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Commerce Department Grant Improves Water System Infrastructure to Support Expansion of Dixie-Narco Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.27 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Town of Williston, S.C., to upgrade water system infrastructure to support the expansion of the Crane Co., the parent company of the Dixie-Narco facility, and to increase capacity for future economic development at Williston Industrial Park. The project is expected to create 300 jobs and generate $20 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"The Obama administration is committed to job growth and business development, and this grant will fund vital infrastructure needed in the Williston community," Locke said. "This project will not only benefit Dixie-Narco, it will also provide an expanded, more reliable water system that will make Williston Industrial Park more competitive."

This investment funds upgrades to the Town of Williston water system to support the expansion of the Dixie-Narco facility and the development of future businesses at the industrial park. These vital infrastructure improvements will enable the Crane Co. to expand its facility.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):
This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.