Chief Buildings announced earlier this year its plan to open a new manufacturing plant in Lancaster, S.C. That manufacturing plant is operational and as of December 9, 2022 has shipped its first load of finished product. Chief’s level of service to their Independent Authorized Builder network is now more robust than ever. Chief Buildings manufacturing processes produce heavy, structural steel members, light- gauge steel framing members, as well as a variety of pre-coated panel products among other related miscellaneous items.
Ribbon cutting festivities were held on-site on October 20, 2022 and was attended by roughly 200 patrons, including state and local dignitaries such as South Carolina Congressman Ralph Norman. “Family Businesses are what made this country what it is today, and the fact that Chief is a third-generation [company] and has been successful in the competitive construction industry is impressive. It is special to our community that Chief picked Lancaster to locate its third plant,” said Norman.
Chief Buildings now has three operational manufacturing facilities: the newly opened Lancaster, S.C. location, one in Grand Island, Neb. and one in Rensselaer, Ind. Chief Buildings employs over 400 employees throughout its various strategically located offices and manufacturing locations. Currently the number of employees at the Lancaster location is close to 20, and as more manufacturing equipment becomes available and goes online that number will grow. Chief will continue to add employees in these last weeks of 2022 and throughout 2023. Ultimately the Lancaster facility will have around 100 people total. “This is the type of industry you want. They’re going to hire over a hundred people. A great company with great people. Chief is going to put down roots here as this is a long-term commitment. I’m excited to see what they do in the community and how they contribute as a corporate partner,” said Steve Harper, Lancaster County Councilmember.