[Chester, S.C., August 23, 2022] – Morcon Tissue opened this tissue conversion plant in Great Falls, SC in 2002. Today, they are the Town of Great Falls’ largest employer with 90 existing employees. They produce napkins, towels, tissue, and dispensers for their own products lines, as well as private label brands. Historically, their products were primarily marketed towards commercial and retail applications. In the wake of the pandemic, Morcon has continued to diversify the customer base by offering new products geared towards consumers.
Morcon Tissue is investing $2.4 million in the Great Falls facility with plans that include adding two napkin machines and automation equipment, such as case packers and palletizers. This in addition to more than $700,000 they invested in 2021. While this investment will net only one new job, it will replace 15 unskilled jobs with higher paying craftsman and operator positions that have higher wages. This will create advancement opportunities for existing workers.
“It is great that Morcon Tissue is adding new positions with higher skill levels and wages. This will create opportunities for promotions from within for existing workers,” said Robert Long, director of Chester County Economic Development. “Companies need to invest in themselves to remain competitive.”
“It is always gratifying when existing companies invest in Chester County,” said Dr. Wylie Frederick, interim supervisor of Chester County. “We were delighted to support this expansion in the Great Falls community.”
“Morcon Tissue has been a part of the Great Falls community since 2002,” said Joshua Brantley, mayor of Great Falls. “Over the years, they have expanded several times; more than doubling the footprint of their plant. Their continued commitment to Great Falls is truly gratifying. Thank you Morcon for your confidence in Great Falls!”
“Morcon is proud to continue to invest in the growth of our business within Chester County,” said Chris Raccuia, vice president of operation of Morcon Tissue. “Our company has tripled in revenue over the last seven years. We will continue to streamline our operation, develop our people, and solidify the long-term viability of Morcon.”
Morcon’s story began in 1987 as a paper converter. In 2013, Morcon was purchased paper industry executive Joe Raccuia, who brought with him 30 years of experience in the paper industry. Today, Morcon is headquartered in Eagle Bridge, NY. They expanded into Great Falls, SC in 2002.
About Chester County Economic Development
Created by Chester County in 2004, Chester County Economic Development’s mission 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. In 2021 Chester County Economic Development announced $484 million in capital investment, creat-ing 822 manufacturing jobs, and representing more than 2 million square feet of new manufactur-ing.