Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
New & Expanding
Braskem & Frontier Logistics
July 24, 2020
Global Export Hub providing packaging, warehousing and export shipping services
The new Global Export Hub (expected completion by the third quarter of 2020) will have capacity to support export shipments of up to 450 million pounds (204 Kilotons) of polypropylene and specialty polymers annually to Braskem customers worldwide. Braskem is partnering with the Port of Charleston and warehouse provider Frontier Logistics, which will construct, lease and provide services to Braskem under a five-year agreement at the 550,000 sq. ft. McMillan Road facility in North Charleston. "With excellent access to national rail and highway networks, this important new logistics and distribution facility in the South Carolina port region significantly enhances Braskem America's international export capability," said Braskem America CEO Mark Nikolich. Philadelphia-based Braskem is a multinational firm and is the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world.
July 20, 2020
Direct import distribution center
Once completed, the new storage and cross-dock facility will span nearly three million square feet and be served by the Port of Charleston. This direct import distribution center, which will take approximately 14 months to build, will supply several regional distribution centers supporting approximately 850 Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs across South Carolina and beyond. "At a time when job creation is so vital, and --more than ever-- our customers are relying on Walmart for the essentials they need during this unprecedented time, we are excited about the impact this new facility will have on the regional economy and how it will help us better serve customers across the Southeast," said Walmart Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Greg Smith.
Holy City Linen
June 24, 2020
Commercial laundry services
Founded in 2016 in Mount Pleasant, Holy City Linen provides a quality, eco-friendly commercial laundry service throughout the Charleston area. Opening a second facility at 1275 Remount Road in North Charleston, Holy City Linen's expansion will allow the company to increase capacity to meet growing demand in the medical and hospitality industries.
June 23, 2020
Snack food manufacturing
Founded in 2016, Lowcountry Kettle uses local Bulls Bay salts to create a variety of kettle cooked potato chip flavors, including Bloody Mary, Mustard BBQ Sauce, Spicy Pimento Cheese and State Fair Fried Pickle. Located at 4447 Dorchester Road in North Charleston, Lowcountry Kettle's expansion will enable growth into other regions of the state and the Southeast, along with the addition of two new flavors - Bulls Bay Sea Salt and Carolina Reaper - to the company's product line. The expansion is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.
May 27, 2020
Tire and wheel assembly
The Kontane Logistics Inc. facility at 830 Drop Off Drive, just off Interstate 26, will employ 30 workers and support the Volvo plant in nearby Ridgeville which builds S60 sedans. It’s the second automotive-related announcement in recent months for Kontane, according to Rusty Byrd, chief operations officer, who said in October the firm will also provide “just in time” parts delivery for the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in North Charleston. Kontane’s headquarters is at a warehouse and distribution center on Charleston Regional Parkway, and the company has facilities in North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.
Charleston Stevedoring Company LLC (CSC)
May 6, 2020
Container terminal and stevedoring services
Marine Terminals Corporation East (Ports America), Ceres Marine Terminals Inc. (Ceres), and SSA Atlantic LLC (SSA) are pleased to announce they have formed a joint venture company to provide container terminal and stevedoring services in the Port of Charleston in South Carolina. “The new entity will provide significant benefits to the Port of Charleston, including improved container terminal services through the consolidated operations at all berths, as well as more efficient vessel turn times and improved equipment utilization,” CSC President Dan Hall said. “The combined company will optimize use of terminal capacity and improve integration between terminal, vessel and gate operations.” Ports America is a U.S. terminal operator and stevedore, with operations in every major port in the nation. Ceres is a transportation service provider, with stevedoring and terminal operations across multiple cargo types and operations in many of North America’s key ports. SSA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seattle-based Carrix Inc., is a marine and rail terminal operator in the Americas and internationally. The new joint venture becomes operational May 4, 2020.
March 17, 2020
North American Headquarters; Answering services and outsourced switchboards for small and large businesses
Moneypenny, with a Charleston-based North American headquarters and a UK-based world headquarters, has extended its services in the US with the acquisition of VoiceNation and Ninja Number. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed. VoiceNation is an award-winning bilingual telephone answering provider and Ninja Number is a cutting-edge business phone app that provides a virtual phone system for entrepreneurs. Both companies were co-founded by Jay Reeder and Graham Taylor in 2002 and are based in Atlanta, Georgia. Moneypenny works with businesses of all shapes and sizes, from sole traders to multinational corporations and has over 750 staff based in the UK and Charleston, USA. The company was founded in 2000 and currently handles over 15 million calls and live chats for 13,000 businesses.
Palmetto Clean Technology Inc.
February 17, 2020
Technology company that works with customers directly and with companies that sell solar panel and energy storage systems to demonstrate utility savings with alternative energy use
One of Charleston’s most mature startup companies, Palmetto Clean Technology Inc., closed another round of funding in early 2020 and marked its 10-year anniversary. CEO Chris Kemper described the company’s technology as a “utility savings platform” that roughly 4,000 small companies now use. The firm's technology can show homeowners how they can save money by installing solar, Kemper said, and also serves to help solar installation businesses with design tools, financing, logistics, customer relations and project management. Palmetto's headquarters is in Charleston, South Carolina, with additional offices in San Francisco, California, Sea Girt, New Jersey, Charlotte, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina.
January 18, 2020
A Charleston accounting software firm has raised another $9.1 million to finance its growth, solidifying the startup’s position as among the best-funded in the region’s technology industry. Located on Charleston’s upper peninsula, Ceterus develops web-based software and financial reporting tools. Founded in 2008, the firm has completed four major rounds of investments totaling more than $30 million. CEO Levi Morehouse said the latest financing will be invested in growth initiatives
January 13, 2020
Software buying services: Centralized enterprise SaaS purchasing and renewals management
Boston-based Vendr provides expert SaaS buyers to growth-oriented client companies like HubSpot, DraftKings, CarGurus, Grammarly and InVision so firms can focus on their core business. College of Charleston alumnus Ryan Neu founded the firm in 2018 in Boston and has tasked fellow CofC alumnus and the firm's Head of Vendor Management, Jeff Swank, to lead the Charleston office. Swank says, "Having spent the past 15 years in Charleston, I’ve seen how much talent there is here, and the tech community is only getting bigger. We’re looking forward to being a part of it and building an anchor team here locally.” Vendr chose to house operations at the Flagship-WestEdge building in downtown Charleston.
January 8, 2020
Managed IT services franchise with locations nationwide
“With the city’s recent influx of technology companies and the area’s ever-growing population, we couldn’t think of a better place than Charleston to open this branch of TeamLogic IT,” owner Denise Kaufman said in a news release. “We’re excited to tap in the region’s highly educated pool of workers while fulfilling a diverse array of area businesses’ IT needs.” TeamLogic provides support to businesses that do not have an IT department and collaborates with the internal IT departments of companies that need additional support. It offers services such as business data backup, cybersecurity consulting and implementation, email hosting, disaster recovery and planning, and more. The Charleston office is planning to hire multiple technicians and administrative support staff.
January 6, 2020
Custom-build Land Rover Defenders
Established in 2006 and headquartered in Bath, England, of the United Kingdom, Arkonik Ltd., specializes in the restoration and customization of Land Rover Defenders for customers all over the world. Arkonik anticipates steady growth potential for its new Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) location in the City of Charleston in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Arkonik SVO will serve as the company’s flagship operation for engine and transmission upgrades and provide a physical presence in North America where clients can test drive the vehicles, meet the team, and discuss their custom options face to face. An electric vehicle platform is planned for 2021. Charleston’s highly-skilled workforce, business-friendly climate, and globally-connected infrastructure like the Port of Charleston, influenced the company’s decision to locate here to better serve its customers.