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      SPARC expanding, creating new jobs in Berkeley County

      SPARC's groundbreaking ceremony on Monday (Dave MacQueen/WCIV)

      By Sonya Stevenssstevens@abcnews4.com

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A local company is doing its part to help the economy by creating over 300 new jobs.

      Monday was an exciting day at SPARC, a software development company in Berkeley County, as the company formally announced its plans for adding another building at their Clements Ferry facility.

      "We have an aggressive timeline it will be before the end of the yearwe are expecting it sometime fourth quarter,' said Eric Bowman, CEO of SPARC.

      This expansion is not only great for the company, but for the community. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley were both in attendance.

      "This is an example of a business that was already here that is expanding," said Haley. "$11 million, 310 additional jobs -- that's a great compliment to the Lowcountry and a great compliment to South Carolina."

      The high-tech company started with just a few people in August 2009 and has now grown to almost 200 employees.

      "Not everybody gets to be part of a fast-thriving growing company and add as much value to the community and each others' lives as we have had the opportunity for, so we are extremely grateful, humbled to work with each individual at SPARC and the community to help all be successful," said Bowman.

      Employees were thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking and were throwing Nerf darts around in celebration.

      "It kind of keeps the environment at work a little light and fun and everybody engaged and happy, brings everybody together," said Ben Griner, SPARC software developer.

      The new building will be about 100,000 square feet. The additional 300 jobs will be added over the next four years.

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