BB&T. Verizon Wireless. MP Husky. QuickTrip. The Restaurant Depot. Keller Williams. The Millport at Butler. The Federal Government.
What do these eight businesses and organizations have in common? They all have been, and will continue to be, a major part of Mauldin’s economic development, which has recently generated some national headlines.
In April of this year, The Palmetto Promise Institute—a non-profit research organization based in South Carolina—ranked South Carolina cities that ensure business success and protect the entrepreneurial spirit. Mauldin’s score was the second highest in South Carolina, behind Bluffton. It ranked ahead of the neighboring cities of Greer (#3), Simpsonville (#4), Fountain Inn (#5) and Greenville (#6). That’s an impressive performance by the “cities South of I-85.”
Here’s a summary of Mauldin’s recent economic development success stories:
Winston-Salem, NC-based BB&T, is building a new mortgage services center in Millport at East Butler and I-385. According to the S.C. Department of Commerce, BB&T will invest $30 million for a 140,000-square-foot facility that will house more than 600 employees who will work primarily in administrative, back office and support functions.
Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest provider of telecommunications products and services, is investing $3.5 million to expand its existing operations. Located at 700 Brookfield Parkway, the facility is expected to create 260 jobs.
The manufacturer of cable trays and cable bus systems plans to build a 150,000-square-foot facility at 1400 Old Stage Road in Mauldin and create 50 jobs. This location will feature custom metal fabrication operations, including welding, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery and more. It will also house a wide range of other operations, such as engineering, design and in-house lab testing.
QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has opened two Mauldin-area locations over the past fours years:
- 304 W Butler Rd at Ashmore Bridge Rd
Opened in 2013
- 1015 E Butler Rd near I-385
Opened in 2016
QuikTrip has more than700 stores in 11 state, and has more than 19,700 employees. Fortune Magazine has ranked QuikTrip on its list of Best Companies To Work For since 2003. The gas station/convenient store company gives back to the communities it serves by donating 5% of net profits to local charitable organizations.
The Restaurant Depot
Headquartered in New York, Restaurant Depot made a $5.3 million investment in Mauldin, creating 60 new jobs, with more expected. It supplies food service related products to independent food businesses. The 56,000-square foot facility is located on six acres less than a half-mile from the Butler Road exit off Interstate 385. Restaurant Depot has 121 stores in 33 states. The Mauldin store is its first in South Carolina.
Keller Williams Realty
The Greenville Central Partners office of Keller Williams is building a two-story office complex on land adjacent to (in front of) their current rented facility on E. Butler Road, near I-385. Located within a few hundred yards of the new Restaurant Depot and QuikTrip facilities, completion is expected by the fall of 2017.
Millport at Butler
This is a 42-acre mixed-use development located just off Interstate 385’s Butler Road exit, with Shaw Resources as the property owner. The first tenants started moving in during 2006, when the local economy was weakest, so it has experienced a significant turnover of banks, restaurants, fitness clubs and other businesses. Nonetheless, it is still an area of high interest due to the great location along Butler Road near I-385.
The Federal Government
A new 18,000 square feet Social Security Priority Processing Center for the Federal Government is about to break ground. It will be located on North Main Street.
Van Broad, Mauldin’s Economic Development Director for the past 16 months, said one of the keys to the city’s economic development successes is collaboration, inside city government and out. Formerly the Economic Development Director for Fountain Inn, Broad said it’s been refreshing to see the sense of teamwork and enthusiasm extend throughout all departments within the city, as well as City Council.
“We had and have investors saying that there is a lot of buzz about the city of Mauldin,” stated Broad, adding, “It’s an exciting time to be working in economic development for Mauldin.” Broad continued, “It would be mind blowing to graph it, but Mauldin is on target to realize a half a billion dollars in development over the next two years. One project alone will be for a half billion dollars over a 20 year period.”