New Orangeburg plant to create 300 jobs

Pictured above is the Bungalow, one of four home models Innovative Composites International currently offers. (Felicia Allyn/WCIV)

By Tessa

ORANGEBURG, S. C. (WCIV) -- Several hundred jobs are on the way to the South Carolina thanks to{}a manufacturing company on the cutting edge of home building.

Innovative Composites International has landed in Orangeburg, bringing with it a new technology expected to crank out upwards of 5,000 homes in a year.

The homes are made of completely recycled materials, but company officials say that will not affect the final product. They describe their homes as "durable."

"A hundred years from now will be just as structurally sound as it is today," said CEO Terry Ball. "The whole idea is to save the trees. Let them work for the environment."

No wood is used in the production of the houses. In fact, there is no need for any special equipment to construct them.

One would wonder how these modular homes would withstand blows from mother nature. They are touted by representatives with Innovative Composites as being so durable that they can hold up in hurricane-strength winds of 150 miles per hour and remain stable during an earthquake.

"If your foundation were to{}crumble, the house would stay together. It has the ability to shift even though the foundation is moving," Ball said.

Governor Nikki Haley will deliver the opening remarks during the plant's presentation this afternoon in Orangeburg.

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