STL recently announced the opening of a new facility in Lugoff, South Carolina, The Palmetto Plant. When it comes to Telecom markets, South Carolina is one of the most important regions in the world and the decision to build a manufacturing plant there was strategic. The Palmetto Plant is named after the state tree of South Carolina and is not only going to be a new manufacturing facility but will also be STL’s North American Headquarters.
The $56 million Palmetto Plant was inaugurated by the Governor of South Carolina by Henry McMaster, with attendees including key customers, government dignitaries, and local Chambers of Commerce representatives.
The building of this facility follows STL’s Make in America vision, and addresses the market demand for 5G, FTTx, and rural broadband. The Palmetto Plant will specialize in the production of future-ready optical solutions including high fiber count cables with smaller diameters and innovative designs such as high-capacity ribbonized cables and rugged designs for rural areas. The plant will also prioritize on products that are easy to deploy, monitor, and maintain, as well as have on-site testing.
Following STL’s agenda to be net zero by 2030 the Lugoff facility will strive to achieve zero waste and pursue an ongoing commitment to reduce energy consumption.
Regarding the Palmetto Plant, Paul Atkinson, the CEO of Optical Networking Business at STL, stated, ”This facility mirrors our ethos and STL’s larger purpose – of Transforming Billions of Lives by Connecting the World.”
STL has made an impact in South Carolina with the development of its new plant, and the company looks forward to seeing the impact it will have on both the digital landscape and on America’s rural connectivity.