- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A manufacturer and distributor of industrial packaging is expanding and revamping a warehouse in Lexington County and plans to add up to 130 new jobs.

South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said Wednesday the firm Signode is making a $15 million investment to produce a new product line at the site in Chapin.

Signode makes steel and plastic strapping, which is used to secure products such as cotton bales, newspapers, steel coils and corrugated cartons. The firm is part of the international firm Premark Packaging LLC.

The Commerce Department said in its release the firm will begin hiring for positions with specific technical skills and expects to fill about 63 full-time jobs in its first phase of employment.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at www.sctechjobs.com .

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