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Softex to open second S.C. plant

Staff Report
Published Dec. 4, 2012

Softex Paper Inc., a manufacturer of consumer and commercial paper products, today announced plans to invest $2 million in a new plant in Rock Hill.

The investment, expected to create 36 new jobs, will be the second in South Carolina for Softex, headquartered in Willemstad, Curacao. The company also operates a production operation in Chester, and has additional facilities in Florida, Aruba and Puerto Rico.

Softex will be moving into an existing, 163,000-square-foot building in Rock Hill, officials said. The facility will produce paper towels, toilet paper and napkins.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our company’s production operations,” said Brian Smith, plant manager for Softex Paper. “York County provided us with an excellent location for the new plant. South Carolina has offered us a positive business environment and a skilled workforce.”

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $7 billion in capital investment and more than 18,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, the state Commerce Department said.

“Driven largely by the availability of a suitable existing building, we appreciate Softex’s decision to expand in York County,” said Britt Blackwell, chairman of the York County Council. “The store chains they supply are expanding and thereby creating increased potential for more new jobs and investment for our area.”

Softex will begin hiring for the new jobs about the time the plant begins operations in mid-2013.