GE Appliances, a Haier company, has announced plans to invest $50 million to expand its South Carolina operations with a new distribution center in Greenville County. The expansion is projected to create 45 new jobs over the next five years.
GEA will lease a 584,820-square-foot distribution warehouse at the Augusta Grove Business Park, according to a news release. Provident Realty Advisors Inc., a Dallas-based privately held real estate and investment firm, is the developer for the project.
This new facility is a key investment in GEA’s distribution network, supporting the expansion of manufacturing operations by increasing supply chain capacity to ship and receive appliances from regional production facilities, along with imported finished goods arriving at the Port of Charleston, according to the release.
Additionally, the Greenville facility will allow the company to take advantage of proximity to Inland Port Greer.
The Greenville facility will be GEA’s second South Carolina location, following the opening of its $70 million state-of-the-art water heater manufacturing facility in Camden last year. The company also has manufacturing facilities at its Kentucky headquarters and in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
“The business-friendly climate of South Carolina and Greenville County, and the proximity to Inland Port Greer make this an ideal location to build our newest distribution center in support of our growing business,” said Marcia Brey, vice president of distribution for GE Appliances. “Investments like this allow us to quickly respond to external factors and keep product flowing efficiently throughout our entire network as we grow and enter new product categories.”
The expansion is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2024.