N.Y. Paper Products Maker Invests $1B In S.C. Plant

First Quality Enterprises is spending up to $1 billion on a new plant in Anderson, South Carolina that is expected to bring up to 1,000 jobs to the area.

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- A New York-based paper products company is spending up to $1 billion on a new plant in South Carolina.

Gov. Mark Sanford joined local officials and representatives from First Quality Enterprises Inc. in Anderson Friday. He says the investment is the largest in the northwestern part of the state since BMW moved its North American manufacturing facility to Greer in the 1990s.

First Quality expects to begin hiring later this year and start operations in 2011.

Officials say the plant could bring up to 1,000 jobs to Anderson County, which has an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent.

The Great Neck, N.Y.-based company, is privately held. Officials say the maker of paper towels, toilet paper, diapers and feminine hygiene products will remodel an existing facility.

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