Wellman Plastics and Recycling looking to add 50 jobs

Wellman Plastics and Recycling of Johnsonville has intentions to expand and create 50 new jobs, according to Florence County Administrator Rusty Smith.

The investment is about $5.5 million dollars.

Florence County Council approved a resolution to submit an application to the State Department of Commerce Coordinating Council for a $500,000 economic development grant for wastewater treatment upgrades for the expansion.

Commerce officials will make the final decision regarding the grant.

Smith says the expansion is not a done deal yet, but he's hopeful it will happen.

"This is a great thing for the county. Wonderful they're coming forward to do this. The potnetial for new jobs. Outstanding asset for the entire county," Smith said.

The company is expecting the expansion to be finished by the end of year with hiring starting around that time.

In 2006, Wellman closed its fiber and bottling recycling divisions at the Johnsonville site.

A private investor reopened the company in 2009.

They immediately hired 100 people and have continued to create more jobs.

County leaders say Wellman is now one of its largest employers with more than 465 workers at the plant.