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BID, Comact USA, Expands to South Carolina

Comact, a subsidiary of the BID Group of Companies, announced today that it will be establishing a new Comact USA manufacturing facility in South Carolina. The strategic location places Comact USA in the heart of one of the world’s busiest forestry areas. Ultimately, the new location will drastically decrease time-to-market and related costs, as compared to products that would otherwise be shipped from one of BID/Comact’s Canadian locations.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our Comact team into the Southeast USA,” said Brian Fehr of the BID Group. “We are already filling orders now and we are excited to hit the ground running with this expansion.”

The new manufacturing branch will be located in St. George, South Carolina – approximately 40 miles (65km) northwest of Charleston. Initially, workers at the new facility will build handling equipment for the forest sector. With over 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space, BID Group is slated to invest over $3 million for property purchase, building improvements and capital equipment.

“International companies have come to recognize South Carolina as the right place to do business, and today’s announcement by the BID Group is another indication of that fact. We know what businesses from around the globe need in order to do well. We celebrate The BID Group’s decision to invest $3 million and create 40 new jobs here in Dorchester County,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“South Carolina continues see its manufacturing and agribusiness sectors grow and create jobs. The BID Group’s investment builds on our state’s success in those sectors and strengthens our Canadian economic ties. Every one of the new jobs The BID Group creates will have an impact in Dorchester County and beyond,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

About Comact
With over 50 years of experience, Comact has established itself as a leader in a variety of equipment manufacturing, optimization and engineering solutions for the forest industry. Comact services include automated controls and optimization, engineering, fabrication and field crews. In April 2013, Comact was acquired by and became a subsidiary of The BID Group of Companies, based in BC.

About South Carolina Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, Heinz, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com

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