CHESTER COUNTY, SC – Jones-Hamilton Co., an employee-owned manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, announced plans to expand its plant in Chester County, South Carolina. The Walbridge, Ohio-based company is the world’s largest producer of sodium bisulfate and a major supplier of hydrochloric acid to the North American market.
Jones-Hamilton Co. President, Bernie Murphy, said “the expansion is in line with the original site design to accommodate more production as our business outlook was realized.”
The expansion began in June 2019 with construction expected to be complete in September 2019. The plant is currently staffed by 20 production operators, and warehouse, maintenance and administration personnel. The expansion will create approximately four new jobs.
“The support Jones-Hamilton Co. has received since 2012 is an example of Chester County Council and Chester County Economic Development walking the talk,” said Murphy. “The support and enthusiasm we experienced during our site selection process has continued, confirming our choice of Chester County for our second manufacturing site.”
“In March of 2012, Chester County had the privilege to announce that Jones-Hamilton Co. decided to Choose Chester and invest $29m and create 15 new jobs,” said K. Shane Stuart, County Supervisor. Chester County has had a long history of supporting companies in the chemical industry and we look forward to Jones- Hamilton Co.’s continued success.”
“Chester County has a rich history in the chemical production sector, and today’s announcement by Jones-Hamilton Co. shows that we continue to provide an environment for growth. We congratulate them on their continued commitment to Chester County and look forward to watching them thrive for years to come, said Tony Pope, Chairman, Chester Development Association.
Jones-Hamilton Co. was founded in 1951 as a commodity chemical compounder. Today, the company markets products and services for diverse applications including water treatment, food processing, steel manufacturing, oil and gas drilling, pet and production animal nutrition, food safety, nutrient management and air quality. Jones-Hamilton Co. employs 108 people at its two manufacturing sites as well as a remote sales force across the US.
About Chester County Economic Development (CCED):
As Chester County’s economic development agency, the CCED mission statement is “to create an environment that supports existing industry expansion, encourages new industry investments, fosters entrepreneurialism, and welcomes visitation by others—all of which support the provision of public services and otherwise improves each citizen’s prosperity and overall quality of life.”
Since 2004 the CCED has worked with an impressive team composed of Chester County Council, Chester Development Association, Chester County School District, York Technical College, local partners, utilities, State and Regional Allies. As a result, Chester County has announced 51 projects, $1.4 billion in Capital Investment and the creation of 4,511 new jobs! We are hopeful that our efforts will continue to promote the expansion of our existing industrial partners and encourage new industrial investment in Chester County!
To find out more about the CCED contact:
Karlisa Parker Dean, Director
3200 Commerce Drive, Suite B
Richburg, SC 29729