City supports Haemonetics expansion


Council approves business park resolution for project

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Work is under way on the $20 million expansion of the Haemonetics facility at 155 Medical Sciences Drive, Union. Haemonetics is expanding the facility by 3,000 square-feet and making significant upgrades to plant equipment and infrastructure. The expansion is projected to create a total of 40 news jobs and the company is also in the process of hiring personnel to fill those positions.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — The City of Union is joining the effort to support the $20 million expansion of a local business that will create 40 new jobs.

During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted unanimously to approve a multi-county business park resolution for 155 Medical Sciences Drive for the benefit of “Project Veruca Salt.” The resolution gives Mayor Harold Thompson and City Clerk Gloria Rogers the authorization to take any and all action necessary carry out its intentions.

“The city’s position is it is something we couldn’t really afford to pass up because of the 40 new jobs created and it will be bringing more people into the city and the county on a recurring basis,” Thompson said. “Also, it is going to generate new revenue for the city in terms of investment.”

“Veruca Salt” is the code name for the expansion of the Haemonetics facility at 155 Medical Sciences Drive in the City of Union.

City council’s action comes just one month after Union County Council voted unanimously in October to approve a resolution authorizing the county to enter into a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement with the company identified as Project Veruca Salt. It stated that the county is recruiting an investment by Project Veruca Salt “for the expansion of its facility to be used for the manufacturing of medical devices in the county.” To do this, the county must “take certain actions and provide certain incentives including entering into a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement with the company.”

It further states that the company expects to create 40 new, full time jobs in connection with the project on or before Dec. 31, 2021. It also states that the company has requested that the project be included in a multi-county industrial/park created by Union County in collaboration with Spartanburg County.

After approving the resolution, county council also approved first reading of an ordinance implementing the agreement between the county and the company. Council has since approved second reading of the ordinance.

Supervisor Frank Hart then announced that Project Veruca Salt is Haemonetics and that the project covered in the agreement between the county and the company is the expansion of the Medical Sciences Drive facility. Hart said Haemonetics plans to invest approximately $20 million in the expansion of the facility and create 40 new jobs.

Present at the county council meeting was Haemonetics Plant Manager Kevin Mason said the company is undertaking the expansion due to the rapid growth within the market it serves. To accomodate that growth, Mason said Haemonestics is expanding the production capabilities and investing state-of-the art pharmaceutical equipment at its Union facility. He said this will enable the facility to increase its annual volume from 20 million units a year to roughly 80 million.

Mason said that plans are for the expansion process, which was already under way in October, to be largely completed by November 2016.

In addition, Mason said the hiring process to fill the 40 new jobs that will be created was also under way in October with the company looking hire technicians with an advanced background in automation and controls.

Those interested in joining the Haemonetics team should visit the company’s careers page online.

About Haemonetics

Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE) is a global healthcare company dedicated to providing innovative blood management solutions for our customers. Together, our devices and consumables, information technology platforms, and consulting services deliver a suite of business solutions to help our customers improve patient care and reduce the cost of healthcare for blood collectors, hospitals, and patients around the world. Our technologies address important medical markets: blood and plasma component collection, the surgical suite, and hospital transfusion services. To learn more about Haemonetics, visit our web site at www.haemonetics.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

Work is under way on the $20 million expansion of the Haemonetics facility at 155 Medical Sciences Drive, Union. Haemonetics is expanding the facility by 3,000 square-feet and making significant upgrades to plant equipment and infrastructure. The expansion is projected to create a total of 40 news jobs and the company is also in the process of hiring personnel to fill those positions.

http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0012.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times

Work is under way on the $20 million expansion of the Haemonetics facility at 155 Medical Sciences Drive, Union. Haemonetics is expanding the facility by 3,000 square-feet and making significant upgrades to plant equipment and infrastructure. The expansion is projected to create a total of 40 news jobs and the company is also in the process of hiring personnel to fill those positions.

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Council approves business park resolution for project

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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