More new jobs coming from Ithaca Gun Co. expansion in Horry County
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:10:17 GMT —
The day after an Ohio gun maker announced it will bring 120 jobs to Horry County, NewsChannel 15 has learned another branch of the same company will create even more jobs here.
The owner of Ithaca Gun Company, David Dlubak, is also the CEO of a major glass recycling company. Horry County officials say part of Ithaca's gun plant to be built near Aynor, will become a recycling facility.
The recycling company turns discarded glass, much of it e-waste from old TV sets and computer monitors, into useful products.
"They have major contracts with automobile industry for glass recycling. They are the largest glass recycler in North America. (Dlubak) has been wildly successful with building that company," said Brad Lofton, president of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Lofton says he doesn't know how many additional jobs will be created, but County Council chairman Mark Lazarus has confirmed a portion of the Ithaca Gun Company plant, to be built at the Cool Springs Business Park, will be devoted to glass recycling.
The Ithaca announcement comes after another gun maker, PTR Industries, announced plans earlier this year to move to Horry County.
Lofton says there seems to be a mass exodus of firearms makers from the Northeast and economic development officials around the country have been busy courting them.
"We take a lot of pride in the fact that our team's been successful with not just talking to these companies but now locating our second one, and so, between those two alone you're looking at nearly 300 new jobs."
Lofton says by mid-2014, shotguns carrying the Ithaca brand could be rolling out of the 20,000 square-foot Cool Springs plant.
The owner of the 707 Gun Shop near Socastee says both Ithaca and PTR make quality products. He says Northeastern states made a big mistake in passing restrictive gun control laws that have turned manufacturers away.
"They should have really thought about what they were getting ready to do when they started alienating people who have been there for 200 years," said store owner Robert Battista.
Ithaca will make a $6.7 million capital investment in Horry County, pledging to create 120 jobs over five years, not including the additional recycling jobs.
The incentive deal includes free land from the county, an economic development grant and a tax break.
A third gun maker, Stag Arms of New Britain, Connecticut, is still considering a move to Horry County. NewsChannel 15's attempts to contact the company's CEO were unsuccessful.