In This Issue:
Chairman, SC Power Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Coastal Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Chairman, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Vice Chairman
Member, Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Chairman, Santee Cooper Board of Directors

President and Chief Executive Officer
Santee Cooper

President and Chief Executive Officer
Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Trustee, Blue Ridge Electric  Cooperative
Trustee , Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Trustee , Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Owner, Singleton Properties, Inc.
Member,  Santee Cooper Board of Directors

President, Colonial Trust
Member,  Santee Cooper Board of Directors

Dear Colleagues,

We are off to a strong start this year with announcements totaling $121.7 million in capital investment and 689 newly created jobs. We enjoyed hosting many of our industry colleagues at our annual Economic Development Review (EDR) on Hilton Head Island, March 22-24.

This year at EDR we kicked-off an unprecedented Labor Study for the state of South Carolina. Our organization is spearheading a comprehensive labor study for the entire state with a multi-purpose approach and flexible usability. Upon arriving at the SC Power Team, I spent the first 100 days traveling the Palmetto State listening to local economic developers, allies and key stakeholders. One of the primary takeaways from those visits was the value economic development practitioners gained from the Pathfinders labor study completed more than 8 years ago. Many of you used that study for years, well beyond its useful life.

Our leadership heard you and your feedback became one of the primary focuses of our five-year strategic blueprint which was adopted by our Board of Trustees. The goal of this effort is to arm you with the data that will help you articulate your labor story.

Site Selection Group (SSG) is conducting our labor study. SSG's principal, Josh Bays, spoke at length about the labor study to our EDR guests. As our valued stakeholders, many of you have already been contacted and your feedback will be critical to the success of this labor study. We appreciate your willingness to do so, and in turn, we look forward to sharing employer and workforce data, and a deliverable, on-going dashboard via our website that will make this important information accessible to all of our stakeholders.
We want to express our heartfelt condolences to Deborah Kelley, the wife of the late Brian Kelley, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative (PDEC) President and CEO. We lift up our friends and colleagues at PDEC. The loss of Brian is deeply felt by our Power Team family. Brian contributed a great deal to his community. His passing is a significant loss to the entire Pee Dee community and S.C.

To our colleagues, allies and partners, we appreciate your continued partnership which enables growth and prosperity throughout South Carolina. From your partners in progress and prosperity, we look forward to what 2017 will bring as our team strives to reach set goals.

President and CEO
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SC Power Sites & Featured Properties
SC Power Site: Northeastern Commerce Center
Northeastern Commerce Center
The Northeastern Commerce Center, located at the interchange of I-95 and SC Highway 34, is a 245-acre industrial park under development in Dillon County. The park is located near the Florence Regional Airport and Charlotte Douglas International, along with the Port of Wilmington.

Park specifics:
  • Served by Marlboro Electric Cooperative (3 Phase, 7,200V onsite)
  • Located in Dillon County
  • Accessible to Florence Regional and Charlotte Douglas International airports
  • 245-acre on SC Highway 34, off I-95
  • All due diligence completed
  • SC Certified site
Property specifics:
  • 15 acres, smallest tract
  • 90 acres, largest tract
  • Developing Industrial Park
  • Industrial -ID-1
  • 114'-120' elevation
  • Commercial/industrial/agricultural
The Site Readiness Fund assisted with upgrades to the sewer system and gas line. For more information on the Northeastern Commerce Center, or the Site Readiness Fund, please contact  Jamie Frost .

Featured Site: Newberry County Shell Building
Newberry County Shell Building
The Newberry County Shell Building is a 50,000 SF manufacturing/warehousing facility on 15 acres. The building is expandable to 150,000 SF. The building is served by 8" on-site water and 10" on-site sewer, and highly reliable, affordable industrial electricity from Newberry Electric Cooperative (3 Phase, 72,000V distribution).

Building specifics:
  • Served by Newberry Electric Cooperative
  • 15 acres
  • 2014 construction, excellent condition
  • 205' x 200' dimensions
  • To Suit, floors
  • Pre-cast, walls
  • 50'x50', concrete columns
  • Insulated TPO, roof
Discover more sites, parks and buildings at
Customer: Mogul South Carolina Nonwovens Corporation
Served by Laurens Electric Cooperative
Mogul South Carolina Nonwovens Corporation celebrated the start of its new facility production with a grand opening in March. The facility manufactures spunlace products, a nonwoven textile that is further converted into wipes, automotive, hygiene and medical products. Located in Gray Court, SC, the operations is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mogul Nonwovens based in Turkey.

In addition to the US facility, Mogul recently launched new operations in Turkey for the production of hybrid microfilament nonwovens as well as crosslap spunlace nonwoven. Mogul exports to over 50 countries from existing operations in spunbond, meltblown, and spunlace from Gaziantep, Turkey.  Many organizations played a role in helping Mogul choose South Carolina. 

"We want to thank the  South Carolina Department of Commerce, the  South Carolina Power Team, the  Laurens County Electric Co-op and  Laurens County, South Carolina, as well as all of our private and public sector partners for making this project a reality. We look forward to building a long, prosperous business venture in South Carolina," said Ekrem Kayali, Mogul Tekstil, A.S. founder and chairman in a press release from the SC Dept. of Commerce announcing Mogul's location on August 26, 2015.

Mogul will employ 70 people at its Gray Court location, joining almost 600 employees around the globe.
Marketing Missions
SC Power Team's  Global Business  2017 Marketing Calendar for the 1st Quarter:
  • Japan-America Association of SC Annual Event; Greenville - January (Speake)
  • SC Automotive Summit; Greenville - Februrary (Speake)
  • Domestic Marketing Mission with CRDA and Dorchester County ED; Minnesota - February (Smith)
  • Retail Supply Chain Conference (RILA) 2017; Charlotte - February (Darby)
  • Women in Economic Development (WEDN) 2017; Charlotte - February (Guerry, Kelley, and Smith)
  • Shared Services Network Conference (SSON); Orlando - March (Speake)
  • 2017 SC Rural Summit; Pawleys Island - March (Folks and Frost)
  • Site Selector's Guild Annual Conference; Tuscson, AZ - March (Speake)
  • SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Suppliers Conference; Los Angelas, CA - March (Smith)
  • Area Development Public Power Consultants Forum; Nashville, TN - March (Speake)   
SC Power Team receives SAG award from Esri for its GIS technology
GIS Technology
SC Power Team received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the 2017 Esri User Conference. This award is given to user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology. SC Power Team's website stood out from more than  100,000 others.

SC Power Team commits $30 million to create market-ready sites
In 2014, the SC Power Team Board of Trustees adopted a five-year strategic blueprint which included a commitment of $30 million to create market-ready sites through a partnership with the electric cooperatives and communities we serve. SC Power Sites are sites that have received significant investment from the SC Power Team Site Readiness Fund (SRF) to create winning sites that are competitive and truly market-ready.

Through combined commitments between Santee Cooper, the electric cooperatives and community partners, an investment of more than $100 million dollars will be used to advance sites. ...

SC Power Team announces $831 million in industrial investments in 2016
The Post and Courier
The South Carolina Power Team, a consortium of electric utilities involved in economic development initiatives, said it helped create 5,006 jobs statewide last year through 43 industrial announcements totaling nearly $831 million.

The largest deal was a $350 million investment by tire company Michelin North America in an Upstate distribution center that will create 350 jobs. ...

By David Wren
Frost joins SC Power Team to lead community preparedness efforts
Columbia Regional Business Report
James Frost has joined the South Carolina Power Team as senior vice president. Frost, a registered professional engineer, will lead the team's community preparedness and product development efforts. ...

Staff Report
Locations added to the SC Power Team system
Oxco, Inc. $13 million 130 York
National Power Corporation $1.5 million 20 York
Select Comfort Manufacturing $4.2 million - Mid-Carolina
Sundaram-Clayton Limited (SCL) $50 million 130 Edisto
BB&T $30 million - Laurens
Verizon Wireless $3.5 million 260 Laurens
Stephen Gamble Historic Floors and Finishes $2.5 million 24 Aiken
Maslo Company $4 million 15 York
WeylChem U.S. Inc. $13 million - Fairfield
KeyMark - 110 Blue Ridge
TOTALS $121,700,000 million 689 jobs

*capital investment undisclosed

Best wishes to Rusty in his retirement.
Rusty Reed has served the SC Power Team system for more than 30 years. He began working at Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., in 1985. Rusty has been a long serving, dedicated employee. He has supported the organization with his historical knowledge and understanding, especially during the past several years as the five-year strategic blueprint has been in the implementation process.

Officially, Rusty retired January 31, 2017. He stayed on with our organization through the end of April working on special projects. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues at the Power Team. The SC Power Team Board of Trustees thanks Rusty for his service and wishes him well in his retirement.

Congratulations, Warren! Connect with Warren on LinkedIn.
Warren Darby, Vice President Global Business, has completed the Leadership South Carolina program. The graduation was held in April at Clemson University.

Each year 50 professionals from across the state are nominated for participation in this leadership program sponsored by Clemson University. The participants collaborate to identify a specific need and then create a class project that addresses that need.

This year's class led efforts to establish a program, Inspire A Career, that provides students, particularly those in rural school districts, with greater access to more diverse career opportunities by establishing a direct connection between the education community and business community members willing to participate in career-focused classroom or school-wide events.

SC Power Team had the privilege of partnering with this Leadership SC Class on its project. If you or your company are interested in learning more about how you could change the life of a South Carolina child forever, please visit

Pictured left-to-right: Lonnie N. Carter; Franklin M. Looper, Jr.; David F. Singleton; Leighton Lord, II, Vice Chairman; Lawrence "Larry" J. Hinz, Chairman; B. Robert Paulling; Barry D. Wynn; and Robert C. Hochstetler.

We appreciate the service of our Board of Trustees who continues to lead our organization through a time of great transition and development. It is through the forward thinking and continuous commitment of these individuals that SC Power Team has experienced tremendous growth. The board facilitated, created, and adopted a five-year strategic blueprint that is in year-four of implementation. Key board actions during the implementation phase, to-date, include:
  • establishing a new electric rate, making our system more competitive and positioning us for wins;
  • creating a $30 million Site Readiness Fund, establishing market-ready sites throughout South Carolina; and
  • prioritizing the execution of an unprecedented statewide labor study which launched in March 2017.
SC Power Team appreciates all our board members for leading our team to be, and remain, an essential part of economic development activities in the state of South Carolina. 

SC Power Sites & Featured Properties
In 2014, the SC Power Team Board of Trustees adopted a five-year strategic blueprint which included a commitment of $30 million to create market-ready sites through a partnership with the electric cooperatives and communities we serve.

Through combined commitments between Santee Cooper and the electric cooperatives, the   Site Readiness Fund (SRF)   has committed $23 million into select sites since 2014, and leveraged an additional investment of nearly $100 million to sites throughout South Carolina.

SC Power Sites  are sites that have received significant investment through the SC Power Team  SRF to create winning sites that are competitive and truly market-ready. Website users can now easily review the details of each SC Power Site on

The website update included SC Power Sites, plus Featured Sites of properties throughout the electric cooperative service territory. These market-ready sites within our power system are ideal for business and industry location. These featured properties now have a designated space on our website, making your location exploration and decision that much easier.

South Carolina Power Team
The South Carolina Power Team is a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility, Central Electric Power Cooperative and the state's 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Its mission is to: facilitate the growth of jobs, investment and electric load through the attraction of new industrial and commercial activity; and support expansion and retention of existing businesses within the SC Power Team service areas. 

Palmetto Power is the quarterly, corporate newsletter of the South Carolina Power Team. 

Publisher: Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director

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