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New Industry Coming To Area

Colleton residents looking for a job can apply to work for a new industry coming to neighboring Bamberg County.
Rockland Industries is expanding its existing manufacturing operation in Bamberg with a $10 million addition that adds a third “fabric-coating range,” according to information released by SouthernCarolina Alliance. The alliance is a non-profit organization that focuses on economic development in several area counties, including Colleton County. The addition to Rockland Industries should be complete by the end of this year. It will also create a need for about 15 new jobs.
“We are pleased with our success here in Bamberg County, where we manufacture and ship drapery products to 140 countries around the world,” said company President Mark Berman. “This expansion will bring new jobs and more opportunity to those who want to join a growing company with room for career advancement.”
According to the SouthernCarolina Alliance, Rockland is the world’s largest producer of coated blackout window covering fabrics. This includes decorative blackout drapery fabrics and blackout drapery lining fabrics, all of which are used in hotels and motels around the world.
Rockland is currently employing about 170 people at their Bamberg location. This is prior to their hiring the anticipated 15 additional jobs for the company’s expansion.
The alliance has helped to recruit several large industries this year to the greater Lowcountry region. They have also focused on helping existing businesses to expand, including building their own new headquarters in rural Hampton County. They promote the region’s shovel-ready projects, explain the local work environment, and promote each county’s overall culture. To date this year, the organization has helped to recurit or expand nearly one dozen new projects in either Hampton, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg or Jasper counties. While Colleton County is also in the region that the alliance helps, only one industry has come to Colleton in the 2016 and 2017 years.
“Every job created by Rockland creates a brighter future for a family in our region,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips. “We congratulate the Rockland team on their success.”
Rockland invented coated blackout fabrics in the mid-1960’s specifically for use by the hospitality industry in hotels and motels. More recently these fabrics are being used in homes, as a solution to eliminating sun glare on home theater and computer screens and as studies have shown that sleeping in totally dark rooms promotes good health.
In addition to coated blackout fabrics, Rockland manufactures a wide variety of drapery lining fabrics primarily for home use and window roller shade fabrics and is the leading supplier in the U.S. of the muslin category of home sewing and craft fabrics. Consumers can buy Rockland products at Walmart, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, in their retail stores and on-line and at Amazon.com and Fabrics.com, as well as many other dot-coms.
Rockland Industries has immediate job openings.
To apply, job candidates should contact Karon Boatwright at: kboatwright@ROC-LON.com.
For more information on the alliance, go to their Web site at www.southercarolina.org.

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