Worksman Cycles, which produces heavy-duty bicycles and tricycles and food vending trucks and carts, is making a $2.5 million investment in Horry County.
The company plans to open a facility in Conway that will create about 50 new jobs.
“The choice of Horry County was easy, as it stood head and shoulders above every other location we visited," Worksman Cycles President Wayne Sosin said. "In this instance, ‘climate change’ takes on a different meaning. It was the friendly business climate of South Carolina with its great access to sea, rail and highway transportation as well as low-cost energy, and the climate which will ease the strain that Northeast winters placed on our operation, and, finally the quality of life for our workers with affordable housing options, low cost of living and good schools.”
Worksman officials researched more than 20 sites in seven states for two years before choosing Horry County. The Horry County plant will be established in an already-built structure at 2449 Bulk Plant Road. Operations at the 100,000-square-foot facility will be the first Worksman has added outside of New York City, and is expected to be up and running in early 2016.
“From planes to cars to bicycles, it’s been proven that, in South Carolina, we make things, and we make them well," South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said. "I’m proud to welcome Worksman Cycles to our thriving manufacturing industry and look forward to watching our loyal, world-class workforce succeed in producing top-quality Worksman products in Horry County.”
Worksman began in 1898 in New York City. The company operated from several different Brooklyn locations before putting down roots in Queens in 1979, where its headquarters and factory have been ever since.
Customer demand has steadily increased over the years, and Worksman needed a larger production facility. Company officials made the decision to supplement their New York operations by launching a second plant in South Carolina.
For more information on Worksman Cycles, visit www.worksmancycles.com.