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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)


Mar 31, 2014  |  Sumter bests U.S. jobless rate for1st time in 14 years
The job picture in Sumter County is better than the national average for the first time in nearly 14 years,… (more)


Mar 31, 2014  |  Sumter Mold Service preps for full production
There's a new mold in town. Or at least there soon will be. Employees at Sumter Mold Service are working… (more)


Mar 3, 2014  |  Director’s Award presented to Continental Tire the Americas
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Commerce gathered leaders from across the state on Monday for the 24th… (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