Development bringing jobs to Duncan area

Development bringing jobs to Duncan area

Kaelyn Cashman

One industry is under construction in Duncan, and two more are in the queue.

Duncan Town Council recently approved two ordinances to annex contiguous property of about 75 acres located at 513 Robin Lake Road and 1345 Victor Hill Road with a zoning of GI, General Industry. The property is being sold by T. Walter Brashier.

CRG, a St. Louis-based investment firm, is currently building a 324-acre site on Robinson Road, which could mean the creation of nearly 2,000 jobs.

“It’s another great thing for Duncan,” Town Administrator Cameron Fant said. “We’ll have, in the run of only five or six months, three pretty good-sized companies coming to town.”

These industries are helping the town to install sewer lines, according to Fant.

“Ultimately, we want to have sewer available everywhere that the county and ACOG has allowed us to serve—us and Lyman now since we’ve sold our collection system to them,” Fant said.

“These companies coming in really help us be able to have anybody that comes in our sewer service area get hooked up to sewer immediately,” he said. “That just makes us competitive and get some of this vacant land put into use. We’re super excited.”

Fant said Duncan is an attractive destination for industry because of its location in the southeast region of the country, its position off I-85 as well as the surrounding municipalities reaching their limits.

“The areas that we have available to offer are more industrial-type areas,” Fant said.

“Our council has been very aggressive in trying to negotiate, make it beneficial for them to come to us, beneficial to the town as well. When we have more people on the tax rolls, it gives us more money to be able to do stuff in the town, to better service everybody, to keep growing.”

For the past few years, Duncan has increased taxes the allotted CPI (consumer price index) plus population growth.

“This time, we didn’t even do that much,” Fant said. “Council decided to go a little less than that.”

“When we have a bigger revenue pot to do stuff with, to enhance our roads, to maybe add more Christmas lights, or do things to really make the town shine,” he said. “When we have the extra revenue, now we have the ability to do that, and it doesn’t cost them (residents) anymore because you have more players coming to the table, so to speak.”

Events Center
Duncan is also moving forward with plans to add an events center at Stoneledge Park, located at 119 South Spencer St., Duncan.

“We had our mandatory pre-bid meeting for the events center,” Fant said. “We had quite a few people show up. The bids were due back the 23rd.”

“We’re excited about that,” he said.

The events center will be paid for through the hospitality fund, grant funding and a loan.

“We’d like to start moving dirt September, if possible,” Fant said.

The town also plans to add another parking lot and to make a connection with a festival street.

“Our main street is not like your typical main street for an old town,” Fant said. “This is going to be the focal point for Duncan.”

“We’re going to have a nice event center, roughly 3,500 square foot,” he said.

Some functions of the events center could include high school reunions, wedding receptions and concerts.

“Then, after we get this in place, we’re going to look to maybe expand the water park,” Fant said.

Some ideas for the area include kiddie areas and bigger slides similar to Carowinds.

“We don’t want to be Carowinds, but we would like to use this area to add a few more things that maybe nobody else around us has to offer,” Fant said.

The water park is about ten years old.

“It’s great to keep adding to it just to keep people wanting to come back,” Fant said.

The plans to expand the water park are probably still a couple of years away.

Council Action
Barton Street: Duncan Town Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to annex property located at 488 Barton Street into the town limits with a zoning of R3 Residential for property owners Dennis and Anita Rose.

Building Heights: Duncan Town Council approved the first reading of an ordinance for a text amendment to change the maximum building height from 35 to 85 feet for the following zones: Central Business District, General Business District, Research and Limited Industrial District and General Industrial District.

Parking Requirements: Duncan Town Council approved the first reading of an ordinance for a text amendment to narrow the measurements for parallel parking lots to 9 feet wide, 18 feet deep, 162 feet total area and a 24-foot minimum drive isle. All parking lots with more than five parking spaces should be paved.

Procurement Procedures: Duncan Town Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending Duncan’s procurement procedures. | 877-2076

Advanced Ceramic Coatings Building Manufacturing Campus In Duncan

Advanced Ceramic Coatings, a 50-50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Turbocoating Corporation, will be launching new 62,500-square-foot manufacturing facility at 1191 Howell Road in Duncan, South Carolina. This project represents $15 million in new capital investment and the creation of 50 new jobs in Spartanburg County.

Formed in 2014, ACC combines Turbocoating’s proprietary coatings technologies and industrial processes with GE Aviation’s coatings processes developed specifically for ceramic matrix composite material. This combination, which is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017, will allow the company to produce advanced coatings for GE’s high-temperature CMC components in jet engines.

“Duncan and Spartanburg County offered the right mix of skilled employees and resources to help ACC expand its production capabilities over the next few years. GE and Turbocoating will invest more than $15 million in equipment and the new facility and will employ around 50 people by 2022,” ACC General Manager Scott Hayes said.

As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $250,000 Set Aside grant to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.

“ACC’s decision to build its newest facility in Duncan is a real reason to celebrate, not just for the 50 South Carolinians who will now work there, but for the state as a whole. Each time a company has the ability to expand anywhere in the country and they choose South Carolina, it shows the world that every part of our state is open for business and we are ready to partner with any company looking for a place to call home, “ said Governor Nikki Haley.

“We are extremely pleased that Advanced Ceramic Coatings is establishing an operation in Spartanburg County. The Economic Futures Group, along with key public/private allies like the S.C. Department of Commerce, Spartanburg County Council and private developers, helped secure this operation, and Spartanburg County Council will benefit from this investment now and in the future,” Chairman of Spartanburg County Council’s Economic Development Committee and Board Member of the Economic Futures Group David Britt said.