South Carolina officials announced Wednesday that Brazilian chemical company Inbra Indústrias Químicas will open its first U.S. plant in the state.
Inbra, which specializes in plastic and rubber additives, will spend $7.7 million to establish the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. The plant will primarily develop plasticizers for the polyvinyl chloride market.
The facility will be the 76-year-old company's first outside Brazil. In addition to expanding its U.S. presence, Inbra hopes to establish new export bases in Europe and Central America.
"This is a major step for our organization," said Inbra President Paulo Heininger. "However, we are certain that the logistical and cost advantages of this project will enable us to improve our presence in the global market, and, most important, benefit our current and future customers."
Officials expect the plant to open next year and create 14 jobs.