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SC Plant Closes

Supreme Machined Products, Inc. has closed its facility in Anderson County, S.C. – moving its high-tech equipment and a dozen or so jobs to Spring Lake, Michigan. Is this a huge deal? No … but it’s representative of the sort of announcement you rarely – if ever – hear mentioned…

Supreme Machined Products, Inc. has closed its facility in Anderson County, S.C. – moving its high-tech equipment and a dozen or so jobs to Spring Lake, Michigan.

Is this a huge deal? No … but it’s representative of the sort of announcement you rarely – if ever – hear mentioned by the legacy press in the Palmetto State.

“We just didn’t have a strong commercial reason to have a facility in South Carolina anymore,” company executive Bruce Rice told The Grand Haven Tribune.

Yikes … here’s betting you won’t see that quote included in any S.C. Department of Commerce promotional literature anytime soon!

Again, this isn’t some bombshell exclusive (well, there are a number of families in Anderson who would probably beg to differ) but it is a reminder of the reality behind the taxpayer-funded big game hunting.

Behind every government-subsidized ribbon cutting there are hundreds of stories like this one … not to mention stories which are never written because the small businesses weren’t about to get off the ground in the first place.

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12 comments

? February 15, 2013 at 9:15 am Reply
? February 15, 2013 at 8:15 am Reply
Wet Willie February 15, 2013 at 9:29 am

…not sure why you are downing the department of commerce, it’s not the departments fault that SMPI no longer felt the SC plant was contributing to their bottom line. If there were no efforts to attract these jobs, although temporary jobs, who knows what those families may have faced had those jobs not come to SC at all… unfortunately, SC doesn’t have the best capabilities of attracting business, and business leaders are really not ethical enoughto do business for business sake… corporate business is as corrupt as govt… “birds of a feather, do flock together”…

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Maggie Mae February 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I don’t think Will is downing the department of commerce. He is bringing something to light that I have harped on for the past 2 years. Nikki Haley announces new jobs on a regular basis but you don’t hear about the jobs that are leaving SC. Nikki Haley is sticking her head in the sand and pretending like no jobs are leaving SC. I simply want to know what the net gain/net loss is jobs since Haley took office. I am willing to be that it is a net loss – the unemployment rate is lower than the national average and thanks to Nikki Haley – many people are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits – so those people aren’t even counted anymore.

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Wet Willie February 15, 2013 at 8:29 am

…not sure why you are downing the department of commerce, it’s not the departments fault that SMPI no longer felt the SC plant was contributing to their bottom line. If there were no efforts to attract these jobs, although temporary jobs, who knows what those families may have faced had those jobs not come to SC at all… unfortunately, SC doesn’t have the best capabilities of attracting business, and business leaders are really not ethical enoughto do business for business sake… corporate business is as corrupt as govt… “birds of a feather, do flock together”…

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Maggie Mae February 17, 2013 at 11:52 am

I don’t think Will is downing the department of commerce. He is bringing something to light that I have harped on for the past 2 years. Nikki Haley announces new jobs on a regular basis but you don’t hear about the jobs that are leaving SC. Nikki Haley is sticking her head in the sand and pretending like no jobs are leaving SC. I simply want to know what the net gain/net loss is jobs since Haley took office. I am willing to be that it is a net loss – the unemployment rate is lower than the national average and thanks to Nikki Haley – many people are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits – so those people aren’t even counted anymore.

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Smirks February 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

Not surprised they’d move. It is likely cheaper to consolidate production. We can’t compete with Chinese wages, even if we are a dirt poor state, and it is just cheaper to operate fully out of Michigan.

Besides that, it is only ~40 jobs lost at this point. Not sure how many jobs this plant had at its peak, though.

http://www.supreme1.com/locations1.htm

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Smirks February 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

Not surprised they’d move. It is likely cheaper to consolidate production. We can’t compete with Chinese wages, even if we are a dirt poor state, and it is just cheaper to operate fully out of Michigan.

Besides that, it is only ~40 jobs lost at this point. Not sure how many jobs this plant had at its peak, though.

http://www.supreme1.com/locations1.htm

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Ezekiel February 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

And in fact that second link above (posted by ‘?’) mentions that a subsidiary of the SMPI opened a plant in China in 2004.

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Ezekiel February 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

Or link below, that is. I’m not used to FITS’ new format yet.

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Ezekiel February 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

And in fact that second link above (posted by ‘?’) mentions that a subsidiary of the SMPI opened a plant in China in 2004.

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Ezekiel February 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

Or link below, that is. I’m not used to FITS’ new format yet.

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