COLUMBIA, S.C. — March 1, 2021 — King Machine, a tire mold manufacturer, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County. The more than $2.6 million investment will create 30 new jobs.
Founded in 1951, King Machine manufactures tire molds and tire components for the original equipment and replacement markets. The company also provides mold services, warehousing, repair and refurbishment as well as consultative technical services to support tire operations.
Located in the Black River Industrial Park in Sumter, King Machine’s expansion includes a custom-finished, 50,000-square-foot facility that will increase the company’s operating capacity.
The expansion is expected to be completed by 2024. Individuals interested in joining the King Machine team should visit the company’s careers webpage https://www.kingmachinemolds.com/employment/
“King Machine is excited to continue growing in Sumter, S.C.,” said King Machine CEO Mike Wells. “The support received from the Sumter community and Continental Tire, along with the support and expertise provided by Thompson Turner Construction has solidified our decision to continue investing and creating jobs in Sumter, S.C.”
“South Carolina is a global leader in the tire industry, and it’s great to see that trend continue with this expansion by King Machine,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “These new jobs will make a positive impact within the Sumter community, and we look forward to seeing them grow and succeed in our state.”
“We’re always excited to see an existing company grow its presence in our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Congratulations to King Machine on this latest expansion and the creation of 30 new jobs in Sumter County.”
“The expansion of King Machine in Sumter County speaks volumes not only about the growth trajectory of the company, but also the support and leadership that we have here,” added Sumter County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. “Our goal is to surround businesses with valued stakeholders and a qualified workforce as a foundation for operational excellence.”
“We are quite pleased to learn of the growth and expansion of King Machine in Sumter and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship,” said Sumter Mayor David Merchant. “The jobs and investment that accompany this expansion further cement Sumter as a great place to live, work and do business.”
“This region is positioned for greatness as evidenced by the recent announcement of the expansion of King Machine in Sumter,” TheLINK Economic Development Alliance Chairman Gordon Eckley. “We work diligently to provide industries the necessary backing to realize our fullest potential and their ultimate success.”
Posted March 2, 2021
Source: South Carolina Office of the Governor