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,

2016 closed with the Santee Cooper and electric cooperatives power system adding 43 location announcements, $830.642 million in capital investment and 5,006 new jobs.  Growth and expansion decisions materialized t owards the end of the fourth quarter, and projects moved to the finish line at a rapid pace.

In our efforts to engage communities and promote economic activity throughout South Carolina, we were pleased to see the Palace Foods announcement in McCormick County come to fruition. In 2014, SC Power Team partnered with the county using our Site Readiness Fund (SRF) to purchase the site that became home to Palace Foods. We are thrilled that our SRF initiative helped Governor Haley achieve her goal of having an announcement in every county, and finishing her governorship strong.

During the fourth quarter, our Global Business team accompanied the S.C. Department of Commerce on marketing missions internationally to Sweden and India. In addition, our team separately completed a domestic mission to Chicago to meet with brokers considering our market.

Michelin's selection of Laurens Electric Cooperative as its utility partner was another significant win for the power team. This was a customer choice site, which makes it a huge win for LEC. While Michelin announced their location decision earlier in 2016, the company had not chosen a power provider. The 2.3 million square foot facility straddled two territorial boundaries, making it a customer choice site. Strong incentives, low-cost power, highly reliable service and an incredible team at the local level were all key to Michelin's decision.

We would like to express our appreciation to Rusty Reed for his long-time service and contributions to the SC Power Team. Rusty is retiring at the end of January. He will be consulting with us on special projects through April 2017. We wish him all the best in his retirement. Jamie Frost, formerly a principal and engineer with Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc., is our new Senior Vice President Community Preparedness. Jamie will continue the Site Readiness Fund initiative, as well as, offer his expertise to the projects in our service territory. We are excited to bring him aboard.

We at SC Power Team express our heartfelt appreciation for our continued partnerships which enable growth and prosperity throughout South Carolina. From your partners in progress and prosperity, thank you for all that you do to encourage economic development in our state. We look forward to what 2017 brings.
Happy New Year,

President and CEO
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Site Readiness Fund
Featured Site and Building: John W. Matthews, Jr. Industrial Park and Orangeburg Shell Building
John W. Matthews Jr., Industrial Park
Orangeburg Shell Building
The John W. Matthews, Jr. Industrial Park and the Orangeburg Shell Building are located off I-26 in Orangeburg County, just south of Columbia, S.C. Anchoring the park is Sigmatex, a world-leader in the manufacturing of carbon fiber textiles for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Park specifics:
  • Served by Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Located in Orangeburg County
  • Accessible to Columbia Metropolitan and Charlotte Douglas International Airports
  • 542 acres on U.S. Hwy 301 located off I-26
  • All due diligence completed
  • SC Certified site
Shell building specifics:
  • 75,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Ceiling height, 32'
  • Floors, 6"
  • Walls, tilt-up concrete
  • Columns, 50' x 50'
  • Roof, 60 MIL insulated, single membrane
  • 26 total acres
The Site Readiness Fund assisted with site improvements, road upgrades, and assistance with the shell building. For more information on the John W. Matthews, Jr. Industrial Park or shell building, or the Site Readiness Fund, please contact  Jamie Frost .

Featured Site: Seneca Rail Park
Seneca Rail Park
The Seneca Rail Park is located on 111 acres. The park is rail served by Norfolk Southern. It offers close proximity to I-85 and two major airports.

Park specifics:
  • Served by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
  • 111 acres
  • All due diligence completed
  • Interstate access to I-85 and U.S. 76
  • Accessible to GSP and Charlotte Douglas International Airports
  • Offers a low-cost location, positioned between Atlanta and Charlotte
  • Port of Charleston
  • Rail service by Norfolk Southern

The Site Readiness Fund provided for construction of one acre pad and the road leading into the park.

Discover more sites, parks and buildings at
Staying Power: the success stories of our customers
We would like to give a warm welcome to Santee Cooper's new photographer, Paul Zoeller, and thank him for the beautiful image he provided for use in our advertisement.
Last year we partnered with Garden & Gun magazine to host a group of consultants from around the country in conjunction with the magazine's signature event, Jubilee. Last year's event was well received, and our board approved our expanded involvement for 2016. This past December we hosted ten site selection executives, industrial brokers, and other influencers in the site selection process. In addition to providing our guests with exposure to all things 'Made in the South' through the Jubilee festivities, this event was the perfect backdrop to share the commitment that has been made to growth within our system by our partners, the South Carolina 20 electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper. These in-person meetings allowed our team to cultivate relationships with key decision influencers for future projects and location decisions. Finally, Volvo Cars is a primary sponsor of the G&G Jubilee, as well as, a heavy advertiser in the magazine. Our support of the Jubilee allowed our team many face-to-face opportunities with key executives from Volvo's team.

We would like to thank each of our customers for graciously allowing us to feature their success stories as part of our marketing outreach: Volvo Cars, Geechie Boy Mill, Firefly Distillery, and Stoll Fireplace, Inc. As a utility partner, Santee Cooper and electric cooperatives invest in the success of each customer, and take great pride in sharing the longevity and success our customers have enjoyed in South Carolina. These stories were the focal point of our advertising campaign.
Andrew Folks visits our customers throughout the year. Since 2014, Andrew has visited over 200 different companies, and completed more than 300 industry visits. (Click on Andrew's photo to follow him on Twitter: @scandrewfolks)
Marketing Missions
SC Power Team's  Global Business  2016 Marketing Calendar for the 4th Quarter:
  • Automotive Supplier Mission with SC Dept. of Commerce; Sweden - October (Speake)
  • IAMC (International Asset Management Council) Fall Forum; Indianapolis, IN - October (Chavez)
  • Site Selectors Guild; Little Rock, AR - October (Chavez and Darby)
  • ECONOMIX Conference; Atlanta, GA - November (Speake)
  • NREDA (National Rural Economic Developers Association) Annual Conference; Charleston, SC - November (Chavez and Reed)
  • PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association) Conference with SC Dept. of Commerce; Chicago, IL - November (Smith)
  • International Recruitment Mission with SC Dept. of Commerce; India - November (Chavez)
  • Domestic Recruitment Mission with Upstate Alliance; Detroit, MI - November (Speake)
  • WinED (Women in Economic Development); Savannah, GA - November (Smith)
  • Consultants/Real Estate Broker meetings; Chicago, IL - December (Chavez)
Utilities bring expertise to corporate location projects
Full Article
"A prime example of the byproduct of being well funded is the role Santee Cooper, their local electric cooperatives, and The South Carolina Power Team played in attracting Volvo to Berkeley County, S.C. In an effort to reduce upfront capital expense and help streamline the site development process, Santee Cooper provided assistance in acquiring the land currently being developed for Volvo."

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC  

Power companies' support states to score high
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"... these competitive states are supported by utility companies that often have more marketing and project management resources than the state economic development agencies themselves. In addition, these utilities can play a positive role shaping a state's business environment."

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC
Palace Foods launches operations in McCormick County
 Full Press Release
"On behalf of South Carolina Power Team, Little River Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, we welcome Palace Foods to McCormick County. As partners in progress and prosperity, we are excited to see Palace Foods invest in McCormick County and its people. We look forward to serving as their utility partner, helping them grow and succeed for years to come."

James Chavez, SC Power Team President and CEO
Jamie Frost Joins Power Team
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SC Power Team is pleased to announce that James "Jamie" W. Frost, II, P.E., has joined their organization as the Senior Vice President Community Preparedness.
SC Power Team receives Bronze Award for General Purpose Brochure from IEDC
SC Power Team's sales brochure received the Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in their annual communication awards.
Locations added to the SC Power Team system
Carolina Gas Transportation $8 million 5 York
Project Box $10.8 million 62 Lynches River
State Farm Emergency Assistance Office * - York
Cobb-Vantress, Inc. $22 million 12 Laurens
ZF Transmissions Gray Court - - Laurens
Omsk Carbon * 10 Black River
Frontier Communications $463 thousand 37 Santee Cooper
Baxter Enterprises/Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering $20.7 million 87 Blue Ridge
WG Plastics Technology Corporation $2.7 million 50 Little River
Catawba Enterprises, LLC $3 million 10 York
Mercom $6 million 152 Santee Cooper
Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. $23 million 100 Blue Ridge
Zero Connect $1.3 million 72 Blue Ridge
Southeastern Frozen Foods $6 million 30 Tri-County
Viva Holdings Group, Inc. $28 million 200 Santee Cooper
Arauco North America * 1 Marlboro
Executive HeliJet $1 million 75 Santee Cooper
era-Contact USA $3.6 million 45 Blue Ridge
Nason Company $2.5 million 26 Blue Ridge
Kingman Airline Services $2.5 million 180 Santee Cooper
Morley $1.7 million 270 Laurens
Bondex, Inc. $11 million 17 Aiken
JR Automation Technologies $3.4 million 56 Blue Ridge
Anyone Home, Inc. $1.1 million 570 Laurens
Honda of SC Manufacturing $45 million 250 Pee Dee
Banton Media * 30 Horry
Nation Ford Chemical $5 million 5 York
Piedmont Energy Systems $2 million 15 York
Advanta Southeast * - Santee
One Main Holdings $279 thousand 175 York
EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics $5 million 29 Blue Ridge
West Fraser $33 million - Newberry
eviCORE Healthcare $1.6 million 35 Palmetto
Audio-Technica $3.3 million 6 Berkeley
Martin Printing Company $2 million 20 Blue Ridge
Thorne Research $35 million 330 Berkeley
Palace Foods $5 million 30 Little River
Project Vine $44 million 1,000 York
Michelin North America, Inc. $270 million 350 Laurens
Project Wolverine $33 million 100 Broad River
MM Technics $12.6 million 65 Newberry
Techtronic Industries (TTI) $75 million 250 Blue Ridge
Piedmont Natural Gas * - Laurens
TOTALS $830.642 million 5,006 jobs
*capital investment undisclosed

Congratulate Jamie on LinkedIn

SC Power Team is pleased to announce James "Jamie" W. Frost, II, P.E., as its new Senior Vice President Community Preparedness. Jamie will lead the community preparedness and product development efforts for SC Power Team. His primary focus will be working with cooperatives and community partners to develop market-ready sites and ensure sites are competitive throughout the selection process for project decisions in the SC Power Team service territory.
Jamie joins the SC Power Team from Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc., a consulting firm with five locations and 80 plus employees. Jamie, a Registered Professional Engineer, joined the consulting firm in 2004 as a project manager and was promoted to senior project manager, later becoming a shareholder and vice president of the firm. He was responsible for a team of 20 plus employees, ranging from senior project managers to administrative staff and interns.  Jamie has been involved with numerous projects in the SC Power Team's territory and throughout South Carolina, to include most recently, Wyman-Gordon, Sigmatex, QVC, and He has been intimately involved with the Phase II Site Readiness Fund (SRF) Initiative that the SC Power Team has underway, to include site analysis of over 78 sites, of which one mega site and three large sites were selected for additional due diligence and potential purchase as part of the SRF Initiative.

As Senior Vice President Community Preparedness, Jamie will provide high-level consulting and product development services to the communities within the service area of the SC Power Team, as well as to the organization's global business team. He will be responsible for identifying, developing, and marketing sites and buildings within the service area of Santee Cooper and the 20 electric cooperatives.
Jamie has actively served in leadership capacities with SCEDA and Committee of 100. Jamie and his wife, Beth, along with their four children-Caroline, Tripp, Annabelle, and Simms-make their home in Columbia, S.C. 
Congratulate Warren on
SC Power Team is pleased to announce that Warren Darby, Vice President Global Business, has been selected as a member of the Leadership SC Class of 2017.

Each year 50 professionals from across the state are selected for participation in this leadership program sponsored by Clemson University. The participants work together to carry out a class project and address critical needs within South Carolina.

Warren and his wife Shannon live in the Lake Katherine area of Columbia. They have two young children, Taylor and Walker. Warren is a running enthusiast and has participated in a number of half marathons.
Congratulate Jan on LinkedIn
SC Power Team is pleased to announce the promotion of Jan Guerry to executive assistant and operations manager. Jan has been with SC Power Team for over 10 years serving as the administrative assistant and the primary administrator for the SCEDIF grants.

In her new role, Jan will have oversight of accounting and office administration, and serve as the assistant to our President and CEO, James Chavez.

Originally from Columbia, Jan is married to Sam Guerry. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Jan enjoys traveling, diving, gardening, and reading. 

Connect with Joan on LinkedIn
This past December, SC Power Team sponsored the  Women in Philanthropy  (WIP) Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, an annual fundraising event which raises awareness of the organization's activities, as well as acknowledges its select grant recipients for the upcoming year. The event raised $4,000 towards causes WIP supports, doubling the amount raised the previous year. The investors of WIP create positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and children by focusing on root causes and pooling resources to increase impact.

Through the SC Power Team's involvement with United Way of the Midlands,  Joan Kelley became involved in WIP. Joan was recently named to the Executive Committee of WIP as the Events Committee Vice Chair. Her primary role will be coordination of all WIP events and fundraising efforts. Joan will be leading efforts to raise funds at the organization's largest fundraising event, Power of the Purse scheduled for May 18, 2017.

SC Power Team also supported the food drive efforts of WIP, which restocked The Cooperative Ministries food pantry. The ministries provide for families in need throughout the year, but emphasized that the needs are particularly great during the holidays. For further information on how to get involved in WIP, please visit
SC Power Team staff conducted a food drive to support the Women in Philanthropy annual food drive. (Featured above) The Women in Philanthropy Executive Committee present food donations to The Cooperative Ministries of the Midlands in December.

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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