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Golf ball maker TaylorMade opening Upstate factory

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Officials announce TaylorMade Golf's plans for a Pickens County facility. (Apr. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina) Officials announce TaylorMade Golf's plans for a Pickens County facility. (Apr. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

TaylorMade Golf Company announced Wednesday that they were expanding, basing their golf ball production in the Upstate.

The company plans to invest $13 million with the creation of a 120,000-square-foot golf ball production plant in Liberty set to open in 2014. The company already has a facility in Westminster, whose operations will be incorporated into the new location.

The new plant will be located in the Pickens County Commerce Park and serve as the company's golf ball production headquarters, relocating other golf ball productions to the plant.

Officials estimated the new facility would generate 130 jobs, though some of those would transfer from the company's other Upstate location.

"It's a significant amount of jobs and some of those jobs will be coming over from our current facility in the next county, some won't," said John Kawaja, executive vice president at TaylorMade Golf. "So there will certainly be opportunity for Pickens County talent to be a part of what we do."

Construction on the plant is set to begin in May with a completion date of January and hopeful final transition from its previous golf ball headquarters in July 2014.

"South Carolina is home to a number of world-class, well-known brands, and it's great to see another one choose to grow in the Palmetto State," said Gov. Nikki Haley a release sent to FOX Carolina. "We celebrate TaylorMade Golf Company's decision to invest $13 million in Liberty with its new plant. Announcements like this are another indication that South Carolina is becoming the 'it' state for business."

The California-based company has not said how many jobs the new facility will create. The company is a brand of the Adidas Group.

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