Pulcra ChemicalsGerman specialty chemicals supplier Pulcra Chemicals will invest $3.1 million to expand its manufacturing operation in York County, S.C.

The investment will create 17 new jobs with an average wage of $22.00 per hour, according to a press release from Gov. Nikki R. Haley's office.

Pulcra Chemicals provides products and system solutions for increasing the productivity and environmental compatibility of complex manufacturing processes in the fiber, textile and leather industries. Its parent company is based in Geretsried, Germany, and operates production facilities, service centers and sales offices in 14 countries.

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South Carolina has recruited more than 31,000 new manufacturing jobs to the state’s economy since January 2011, noted the release.

"Pulcra Chemicals is very pleased with our decision to locate our business in Rock Hill, S.C. We thank the city of Rock Hill, York County and the State of South Carolina for their support and we look forward to our next phase of growth," said Brian Francois, president of Pulcra Chemicals

“Pulcra Chemicals’ announcement proves they are committed to their future here in South Carolina and to our strong workforce. We applaud their decision to invest $3.1 million and create 17 new jobs," said Gov. Haley.