Harbor Freight Tools expanding distribution facility in Dillon County

$75 million investment expected to create 200 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – April 4, 2013 – Harbor Freight Tools USA Inc., a rapidly expanding discount tool retailer with over 430 stores nationwide, will greatly expand its existing distribution center in Dillon County. The approximately $75 million investment is expected to generate 200 new jobs.

“We are excited about breaking ground on what will be a dramatic expansion of our operation in Dillon County. Dillon has been the hub of our eastern distribution network for over a decade and South Carolina has been a great home for our company, providing us with a strong and skilled workforce and an excellent place to do business. With this expansion we’re making a commitment that extends far beyond building and equipping a new building – we’re making a commitment to outstanding corporate citizenship and a commitment to a great corporate culture that will make Harbor Freight Tools the employer of choice in the Pee Dee Region. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials and we’re very proud of the extraordinary team we’re building in Dillon,” said Eric Smidt, CEO of Harbor Freight Tools.

Harbor Freight Tools plans to add approximately 1 million square feet of space to the company’s existing facility in the Tri-County Gateway Industrial Park in Dillon. The company built its original Dillon distribution center in 2001 and expects to complete the expansion by early 2014. The company plans to begin hiring for new positions in October. Anyone interested in job opportunities should visit the careers page at the Harbor Freight Tools website at www.harborfreight.com/employment-opportunities.

“We celebrate Harbor Freight Tools’ decision to greatly expand its footprint in our state with a $75 million investment and the creation of 200 new jobs in Dillon County. South Carolina provides a great location for companies to reach markets across the Southeast and, with our port facilities in Charleston, around the globe. Coupled with our business-friendly climate and skilled workforce, it’s easy to see why more and more companies are choosing to locate and expand here,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.