AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - A company is making a $4.7 million investment to establish operations in Aiken County. That move will create more than forty jobs.

The company is called Accudraft. It manufactures finishing systems and paint booths for the automotive, aircraft, marine vessel and train and railcar industries. Soon, Accudraft will take over what used to be the Pepperidge Farm plant that closed back in 2013. The building is located in an industrial park at 10 Windham Boulevard, just off highway one near I-20.

But, it won’t be alone there. Accudraft will join several other companies already located in the park. Aiken City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh says he’s glad to see the company come to the area and bring new life to the former plant,

“We’ve made a lot of upgrades in the area as the owner of the industrial park, and we’ve upgraded our sewer capacity and installed some new lines. So again, we’re glad to provide that sort of foundation to make this building be repurposed for industrial use again after so many years,” said Bedenbaugh. 

Bedenbaugh attributes this addition to the already growing city,

"I think a lot of that is just due to the quality of the work force here, proximity to transportation primarily Interstate 20 and other major highways and certainly the economy. There's a lot of movement in the economy and we're a beneficiary of that."

Governor Henry McMaster is also looking forward to the development,

“Accudraft’s decision to establish operations in Aiken County is another great example of how companies recognize all South Carolina has to offer. We congratulate them on their new operations and look forward to watching them succeed for many years to come,” said Governor McMaster.

The company expects to be online in 2022. If you’re interested in a job there, Accudraft says send an email to [email protected]

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