Southwire to expand in Florence

Project will lead to 120 new jobs

Southwire is expanding its campus in Florence.

Southwire, which manufactures cable and wire, is expanding its Florence facility, a project that will increase production capacity by 30% and create about 120 jobs.

The Southwire Florence Plant was acquired from Essex in 2006 to produce commercial and residential building wire. The expansion will increase space from 300,000 square feet to 640,000 square feet.

It’s part of an overall expansion strategy for the company, based in Carrolton, Georgia.

“At Southwire, we’re making a multi-year investment of more than a billion dollars to integrate newer and better equipment, systems and technology into our operations to increase efficiency, enhance competitiveness and ensure the operational capability and capacity to support our strategic growth,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire president and CEO. “The Florence expansion is a testament to those efforts.”

The expansion project in Florence will include more operating space, new equipment and a renovation of the existing building to include locker rooms, training space and an outdoor picnic and activity area.

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“This investment will allow us to better service our customers safely and efficiently, and the Florence team and I are very excited about the expansion and what it means for the future,” said Brian Davis, plant manager. “This expansion speaks volumes about the dedication, hard work and commitment of our team members, and we look forward to the opportunities that this expansion will bring.”

Construction is expected to begin this quarter and be completed in 2025.

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