NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Local and state leaders came together to welcome Pepsi Bottling Ventures to the Palmetto Coast Industrial Park in North Myrtle Beach today.
Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV) will be moving into a brand new 164,850-square-foot facility off Water Tower Road by December.
The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (MBREDC) hosted the event. Pepsi Bottling Ventures will be the first tenant of the new, 40-acre Palmetto Coast Industrial Park. PBV is expanding operations, investing $15 million, retaining 146 jobs, and creating at least 27 new positions.
Several speakers were on hand before the groundbreaking ceremony including North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marylyn Hatley, State Senator Greg Hembree, and Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner.
Derek Hill, President and CEO of PBV, also talked about how important the new facility will be for the company as it continues to grow. Sandy Davis, the President and CEO of MBREDC, highlighted the cooperation that helped bring the project to fruition.
The Presentation of Colors was provided by the North Myrtle Beach High School Color Guard followed by a group recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Hatley highlighted the importance of expanding and diversifying the workforce in the North Myrtle Beach area. “The City of North Myrtle Beach is proud to welcome Pepsi Bottling Ventures to our great City.” Mayor Hatley also said the North Myrtle Beach City Council was committed to fostering strategic alliances between residential and commercial sectors because they are both critical to the success of the community and the area.