By Cathy Gilbert/CLARENDON CITIZEN
“While many firms are closing their doors, Select Labs has chosen Clarendon County to be a permanent home,” said Clarendon County Chairman Dwight Stewart, welcoming the medical testing facility to the county on April 27.
“We know that healthcare will continue to be a growing sector for our citizens and throughout the region,” he added. “We just want you to know how much you are appreciated.”
Select Labs 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. Select Labs came to Clarendon County in April of 2007, making a temporary home on the F.E. DuBose Campus of Central Carolina Technical College. In October of 2009, they broke ground on a permanent home at the entrance of the Clarendon County Industrial Park, just off Hwy. 301.
Clarendon Chamber of Commerce President Jake Buddin applauds as Ernie Knesel from Select Labs accepts a framed print of the Clarendon County Courthouse from the Clarendon County Development Board.
“We are pleased that Select Labs has been successful here and is making Clarendon County their home permanently,” said former Development Board Chair J. Barry Ham, at the facility’s groundbreaking. “Medical sector jobs continue to be a bright spot in this economy and we are glad those jobs came here.”
“We are excited to welcome Select Labs to our Industrial Park,” said current Development Board chair Skip Osborne. “This is a tremendous win for our county and the 52 jobs you bring make a difference for our county. This project took a lot of teamwork and we are especially grateful to (CCTC President) Dr. Tim Hardy and (F.E. DuBose Campus Director) John Roveri for providing Select Labs with a temporary home while this beautiful facility was built.”
Osborne, along with Development Board Executive Director John Truluck presented Synermed Select Partners President and CEO Ernie Knesel with a framed print of the Clarendon County Courthouse as a token of their appreciation.
“We are so grateful for the warm reception you all have given us,” Knesel said. “We are proud to be a part of this community and look forward to a long relationship with you all.”