“We’re going to grow and grow fast in York County,” says J. Christopher York, president of Bluestar Silicones.
“If you make profits and cash flow, you will hire more employees,” Haley said.
Bluestar Silicones has started production in its $19.8 million new home after moving from a much smaller plant in Rock Hill. The company upfitted the 147,000-square-foot former Hella Lighting plant in the East York park.
York says Bluestar Silicones has committed to hiring about 25 more workers over three years to add to the 83-member staff at the plant.
Pascal Chalvon-Demersay, chief executive of parent company Bluestar Silicones International, predicts the work force there could reach 123 within the next four years.
The Bluestar Silicones move also brought equipment and jobs from a company plant in Ventura, Calif.
The company makes silicone that’s used in a variety of items, including health-care products and release coatings.