Louis Hornick & Company Establishes Facility In South Carolina
| Louis Hornick and Company, a leading manufacturer and importer of window
coverings and home textiles, announced plans to establish its new manufacturing
facility in Allendale County, Columbia, SC. The $2.5 million investment is expected
to generate 125 new jobs over the next three years. The announcement was made
today at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC.
"Every aspect of this venture is geared toward offering the most options to our
retail partners and manufacturing the highest quality products the American
consumer demands and deserves. We aren't just building a facility—we are moving
to South Carolina. The fact that three Manhattan residents are doing so is testament
to our dedication, but equally reflects on the wonderful people in the great state of
South Carolina," says Louis "Tripp" Hornick III, chief operating officer of Louis
Hornick and Company. "We appreciate the exceptional support we've received from
state and local officials."
Louis Hornick and Company will establish its new manufacturing facility in an
existing 103,000-square-foot building, located on 28 acres in Allendale. The
company plans to begin operations by November 2013.
"It's exciting to see a leading manufacturer, like Louis Hornick and Company,
choose South Carolina as the location for its new operations. We celebrate the
company’s decision to invest $2.5 million and create 125 new jobs in Allendale
County," says Gov. Nikki Haley.
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital
investment and more than 28,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector. During the
same time period, more than $1.28 billion and more than 8,700 jobs have been
created in rural counties.
"Companies want to go where they will be successful. Louis Hornick and
Company's decision to start new operations here in South Carolina is a testament to
our state's pro-business climate and thriving manufacturing industry. We
appreciate the company’s commitment to invest in our state. Every one of these new
jobs will have an impact in Allendale County and beyond," says Secretary of
Commerce Bobby Hitt.
The window-covering manufacturer has specialized in producing curtains and
draperies for 96 years. In South Carolina, Louis Hornick will be manufacturing in a
highly automated cut sew packaging process, notably used in its production of the
Firefend™ brand of flame retardant window treatments. A diverse collection of
window covering fabrics will be manufactured at the Allendale facility and will be
supplied for all markets, including: dotcom, institutional, hospitality and
The new plant will also be a supplier to Walmart stores. "As a 40-year supplier to
Walmart, we thank them for taking the lead on supporting U.S. manufacturing, and
we could not be more pleased to continue to work together," says Louis Hornick II,
chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Hornick and Company. "This is a great
day for Hornick, South Carolina and America."
"Louis Hornick's decision to open a factory in South Carolina shows that
revitalization of U.S. manufacturing is possible," says Michelle Gloeckler, senior
vice-president of Home at Walmart. "This is a great illustration of what can be
accomplished when business leaders, government officials and companies work
together. We’re pleased that our recent U.S. manufacturing summit helped
accelerate discussions, and we're excited those efforts will contribute to good-
paying middle-class jobs."
The October 31, 2013 announcement follows Walmart's U.S. manufacturing
summit held Aug. 22 in Orlando, FL, which was attended by nearly 1,500
government officials and suppliers. The summit underscored Walmart's commitment
to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S. products over the next 10 years.
"We are proud to welcome Louis Hornick and Company, another great American
manufacturer, to our regional industrial community," says Southern Carolina
Alliance chairman Johnny Williamson. "Louis and his family have been
manufacturing textiles for four generations, and their company is a great example
of American ingenuity and innovation. We are pleased that this great American story
will soon be a South Carolina story as well."
"Allendale County would like to thank Louis Hornick and Company for investing in
our people and our community. Every job created affects a family, and that’s how
we will improve the quality of life for our residents," says Allendale County Council
chairman Carl Gooding. "We would like to thank Governor Haley and her staff for her
personal attention to this project, as well as the S.C. Department of Commerce, who
did an outstanding job in making this announcement a reality.”"
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