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May 24, 2019  |  ‘Gummy expert’ buys Sumter’s Mount Franklin
By BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com   The way a corporate executive described it Wednesday, “there’s a little more science to getting… (more)


May 22, 2019  |  Central Carolina Technical College celebrates more than 600 graduates
Central Carolina Technical College held two commencement ceremonies May 10 at the Sumter County Civic Center to accommodate more than… (more)


May 10, 2019  |  Sumter’s Merchant Iron Works owner credits his mentors, employees in his journey to success
BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Sumter Economic Development Board President Jay Schwedler describes winners in the world of local economic development… (more)


May 9, 2019  |  Merchant Iron Works Hosts Expansion Celebration Today
Sumter, SC- Merchant Iron Works, a leader in steel and metal fabrication held a luncheon today, May 9th, in celebration… (more)


May 9, 2019  |  Up Close with Eliza
My path to Sumter is circuitous to say the least. I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. I went to college… (more)


May 8, 2019  |  Up Close with Yanet
Is Manufacturing really a great career choice? It took me sometime to figure this out---here’s my story. As a Cuban… (more)


May 7, 2019  |  Up Close with Brian
As a former US Air Force member, we learn many things while serving our great country.  Some of which entail… (more)


May 6, 2019  |  Up Close with Erika
In the world of Economic Development, the acronym BRE is commonly used for Business Retention and Expansion. If you’re talking… (more)


May 1, 2019  |  Caterpillar of Sumter honored for excellence in corporate responsibility
FROM STAFF REPORTS Caterpillar of Sumter was among 20 South Carolina manufacturing facilities honored by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance… (more)


Apr 25, 2019  |  Sumter Economic Development and SSGI Support E3
L to R D. Hamm- Interim Superintendent, G. Thompson- Board Chairman, J. Brabham, Jr.,  Vice Chairman  For the 2nd year… (more)



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“It is clear that South Carolina is focused on providing quality jobs for its citizens. We especially appreciate the cooperation and hospitality provided by the state, county and local government agencies. It is great to work with people who are genuinely interested in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.”
Gary Ricco
President and CEO, Mount Franklin Foods