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Lancaster’s trade mission to China a success

April 21, 2014 

The trade mission to China and Taiwan by local officials was a huge success, according to Lancaster County Economic Development President Keith Tunnell.

Those participating included Tunnell, LCED Director of Business Retention and Expansion Elaine Mckinney, John Ling and Jason Speake of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough, Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes, District 7 LCED Board Chairman Steve Gedney and Gene Resch of Carlisile Associates.

The trip took place April 4-13 with visits to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tianjin in China and Taipei, Taiwan.

Carnes and McCullough both hold the Indian Land seats on the County Council.

The officials were able to meet with several business prospects and had the opportunity to tour Keer’s facilities in Hangzhou and further build their relationship with Keer America, which is building a $218 million manufacturing facility in Indian Land.

The delegates also met with companies that already have visited Lancaster County and have shown enough interest to put Indian Land on the short-list of positive destinations.

No matter what company or culture, building these relationships is the key to success. I talked to Carnes, who said he was impressed with the campus of the Keer Co. There were six buildings, all well maintained, and the landscaping was beautiful, with a large lake and exotic plants.

The owners and management were very gracious to the group and very impressed with the team and the fact they would take the time to make that long trek to visit and learn more about their company, Carnes said.

The ingenuity of the LCED continues to amaze me, because they have announced the launch of a new economic development website devoted to Chinese projects and investors. The current LCED site was translated into Mandarin to make it easier for Chinese investors to learn more about Lancaster County.

The new website was created by LCED PR/Marketing Director Joanna Bess in cooperation with Cyber Junkie Interactive of Charlotte. The translation was completed by Jiayoun Ningning of Rock Hill, which did a great job translating to Mandarin.

Lancaster County is very proud and grateful for its LCED. In 2013, it was instrumental in bringing more that $363 million in new investments and the creation of more than 2,300 jobs to Lancaster County.

Congratulations to the delegation, and a big thank-you from all of us for doing an outstanding job.

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