By Abby Gibbs
You may read the news about a groundbreaking for MP Husky in Mauldin. However, you may not think about the impact this groundbreaking has for not only our city, but also for the lives of the people who are employed.
The official breaking of ground ceremony was held Friday, August 25, 2017. The occasion was attended by officials from the City of Mauldin, including Mayor Dennis Raines, Trey Eubanks, City Administrator Taft Matney of Mauldin City Council, Van Broad Mauldin Community Development Director, Pat Pomeroy Director of the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce, and other staff from the city. There was truly a reason to celebrate and officially welcome this new business to Mauldin.
As the tents were raised and the special cake with the logo of MP Husky on the cake was prepared for cutting; a loud noise was heard that sounded like big engines running. All the heavy equipment was shut down, so that could not be the engine noises. As the crowd looked around, they noticed the arrival of two chartered buses coming onto the grounds with passengers who were filled with excitement! The passengers? Why, they were the 105 people currently employed with MP Husky at their present location on Old Piedmont Highway in Greenville. The buses parked and the employees began to file out to participate in this life-changing moment for them and the MP Husky company in the City of Mauldin.
MP Husky manufactures metal cabling systems and will be expanding their manufacturing through the new facility. This will also mean the addition of approximately 50 jobs. Many of the jobs will require skills in metal fabrication coupled with other opportunities available in various areas of engineering. President Dusty Henry shared opening remarks. He reminded everyone in attendance of the goal to provide jobs in the Upstate. The company plans to expand and offer more jobs as they see this vision become reality. In fact, hiring has already begun.
The ceremony included welcoming remarks from Mayor Raines, and Mauldin City Councilman Taft Matney. Mayor Raines shared some facts that enhance the importance of the decision for expansion Mauldin. His comments included recognition of MP Husky as a leading cable tray and cable bus supplier in North America. Mayor Raines shared the company is being constructed on a S.C. Department of Commerce certified site. Councilman Matney, chairman of the Council Committee for Economic Development, joined the Mayor in welcoming the company expansion.
As the golden shovels dug into the red dirt for the property cameras from the phones of the employees were in position to capture the moment. Cheers and applause broke the silence as they saw the ground was officially broken.
The celebration continued as the employees and guests lined up to receive bottles of cold water and pieces of the cake decorated with the MP Husky logo. Conversations ranged from expectations of seeing the final construction of the new facility to when the grand opening could occur. Current employees are seeking opportunities to relocate to the Mauldin area are gathering information about schools, churches, and local activities for their families in Mauldin and currently becoming part of the Mauldin Community.
The anticipated completion date of the MP Husky Mauldin Facility will be early 2018.
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