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The NESA region is open for business

From taxation and facility costs to wages and salaries, doing business in the nine-county North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) Region is cost-effective, but that’s not the only reason new and existing companies are choosing to locate and grow in the area.The region's temperate climate and diverse topography are other factors making it an easy place to live.

The spirit of community is also a draw. Open communication between business leaders and elected officials makes the region ripe for corporate growth, and partnerships between universities and colleges and local industries keep the workforce highly trained.But one of the region's biggest attractions is its logistical advantage.Interstates 95 and 20 traverse the region, along with the proposed I-73. 

Companies have access to both Class 1 CSX rail and bulk and break-bulk cargo transport through the Port of Georgetown.$20 Million in InvestmentIn 2012, 16 businesses announced nearly $200 million in investments for new builds and expansions. Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls opened its long-awaited battery recycling facility in September in Florence. 

The company’s $150 million capital investment, which will allow its current 200 employees to ramp up production of recycling 132,000 metric tons of automotive batteries per year, is estimated to create 250 new jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs. German manufacturer BauschLinnemann North America invested more than $8 million to construct a new production facility in Myrtle Beach. The company, which produces surfaces and edge bandings for furniture makers, established its North American headquarters in Horry County. 

The region is also the global headquarters of packaging solutions company Sonoco, which is located in Hartsville and was recently recognized as South Carolina's largest corporation in terms of sales.Manufacturing is just one of the region’s top industries; others include agribusiness and food processing, customer service and call centers, and logistics. Aerospace and aviation is also taking off in the region.

AvCraft Technical Services, a leading supplier of MRO services to regional, corporate and luxury aircraft, recently expanded its Myrtle Beach facility investing $1 million and creating 150 jobs, while the 450-acre International Technology & Aerospace Park in Myrtle Beach opened in the Fall of 2013.