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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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New & Expanding


August 11, 2016

Jobs: 20

Web and mobile communications platform for small businesses and organizations

The firm's President, Trey Rust, announces expansion to a new 3,500 sq ft space in the new Raven Cliff Co's Pacific Box & Crate office space, which is currently under construction on upper King St in historic downtown Charleston. The young firm spent two years of R&D developing a mobile platform that firms can use to communicate messages, coupons, deals, etc., (including photos) to their clients via email, text and social media simultaneously, saving time and resources. This expansion will add more space and 20 employees in early 2017.


May 19, 2016

Jobs: 300
Cap. Investment: $154 Million

Software development and related IT services for the nonprofit, charitable giving, corporate social responsibility and education communities

Blackbaud is constructing a larger corporate headquarters building (360,000 sq ft) on Daniel Island to be completed in phases, with the first planned for completion in 2018. The firm will also add 300 new jobs over the next five years to their 1300-person current local employment. With approximately 35,000 customers in 60 counties, Blackbaud also operates facilities in the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland, with more than 3,000 employees worldwide.

Viva Holdings Group, Inc.

May 12, 2016

Jobs: 200
Cap. Investment: $28 Million

Manufacturing; rubber and plastic products

Located in St. Stephen, S.C., the company will be renovating a 177,000-square-foot industrial site in Berkeley County. Viva is an international leader in the worldwide rubber and plastic recycling industries and will manufacture semi-finished rubber goods with proprietary technology for export to China.

thyssenKrupp Industrial Services NA, Inc.

May 11, 2016

Jobs: 32
Cap. Investment: $1.447 Million

Warehousing, FTZ services, export packaging

Located in Ladson, S.C., the company’s new facility will bring their regional footprint to 400,000 square feet of warehouse space. The Foreign Trade Zone-designated Charleston facility will operate as a distribution center, specializing in warehousing, transportation to and from the Port of Charleston, and export packaging. The thyssenKrupp's parent is located in Essen, Germany.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

April 23, 2016

Jobs: 55
Cap. Investment: $2.932 Million

Product assembly & light machining for the aerospace sector

The company announced they will be located in Summerville, the 24,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational in fall 2016 with about 20 employees. That number will grow to more than 50 workers over the next few years. Founded in 1918, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. creates and enhances opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, DeafBlind or blind with other disabilities. The organization has 13 locations on the West Coast.

NABAS Group Inc. (NGI)

April 12, 2016

Jobs: 25

Manufacture Nano Air Bubble Aeration System (NABAS) products; chemical-free water purfication technology

Starting with 8 employees and growing to 30+ by the end of 2016, NABAS Group Inc. (NGI) today formally established its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Charleston. The South Korean based firm named Charleston-based NebuClear as its exclusive U.S. distributor. NABAS technology delivers air, oxygen or ozone into bodies of water with more than 90 percent absorption rate, increasing oxygen levels, enhancing water quality, disinfecting and isolating impurities naturally, without chemicals. "Since 2012, NABAS technology has been in use across Asia for algae removal, wastewater treatment, industrial water sterilization and other applications where ultraclean water is critical," reports an April 2016 news release.


April 6, 2016

Jobs: 550
Cap. Investment: $21.4 Million

Customer care and technical support center

The company announced that it is building an 80,000-square-foot facility on 17 acres in Charleston County alongside Interstate 26 in the Ingleside Plantation development. The $21.4 million facility will house 550+ new employees and is expected to open late 2016. These employees will provide customer support for the Comcast X1 entertainment operating system, high-speed internet and digital telephone services.

Call Experts

March 17, 2016

Jobs: 310
Cap. Investment: $1.8 Million

Customized call center services with 24/7 operations

The Charleston-based company, established in 1982, has three other locations on the East Coast (Atlanta, Charlotte, and Branchburg NJ), and will expand its Charleston County operations with a $1.8 million investment that will create 310 new jobs over the next five years. Company president Abby Leibowitz said, "The work ethic we have encountered here has been unmatched. ... this business environment has enabled us to bring our services around the world from this exceptional city.” Call Experts will add 7,300 square feet to its existing facility in Charleston, with the addition fully operational by the third quarter of 2016. The expansion will more than quadruple the location’s 96-person workforce.

Tigers Global Logistics

March 7, 2016

International logistics, freight management, customs brokerage services

Hong Kong-based Tigers Global Logistics opened a new facility in Summerville SC as the latest addition to the $800 million company's network of international logistics operations across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Contact info: Kimberly Marchand, General Manager 2745 West 5th North Street Summerville, SC 29483 Tel: 1 843-203-3107 Fax: 1 803-746-3381 Kimberly.marchand@go2tigers.com

Whole Foods Market

February 25, 2016

Jobs: 30+

Natural and organic foods grocery store

Whole Foods Market announced that it will build a second Charleston area store on Savannah Highway, west of the Ashley River in Charleston. This location will be 45,000 square feet in size, slightly larger than their Mount Pleasant store which opened in 2004.

BlueJay DEF

February 16, 2016

Jobs: NA

Diesel exhaust fluid blending plant

Stateside Urea Funding LLC and FRM Mission Solutions LLC together announce the opening of a plant to produce high quality Diesel Exhaust Fluid under the BlueJay DEF brand in North Charleston, South Carolina. The facility will be capable of blending upwards of 10 million gallons a year as well as delivering bulk Urea throughout the region. “Opening a plant like this in Charleston will provide high quality DEF to the many transportation companies that deliver valuable goods and services in our area as well as the myriad of other businesses requiring DEF for their operations,” said a local company official. More info: http://bluejaydef.com/#intro

Regan Communications Group

January 14, 2016

Jobs: NA

Public relations and marketing consulting

RCG is the largest privately-held communications firm in New England and has offices in Boston (HQ), Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, New York City, and Washington D.C. In addition to RCG’s core services in public relations, the agency's Charleston office will provide an integrated media and marketing approach that includes every aspect of communications, interactions, and consumer experience, serving the hospitality, fashion, lifestyle, higher education, tech, non-profit, and financial and professional services sectors. Nationally, RCG manages more than 130 clients including Mohegan Sun, The Boston Celtics, Simon Mall Properties, New Balance and Bank of America.

Limehouse Produce Co

January 14, 2016

Jobs: 40
Cap. Investment: $8.3 Million

Produce warehousing/distribution

Limehouse Produce, which sources products from more than 70 farmers, announced construction in early 2017 for an expanded warehouse and headquarters at 2650 Carner Ave in North Charleston. Since 1945, the company has been supplying produce, dairy products and juices to area restaurants, schools and hospitals, and this expansion will allow them to better serve their customer base.

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