SC Sen. Larry Grooms

The road to prosperity involves the Port

Today's announcement of Tire Kingdom incorporated's plans to open a major distribution facility near Charleston, means new jobs and a stronger economy according to Senate Transportation Chairman Larry Grooms.

Sen. Grooms issued the following statement:

“This is a big win for South Carolina's families and for the economy of the entire state. The more economic development negotiations I'm involved in, the more convinced I become that our state port is the powerful engine we need to move our economy down the road to prosperity. This shows other prospective employers that, when it comes to productivity and success, South Carolina is where the rubber meets the road.

“This decision by Tire Kingdom is fantastic news for our state. It shows the world that South Carolina is open for business and that we can compete. So many people went all-out to land Tire Kingdom --- the Ports Authority, Berkeley County, as well as private sector partners --- because they know this company is the key to so many other business opportunities. I am confident that now we will see an economic chain reaction, with impressive numbers of new jobs and even more spin-off companies coming to our state over the next few years.

“It proves what those of us involved behind the scenes have been saying, that the road to progress and prosperity often involves the Port. As someone who has been closely involved with the Tire Kingdom negotiations and with Port restructuring, I couldn't be happier. It's more evidence of my record as the only candidate with a history of securing new jobs for South Carolinians."

Just this year, Sen. Grooms wrote Act 73 which restructured the South Carolina State Ports Authority. This was the second significant restructuring of state government since Sen. Grooms led the fight to overhaul the Department of Transportation two years ago.

He is Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Larry Grooms, a Republican, represents portions of Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties in the state senate.

Tire Kingdom is the largest independent tire and automotive services retailer in the United States, operating over 600 stores with more than 7,000 employees.

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