FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) - Three companies are announcing plans to bring a combined 7,100 jobs to South Carolina's Interstate 77 corridor.

      Gov. Nikki Haley called the three news conferences Monday the "ultimate hat trick." The total jobs are thought to be the largest number announced in a single day in South Carolina.

      York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell says the projects build momentum in marketing the region between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbia.

      They consist of one manufacturing plant and two office campuses.

      Singapore-based Giti Tire is building its first North American plant in rural Chester County, creating 1,700 new jobs over the next decade.

      The other two companies, Lash Group and LPL Financial. are consolidating several separate locations in Charlotte to new, expanded campuses minutes south in Fort Mill.

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