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Site Location Partnership Client Announcement: Flame Spray North America Investing $9 Million in Laurens County Facility for Manufacturing Expansion

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site location partnershipClinton, SC (April 21, 2011) – Site Location Partnership (SLP), a Dallas-based corporate site selection advisory firm, announced that Flame Spray S.p.A., an international leader in the thermal spray coating industry, will establish its North American manufacturing facility in Laurens County, South Carolina. The $9.2 million investment is expected to generate more than 50 new jobs over the next five years.

“Flame Spray’s job-creating, multi-million dollar investment in Laurens County is exciting news,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “It demonstrates how committed we are to bringing jobs to rural areas in addition to big cities, and it’s just the beginning of what we’re going to see when we work to reduce taxes, cut red tape and preserve our right-to-work status.”

The Laurens County operations will be carried out by Flame Spray North America Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flame Spray S.p.A. The facility will manufacture thermal spray coatings primarily for industrial gas turbine and aircraft components. Flame Spray expects to begin operations by the fourth quarter of 2011.

“Laurens County provided us with an excellent production facility and has the skilled workforce to suit our needs,” stated Marco Prosperini, managing director of Flame Spray S.p.A. and CEO of Flame Spray North America Inc. “Flame Spray would like to thank everyone at the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Laurens County Development Corporation for all their hard work and assistance in helping us establish operations. We look forward to starting production at our new facility and growing our market share throughout North America.”

“Laurens County has positioned itself for the future and today’s announcement is just one example that our plan is paying off,” said Laurens County Council Chairman Jim Coleman. “We especially want to thank Eddie Latham for working with us to develop the spec building that Flame Spray will occupy.”

About Flame Spray S.p.A.
Flame Spray S.p.A., headquartered in Roncello, Italy, has been in the thermal spray coatings business for more than four decades. Flame Spray produces and specializes in manufacturing thermal spray coatings, diffusion coatings, slurry coatings, cladding and welding processes. These products are used for energy generation, steel, oil and gas, paper mills, aerospace and railway industries.

About The Laurens County Development Corporation
The Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC) is dedicated to ensuring thoughtful economic development throughout the area of Laurens County, South Carolina. The organization has been successful in retaining and expanding the local business community by investing in lucrative development plans and marketing strategies. Companies of all types and sizes continue to look at Laurens County as a prime place for relocation and expansion.

About Site Location Partnership

Site Location Partnership (SLP) is a multi-disciplined advisory firm that enables the growth of businesses, communities and economies through its two primary consulting areas - corporate site selection and economic development. SLP’s Corporate Location Practice helps companies from industrial and commercial sectors select the optimal location for expansion, relocation or consolidation of business facilities. SLP’s Economic Development Practice assists various organizations in implementing business attraction strategies for new corporate investment, job creation and economic growth.

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