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Location & Expansion Log

Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.

CRDA-Facilitated Projects

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Isringhausen

September 5, 2017

Jobs: 130

Manufacture seats and seat assemblies for the Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter

With 50 plants in 20 countries, Isringhausen is the market leader in the development and production of innovative automotive seating systems and technical springs for trucks, vans, buses and off-road vehicles. Located in the Palmetto Commerce Park Industrial Complex, the company will be leasing a new facility that will manufacture seats and seat assemblies for the Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter model.

Fitness First USA

June 1, 2017

Jobs: 10
Cap. Investment: $0.6 Million

Health and Wellness Center/Retail & E-commerce distribution

Fitness First USA, a division of parent company, A&Z Pharmaceutical, Inc., is a 20-year old brand originally established in Portsmouth, NH. A&Z Pharma will be relocating the business into Charleston County and expanding its operation with a flagship health and wellness retail and e-commerce distribution facility in Mount Pleasant at 547 Long Point Road, Suite 102.

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New & Expanding

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Volvo Car Corp.

September 25, 2017

Jobs: 1910
Cap. Investment: $520 Million

Volvo XC90 SUV to be manufactured via a second assembly line

The XC90 SUV, which has accounted for one-third of all Volvo sales in the U.S. since its debut in April 2015, will be made on a second assembly line at the automaker's facility near Ridgeville beginning in 2021, joining the newly redesigned S60 sedan, which will be built exclusively at the Berkeley County plant beginning summer 2018. This announcement brings Volvo's total investment to more than $1 billion at its only North American manufacturing site, which is still under construction. The automaker said it will hire an additional 1,910 workers to go with the 2,000 jobs that were announced in 2015 when Volvo first said it would build at the Camp Hall Industrial Campus off Interstate 26. In addition to the second assembly line, Volvo will build an 88,000-square-foot office complex at the site that will house a research and development center, a training center, management offices and a regional sales office. About 300 people will work in the office complex.

Thrace-Linq

September 21, 2017

Jobs: 10
Cap. Investment: $9 Million

Manufacture & distribution of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics with applications in automotive, construction and many other sectors; North American headquarters

The company plans to expand its North American headquarters, manufacturing operations and distribution center in Dorchester County by adding a production line and creating at least 10 jobs. According to George Braimis, Thrace Group COO, “This new production line is one of a series of planned investments for our growing company here in South Carolina.”

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Downsizing

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Boeing South Carolina

June 26, 2017

Manufacture all three models of the 787 Dreamliner, interior components for the 787, engine parts for the 737 Max and 777X, and accompanying centers for information technology and research

Boeing plans to make the first involuntary layoffs at its North Charleston campus since operations began there. Fewer than 200 jobs will be affected in several departments: operations management; engineering, both management and non-management; quality managers, quality systems specialists and quality production specialists; industrial engineering; staff analysts and office administrators; and training. The Boeing Co. has been laying off thousands of workers at plants across the country, which company leaders have said are necessary in the Commercial Airplanes division to boost competitiveness with Boeing rival Airbus and to cut production costs.

DuPont Kevlar Unit

February 27, 2017

Kevlar plant

DuPont plans to close its Kevlar manufacturing plant in Berkeley County in June 2017 and relocate the operations to Richmond, Va., where the company runs a larger Kevlar facility. Corporate-wide capacity for this product exceeds current demand, so these operations will be absorbed into DuPont's larger Richmond plant, affecting 113 jobs in the Charleston area. The company plans to maintain its presence at the Cooper River site with its Hytrel manufacturing unit (local since the 1970s), which employs 50 people.

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