Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
New & Expanding
Dover Hydraulics South
February 27, 2017
Repair and reconditioning of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders; machine shop
Dover Hydraulics is expanding its southeastern hydraulic service location in St. George, S.C., adding space, increasing capacity and installing new equipment to serve its growing customer base. While the facility will double in square footage under roof (operational by April 2017), it also will be outfitted with an additional crane to facilitate material handling, a new hydraulic test bench and enhancements to machining, milling and honing operations. Company officials stated that the expansion was a "direct response to the new opportunities in the tire, auto, steel, aluminum, offshore oil and gas, and other industries reliant on stationary and mobile hydraulic machinery."
February 27, 2017
Marine towing and related services
Carver Cos., which has manufacturing and construction units in New York and now South Carolina, plans to expand its maritime operations in Charleston County and add nearly two dozen jobs. The firm has started renovations at its existing location at 1210 Truxtun Ave. on the former Navy Base in North Charleston and expects to spend $13 million on the expansion.
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.