Wire Mesh Corporation (WMC), a family-owned business that manufactures high-quality welded wire products, plans to open a manufacturing facility in Calhoun County, South Carolina, this summer.
The company will invest $13.9 million in the 143,000-square-foot plant, which will be in an existing building at 289 Wilbert Way in Saint Matthews. The new facility, which will sit on a 29-acre lot, is expected to add 50 jobs to the local market within the next five years.
WMC was founded in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2003. It has rapidly grown, with branches now in Texas, Illinois, California and Maryland. The company manufactures standard mesh, prestressed concrete (PC) strand, structurally engineered welded wire reinforcing, pencil rod and bright basic wire.
Initially, the South Carolina plant will focus on manufacturing PC strand from steel rod.
“We’re excited to welcome Wire Mesh Corporation to the South Carolina family as the latest company to join our growing manufacturing industry,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. “Companies like WMC are moving to South Carolina from all over the world, because the skilled people that make up our workforce have proven to be capable of building anything they are asked to. WMC’s job-creating investment is a real reason to celebrate not just for one of our rural communities – in Calhoun County – but for our entire state.”
As part of the deal, South Carolina's Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $60,000 grant to assist with the costs of property improvements.
“On behalf of our County Council and citizens, I am so pleased to welcome the Wire Mesh Corporation to Calhoun County," Calhoun County Council Chair David K. Summers Jr. said. "They are bringing with them an almost $14 million investment and 50 new jobs where they are needed most. Our low taxes and pro-business environment have always yielded economic development success for our county and the Palmetto State, and that will continue. Our central proximity to the port and the major metropolitan markets in South Carolina makes us a prime location for future investments.”
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin this summer.