500 Jobs Headed to Fairfield County

10:00 PM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
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Winnsboro, SC (WLTX) Thursday, there was some happy faces in Winnsboro after Fairfield County leaders announced that Element Electronics will be bringing about 500 jobs to their area.

"It's going to be a good thing for Fairfield County," said Mary Evans.

In a county with an unemployment rate of 8.9%, hearing that Element Electronics is bringing 500 jobs quickly spread throughout the town of Winnsboro.

"That sounds like a great number."

News of the new jobs was especially pleasing for Evans. She knows all too well the impacts of manufacturing companies leaving the county.

Her husband worked for in the Perry Ellis building for 20 years, the new home for Element Electronics.

"It was really hard to see a lot of people who lived here and worked here lose their job."

Five years ago the plant closed and more than 120 people lost their job.

With Element Electronics coming to town, workers will be making flat screen televisions that are sold in Wal-Mart and other stores. They hope to fill 200 of those jobs in their first year.

"That is a substantial amount of employment opportunities for a county this size with 24,000 people so it is a huge opportunity for us," said Councilman Dwayne Perry.

"It's hard to find work; no one is really hiring right now," said Philana Evans.

She graduated from high school in May and has been looking for a job ever since.

"Some places in Winnsboro, some places in Blythewood and in Columbia."

And now after hearing about the new jobs coming to the county she says she will be first in line to apply.

Her mother says this is a sign that Fairfield County is moving in the right direction.

"I think we are going to have some qualified people who are really ready to go to work and ready to put an effort forward to do the job," said Evans.

The company hopes to move into the building in October. However, the building is still owned by Perry Ellis. There is no word when the property will officially be sold.

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