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Medical Supply Manufacturer Establishes Major Nitrile Glove Operation in Greenville

Jun 06, 2022 12:06PM ● By David Dykes

Health Supply US, a leading government contracting and medical supply company, announced at the Greenville Area Development Corporation’s (GADC) annual meeting at Westin Poinsett Greenville on June 6, 2022, that it would establish manufacturing operations in Greenville County. 

The company is investing more than $150 million and creating 600 new jobs over the next five years. The new Glove One operation will have the capacity to produce 4.3 billion nitrile gloves annually, with the ability to triple production in the future.

A dedicated health care industry and government private sector partner, Health Supply US works to secure the United States’ domestic pipeline of medical supplies by identifying, sourcing, and delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care systems and federal, state, and local governments. 

The company’s FDA-compliant products include Class I medical devices and products such as medical isolation gowns and nitrile gloves.

The announcement was the latest in Greenville County and the Palmetto State. Since 2017, life sciences have become the state’s fastest-growing industry and feature a higher growth rate than any other Southeastern state. 

More than 1,030 life sciences companies are spread across 42 of the state’s 46 counties, employing 87,000 people.

“Health Supply US is dedicated to bringing critical medical supply chains back to the United States,“ said Health Supply US CEO Christopher Garcia. “Nitrile gloves are a vitally needed medical item that keep our frontline health care professionals and first responders safe, an item that we simply cannot rely completely on international markets for our domestic supply in the future.”

“This major investment by Health Supply US is further proof that our increased efforts to recruit life sciences companies to South Carolina are paying off," S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said at GADC’s annual meeting. “Expanding our life sciences industry is critical to safeguarding our supply chain and ensuring life-saving medical supplies are readily available during future emergencies. I congratulate Health Supply US on their investment and look forward to the impact they will have statewide.”

Founded in 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic with a mission focused on American manufacturing, Health Supply US has employed thousands of American workers across nine facilities in five states. 

Today, the company operates in the U.S. and Malaysia, and focuses on strategic partnerships for domestic industrial base expansion allowing its operations to scale up quickly to employ thousands of domestic workers producing essential PPE. 

The Health Supply US Greenville County facility will operate as Glove One with a focus on manufacturing American-made nitrile gloves and will employ 600 workers. 

The state-of-the-art facility will produce more than 4.3 billion nitrile gloves per year and greatly increase the domestic supply for this critical item – helping to protect America’s public health and national security.  

The Glove One facility will include nearly 400,000 square feet of industrial manufacturing and distribution space and will be located at 1 Quality Way. adjacent to Beechtree Business Park.

The GADC annual meeting was conducted in person for the first time since South Carolina fully emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting  also featured congratulatory comments by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, U.S. Rep. William Timmons, GADC CEO Mark Farris and others.

Said S.C. Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III: “South Carolina’s life sciences sector continues to grow at a rapid pace – amplified by today’s announcement that Health Supply US is investing over $150 million and creating 600 new jobs in the Greenville County community. 

"Not just a win for South Carolina, Health Supply US’s new Glove One operation is a win for the medical supply chain across all of the U.S." 

In addition to the Health South US announcement, the GADC celebrated 2021’s strong job creation and capital investment as GADC CEO Mark Farris noted that Greenville County announced capital investment of $1.1 billion and 4,644 new jobs since the start of the pandemic in 2020. 

For 2021 alone, Greenville County realized $142 million in investment and 1,836 new high-paying jobs, with mean wages well above both County and South Carolina averages. 

The strong numbers were validated by an economic impact study released in 2021 by researchers from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina that estimated that the GADC’s total economic impact in the county exceeds $6 billion annually and sustains 64,784 jobs in Greenville County alone. 

Over its 20 years of service to Greenville County, cumulative economic impact from GADC activities was validated at more than $55 billion.

Saluted with the GADC Chairman’s Award at the meeting was Caroline Schroder, vice president of Business Development & Corporate Services at Coldwell Banker Caine, and a longtime ambassador for  economic development in the county. 

Schroder’s work has focused on supporting executives and key employees of companies considering relocation and expansion in Greenville County. 

Also saluted by GADC Chair Erickson for his contributions was outgoing GADC Director Don Godbey, who welcomed incoming board members William Moon and Charles Piszczor. 

The Greenville Area Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization established by Greenville County Council to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County, S.C. 

Since its founding in 2001, GADC efforts have resulted in the creation of over 30,000 new jobs and more than $6 billion in capital investment in Greenville County, generating an economic impact for the county of more than $6 billion annually.