Investment expected to create 150 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 29, 2011 – AvCraft Technical Services, an aircraft maintenance, repair and modification provider, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Horry County. The $1 million investment is expected to generate 150 new jobs.
“Location was a major factor in choosing to expand operations here. Myrtle Beach gives us a centralized location to most efficiently reach our customer base,” said Mike Hill, president of AvCraft. “Horry County officials and the Myrtle Beach Regional EDC made expanding here a very easy process.”
AvCraft will expand its facility in Myrtle Beach to help the company increase its aviation MRO services.
“It’s another great day in South Carolina, and we are going to celebrate AvCraft’s decision to expand and create 150 new jobs in Horry County. Bringing jobs and investment to our state continues to be a top priority of this administration, and we will build on this year’s success in 2012,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Since 2009, Commerce has recruited more than $1.1 billion in capital investment and more than 7,000 jobs in the aerospace and aviation sector.
“AvCraft’s announcement shows that our state’s aerospace and aviation sector is continuing to create new jobs. Expansions are proof that South Carolina’s business-friendly climate offers an environment where companies can grow,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
“AvCraft's decision to expand their workforce by 150 employees is a tremendous testimony of our attractiveness as an aviation destination. I am thankful for the company's commitment to Horry County and proud of our economic development team for this terrific announcement,” said Tom Rice, chairman of the Horry County Council.
“AvCraft is a tremendous asset to our community, and this project is just the beginning for aviation-related businesses locating and expanding in the Myrtle Beach region,” said Doug Wendel, chairman of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (MBREDC).
The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved Horry County for a $100,000 grant for this project.
The majority of the 150 new employees will be in technically skilled occupations, and the remaining new hires will be in administrative and support functions. Anyone interested in employment opportunities with this company should visit www.avcraft.com.