A Missouri-based company that serves as a supplier to concrete distributor networks will begin operations in Dorchester County this fall, creating 50 jobs.

Kansas City, Mo.-based SpecChem LLC will invest more than $5.5 million in a 65,000-square-foot facility it recently acquired in Harleyville.

The plant will produce the company's line of chemical products with full capacity for liquids by year's end.

"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."

Mike Shull, president of SpecChem LLC, said, "This gives our partners shorter lead times and much better freight options. We are delighted to open our first manufacturing plant in South Carolina and our fifth manufacturing plant in the United States in eight years."

Gov. Nikki Haley hailed the company's decision to locate in the Lowcountry.

"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."

Founded in 2006, SpecChem now operates six locations across the country including the South Carolina facility and operations in Las Vegas, Nev.; Farmersville, Texas; Edwardsville, Kan.; Kansas City, Kan.; and its corporate headquarters in Kansas City.

Those interested in applying for a position with SpecChem may send their resumes to flichtenauer@specchemllc.com.

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