Industry: Manufacturing RDP Investment: $15 million Launched: March 2016

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.

Rural America Low-income community NMTC expansion investment

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.

NMTC Manufacturing and Distribution Facility Expansion Investment

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.

Community Investment Program

SafeRack partnered with Rural Development Partners to fund $150K in leadership, training, and community impact programs. The grant is providing technical training for the workforce, boosting the Robotics and Welding Programs at Georgetown High School and Andrews High School, and providing Andrews residents with AWS certified Welding Training. Community organizations receiving a grant were RISE Youth CorpSisters in STEM, and  GSSM iTEAMS Xtreme for internships, program funding, or sponsorships; and Smith Medical Clinic providing medical care for uninsured, low-income working families.

RDP Impact

182 sustained jobs
57 new jobs
139 construction jobs

Jobs pay an average of 207% above local living wage in Georgetown County

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