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Rubbermaid plans expansion

By Kevin Jefferies

Greenville – Rubbermaid will be asking for a tax abatement from the Greenville City Council tonight on a planned $29 million expansion for the Greenville plant. The expansion would add new equipment and about 20 jobs to the 575 person workforce currently employed by Rubbermaid. The equipment comes from a recently closed plant in Phoenix.

Rubbermaid seeks a five-year graduated tax abatement on the relocated equipment. The first year would see a 100% abatement, 90% the second year, and so on.

Rubbermaid is Greenville's second largest employer, second only to L-3 Communications and is the city's second largest utility user. The Greenville City Council will consider the tax abatement proposal tonight in regular session at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium beginning at 6pm.