Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
New & Expanding
Paul Bippus GmbH
April 18, 2018
Precision turned parts for automotive manufacturing applications
Paul Bippus GmbH, a Germany-based manufacturer of precision parts, is launching new production operations to supply Robert Bosch LLC in Dorchester County. The company will be constructing a 42,000-square-foot facility in the Muckenfuss Industrial Park in Summerville, S.C., its first U.S. plant, and hiring will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Low Country Case & Millwork (LCCM)
March 30, 2018
Manufacturer and installer of commercial casework and millwork
Currently located at 3270 Benchmark Drive in Ladson, S.C., the company is constructing a new, 52,000-square-foot facility off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway to accommodate new employees and the capacity for larger projects. The expansion is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2018. Established in 1990, LCCM offers high-end custom cabinetry, architectural millwork and state-of-the-art institutional casework. All company products are manufactured in-house and are installed by trained field technicians.
March 14, 2018
On-site Support Service (OSS) to Boeing
The Diehl OSS in the Leeds area near Charleston, based within a newly refurbished facility covering 5,000 sq ft/550 sq meters, will ensure a seamless flow of Diehl parts for 787-10 Dreamliners assembled in Charleston. Diehl's local support is mainly in provision of cabin lining packages and supporting sub-structures for the 787-10. The facility also has the potential for expansion to support additional activities such as warehousing and kitting along with capacity for potential growth opportunities.
SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
February 28, 2018
Specialty military vehicle production, IT integration, research and development
With approximately 15,000 employees worldwide, SAIC is a $4.5 billion technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions to the federal government in the technical, engineering, intelligence and enterprise information technology (IT) markets. The company designs and develops IT solutions that empower diplomatic missions, support military operations and advance both sea and space explorations. SAIC will be expanding its platform integration and production operations by moving into a new facility at North Pointe Commerce Park in Hanahan, S.C. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
February 23, 2018
Upfitter of Mercedes-Benz vans including wheelchair accessible, executive shuttles, mobile office and other formats
Opening in January 2018, initial conversions built by the firm's new plant will include Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 15-passenger transporters and Metris specialty vehicles. Wheelchair accessible transporters equipped with lifts will also be manufactured using the SmartFloor system, offering varying configurations. Mercedes-Benz Metris van conversions will include the firm's new Business Line Mobile Office and Executive Shuttle. TransitWorks is recognized as a Mercedes-Benz MasterSolutions provider.
Charleston International Manufacturing Center
February 21, 2018
Liquid sodium silicate production facility
The Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) at Bushy Park, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, is building a liquid sodium silicate production facility--the first in South Carolina--on their site. A versatile raw material, liquid sodium silicate is used in the production of goods such as tires, detergent, toothpaste and adhesive for boxes. CIMC already has one customer in current tenant Evonik, a German manufacturing company that is nearing completion of a $120 million plant at CIMC to manufacture precipitated silica. Liquid sodium silicate is used to create precipitated silica.
February 7, 2018
Supply chain management services
Frontier Logistics, a provider of supply chain management services with a facility in Hanahan, is expanding its Charleston area presence with the recent purchase of 26 acres at the former Navy base in North Charleston, S.C., in Charleston County. "Charleston has significant logistical advantages that reach the entire world market, enough so that it compels us to make Charleston a comprehensive launching pad for future export/import and domestic logistics needs," reports the firm's CEO. Frontier will be constructing a 400,000-square-foot, rail-served warehousing facility to support the transloading of plastic pellets for export through the Port of Charleston. Rail service will be provided by Palmetto Railways, providing connections to both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Carolinaís Rigging & Crane and Charlestonís Rigging & Marine Hardware
January 28, 2018
Manufacturers and suppliers of wire rope, rigging and safety solutions for a wide range of industries
Having outgrown its current facilities in both Charleston and Richland Counties, Carolina¬ís Rigging & Crane and Charleston¬ís Rigging & Marine Hardware will be growing its operations in both counties simultaneously. In Charleston County, the company will be expanding into a purpose-built fabrication facility at the former Charleston Navy Base, which will include an expanded showroom and a crane and rigging safety training center. Expected to be operational by the summer of 2018, the new space will create 18 jobs and allow for the launch of new product lines and services.
January 26, 2018
Design, development and manufacturing of implantable medical systems
MED-ALLY¬ís state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot manufacturing operation will be located in the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 2040 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C. An ISO Class 6 Clean Room, critical for the fabrication of implantable devices, will take up approximately half of the operating space. Key in the firm's decision to locate here is the vast network of "distinguished clinicians, university medical teams, industry partners, and university students dedicated to providing disruptive medical device solutions for patients worldwide," according to company officials. The firm is already hiring and is expected to be fully operational in March 2018.
Innovative Vehicle Solutions
January 23, 2018
Commercial van and truck upfitting
Innovative Vehicle Solutions, which got its start in 2012 and has since expanded to 18 locations in a dozen states, will open an additional 27,500-square-foot manufacturing plant at 3241A Benchmark Drive in Ladson. The company upfits cargo vans, box trucks, dump trucks and flatbed trucks with special equipment to maximize payload while saving fuel and improving operational efficiency. Matt Kuhn, the company's chief operating officer, said the expansion "will allow us to build innovative products for some of America's most prominent companies on a larger scale." Innovative Vehicle Solutions is part of the master upfitter program for Mercedes-Benz Vans, whose assembly plant is also under construction nearby.