New industry bringing 30 jobs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 29, 2004

At Monday night’s city council meeting more big news was announced for the industrial outlook of Greenville.

Director for the Butler County Commission for Economic Development Ricky McLaney announced yet another business had decided to locate in Greenville. McLaney announced AIA Recycling Company would make their home in the Camellia City.

Company President Brian Kim was also in attendance to introduce himself to the council and the city.

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McLaney said the company will work hand-in-hand with the many other companies that have decided to locate in Butler County and the surrounding area.

&uot;He will be the guy that takes all the steel waste from Hysco, Hwashin and the other companies and recycle the steel,&uot; said McLaney. &uot;He is already in the process of negotiating for a site here in Greenville. He had his phone put in today and hopes to be in operation by October.&uot;

At full capacity the company hopes to employ 30 people.

Kim’s first experience with Greenville was unique as he arrived just in time to encounter Hurricane Ivan. However, he was not discouraged by the terrible conditions much to McLaney’s delight.

&uot;Friday, the day after the hurricane was a beautiful day to a lot of people,&uot; said McLaney. &uot;But the next Monday was a lot more beautiful to me. That’s when Mr. Kim walked in and let me know he had found a place to locate his facility. We are proud to have him here and glad he chose Greenville.&uot;

Kim had little to say except that he looked forward to working in Greenville to continue to improve the Camellia City.

&uot;I’m not just coming to Greenville to open a business,&uot; said Kim. &uot;Maybe I will retire here. I really want to build success in my business with Greenville.&uot;

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said he was glad to have Kim in Greenville and looked forward to continued success in industry. McLendon said he looks forward to building off the success of the last four years and hopes to see more in the future.

&uot;We look forward to some good things over the next four years,&uot; said McLendon. &uot;We are going to continue to work together. We may not always agree, but we are going to continue to work to find out what is best for Greenville.&uot;

McLendon has his own special way of analyzing the state of his city.

&uot;I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem and that yardstick is ‘is it good for Greenville?’&uot; said McLendon. &uot;That is what I believe we have done and what we will continue to do.&uot;