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Trane to expand Northeast Columbia plant, add 700 jobs

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Trane, a provider of indoor comfort systems, announced today plans to invest $96 million and expand its Northeast Columbia manufacturing location by 680,000 square feet. The project is expected to create 700 jobs over the next three years, more than doubling the plant’s current Midlands workforce of 600 people, according to a press release.

Located at 400 Killian Road, Trane’s existing Richland County facility makes components and units for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Hiring for the new positions should begin in 2018 as construction nears completion, the company said.

“We are pleased to extend our commitment to Columbia, S.C., with a sizeable expansion of our HVAC plant,” said Dave Regnery, president of commercial HVAC North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We thank the state of South Carolina, as well as Richland County, for their partnerships and will provide more details as we progress with the expansion.”

Hiring for the new positions should begin in 2018 as construction nears completion, the release added.

Trane HVAC systems serve commercial, residential and industrial markets. The company also provides advanced building controls and parts support.

“We’re delighted with Trane’s decision to expand their operations here in Richland County,” said Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson. “When a widely respected company like Trane invests $96 million and creates 700 new job opportunities, it speaks volumes about the business environment we enjoy here.”

Gov. Henry McMaster said Trane’s announcement reflected the quality of South Carolina’s workforce the state’s efforts to recruit new business and help existing firms expand.

“Our workforce has shown that it’s the best in the world, and announcements like this one continue to boost South Carolina’s reputation on the global stage as a state that can get any job done,” McMaster said. “We’ve worked hard to create a pro-business environment, and our efforts continue to pay off.”

Added S.C. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt: “South Carolina’s advanced manufacturing industry has put our state on the map, and this latest expansion by an industry leader like Trane is a testament to our success.”

Trane is a brand of Dublin, Ireland-based Ingersoll Rand, which reported $13.5 billion in sales in 2016.

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September 08, 2017

I'm just wondering if opening this plant, where labor is going to be cheaper, is a means to an end to the plant based in Lexington, Ky. My husband has invested 11 years of his life to this company there. And so has countless others in the Lexington, Ky plant.