Hwashin announces $23 million expansion, set to provide 100 new jobs

Published 9:20 am Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hwashin America announced on Monday its plans for a $23 million expansion at its Greenville facility.

On Monday, officials with the City of Greenville announced that the city would grant a tax abatement to aid the expansion.

The abatement means that the company will be exempt from paying all state and local non-educational taxes, and all construction-related transaction taxes with the exception of those levied for educational purpose or for capital improvements for education.

The expansion is poised to create approximately 100 new jobs.

“We are excited about the new jobs and investment Hwashin has committed for Greenville,” said Greenville mayor Dexter McLendon.

“Great things happen when city and county governments and the business community work together toward a common goal.”

Terry Moseley, chairman of the Butler County Commission for Economic Development, echoed the mayor’s sentiments.

““Companies have a choice regarding where they locate and expand,” Moseley said. “We appreciate the confidence Hwashin has shown in Greenville and Butler County with this and other expansions over the past 13 years.”

Butler County Commission chairman Allin Whittle remarked on the expansion’s positive impact on the county’s school system.

““We are delighted that Hwashin, by announcing their expansion plans, will continue to create jobs and wages that will in turn add new income to the Butler County Schools,” Whittle said.

Earlier this year, Key Safety Restraint Systems announced a $3 million expansion and the creation of 25 new jobs.

With the Hwashin announcement on Monday evening, the investment and job totals for 2017 are more $26 million and 125 new jobs, respectively.

“These successes are representative of the importance of our existing industrial base in Butler County,” said BCCED executive director David Hutchison.

“The BCCED, at the direction of the Board of Directors, is very focused on the retention and expansion of our existing industries.   As a result, the unemployment rate in Butler County has decreased from 11.7 percent in January 2013 to 4.3 percent in September 2017.”