May 12, 2016:

Viva Holdings Group, Inc. Launching Operations in Berkeley County

ST. STEPHEN, SC – Viva Holdings Group, Inc., an international leader in the worldwide rubber and plastic recycling industries, is launching a new operation in Berkeley County. The first phase of the new development is expected to bring a $28 million investment and create 200 new jobs with the potential for additional expansion.

Viva Holdings Group, Inc., through its subsidiary Viva TPE Products, LLC, is a manufacturer of semi-finished rubber goods with proprietary technology for export to China, along with a variety injection-molded finished products. The company’s proprietary technologies use a combination of recycled rubber and recycled plastics from post-industrial and post-consumer sources.

The company will be renovating a 177,000-square-foot industrial site at 315 Ravenell Drive in St. Stephen, S.C. For more information about joining the Viva team, visit www.vivarecycling.com.

In welcoming the new operation to St. Stephen, Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler offered the following remarks:

“If my smile does not give it away, I am extremely excited and honored to be standing here today on behalf of Berkeley County Government to welcome this incredible economic development project to St. Stephen, South Carolina.

When this project first came to my desk, I was intrigued with its name, Project Revival.

Viva’s commitment to Berkeley County, particularly to the northern part of Berkeley County, and their announcement today is a true revival for an area that has suffered for too long. And, Viva’s commitment means more opportunities for folks in St. Stephen and this region to both live and work here.

Marty, Zhang, and the entire Viva team – I am so thankful for your trust and belief in Berkeley County, in this area and in St. Stephen. Your new operation here is the beginning of a new day for this part of Berkeley County.

On behalf of Berkeley County Government and all Berkeley County residents, I offer my most grateful thanks for your investment of both finances and new jobs, both of which will significantly change lives for the better in this region.

I know our friends in the media will be surprised if I don’t end with my motto for the county… Berkeley County is open for business and Berkeley County means business… from St. Stephen to Moncks Corner, Ridgeville to Goose Creek, Daniel Island to Summerville, and everywhere in between.”

ADDITIONAL QUOTES:

“This announcement is a true revival for an area that has suffered for too long and provides opportunities for folks to both live and work in this region. Viva’s new operation in St. Stephen is the beginning of a new day for this part of Berkeley County. Berkeley County is extremely grateful for Viva’s investment of both finances and new jobs, both of which will significantly change lives for the better in this region.” – Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“Viva is proud to build in St. Stephen, S.C. an integrated manufacturing plant using our state’s recycled rubber and plastics. Our plant expects to employ up to 200 people, creating products that will be sold in the U.S. and exported to China.” –Viva Holdings Group, Inc. CEO Marty Sergei

“Viva brings together a team of Chinese and U.S. principals to create an international leader in the worldwide rubber and plastic recycling industries. Hebei Jingxin Chemical Group Ltd. is honored to be part of this venture.” – Viva Holdings Group, Inc. Chairman Zhang Baofa

“We couldn’t be more excited to congratulate Viva for its decision to build a new facility in Berkeley County. This $28 million investment, and the 200 new jobs it means for Berkeley County, is a huge win for everyone involved, and we look forward to watching this partnership grow for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“As an ideal destination for business, South Carolina is proud of our wonderful business climate, and today’s announcement by Viva Holdings Group, Inc. is a testament to that. Congratulations to the company on deciding to invest in Berkeley County, and we anticipate great things from their new development.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Congratulations to Berkeley County and St. Stephen, in particular, for welcoming a significant new asset to the community. Berkeley spearheaded a seamless and professional effort that demonstrated why this market is so successful. Viva will be a wonderful addition to the region and a strong economic partner, and we are proud to welcome them here.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Anita Zucker

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