Location & Expansion Log
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New & Expanding
Archive: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
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: ||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.
|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.
Dupuy Storage and Forwarding
Increased importing activity of coffee beans imported through the S.C. Ports Authority influenced New Orleans-based Dupuy's decision to choose Charleston for this 100,000 sq ft site. Beans imported through the Charleston area are distributed throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast.
Kaman Engineering Services
A subsidiary of Kaman Aerospace Group, Kaman Engineering Services' new Charleston region office will support the growing aerospace demands in the Southeastern United States. In 2012, Kaman Engineering was presented with the Boeing Supplier of the Year award for its exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s overall success.
The Iron Yard Academy
Coding and web development school
The Charleston branch of the Greenville-based school will initially offer two programs: front-end engineering and rails engineering. The Iron Yard will soon add mobile engineering to focus on iOS applications. The Charleston area was chosen for this subsidiary due to its becoming a tech hub in the Southeast.
EDF Renewable Energy-Pinelands Biomass Project
Biomass electric power generation
“Utilizing wood waste to generate electricity is a proven renewable technology that complements EDF Renewable Energy’s robust portfolio of wind, solar and biogas projects in North America,” Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy, said in a statement. The 17.8-megawatt generation facility includes a stoker boiler and a steam turbine generator and connect to the Santee Cooper generation system.
Cloud-based software for employee benefits
The expansion will increase Benefitfocus’ headquarters to nearly 500,000 square feet and its campus from 13 acres to nearly 40. The additional capacity enables the company to add an additional 1,200 employees, the company said, more than doubling its current 800 workers. The first building completed will house 650 workers in a customer service center.
|NEW JOBS: ||150|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$1.5 million|
Contract Management Center for health services, includes customer service and human resources operations.
Molina Healthcare provides managed care services to financially vulnerable families and individuals covered by government healthcare programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. The Long Beach, Calif.-based company was founded more than 30 years ago and presently offers health plans in 10 states, with South Carolina becoming the eleventh state.
Boeing South Carolina
Manufacturing technology R&D center; Also construction of an expanded paint facility
Boeing announced plans to establish technology research centers in North Charleston, SC, Huntsville, Ala., California, St. Louis and Seattle. The North Charleston center will focus on manufacturing technology (specifically automation and assembly, systems installation, chemical technology, nondestructive evaluation, composite fabrication and repair, and electromagnetic effects, modeling and characterization), and the other centers' focuses will be as follows:
Huntsville, Ala.: Simulation and decision analytics; metals and chemical technology.
Southern California: Flight sciences; electronics and networked systems; structures.
St. Louis: Systems technology; digital aviation and support technology; metallics and fabrication development.
Seattle: Manufacturing technology integration.
Boeing also announced today that it will begin construction in the second half of 2014 on a new paint facility on its main campus in North Charleston. The company expects to begin painting fully assembled 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina in mid-2016 in the new 230,000 square-foot facility instead of flying them to Ft Worth TX for final painting as they have in the past. The company says this is an increase in efficiency of operations.
Silicon Harbor Ventures
Venture capital fund
The venture fund has an initial $1 million balance and is inviting approximately 20 investors, each investing at least $250,000, to join the fund. The investors will also serve as mentors to the companies they fund. The goal is to support the Charleston technology startup sector, particularly early to mid-stage companies.
Engineering services specializing in powertrain and vehicle-related engineering
Auburn Hills MI-based FEV Inc., a powertrain and vehicle engineering company offering a range of engineering services in design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, is a subsidiary of German-based FEV GmbH. The company chose to locate at the Clemson Energy Systems Innovation Center to better serve its customers and to explore new partnerships with local technology companies.
|NEW JOBS: ||30|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$25 million|
IFA Rotorion North America LLC
Automotive driveshaft manufacturing
IFA Rotorion announced plans for a $25 million expansion at its Charleston area plant to increase its capacity from 1.4 million to 2 million units a year. The firm recently celebrated 10 years of operations in the Ladson area with an employee appreciation event in North Charleston, which was attended by the company’s founder, Heinrich von Nathusius. IFA Rotorion serves customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and South America, including Ford, Chrysler, GM, Mercedes and BMW.
|NEW JOBS: ||117|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$2.7 million|
American Tactical Imports
Worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment
American Tactical Imports (ATI) selected the region for its headquarters, customer service center and sales office as well as for distribution and light assembly. The company cited workforce availability and market access as key to its location decision.
|NEW JOBS: ||25|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$9.3 million|
MWV Specialty Chemicals
Technology R&D center
The center, beginning operations in early 2015, will expand the division's capabilities in automotive emissions control and sustainable chemicals in the oilfield, road construction and adhesives global markets.
Full service e-commerce agency
Blue Acorn, which uses data to help brands and retailers nationwide sell more goods, has outgrown its space at the corner of Rutledge and Huger streets in downtown Charleston. In 2014, the firm plans to move into a new building in the Half Mile North development (dubbed “Silicon Harbor”) also in downtown Charleston.
|NEW JOBS: ||60|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$4.6 million|
Daimler Vans Manufacturing
Sprinter vans manufacturing/assembly
Daimler assembles Sprinter vans for the U.S. market under the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner brands at this Charleston area plant. The expansion is expected to be complete by 2018.
Manufacture structural insulated panel systems (SIPS) for use in energy-efficient home construction
Charleston-based Amerisips Homes designs and builds energy-efficient homes. Located on Johns Island, they will build a panel manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant that will allow them to reduce the construction cost of the homes they currently build. All Amerisips homes are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS programs.
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.