Location & Expansion Log
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New & Expanding
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Business analytics services including database warehouse design & build, data analysis and assessment, advanced data visualizations, GIS
The data analysis company was established in Rochester, New York, in 2009 to provide data assessment and visualization to help manufacturing, healthcare and other companies make decisions. CEO Stephen Wallace said Charleston was selected for the company’s second location based on the area’s growing manufacturing and health care sectors and expanding air service. They are located in Flagship2's Alexander St facility in Charleston.
|NEW JOBS: ||15|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$25 million|
Manufacturing and research facility for coatings manufacturer serving the medical, automotive, aviation, rail, marine and other sectors
The new 90,000 sq ft larger facility will replace their existing distribution center and add 15 new jobs on the manuracturing and research side over the next few years.
SPARC/Booz Allen Hamilton
Large-scale, complex software development and software life-cycle services
McLean VA-based Booz Allen Hamilton is acquiring SPARC's software services unit in Charleston and will expand its 270-employee base to 400 or 450 employees. The companies have been working together for nearly 18 months on a large, complex software project, and the newly acquired unit will continue its software development and software life-cycle services on its Clements Ferry Rd campus as it expands.
|NEW JOBS: ||25|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$7.5 million|
A&R Bulk Pak Inc
Plastics packaging and distribution
“Our industry is readying for an explosion in plastic exports and we are truly excited to get to work at our new facility,” A&R Bulk-Pak Inc. President Avi Ron said in the news release. The new Berkeley County operations will help the firm expand its customer base and handle an anticipated surge in plastic resin production from the Gulf Coast, according to the news release. Elizabeth NJ-based A&R will invest $7.5 million to build a 240,000-square-foot facility in three phases on 27.5 acres along Spring Grove Road in Moncks Corner. The site will have on-site rail storage capacity for more than 100 rail cars via CSX.
Alkane Truck Company
An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of commercial trucks and heavy duty tractors, which run on liquid propane autogas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG).
The company announced a brand new line of alternative fuel vehicles – the Alkane Class 7 cab-over truck. Once full production of these trucks begins in the first quarter of 2016, they will be sold throughout the company’s established network of approximately 130 truck dealership locations in the U.S. and Canada. To produce the new product line, Alkane is leasing an existing manufacturing facility in Summerville. The 100,000-square-foot facility will employ more than 300 automotive technicians once it reaches full capacity within the next two years.
|NEW JOBS: ||50|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$32 million|
Sea Pac LLC
Transloading, warehousing, packaging, and logistics of plastic resins
The logistics firm is building a 1.5 million square-foot facility on 100+ acres of undeveloped land along US Highway 78 in Ladson. They will start with 50 jobs and expand to more than 200 by 2020. Sea Pac chose the Charleston region for its "tremendous global connectivity, which features access to the nation's most productive port," according to company officials.
|NEW JOBS: ||17|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$5.3 million|
Industrial design and machining center
DC Machine manufactures close-tolerance components, including about 1,500 gun barrels a day. The firm produces parts for the automotive, aerospace, medical and military fields. Established in 2004 in a 250-square-foot room with one CNC machine, DC Machine has since grown to employ 50 workers who operate more than 50 CNC machines in some 21,000 square feet. This expansion will add 17,000 square feet to its facility at 202 Thorpe Road in Summerville by the end of 2015.
Two Blokes Brewing
Two Blokes Brewing plans to open a new brewery on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant by the end of 2015.
Ghost Monkey Brewery
Ghost Monkey Brewery plans to open fall of 2015 in Mount Pleasant on Wando Lane near the Wando Welch Terminal of the State Ports Authority.
Headquarters, production lines, R&D, sales team and warehousing for citEcar electric vehicles and Bintelli and Adly Scooters
The firm chose to relocate from Gainesville FL to the Charleston area to allow them to better support their nationwide network of dealers.
|NEW JOBS: ||45|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$33 million|
Gerber Childrenswear LLC
Distribution center for childrenswear which will serve company's retail accounts as well as e-commerce direct-to-consumer purchases
"The company's new, state-of-the-art distribution center in Berkeley County will be located in The Rockefeller Group - MeadWestvaco Foreign Trade Zone, a joint-venture of The Rockefeller Group and WestRock Land and Development (formerly MWV). Located in close proximity to Interstate 26, the 477,000-square-foot facility will provide Gerber Childrenswear with convenient access to the Port of Charleston, as well as South Carolina's network of five interstate highways, allowing the company to efficiently serve its growing customer base in North America and around the globe," according to the company's announcement. Plans are for the center to be fully operational by Q2 2016.
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.
Alaska Airlines will add direct, non-stop transcontinental flights between Seattle–Tacoma International Airport and Charleston International Airport starting November 16, 2015. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is the seventh largest U.S. air carrier in passenger volume, and its route system spans more than 92 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
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: ||50|
|CAP. INVESTMENT: ||$17 million|
Automotive parts manufacturing
Wabco supplies parts to major truck, bus and trailer manufacturers. The company will relocate from its Charleston facility on Leeds Avenue into a 145,000-square-foot building at the intersection of Dorchester Road and Lincoln Patriot Boulevard in North Charleston. The new facility is expected to be built by the end of 2015. Increased North American customer demand for air compressors and air disc brakes spurred the expansion.
|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.
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.