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Vapor Apparel plans manufacturing facility in Upstate

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Chris Bernat operates one of the fabric printing machines at Vapor Apparel.Chris Bernat operates one of the fabric printing machines at Vapor Apparel. (Photo/File)

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Published Jan. 13, 2015

Vapor Apparel will expand from its North Charleston headquarters with a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 8.5 acres in Union County.

The new Upstate operation will house the apparel manufacturer’s domestic cut-and-sew division, which is a rapidly expanding part of the company’s product line, according to a news release from the state Commerce Department.

The $1.3 million investment is expected to create 114 new jobs over five years. The Union County facility will also help expand its e-commerce fulfillment and print-on-demand services, the release said.

“It is an honor to bring sewing jobs back to South Carolina,” Jackson Burnett, Vapor Apparel’s co-founder and president, said in a statement. “Union is textile country. It has a history in the industry. These jobs are connected to technology through print-on-demand markets, which we will continue to invest in moving forward.”

The new operations at 1243 Riley Road in Union County are expected to come online in the first quarter. Hiring for some of the new positions is expected to begin in the spring. ReadySC, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, will be assisting with recruitment and training.

“This time, the jobs are connected to dynamic markets and leverage our investment in mass customized artwork for our clients,” Christopher Bernat, Burnett’s co-founder and Vapor Apparel chief revenue officer said in a statement. “We also have a lot of demand for ‘Made in the USA’ products with our national parks retailers.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.

Founded in 2004, Vapor Apparel has been named one of the 25 fastest-growing companies in South Carolina twice within the past five years.

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