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South Carolina Lacks ‘Megasites’

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Greenville firm played key role in TVA effort to lure automaker

July 16, 2008

By Rudolph Bell – Greenville News

South Carolina has not developed an extensive list of industrial sites certified by experts as ready for an auto plant such as the one created in Tennessee as part of a successful effort to recruit a Volkswagen factory to Chattanooga.

But South Carolina officials are working to identify and prepare more so-called “megasites” in hopes of landing another automaker, a spokeswoman with the state Commerce Department said.

Volkswagen Group of America announced Tuesday that it had picked a site in Chattanooga for a $1 billion plant that would create 2,000 jobs.

The 1,350-acre property adjacent to Interstate 75 is one of nine sites certified as ready for an auto plant by the Tennessee Valley Authority with the help of Greenville site consultants McCallum Sweeney Consulting.

The site certification program was part of a deliberate, multi-year effort by TVA, the giant public power utility, to lure more auto plants inside its service territory, said Mark Sweeney, a principal in McCallum Sweeney.

Last year, Toyota Motor Corp. picked another site that McCallum Sweeney certified for TVA, in Tupelo, Miss., for a 2,000-worker plant. Two other of the TVA sites — both in Columbus, Miss. — landed a steel plant and an engine plant.

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