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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

2003

The Sportsman's Shop

December 16, 2003

Sporting goods retailer

East Bay Deli

December 4, 2003

Delicatessen restaurant

Pack & Mail ETC

November 22, 2003

Packing and mailing

They also sell moving supplies and money orders.

Hill-Rom Inc.

November 19, 2003

Jobs: 50

Clinical Division headquarters operations as well as manufacturing of specialty medical equipment.

Hill-Rom's parent, Hillenbrand Industries of Batesville, Indiana, acquired St. Paul, Minn.-based Advanced Respiratory Inc. and will relocate its 50 jobs and production operations to their Clinical Division headquarters on Corporate Road in North Charleston by spring 2004.

Mama Fu's Noodle House

October 27, 2003

Restaurant

Scheduled to open late November or early December 2003. Located at 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Just Fresh Bakery Cafe & Market

October 27, 2003

Restaurant

Opening in Seaside Farms (construction of last remaining commercial parcel, 24,000 sqft; completion set for March 2004).

Shimano American Corporation

October 15, 2003

Jobs: 10
Cap. Investment: $0.08 Million

Distribution of bicycle components and fishing tackle

Following a study of 13 possible locations, this worldwide leader in the bicycle component and fishing tackle markets selected the Charleston region for a new distribution center. Company officials noted access to major highways, rail and port facilities as key to their decision to locate in the region.

Suzanne Walsh Art Gallery

October 14, 2003

Art gallery

Located at 45 John Street.

Polo Sport

October 14, 2003

Sporting apparel retailer

Located at 424 King Street.

La Mer

October 3, 2003

Restaurant

Located on James Island.

Luxury Cars of Charleston

October 3, 2003


Cap. Investment: $1.0 Million

Previously owned car dealership

Salon Solas

October 3, 2003

Hair salon

Across from the Visitors Center in downtown Charleston

Faster Fitness Training Studio

October 3, 2003

Fitness center

Seabreeze Marina

October 2, 2003

Marina

50 Immigration Street, Charleston SC 29403

Nadeau Home

October 2, 2003

Home furnishings and accents

Nadeau Home

October 2, 2003

Home furnishings and accents

Pearl Vision

October 2, 2003

Optical goods store, Towne Center

Goodwill Superstore

October 2, 2003

Used merchandise store

Village Chop House

October 2, 2003

Restaurant

Spring Arbor Assisted Living

October 2, 2003

Assisted living facility

Part of Daniel Island

Charleston Southern University

October 2, 2003

University Science Center

Island Baby

October 2, 2003

Baby accessories retailer

Part of Daniel Island.

Germain Dermatology

October 2, 2003

Dermatologists office

Nanoscreen, LLC

October 1, 2003

Jobs: 60

Equipment used in pharmaceutical research

NanoScreen, LLC, announced the location of its corporate headquarters, R&D and distribution center in the Charleston region. The company serves major pharmaceutical companies with pipette tips and automated dispensing systems used in drug discovery and other early-stage research. Charleston's growing technology base and desirable lifestyle attributes were key factors in the company’s decision to locate here.

Universal Solutions LLC

September 10, 2003

Jobs: 62

Business communications consulting company

Kincaid Home Furnishings of Charleston

September 10, 2003

Home furnishing retailer

Jan - Pro

September 10, 2003

Cleaning franchise

ArjoWiggins Medical, Inc.

June 23, 2003

Jobs: 18
Cap. Investment: $3.0 Million

Specialty paper manufacturing for the medical industry

ArjoWiggins Medical, Inc., the medical division of specialty paper manufacturer ArjoWiggins, SAS of Paris, France, has relocated its medical division from Atlanta to the Charleston region. The move includes the division headquarters, distribution and light manufacturing.

Classic Granite & Marble

June 9, 2003

Jobs: 10
Cap. Investment: $0.5 Million

Imports and distributes natural stone products

Classic Granite & Marble is establishing a distribution center in the region. The company supplies residential and commercial contractors with granite, marble and other natural stones. According to company officials, the Port of Charleston and the region’s robust economy were key factors in their decision. (Mfg NAICS 33; Distribution NAICS 42132)

Ross Dress for Less

June 1, 2003

Clothing retailer

Ross Dress for Less

June 1, 2003

Clothing retailer

Rhodia, Inc.

May 21, 2003


Cap. Investment: $3.0 Million

Specialty chemicals

Rhodia, a France-based manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, has expanded its operations in Charleston with the addition of a new laboratory and office building. Charleston is the main North American site for the company's Phosphorus and Performance Deliveries (PPD) Enterprise, which manufactures a variety of products used in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, textiles, construction and other industries.

National Association for Continence (NAFC)

April 22, 2003

Jobs: 6

Association headquarters

The NAFC, a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who suffer from incontinence, has relocated its headquarters to the Charleston region.

Dover Hydraulics, Inc.

April 4, 2003

Jobs: 20
Cap. Investment: $0.75 Million

Reconditioning of hydraulic cylinders and components

Dover Hydraulics is opening a facility dedicated to the repair and reconditioning of hydraulic cylinders and components. The company primarily serves the steel, aluminum, paper, marine, construction, mining, salvage and scrap industries.

Coastal Glass Distributors, LLC

March 26, 2003

Jobs: 50
Cap. Investment: $3.0 Million

Architectural glass fabricator

Coastal Glass Distributors, LLC, an architectural glass fabricator, announced that it will triple its capacity in order to accommodate growth in its business.

Arcadia Publishing

March 20, 2003

Jobs: 25
Cap. Investment: $1.8 Million

Book publisher

Arcadia Publishing, the largest publisher of books on local histories, will expand its corporate offices and consolidate its national distribution center to a new $1.8 million facility. Arcadia is part of the United Kingdom-based Tempus Publishing Group.

Modulant Solutions, Inc.

March 13, 2003

Jobs: 96
Cap. Investment: $9.83 Million

Data interoperability software

Modulant, a leading provider of data interoperability software, announced the consolidation of its operations to the Charleston region. In moving its headquarters from San Francisco, the company plans to create 96 new jobs and invest $9.825 million over the next five years.

Zeltwanger, LP

March 10, 2003

Jobs: 24
Cap. Investment: $1.6 Million

High-precision machinery components

Germany-based Zeltwanger LP will establish a North American presence with the location of a manufacturing operation in the Charleston region. The company designs, manufactures and assembles high-precision components and systems for use in numerous automated manufacturing processes.

Bon Secours-Saint Francis Xavier

March 1, 2003


Cap. Investment: $6 Million

Expanding hospital

Premier Environmental Services, Inc.

February 6, 2003

Environmental consulting services

The Company specializes in beneficial reuse of hazardous and non-hazardous waste as well as traditional disposal methods of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

Mercedes-Benz Lenkungen U.S., LLC (MBL US)

January 30, 2003

Jobs: 50
Cap. Investment: $8.0 Million

Manufacturing of automotive steering components

MBL U.S., a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, announced the launch of a new steering systems manufacturing operation that will produce and sell steering components for the North American market. Production at the plant is expected to reach full capacity in 2005.

Forest Technology Group

January 30, 2003

Jobs: 58
Cap. Investment: $1.33 Million

Information technology

Forest Technology Group, a business delivering information technologies and services internationally to help organizations manage natural resources, has expanded its corporate headquarters in the region. The ongoing growth of its customer base, plus future business projections, made it necessary for the company to find a larger office facility.

Peach Tree Inn

January 24, 2003

Motel

Coronet North America

January 20, 2003

Jobs: 40
Cap. Investment: $3.0 Million

International leader in oral care, filaments and housewares

Coronet North America, a division of Germany-based Coronet-Werke GmbH, has chosen to locate a manufacturing and distribution operation in the Charleston region.

Pleasant Surroundings

January 2, 2003

Furniture and home accents retailer

Knight's Concrete Products

January 1, 2003

Jobs: 45
Cap. Investment: $5 Million

Concrete products manufacturer

Bull&Finch

January 1, 2003

Restaurant/Bar

Union Hall

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

The New York Butcher Shoppe

January 1, 2003

Butcher shop

Pluto Rocks

January 1, 2003

Piano bar

Coast

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

The City Gallery

January 1, 2003

Art gallery

Pretzel Twister

January 1, 2003

Pretzel bakery

Kia Country of Charleston

January 1, 2003

Automobile dealership

Roly Poly Sandwich Shop

January 1, 2003

Sandwich Shop

Sentry Ford

January 1, 2003

Jobs: 25

Automobile dealership

Pottery Barn

January 1, 2003

Home furnishings retailer

Just Fresh

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

Wholly Cow

January 1, 2003

Ice cream & coffee

Party Plan-it

January 1, 2003

Party supplies and rentals

Party Time

January 1, 2003

Party supplies

The Outdoor Shoppe Outfitter/ The Bicycle Shoppe

January 1, 2003

Outdoor & cycling retailer

Chutney Cafe by Stacks

January 1, 2003

restaurant

Crescent

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

Charleston Lighting

January 1, 2003

Lighting and home accent retailer

Bodacious Bagels

January 1, 2003

Delicatessen

The Mattress Store Warehouse

January 1, 2003

bedding retailer

Air

January 1, 2003

Outdoor recreational hobby equipment

The New York Butcher Shoppe

January 1, 2003

Butcher shop

Copper Penny

January 1, 2003

Women's clothing

Golden Garden

January 1, 2003

Chinese restaurant

Whole Foods

January 1, 2003

Organic products supermarket

Old Village Post House

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

Red's Ice House

January 1, 2003

Restaurant and bar

Jilda's Cafe

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

Sweet Julep's

January 1, 2003

Candy shop

Decorative Fabric Outlet

January 1, 2003

Fabric outlet

Earth Fare

January 1, 2003

Natural foods supermarket

Long Point Cleaners

January 1, 2003

Dry cleaners

Sonic

January 1, 2003

Fast food restaurant

Bed Bath & Beyond

January 1, 2003

Household products retailer

Office Depot

January 1, 2003

Discount office supplies retailer

Babies R Us

January 1, 2003

Baby products discount retailer

Longhorn Steakhouse

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

Chuck E Cheese

January 1, 2003

Children's pizza restaurant and entertainment center

Target

January 1, 2003

Jobs: 250

Discount retailer

Ann Taylor Loft

January 1, 2003

Women's clothing

Charlotte Russe

January 1, 2003

Women's clothing

Subway

January 1, 2003

sandwich shop

Bed Bath & Beyond

January 1, 2003

Household products retailer

Salt And Pepper Cafe

January 1, 2003

Cafe

Mattresses and More

January 1, 2003

Bedding retailer

Omni Fitness Center

January 1, 2003

Health club

Cost Plus World Market

January 1, 2003

Home furnishings retailer

BiLo

January 1, 2003

Grocery store

Linens &Things

January 1, 2003

Home furnishings retailer

Ross Dress for Less

January 1, 2003

Clothing retailer

Pier One

January 1, 2003

Home furnishings retailer

TJ Maxx

January 1, 2003

Discount retailer

Kohls

January 1, 2003

Retailer

Providence Baptist Church

January 1, 2003

Church expansion

Coast Architects, Inc.

January 1, 2003

Architectural firm

John Street Inn

January 1, 2003

Hotel/inn

S.C. Women's Business Center

January 1, 2003

Assists women in company start-ups

Earthling Day Spa

January 1, 2003

Spa

Beatty Center for the School of Business and Economics

January 1, 2003


Cap. Investment: $9.0 Million

Education (College of Charleston)

Franke Home At Seaside

January 1, 2003

Jobs: 110
Cap. Investment: $18.0 Million

Retirement community

Stepping Stones Early Childhood Development

January 1, 2003

Child care and educational services

Fantastic Sam's

January 1, 2003

Hair salon

Palmetto Interventional Pain Management

January 1, 2003

Pain management practice

Natural Nail Care Clinic

January 1, 2003

Nail salon

Residence Inn by Marriott

January 1, 2003


Cap. Investment: $16.0 Million

Hotel

Sunrise Children's School

January 1, 2003

Preschool

Coastal Carolina Cleaners

January 1, 2003

Dry cleaners

Movies at Azalea Square

January 1, 2003

Movie theatre

Community First Bank

January 1, 2003

Full service bank

SouthTrust Bank

January 1, 2003

Full service bank

Daniel Island Elementary and Middle School

January 1, 2003


Cap. Investment: $20.0 Million

Elementary and middle school

Park West Sport & Recreation Complex

January 1, 2003


Cap. Investment: $1.250 Million

Recreational facility

Charleston Travel Partners

January 1, 2003

Jobs: 200
Cap. Investment: $10 Million

Full service travel plaza

Morgan Creek Grill

January 1, 2003

Restaurant

Dorchester County

January 1, 2003

Jobs: 50
Cap. Investment: $1.75 Million

Coastal fishing boat market

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