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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


Kontane Logistics

December 21, 2005

Jobs: 20
Investment: $0.5 Million

Third party logistics provider

This third-party logistics provider has opened a warehouse and distribution center here, crediting the region’s transportation infrastructure with its decision. Kontane offers warehousing and distribution, export packaging, line sequencing, sub assembly, freight consolidation and information system solutions.

Carolina Waterworks

December 5, 2005

Jobs: 8
Investment: $2 Million

Designer, manufacturer and distributor of products for the marine industry

A designer, manufacturer and distributor of products for the marine industry, Carolina Waterworks is expanding its Charleston area operations. Company officials cite the region’s deep pool of skilled labor as key to their decision to grow here.

Scout Boats

November 30, 2005

Jobs: 50
Investment: $5.5 Million

Manufacturer of high-end recreational boats

This homegrown manufacturer of high-end recreational boats announced a two-facility expansion project on its Charleston area campus. One will provide additional manufacturing space for Scout with the other devoted to manufacturing and distributing Zodiac rigid-hull inflatable boats for the US market.


November 28, 2005

Jobs: 220
Investment: $35 Million

World’s largest commercial vehicle producer

After an extremely competitive site selection search, the world’s largest commercial vehicle producer selected the region for its new Dodge Sprinter van assembly plant. Among the reasons cited: the hands-on involvement by state officials and easy access to the Port of Charleston. This is part one of a three-phase plan that could create 1,800 jobs and $435 million in investment.


November 23, 2005

Jobs: 50
Investment: $7 Million

Manufacturer and distributor of robotic equipment and pipetting products for the life sciences market

By relocating its manufacturing operations from Los Angeles, Nanoscreen has consolidated its headquarters, R&D, manufacturing and distribution operations to a single location. The company credits the region's appeal in attracting a high tech workforce as key in its expansion decision.

FoodHandler, Inc.

November 9, 2005

Jobs: 31
Investment: $1.2 Million

Market leader in disposable gloves and safe food handling products

A market leader in disposable gloves and safe food handling products, FoodHandler has located its distribution center in the Charleston region. Proximity to the Port of Charleston, an educated workforce and competitive outbound freight rates were key to the decision.

Valley Forge Flag Company

October 21, 2005

Jobs: 70

Leading American manufacturer and distributor of flags

By locating its distribution center in the Charleston region, this leading flag manufacturer has consolidated all its manufacturing and distribution operations into the state of South Carolina. Company officials say the move will allow them to improve supply chain efficiencies.

American Cyber Logistics

October 10, 2005

Jobs: 10
Investment: $3 Million

Logistics services

This provider of logistics services and public warehouse space has located its operations in the Charleston region. Company officials credit involvement by area business leaders with its selection of our region.

AM Conservation Group, Inc.

September 21, 2005

Jobs: 15
Investment: $2.2 Million

Leading supplier of weatherization, water and energy conservation products

A leading supplier of weatherization, water and energy conservation products, AM Conservation Group has located its corporate headquarters and distribution operations here. Key reasons: the area’s transportation infrastructure, readily available land, skilled workforce and lifestyle amenities.

Interwrap, Inc.

September 14, 2005

Jobs: 7

Global manufacturer of fabricated coated woven packaging products

The Port of Charleston attracted this Canadian company’s North American distribution center to the region. Interwrap manufacturers coated, woven packaging products used by a variety of industries.

Signature Building Systems

September 7, 2005

Jobs: 15
Investment: $1.5 Million

High-tech manufacturer of modular homes

A strong workforce and the support of local political and business leaders convinced Signature to expand its manufacturing operations in rural St. George. The company is a high-tech manufacturer of modular homes.

Van Smith Block Co.

August 1, 2005

Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg

Van Smith Co. Inc., a North Charleston-based ready-mix concrete manufacturer, announces this new spin-off firm which will also serve as a sales and distribution center. The company is building a 30,000 sq. ft. facility for its new concrete block manufacturing operations.

Welded Tube-Berkeley

August 1, 2005

Jobs: 74

Primary Metal Manufacturing

Welded Tube-Berkeley is one of 11 steel-related businesses in Nucor Steel's 300 acre campus in Cainhoy and specializes in steel pipe and tube manufacturing. The company plans to expand payroll from 26 to 100 employees, along with three expansions of 31,125 square feet each. Monthly production is set to increase from about 1,600 to 8,000 tons.

The City Boatyard

August 1, 2005

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

The City Marina Co. purchased Halsey Cannon Boatyard in the Cainhoy Village and it will be renamed The City Boatyard.

Industrial Hydraulics of Charleston

August 1, 2005

Jobs: 12

Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

Under the manufacturer Tri-State Hydraulics, Industrial Hydraulics of Charleston, which produces hydraulics components, has opened a facility in Moncks Corner on Hwy. 17-A.

Giant Cement Co. - Harleyville Plant

August 1, 2005

Investment: $130.00 Million

Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg

A new $130 million modernized plant commissioned.

Global Building Solutions

July 22, 2005

Jobs: 150
Investment: $2 Million

Headquarters and manufacturing of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

A young company specializing in the production of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) has established its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility here. According to company officials, these prefabricated insulated framings can cut construction costs by half, and lower energy bills by 40%. The company cites the Port of Charleston as a top reason for selecting the region.


June 24, 2005

Jobs: 200
Investment: $16 Million

Employee benefits software and services for large insurance carriers

The leading provider of software and services for national insurance carriers announced a significant expansion of its coporate headquarters. According to company officials, the lifestyle amenities of the Charleston region serve as a valuable employee recruitment tool.

Albert Weber Manufacturing

June 6, 2005

Jobs: 25
Investment: $11 Million

Manufacturer of automotive components and systems

This manufacturer of high-end components and systems for the automotive industry announced an expansion of its local operation to produce crankshafts for DaimlerChrysler. The company credits the region’s highly skilled workforce with its expansion decision.

Holset Turbochargers

May 24, 2005

Jobs: 180
Investment: $13 Million

Manufacturer of turbochargers for diesel engines

The world’s largest manufacturer of turbochargers for medium-heavy duty diesel engines announced it will build a second state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Charleston region. A competitive incentive package and a strong base of existing resources were cited as key factors in the decision.

Union Underwear, Inc.

May 3, 2005

Jobs: 133

International apparel manufacturer

International apparel manufacturer, Union Underwear, Inc., announced a large new distribution center for the region. Company officials credit the Port of Charleston, the quality of the local workforce, and attractive state incentives for cementing their decision.

Tri-State Hydraulics, Inc.

April 28, 2005

Jobs: 12
Investment: $0.30 Million

Manufactures, services and reconditions hydraulic components

This specialist in the manufacture, service and reconditioning of hydraulic components selected the region for its first expansion outside its Pennsylvania home base. The company cited a growing base of customers in the area, plus a strong pool of skilled workers, as top reasons.

AAI Services Corporation

March 23, 2005

Jobs: 50
Investment: $7.5 Million

Aircraft maintenance training systems

AAI Services, which designs and produces aircraft maintenance training devices, is expanding its operations in the Charleston region. Among the reasons AAI chose the region for this expansion: retention of its top quality workforce and established community ties.

Road King Trailers

February 17, 2005

Jobs: 30
Investment: $0.6 Million

Manufacturer of boat and utility trailers

This fast-growing manufacturer of boat and utility trailers has established an assembly operation in the Charleston region. The company cited easy access to major highways, available real estate and a ready workforce as top reasons for its decision.

Carolina's Harvest

January 11, 2005

Jobs: 6
Investment: $0.4 Million

Dry baking mixes for institutional kitchens

With the combined support of business assistance organizations from throughout S.C., this start-up industrial food processing venture set up shop in the Charleston region. The company credits appropriate real estate and the help of numerous organizations with its decision.

Holiday Inn Historic District

January 11, 2005


Planned expansion of 50 sleeping rooms, meeting space and a new underground-parking garage to be completed by spring 2006. This will go in a building adjacent to them that they have bought.

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