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      Bamberg Co. plant expansion to bring 159 jobs to economy

      DENMARK (WACH) -- Over 150 jobs are coming to the Bamberg County economy.

      Officials announced Thursday Masonite International plans to invest $14 million in an expansion at its Denmark plant. The company expects 159 new jobs to accompany the expansion that should be complete by early 2013.

      Masonite manufactures residential and commercial interior doors. The facility was owned by Lifetime Doors until it was acquired by Masonite last year.

      Investing in our Denmark facility made sense on so many levels, beginning with the great local workforce, said Glen Coulter, executive vice president of Global Operations & Supply Chain. It TMs also conveniently located near several major interstates, near major customers and our company TMs Yulee, Fla. door fabrication plant that pre-hangs doors for our Southeast retail customers.

      Gov. Nikki Haley made the announcement along with Department of Commerce, Bamberg County, city of Denmark and SouthernCarolina Alliance officials.

      We celebrate Masonite TMs decision to grow its presence in South Carolina and create 159 new jobs in Bamberg County. This announcement is another big win for one of our state TMs rural areas, said Gov. Nikki Haley.

      The county will get a $1.5 million grant to buy and makeover the building, which will be leased to Masonite.

      If you're interested in applying for a job contact Marc Alexander, the company's Regional Human Resources Manager.