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McClatchy-Tribune  04/26/2014 12:17 PM ET
Rock Hill lands distribution site for Fortune 500 company [The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) :: ]

April 26--ROCK HILL -- McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc., a division of a Fortune 500 company, is moving operations from Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., to Rock Hill, investing $27.5 million in a new distribution facility at the Riverwalk Business Park.

The 300,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in the first half of 2015 and employ up to 140 people, including 87 new jobs.

Hiring of the new employees will be in the fall, a company official said Friday.

The Riverwalk Business Park is already home to another transplanted Charlotte company, Physicians Choice Laboratory Services which provides testing services to clinicians. The lab invested $24.1 million in its new facility.

Also in the business park is Exel, an Ohio-based company, which invested $38 million in a new distribution center. Exel distributes products made by Energizer Holdings, which makes 30 different brands in seven different product areas.

Randy King, senior manager for communications for McKesson, said the Riverwalk location was chosen because of its location off Interstate 77, its proximity to regional customers and the region's work force.

The company is tripling in space with the move. It currently has 80,000 square feet of space in Charlotte.

McKesson will distribute medical and surgical supplies to physician offices, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and home care businesses in North and South Carolina from its new facility in Rock Hill.

Stanton McCom, president of McKesson Medical-Surgical, said in a statement, "We're pleased to expand our operations into South Carolina. York County is well located to efficiently serve our customers in the region. Also, this is a great opportunity to match the strength of the state's infrastructure and labor force with our strong growth."

Gov. Nikki Haley said, "It's definitely a great day in South Carolina when another Fortune 500 company decides to call South Carolina home."

Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols said McKesson's decision is another example that the Riverwalk Business Park is "growing more rapidly than expected, due to its proximity to the interstate and the success of the mixed-use development."

The S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $200,000 set grant to be used for building construction, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

The York County Council approved a fee-in-lieu agreement which locks in the company's tax rate for the next 30 years, said Mark Farris, York County economic development director.

Don Worthington --803-329-4066


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