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      Aqua City expected to create 50 jobs in Marion County

      Aqua City Inc. announced Thursday it plans to open a new production facility in Marion County. The $1.5 million investment is expected to generate 50 jobs.

      Aqua City makes water filtration products and produces bottled water.

      "We're excited about the opportunity to begin our new operations in Marion County. This new facility is a big step for our company, and will help us better serve our customers. South Carolina offers us an excellent business environment with a dedicated and skilled workforce. We are overwhelmed by the support and kindness we've received from state and local officials and businesses," said Robert Potts, president of Aqua City Inc., said in a press release.

      Aqua City will put its new bottled water plant in an existing building in Mullins, at 310 South Cypress Street. Initially, Aqua City will produce 500 milliliter and one liter bottles of water, deliver five-gallon bottles to homes and businesses, and offer private labeling for businesses.

      "Today's announcement is another win for one of our state's rural areas. We celebrate Aqua City's decision to invest $1.5 million and create 50 new jobs in Mullins. South Carolina is becoming the 'it' state for business, and more and more companies like Aqua City are seeing the benefits of putting down roots here," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

      Aqua City also produces water purification products. It will eventually relocate that division to its Mullins facility.

      "On behalf of Marion County Council, I would like to welcome Aqua City Bottling to Mullins and Marion County. We are excited that they selected a site in the City of Mullins for their new location," said Marion County Council Chairwoman Elista Smith. "Small businesses like Aqua City and the 50 new jobs they will bring to Marion County are essential to our continued growth and development."

      "Aqua City Inc. found our city and workforce suitable for establishing a business that has an opportunity to grow and perhaps energize our citizens and other businesses that may be looking in our direction. It is a step in the right direction and another significant announcement for our area. I truly feel that our county is poised for growth and expansion at this particular time, and with forward thinking leaders and interested citizens we can all witness a major shift in our economic future," said Mullins Mayor William L. "Bo" McMillan.

      The company plans to start hiring by early July, and will advertise for the positions through local media at that time.

      For more information about Aqua City, visit the company's website at www.aquacity.com.