Vulcan opens quarry in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Vulcan Materials announced last week that it plans to build an $18M facility in Fairfield County just north of the county’s 1,500-acre megasite – just south of State Road 41 between I-77 and U S. Route 21.

In a statement released on Sept. 18, Scott Burnham said Vulcan expects to hire 15 new full-time employees with a payroll and benefits of $1.3M.

“Fairfield County should reap significant tax revenue from the facility and equipment.” said Ty Davenport, the Director of Economic Development for Fairfield County.

Vulcan operates 16 facilities in the state, including its Blair Quarry in Fairfield County and Columbia and Dreyfus quarries in Richland County. It will open another quarry in Lexington latter this fall.

“The Fairfield Quarry will growth and will supply building materials for nearby homes, businesses and infrastructure while creating good-paying jobs and generating needed revenue,” Elliott Botzis, vice president and general manager for Vulcan Materials in S.C., said.

Of its 909.7 acres along I-77, officials say only 127.7 (14 percent) will be mined. Approximately 86 percent of the site will remain unmined, including setbacks, buffers, natural landscape and wildlife habitat areas.

Vulcan is the nation’s largest producer of ready-mix concrete and asphalt, according to the statement.

The company is in the process of applying for the necessary permits from Fairfield County and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).