Samsung Press Release
Investment will accelerate delivery of innovative, premium home appliances to better meet U.S. consumer demand
Newberry County facility will create 954 local jobs and support advanced R&D and production of premium home appliance products
Ridgefield Park, NJ – June 28, 2017 -Samsung reached an agreement with the State of South Carolina to open a state-of-the-art home appliance manufacturing plant in Newberry County. The $380M facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, industry-leading home appliances and will generate 954 local jobs by 2020. This is the latest in a series of investments expanding Samsung’s U.S. holdings and operations.
“We aspire to be the global leader in premium home appliances,” said Samsung Electronics CEO B.K. Yoon. “This new investment will enable Samsung to increase the speed with which we can deliver premium home appliances that reflect the regional preferences of our fastest growing and most important consumer market.”
Samsung began contemplating an expansion of its U.S. production base nearly three years ago and initiated discussions with South Carolina in the fall of 2016. The company ultimately selected the Newberry County site for its high-skilled workforce, robust supply chain and transportation infrastructure and commitment to public-private partnerships.
“The fact that one of the world’s largest and most respected technology companies is choosing to invest in South Carolina speaks volumes about the innovation and excellence our talented workforce is capable of,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. “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.”
In this photograph provided by Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Electronics America President & CEO Tim Baxter (standing left), Samsung Electronics President & CEO of Consumer Electronics Boo-Keun Yoon (standing second from left), U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (standing third from left), South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (standing third from right), Senator Lindsey Graham (standing second from right) and Korean Vice Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy Inho Lee (standing right), announce plans to open a Samsung manufacturing facility in Newberry, S.C., Wednesday June 28th, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The plant is slated to bring 954 jobs to the region by 2020.
“Samsung’s investment is great news for South Carolina and the United States, and it is a direct reflection of the fact that America is becoming an even stronger destination for global businesses looking to grow,” said United States Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “I congratulate Samsung on its expansion in the United States and wish the company success as it starts up its new facility in South Carolina.”
When fully operational, the plant will employ workers across a broad range of advanced manufacturing roles, including craftsmen, operators, engineers and other both technical and non-technical positions.
“As a global leader in technology, Samsung could have gone anywhere to locate its new facility, but chose to invest in South Carolina because it’s a great place to do business,” said Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina. “Samsung’s new plant will inject millions of dollars into Newberry and serve as a catalyst for further investment across the Palmetto State. I’m excited we are strengthening South Carolina’s collaboration and partnership with Samsung. It will pay dividends for both in the years to come.”
The facility will produce premium home appliances including washing machines from early next year. Samsung already operates a call center in Greenville, South Carolina, that supports 800 full time and contracted jobs.
In this photograph provided by Samsung Electronics America, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (standing left), Senator Lindsey Graham (standing left center), Korean Vice Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy Inho Lee (standing right center), Samsung Electronics America President & CEO Tim Baxter (standing right), Samsung Electronics President & CEO of Consumer Electronics Boo-Keun Yoon (seated left) and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (seated right) announce plans to open a Samsung manufacturing facility in Newberry, S.C., Wednesday June 28th, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The plant is slated to bring 954 jobs to the region by 2020.
“For nearly forty years, Samsung has steadily expanded our operations in the United States – creating thousands of jobs and investing billions of dollars in cutting edge manufacturing facilities, research and development,” said Samsung Electronics America President & CEO Tim Baxter. “With this investment, Samsung is reaffirming its commitment to expanding its U.S. operations and deepening our connection to the American consumers, engineers and innovators who are driving global trends in consumer electronics.”
Today’s announcement from Samsung comes on the heels of a series of recent investments in the U.S. totaling over $10 billion. Over the past 18 months, Samsung has:
- Acquired Connecticut-based HARMAN International for $8 billion, Samsung’s largest acquisition to date that positions the company to be a leader in the connected car market
- Committed $1.2 billion to U.S.-based Internet of Things R&D and investments over the next four years
- Committed $1 billion to expanding the Samsung Austin Semiconductor facility, established in 1996 and one of the largest foreign direct investments in the U.S. and the largest ever in Texas
- Acquired Dacor, adding the luxury home appliance company’s Los Angeles headquarters and 240 employees to Samsung’s operations
“Innovation is part of our DNA at Samsung and few markets have been more crucial to our company’s growth strategy than the U.S.,” said Byungsam Suh, Executive Vice President, Head of Digital Appliance Business, Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to put even more U.S. engineering power behind our products and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the people of South Carolina.”
FAQ’s about our South Carolina Home Appliance Facility
How much is Samsung investing in this facility?
Our initial investment in this facility will be $380 million, with plans to grow from there.
Why is Samsung making this investment?
Home appliance preferences vary greatly by region and this facility will allow us to more quickly and efficiently adapt to the high demands and regional needs of our largest, fastest growing home appliance market. Placing our engineers, R&D and manufacturing operations closer to U.S. consumers will help us do an even better job of developing and delivering innovative products.
How many people will the plant employ and what kinds of roles will they fill?
The plant will generate 954 direct jobs, including advanced manufacturing positions for craftsmen, operators, engineers and employees in other technical and non-technical roles. Similar to our semiconductor facility in Austin, Texas we plan to hire locally and invest in the community in a variety of ways. This includes a focus on using local vendors when possible, which we expect will support indirect jobs beyond those being directly created in our facility.
What will the plant produce?
The facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular and industry-leading home appliances, including washing machines. Ultimately, we envision it serving as the U.S. hub for home appliance manufacturing across the business unit.
Where will those products be sold?
Products made in our South Carolina facility will primarily be sold to consumers in the U.S., which is our fastest growing home appliance market.
When will the facility be operational?
Construction on our South Carolina facility will begin as soon as possible. In order to minimize our environmental footprint, we decided to refurbish a vacated facility rather than build an entirely new one. This will also accelerate the production timeline at the plant. We expect to begin manufacturing later this year in response to growing U.S. demand.
Why did Samsung choose to locate this plant in Newberry County, South Carolina?
First and foremost, South Carolina is home to a highly-skilled workforce that is well suited to drive our growth. Second, the state has a strong track record of successfully attracting and retaining other global businesses. Third, we have confidence in the strong local government leadership. And finally, we were impressed with the state’s excellent highway infrastructure and port facilities, which we view as major logistical and supply chain advantages.