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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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Shimano American Corporation

October 15, 2003

Jobs: 10
Investment: $0.08 Million

Distribution of bicycle components and fishing tackle

Following a study of 13 possible locations, this worldwide leader in the bicycle component and fishing tackle markets selected the Charleston region for a new distribution center. Company officials noted access to major highways, rail and port facilities as key to their decision to locate in the region.

Nanoscreen, LLC

October 1, 2003

Jobs: 60

Equipment used in pharmaceutical research

NanoScreen, LLC, announced the location of its corporate headquarters, R&D and distribution center in the Charleston region. The company serves major pharmaceutical companies with pipette tips and automated dispensing systems used in drug discovery and other early-stage research. Charleston's growing technology base and desirable lifestyle attributes were key factors in the company’s decision to locate here.

ArjoWiggins Medical, Inc.

June 23, 2003

Jobs: 18
Investment: $3.0 Million

Specialty paper manufacturing for the medical industry

ArjoWiggins Medical, Inc., the medical division of specialty paper manufacturer ArjoWiggins, SAS of Paris, France, has relocated its medical division from Atlanta to the Charleston region. The move includes the division headquarters, distribution and light manufacturing.

Classic Granite & Marble

June 9, 2003

Jobs: 10
Investment: $0.5 Million

Imports and distributes natural stone products

Classic Granite & Marble is establishing a distribution center in the region. The company supplies residential and commercial contractors with granite, marble and other natural stones. According to company officials, the Port of Charleston and the region’s robust economy were key factors in their decision. (Mfg NAICS 33; Distribution NAICS 42132)

Rhodia, Inc.

May 21, 2003

Investment: $3.0 Million

Specialty chemicals

Rhodia, a France-based manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, has expanded its operations in Charleston with the addition of a new laboratory and office building. Charleston is the main North American site for the company's Phosphorus and Performance Deliveries (PPD) Enterprise, which manufactures a variety of products used in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, textiles, construction and other industries.

National Association for Continence (NAFC)

April 22, 2003

Jobs: 6

Association headquarters

The NAFC, a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who suffer from incontinence, has relocated its headquarters to the Charleston region.

Dover Hydraulics, Inc.

April 4, 2003

Jobs: 20
Investment: $0.75 Million

Reconditioning of hydraulic cylinders and components

Dover Hydraulics is opening a facility dedicated to the repair and reconditioning of hydraulic cylinders and components. The company primarily serves the steel, aluminum, paper, marine, construction, mining, salvage and scrap industries.

Coastal Glass Distributors, LLC

March 26, 2003

Jobs: 50
Investment: $3.0 Million

Architectural glass fabricator

Coastal Glass Distributors, LLC, an architectural glass fabricator, announced that it will triple its capacity in order to accommodate growth in its business.

Arcadia Publishing

March 20, 2003

Jobs: 25
Investment: $1.8 Million

Book publisher

Arcadia Publishing, the largest publisher of books on local histories, will expand its corporate offices and consolidate its national distribution center to a new $1.8 million facility. Arcadia is part of the United Kingdom-based Tempus Publishing Group.

Modulant Solutions, Inc.

March 13, 2003

Jobs: 96
Investment: $9.83 Million

Data interoperability software

Modulant, a leading provider of data interoperability software, announced the consolidation of its operations to the Charleston region. In moving its headquarters from San Francisco, the company plans to create 96 new jobs and invest $9.825 million over the next five years.

Zeltwanger, LP

March 10, 2003

Jobs: 24
Investment: $1.6 Million

High-precision machinery components

Germany-based Zeltwanger LP will establish a North American presence with the location of a manufacturing operation in the Charleston region. The company designs, manufactures and assembles high-precision components and systems for use in numerous automated manufacturing processes.

Mercedes-Benz Lenkungen U.S., LLC (MBL US)

January 30, 2003

Jobs: 50
Investment: $8.0 Million

Manufacturing of automotive steering components

MBL U.S., a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, announced the launch of a new steering systems manufacturing operation that will produce and sell steering components for the North American market. Production at the plant is expected to reach full capacity in 2005.

Forest Technology Group

January 30, 2003

Jobs: 58
Investment: $1.33 Million

Information technology

Forest Technology Group, a business delivering information technologies and services internationally to help organizations manage natural resources, has expanded its corporate headquarters in the region. The ongoing growth of its customer base, plus future business projections, made it necessary for the company to find a larger office facility.

Coronet North America

January 20, 2003

Jobs: 40
Investment: $3.0 Million

International leader in oral care, filaments and housewares

Coronet North America, a division of Germany-based Coronet-Werke GmbH, has chosen to locate a manufacturing and distribution operation in the Charleston region.

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