First Quality announces new production line

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Governor Nikki Haley and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham were present Friday as the First Quality paper company announced a second production line for its array of paper products in Anderson County.

Both Haley and Graham spoke in glowing terms of the cooperative effort that has brought First Quality to Anderson, including the efforts of Senator Graham and Sen. DeMint, whom Graham acknowledged, in working with the EPA to make the renovation of a brownfields location possible.

The company, which first located in Anderson in 2010, announced the expansion, which is expected to result in an additional capital investment of $250 million, on top of the original proposed investment of almost $1.5 billion.

The company, which is headquartered in Pennsylvania, also announced that two buildings of a proposed separate plant had been completed. When totally built out, the separate facility will include a total of four buildings. That facility currently employs forty people.

Also mentioned as a possible future project is still another totally separate facility on the same site, which would likely increase the total capital investment on the site to two billion dollars.

There are currently 400 employees on the site, with training and hiring programs currently in place. As many as 1500 employees are projected to be hired in the nest few years.