Demand for Volvo jobs crashes website; state adds incentives

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It seems a lot of people want to help Volvo build cars at its first auto manufacturing plant in North America. The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2c2eRVQ) reports that when the company announced last week a slate of job openings for its new $500 million...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It seems a lot of people want to help Volvo build cars at its first auto manufacturing plant in North America.

The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2c2eRVQ) reports that when the company announced last week a slate of job openings for its new $500 million plant northwest of Charleston, thousands of people went online crashing the Berkeley County jobs website.

The jobs were listed Aug. 23 on the BerkeleyMeansBusiness.com industrial recruiting site. In two days, the site was swamped with 24,000 hits. Usually the site gets between 300 and 500 visits a day.

"Thousands of people were going to the site at the same time," said county spokesman Michael Mule. "The site normally does pretty well, but nothing to that magnitude."

The plant under construction and is expected to open in 2018 and is expected to employ about 2,000 workers in the next decade.

As the work continues, the state has sweetened the incentive package that lured the automaker to the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Last year the state agreed to reimburse the auto maker for up to $50 million in infrastructure and site improvement costs for the plant being built near Ridgeville about 30 miles up Interstate 26 from Charleston.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce last week added an additional $20 million to that package. And that does not include additional roads, water and sewer to the plant being paid for by Berkeley County.

As part of the incentive package, a new interchange will be built on Interstate 26 at the plant site.

Volvo announced a year ago that the plant will manufacture the company's new S-60 sedan as well as another model to be announced later. The plant will eventually be capable of making 100,000 cars a year.

The campus will also have a visitors' center so people can see how Volvos are designed, built and marketed.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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