Location & Expansion Log
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New & Expanding
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CEO Andrew Kurtz of Greenville, SC-based Kopis said Charleston was the next logical market because the company already has customers in the area including Blackbaud and Tidelands Bank, and the Charleston region is blossoming as a technology hub. www.kopisusa.com
Critical Solutions International Inc.
Provider and service supporter of blast protected vehicles
CSI chose to relocate its global headquarters from Dallas to Charleston due to the business climate in South Carolina and ease of access to international shipping from the Port of Charleston. A supplier of the U.S. countermine and humanitarian demining products/services, CSI’s products lead the way in the safe detection and identification of hidden threats. For more information, visit www.c-s-i.com
|NEW JOBS: ||2,000|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$500 million|
Volvo Cars of North America
The Swedish automaker, Volvo Cars, has announced it will locate its first North American manufacturing plant in the Charleston region. The new operation will be located near the intersection of Interstates 26 & 95, and will manufacture latest-generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export to global markets through the Port of Charleston. The new $500 million Volvo plant is expected to create 2,000 new jobs over the next decade and up to 4,000 jobs by 2030.
Full service e-commerce agency
Blue Acorn studies the purchasing behavior of consumers and uses data and analytics to customize their online shopping experience. The company is currently renovating an 8,000-square-foot warehouse across the street from its headquarters for an expansion and future growth. Blue Acorn plans to hire at least 20 more people by the end of 2015.
|NEW JOBS: ||1,300|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$500 million|
Mercedes-Benz Vans, a division of German-owned Daimler, plans to build a full-scale production facility on more than 200 acres in North Charleston. This is an expansion on the 140-worker Daimler operations at 8501 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, where vans are currently reassembled after being manufactured in Germany. The van manufacturing campus will include a new plant, body shop, paint shop and assembly line, where employees will build next-generation Sprinter vans for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Construction on the facility will begin in 2016. Daimler chose this location to enable the company to get the vans to market faster, to be closer to North American customers and to be more economical. The United States is Daimler’s second-largest market for vans worldwide, behind Germany.
|NEW JOBS: ||400|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$.760,000 million|
Telephone answering and outsourced reception services
Moneypenny looks after telephone calls for businesses of all shapes and sizes - from sole proprietors right up to multinational corporations. For larger companies, Moneypenny can either support an existing reception team or provide a fully outsourced switchboard function. Based in Wrexham, UK, Charleston, USA and Auckland, New Zealand, Moneypenny has over 400 staff, a figure that is growing at a rapid rate. The company was founded by a brother and sister team in 2000 and now handles over 9 million calls a year for over 7,000 businesses. Moneypenny is proud to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and has been in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ three times.
Starting March 19, 2015, the airline will offer daily nonstop service between Charleston and Orlando, and between Charleston and Tampa. These new routes not only provide important links between South Carolina to Central Florida, but also a variety of convenient connection opportunities to Silver’s popular destinations throughout other key points in the Sunshine State, as well as seven island destinations in the Bahamas.
|NEW JOBS: ||50|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$8.6 million|
Hubner Manufacturing Corp.
Transportation equipment parts manufacturer
The expansion will add about 55,000 square feet to its current 100,000-square-foot facility at 450 Wando Blvd in Mount Pleasant. This location is the company’s only U.S. operation, founded in 1995. Hubner USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany-based Hübner GmbH & Co. KG. It employs about 2,000 workers in 12 countries. Hubner USA last expanded its Charleston County operations in 2010. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Hiring for most of the new positions is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2016.
|NEW JOBS: ||15|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$15 million|
Distribution facility for coatings manufacturer serving the medical, automotive, aviation, rail and yachting sectors
As a result of increase demand from its automotive and aerospace customers, Mankiewicz Coatings plans to relocate its Berkeley County operations to a larger facility at 1200 Charleston Regional Parkway. The approximately 90,000-square-foot building will allow Mankiewicz to increase its production, technical center and logistical operation by the third quarter of 2015. The Berkeley County site is the global company’s only U.S. operations.
Aircraft repairs, maintenance and modifications
Boxell Aerospace is moving closer to Boeing South Carolina’s 787 campus and Charleston International Airport in North Charleston to “allow for quicker response to customers,” Boxell Aerospace founder and President Lance Syner said. The firm plans to build a 3,000-square-foot facility to house its new headquarters and expand its Federal Aviation Administration 145 Repair Station, replacing its current headquarters and repair station in West Ashley. Boxell also provides continuous services to operators at the airport. Work includes daily plane inspections for FedEx and overnight inspections for JetBlue, as well as tire repairs, oil services or component changes. Boxell has 12 employees between its Charleston and Savannah locations.
International passenger air service
Canadian-based Porter Airlines will be offering non-stop service seasonally between Toronto, Canada and Charleston beginning February 2015. Voted "Best Small Airline in the World" in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Poll, Porter Airlines boasts premium in-flight options such as leather seats, complimentary beer and wine, and exceptional service on every flight.
|NEW JOBS: ||20|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$30 million|
Zapp Precision Wire Inc.
Manufacturer of stainless steel, nickel alloys and titanium wire
Zapp Precision Wire Inc. plans to invest $30 million to expand its Summerville plant by 30,000 square feet, adding a new production line and machinery and equipment, along with 20 additional jobs.
Transportation, warehousing & logistics services
The growing company has operated out of two buildings in North Charleston, and is expanding to a 100,000 sq foot space at 9016 Palmetto Commerce Pkwy, sharing the space with another firm. The need for more warehouse space drove the expansion, particularly with the firm's support of the automotive and medical manufacturing industries. Locally Anyware Express has 20 employees, plus 50 drivers and a fleet of 60 trucks and serves companies throughout the Southeast.
Sales Resource Planning (SRP) software combining CPQ, CRM & SFA into a single application using 3D interface in support of manufacturing sales
Atlatl Software recently announced that it will be expanding to a larger 15,000 square foot office at 174 Meeting St in downtown Charleston, S.C. to house more than 150 employees with capacity to double that amount. New hires will include artists, animators, human-machine interface designers and software developers, among support staff to the region. Atlatl is a multinational, Charleston-headquartered firm with offices around the world.
|NEW JOBS: ||10|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$3.2 million|
Intertex Transloading Services, Inc.
Worldwide distributor of synthetic rubber, carbon black and process oils
Intertex World Resources, Inc. is investing $3.2 million to establish Intertex Transloading Services, Inc. in Moncks Corner, S.C. The investment is expected to create 10 local jobs. The new Berkeley County facility, a more than 100,000-square-foot building, will specialize in the transloading of carbon black.
APAC Customer Services Inc.
Customer care outsourcing services
APAC Customer Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Expert Global Solutions, Inc. (EGS) and operates in North Charleston along with EGS subsidiary NCO Financial Systems, Inc. (NCO). The 200 new full-time positions created by this expansion a will support a major healthcare client. APAC's clients span many industries, including communications, education, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, retail, technology, transportation and logistics, travel and hospitality and utilities. APAC is working with readySC, an initiative that partners South Carolina's technical college system with employers to develop training curricula tailored to meet a company's specific needs.
Supply chain services, including local drayage, light assembly, intermodal and freight management services, nationwide shipments, transloading and food-grade warehouse space
Expanded to include 140,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in North Charleston that includes a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Centralized Examination Station.
|NEW JOBS: ||50|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$12 million|
TorqTek Design & Manufacturing LLC
Design/production of timing gears, transmission components and assemblies
New operations will be housed in approximately 100,000 square feet at 4500 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston. After exploring options in neighboring states, TorqTek chose to expand in North Charleston for its proximity to existing and prospective customers in the automotive market.
|NEW JOBS: ||45|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$7.8 million|
Innovative Machining Technology, Inc. (IMT)
Global supplier of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components for the power generation industry
The 37,000-square-foot facility, located at 245 Deming Way in Summerville, will manufacture components for power generation equipment, including gas turbines, as well as nuclear and hydrogen generators that are in service around the globe. The new facility is expected to be operational in early 2015.
|NEW JOBS: ||50|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$5.5 million|
Manufactures repair mortars, grouts, epoxies, concrete sealers, form release agents, curing compounds and bond breakers
Greg Maday, chairman and CEO of SpecChem, said the Dorchester County location will make it easy for their inventory to be shipped to distributor partners in Miami and New York within one day. The facility will be SpecChem’s first in South Carolina. It already operates plants in Farmersville, Texas; Edwardsville, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; Hoschton, Georgia; and Las Vegas, Nevada. SpecChem acquired a 65,000-square-foot existing facility in Harleyville, and will be capable of producing at full capacity by the end of the year.
|NEW JOBS: ||150|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$3.5 million|
Sportsman Boats Manufacturing
Saltwater fishing boat manufacturing
"Sportsman has experienced phenomenal growth in our first 2 1/2 years in business, with a current dealer footprint along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Miami, around the Gulf states into Texas and around the Great Lakes," said co-owner of the firm. The 74,000-square-foot facility in Summerville will be expanded by 116,000 square feet, nearly doubling in size to accommodate demand for the company's existing and expanding product line.
|NEW JOBS: ||60|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$3.4 million|
Senior Aerospace - AMT
Manufacturing and assembly for the aerospace industry
Senior Aerospace AMT, a manufacturer of structural parts for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the large commercial jet market, will be opening satellite operations in Charleston County, creating 60 new skilled jobs.
To meet the increasing build rate requirements and streamline operations, the company plans to assemble existing products that deliver to Boeing SC within the North Charleston area. Establishing a local satellite location represents the first step to transfer tools and inventory to complete the sub-assembly on existing product that delivers directly to Charleston.
Fruit of the Loom Palmetto Distribution Center
Fruit of the Loom plans to double its Berkeley County distribution center’s current 350,000 square feet by adding 402,000 square feet and 49 new jobs by 2016. The construction will start fall 2014 and be complete by August 2015.
|NEW JOBS: ||60|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$1.2 million|
Coastal Logistics Group
Third party logistics services including warehousing
Coastal Logistics opened its 200,000-square-foot facility at 2725 W. Fifth North St. in Summerville in the spring to provide export services for original equipment manufacturers, including disassembling, packing and shipping vehicles in a semi-knocked-down process. The company plans to expand into the power generation, construction and aerospace industries and offer import and export services. “They offer highly specialized services for shipping international cargo, and their presence will no doubt drive increases in container volume through our capable Charleston facilities,” S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said. Coastal Logistics is operating the facility as part of a partnership created last year with global logistics provider Kuehne & Nagel Inc.
Services Provided: Sub-assembly, Warehousing, Distribution, Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), Kitting, Sequencing, Inspection, Sorting, Packaging.
Established in 1982 as a family owned business in Hartsville, S.C., it now operates from a 200,000-square-foot facility, plus a 32,000-square-foot facility in Pell City, AL, serving customers such as Boeing, Cummins, Otis Elevator, Honda, Sonoco, Hengst and ABB. JBE, Inc. currently has more than 55 employees and proudly holds the following certifications: AS9100C, ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 9001:2008, Foreign Trade Zone, MBE, SBA-8a graduate, and HUBZone.
|NEW JOBS: ||63|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$8 million|
Argo Merchants Co
Cold storage and logistics services
This is Agro’s first operation in South Carolina. The Alpharetta, Ga.-based company plans to renovate the 120,000-square-foot former Piggly Wiggly Distribution Center. The facility will include eight blast freezing cells and 14,000 frozen pallet positions. Argo will freeze and store products heading through the Port of Charleston to Mexico, Eastern Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East.
The firm will break ground in July on a 340,000-square-foot cold storage distribution facility in the Palmetto Commerce Park in North Charleston. The facility will have high-capacity blast freezing and transportation solutions for customers to export proteins to foreign markets. It will also include design features that expedite domestic consumer access to imported products, according to a company statement. Lineage has facilities in 21 states.
|NEW JOBS: ||320|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$0.391 million|
Inbound/outbound customer service call center
iQor is a global provider of business process outsourcing and product support services with 32,000 employees in 17 countries. “We have every confidence that the highly skilled Lowcountry-area labor market can provide the talented individuals required to handle the complex transactions inherent to the servicing of our top-of-industry clients,” said Mason Argiropoulos, iQor’s chief human resources officer.
|NEW JOBS: ||38|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$21 million|
New World Pharmaceuticals, LLC & New World Consumer Products, LLC
New World Pharmaceuticals engages in the research and development of innovative drug delivery systems that remove or mitigate constraints to taking medications and supplements.
About New World Pharmaceuticals, LLC
The company is specifically focused on the development of oral and intradermal controlled release technologies.
New World Pharmaceuticals has developed and patented temperature and pH responsive micro-gel technology that increases and sustains the oral bioavailability of carbohydrates and certain other BCS Class I, II & III drugs. The company is also developing and has patented novel intelligent intradermal delivery technology for use with both small and large molecules.
About New World Consumer Products, LLC
New World Consumer Products is bringing the science of human nutrition and carbohydrate metabolism to high performance athletes with an emerging portfolio of patented products and technologies. Our flagship product, XRCEL TM, is a scientifically-advanced sports performance fuel based on patented formulation technology developed by New World Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Pacific Rim Aerospace (PacRim)
Engineering services and solutions for the aerospace industry
This provider of solutions for aerospace engineering applications has established an office in the Charleston region to allow for more direct support of its customers in the growing Southeast aerospace sector. The company cited the growing demand for highly skilled engineers and engineering solutions as a key reason for selecting Charleston for this new operation.
|NEW JOBS: ||60|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$1.8 million|
Forestry equipment manufacturer
Less than a year after establishing local operations, the British Columbia-based equipment manufacturer for the forest industry will expand its manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The 3,500 square foot expansion of its existing 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space will allow space for another line that will produce log and timber-handling equipment primarily used for sawmills.
|NEW JOBS: ||300|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$2.5 million|
The company is building an additional 30,000 square feet, expanding its 182,000-square-foot facility. Founded in 1989 by President and CEO Steve Potts, Scout Boats are sold through 72 dealers across the globe.
|NEW JOBS: ||60|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$1 million|
Aeterna Zentaris Inc., has selected the Charleston region for its newest North American business and global commercial operations. The company anticipates transitioning to a commercial-stage operation over the next year with plans to establish strategic partnerships with MUSC and other clinical and research facilities.
Cloud-based human resources software
PeopleMatter has opened a new 10,000-square-foot sales and customer operations center at 483 King Street, across from its very new downtown Charleston headquarters. The software company said this expansion will create an additional 50 jobs over the next 18 months and will allow the firm's main office to focus on product development, engineering, marketing and finance.
3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) Software, 3D Printing and Scanning, Data and Document Management Solutions, Reprographics and Large Format Graphics
Wholesale provider, trainer and servicer for 3D Design Software, 3D Printing and Scanning, and related equipment and services, TPM serves a variety of industries including Manufacturing, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Design.
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
*Charleston-N. Charleston-Summerville MSA is comprised of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in S.C.