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October 2015

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OCTOBER 2015 R ETAI LOBSE RVE R.COM 17 Construction is anticipated to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2018 with hiring for the 410 new positions expected to begin in the summer of 2016. Those interested in joining the Haier America team should visit the company's careers page online. For more information on Haier Group, visit QUOTES "South Carolina has been a tremendous partner since Haier first established manufacturing here in 2000. As we rededicate our- selves to the American consumer and continue our growth in the U.S., it gives us great pleasure to expand our operations in Camden and provide opportunities for the highly capable local talent." –Haier America President and CEO Adrian Micu "It's a great day in South Carolina as we celebrate Haier's latest decision to expand in Kershaw County. We couldn't be prouder of the partnership our state has with Haier, and this $72 million investment and the 410 jobs it will create is a huge win the company and for the citizens of South Carolina." –Governor Nikki Haley "Foreign direct investment continues to be a critical component of our economic development success. With more than 100,000 South Carolinian's employed by international companies, it's clear that the reputation we've earned for our workforce and business- friendly environment has made its way around the world. Today, we celebrate Haier's decision to expand its already robust South Carolina operations and look forward to continuing this extraordinary partnership for many years to come." –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt "Today's announcement is a true celebration of the confidence Haier has in our people and our community. We are proud they chose to expand their Kershaw County operation and create over 400 new jobs. This is further proof that Kershaw County is open for business." –Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns "A true testament to a region's business climate is when an industry commits dollars to expand in place. Haier America has been a valued corporate citizen in Kershaw County for 15 years now, and we congratulate them on the decision to add over 400 jobs and $72 million in capital investment to their operation here in the Midlands." –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan FIVE FAST FACTS • Haier America is expanding its Kershaw County operations. • $72 million investment creating 410 new jobs over the next five years. • Headquartered in Qingdao, China, Haier employs more than 60,000 people worldwide. • Haier broke ground on the Kershaw County Haier Industrial Park in April 1999, marking the company's entry into the U.S. market. Those interested in joining the Haier America team should visit the company's careers page online. Haier America, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a subsidiary of Haier Group, the world's #1 major appliances brand by volume as ranked by Euromonitor International 2014 and a global leader in consumer electronics. Haier employs more than 60,000 people worldwide and distributes products in more than 100 countries and regions. Global revenues for Haier Group reached $32.6 billion in 2014. For more information, please visit or connect at and Twitter @haieramerica. As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental,, Volvo Cars, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. Consistently, South Carolina has ranked as one of the top states in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International and FDI Markets reports. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, please visit 9 WAYS TO COOK WITH ILVE One of the many advantages of purchasing an ILVE range is the optional accessories exclu- sive to the ILVE brand. These accessories are made to fit perfectly on ILVE ranges and cooktops, and provide the added benefit of nine unique ways to cook. Just like all ILVE products, these features and accessories will add beauty, style and performance to any kitchen.

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