A Williamsburg County company that helps cities and towns keep about half of their garbage out of landfills is expanding and adding 27 new jobs.

The Hemingway facility will invest $3.1 million and add 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space at the company’s sole plant to serve more than 800 municipal customers across the nation.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our operations at our Hemingway plant,” said Mark Dancy, president of WasteZero. “South Carolina’s pro-business environment and skilled and dependable workforce has enabled us to grow.”

The company expects to complete the expansion by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

“Today’s announcement is another win for one of our state’s rural areas,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. “It is always great to see one of our existing businesses grow and succeed in our state.”

The Raleigh, N.C.-based company, helps local governments around the United States save money by cutting municipal solid waste and by increasing recycling. Its customers consistently see an average 44 percent decrease in municipal solid waste deposited into landfills or incinerators and a doubling or sometimes tripling of recycling rates, according to WasteZero.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $850 million in capital investment and more than 2,200 jobs in the recycling-related sector.

“South Carolina is the perfect place to go green and to make green,” state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said. “With business-friendly resources and an excellent workforce, our state is well-positioned to serve the growth of companies in the recycling and waste management sector.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions next spring. Those interested in job opportunities with the company should go to the company’s career page at http://wastezero.com/about-us/careers.aspx.