The diversified global textile manufacturer, Milliken & Company (Milliken) is all set to expand operations in Cherokee County. Milliken already has operations in more than 70 locations worldwide. And with a $27.4 million investment it will create 75 new jobs.
Milliken is known to be a materials science expert. It has a diverse portfolio serving the textile, flooring, specialty chemical and healthcare industries. With more than 25 Milliken locations, South Carolina is the home to textile and chemical manufacturing facilities and showrooms. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Spartanburg.
Milliken’s Cherokee County expansion, which will be located at 157 New Milliken Road in Blacksburg. The faculty will include newly added production lines and increase manufacturing capacity. Known as the Magnolia Finishing Plant, the facility will specialize in workwear, military and flame-resistant apparel.
By year-end the expansion is expected to be completed.
“Expanding Magnolia Plant made perfect sense to us as a company,” said Milliken & Company President and CEO Halsey Cook. “This plant is on the cutting edge of manufacturing excellence and innovation, and Cherokee County’s support is vital to its operation. We’re grateful for the partnerships with this community and the state, and we’re proud to call South Carolina home.”
“The state of South Carolina is proud to be a long-time partner to Milliken & Company, a strong industry partner employing hundreds of South Carolinians across multiple facilities,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “Congratulations to Milliken & Company on its continued expansion within the Palmetto State.”
“South Carolina’s roots in the textile industry have given rise to the evolution of advanced and diversified materials, and we are proud to be home to one such global leader in Milliken & Company,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “Today’s expansion is a testament to our state’s support for new and existing businesses, alike. Congratulations to Milliken & Company on their continued growth and success.”
“Milliken has a long tradition of being an outstanding community partner with the Upstate region,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Harvey S. Peeler Jr. “This expansion of their Magnolia Finishing Plant shows their continued commitment to Cherokee County.”
“Milliken has been a great partner and community member for more years than I care to remember,” said Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer. “We are excited for them and hope our great partnership continues way into the future.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant to Cherokee County to assist with costs related to this project.