Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
Wagner Systems Inc.
April 11, 2017
Application center for global manufacturer of systems for the surface finishing of liquid paints, powder coating and adhesives
With more than 70 years of experience in coatings applications, Wagner features a full range of fluid delivery, mixing and application products for use in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, infrastructure, domestic appliances, furniture and more. The company's new Charleston County application center is expected to be operational by the latter part of summer 2017. This new operation will augment Wagner's existing facilities in Chicago and Denver, and add to the firm's workforce of more than 1,500 people globally.
Sundaram-Clayton Limited (SCL)
February 9, 2017
Aluminum high-pressure die-cast products and permanent mold gravity cast parts for automotive OEMs
SCL, a leading Indian-based manufacturer of aluminum cast products for global automotive OEMs, has chosen Dorchester County in the Charleston SC Metro Area for its first U.S. plant. Company officials report they chose the Ridgeville Industrial Campus site for "certain strategic business advantages, including proximity to a high-quality port; a well-rounded transportation network; a young, well-educated, diverse workforce; and an excellent business environment." Their $50 million capital investment is expected to create 130 new jobs in the region, as site construction begins by April 2017 and full plant operations start by late 2018.
New & Expanding
Booz Allen Hamilton
May 15, 2017
Technology consulting, analytics, mission operations, systems delivery and more.
Booz Allen Hamilton is expanding its Berkeley County operations and investing $10 million to create more than 90 new jobs in addition to the 550 already employed in the Charleston region. This expansion to their new 75,000 sq. ft. facility on Clements Ferry Road--one of the company's five digital hubs corporate-wide--will provide an R&D space that will allow the firm to build, test and refine enterprise software solutions alongside clients. Booz Allen Hamilton has a global footprint and employs more than 22,000 workers in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East/North Africa.
May 3, 2017
Manufactures pharmaceutical ingredients and provides related services such as development, analytical testing, and packaging and labeling
Wilmington, N.C.-based Alcami, a CDMO and cGMP manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, plans to invest at least $5 million to expand its existing Charleston County operations. The company's North Charleston facility develops, manufactures, packages and distributes sterile solutions and drugs, and has doubled its filling and freeze-drying capacity at the facility at 4221 Faber Place Drive. This expansion will add 30 new jobs, for which hiring is underway (http://www.alcaminow.com/).
DuPont Kevlar Unit
February 27, 2017
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.
November 29, 2016
Book-printing fulfillment center
Amazon is closing a book-making facility in North Charleston in 2017, affecting 149 jobs. The Investment Drive site operations, which prints and ships books, will consolidate into the company's Columbia SC Metro Area distribution hub.