For nearly 80 years, Santee Cooper has provided affordable, reliable power for South Carolinians, by South Carolinians. With facilities in 17 counties and employees going home to 35 counties, we understand the importance of giving back and strengthening local communities to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. We create value by investing in people, powering the economy, and supporting vital services like education across our state.
We are helping drive economic development. Since 2017 alone, Santee Cooper has partnered with the state’s electric cooperatives, state and local governments and economic development agencies to attract $3 billion in new capital investments, creating over 12,500 good-paying South Carolina jobs. Our Camp Hall Commerce Park is recognized among the best in the country and Santee Cooper is recognized nationally as a top utility promoting economic development. As South Carolina emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Santee Cooper will be there to help strengthen the economy.
We support education and volunteer programs that lift up our communities. From community-leading United Way campaigns to generous support of blood drives, Santee Cooper employees give back. They also volunteer as mentors and business partners in local schools, and our Energy Educators Institute has provided graduate-level energy-focused courses for hundreds of teachers across South Carolina for more than three decades.
(July 29, 2020) Camp Hall broke into the Top 10 and was named the No. 7 best industrial park in the nation in Business Facilities Magazine’s 16th annual Rankings Report, the magazine’s annual assessment of economic development and location leaders. Also notable, Camp Hall, which is located in the greater Charleston, South Carolina, area, was the only park in the Southeast to make the list.
“We are incredibly proud that Camp Hall has been recognized as a top industrial park in the country,” said Mark Bonsall, Santee Cooper President and CEO. “Camp Hall stands out not only because of its environmental, community and technology focus, but because it’s ready for action. Infrastructure, permits and approvals are in place with designated sites ready for development as we speak.”
Readiness, environmental commitment and onsite amenities that will help employees balance work and life set Camp Hall apart from the rest. The industrial park is ready with water, power, sewer and fiber all onsite, and gas is underway. Camp Hall is restoring approximately 365 acres of wetlands, and more than 15 miles of a multi-use trail system will provide a place for the local workforce and surrounding community to walk, run and bike. Learn more about why Camp Hall is a top industrial park in the nation.
(July 13, 2020) During the COVID-19 crisis, the need for blood is as critical as ever. To help keep the blood flowing, Santee Cooper has been working with local communities and the American Red Cross by hosting 10 blood drives so far this year.
On April 6, employees of Berkeley County, the Town of Moncks Corner and Santee Cooper held an emergency blood drive at Santee Cooper headquarters. Some 59 units of blood were collected, which could ultimately save up to 177 lives. This drive was held in addition to Santee Cooper’s regularly scheduled drives on March 12, May 7 and July 9 for a combined total of 209 units of blood. Likewise, HG and Winyah hosted four of their own collecting 64 units. In total since the pandemic, 273 units were collected, which could ultimately help 819 people.
All this was done while ensuring the proper safeguards were in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID. In addition to standard safety protocols, Red Cross staff checked temperatures, set up stations to allow for social distancing, and wore face masks to protect the donors. Hand sanitizer was provided to use throughout the process.
Santee Cooper is proud to assist the American Red Cross in this crucial service and will continue to do so in months and years to come.
(June 30, 2020) Santee Cooper’s Economic Development team has continued to provide much needed resources this year to industries moving to or expanding in South Carolina. Although the pandemic has slowed industry development nationwide, the need for investment remains. Here are a few projects we helped with so far in 2020:
Bamberg-Barnwell ER Center: Working with SC Powerteam and Edisto Electric Cooperative, Santee Cooper provided $30,000 through the Santee Cooper Economic Development Investment Fund (SCEDIF) for a new Emergency Medical Center in Bamberg County. The funds were matched by electric service provider Edisto Electric and used for additional electrical infrastructure to serve the facility. The location of the new ER Center provides residents of Bamberg and Barnwell better access to emergency medical services.
Huber Engineered Woods: Huber Engineered Woods is a manufacturer of specialty building products that is expanding its business operations to the Northeastern Commerce Center in Dillon County. The project is located in the 109,200-square-foot industrial building constructed by Marlboro Development Team (MDT) in 2017 and is creating approximately 30 jobs while investing $300 million in the local economy. In collaboration with MDT, Santee Cooper provided a $4.2 million loan through its revolving loan program to construct the building, which Marlboro Electric Cooperative will serve. In tandem with the Dillon Inland Port, which Santee Cooper also supported, this loan played a key role in fostering more development and job creation in Dillon County.
CRP Industries INC: CRP Industries Inc., a manufacturer in the automotive parts and industrial products sectors, announced in August 2019 plans to establish operations in Horry County. Their $2.5 million investment will create approximately 115 jobs over the next 5 years. Santee Cooper, which committed a $125,000 SCEDIF grant and funded it earlier in 2020, teamed up with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (MBREDC) and the SC Department of Commerce to help fund upfits to the building CRP leased for operations.
City of Clinton: Santee Cooper approved a $161,000 Municipal Site Readiness grant for the City of Clinton to extend sewer to a speculative building in the Clinton 26 Industrial site. Extension of the sewer line will increase the marketability of the building and other sites located within the industrial complex.