Optimized Armor, Inc. will invest $3.7 million to establish operations in Rock Hill, SC. The armor steel supplier will create 100 new jobs in York County.
“Optimized Armor, Inc. is delighted to be opening our first U.S. operation in Rock Hill, South Carolina,” said Optimized Armor, Inc. Director Simon Hurst. “We have experienced tremendous growth across the globe and look forward to continuing to serve our U.S.-based customers out of our new facility. The city of Rock Hill, York County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce are key partners in making this next level of growth a reality. The willingness to support Optimized Armor, Inc. helps ensure a bright future for those that will work with us here and the surrounding community. Optimized Armor, Inc. is looking forward to making Rock Hill, South Carolina our new U.S. home!”
Founded in 2019, Optimized Armor, Inc. provides armored steel to a variety of industries, including defense and security, off-highway equipment manufacturers and transportation vehicle manufacturers. The company is recognized as a leader in the U.S. market for complex bending of specialized, ultra-high-hard armored steel. Optimized Armor’s York County operations will specialize in high-quality components and fabrications manufactured from high-grade materials.
“The 100 new jobs that Optimized Armor, Inc. is bringing to York County will change the lives of South Carolinians, and for that, we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We wish this company all the best on their new endeavors, and I look forward to watching them succeed for years to come.”
The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $150,000 Set-Aside grant to York County to assist with costs related to the project.
“It’s no secret that South Carolina has a reputation of being a key contributor to the manufacturing sector,” said South Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. “We’re proud that companies like Optimized Armor, Inc. are recognizing this and are deciding to invest in our state.”
“Today’s announcement by Optimized Armor, Inc. is exciting, as they not only provide quality new jobs for our area, but also add to the impressive number of metal fabrication and engineering companies in York County,” said York County Council Chairman Michael Johnson. “We are proud they chose to establish their new manufacturing operations here and we look forward to watching them grow and succeed.”
“After such a banner year in 2019, this announcement of Optimized Armor Inc.’s investment in our future and creation of 100 jobs is a great kickoff to 2020!” said City of Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys. “Not only is it a promising start for the year ahead, but an affirmation of the work accomplished to date. The people of Rock Hill look forward to welcoming Optimized Armor, and to the prospect of good, sustainable jobs in the defense and security industry available in the coming months.”
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