COLUMBIA, S.C. – Apex Tool Group, LLC, a leading manufacturer of power and hand tools with more than 30 brands, is expanding its Sumter County workforce, adding between 150 and 200 jobs by the end of 2015.
Apex Tool Group, headquartered in Sparks, Md., is one of the largest manufacturers of professional power and hand tools in the world, serving the vehicle assembly and maintenance, industrial, aerospace, electronics, construction and do-it-yourself market segments.
“Apex Tool Group’s products are synonymous with quality, and as they continue to grow in Sumter County, we commit to continuing to provide a top quality workforce. We welcome Apex’s workforce expansion that will bring more than 150 new jobs to Sumter.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
The company’s Sumter facility produces hand tools under the Crescent®, Wiss®, HK Porter® and Xcelite® brand names, and will be adding production of Armstrong® and Allen® hand tools as well as private label brands. Apex will be consolidating several of its manufacturing facilities into its Sumter plant, which currently employs approximately 200 associates. Apex’s presence in Sumter County spans more than three decades.
“I see this as a huge vote of confidence in Sumter and validation of our efforts to be both a family and business-friendly community. I think we can compete with any other location in the world and win. Apex is a good company that makes quality products, and Sumter is a quality community and home to some of the best workers available anywhere. I think we’re a good match. ” –Mayor Joe McElveen, City of Sumter
Apex’s group of brands includes other marquee names like Apex®, Belzer®, Campbell®, Delta®, GearWrench®, Jacobs® Chuck, JOBOX®, Lufkin®, Nicholson®, Plumb®, SATA®, Cleco® and Weller,® with products manufactured in more than 25 plants across the globe, including its other South Carolina facility located