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Toronto company plans to build South Carolina base

Published by Steve Coleman on September 07, 2011

A Toronto company is moving closer to the eye of the storm to set up shop.

Toronto-based Innovative Composites International has announced plans to invest $9.3 million in a South Carolina plant to make composite housing that can be assembled for disaster relief and other needs.

"They put 880-square-foot houses together in two days. They're certified hurricane- and earthquake-proof and can be sent to relief areas like Haiti," Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson was quoted as saying in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat web site.

Innovative Composites International will operate in the U.S. as EcoScapes Composites LLC. The company says the houses are earthquake and hurricane resistant and can be used as both temporary and permanent housing.

The move to South Carolina is expected to create 300 new jobs in the community.

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