VELUX plans product growth, 21 new positions


VELUX's existing customer base includes home centers, building suppliers, lumberyards and independent retailers.   File photo

Skylight and roof window vendor VELUX, based in Greenwood County, plans to invest $4 million and create 21 extra jobs in an expansion, with plans to commence new hiring in the first quarter of 2017.

The 75-year-old company intends to add products targeting industrial and commercial clients. Its existing customer base includes home centers, building suppliers, lumberyards and independent retailers for door, window and roofing supplies. Additionally, VELUX offers blinds, electronic accessories, solar panels and shades.

“Thanks to the high quality of our products and services, the strength of our brand reputation and our outstanding workforce, we have enjoyed great success here in Greenwood since opening our first plant 37 years ago,” VELUX Greenwood President John Pillman said. “[We] chose to make the investment here in Greenwood, where we have enjoyed so much long-term success.”

Gov. Nikki Haley thanked VELUX for its renewed commitment to Greenwood County. Initially the company considered expansion on the West Coast before deciding to expand in its current venue.

South Carolina’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development, which works under the authority of the state’s commerce department, has designated a $100,000 grant to Greenwood County to be used toward the costs of building improvements for the firm.

The council works under the authority of the state’s commerce department, comprising leaders from 11 state agencies related to economic development in the sectors of commerce, ports, parks, recreation and tourism, work force, academia and more.

“VELUX choosing to continue their growth in Greenwood County is another testament to our excellent business environment, talented workforce and exceptional market access,” Frank Wideman III, chairman of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance Board, said.

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