The world leader in online photography is opening a 300,000-square-foot production and service center in Fort Mill. Shutterfly, Inc. will eventually employ more than 600 workers in the facility, scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013. Capital investment at the facility is projected to be $60 million.
“Shutterfly saw an opportunity to lower their total costs of operation by expanding in York County,” said Mark Farris, director of the York County Economic Development Board.
“The combination of assistance from our county, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, skilled labor, and a well-positioned building made our area an attractive option. Thanks to direct assistance from York Electric Cooperative, including aggressive marketing and a quick response from staff, our job was much easier.” The photography giant will occupy the former UAV Building just off I-77 in Fort Mill and just 10 miles from a North Carolina-based Shutterfly operation. Most of those employees will transfer to South Carolina.
“I am extremely proud that we are able to retain the employees working in our Charlotte facility while adding new jobs and expanding our manufacturing footprint,” said Jeffrey Housenbold, president and CEO of Shutterfly, in a South Carolina Department of Commerce press release. “Fort Mill is an ideal location for its proximity to our employees and the new talented local labor pool.”
Shutterfly is now a member of York Electric Cooperative. “We are excited to welcome Shutterfly to our cooperative and to meet their power needs,” said Paul Basha, president and chief executive officer of York Electric Cooperative. “We are glad we could support our economic development officials in the recruitment process and congratulate them on this success.”