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LCDC reports surge in info requests, new industry

The Laurens County Development Corporation is on pace to be busier than it has ever been this year with the organization receiving a record number of requests from manufacturing leaders for information on county properties.

LCDC President and CEO Jonathan Coleman said the LCDC received 11 requests of information during April, bringing the total for 2022 to 36. By comparison, the LCDC entertained 19 such requests through the first four months of 2021 and had its busiest year in over a decade with 68 requests.

“We’re on pace to break that record,” Coleman said.

Coleman introduced to project proposals to the Laurens County Council at its regular meeting on April 27.

Nicknamed “Project Dogwood” and “Project Duke,” the two projects represent $17 million each in investments in the county.

Project Dogwood, to be located in the Clinton area, is expected to add 135 jobs, while Project Duke would add 45 jobs in the Gray Court-Owings area.

Coleman also said the former Muffin Mam facility at Hunter Industrial Park in Laurens is currently under contract with a potential manufacturer.

“They’re in the due-diligence period right now,” Coleman said. “We hope to announce something by mid-summer.”

Coleman did not rule out that it could be facility similar to Muffin Mam, a commercial bakery that employed over 200 people, but said only that it would be ” a manufacturing facility.”

Muffin Mam, which had expanded with a new facility at Hunter Industrial Park in 2020, closed suddenly this past November, citing decreased demand for its products due to COVID-19 and supply-chain problems.

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