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MARION, S.C. – Marion County Progress Inc. celebrated the year during its Economic Outlook Dinner at the Academy for Careers & Technology Thursday.

Marion County Economic Development Director Julie Norman shared highlights on the past year which included record low unemployment.

“I everyone that attended to know that we have accomplished some great things in Marion County in the past year,” Norman said. “We have more good news to share in 2020. Things are looking up and we’ve come a long way and we got a lot to be proud of.”

Norman said she was happy to see the crowd and called them part of the team.

“Things were quite different in Marion County in 2019,” Norman said. “We had a banner year. We have five announcements. The most of the any county in the nine counties in the NESA (North Eastern Strategic Alliance) region. Thirty-six percent of the new companies that located to this region, located in Marion County.”

Those announcements include Maxwood Furniture Inc., Tie & Timber Technologies LLC., MobileFleet Inc., Sopakco’s $12.5 million expansion, Cardinal Solar LLC. and just recently Pee Dee Extractors.

Norman said it’s important to have more available sites. A sale is pending for the new 100,000-square-foot speculative building at the Marion County Industrial Park.

“We need more buildings and three of our…



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