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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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Lafarge North America

August 29, 2006

Jobs: 18
Investment: $291 Million

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.

Scienceuticals, Inc.

August 8, 2006

Jobs: 40
Investment: $1.6 Million

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

Jobs: 15
Investment: $5 Million

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.

Swavelle/Mill Creek Fabrics

June 13, 2006

Jobs: 60
Investment: $0.3 Million

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.

JW Aluminum

June 6, 2006

Jobs: 18
Investment: $5 Million

Metal fabrication

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

Jobs: 200
Investment: $33 Million

Emergency vehicles

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

Jobs: 25
Investment: $0.25 Million

Resin chips

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.

Linear, LLC

April 28, 2006

Jobs: 40
Investment: $1 Million

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

Jobs: 100
Investment: $12.5 Million

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.

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