COLUMBIA, S.C. – Youth and master bedroom manufacturer Maxwood Furniture plans to open a second warehouse in Marion County, S.C., which the company said will increase the company’s manufacturing and storage capabilities.

The more than $5.8 million investment, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2021, also is expected to create 30 new jobs.

The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the project this week. As part of that announcement, the department said that the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $250,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund Grant to Marion County to assist with costs related to the project, which will be located in a formal Blumenthal Mills facility.

“Maxwood Furniture has been a great asset to Marion County, and we are excited that they are moving into the former Blumenthal Mills facility,” said Marion County Administrator Tim Harper. “This is a great opportunity for the city and county with the renovations that they are making. We are excited about their expansion and that they have decided to make that expansion in Marion County.”

This is Maxwood’s second warehouse and distribution center in Marion County. In February 2019, it announced it was opening a 130,000-square-foot facility that would create about 21 new jobs.

“Maxwood Furniture is very grateful for all the help and support we have been receiving from Marion County and the state of South Carolina,” said Maxwood Furniture President Stephen Jensen. “Their persistent efforts in supporting our expansion plans in the area have made it possible for our company to increase our footprint into a larger warehouse and stay in Marion County.”

He noted that the larger warehouse will enable the company to expand its operations and develop its distribution even further, particularly related to e-commerce fulfillment.

“But we also foresee other opportunities to come from the extra space,” he added. “ We much appreciate all the help, especially from Julie Norman with the economic development office, who was instrumental in making all this happen.”

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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