On June the 28th, Samsung confirmed they had signed an agreement with South Carolina to open a home appliance manufacturing plant in Newberry County. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to cost around 380 million dollars. It will be used to build some of the company’s most popular home appliances. In return, the manufacturing facility will create around 950 local jobs by the year 2020. This is yet another step in Samsung’s plan to expand holdings and operations in the United States.
CEO of Samsung Electronics, B.K. Yoon, spoke about the investment. “This new investment will enable Samsung to increase the speed with which we can deliver premium home appliances that reflect the regional preferences of our fasting growing and most important consumer market.”
Samsung first contemplated the ideal of expanding its United States production base approximately three years ago. They entered into discussions with the State of South Carolina in fall of 2016. In the end, Samsung picked Newberry County for the new site of their production plant, due to the area’s transportation infrastructure, strong commitment to public and private partnerships, supply chain, and skilled workforce.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster spoke highly of Samsung’s decision. “The fact that one of the world’s largest and most respected technology companies is choosing to invest in South Carolina speaks volumes about the innovation and excellence our talented workforce is capable of.” He also went on to admit he looked forward to getting the facility up and running.
After the plant becomes fully operation, it will employ workers across various manufacturing roles, including operators, engineers and craftsmen. Other technical and non-technical positions will need to be filled as well. At this point in time, it is believed that the facility will produce premium home appliances, such as washing machines. Samsung hopes the plant will produce its first washing machine sometime early next year.
Greenville, South Carolina is home to a Samsung call center. This center supports 800 full time and contracted jobs. Over the past 18 months, Samsung has invested heavily in the United States. The opening of the new manufacturing plant follows that pattern. Additional details can be found here.