Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
New & Expanding
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.
KION North America Corp.
February 6, 2017
Assembly of forklifts and pallet jacks; material handling equipment parts distribution; North American headquarters
KION North America announces that it will invest $5.7 million to expand its Dorchester County operations to meet increased demand from customers in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.-- including Volvo Car Corp., whose first U.S. auto assembly plant is under construction in nearby Berkeley County. KION is expected to add another 50 jobs to its local base over the next five years, quadrupling production capacity at its Summerville plant to 12,000 vehicles a year by 2020.
Auto Truck Group
January 5, 2017
Upfitter of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans
Auto Truck Group of Bartlett, Illinois, is the first of several vehicle upfitters and suppliers that will support Mercedes-Benz Vans as its $500 million plant expansion is complete in the Charleston region. Formed in 1918, ATG also has upfitting agreements with Chrysler, General Motors, Ford and Toyota. It will invest $1 million in its Summerville facility to support the new Sprinter vans plant.