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Arms company set to expand in Ridgeland

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POSTED: July 11, 2011 1:04 p.m.

The small arms manufacturer based at the Interstate Centre in Black Creek has announced it will be expanding – but not in Bryan County.

Daniel Defense will open its second manufacturing facility in Ridgeland, S.C., a move being touted as a $5.3 million investment that will generate 100 new jobs in Jasper County.

Josh Fenn, executive director of the Development Authority of Bryan County that manages the Interstate Centre, said the authority isn’t thrilled with the news.

“We are very disappointed that Daniel has chosen to open this facility in South Carolina,” Fenn said. “We made them the best offer we could with the limited resources available to us.”

Still, Fenn said the authority is happy to have the company in North Bryan.

“We appreciate Daniel Defense’s continued re-investment into their Black Creek headquarter facility,” he said.

Daniel Defense Executive Vice President Cindy Daniel noted that state and local tax breaks and a move-in ready building were deciding factors in choosing the new location.

Read more in the July 9 edition of the News.



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