Pharmacy-Lite Packaging purchases Wal-Mart building

Company bringing $2.9 Investment, 33 jobs to Fairfield

COLUMBIA – Another new industry has announced plans to set up shop in Fairfield County. This time in the Wal-Mart building which has been vacant since Wal-Mart moved out almost three years ago.

COLUMBIA – Another new industry has announced plans to set up shop in Fairfield County. This time in the Wal-Mart building which has been vacant since Wal-Mart moved out almost three years ago.

It was announced Monday that Pharmacy-Lite Packaging, a division of Pacific Management Holdings, LLC, plans to establish operations in the building, bringing with it a $2.9 million investment and 33 new jobs.

According to County Administrator Jason Taylor, the company asked for almost no incentives.

“They didn’t ask for a whole lot,” Taylor said. “The county, along with the town of Winnsboro, will assist with upgrading the sprinkler system in the building…that’s all. No tax credits involved.”

Fairfield County was awarded a $150,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of those property improvements to accommodate the move-in.

A family-owned business based in the U.S., Pharmacy-Lite Packaging manufactures streamlined vial systems for prescription drugs. The company’s innovative packaging features fewer barcodes and offers child-resistant, reversible and easy-open twist caps for dry and liquid vials. 

The business will be located at 721 U.S. Highway 321 Bypass South in Winnsboro.  Pharmacy-Lite Packaging’s Fairfield County operations will serve as a manufacturing and distribution center and is expecting to begin operations later this month. Initial hiring is slated to begin in the spring of 2020.

“Fairfield County is thrilled to welcome Pharmacy-Lite Packaging,” County Council Chairman Neil Robinson said. “I am very happy to welcome another corporate citizen to the county and for the Wal-Mart building to be occupied again. Pharmacy-Lite Packaging is a great addition to the county’s growing manufacturing base,” Robinson said. “I think they will find that their Winnsboro location will be well supported by local businesses and our willing workforce. Most good things happen with hard work, and we want to recognize the town of Winnsboro’s effort to help Pharmacy-Lite Packaging make the decision to select our community,” Robinson added.

Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy also expressed his enthusiasm for the company’s decision to select Winnsboro to grow their business.

“Our citizens welcome the job opportunities, and I can assure you that the town stands ready to support Pharmacy-Lite Packaging with utilities and other valuable services. Our partnership with Fairfield County’s leadership is paying dividends, and we know the future is bright,” Gaddy said.

“A key to the success of this project is the Town of Winnsboro’s cooperation and willingness to participate to make it happen,” Ty Davenport, the county’s Director of Economic Development, said. “We asked for their support and they jumped right in. And I think this project, because of its location, will be a big benefit to the town and help it to grow from the core out. Having more employees close to the town will help keep dollars in the town, in the restaurants and stores,” Davenport said.

Council also voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance authorizing the execution and delivery of an agreement with Victory Boats, LLC to move operations to the county. While negotiations are ongoing, council was reluctant to discuss details.

“We’re always actively trying to recruit industry to Fairfield County,” Taylor said. “However, to recruit industry we often have to put together an incentive agreement. In this case, we’re trying to bring a company to an existing building. The county and the state are offering certain incentives and we’re also putting it in a multi-county park.”

It was announced Monday that Pharmacy-Lite Packaging, a division of Pacific Management Holdings, LLC, plans to establish operations in the building, bringing with it a $2.9 million investment and 33 new jobs.

According to County Administrator Jason Taylor, the company asked for almost no incentives.

“They didn’t ask for a whole lot,” Taylor said. “The county, along with the town of Winnsboro, will assist with upgrading the sprinkler system in the building…that’s all. No tax credits involved.”

Fairfield County was awarded a $150,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of those property improvements to accommodate the move-in.

A family-owned business based in the U.S., Pharmacy-Lite Packaging manufactures streamlined vial systems for prescription drugs. The company’s innovative packaging features fewer barcodes and offers child-resistant, reversible and easy-open twist caps for dry and liquid vials. 

The business will be located at 721 U.S. Highway 321 Bypass South in Winnsboro.  Pharmacy-Lite Packaging’s Fairfield County operations will serve as a manufacturing and distribution center and is expecting to begin operations later this month. Initial hiring is slated to begin in the spring of 2020.

“Fairfield County is thrilled to welcome Pharmacy-Lite Packaging,” County Council Chairman Neil Robinson said. “I am very happy to welcome another corporate citizen to the county and for the Wal-Mart building to be occupied again. Pharmacy-Lite Packaging is a wonderful addition to the county’s growing manufacturing base,” Robinson said. “I think they will find that their Winnsboro location will be well supported by local businesses and our willing workforce. Most good things happen with hard work, and we want to recognize the town of Winnsboro’s effort to help Pharmacy-Lite Packaging make the decision to select our community,” Robinson added.

Winnsboro Mayor Gaddy also expressed his enthusiasm for the company’s decision to select Winnsboro to grow their business.

“Our citizens welcome the job opportunities, and I can assure you that the town stands ready to support Pharmacy-Lite Packaging with utilities and other valuable services. Our partnership with Fairfield County’s leadership is paying dividends, and we know the future is bright,” Gaddy said.

“The decision by Pharmacy-Lite Packaging to call South Carolina home is further proof that our state’s manufacturing and distribution sectors continue to shine. I applaud this great company for establishing operations in the Palmetto State and look forward to the impact they will have on Fairfield County,”  Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce, added.