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$62M investment to create Spartanburg County jobs

Distribution & Logistics
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Visual Comfort & Co., a resource for designer lighting, architectural lighting and ceiling fans, will establish distribution operations in Spartanburg County. The $62 million investment will create 125 new jobs over the next five years, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Visual Comfort & Co. has been providing lighting for designers for more than 30 years. (Photo/Visual Comfort & Co.)“Visual Comfort & Co. is excited to be partnering with South Carolina and the county of Spartanburg on a new state-of-the-art facility designed to improve our customers’ overall experience,” Chief Operating Officer Gary Hirschel said in the news release. “The access to ports, infrastructure and strong labor force make Greer an exceptional choice for Visual Comfort & Co. We greatly appreciate the welcoming environment and ongoing support from state and local officials, and we look forward to connecting with the community in making Visual Comfort & Co. an employer of choice in the Spartanburg area.”
Located at Smith Farms Industrial Park in Greer, Visual Comfort & Co.’s new distribution facility will serve the company’s growing demand, according to the news release. Visual Comfort & Co. is a 30-year-old company based in Houston, Texas.

“Visual Comfort & Co. bringing its distribution to Spartanburg is another win for a key sector in our county – distribution and logistics,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt, chairman of the county economic development committee, said in the release. “We’re excited to welcome them to Spartanburg and excited to keep up our pace of investment success.”

Operations are expected to begin in January. S.C. Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin said the company’s decision to choose the Upstate in an example of how the ports support retail.

“S.C. Ports is excited to support Visual Comfort & Co.’s new distribution center in Spartanburg County by efficiently handling their designer lighting products,” Melvin said in the release. “S.C. Ports’ marine terminals provide access to global markets, and goods can swiftly move via rail between the Port of Charleston and Inland Port Greer. Visual Comfort & Co.’s decision to invest in South Carolina reinforces that S.C. Ports is an asset to retailers, providing fluidity and capacity to their supply chains.”

The Commerce Department’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $300,000 Set-Aside grant to Spartanburg County to assist with building improvement costs.

Reach Ross Norton at 864-720-1222.

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