With a unanimous vote, Greenwood County Council permitted a tax incentive settlement bringing a modular residence manufacturing facility to Greenwood, together with 180 jobs and greater than $9 million in capital investments.
Impresa Constructing Methods of Greenwood, a subsidiary of father or mother firm Impresa Modular, is a nationwide modular residence builder. The corporate is slated to convey its manufacturing facility to 161 Rock Church Street following a vote Tuesday night time by county council to approve the inducement settlement.
Impresa will make use of builders who will work contained in the manufacturing facility to construct modules that make up modular properties, stated Greenwood County Financial Growth Director James Bateman. The modules are then delivered to the house construct website, the place they’re put in and assembled into present foundations, electrical and plumbing work.
“It is a new manufacturing facility, and it’s being launched right here for plenty of causes,” stated Dan Hobbs, president of Impresa Constructing Methods Greenwood.
He stated geographically, there are not any high-end modular residence producers within the mid-South. Impresa already supplies modular properties for Savannah Lakes Village. Whereas cellular properties are constructed on metal chassis and stay private property sitting on high of actual property, Hobbs stated modular properties are put in onto a standard basis and turn out to be actual property as soon as in place.
Constructing the modules inside a manufacturing facility as an alternative of on website permits staff to be indoors, but in addition permits higher management of the construct atmosphere, Hobbs stated, stopping climate delays. He stated he lives in a modular residence, in western North Carolina.
The motivation deal the county struck with Impresa gives the corporate a 20-year fee-in-lieu-of-tax settlement, locking the property’s millage at 6% of its assessed worth. The county additionally gave a five-year, 30% particular supply income credit score on the constructing and investments Impresa makes to it, providing the corporate higher financial savings than the abatement it could get in any other case, Bateman stated.
The brand new manufacturing facility will symbolize about $9.1 million in capital investments, in accordance with a five-year projection, Bateman stated.
“We all the time think about like tasks after we’re providing incentives on a brand new one,” he stated. “That is essentially the most jobs created by a mission since 2016.”
The 180 new jobs are principally building and labor work, constructing the modules contained in the manufacturing facility itself. Bateman stated the placement Impresa is transferring into is the previous Mayville Engineering Co., which had its remaining sale when closing in 2020.
“We’re filling this constructing with a job-creating mission one 12 months after the closing of MEC,” he stated.
The manufacturing facility’s location lands in Councilwoman Melissa Spencer’s district. She stated she’s excited for the roles the corporate will convey to Greenwood County, and the alternatives they symbolize for residents struggling to search out work they qualify for. Employment offers folks the possibility to develop and seize different alternatives, she stated.
Council permitted the FILOT settlement ordinance alongside an ordinance to incorporate the manufacturing facility within the Greenwood-Newberry Industrial Park.
Retiree issuesCouncil additionally heard remark from a number of retired county officers involved about revisions to the county’s retiree insurance coverage premium subsidy. Council voted to approve a change the place, efficient Jan. 1, Medicare-eligible retirees will transition from PEBA medical insurance to Medicare, and shall be offered a subsidy of as much as $250 monthly.
A number of retirees spoke throughout public remark, decrying the change as a failure to reside as much as the promise of medical insurance coverage protection for county retirees. County officers stated they’ll present a vendor honest in October the place retirees can discover what insurance coverage choices the $250 stipend can afford them.
Council additionally dealt with rezoning issues, together with a rezoning to permit C&C Steel Recycling to place in a pull-a-part on the firm’s Wingert Street lot, permitting the corporate to tug used auto components from discarded autos for resale.