South Carolina business leaders highly confident in the economy


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More than 93 percent of South Carolina business leaders are highly confident on the state’s economy, according to the recently released South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Spring 2019 Business Confidence Survey.

The survey, which polled 246 state business leaders, additionally showed that almost 50 percent of businesses surveyed look forward to increasing job opportunities and 67 percent expect to grow their company’s sales volume over the next 12 months.

“The results match what we are hearing from across the state — businesses in South Carolina remain positive on the outlook of the economy,” said Ted Pitts, SC Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “Business leaders are cautious but optimistic about the prospects for them over the next 12 months.”

“I am not surprised by these results,” said Lou Kennedy, SC Chamber of Commerce chair, and president and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals. “South Carolina is a great place for business because of our hard-working people. Our employees continue to make us successful.”

Some of the business leaders who shared their thoughts about the economy were Robert Alexander, executive vice president of Coroplast Tape Corporation, John Harvey, plant manager of BP’s Cooper River Chemicals Plant, and Tracy Kundey, president of Oceana Resorts.

“South Carolina’s favorable economic conditions, business-friendly environment and hard-working, down-to-earth citizens reinforces Coroplast Tape Corporation’s decision to put our America’s headquarters right here in Rock Hill, South Carolina,” Alexander said.

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