China Jushi starts work on fiber­glass plant in US

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By HONG XIAO in Rich­land County, South Carolina xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

China Jushi, a global man­u­fac­turer and pro­moter of fiber­glass prod­ucts, broke ground for a $300 mil­lion, 80,000-met­ric-ton fiber­glass pro­duc­tion line in Rich­land County, South Carolina, the United States, on Thurs­day.

“Not only is this an im­por­tant day for Rich­land County, this is an im­por­tant one for our state. This $300 mil­lion in­vest­ment, cre­at­ing 400 jobs in its first phase, is very sig­nif­i­cant,” said Robert M. Hitt III, sec­re­tary of the South Carolina Depart­ment of Com­merce.

The con­struc­tion of the plant by Jushi USA, which is head­quar­tered in Ir­win­dale, Cal­i­for­nia, rep­re­sents another strate­gic mile­stone by China Jushi after a project in Egypt.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang Yuqiang, pres­i­dent of China Jushi and chair­man and CEO of Jushi Group, the project will help drive growth in the lo­cal econ­omy and cre­ate jobs.

The plant will an­chor the Pineview In­dus­trial Park, ac­cord­ing to scbusi­ness­news.com. The 900-acre (364 hectares) site is near In­ter­state 77 and a Nor­folk South­ern rail line tra­verses the park.

“We’re ex­cited to an­nounce the largest cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in Rich­land County since 1981,” Rich­land County Coun­cil Chair­man Tor­rey Rush told scbusi­ness­news. “It’s a big deal for Rich­land County.”

Zhang said the in­vest­ment will make it pos­si­ble for Jushi to lo­cal­ize pro­duc­tion, re­search and devel­op­ment, and hire tal­ented peo­ple in the US to bet­ter serve its cus­tomers.

The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2018.

Zhang re­called that it had been five years since he first vis­ited the state to scout the site.

YAN ZHI / FOR CHINA DAILY

A worker changes fiber spools at a pro­duc­tion plant of China Jushi in Tongx­i­ang, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

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