A Monroe-based electronics manufacturer has jumped the Carolinas line to York County with 110 jobs and a $7.6 million investment.
Quality Electronic Manufacturing Services Inc. was founded in Charlotte in 2002 and later opened a manufacturing center near the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport.
Now, QEMS has relocated to the former TE Connectivity building at 200 Interconnect Drive near Rock Hill and is in production making electronic parts and manufacturing systems.
“This will be the start of a new chapter in our company’s history,” says Hannah Pham, QEMS executive vice president. “This is a wonderful opportunity for significant, sustainable growth.”
QEMS receives job development credits from the state of South Carolina. York County also received a $100,000 grant to aid in renovating the existing building. It’s a 110,000-square-foot building located about 27 miles to the south of Charlotte.
TE Connectivity’s predecessor, AMP Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., opened the Rock Hill plant on Interconnect Drive on the south side of town in the mid-1990s. At the time, the plant was a major economic-development coup for Rock Hill. At one point in the plant’s history, the company was known as Tyco Electronics. TE Connectivity shut down the plant in 2017.
Britt Blackwell, chairman of York County Council, says QEMS is welcome in York County.
“We are pleased to see that they have found an ideal location in York County to establish their new electronic manufacturing operations,” he says.
Bobby Hitt, S.C. Commerce secretary, says the company’s arrival in South Carolina is a further indication that the state is growing as a “high-tech economy with global connectivity.”