Advanta to expand Manning facility

Materials handling applications corporation Advanta Industries Inc. will invest $2.6 million and create 26 jobs over the next five years with the expansion of its operations in Manning, Clarendon County, South Carolina.


Materials handling applications corporation Advanta Industries Inc. will invest $2.6 million and create 26 jobs over the next five years with the expansion of its operations in Manning, Clarendon County, South Carolina.

"We are very pleased to announce the expansion of our South Carolina facility," Merle Grams III, Advanta's president, said. "We have found South Carolina and, in particular, Clarendon County to be a great place to grow our business. We continue to see growth and opportunity here in South Carolina, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

The expansion will include a 30,000 square-foot addition to the existing building, which is located at 1799 Ram Bay Rd. in Manning, as well as upgrades to equipment.

Advanta is based in Petersburg, Michigan and serves customers in the automotive, industrial, energy and defense sectors. The company designs and manufactures returnable steel racks as well as customized packaging systems using totes, bulk bins and steel containers.

The company's first South Carolina plant opened in Duncan in 2010. The operation was moved to a larger building in Manning in 2013.

“Advanta’s initial $3.5-million investment in the Central South Carolina region in 2013 was a great win for the region and for Clarendon County," Central S.C. Alliance chair Mike Brenan said. "This expansion announcement attests to the leadership and skilled workforce at Advanta in the Manning community, and we look forward to their continued growth over the years to come.”

Company officials said hiring for the new jobs at Advanta should begin in the third quarter of 2016. Resumes can be sent to jobs@advanta.net. Job seekers can also stop by the office to complete applications.

“We take great pride in our existing industry program in Clarendon County," Clarendon County Council chair Dwight Stewart said. "Any time we can help one of our industries grow, it’s a great testament of our pro-business climate. On behalf of Clarendon County Council, we wish them much success. ”

To defray the costs of real property improvements at the site, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $200,000 grant to Clarendon County.

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