North Carolina Construction News staff writer
Latitude Corp., a contract manufacturer of precision metal manufacturing solutions, will build a $29-million facility in Clarendon County, S.C.
Since opening as a machine shop in Wisconsin in 1990, the company has expanded into metal fabrication, welding and powder coating services working with industries including agriculture, aerospace and defense, commercial appliances, government, healthcare, and is targeting growth in electric vehicles, energy and construction.
“We are pleased to be partnering with South Carolina and Clarendon County and look forward to joining the Manning community,” said president Tom Verbos. “Our new facility will allow us to better serve customers regionally and continue the growth story of Latitude Corp. The South Carolina team was very supportive through the due diligence process and Santee Electric, having constructed a spec building suitable to our needs, helped us to narrow down our facility choice.”
A 50,000-sa. ft. building in Manning will be used to manufacture large metal components. Renovations are expected to be completed by June, 2024.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $400,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Clarendon County to assist with the costs of building improvements.
“On behalf of Clarendon County Council, we would like to welcome Latitude Corp. to our growing list of successful companies that call Clarendon County home. To be part of the largest single jobs announcement in the history of the county is truly extraordinary. Welcome to Clarendon County, and we wish you many years of success,” said Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight L. Steward Jr.