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Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Samsung investing $380M in SC, creating 950 jobs

Samsung investing $380M in SC, creating 950 jobs

"This new investment will enable Samsung to increase the speed with which we can deliver premium home appliances that reflect the regional preferences of our fastest-growing and most important consumer market", Yoon said.

With an investment of about $380 million, the Newberry plant is expected to create 950 new jobs. "I congratulate Samsung on its expansion in the United States and wish the company success as it starts up its new facility in SC".

They will employ craftsmen, operators, engineers and other technical and non-technical positions.

The Newberry facility will make home appliances including washing machines starting early next year.

Samsung Electronics has announced it's opening a new manufacturing plant in Newberry County, South Carolina.

The facility will produce a premium line of home appliances including washing machines. Last month, USA home appliance maker Whirlpool turned to the International Trade Association with complaints that it suffered damage from Samsung's dumping of washing machines in the US and called for steps to curb the rising American market share of Korean companies. Also attending the meeting in Washington, D.C., are (standing from left) US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross; US Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC; Inho Lee, Korean vice minister of trade, industry & energy; and Tim Baxter, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics America President.

The company said it chose Newberry because the area boasts excellent human resources along with sound transportation infrastructure.

Samsung's decision "is one that will change the very fabric of the Newberry community", McMaster said. The company has a call center in Greenville County that supports jobs for 800 full-time and contract employees.

The world's leading manufacturer of smartphones, was chosen as the site of Newberry County, South Carolina, to set up a factory with the latest technology that will manufacture of electrical household appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers...), says a press release. Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority, called the manufacturer's decision "very significant to the port", adding it "reflects our ability to meet the global supply chain needs of major worldwide manufacturers".

Since U.S. President Donald Trump won the presidential election a year ago, Korean companies have been facing a tougher business environment.

Samsung employs over 18,500 people across the US, including 3,000 jobs in Silicon Valley and over 6,000 manufacturing and engineering job in Texas.

"We're expanding our footprint in the U.S. to meet the surging demand for our products in that market and to increase the speed with which we can adapt our products to the preferences of American consumers", she said.

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