More than $17.7 million investment will create 76 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. Plastic Omnium, a leading automotive equipment provider, today announced plans to expand operations in Anderson County. The more than $17.7 million investment will create 76 new jobs.

Founded in 1947 and headquartered in France, Plastic Omnium designs and manufactures complex and interactive body systems as well as emission reduction and energy storage systems for the automotive industry. The company has more than 31,000 employees and operates in 25 countries with 131 factories and 25 research and development centers.

Located at 5100 Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson, Plastic Omnium’s expansion will produce bumpers and tailgates for General Motors’ new Lyric electric vehicle. Additionally, the company will upgrade existing injection molding machines and paint lines, as well as invest in new equipment.

The expansion is expected to be completed by February 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Plastic Omnium team should visit the company’s careers webpage.


“With over a 25-year presence in Anderson S.C., Plastic Omnium is happy to announce further investments and jobs. It underlines the attractivity of the automotive business in South Carolina, the growth of Plastic Omnium and its long-term commitment in this region – strengthening the group’s relationship with its customers.” -Plastic Omnium President & CEO of the Americas Patrick Le Garrec

“South Carolina’s automotive industry continues to grow and evolve, and Plastic Omnium’s decision to expand in Anderson County and create 76 new jobs is further proof of that. We’re excited to see this great company grow in South Carolina, and we look forward to seeing them continue to thrive here.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“This recent surge by South Carolina’s automotive industry to increase electric vehicle production continues to make a positive impact in our state and our environment. I offer my congratulations to Plastic Omnium for expanding in Anderson County, and I look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Plastic Omnium has been a mainstay here in Anderson for many years now. Their $17.7 million expansion and 76 new jobs they bring with this announcement shows why we are glad they continue to make Anderson their home, and it also shows their confidence in the quality of our workforce.” -Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn


  • Plastic Omnium is expanding operations in Anderson County.
  • The more than $17.7 million investment will create 76 new jobs.
  • Plastic Omnium is a leading automotive equipment provider.
  • Located at 5100 Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Plastic Omnium team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit


Alex Clark, CMP

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce

(803) 737-1998



Rusty Burns, County Administrator

(864)260-4031 |

Anderson County is pleased to announce a special “new arrival” at Anderson Regional Airport.  Clemson Air Charter (CAC) is now based at the facility and is offering chartered flight services available to the general public. 

Clemson Air Charter owner and operator John Von Kaenel has more than 15 years of experience as a commercial airline pilot and charter operator, and he looks forward to serving the Anderson area residents with their needs related to business travel or special family getaways. 

CAC is an FAA certified Part 135 Charter Operator, Carrier Certificate number CATA533Q.  Call them today at (864) 276-7047, or visit their office at the Anderson Regional Airport terminal, located at 5805 Airport Road, Anderson, SC 29626.  For more information, or to get a quote for services, visit CAC’s website at

“We couldn’t be happier to have Clemson Air Charter joining the family at Anderson Regional!  People have been wanting this kind of service for years and we are happy to deliver.” – Anderson County Council Vice-Chair Brett Sanders

“These are the types of aviation-related businesses that we’ve been working hard to recruit to Anderson Regional Airport.  Operations such as this help us provide better service to the community while also enhancing the utility of our facility.” – Anderson Regional Airport Manager Brett Garrison

Other aviation services at KAND:

Dr. John R Hunt, MD – FAA Designated Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME); offering Class 1, 2 and 3 Pilot Medical Exams; (864) 356-2645.

Flight School of Anderson – comprehensive flight instruction programs, including Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor.  Provides beneficial flight reviews, Instrument Proficiency Checks, recurrent training and airline interview preparation; (864) 965-7520.

Heli-Plane Aviation – Certified aircraft mechanic and IA; (864) 314-0416.


Brett Garrison, Manager

Anderson Regional Airport

(864) 934-5772


Participants will compete in amateur and pro divisions
for a Guaranteed Payout of $165,000 at Anderson, SC.

Louisville, KY – October 1, 2021 – Crappie USA celebrates its 25th Anniversary of providing competitive fishing to crappie anglers in 2021. Anglers will travel from across the country to join the Anderson, South Carolina Convention and Visitors Bureau which is hosting the event on Lake Hartwell. The October 15-16, 2021 event is highlighted by a $165,000 payback.

Anglers fishing the event will be testing their crappie fishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store. Anglers have been fishing Crappie USA events across the states to qualify for the annual championship.

Located on the GA/SC border, Lake Hartwell has 56,000 acres of surface water and holds a good population of crappie. Cooler water temperatures are sure to come in October. Evening air temperatures in the fifties will change not only the water temperatures but the fishing conditions as well. A great fall crappie bite is expected at the Classic and anglers can catch them with a variety of methods.

“Mid-October should be good on Hartwell,” advised CUSA Operations Manager Darrell Van Vactor. “I would think the long-line trollers will find good success as well as vertical jig fishermen. It should produce some good weights at Green Pond Landing weigh-in.”

Registration, Seminar, and Banquet

All teams MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED at least 7 days before the event. Entry fees per team are, Amateur Division $225.00; Pro Division $400.00; Big Fish (optional) $25.00.

Registration will be held on Thursday at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Anderson, SC from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A banquet and seminar will follow beginning at 7:00 pm.

The Weigh-In Site
The tournament weigh-in will be held at Green Pond Landing, 1710 Green Pond Rd, Anderson, SC. Fishing hours are 6:30 am to 3:00 pm and all anglers are required to be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams are conducted following the weigh-in and the public is invited to attend.  

Tournament Host and Lodging Site
The Anderson, SC CVB welcomes all Crappie USA anglers and their guests to the area and invites them to take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions. For more information on the area visit the website at

Lodging is provided by:

 [1] Quality Inn Anderson, 3430 Clemson Blvd, Anderson, SC. Phone 864-225-3721.

[2] Hilton Garden Inn, 115 Destination Blvd, Anderson, SC. Phone 864-964-0100.

The number of rooms in the area may be limited. It is recommended that participants make their reservations early.

Crappie USA “Free Crappie Kids Rodeo”

A FREE Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament at the Chris Taylor Memorial Park, 5 Jim Ed Rice Circle, Anderson, SC. An adult must accompany all participating children. The event is free to all children 12 years of age and under.

Sign up for the Kids Rodeo is Saturday at 8:00 am with fishing from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing, and win some prizes. All participants are eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $1,000.00 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually at the CUSA Classic. To date, more than $379,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded.

National Sponsors

National Sponsors of Crappie USA are Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Gamma, B’n’M Poles, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Ego Nets, Brushpile Crappie, Charlie Brewer Slider, Crappie Now Magazine, Jenko Fishing, Big Bite Baits, Crappie Magnet, EFX Graphics, Fin n’ Frames, Crown Trophy, JR Madd Breading, Freaky Franks Tackle, Pro Controll, Bubba Blade, Flambeau, Smooth Moves Seats, Rejuvenade, Power-Pole, Millennium Marine, Crockett Creek Beef Jerky, and Garmin. For more information on the Classic and other CUSA events visit the website at and Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page

$70 million investment will create 135 new jobs

Glen Raven Inc., a high-performance textile manufacturer, today announced plans to expand operations for its custom fabrics division in Anderson County. The $70 million investment will create 135 new jobs.
Operating in Anderson County since 1986, Glen Raven Inc. is a leading provider of innovative performance textiles with widely recognized global brands including Sunbrella® and Dickson®. The company focuses primarily on the awning, marine and furniture markets.
Located at 4665 Liberty Highway in Anderson, Glen Raven Inc.’s expansion will add a distribution center to the company’s existing local operations with new equipment and processes that will improve overall efficiency and capacity. The company is also enhancing its Sunbrella® manufacturing assets with additional finishing capacity and investments to optimize material flow while expanding and improving inspection and sampling capabilities.
Designed with flexibility to adjust as markets change, the company’s new facility is expected to be constructed and operational by early 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Glen Raven Inc. team should visit the company’s careers webpage.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $400,000 Set-Aside grant to Anderson County to assist with the cost of site preparation and building construction.
“We’ve been a proud part of the Anderson County community since 1986, and over the decades, dedicated and skilled South Carolinians have been critical to our growth. We are thrilled to expand on our great partnership and look forward to creating more growth for our company and the community, together.” -Glen Raven Inc. CEO Leib Oehmig
“New jobs and investments are important to a strong and healthy economy. We appreciate Glen Raven Inc.’s commitment to Anderson County and the state of South Carolina, and we look forward to their continued growth.” -Gov. Henry McMaster 
“Team South Carolina is committed to ensuring the success of our state’s existing industry, and today’s expansion announcement by Glen Raven Inc. in Anderson County is reason to celebrate. This is a huge win for the local community and the state as a whole, and we couldn’t be happier.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“Glen Raven Inc. has been an integral part of Anderson County for decades now, and I am glad to see the tradition continuing with this expansion. A company like Glen Raven Inc. would be welcome in any country around the world, and it says a lot about our workforce and our community that they choose to stay right here at home.” -Anderson County Councilman Brett Sanders, District 4

  • Glen Raven Inc. is expanding its custom fabrics division in Anderson County.
  • The $70 million investment will create 135 new jobs.
  • Glen Raven Inc. is a global leader in performance textiles. The company’s portfolio includes the well-known Sunbrella® brand. 
  • Located at 4665 Liberty Highway in Anderson, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Glen Raven Inc. team should visit the company’s careers webpage