Families are those who share a common bond, relationships and interests. They are comprised of individuals who rely upon each other for strength, support and guidance.
Three new industries in Barnwell County share one common bond – they are all family-owned and operated.
Koch & Company, Monmouth, and TIVA each started with the vision of one person, worked to establish places where employees feel like family, and created a legacy of family ownership.
All are coming to Barnwell County in hopes of expanding their families’ businesses and becoming part of the local community, joining a family of residents and businesses.
SouthernCarolina Alliance (SCA), the regional non-profit regional economic development organization representing Barnwell and six other counties in the area, was pleased to welcome these family-owned companies to the local industrial community. SCA works to recruit industries that provide good jobs to local residents to improve our quality of life in the region. These newly recruited industries will directly affect three communities in Barnwell County.
Representatives of the three industries were the guests of honor at a reception held Thursday, July 14 at Sweetwater Country Club hosted by SCA, Southern Palmetto Regional Chamber of Commerce and Barnwell County Economic Development Corporation. Attending were Chamber members, county and municipal leadership and special guests.
TIVA Building Products
Attending from TIVA were CEP Terry Fangrad, Director of Sales & People Akaashi Khan, and General Manager of North American Manufacturing Chuck Zhou.
TIVA Building Products was founded by Terry Fangrad, who serves as his company’s CEO. Headquartered in Canada, TIVA Building Products Corp. manufactures leading PVC decking and dock boards using adaptive security appliances (ASA) technology. The company’s TIVADEK, TIVADOK and TIVACOAT product lines offer quality performance for outdoor spaces.
“I started designing and building decks in 1986,” said Fangrad. In an effort to showcase multiple products in one place, he started “The Deck Store” in 2008 in Mississauga, Ontario. Later he moved the headquarters to Oakville, Ontario.
After working with various products over time, he “decided to create a product he could really stand behind,” said Megan Fangrad, Terry’s daughter who is also the Sales and Marketing Manager for TIVA.
The result was TIVA Building Products.
“We have a very distinct culture,” said Terry. “We are all very family-oriented. We all get along very well. We are all very comfortable with one another.”
Fangrad announced in April 2022 that the company is expanding to a location at 44 Bradley Drive, just off Highway 78 in Blackville. TIVA’s Barnwell County operations will manufacture PVC decking and other building materials using the extrusion process. The company’s $8.3 million investment will create 122 new jobs. Operations are expected to be online by August 2022.
Monmouth Rubber & Plastics
Attending from Monmouth were President John M. Bonforte Jr. and his wife, Katie.
In May 2022, Monmouth Rubber & Plastics announced plans to establish operations at 4445 Barnwell Road in Williston. The company’s $5.6 million investment will create 65 new jobs. The expansion is expected to be complete by January 2023.
Monmouth Rubber & Plastics is a family-owned and managed Rubber and Plastic Foam company headquartered in Long Branch, N.J.. It was started in 1964 by John M. Bonforte, Sr.
He is married to Barbara Bonforte who is a retired school teacher. They have four grown children – Kristin and Scott run the family food business, Kelly Ann teaches in Rumson and John Jr. is president and COO of Monmouth Rubber & Plastics. They also have ten grandchildren.
“Monmouth Rubber supplies products and solves problems for customers on a global scale,” said John Bonforte Jr. “While there are other companies that supply products similar to ours, none have a people team more devoted than ours. When it comes to the quality of our people and the extra effort they give when servicing customers’ needs – Monmouth excels.”
Koch & Company
Representing Kock & Co. was HR manager Brandi Handberry and General Manager Dean Campbell.
In March 2022, Koch & Co., Inc., an American-made door and cabinet manufacturer, announced plans to establish operations in Barnwell County. The company’s $5.1 million investment will create 101 new jobs.
When Jim Koch was a teenager in Baileyville, Kansas, he already knew he loved working with wood. He and his eight siblings grew up on a farm where hard work and dedication were instilled in them by their parents.
While driving a tractor and working the fields, Jim would daydream about woodworking projects. After work and on weekends, he and his brother Dan would take lumber and try to create things. “When we were in high school, we made cedar chests and sold them,” said Jim Koch (pronounced Cook) recently. “I just loved the craftmanship.”
When he was 20 years old, Jim and Dan with the support of their uncle Fred joined forces to start a company in 1989. “Since 1993, we figured it out and haven’t looked back.”
Now Koch and his brother Barry are the driving force behind Koch & Company which makes fine cabinets and doors at 11 plants, all in the United States. On Thursday, May 26, he and Tricia, his wife of 36 years, cut a bright blue ribbon on the newest cabinet division in Barnwell located at 11200 Dunbarton Boulevard. The facility is already in operation.
The Barnwell plant will produce the Midland line of cabinetry for the Koch Cabinets division of Koch & Co. Their corporate headquarters is in Seneca, Kansas, and manufacturing facilities in various locations throughout Kansas and eastern Tennessee.
Koch & Co employs 915 employees throughout its locations and is planning to add 105 jobs in the Barnwell community within the next few years.
Koch said many members of his family work in the company and they have striven to make their staff feel like family.
It is a legacy of both craftsmanship and family pride.