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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.

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Finalcontrol, Inc.

November 9, 2017

Jobs: 34

Quality assurance and control services for manufacturers

The company offers quality inspection of small and large series, as well as initial samples and pre-production parts, supporting customers in the automotive, electronic, ceramic, molded plastic and medical device industries. This is Finalcontrol, Inc.'s first entry into the U.S. market. The firm's owner cited the Charleston region's strategic location, presence of many international companies, access to skilled talent, and a growing automotive sector (one of their key industries) as key reasons for choosing to locate here.

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.

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New & Expanding

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Heatworks

December 4, 2017

Jobs: 60

Tankless water heater manufacturing and distribution

Charleston-based Heatworks plans to create 60 jobs and is moving to a larger facility at 2353 U.S. Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant by the end of 2017. The company manufactures tankless water heaters designed to quickly heat water in homes and businesses. The firm's CEO co-founded Blue Rhino, the world’s leading propane cylinder exchange company. Heatworks has 50+ Patents and Global IP and was a TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Runner-up in 2014.

Finalcontrol, Inc.

November 9, 2017

Jobs: 34

Quality assurance and control services for manufacturers

The company offers quality inspection of small and large series, as well as initial samples and pre-production parts, supporting customers in the automotive, electronic, ceramic, molded plastic and medical device industries. This is Finalcontrol, Inc.'s first entry into the U.S. market. The firm's owner cited the Charleston region's strategic location, presence of many international companies, access to skilled talent, and a growing automotive sector (one of their key industries) as key reasons for choosing to locate here.

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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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