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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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Downsizing

2012

Hill Rom

December 21, 2012

Specialty medical equipment manufacturing

Layoff with 29 jobs affected

Welded Tube Berkeley

September 21, 2012

Electric resistance weld (ERW) tubing products & pipes manufacturing

Closure affecting 50 jobs; moved operations to headquarters in Canada due to struggling construction business sector in the US economy

Art Institute of Charleston

September 1, 2012

Fine arts post-secondary education

A national restructuring at Education Management Corp., the local institute’s owner and operator, affected 12 jobs at the Art Institute of Charleston.

Asahi Kasei Spandex America

August 20, 2012

Spandex filaments manufacturing

132 jobs affected when the Bushy Park plant operations are discontinued in Oct 2012 due to Asahi Kasei's worldwide restructuring in response to increased competition and a "crowded global market"

Force Protection

February 28, 2012

Blast-protected wheeled vehicles, blast technology & counter-IED research

Acquired in 2011 by General Dynamics and made part of its Land Systems division, Force Protection announces a layoff of 155 workers to streamline resources company-wide globally. This will leave approximately 600 workers in the Charleston area operations.

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