STL furthers U.S. reach with a $56M Lugoff, South Carolina facility

Sept. 18, 2023
The company says its new site advances its commitment to promote rural broadband builds and enable the NTIA’s BEAD vision.

STL launched its manufacturing facility in Lugoff, South Carolina - The Palmetto Plant. Named after the state tree of South Carolina, this facility, also designated as STL’s North American Headquarters, symbolizes STL’s commitment to the US market.

The Palmetto Plant was inaugurated by Hon. Henry McMaster, Governor of South Carolina, in the presence of government dignitaries, key customers, and representatives from the Fiber Broadband Association, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and local Chambers of Commerce. 

STL said this strategic investment and expansion efforts in the U.S. further reinforce the company’s commitment to the Make in America vision. The Palmetto Plant, spanning over 168,000 sq. ft, will specialize in future-ready optical solutions, including high fiber count cables with smaller diameters. The emphasis will also extend to new designs, notably high-capacity ribbonized cables and ruggedized designs for rural broadband deployments.

The company’s platforms have already found utility with several service providers, including Windstream and TruVista.

The new facility will also address the fiber installation shortage. STL’s new Lugoff facility also prioritizes simple optical connectivity products to deploy, monitor, and maintain. Additionally, comprehensive on-site testing aligned with industry-standard GR20 guidelines ensures its products' high quality and reliability.

Environmental sustainability is also a crucial part of the new facility. STL has committed to being Net zero by 2030. Following in the footsteps of STL’s other global manufacturing units, the Lugoff facility also aims to achieve zero waste and reduce energy consumption progressively.

The Palmetto Plant employs over 150 people, including skilled manufacturing associates and seasoned industry specialists leading the company’s North American operations.

"The inauguration of STL's manufacturing plant marks a significant stride forward for our communities. This venture introduces cutting-edge optical fiber technology, cultivates local talent, and fuels innovation,” said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. “This investment furthers South Carolina’s leadership in connecting the unconnected across the country and ushering in an era of progress and prosperity for all.”