Andrews, SC – SafeRack is a wonderful example of high tech manufacturing in rural America. RDP was pleased to provide $15 million in NMTC allocation to make the new plant possible.
The project is located in a distressed rural census track in Andrews, SC and is also located within a South Carolina State Enterprise Zone and is a FEMA-designated Major Disaster Declaration Area due to severe storms and flooding in October 2015.
SafeRack is a subsidiary of SixAxis LLC and an industry leader in the manufacturing of fall protection equipment. SafeRack financed a $21.25 million new plant construction, which included $15 million in RDP NMTC allocation.
For more than a decade, SafeRack has spurred the manufacturing renaissance in America with high-tech manufacturing opportunities in the precision welding, laser cutting, robotic and assembly technologies. The company’s patent-pending technologies used to manufacture fall protection and loading/unloading systems, safeguard workers and enable them to work more efficiently in demanding industrial environments.
SafeRack and Rural Development Partners provided a matching funds grant of $150,000 to enhance workforce development initiatives and community services in the region. Grant funding enhanced employee leadership skills and technical training programs, boosted the Robotics and Welding Programs at Georgetown High School and Andrews High School, and provided AWS certified Welding Training to Andrews residents. Community service organizations that received funding include: RISE Youth Corp, Sisters in STEM, GSSM iTEAMS Xtreme, and Smith Medical Clinic who utilized the grant for internships, program funding, or sponsorships. Funds for Smith Medical Clinic helped provide medical care to uninsured, low-income working families.