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
MeadWestvaco Summerville Lumber Mill
December 31, 2006
Lafarge North America
August 29, 2006
Global leader in cement manufacturing
This world leader in the building materials industry is undergoing a major plant expansion and modernization. Key reasons for selecting our region for this competitive investment: strong community support, a world-class business climate, top quality employees and a growing customer base.
August 8, 2006
R&D, manufacturing and distribution of skin care and cosmetics products
A solid transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce and attractive lifestyle convinced this NYC-based company to expand its operations in the region. Scienceuticals provides custom development, formulation, manufacturing and distribution services to the global cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
Shimano American Corporation
July 18, 2006
Distribution of fishing & cycling equipment
Within three years of opening its first local distribution center, Shimano expanded into a larger facility to accommodate both its bicycle component and fishing tackle lines. Key factors in the decision: the Port of Charleston, a strong rail and highway infrastructure, and the cooperation of local government.
First Reliance Bank
June 26, 2006
Financial Investment & Related Activity
New jobs in west ashley
The Arts Institute of Charleston
June 26, 2006
the are to open a culinary arts school in DT charleston
Swavelle/Mill Creek Fabrics
June 13, 2006
Distribution of upholstery & wall fabrics
This leading fabric designer and converter for the global home furnishings market selected the Charleston region for its warehouse operations. The company credits the Port of Charleston with its decision to locate here.
June 6, 2006
JW announced plans to construct a new facility adjacent to the Berkeley County landfill, using methane gas as a green power source. The homegrown company is a leading producer of specialty, flat-rolled aluminum products used in a variety of consumer and commercial applications.
American LaFrance, LLC
May 24, 2006
American LaFrance announced an expansion of its local operations with plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art vehicle fabrication/assembly plant and headquarters complex. Founded in 1832, the company manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of fire and emergency apparatus.
A&R Transport, Inc.
May 16, 2006
A global provider of bulk transportation, packaging, distribution and logistics for the plastics industry, A&R selected the region for a warehouse and trucking terminal to serve the growing southeastern market. The company credits the Port of Charleston with its decision to locate here.
April 28, 2006
Electronics, security components, garage door openers, mounts for speakers
The region’s strong transportation infrastructure, especially the Port of Charleston and easy I-26 / I-95 access, attracted Linear to set up its first distribution center here. The company manufactures home emergency systems, home networking equipment and medical emergency products.
SKF MRC Bearings
January 26, 2006
Jet engine main bearings for the aerospace industry
SKF, a global supplier of aero bearings and seals, selected the Charleston region for its specialty bearings manufacturing facility. Among the reasons for its decision: success with an existing local operation and the region's efforts to create an aviation/aerospace cluster.