Information technology solutions provider investing millions and creating 1,500 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – DECEMBER 8, 2016 – CompuCom Systems, Inc. (CompuCom®), a leading technology infrastructure services company, today announced the company is locating its new global headquarters operations in Lancaster County. Working jointly with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the new development is projected to bring $41 million in new capital investment to the County with the potential to create 1,500 new jobs over the next five to seven years, making this the largest single job announcement in Lancaster County history.
Located in the Bailes Ridge Business Park in Lancaster County, South Carolina, CompuCom will lease the 150,000 square-foot building to serve as its new global headquarters. The newly constructed building will house corporate offices and global contact center operations. Leveraging CompuCom’s Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, the office is being designed as a leading "smart building" in South Carolina, using IoT to connect, automate and control all electronic systems and devices within the building – including HVAC, lighting, meters/sensors, fitness equipment, kitchen electronics, elevators, water, power, communications, TVs and security. The workspace design promotes a collaborative, dynamic environment to meet the needs of a modern workforce.
Foundry Commercial is CompuCom's tenant representative, Womble Carlyle served as the incentive consultant, and a joint venture of The Keith Corporation and MPV Properties serves as the developer. Work on the site is under way now.
Noted South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, “When a company like CompuCom decides to build its global headquarters and create 1,500 new jobs here, it sends a message to the entire world that South Carolina is open for business. The commitment that this $41 million investment represents is extremely important to our state, and we could not be more excited to welcome this fantastic company to the South Carolina family.”
“Our state excels, not only in manufacturing and agribusiness, but also it is increasingly a top choice for corporate headquarters and the technology sector,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “CompuCom joins an ever-growing community of tech businesses that call South Carolina home, and we look forward to watching them grow in Lancaster County for years to come.”
South Carolina encourages entrepreneurship and many well-known companies are headquartered in the state, including Hitachi® Electronic Devices, Michelin® North America, ScanSource® and Sonoco®.
"This is an exciting new chapter in CompuCom’s journey,” said CompuCom CEO Dan Stone. “As we develop innovative, next-generation services and solutions, this location will bring together our product and service development teams in one site, enabling them to closely partner with our senior leadership team – ultimately, to enhance the end-user experience for our clients.”
“Our focus is on harnessing emerging technology to deliver best-in-class IT service support to our clients,” continued Stone. “We will build a state-of-the-art Command Center in the South Carolina office to serve as the hub of our Service Experience Management global contact center operations and corporate operations. The new office will also serve as headquarters for our innovative Tech-Zone™ Service Centers for franchises, small- and medium-sized businesses, and companies with distributed workforces – enabling them to get convenient, walk-up IT services. In addition, CompuCom's new headquarters places us closer to many of our clients, as well as near an expanding network of IT professionals, startups and high-tech businesses in North and South Carolina."
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
“Lancaster County is ecstatic that CompuCom has selected this location for its new global headquarters,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy. “This is very exciting news for the county, region and state as we are getting one of the world’s leading IT and network solutions providers, and over a thousand new jobs. The project is the largest job announcement in Lancaster County history and reinforces the strength of our community as a premier location for corporate facilities. I applaud the efforts of our county and state economic development teams in the successful recruitment of CompuCom, and we look forward to working with the company as they establish and grow their operations in the county.”
CompuCom Systems, Inc., a global company currently headquartered in Plano, Texas, provides IT managed services, infrastructure solutions, consulting and products to Fortune 1000 companies committed to enhancing their end users’ experience. Founded in 1987, privately held CompuCom employs approximately 11,500 associates. CompuCom manages and supports more than 4.4 million end users and is a partner to six of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.compucom.com.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW®, Boeing®, Continental, Giti® Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz® Vans, Toray® and Volvo® Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of the last five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
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