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Manufacturer bringing hundreds of jobs to Chester County

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CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

JN Fibers Inc., a manufacturer of recycled polyester staple fiber products, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Chester County.

The $45 million investment is expected to generate 318 new jobs, according to a news release from the SC Governor's Office.

Good news for a county with an unemployment rate above 11%

"We've been on a steady diet of unemployment here in Chester County and maybe this is our chance to move up," said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

Headquartered in Zhejiang, China, JN Fibers Inc. will establish its new production facility in an existing building at 1247 Frederick Drive in Richburg.

The new plant will recycle discarded soda and water bottles and transform them into recycled polyester staple fibers for use in home textiles, furniture, upholstery and automotive industries, according to the release.

Winthrop University economics professor Laura Ullrich says it's these types of jobs that left the state during the recession… crippling rural areas.

"If you have a manufacturing plant that produces something that takes some level of skill, but would be considered a low level skill employment, you might put it in a rural county because you know there are going to be a lot of people there that need a job," said Ullrich.

As for Roddey, who says more businesses are looking to move into Chester County, he hopes this news will help bring even more jobs to the area.

"I think this is going to be the catalyst for more industries looking in Chester County. They'll say 'let's take a look at this down here.' We have a lot looking right now," said Roddey.

The company plans to upfit the existing building as well as add building space on the facility's campus, for a total of 600,000 square feet. The JN Fibers plant is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2014 and hiring for the new positions in the second quarter of 2014.

JN Fibers Inc. will operate the factory and market their products under their subsidiary Sun Fibers LLC.

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