It is good to see Navistar continue to invest in Richland County. The County needs to retain and grow a decent blue-collar job base to round out our workforce and residents.
We may not be quite at the level of Lexington County, but I don't think it's a good idea to potentially have a bifurcated workforce between upper-middle-class professionals (e.g., lawyers, professors, doctors, engineers, etc.) and more struggling service-class, which is what I believe happens when good blue-collar jobs are not plentiful enough.
To that extent it's great to hear the County hired Kershaw's economic development director - this is a great fit. He's familiar with the region, and comes from a neighboring county which has pretty good successes in attracting a blue-collar job base (Target distribution center, Invista, Haier, etc.). Hopefully he can take his skills to better develop similar sites in the Shop/Bluff Road areas and the Blythewood industrial cluster. And perhaps even the "no man's land" that is north-central Richland County, north of I-20.