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Economic Development (3 of 3)
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Kershaw County Council members (from left, top) Dennis Arledge, Al Bozard, Chairman Julian Burns, (bottom) Ben Connell, Tom Gardner, Jimmy Jones and Sammie Tucker Jr.
In October, 2011, many in Kershaw County, including then County Council Chairman Gene Wise, anxiously awaited a telephone call that would bear exciting, important news: a major company, Continental Tire, would be coming to Kershaw County. The call came, but the news was not what was anticipated -- in fact, it was devastating: Continental Tire, along with more than 1,600 jobs and a half billion dollar investment, was instead going to Sumter County. Missing out on Continental Tire, especially during the painfully slow recovery from the 2008 economic recession, was a heavy blow to bear for Kershaw County.