Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
September 28, 2022
Steel and steel products
With a history dating back to 1905, Nucor Corporation manufactures a variety of products including carbon and alloy steel, hollow structural tubing, electrical conduit, precision castings and more. The company's products serve the agriculture, automotive and energy industries along with several others. At the Charleston area plant located at 1455 Old Hagan Avenue in the Huger area of Berkeley County, Nucor's latest expansion will include the addition of a galvanizing line that will expand the manufacturing of corrosion-resistant products. The expansion is expected to be complete in mid-2025.
SHL Medical Ltd.
July 18, 2022
Manufacturing of plastic components of disposable auto-injectors used in the medical and healthcare field
Zug, Switzerland-based SHL Medical said its new facility at 7791 Palmetto Commerce Parkway will be operational by Q2 2024. The company makes autoinjectors, pen injectors and other devices that let patients self-inject at home. The company also offers contract manufacturing and engineering services for products such as wafer testing equipment, laboratory handling equipment, neurosurgical devices and industrial equipment. “Our new U.S. site will be a state-of-the-art facility that will support our customers further with our end-to-end capabilities, providing high-quality drug delivery systems to end users -- patients around the world,” said Ulrich Faessler, the company’s medical chairman and CEO. The North Charleston facility “brings us closer to our customers and reduces the risk of supply chain disturbances” while also supporting the company’s sustainability goals which include reducing global shipping distances. The Swiss-based company also has research and development facilities in Sweden and a design, testing and manufacturing campus in Taiwan.
New, Expanding, and Mergers & Acquisitions
November 22, 2022
San Diego, California-based CALI is one of the fastest-growing flooring suppliers with an eco-conscious focus. Collections include bamboo, European oak, eucalyptus, cork, luxury vinyl, and engineered planks, in addition to composite decking, rugs, fencing, and plywood. The new center will serve CALI customers along the eastern seaboard, enabling faster deliveries and more reliable service. The 250,000 square feet facility supports a multishift operation with product sampling, customer service, and a logistics team at 454 Tradeport Dr. in Berkeley County at the Charleston Tradeport Industrial Center.
Eveon Containers Inc.
November 18, 2022
U.S. headquarters and logistical hub for sales and distribution of decommissioned shipping containers
The firm announced it has selected the Lowcountry of South Carolina for its U.S. headquarters. Eveon is a global provider of sustainable building, shipping and storage solutions with European headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and operations in Germany and Canada. Launched in 2019, the company sees Charleston as an ideal hub in North America because it shares many qualities with Rotterdam, including "being steeped in history, having a reputation for friendly people, and being established and thriving port cities... We don't just sell containers, we sell opportunities for customers to launch a business, start a pop-up restaurant or simply to save money on storage," Eveon CEO Aad Storm said. "With 45 million containers in the world, our goal is to recycle, repurpose and reduce emissions, one container at a time. We believe these containers, once retired from sea, can serve another purpose on land." Eveon has already begun operations at its North Charleston location at 4900 O'Hear Ave. Suite 100.
Utilimaster, a Shyft Group company (formerly Spartan Motors)
November 15, 2022
Mercedes-Benz Vans upfitter
Closure by January 2023 affecting 71 positions. The firm's Michigan-based parent company announced plans to manufacture its own electric commercial van, to be called Blue Arc.
April 12, 2022
Dairy products manufacturing
Borden announced the Charleston area manufacturing plant would be closing at the end of May 2022, and that products would be withdrawn from the South Carolina retail market. The decision was made following a recent financial and operational review, affecting 177 jobs. The company said it will assist affected employees through the transition by offering notification pay, the opportunity to apply for roles at other locations as well as outplacement assistance to help them find new employment.