Company sets up new operations in SC, bringing 400 new jobs

January 13, 2022 GMT

UNION, S.C. (AP) — A biotechnology company announced Thursday it’s investing $107 million and setting up operations in South Carolina.

MycoWorks, which specializes in mycelium-grown materials for use as sustainable, luxury-quality leather alternatives, said the project will create 400 new jobs in Union County.

“Deciding where to lay down roots was a big decision, but the partnership offered by state and local officials in combination with access to talent and amenities in the area made it easy,” MycoWorks Chief Operating Officer Doug Hardesty said in a news release. “We look forward to growing a world-class team and operation in Union County, South Carolina.”

MycoWorks’ new facility will increase its capacity to meet the fashion and luxury industries’ growing demand for its materials, including its flagship product, Reishi, which mimcs the performance of animal leathers and lowers environmental impacts, the company said.


They said the material offers creative solutions and new design possibilities for fashion and luxury brands while offering relief to supply chain constraints.

“More and more innovative and sustainable companies are finding that South Carolina is an ideal location to establish operations, and we welcome MycoWorks to that growing roster of businesses,” Gov. Henry McMaster said, adding that the investment “will make a significant impact in Union County and beyond.”

Operations are expected to be online in early 2023.