Company plans to open in Anderson, bring 250 jobs


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A supplier to heavy-equipment manufacturers plans to open a facility in Anderson County and hire 250 people over five years.

McLaughlin Body Co. announced plans Monday to invest $22 million in a plant outside Anderson. It would be the company's first plant outside of Illinois. Its customers would include Caterpillar Inc.'s new plant in northeast Georgia.

McLaughlin's plans hinge on final approval next week from Anderson County Council.

The company based in Moline, Ill., expects to open in a county industrial park early next year. Hiring should begin this fall and ramp up over several years.

The state's economic development council approved giving McLaughlin $4 million to buy the building, as well as job development credits.

The company makes operator protection systems, including cab enclosures and components for heavy-duty vehicles.

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Hootie said on Monday, Apr 8 at 6:12 PM

Buy them jobs council...give tax incentives and watch the diaster unfold....Cola has tried such tactics and the wanderers ALWAYS leave SC high and dry and go back NORTH. Ain't it a plain shame that Southerners are so STUBBORN??? Oh well, not like the monies are coming from the APPROVERS wallets, right?

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