Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
The Boeing Company
May 28, 2020
Aircraft assembly and final delivery
Boeing has announced that it will cut its global workforce by 10% corporate-wide by the end of 2020 due to decline in the airline industry globally after COVID-19, equating to about 12,000 jobs affected in the United States. Specifics by state or for all campuses are not yet publicly available.
James Hardie Industries
May 6, 2020
Manufacturer of cement-based exterior siding and other products for the housing and commercial construction markets
The Charleston area plant is being closed as part of a business restructuring plan by its Irish owner. “The move will realign supply and demand in the North American market following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the company said. Hardie bought the Cemplank plant in Summerville in 2003, then closed it in 2009 due to the Great Recession, while maintaining ownership of the facility. They re-opened it in 2017 due to the strength of the revived economy and growth in the construction sector. This mid-2020 closure will affect 60 local positions.
April 29, 2020
Software technology that helps manage workplace benefits
One of the Charleston region’s largest technology employers plans to lay off 250 workers, or about 17% of its workforce, citing the financial stress from the coronavirus pandemic. Other actions include reducing take-home pay of the CEO and the Exec Chair of the Board of Directors to 0, 20% salary reduction for the executive leadership team, suspension of travel and other non-critical expenses, as well as other actions until conditions stabilize.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
April 4, 2020
Layoff affecting 1,090 positions due to COVID-19.
March 21, 2020
Layoff affecting 275 positions due to COVID-19's affect on the travel industry
Hall Chophouse & subsidiaries
March 18, 2020
Steak houses, catering and restaurants in the Charleston region
Layoff affecting 340 positions due to COVID-19's impact on restaurant industry
DSV Solutions, LLC
February 2, 2020
Third-party logistics provider
DSV Solutions, which operates a Sam’s Club distribution center in Charleston, says it will no longer operate the warehouse at 2200 Charleston Regional Parkway after Feb. 12, affecting 69 jobs. However, DSV says the new firm that is replacing them as the Sam's Club 3PL provider will likely hire most of this existing staff.
Robert Bosch LLC
January 16, 2020
Automotive parts manufacturer
Robert Bosch LLC's Charleston area plant is cutting 340 full-time jobs and 90 temporary positions while also planning to staff up in other areas amid a profound shift in global demand. The plant is expected to secure additional manufacturing business and jobs tied to the rising demand for electric vehicles, but estimates for staff expansion are not yet available. Layoffs will be implemented in phases, starting in mid-2020 and continuing through 2021. The global auto market is quickly changing, forcing suppliers to adapt, Bosch said. The layoff will decrease the 1800-worker plant's current staff level by about 20%.