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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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CRDA-Facilitated Projects

2007

DuPont

December 18, 2007

Jobs: 100
Investment: $500 Million

Manufacturing of Kevlar brand fiber

Following a highly competitive site selection process, this global technology innovator chose the Charleston region for the largest single investment in its Kevlar high-performance fiber, and the largest capacity increase since 1965.

Venture Aerobearings, LLC

December 4, 2007

Jobs: 100
Investment: $28 Million

Jet engine aerobearings

This joint venture of SKF Group and GE Aviation will manufacture and repair aerobearings for GE jet engines. Company officials selected the Charleston region because of a skilled workforce and the support of state and local development authorities.

X-Calibur Plant Health Company

October 29, 2007

Jobs: 25
Investment: $5 Million

Controlled release fertilizer

A pro-business environment, cooperative community and deep water port convinced this start-up company to locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in the region. X-Calibur Plant Health Company is the sole North American manufacturer of Plantacote controlled release fertilizer which allows plant growers a more efficient, economical and environmentally-friendly way to continuously feed nutrients.

Nationwide Express, Inc.

October 24, 2007

Jobs: 10
Investment: $2.5 Million

Full service transportation logistics management company

This global leader in transportation logistics management opened it's first transloading facility in South Carolina. Key reasons for selecting our region for this competitive investment: state's infrastructure, access to markets and the Port of Charleston.

TWL Precision

July 19, 2007

Jobs: 70
Investment: $8 Million

Precision automotive components

TWL Precision Ltd, headquartered in England, will join the region's growing automotive cluster with their new North American Corporate Office. As a key precision component supplier for Toyota in Europe, TWL will grow their North American customer base by working with companies such as Cummins Turbo Technologies in Charleston.

Mediterranean Shipping Company

June 28, 2007

Jobs: 120
Investment: $7 Million

South Atlantic corporate headquarters for international shipping company

The second largest container carrier in the world announced the location of its South Atlantic corporate headquarters here. Among the reasons cited for this competitive expansion: a dedicated workforce, reasonable coastal living and a strong business climate.

Pegasus Steel

May 14, 2007

Jobs: 85
Investment: $10.5 Million

North American headquarters and manufacturing of precision steel components

This global leader in steel processing selected the region for its North American headquarters and manufacturing plant after considering other locations throughout the Southeast. Headquartered in South Africa, the company’s new facility will be larger and have more capacity than any other within a 1,000-mile radius.

Midway Specialty Vehicles

April 17, 2007

Jobs: 25
Investment: $1 Million

Upfitting of DaimlerChrysler Sprinter vans

A custom commercial vehicle upfitter, Midway Specialty Vehicles selected the Charleston region for its new Sprinter Division. The innovative company selected our region to be close to DaimlerChrysler’s Sprinter Van manufacturing facility.

Google, Inc.

April 5, 2007

Jobs: 200
Investment: $600 Million

Data center

After a competitive site selection search, Google selected the Charleston region for a $600 million state-of-the-art data center. Among the reasons cited: the region’s solid infrastructure, a strong sense of community, an attractive workforce and responsive government officials.

GenPhar, Inc

March 13, 2007

Jobs: 133
Investment: $33 Million

Headquarters and manufacturing of vaccines

This biopharmaceutical company, which develops vaccines to protect against the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases, announced plans to construct South Carolina’s first Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility for biological medicine. Reasons cited for this competitive expansion: the region’s natural beauty, strong workforce and proximity to MUSC.

Belimed USA

January 17, 2007

Jobs: 75
Investment: $5 Million

North American headquarters for infection control technology company

The region’s appeal in attracting and retaining top talent plus a strong business climate convinced Belimed to bring its North American corporate headquarters here. Part of Switzerland’s Metall Zug Group, Belimed is a global leader in infection control technology for hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

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