United Phosphorus to invest $20 million in Williamsburg County operations

Hugh Leatherman  

United Phosphorus Inc. (UPI) officials recently announced plans to launch operations in Columbia, Williamsburg County, South Carolina with a $20 million investment.

UPI's focus is chemical blending. The company manufactures crop protection products, specialty chemicals, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants and industrial products, including such well-known brands as Aquathol, Lifeline, Manzate, Satellite, Tengard and Tricor.

“This announcement is great news not just for Williamsburg County, but for the entire Pee Dee," President pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate and Chairman of North East Strategic Alliance (NESA) Executive Committee Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. said. "It allows the county to add jobs, and welcome a new company to the fold, as well as continue to establish our region as a hub for agribusiness. We look forward to continuing our support of companies such as United Phosphorus.”

The new Columbia plant will create 65 new jobs over the next few years. It will be housed in a renovated 520,000 square-foot building at 1457 Eastland Ave. in Kingstree.  

Applications for employment will be accepted beginning in the last quarter of this year; more information on jobs at UPI is available online at www.upi-usa.com.

“The opening of our first U.S. full production facility will allow UPI to locally enhance our new product development pipeline that is expected to produce over 12 new products in the next 18 months," said UPI executive Vicente Gongora said.

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