Chinese fiberglass company to establish operations in Richland County

Jim Newsome  

A $300 million investment by a global fiberglass manufacturer will bring more than 400 new jobs to Richland County, South Carolina.

Officials from Zhejiang, China-based China Jushi have announced plans to build the company's first United States plant in Columbia's Pineview Industrial Park. The new plant will feature an 80,000-ton production line and will be built in phases. Construction is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year; the first phases should be up and running within two years.

“The Jushi USA project is a big move for the strategic development of China Jushi," CEO Zhang Yuqiang said. "As the leading fiberglass manufacturer in the world, China Jushi will constantly provide top-grade products and excellent customer service for the global market. With the dynamic development of the American composite global market, plus the great support from South Carolina state government and Richland County, we believe that this USA project will achieve great success. Also, we always welcome talented people to join Jushi USA and witness the growth of Jushi in the American fiberglass industry.”

China Jushi provides fiberglass reinforcements and fabrics to plastics companies across the globe. The company has been providing these products to U.S. customers for over two decades.

“Jushi’s decision to locate in Richland County is a major step forward in our quest to recruit world-class companies," Richland County Council Chair Torrey Rush said. "I want to personally thank Richland County Council for their commitment to develop the Pineview Industrial Park and to the City of Columbia for their partnership in helping provide the necessary infrastructure.”

South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome extended the authority's welcome and best wishes to China Jushi.

"The Port looks forward to serving their international supply needs through our Charleston facilities and celebrates the continued growth of our state’s manufacturing economy,” he said.

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