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      Accent Stainless Steel brings headquarters to Horry County

      Accent Stainless Steel, a Canadian company that makes craft and micro-brewing systems, plans to expand into the U.S. with a new headquarters in Horry County, Governor Nikki Haley announced Wednesday.

      The $3.1 million investment is expected to create 65 jobs.

      The high-skilled manufacturing jobs average $22 per hour, according to a news release from the governor's office.

      The company will work with a real estate developer to construct and lease a new 50,000-square-foot facility in Horry County with plans to be open and operational by the end of 2014, Haley said.

      "As the micro-brewing industry continues to rapidly grow in North America, the company's president and technical director, Brad McQuhae, saw this expansion as an opportunity to locate Accent Stainless Steel's American headquarters and U.S. production closer to some of their biggest clients in that industry," the release said. "The expansion to the U.S. East Coast will generate significant logistics savings for the company and will allow additional business opportunities in the region."

      "Accent Stainless Steel's history with South Carolina dates back around 20 years, when the company partnered with Palmetto Brewing Company in Charleston, S.C. to build the first brewery in the state since Prohibition.

      Additional factors that contributed to the company's decision to expand to the Southeast include access to a quality workforce and available training opportunities through Horry-Georgetown Technical College's newly implemented welding program.

      The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project."