Select Labs-SC to Provide Laboratory Services to Clarendon County
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Commerce joined the Clarendon County Development Board and Synermed Select Partners, Inc. in announcing the company’s intention to locate a modern clinical laboratory facility in Manning, South Carolina. The new lab, Select Labs-SC, will provide high quality, local testing for doctors and patients in rural areas of the state.
“Clarendon County was selected by our physician and hospital partners as the laboratory site because of its central location to the service area, great access to the interstate system and the strong work ethic of the people of central South Carolina,” said Ernie Knesel, President, Synermed Select Partners, Inc. “We hope and expect to be an ongoing contributor to the area economy and the general healthcare services of the state. We are pleased to be here!”
Currently, Select Labs-SC is operating in a temporary space at the F.E. DuBose Campus of Central Carolina Technical College. The company anticipates moving into a permanent facility in the Clarendon County Industrial Park in early 2008. The $1 million investment will initially create 25 new jobs.
“Today’s announcement is another sign that our efforts to improve the economic conditions for business are working to grow the knowledge-based economy throughout the state. We remain committed to continuing these efforts to increase opportunity for more South Carolinians,” said Gov. Mark Sanford.
“We are excited about Select Labs’ decision to locate in Clarendon County,” said Ted Johnson, Chairman of the Clarendon County Development Board. “The medical sector of our economy is strong and growing and we welcome these high skill jobs to our community.”
Select Labs-SC will benefit uninsured or underinsured patients in rural South Carolina by offering testing at prices that are typically 50 percent below those of its competitors. The company has already established a highly competent team of laboratory and healthcare professionals that are testing samples from several hundred patients every day, and expects to serve more than 100 physicians statewide.
Central S.C. Alliance Chairman George Bullwinkel, Jr. said, “The Alliance is pleased to welcome Synermed Select Partners, Inc. and the new employment opportunities for the citizens of Clarendon County as well as the region. Synermed Select Partners, Inc. provides rural physicians and hospitals in South Carolina quality laboratory and diagnostics services for the benefit of patients in rural areas. More and more companies are finding Clarendon County’s strategic and cost effective location coupled with its proximity to larger metropolitan areas in the state certainly makes it an attractive location for business and industry. We congratulate everyone who was involved in the project.”
Select Labs-SC is a creative collaboration between rural physicians across South Carolina, three local hospitals, and Synermed Select Partners, Inc. Synermed Select Partners, Inc. is a North Carolina based company specializing in laboratory management, logistics, and lab systems.