Legal notice says Sumter's Project Bulldog is BD

Public hearing will be held before 3rd reading of incentive agreement

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 5/27/18

According to a required legal notice of a public hearing at an upcoming Sumter County Council meeting in today's Classified section of The Sumter Item, written by legal counsel for local manufacturer BD (Becton Dickinson and Co.), BD is the company …

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Legal notice says Sumter's Project Bulldog is BD

Public hearing will be held before 3rd reading of incentive agreement

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According to a required legal notice of a public hearing at an upcoming Sumter County Council meeting in today's Classified section of The Sumter Item, written by legal counsel for local manufacturer BD (Becton Dickinson and Co.), BD is the company previously identified by county officials as Project Bulldog.

Project Bulldog has been the code name for a recent county economic development project that has passed two readings by county council in the last month and will involve an investment of at least $150 million and create 125 new, full-time jobs in Sumter.

The legal notice says the manufacturer is proposing a physical plant investment in the county, and state law requires legal counsel to identify the company in any public notice so any concerned residents who want to attend the particular hearing know what it is about.

According to a previous article in The Sumter Item, after the public hearing that night, council is expected to have its third and final reading of an ordinance to authorize a fee in lieu of taxes and incentive agreement between the county and company in light of it making such a large investment in the county.

The Sumter Development Board late last week only confirmed that BD is in the process of seeking approvals that would allow them to take further steps on making additional capital investments at its local plant.

BD, at 1575 Airport Road, currently employs at least 700 employees at its Sumter facility and is a high-volume automated assembly and packaging operation for medical device products. Its products are used daily in hospitals, doctor offices and other health organizations, according to the company's website.