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Nucor is the largest producer of steel in the United States, and the largest recycler in North America. Nucor-Darlington, located in Darlington, South Carolina, began operations in 1969 as Nucor’s first bar mill. It is now the largest steel bar producer in the Southeast.
Sonoco is a multi-billion dollar global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective solutions and display and packaging services.
From their headquarters in Hartsville, South Carolina, and more than 330 operations in 34 countries, Sonoco produces packaging for a variety of industries and many of the world’s most recognized brands, serving customers in 85 nations. The company headquarters employs 1,347 Darlington County residents, making it the largest private sector employer in the county.
Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. A global company with locations in 30 U.S. states, the Darlington location manufactures Dixie brand paper products. It employs 600 employees.
Duke Energy Robinson Nuclear Plant
Located on Lake Robinson near Hartsville, South Carolina, Duke Energy Robinson Nuclear Plant employees 830 people, and produces 741 megawatts of electrical power—enough to power approximately 519,000 homes.
PolyQuest is the leading distributor of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin in North America. Established in 2000, with headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina and facilities in Farmingdale, New York, and Darlington, South Carolina, PolyQuest’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive, cost competitive supply portfolio of virgin and recycled PET (rPET) resins in North America. Its extensive resin catalog serves every major end application for PET, including bottle, sheet, strapping, compounding, film and fiber. PolyQuest is one of the fastest growing rPET producers in North America and uses state-of-the-art processing technology and equipment to deliver the highest quality post-industrial or post-consumer rPET products. The company currently employs 116 people.