Your schedule is incredibly hectic. What an honor . . . your company trusts you to find the best certified industrial site in the Southeast. We know you've been looking throughout the entire Southeast for a "shovel ready" location between a couple major Interstates on dual rail mainlines with doublestack clearance to a nearby deepwater port . . . an efficient solution to your company's present and future export and import requirements. We understand growing "blue chip" manufacturers want a robust, highly-skilled, and dedicated workforce. A "culture of hard work" would be ideal. Abundant and reliable on-site utilities are critically important to your company's future success. And your business really wants to make its home in a family-oriented community with a wholesome "quality of life." Needless to say that your somber task seemed rather difficult to accomplish . . . until you had an opportunity to read the following "Top 10" reasons why your company ought to choose White Hawk Commerce Park.
A "TOP 10" LIST THAT CAN SAVE YOUR COMPANY LOTS OF TIME AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
McCallum Sweeney Consulting (“MSC”) certified White Hawk Commerce Park both as a "shovel ready" 1,175 acre multimodal transportation mega-site suitable for a single user and "just-in-time" suppliers as well as a multi-user industrial park that can accommodate several, individual companies in a campus-like setting. White Hawk Commerce Park has no adverse environmental, geotechnical, or archeological issues. Send us a simple email or give us a quick telephone call and we can promptly transmit to you the entire MSC “Phase 1” materials in electronic format to help your site selection team make an "apples to apples" informed decision instead of an "oranges to apples" roll of the dice. We are serious about saving your company time and money!
White Hawk Commerce Park offers you an incredible on-site supply of all utilities a major manufacturing company could ever need . . . such as a Progress Energy 115kV transmission line and (3) 23kV distribution feeder lines; competitively priced modern municipal water and wastewater services with several millions of gallons of daily excess at peak-use capacity; several SCANA natural gas lines; and state-of-the-art AT&T high-speed, fiber-optic telecommunication cables. Just ask and we will send you detailed utilities maps of the electric power, water, sewer, natural gas, and fiber-optics that already exist on White Hawk Commerce Park's 1,175 acre "shovel ready" certified mega-site . . . your engineers love that technical stuff!
Florence County is well-known for first-class transportation infrastructure networks of Interstates and highways. White Hawk Commerce Park has exceptional access to Interstates 95 and 20 and other modern state and county highways. In fact, the White Hawk Commerce Park campus is (a) 3.5 miles from Interstate 95 between Exits 169 and 170, (b) 4.5 miles from the intersections of Interstates 95 and 20 and 4-lane Highway 52, and (c) near the intersection of proposed Interstate 73 with Interstate 95. Also, well-maintained state 4-lane Highways 76, 301, and 52 and 2-lane Old Marion Highway, Calhoun Road, and Williamson Road surround White Hawk Commerce Park, providing numerous excellent ingress and egress points.
White Hawk Commerce Park has outstanding "Class 1" railroad connections to the Port of Charleston and several other deepwater ports. White Hawk Commerce Park actually adjoins the CSX Transportation (“CSX”) railroad terminal in Florence, 1 of only 2 in South Carolina. CSX dual mainlines promote efficient doublestack railcar clearance to the Port of Charleston and 2 side tracks run along White Hawk Commerce Park's entire southern boundary. Further, WHCP’s proposed internal railway system can accommodate “unit trains” of 100 cars. CSX seamlessly connects WHCP to the Port of Charleston, a leading East Coast deepwater port capable of accommodating Panamax and Post-Panamax ocean cargo ships. In addition, WHCP is less than a day’s drive from several other ports, including Georgetown, South Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. CSX is the largest multimodal company in America. CSX knows multimodal. Several top-level CSX executives reviewed White Hawk Commerce Park’s certification data and believe the site is one of the best heavy manufacturing locations along its entire railroad system from Florida to Maine. White Hawk Commerce Park is proud to say that CSX has agreed to aggressively market WHCP to its significant railroad customers.
White Hawk Commerce Park efficiently connects heavy manufacturers with Interstates 95 and 20, CSX dual mainlines and 2 sidetracks, several deepwater ports, and an underutilized Florence Regional Airport (“FLO”). In fact, FLO (right across Highway 76/301 from White Hawk Commerce Park) contains almost 1,500 acres and a couple 6,500 foot runways with planned 3,000 foot (or more) extensions. Several recent independent studies indicate FLO is South Carolina’s most efficient airport easily capable of handling a greater number of passengers and larger volumes of cargo. During June of 2008, AAA Carolinas ranked FLO as a “Top 5" on-time performance airport. In addition, FLO’s U.S. Airways provides the best on-time services of all airlines that operate in South Carolina. Moreover, an existing (but dormant) CSX railroad overpass connects White Hawk Commerce Park with FLO . . . the logistical and supply chain possibilities for automotive, aeronautics, heavy machinery, pharmaceutical, and other large manufacturers are definitely exciting! Quite frankly, FLO is a real “diamond-in-the-rough” economic development asset for Florence County and the entire 9 county Greater Pee Dee Region.
Florence's location is great . . . midway between Miami and New York City. Nearly 75% of the country’s population lives within a day’s drive of White Hawk Commerce Park. Access to several interstates, deepwater ports, CSX dual doublestack railcar mainlines, and the “diamond-in-the-rough” FLO make White Hawk Commerce Park a certified industrial mega-site with “unique” and “unparalleled” multimodal transportation attributes. Give the White Hawk team a chance to show you how your "blue chip" company can save milions of dollars for as far as the "bird's eye" can see!
Florence County is known as having a "Global Reach with a Southern Touch." Some of the leading manufacturers in the United States and worldwide already make Florence home, such as Nan Ya Plastics (Taiwan), ESAB (United Kingdom), Honda (Japan), Roche (Switzerland), GE, Heinz, IFH, Federal Express, Nucor Steel, Johnson Controls, Smurfit-Stone, Dupont, and Angus-Palm. Moreover, it's no longer a secret that Florence is an excellent global distribution location. QVC's largest distribution center in the world, which ships more than 1,000 packages an hour - - - 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, is within 2 miles of White Hawk Commerce Park. Also, Monster Worldwide (“Monster”) located its state-of-the-art information technology center about 3 miles from White Hawk Commerce Park, another clear indication of Florence’s exceptional high-speed, fiber-optic capabilities. Monster knows internet bandwidth!
What a remarkable environment for major manufacturers - - - South Carolina's a right-to-work state and Florence County's a well-established, pro-business community. In 2008, Site Selection Magazine ranked Florence 5th in the nation for business expansions involving communities with populations of 200,000 people or fewer. Without question, Florence County has a highly-skilled, productive, and dedicated industrial workforce. Our community's workforce is "ready, willing, and able" to meet and exceed your labor needs. The regional population within a 60-mile radius of White Hawk Commerce Park is more than 1,000,000 people with a workforce of approximately 250,000 people. Almost 460,000 people and a labor pool of nearly 80,000 people live within a 30-mile radius of White Hawk Commerce Park. Manufacturing is Florence’s key employment sector, constituting 20% of the entire regional workforce. Southern Business and Development magazine ranked Florence County has a “Top 5" skilled workforce in the nation’s entire South. White Hawk Commerce Park's available workforce in the Florence area is comparable to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and other larger metropolitan areas in the Southeast. Accordingly, even the world’s largest manufacturers will have no problems hiring and retaining well-qualified, highly-trained, and loyal employees from the 9 county Florence reagion.
The "quality of life" attributes of Florence are exceptional and bountiful. Although a relatively small city, Florence is a regional hub for manufacturing, business, healthcare, commerce, education, recreation, and retail for the Greater Pee Dee Region, a cluster of 9 adjacent counties in the northeastern portion of South Carolina. In 2010, Livability Magazine named Florence “One of America’s Best Places to Live” and Expansion Magazine ranked Florence 5th in America for affordable housing. How often can you really describe anything as "best and affordable?" In 2008, the modern 10,000-seat Florence Civic Center (“FCC”) attained its third “Prime Site Award” from New York’s Facilities Media Group for “genuine excellence in venue management.” The other similar 2008 winners were the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York City - - - not bad company. Downtown Florence is undergoing a major cultural renovation with a new $36 million “Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center” which architects around the country call a “Little Carnegie Hall,” an award-winning $20 million “Little Theatre,” and a $17 million Florence Museum under construction in the downtown cultural district that features rare paintings of famous "home town" artist William H. Johnson. A new $40 million courthouse and government complex are planned for downtown Florence within the next couple of years. Scenic rivers, breath-taking nature trails, more than 1,000 acres of public parks, and several award-winning recreation centers and sports complexes dot Florence’s beautiful landscape. Myrtle Beach and Charleston are favorite "day trip vacations" of Florence residents. And the entire Florence area and the nearby coastal region is known as a true golfer's paradise. Moreover, Florence has 2 outstanding state-of-the-art regional medical centers, Carolinas Hospital System ("CHS") and McLeod Regional Medical Center (“MRMC”). MRMC is affiliated with the world-famous Cleveland Clinic; and CHS is the region's nationally-acclaimed "Chest Pain Center." Simply put, Florence offers "prime time" manufacturing companies “big city” amenities with a lot less "hustle and bustle" congestion . . . a highly-skilled, well-trained, and dedicated workforce with competitive labor costs, lower comparative costs of doing busniess and living, and a much better overall "quality of life."
South Carolina’s technical college training system is among America’s best. About 10 minutes from White Hawk Commerce Park, Florence-Darlington Technical College. (“FDTC”) and the $65 million Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (“SiMT”) offer an unsurpassed combination of workforce training programs. FDCT has one of the largest and most successful welding schools on the East Coast. In fact, FDTC has trained thousands of employees for major manufacturers in the Florence area, including Honda, Johnson Controls, ESAB, Roche, Angus-Palm, and several others. FDTC has more than 6,000 serious students pursing technical training in 57 fields of study. FDTC is “the fastest growing institution of higher education in South Carolina.” Among FDTC’s special workforce training programs are the “Caterpillar Dealer Academy,” the “ESAB Advanced Welding and Cutting Center,” and the “CISCO Systems Training Laboratory.” Also noteworthy is FDTC’s 2010 $4.5 million federal grant to fund a cutting-edge “smart electric grid” training program. SiMT is an important component of FDTC’s award-winning technical workforce training programs. In general, SiMT is FDTC’s world-class multi-tiered industrial training and services center that consults with companies, executes complex "research and development" functions, builds various product prototypes, designs and engineers even the most complex products, trains companies' workforces, orchestrates on-site and global (via "real time" internet connections) sales training and marketing presentations, and hosts corporate events broadcast live around the world. SiMT’s cutting-edge technological capabilities so impressed Honda that it used the facility in 2008 to conduct an important “Global Best Practices Meeting.” Hundreds of Honda associates came to Florence from 9 foreign countries to use SiMT’s advanced audio-visual, 3-D, and virtual reality systems while thousands more employees participated via internet connectivity. In addition, international pharmaceutical giant Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc., Roche Carolina’s Swiss corporate parent, used SiMT's futuristic 3-D and virtual reality capabilities to host its 2009 “Global Engineering Staff Meeting.” just a few of the several remarkable FDTC manufacturing workforce training programs include the “National Robotics Training Center of Excellence,” the “Advanced Manufacturing Center,” and the “3-D/Virtual Reality Center.” In short, SiMT’s virtual reality and rapid prototyping center efficiently helps manufacturers from the initial product design phases to the final production stage and all important intermediary steps in the production process. In other words, SiMT helps manufacturers efficiently bring better engineered products to global markets much faster and cheaper. Come visit White Hawk Commerce Park and learn more about how FDTC and SiMT can give your company a significant competitive edge!
WHITE HAWK COMMERCE PARK . . . THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR COMPANY'S FUTURE SUCCESS!
Please spend some productive time reviewing the rest of White Hawk Commerce Park's website materials. If your site selection team wants access to hundreds of pages of "Phase 1" data from some of the nation's most prominent and accomplished site certification professionals, consultants, and environmental, multimodal, and infrastructure engineers, we are ready to satisfy your needs. We're just a simple email or telephone call away from efficiently transmitting whatever data your site selection team needs to make an informed decision. The entire White Hawk team is ready to expedite your decision-making process. At the end of the day . . . time is money and wasted time is lost profits!