News 12 @ 6 o'clock -- November 12, 2008
ORANGEBURG CTY, SC -- At least 8,000 jobs are coming to Orangeburg--and to put that into perspective, the city itself only has about 12,000 people.
Hundreds gathered at Orangeburg Technical College to see the unveiling of just what the Dubai-based company Jafza has planned.
"This is an impact project, it's a huge project," said Mike Briggs of the South Carolina Central Alliance.
The international company will invest 600 million dollars for a massive warehouse to be built between Highway 301 and I-95 in the county. It'll be built in a total of four phases across 1300 acres of land.
"Quite frankly, it's a project that will create a lot of future opportunities, not just for Orangeburg county but for the region, the state, and the southeastern United States," said Briggs.
The development plans to bring in almost 10,000 jobs to the Orangeburg area; but it's benefits expand to include both Saluda and McCormick counties. Gregg Robinson says the county is more than ready and says these jobs will really make a difference in areas other than just employment.
"We say enough is enough with poverty in South Carolina. Therefore we can create jobs and have a better educational system and we can create more jobs locally at home," said Gregg Robinson of the Orangeburg County Development Commission.
Congressman Jim Clyburn says this development has been a long time coming.
"I think the Orangeburg leaders have done well with expressing a vision they've decided not to buy into conventional wisdom and they've decided they want to support the kinds of programs we've been doing," said Clyburn.
And for Orangeburg County, it's a vision that will soon become a reality and possible a paycheck for thousands.