Charleston, SC- On Thursday, March 3, 2011, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the John W. Matthews Industrial Park’s water tank beginning at 2:00 p.m. The one million gallon water tank will be the first structure completed on the property. Construction begins this month and is scheduled for completion by December 2011.
The ceremony will kick off with speeches from Johnnie Wright, Chairman of the Orangeburg County Council and the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency, Senator John W. Matthews, Jr., South Carolina Senate District 39, Major Kevin Wissel, Deputy Commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, and Dalton Tresvant, U.S. Congressman James Clyburn’s Midlands Area Director.
Following the speeches will be the official groundbreaking for the tank, performed by the speakers along with Bill McCall, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Santee Cooper, and Mathew Daoust, Senior Project Manager for Caldwell Tanks, Inc., the contractor for the water tank construction.
The Matthews Industrial Park is owned by Orangeburg County and is named for long-time state Senator John W. Matthews, Jr. The park is a vital part of the Orangeburg County Economic Development Commission’s long-range plan to bring industries and jobs to the area. The Corps of Engineers has enjoyed a seven-year partnership with the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency and Orangeburg County, resulting in completion of projects that bring a reliable source of potable water to large areas of Orangeburg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Dorchester and Sumter Counties. Together, the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency and the Charleston District oversee design and construction of the water tank and other water treatment projects in the area.
The event will be held at the John W. Matthews, Jr. Industrial Park located at 5148 Five Chop Road, Cameron, SC 29030. Media is welcome and invited to attend.
For more information or questions, please contact the Charleston District’s Corporate Communications Office at 843-329-8123.