Officials from rubber and plastics recycling company Viva Holdings Group Inc. recently announced that the corporation will set up shop in Berkeley County, South Carolina.
“Viva is proud to build in St. Stephen, South Carolina an integrated manufacturing plant using our state’s recycled rubber and plastics," CEO Marty Sergei said. "Our plant expects to employ up to 200 people, creating products that will be sold in the U.S. and exported to China.”
The new facility will be under the umbrella of Viva'a subsidiary, TPE Products, and will produce semi-finished rubber goods for export to China as well as some injection-molded products, all of which will be made from rubber and plastics from post-industrial and post-consumer sources.
“This announcement is a true revival for an area that has suffered for too long and provides opportunities for folks to both live and work in this region," Berkeley County supervisor Bill Peagler said. "Viva’s new operation in St. Stephen is the beginning of a new day for this part of Berkeley County. Berkeley County is extremely grateful for Viva’s investment of both finances and new jobs, both of which will significantly change lives for the better in this region.”
The plant, which will be housed in a renovated 177,000-square-foot industrial building at 315 Ravenell Drive, St. Stephen, will be constructed in phases. During the first phase, $28 million will be invested.
For more information about Viva or employment with the company, visit www.vivarecycling.com.