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
Pictured, left-to-right: James A. Chavez, President and CEO; R. Andrew Folks, Business Retention and Expansion Manager; Joan D. Kelley, Marketing and Communications Director; Warren A. Darby, Jr., Vice President, Global Business; Rusty P. Reed, Senior Vice President, Community Preparedness; Jan M. Guerry, Administrative Assistant; Jason E. Speake, Senior Project Manager; Tim M. Duerr, Director of Research; Clancy Courtney, Product Development Manager; and Angelyn T. Smith, Project Manager.
Dear Colleagues,

At the start of 2016, it seemed as if the pace of announcements was going to continue at the same furious pace we experienced in 2015. But, by the end of the first quarter, the pace slowed greatly. At the end of July, we had 18 decision-pending projects. For a multitude of reasons, the companies in our decision-pending category simply have not pulled the trigger.

However, in the last several weeks, projects have started moving toward the finish line at a furious pace. Our team is spending nearly every day talking with attorneys, brokers, consultants or the client, finalizing details in partnership with our electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper. We have good reason to remain hopeful that the balance of the year will continue to yield announced investments and jobs in our service territory.

During the second quarter, our Global Business team accompanied the S.C. Department of Commerce on International mission trips to China, Europe and Canada. Other Domestic marketing trips focused on specific target industries, to include aerospace and steel, among others. While the world awaits our country's presidential election, growth and expansion decisions continue to be delayed. However, we anticipate many pending projects to materialize during the third and fourth quarters of this year. During this waiting period, our team remains diligent in our efforts to recruit new business.

SC Power Team participated in a recent webinar hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The webinar reached participants around the globe, to include residents of Canada, India, Qatar, and Australia. Within the U.S. the webinar reached participants in 40 states. It was quite a honor to have our one year-young website featured by IEDC, illustrating how we leverage Esri's platform and GIS technologies to increase research performance and capabilities in the world of economic development.

From your partners in progress and prosperity at SC Power Team, thank you for your contributions to making the state of South Carolina a great place to be. We have amazing leaders in our state and together are making great things happens here.
All the best,

President and CEO
Site Readiness Fund
Featured Site: East York Shell Building
East York Shell Building
The East York Shell Building, located near I-77 in York County just south of Charlotte, N.C., is new construction. The shell building specifics include:
  • 40,000 sq. ft.
  • Located in East York Industrial Park
  • Accessible to Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • 5 acres, located off I-77 Charlotte corridor
  • 30' ceiling height
  • New construction
The Site Readiness Fund assisted with site improvements, road upgrades, and assistance with the shell building. For more information on the East York Shell Building or the Site Readiness Fund, please contact Rusty Reed .

Market-ready Shell Building
Featured Building: Aiken County Industrial Shell Building
Aiken County Industrial Shell Building
The Aiken County Industrial Shell Building is 105,000 sq. ft. and located on 22 acres. The building is expandable to 1,000,000 sq. ft. It is in close proximity to I-20 and the Augusta Regional airport.

The shell building specifics include:
  • 22 acres
  • New construction
  • Interstate access to I-20
  • Accessible to the Atlanta International Airport
  • Offers a low-cost location positioned between Atlanta and Charlotte
  • Port of Charleston
Discover more sites, parks and buildings at
Just south of Prosperity, S.C. are two nondescript industrial buildings. One would never guess that behind the walls, workers are handcrafting the #1 selling cat bed in America. And that is just part of the product lineup of K.T. Manufacturing and Carolina Pet Company, LLC.
K.T. Manufacturing and Carolina Pet manufacture cat bedding and dog bedding, respectively, from 100% recyclable materials. Products leave Prosperity destined for the shelves of the country's largest pet retailers, vet clinics and multiple other customers. The companies employ 15 workers, combined, and many are from the local area. K.T. Manufacturing is owned by Gerald Kitch and Christian Theodore. Carolina Pet Company is owned by K.T. Manufacturing, Penny Stolfe and Ed Bobowski from Chicago.

Both companies receive power from Newberry Electric. The cooperative is installing fiber optic cable throughout its service area to better monitor electric service and to improve members' ability to access the Internet.

"You can walk into a PetSmart on the other side of this country and probably find one of Christian's products on its shelf," said Keith Avery, president and CEO of Newberry Electric Cooperative. "A handcrafted, American made product from 100% recyclable materials and put together right here in rural S.C. We are honored to have them as a member of our cooperative and will continue to support them with reliable electric power and other services that can make a difference in their business."
Pictured above, Andrew Folks of SC Power Team with Tri-County Electric Cooperative customer Alaglas Pools' owner, Monty Felix. During Andrew's visit, Monty shows him a customer appreciation plaque received by SC Power Team more than 20 years ago. The industry visitation and appreciation program has been a lasting commitment of our organization. It has been in existence for over 25 years now. (Click on Andrew's photo to follow him on Twitter: @scandrewfolks)
Marketing Missions
The following corporate visits and marketing missions made up the SC Power Team's Global Business marketing calendar for the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Completed Marketing Missions and Tradeshows (Q2):
  • International Marketing Mission with SC Department of Commerce; China - April (Speake)
  • Speed News Aerospace Manufacturing Conference; Charleston, SC - May (Darby)
  • Domestic Marketing Mission with Upstate Alliance; Philadelphia, PA - May (Speake)
  • SCEDA; Myrtle Beach, SC - May (Folks, Reed)
  • Domestic Marketing Mission with ED allies; New England area - May (Darby)
  • AIS Steel Conference and Marketing Mission; Pittsburgh, PA - May (Speake)
  • Select USA; Washington, DC - June (Darby)
  • IAMC and International Marketing Mission with SC Department of Commerce; Europe (various) - June (Chavez)
  • International Marketing Mission with SC Department of Commerce; Canada - July (Chavez)
  • CAR Tradeshow and Marketing Mission with SC Department of Commerce and Colleton County; Michigan - July (Speake)
  • SEDC Annual Conference; Kansas City, MO - July (Chavez)
  • ACCE Annual Convention; Savannah, GA - July (Chavez)
Marketing Trips and Tradeshows (Q3):
  • Consultant/Broker Meetings and SC Parks, Recreation & Tourism; New York, NY - August (Chavez)
  • Global Business Conference; Raleigh, NC - August (Reed)
  • Specialty & Argo Chemicals America; Charleston, SC - September (Smith)
  • International Marketing Mission with Parker Poe; Europe (various) - September (Darby)
  • IEDC Annual Conference; Cleveland, OH - September (Chavez)
Locations added to the SC Power Team system
Carolina Gas Transportation $8 million 5 York
State Farm * - York
Cobb-Vantress, Inc. $22 million 12 Laurens
Omsk Carbon * 10 Black River
Frontier Communications $463,000 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
Executive HeliJet $1 million 75 Santee Cooper
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
$189.363 million 2,209
*capital investment undisclosed

Follow Tim on Twitter
South Carolina Power Team and Esri, the market leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, were invited to participate in a recent International Economic Development Council (IEDC) webinar. The webinar reached 226 viewers in 40 U.S. states and four foreign countries. offers GIS web components which leverage the power of Esri's platform, ArcGIS Online, and other products.  Esri's technology is a core strength powering the functionality and capability of GIS web components.

Our Director of Research, Tim Duerr, along with a representative of Esri, contributed to the discussion on how Esri's products add value to users. Our site uses Esri's platform to increase performance among economic developers in the area of research. In our daily operations, SC Power Team leverages an array of Esri products, to include: maps; story maps; mobile apps to access sites, parks and buildings; and expansive layers and reports.

Tim outlined the GIS capabilities housed on and how local economic developers may use this technology to best showcase their community's offerings. Tim explained the philosophy of our company's website applications and why SC Power Team invested generous resources into making our site the "go-to-data" source for our economic development allies and partners. 

"We are providing truly targeted socioeconomic, demographic, industry and occupation reports containing world-class data from Chmura's JobsEQ and Esri's Business Analyst Online," Tim explained to the webinar audience. "This expansive data will undoubtedly help grow the Palmetto State." custom GIS components are free for any user and enable communities to present stronger community identities and showcase offerings that set South Carolina apart from its competition. No other utility in our state is placing such an emphasis on technology as it relates to economic development and supporting community efforts to prosper. No matter what a local community's budget, they now have a research data center at their finger tips.
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South Carolina Power Team is pleased to congratulate our Marketing and Communications Director, Joan Kelley, on her completion of the Leadership South Carolina program. Joan is now a graduating member of the Leadership SC Class of 2016.

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.

This year's class established an annual day of giving, statewide, in celebration of the community spirit South Carolinians share. 
South Carolina Power Team President and CEO, James Chavez, served as a presenter at Womble Carlyle's South Carolina Economic Development Summit in July. The summit focus was the "Art of the Deal." International business leaders and Womble Carlyle attorneys discussed essential components of a deal, including economic development, real estate, environmental, tax and corporate matters.
(Lt to Rt) Kyle Jones of Leadership SC; Jason Bristol of TD Bank; Helen Munnerlyn of Leadership SC; and Amy Bennett of BlueCross BlueShield.
On May 21, 2016, South Carolina Power Team staff and members of the Leadership SC 2016 Class volunteered at Meals on Wheels of Columbia in participation and support of the inaugural SC Day of Service. This annual day of service, an initiative of the Leadership SC class, honors the state's birthday of May 23rd, 1788 and the community spirit of giving that South Carolinians share.

The project focus was to foster a day of unity, state-wide, to fulfill unmet community challenges through acts of service in celebration of volunteerism and being one South Carolina.
(Lt to Rt) Amy Bennett, LSC 2016 Graduate/BlueCross BlueShield; Joan Kelley, LSC 2016 Graduate/SC Power Team; Anne Marie Gibbons, Grand South Bank; Helen Munnerlyn and Kyle Jones of Leadership SC; Jason Bristol, LSC 2016 Graduate/TD Bank; and Ms Dorothy, Head Volunteer at Meals on Wheels.

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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