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Kershaw County receives infrastructure improvement grant from Fairfield Electric Cooperative

January 6, 2016

Media Contact: Lauren Reeder
Kershaw County Economic Development

Kershaw County, SC – Fairfield Electric Cooperative recently awarded a $278,000 Rural Development Act (RDA) grant to Kershaw County for infrastructure improvements to Heritage Pointe Industrial Park and Wateree Executive Business Park. The grant will be used to further develop the industrial parks currently served by the Cooperative.


The Cooperatives, through The South Carolina Rural Development Act of 1996, are allowed to provide funds for infrastructure improvements at industrial parks. Allowable expenditures include water, sewer, and roadway improvements as well as land acquisition and shell building construction.


Fairfield Electric serves more than 27,000 customers in Fairfield, Kershaw, Richland, Chester, and York Counties and is 1 of 20 cooperatives in South Carolina. Together these cooperatives serve more than 750,000 customers in all 46 counties of the state.



“We are pleased to provide the RDA grant money to help with economic development in Kershaw County. Fairfield Electric and Kershaw County have a long standing partnership of bringing jobs to the area and this grant will help to foster more jobs for Kershaw County.”

- Bill Hart, Fairfield Electric CEO


“Fairfield Electric’s grant is an investment in the long term success of Kershaw County and we are pleased to have them as an economic development ally. Their generosity and continued support will help power us to a sustainable future for our great community.”

- Julian Burns, Kershaw County Council Chairman


“Kershaw County is thankful for Fairfield Electric Cooperative’s support as we move forward to making necessary improvements to our current industrial product. Their support allows us to remain competitive in economic development as we seek to attract new business to our community.”

- Peggy McLean, Kershaw County Economic Development Director



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"When Suominen was choosing where to locate in 2011, there were three sites we were looking at and one factor was the cost of doing business and the business-friendly environment in Kershaw County. The Kershaw County Economic Development Office went out of their way to work with our management team working as an intermediary with the state; providing a fast turnaround and a clear desire to want us to come their community. In 2015, Suominen expanded our Kershaw County operation by adding 25 new jobs and $55.5 million in capital investment. "
-- Darryl Fournier, Plant Manager for Suominen Nonwovens