Rifle cartridge case manufacturer ProBrass Inc. is preparing to launch facilities in Clarendon County, having recently invested $40 million in property and equipment to create over 70 new jobs in Summerton starting in early 2017.
A 144,000-square-foot building situated on 47 acres will serve as the hub for the company, a startup specializing in manufacturing and refabricating rifle brass cartridge cases.
“We made the decision to locate in South Carolina because, in the Palmetto State, pro-business is not a bland statement but a hard core reality,” Pro Brass Inc. co-founder and CEO Christopher Moe said. “We’ve benefited enormously from the rapid response to our needs, round-the-clock assistance in our location search and continuous support.”
Citing assistance from the S.C. Department of Commerce, Clarendon County officials, the Business Development Corporation of S.C. and the South Carolina Research Authority, Moe said, “We are truly grateful for all the support and feel most welcome.”
Gov. Nikki Haley and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt both conveyed gratitude for ProBrass’ decision to invest in a rural area of the Palmetto State. Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan expressed confidence that the venture would thrive “in this innovative, business friendly state,” while Clarendon County Council chairman Dwight Stewart applauded South Carolina’s new manufacturing entity.
“It is with open arms that we welcome a new corporate citizen to our growing industrial base,” Stewart said. “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Clarendon County and we look forward to working side by side with ProBrass Inc. and wish them much success.”
Once operations are up and running, readySC, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System, will assist with recruitment for hiring.