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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

Ignite Ditgital Services

May 24, 2023

Jobs: 135
Investment: $.97 Million

Corporate headquarters for an operational consulting company which provides program integration and data management services to commercial and national security customers

As a certified global UiPath Premier Public Sector Partner, Ignite Digital Services helps to fast-track portfolio innovation and enhance product capabilities for clients looking to harness automation and robotic process automation (RPA). Located at 1505 King Street for its new Charleston headquarters, the firm will maintain operations in San Diego, C.A., Norfolk, V.A., Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, L.A. The company plans to expand across all locations and expects the most significant growth in the Charleston location. ?The state of South Carolina and the Charleston metropolitan area provide the ideal environment for Ignite Digital Services to expand its operations and client portfolio. The region offers a high quality of life for its residents and attracts a wide pool of technology talent, both of which support the city and our organization?s rapid growth," said the company's Chief Executive Officer Marc Murphy. Hiring is underway and the new headquarters is expected to be in full operation by 2024.

Defense Engineering Services

May 4, 2023

Jobs: 45
Investment: $2.5 Million

Mechanical engineering firm that specializes in work for the U.S. defense and aerospace industries; expansion includes adding manufacturing capabilities

Founded in 2013, the veteran-owned company said it provides technical, design and manufacturing expertise for the U.S. Department of Defense including vehicle systems integration, automotive design, survivability solutions, reverse engineering and obsolescence issues. It also provides the U.S. Army with medical training systems and innovative armor and works with other contractors to provide engineering services. The firm is moving into a new site on Weber Boulevard in North Charleston that will provide more space for large projects, such as working on combat vehicles, and add manufacturing capabilities. Expansion at the 53,000-square-foot facility will be complete in May, and operations are already online. This is the second expansion for the military contractor in recent years. In 2020, the company announced a $1.1 million investment expected to create 18 jobs.

EcoSteris Inc.

April 24, 2023

Jobs: 16
Investment: $6 Million

Medical waste recycler

EcoSteris recently opened a facility at 112 Fabricators Street in an industrial park off U.S. Highway 78. The operation does not involve the use of chemicals or burning any waste but instead uses an innovative process to turn certain used items into raw material for a new uses. EcoSteris reclaims, sterilizes and recycles plastics and other medical waste from hospitals, dental practices, veterinary clinics and other medical providers for use in other new consumer products. The operation exceeds state and federal regulations for medical waste handling, and its permit with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control allows the company to treat 19.2 million pounds of waste per year. The firm chose Summerville as a centralized location to serve the Lowcountry and hopes to expand as their success grows.

Scout Boats

April 18, 2023

Investment: $10 Million

Luxury boat manufacturer

Scout Boats plans to enlarge its 36-acre campus by expanding and renovating its corporate headquarters located at 130 Spaniel Lane in Summerville and by adding a new 35,000-square-foot facility to allow the production of the new 67 LX series yacht. The newly-debuted 67 LX will be one of the largest outboard-powered sportfishing yachts in the world. Renovations are expected to be complete by spring 2024, and operations are expected to be online by summer 2024.

Neal Brothers Charleston Inc.

April 6, 2023

Jobs: 10
Investment: $9.48 Million

Export packing, storage, freight and other logistics and distribution services

Neal Brothers Charleston Inc. plans to expand its existing area location by building a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot facility at 4229 Domino Ave. in North Charleston. The expansion will increase the company's shipping operations to serve the region's waterfront and logistics community. The company's main North American office has operated in North Charleston for more than 30 years. Neal Brothers currently employs more than 100 people at their Charleston County facility and serves more than 300 customers.


March 29, 2023

Jobs: 32
Investment: $.1 Million

Data platform, data engineering, etc.

COLUMBIA, S.C. Interloop, an innovative software company, today announced plans to expand its existing operations in Charleston County. The company's $100,000 investment will create 32 new jobs over the next five years. Interloop helps mid-market companies become more data-driven with the implementation of advanced data technology. The company combines a full-stack data platform along with data engineering service expertise to break down data silos, providing automated insights for clients. The company offers a portfolio of services in data strategy, data pipeline management, data modeling, dashboard development, artificial intelligence, and governance and observability. With current operations located at the Charleston Tech Center at 997 Morrison Drive, Suite 200, Interloop's expansion will allow the company to increase operations and provide additional training programs. By investing in its knowledge worker training program, Interloop can train and support interested candidates in the data engineering and data science fields.

ZEB Metals and Glencore

March 20, 2023

Jobs: 28
Investment: $14 Million

Full-service scrap metals recycling company; joint venture with Glencore, a Swiss-based commodities trader and one of the world's largest diversified natural resource companies

ZEB Metals is relocating from Kentucky and establishing its first South Carolina operations in Berkeley County in a joint venture with Glencore, a Swiss-based commodities trader and one of the world's largest diversified natural resource companies. The new facility will process dross and other types of secondary aluminum scrap that would otherwise be destined for a landfill. This is the first secondary re-melt facility of its kind in the Southeast region of the United States. Founded in 2021, ZEB Metals is a buyer and trader of non-ferrous scrap, as well as a recycler of metals other than iron and steel. The company processes metals through shredding, melting, screening and sorting materials while providing full-service metal recycling including industrial clean-up and off-site demolition. Operations are expected to begin by late 2023.

Patten Seed Company

March 15, 2023

Jobs: 40
Investment: $2.2 Million

Corporate headquarters for one of the largest turfgrass producers in the southeastern U.S.

Expanding its South Carolina footprint, Patten Seed Company will relocate its corporate headquarters from Lakeland, Georgia, to an existing facility at 22 Westedge Street in Charleston. The new headquarters will centralize the company's senior management team and create a marketing and technology hub. Additionally, the relocation, which is central to Patten Seed Company's current Southeast operations, positions the company to take advantage of the area's robust talent pool as it transitions from an agriculture-centered company to a vertically-integrated industry leader.


January 10, 2023

Jobs: 59
Investment: $49.9 Million

Cold storage warehousing and logistics

Located on Patriot Boulevard in North Charleston, FlexCold's Dorchester County facility is its first cold storage location in South Carolina and second facility in the United States. The new operations will include a highly modern, cold food storage facility to accommodate a diverse customer base with a focus on receiving a substantial amount of imported goods. "We are thrilled to be expanding our footprint by establishing operations within a modern cold storage facility strategically located close to the Port of Charleston," said co-founder Jeff Manno. Operationally, FlexCold will provide import and export services, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration inspections, labeling and repacking, and cross-docking services. Operations are expected to be online by late summer 2024.

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