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King Machine Selects Sumter County for Expansion Project

March 01, 2021

SUMTER, S.C., March 1, 2021 — Through the combined efforts of TheLINK Economic Development Alliance, Sumter Economic Development, The City of Sumter, Sumter County, Continental Tire, Thompson Turner Construction, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce, King Machine plans to invest $2.6 million and create 30 new jobs over the next several years.  King Machine will occupy the newly constructed Sumter speculative building.

Founded in 1951, King Machine is a leading provider and manufacturer of new tire molds and tire components for the original equipment and replacement markets.  The company also provides mold services, warehousing, repair and refurbishment as well as consultative technical services to support tire operations.  Launching operations in Sumter, SC in February 2014, focused on providing support for Continental Tire, King Machine has been growing their business model and successes since. 

Located at 1160 North Wise Drive Sumter, SC in the Black River Industrial Park, the custom finished 50,000 Sq. Ft. Sumter's speculative building will provide King Machine the needed space to expand their service capabilities. 

The expansion is expected to be completed by 2024. Individuals interested in joining the King Machine team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

Quotes

“King Machine is excited to continue growing in Sumter, SC.  The support received from the Sumter community and Continental Tire, along with the support and expertise provided by Thompson Turner Construction has solidified our decision to continue investing and creating jobs in Sumter, SC”. - King Machine CEO Mike Wells
 

“South Carolina is a global leader in the tire industry, and it’s great to see that trend continue with this expansion by King Machine. These new jobs will make a positive impact within the Sumter community, and we look forward to seeing them grow and succeed in our state.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“We’re always excited to see an existing company grow its presence in our state. Congratulations to King Machine on this latest expansion and the creation of 30 new jobs in Sumter County.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The expansion of King Machine in Sumter County speaks volumes not only about the growth trajectory of the company, but also the support and leadership that we have here.  Our goal is to surround businesses with valued stakeholders and a qualified workforce as a foundation for operational excellence. “-Chairman, Sumter County Council James T. McCain Jr.

“We are quite pleased to learn of the growth and expansion of King Machine in Sumter and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship. The jobs and investment that accompany this expansion further cements Sumter as a great place to live, work and do business.” -Sumter Mayor David Merchant

“Indeed, we are delighted that King Machine chose us for their expansion. Choosing Sumter guarantees a dedicated team of enthusiasts that consistently assess and explore new ways of unearthing the very best talent and leading-edge methods to keep businesses out front and our community growing.” -Chairman, Sumter Development Board Greg A. Thompson

“This region is positioned for greatness as evidenced by the recent announcement of the expansion of King Machine in Sumter. We work diligently to provide industries the necessary backing to realize our fullest potential and their ultimate success.” - Chairman, TheLINK Economic Development Alliance Gordon Eckley

5 Fast Facts about King Machine:

King Machine is expanding operations in Sumter County.
The more than $2.6 million investment will create 30 new jobs.
King Machine is a tire mold manufacturer.
Located in the Black River Industrial Park in Sumter, S.C.
Individuals interested in joining the King Machine team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

 

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