Newberry County, SC (WLTX) - Samsung, one of the world’s leading technology companies, will open a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newberry County, the company announced Wednesday.

State and company officials said Wednesday that the $380 million facility, which will be located in the former Caterpillar plant in Newberry, will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, industry-leading appliances and will generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years.

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“We aspire to be the global leader in premium home appliances,” said Samsung Electronics CEO B.K. Yoon. “This new investment will enable Samsung to increase the speed with which we can deliver premium home appliances that reflect the regional preferences of our fastest growing and most important consumer market.”

Production is expected to start early next year. When fully operational, the plant will employ workers across a broad range of advanced manufacturing roles, including craftsmen, operators, engineers and other technical and non-technical positions.

“It’s incredibly exciting that a company of the size and caliber of Samsung would choose our community for such a large and important manufacturing project," said Newberry County Council Chairman Henry H. Livingston III. "We have a long manufacturing history here in Newberry County, and this writes a whole new chapter. We are honored and proud to have won this project, and we pledge to do whatever we can to make Samsung-Newberry a tremendous success.”

Many in the community came out for the announcement.

"I know a lot of people looking for jobs. I'm going to be glad to announce this and put it in my newsletter," Jackie Brown said.

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Samsung says it began contemplating an expansion of its U.S. production base nearly three years ago and initiated discussions with South Carolina in the fall of 2016. The company ultimately selected the Newberry County site for its high-skilled workforce, robust supply chain and transportation infrastructure and commitment to public-private partnerships.

“As a global leader in technology, Samsung could have gone anywhere to locate its new facility, but chose to invest in South Carolina because it’s a great place to do business,” said Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina. “Samsung’s new plant will inject millions of dollars into Newberry and serve as a catalyst for further investment across the Palmetto State. It will pay dividends for both in the years to come.”

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