A textile manufacturer that supplies Walmart is setting up shop in Allendale County, creating 125 jobs over three years for a rural part of South Carolina where the unemployment rate is nearly 15 percent.
New York-based Louis Hornick and Co. will make window coverings and home textiles in an existing 103,000-square-foot building on 28 acres in Allendale, located near the Savannah River between Aiken and Hilton Head Island.
The company plans to begin operations next month through the $2.5 million investment, it said in an announcement today during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C.
“Every aspect of this venture is geared toward offering the most options to our retail partners and manufacturing the highest quality products the American consumer demands and deserves,” said Louis “Tripp” Hornick III, chief operating officer of the company founded in New York in 1918.
“We aren’t just building a facility. We are moving to South Carolina. The fact that three Manhattan residents are doing so is testament to our dedication, but equally reflects on the wonderful people in the great state of South Carolina,” Hornick said. “We appreciate the exceptional support we’ve received from state and local officials.”
Gov. Nikki Haley hailed the announcement.
“It’s exciting to see a leading manufacturer, like Louis Hornick and Co., choose South Carolina as the location for its new operations,” she said.
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 28,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, according to state officials. During the same time period, more than $1.28 billion and more than 8,700 jobs have been created in rural counties.
“Companies want to go where they will be successful,” state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said. “Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Allendale County and beyond.”
The window-covering manufacturer has specialized in producing curtains and draperies for 96 years. In South Carolina, Louis Hornick will be manufacturing in a highly-automated, cut-sew-packaging process, used in its production of the Firefend brand of flame-retardant window treatments.
A diverse collection of window-covering fabrics will be made at the Allendale facility and will be supplied for all markets, including: dotcom, institutional, hospitality and commercial, the company said in a statement.
“Louis Hornick’s decision to open a factory in South Carolina shows that revitalization of U.S. manufacturing is possible,” said Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president of Home at Walmart. “This is a great illustration of what can be accomplished when business leaders, government officials and companies work together. We’re pleased that our recent U.S. manufacturing summit helped accelerate discussions, and we’re excited those efforts will contribute to good-paying, middle-class jobs.”
The announcement follows Walmart’s U.S. manufacturing summit held in August in Orlando, Fla. It was attended by nearly 1,500 government officials and suppliers. The summit underscored Walmart’s commitment to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S. products over the next 10 years.
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