Samsung in September previous year acquired California-based luxury home appliance brand Dacor and the Newberry plant would, in theory, make its second home appliance manufacturing base in the U.S. The last time the company directly produced home appliance from the U.S. was in 1991 when it had closed down a TV plant. The latest estimated cost for the plant will be $380 million dollars.
Samsung employs about 3,000 people in its Austin factory and has invested a total of US$17 billion since the plant began operating in 1998, according to the company.
When fully operational, the plant will employ workers across a range of advanced manufacturing roles, including craftsmen, engineers and other technical and non-technical positions. It expects to start building appliances like washing machines later this year.
Tech giant Samsung announced Wednesday, June 28, it will invest $380 million to bring a new manufacturing facility and 954 jobs to Newberry County.
Samsung and LG washers made outside the country are now under safeguard investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) upon compliant by U.S. washer maker Whirlpool that had lost its top position in the U.S. washing machine market to Samsung Electronics. "I'm thrilled to strengthen our state's partnership with Samsung and look forward to working with them to get this new facility up and running, and producing high-quality, made-in-South Carolina products".
Samsung said the company's reasons for choosing SC included its trained workforce, the state's long record of recruiting and retaining other global companies, and access to the Charleston port. The commerce department of the southern USA state said it approved job development credits for the project by the South Korean technology giant. The facility is expected to accelerate Samsung's delivery of its products to American consumers. It has been considering manufacturing base in the US since three years ago and reviewed multiple sites.
Samsung's decision "is one that will change the very fabric of the Newberry community", McMaster said.
The Korean company already operates a call center that supports 800 jobs in Greenville, South Carolina. President Donald Trump caught wind of Samsung's deliberations in February, thanking the company and asserting that the US would "love to have you".
Henry Livingston III, chairman of Newberry County Council, said the facility "writes a whole new chapter" for the area's history as a manufacturing hub. Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority, called the manufacturer's decision "very significant to the port", adding it "reflects our ability to meet the global supply chain needs of major worldwide manufacturers". Samsung accounted for 18.7 percent washer sales in the U.S.in 2016.