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FLORENCE COMPANY SHEDDING POSITIONS

A Florence, S.C. company that employs 425 workers is laying off fifteen percent of its workforce – sending the positions to Texas and Mexico.

The company – ESAB Welding and Cutting Products – made the announcement late Friday. News of the sixty-five lost jobs was first reported by WBTW TV 13 (CBS – Florence/ Myrtle Beach, S.C.).

According to the station, ESAB “opened a new multi-million-dollar automation process center” three years ago and promised to bring new jobs to the area.

Oops …

A spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Commerce wasn’t immediately available to comment on the lost jobs – or whether the company received taxpayer-funded incentives.

And of course South Carolina’s “Jobs Governor” – Nikki Haley – was nowhere to be found.

ESAB is the world’s largest producer of welding and cutting systems. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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