WINNSBORO — Fairfield County economic development received a jolt from ENOR Corporation on Thursday afternoon when the company’s CEO, Steven Udwin, announced ENOR would be moving its operation to Winnsboro.
Through the upcoming year, the multi-million dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs in the area.
Udwin joined the announcement via video from Denver, Colo., where Walmart was hosting its second annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit for its global supplier base.
Since August 2013, ENOR is the fifth Walmart supplier announcing a new facility in South Carolina and second in Winnsboro, including Element Electronics.
“Today’s announcement represents our life-changing commitment to manufacture exclusively in the United States,” Udwin said. “Our relationship with Walmart began more than 15 years ago and this is a vital step. We look forward to opening our operations in Winnsboro soon.”
ENOR Corporation is a family owned manufacturer of plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items. ENOR is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores.
The company has been in operation for 35 years and distributes all across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
The Northvale, N.J.-based company will move into a 78,000-square-foot facility on U.S. 321 in Winnsboro, formerly known as Ruff and Tuff that distributed golf carts.
“ENOR Corporation has chosen Fairfield County as our new home for manufacturing toy products and our company is committed to U.S.A. manufacturing and U.S.A. manufacturing jobs and we see South Carolina as the perfect place to do this,” Udwin stated.
He also emphasized that the manufacturing industry is competitive, but he believes South Carolina will give his company the necessary edge to compete.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for building improvements.
ENOR officials expect to begin limited operations in September and will accelerate production over the next nine months.
According to a press release, ENOR intends to transfer the majority of its off-shore production to the new Winnsboro facility without disrupting supply. The company also intends to invest in growing its portfolio of new products to be Made in the U.S.A.
ENOR’s investment in South Carolina will amplify the delivery of U.S.-made toys to retail stores, supporting local jobs while significantly shortening the distance between production and customer.
Gov. Nikki Haley explained that ENOR wanted to make sure they came into a community that would wrap their arms around them.
“I know Fairfield County will take care of this company,” she said. “Our commitment to ENOR is that we will not only be with you in the good times but we will be with you in the tough times as well. To see these jobs coming into a county that truly deserves to have jobs in their county is really a special day for me. This shows that you’ve got the workforce, you’ve got the commitment and you’ve got the work ethic.”
Udwin said his company decided to locate to Winnsboro because Haley was able to deliver on many promises she made.
Haley elaborated on those promises as relationships and trust.
“The fact that when they run into a problem, we’ll be there for them,” she told The Herald Independent. “We’re going to make sure that we give them good people who are ready to work. A direct relationship is what a lot of these companies want, especially if they’re coming from overseas. They want to know you’re going to have their back.”
Haley emphasized that her economic development staff did the same for ENOR that they do for all companies, which is make sure the site is ready. Job tax credits come after the company has hired people, she noted.
Fairfield County Council Chairman David Ferguson was pleased to announce the third major industry locating to Fairfield County in the past 12 months.
“The addition of ENOR Corporation is another great win for the economy and workforce of South Carolina,” he said. “Fairfield County is excited to be a part of the continuous re-shoring initiative with Walmart’s supply chain and council is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with ENOR as they were searching for the right location to grow their business.”
Fairfield County Economic Development Director Tiffany Harrison told The Herald Independent that wages and salaries have not yet been determined. She noted Ready SC will be assisting in the application process and training.
ENOR will begin hiring immediately. Prospective employees can find applications at www.sctechjobs.com.