Venus Group -- a textile manufacturer specializing in linens, aprons, uniforms, towels and health care items -- is investing $2.5 million to open a facility in Fort Lawn, S.C., the South Carolina Department of Commerce said Wednesday.
Founded in 1972 and based in California, Venus Group is distributed among three business units – Venus Institution, Venus Home and Venus Hospitality -- allowing the company to streamline its rental, home accessories, and hotel and independent property supply departments to ensure high quality products and customer satisfaction.
“South Carolina boasts a rich tradition in the textile-manufacturing industry. It’s exciting to see that companies like the Venus Group are still selecting the Palmetto State as the best place to do business and manufacture their products,” South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said.
As part of its long-term growth initiative, Venus has partnered with Milliken, an innovation company based in Spartanburg, S.C. With fabric technology and innovation as key components of Venus’ operations, the alliance between the two firms will allow for increased collaborative efficiencies.
The investment is expected to create 25 new jobs.
“We’re excited to welcome Venus Group to South Carolina and celebrate their decision to build a new manufacturing facility in Fort Lawn,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. “Companies continue to ask South Carolinians to build their products because our work force has proven to be up to the task, and the 25 new jobs Venus is creating in Chester County will make a real difference in the local community.”
Hiring for most of the new positions is expected to take place in the first quarter of this year.