News 12 First at Five / Thursday, May 10, 2012
TRENTON, S.C. -- Helen Summer still lives in the house she was born in. She's spent 74 years in Trenton, spending the last 11 as mayor, so she's seen it all.
"When I was a small girl, there were approximately 15 businesses downtown," Summer said. "Over the years, we have lost the biggest majority of our businesses."
So when she heard US Fibers is planning an expansion right there in her hometown, she was ecstatic.
"We are delighted," she said. "We are very fortunate to have US Fibers within the town limits."
It's a $5.5 million investment that will create 48 new jobs. That's something residents told Edgefield County leaders they really needed.
"Of course we're concerned about jobs," Summer explained. "Small-town American is really suffering."
A spokesman for the company tells News 12 the Trenton workforce isn't diversified enough to fill all the positions, so they'll be shopping people all over the CSRA.
"The workforce is not as diversified, but we have a lot of good people that live in our county, and most of the people are really dedicated to their job," Summer said. "The people in the county that are qualified for those positions, we hope that [US Fibers] will give them first priority."
US Fibers plans to start hiring during the third quarter of the fiscal year.