Samsung Celebrates 5th Year of U.S. Appliance Production

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster greets guests at Samsung’s Newbury County plant.

South Carolina factory has forged 4 million washers

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Samsung celebrated the fifth anniversary of its U.S. appliance plant in Newbury County, S.C., last month with a gathering of politicians, company execs and factory workers.

Samsung has invested nearly $500 million in the facility, which became the company’s first U.S.-based manufacturing site for home appliances. Since its rise from the remains of an old Caterpillar plant, the factory has produced more than 4 million washers and created more than 1,500 jobs for area residents, Samsung said.

Among those marking the milestone at a special ceremony were South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Congressman Jeff Duncan and executives from Samsung Electronics Home Appliances (SEHA).

“Since choosing South Carolina as the location of its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility five years ago, Samsung has become a key member of Team South Carolina,” the governor said. “They have helped lead a new era of prosperity in our state and have made a tremendous impact in Newberry. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership for years to come.”

As Samsung expounded in a previously issued statement, “As we looked at our growing home appliance business in the U.S., we knew establishing an American manufacturing presence would allow us to deliver home appliances to our customers faster and better reflect U.S. consumer preference.”

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