HARLEYVILLE, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - A company that makes chemicals used in the concrete industry is opening a new plant in Dorchester County. SpecChem plans to invest more than $5 million and create 50 new jobs."This is a part of SpecChem's overall strategic plan, which is to bring manufacturing closer to our distributor partners," said Greg Maday, chairman and CEO of SpecChem LLC. "This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is centrally located to serve the East Coast, from Miami to New York, in one shipping day. Our goal is to enhance distributor profitability by allowing them to lower their cost of inventory carry and increase their turns." SpecChem makes curing agents and hardeners, grouts and bonding agents."SpecChem is a company that relies on getting their product to their customers fast, and by locating in Dorchester County, they will be able to reach customers all along the Eastern seaboard," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "We welcome them to South Carolina and celebrate their decision to invest more than $5.5 million and add 50 new jobs in Harleyville." The company has acquired a facility in Harleyville and plans to begin manufacturing operations this fall."This gives our partners shorter lead times and much better freight options," said SpecChem LLC President Mike Shull. "We are delighted to open our first manufacturing plant in South Carolina and our fifth manufacturing plant in the United States in eight years."Those interested in applying for a position with SpecChem may send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ABC News 4 contributed to this report.
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