Mar 24 2005

Graham and DeMint Announce $2.1 Million for Florence-Darlington Tech

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) today announced Florence-Darlington Technical College will receive a $2,173,113 million grant for construction of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SIMT). “The SIMT will be one of the premier industrial training facilities in the country,” said Graham. “It will help promote the future economic development of Florence, Darlington and Marion counties and help ensure that South Carolina remains competitive in the global economy.” "I'm excited about the impact the institute will have on the Pee Dee area,” said DeMint. “This is exactly the kind of investment we need to make South Carolina one of the best places in the world to do business. Building a top-notch workforce will help attract prospective companies to our state and provide existing companies with a 'go-to' resource to improve training and productivity." The funds will be used for infrastructure improvements and site preparation to accommodate the Phase I building. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. ####