Universal Forest Products to open manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County
Photo: John W Matthews Jr Industrial Park Universal Forest Products, a provider of wood and wood-related products, plans to open a manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County, S.C. Department of Commerce announced. Operating as UFP Cameron, LLC, the $6.1 million facility is projected to create more than 120 new jobs over the next several years. UFP Cameron will be located at 106 Logistics Drive in Cameron, S.C. and is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018. The facility will be dedicated to manufacturing products for the industrial market. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Additionally, a $500,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant was also awarded to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of building improvements.“We are excited about this opportunity, which has been made possible, in large part, through the assistance and cooperation of the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Orangeburg County Development Commission,” said Universal Forest Products Regional Vice President J.F. Granger.“As we continue to work to make South Carolina the best place to do business, we are encouraged by global companies like Universal Forest Products that choose to come here. We’re grateful for this new partnership and look forward to strengthening it in the years to come,” said Gov. Henry McMaster.“Manufacturing continues to be a source of wealth creation throughout our state. Universal Forest Products’ investment adds to South Carolina’s manufacturing portfolio, and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for this new partnership,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.“On behalf of the Orangeburg County Council, we welcome Universal Forest Products to our community. As the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of wood and wood-alternative products, we are grateful to be part of UFP’s continued success. We also want to thank Santee Cooper and Tri-County Electric for their vision in helping us establish a speculative building program at Matthews Industrial Park,” said Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.“We congratulate Universal Forest Products on today’s announcement and thank the company for its decision to expand into Orangeburg County. Universal Forest Products’ investment is another valuable addition to the thriving wood and paper manufacturing industry within the region,” said Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan.