Haier America to expand Kershaw County appliance plant, add 400 jobs
News from The State:

Haier America, the first Chinese manufacturer to locate in South Carolina, said it will turn shovels Thursday in Camden on a $ 72-million expansion that will nearly double the size of its existing operation and add more than 400 employees during the next five years.

The groundbreaking is planned for the company’s 300,000-square-foot facility near downtown Camden in Kershaw County, where the company has built major appliances such as refrigerators since 1999. Haier announced its first overseas plant, in Camden on 110 acres, in 1999, promising a $ 30 million initial investment.

By 2006, the company had increased its investment in the Palmetto State to $ 60 million, according to the state Department of Commerce. In 2009, Haier expanded its appliance line-up, adding a refrigerator/freezer line to its America-built product line.

Earlier this year, company officials indicated through a public relations firm that Haier expected to make a big announcement later in the year, but Haier executives declined interview requests at the time. Haier and other Chinese companies often view American states as their best shot at gaining a manufacturing toe-hold in the lucrative, $ 17-trillion U.S. economy.

Haier officials also declined to comment on the proposed plant Monday, citing their announcement and groundbreaking planned fo…………… continues on The State

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Appliance repair company sued for 2nd time by state for work not done
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Dozens of customers are losing money from a repair service that has already been fined by the state. That’s according to the Office of Consumer Protection which is suing the owner of Shane’s Appliance for the second time in the last four years.

Shane Mulleitner has already been forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines as well as refunds back to customers. So now the state is looking to make sure the Waipahu company goes out of business for good.

Sandra Bourquin was frantic when her refrigerator was leaking water all over the floor, so she contacted Shane’s Appliance to get it fixed.

She said after he gave the fridge a quick look, she got a bill. “He scribbled something on a piece of paper for me to sign and said that will be $ 586,” Bourquin said, “and, I’m like, I’m sorry, and he said you have to pay for the parts before I order them or they won’t ship them to me.”

She later found out that the parts needed were less than a hundred dollars, so she asked Mulleitner for a refund. She said he told her no and has not heard from him since.

Yukiko Matsuura says she paid $ 1,500 to get a dishwasher fixed and to replace a garbage disposal. She said she later found out that the disposal cost about $ 80, but was charged $ 800. She, too, asked Mulleitner for a refund and never got it.

“I just want to get money back,” Matsuura said, “so I…………… continues on KHON2

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