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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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New, Expanding, and Mergers & Acquisitions

XIFIN

June 29, 2021

Jobs: 150

Revenue cycle management (RCM), laboratory information systems and other IT solutions for diagnostic healthcare providers

Headquartered in San Diego, California, the new Berkeley County location will increase the company’s capacity to meet growing demand, especially as diagnostic providers continue to face challenges from the pandemic, and technology support has proven crucial to meet rising volumes and maximize reimbursement. The new XIFIN facility, located at 100 Benefitfocus Way in Charleston, is slated to open in August 2021 and will add 150 jobs over the next two years.

Polestar Cars

June 16, 2021


Investment: $118 Million

All-electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) manufacturing

Polestar, the premium electric car brand from Sweden, announces today its first all-electric SUV will be manufactured in the United States. The forthcoming Polestar 3, an aerodynamic electric performance SUV, will be manufactured alongside new Volvo vehicles at the Volvo Cars production center in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Polestar vehicles built in South Carolina will be for sale in the United States. The move transforms Polestar into a truly global brand with an industrial capacity in the two largest single markets for electric vehicles in the world “ the USA and China “ alongside its headquarters and established sales and distribution capabilities in Europe. “Polestar 3 will be built in America, for our American customers,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud that our first SUV will be manufactured in South Carolina. From now on, the USA is no longer an export market but a home market.” The manufacturing announcement also underlines Polestar’s commitment to the American retail market, which is undergoing a period of rapid expansion. The firm plans to open around 25 retail ‘Spaces’ across the country in 2021. Polestar was launched in 2017 by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding. The Ridgeville plant was opened in 2018 by Volvo Cars. Polestar’s ability to share a production facility with Volvo Cars highlights the significant industrial and financial synergies it generates as result of its ownership structure. Production will begin globally in 2022. https://www.polestar.com/us/press/press-release/polestar-3-electric-performance-suv-to-be-manufactured-in-the-usa and https://charlestonbusiness.com/news/automotive/80664/?utm_term=Volvo%20Cars%20expands%20to%20produce%20electric%20car%20in%20Ridgeville&utm_campaign=Thursday%27s%20headlines%20from%20the%20Charleston%20Regional%20Business%20Journal&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email

Cummins Turbo Technologies

June 11, 2021

Jobs: 252
Investment: $10.7 Million

Turbocharger manufacturing

Operating out of two locations on Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, Cummins Turbo Technologies’ expansion will allow the company the flexibility to optimize its network between remanufactured and new turbocharger products; leverage manufacturing capabilities and capital in one geographic location; and improve cost competitiveness of both remanufactured and new turbos. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. “Our workforce at our Charleston Turbo Plant is critical to making Cummins Turbo Technologies the world-leader in air handling for commercial vehicles by exhibiting the teamwork and excellence necessary to deliver innovative, reliable turbocharger solutions. Our investment in the Charleston area will help us optimize our footprint and continue to be the top choice of our global customers,” says Cummins Turbo Technologies Vice President Shon Wright.

Charleston Coffee Roasters

June 10, 2021

Jobs: 28
Investment: $2.2 Million

Craft coffee manufacturing

Charleston Coffee Roasters, a craft coffee roasting company, today announced plans to expand operations in Charleston County. Founded in 2005, the firm sources premium coffees from around the world, and this expansion will increase the company’s capacity to meet growing demand. The growth plan includes adding 21,600 square feet of production space to house new roasters, grinders and packaging equipment. “Charleston, South Carolina is our home. The community has been incredibly supportive since we founded Charleston Coffee Roasters 16 years ago. Working with the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Charleston County Economic Development, this next stage of our strategic growth plan enables us to hire more employees, continue our aggressive expansion, increase our distribution across more states and more retailers and create new gourmet coffee roasts for our customers to enjoy.” -Charleston Coffee Roasters President Lowell D. Grosse

Robert Bosch LLC

June 8, 2021


Investment: $80 Million

Electrified and traditional powertrain manufacturing expansion

Gitta Unger, vice president of the North Charleston plant, said a new production line will be added to build electrified powertrains for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. She added that internal combustion engines aren’t going away any time soon and so the plant also will add capacity for traditional powertrains. Hiring is already underway and Unger said the two-year expansion plan will create hundreds of jobs and help the Dorchester Road plant replace all or more of the 430 full- and part-time positions that were cut last year when the site eliminated production of diesel powertrain components. Bosch also has focused on environmental issues, with all of its plants achieving a climate-neutral status as of a year ago.

Century Aluminum

June 3, 2021

Jobs: 100
Investment: $60 Million

Standard-grade ingot, horizontal direct chilled (HDC) ingot, extrusion billet and other primary aluminum products

Founded in 1995, Century Aluminum produces standard-grade, high-purity and value-added primary aluminum products, with operations in the United States and Iceland. With its Mt. Holly operation, located at 3575 U.S. Route 52 in Moncks Corner, Century Aluminum casts molten aluminum into standard-grade ingot, horizontal direct chilled (HDC) ingot, extrusion billet and other primary aluminum products. The state-of-the-art operation improves efficiency, energy utilization and environmental protection. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

James Hardie Industries

May 17, 2021

Manufacturer of cement-based exterior siding and other products for the housing and commercial construction markets

Hardie bought an existing 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, then closed it again mid-2020 due COVID-19 impacts. The Irish-owned firm is re-opening the plant a third time in response to the high demand for siding products in the current strong housing market. Hardie was among the earliest to use cement fiber to make siding and other durable exterior cladding materials for the building industry. HardiePlank is among its best-known consumer brands.

Denture Care Shop

May 17, 2021

Denture manufacturing using digital scanning and 3D printing technology

The first Denture Care Shop location officially opened at 6185 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston this past April and expects to grow rapidly in the coming year. Using digital scanning and 3D-printing technology, Denture Care Shop allows dentists to offer replacement full dentures for a fraction of today's typical cost an in just a few days. Each Denture Care Shop location is owned and operated by a licensed dentist and offers replacement denture services with the support of a digital dentistry platform, technology and other administrative services provided by Denture Care, LLC, a Charleston Digital Corridor start-up.

ADMA Biologics Inc.

May 6, 2021

Jobs: 50

Plasma collection site

New Jersey-based ADMA Biologics Inc. is an end-to-end commercial biopharmaceutical company dedicated to manufacturing, marketing and developing specialty plasma-derived biologics. As federal regulations state, ADMA can collect plasma donations on site as it awaits FDA’s approval for this site's specimens to be used in the manufacturing of life-saving therapies. “The state’s impressive infrastructure and skilled workforce create a terrific foundation for ADMA to safely collect and process plasma, and we look forward to continuing to grow our operations in the state now and in the coming years,” the firm's CEO said in a statement. ADMA has seven plasma collection facilities at various stages of approval and development. The Lowcountry plasma center, located at 214 Saint James Ave., is the newest and is projected to need up to 50 health care workers at full capacity.

Frothy Beard Brewing Co.

April 29, 2021

Small-batch brewery and restaurant

Charleston County-based Frothy Beard Brewing Co. has acquired Hometown Brewhouse at 117 S. Main St. in Summerville (Dorchester County) and will call this second site "Frothy Beard Off World." It will not only be used to create special small-batch beers in rotation with all the flagship Frothy beer offerings, but it will also offer lunch and dinner, plus Sunday brunch. The conversion is expected to be complete by mid-June 2021.

Bourne Group

April 29, 2021

Jobs: 43
Investment: $3.7 Million

Headquarters; design, manufacturing and installation of maritime signage

Founded in 2007, Bourne Group has built a portfolio ranging from maritime safety signs to full-service capabilities for the cruise and commerce shipping industries. With its U.S. headquarters in the Charleston Metro Area, Bourne Group also has an international presence in the Netherlands and manufacturing partnerships in Asia and Eastern Europe. Their move to a new facility located at 301 Ports Authority Drive in Mount Pleasant will allow for expanded operations in leading-edge printing, digital cutting and CNC routing, as well as logistics project management, sales and design. The new facility will be operational by the end of 2021.

M. C. Dean, Inc.

April 21, 2021

Jobs: 126
Investment: $7.3 Million

Cyber-physical systems integration and engineering

Located in the Remount Business Park in North Charleston, M.C. Dean, Inc. is constructing a new 25,000-square-foot facility which will service its defense, technology, manufacturing and healthcare customers. The new facility will be completed in 2022 and will provide space for additional offices, engineering, simulation, testing labs and warehousing. “By more than doubling our electrical, electronic security, audio visual and IT systems evaluation, integration and testing lab capacity, we’re able to deliver immediate value to our customers’ quality, reliability and performance outcomes. South Carolina’s wealth of technical talent combined with its strong economic development environment make it an attractive location for our ongoing business investment,” said M.C. Dean CEO Bill Dean.

Mercedes-Benz Vans

March 30, 2021


Investment: $59 Million

eSprinter production

Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced that it will build the next generation eSprinter van -- based on the newly developed Electric Versatility Platform -- at three locations: North Charleston, South Carolina, and Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde in Germany. The current generation of the eSprinter is already being built in Düsseldorf together on one line with conventionally driven Sprinter models. The principle of manufacturing both drive train variants will now also be implemented at the plants in Charleston and Ludwigsfelde. This will allow the company to respond more precisely to the respective market needs in the future. The North Charleston plant will be the first to bring the next generation of the eSprinter to the United States, and the necessary conversions within the plant and retraining are currently under preparation. Production is planned to begin in the second half of 2023.

Lineage Logistics

March 29, 2021


Investment: $34 Million

Temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider

As the world’s largest and most innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, Lineage moves more than 30% of the temperature-controlled food products across the United States and nearly 10% of temperature-controlled food products globally. In recognition of the company’s leading innovations, Lineage was recognized as the No 1. Data Science company on Fast Company’s Annual list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2019, in addition to ranking 23rd overall in an evaluation of thousands of companies worldwide. Lineage’s $34 million investment to expand its facility in Charleston County was driven by strong customer demand, interest in the Charleston market and proximity to the Port of Charleston.

Google

March 18, 2021


Investment: $500 Million

Data center

Google established operations in Berkeley County, South Carolina in 2007, and this data center expansion brings the company’s total investment in the state to $2.9 billion. Nationally, Google plans to invest more than $7 billion and create at least 10,000 new, full-time Google jobs across the United States this year. “I believe a lasting economic recovery will come from local communities, and the people and small businesses that give them life,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google and Alphabet. "Google wants to be a part of that recovery." Google.org has awarded more than $2M in grants to nonprofits and organizations based in South Carolina, including grants to the Berkeley County School District and Fast Forward. These investments provided free internet to households with school-aged children and technology education and computer access to underserved South Carolinians. Most recently, Google has been supporting distance learning during Covid-19 with computer donations and "Rolling Hot Spots" to support digital connectivity and remote learning for students in the Berkeley County School District. Google's recent 2020 Economic Impact Report shows their firm generated $4.02 billion in economic activity in South Carolina in 2020.

T-Mobile

March 4, 2021

Jobs: 540
Investment: $10.2 Million

Customer care center

T-Mobile US, Inc., one of the largest wireless network operators in the country, will expand its operations in Charleston County. The $10.2 million investment in its Customer Experience Center will create up to 540 new jobs, bringing the Charleston County location to a total of approximately 1,540 full-time employees. Located at 8571 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, T-Mobile expanded its Customer Care Center by 44,350 square feet to accommodate the company's growing customer care team. Company officials cited "the tremendous talent this area has to offer" as the reason they chose to expand their Charleston area facility.

Omatic Software

February 25, 2021

Jobs: 100
Investment: $.45 Million

Data integration software

Founded in 2002, Omatic Software provides data health and integration solutions for nonprofits by democratizing data access and insight. The company services thousands of nonprofit organizations with innovative integration solutions to eliminate manual processes and provide up-to-date and complete data. Located at the Portside Ferry Wharf in Mount Pleasant, Omatic Software's expansion will serve as the company's corporate headquarters and will be its main hub for software research and development, as well as sales and operations. The firm's CEO said, "The Charleston community and its infrastructure have made it possible for Omatic and the tech industry to flourish through its business-friendly policies and collaboration. I have grown to appreciate the unique combination of industry and culture that Charleston has to offer."

Mainstream Pine Products LLC

January 29, 2021


Investment: $90 Million

Crude tall oil (CTO) biorefinery

This facility will serve as the centerpiece of Mainstream’s strategy to become the highest quality, lowest cost producer of CTO derivatives in North America. CTO is a renewable, non-food resource and a byproduct of pine trees used in paper manufacturing. It is a vital component of many chemicals including renewable diesel processing products, lubricants, adhesives, inks, paints, coatings, and tire and rubber additives. Company officials say they chose the Berkeley site at Charleston International Manufacturing Center because it "affords an ideal manufacturing location in an integrated industrial park with reliable infrastructure and intermodal access for efficient delivery of source materials and shipping of refined products." The company anticipates starting construction later this year with operations commencing in 2023.

Ray-Mont Logistics

January 29, 2021

Jobs: 85
Investment: $16 Million

Fully integrated logistics services

Montreal, Canada-based Ray-Mont Logistics notes that the Port of Charleston and the key advantages it brings to the North American supply chain complement the firm's existing facilities, providing a strategic gateway to reach key global markets for exporters. Ray-Mont Logistics serves as a one-stop shop for a variety of logistical needs and it's goal is to enhance the customer experience on a global scale. Located at 1000 Remount Road in North Charleston, the new facility is expected to be completed by spring 2021.

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