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Mar 12, 2015  |  US News: Sumter one of the best places to buy a retirement home in America
We've always known Sumter is a wonderful place to retire, and now others are realizing this, too. US News says… (more)


Feb 8, 2015  |  APEX Tool Group wins Manufacturer of the Year
Creating new, well-paying jobs and a strong commitment to the community are reasons the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce 2014… (more)


Jan 22, 2015  |  Partnering for the Workforce of Tomorrow: Work Experience Program Announced
A new economic development program that will offer paid work experience opportunities for Central Carolina Technical College Industrial & Engineering… (more)


Dec 1, 2014  |  Sumter one of America’s ‘Smartest Cities’
A ranking by New Geography calls Sumter the 56th smartest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of the country's 380 MSAs. The… (more)


Nov 4, 2014  |  Voters: Penny Makes Sense
Sumter County voters on Tuesday voted in favor of renewing a penny sales tax to fund dozens of capital projects… (more)


Sep 4, 2014  |  Interest in mechatronics field grows
The mechatronics program at Central Carolina Technical College is constantly evolving - changing and improving to meet the demands of… (more)


Sep 2, 2014  |  More jobs coming in Sumter Metals $4M expansion
Lasers, machinery and paint could add up to a multi-million-dollar expansion and some new job opportunities at a local company.… (more)


Aug 20, 2014  |  Confirmed: Apex Tool Group to expand Sumter County employment
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Apex Tool Group, LLC, a leading manufacturer of power and hand tools with more than 30 brands,… (more)


Aug 10, 2014  |  200 jobs could come to Sumter with new Apex Tool expansion
Company will shutter its plants in Texas, ArkansasBY BRADEN BUNCHApex Tool will add between 150 and 200 jobs to its… (more)


Apr 6, 2014  |  Continental Tire’s Craig Baartman Ambassador of the Year
We at Sumter Economic Development are pleased to congratulate Continental Tire Plant Manager Craig Baartman as our Ambassador for Economic Development. We… (more)



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“I’ve spent enough time in Sumter now to know that this is a strong community with great people, and dedicated leaders looking toward the future. Continental Tire is proud to continue to be a part of Sumter’s success story.”
Craig Baartman
Manager, Continental Tires The Americas, Sumter