Palmetto Sunrise: Haley to announce Volvo

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (PROVIDED)

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley, who branded herself as the “jobs governor” during the 2014 election, is expected to tout this morning the impending creation of as many as 4,000 jobs in South Carolina during the next decade.

Volvo announced this morning that it will build its first United States factory in Berkeley County. The plant will be built at the Camp Hill Commerce Park along U.S. Interstate 26 near Ridgeville.

A formal announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., at the Governor’s Mansion in Columbia. It’s a major win for Haley and South Carolina, after the state was forced to compete with Georgia to lure Volvo to the Palmetto State.

According to the permit application, the company initially will build a 575-acre manufacturing and production facility on the property. As many as 2,000 workers would be hired during the first phase. Depending on market conditions, a second phase could be built that would include another manufacturing and production facility employing another 2,000 workers.

Related: Volvo makes official its pick of South Carolina over Georgia for plant (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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