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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


CPM Federal Credit Union

December 24, 2007

Credit union


December 18, 2007

Jobs: 100
Investment: $500 Million

Manufacturing of Kevlar brand fiber

Following a highly competitive site selection process, this global technology innovator chose the Charleston region for the largest single investment in its Kevlar high-performance fiber, and the largest capacity increase since 1965.


December 17, 2007

AT&T communications store

New AT&T store design opened first location in state in North Charleston.

AT&T Store North Charleston

December 17, 2007

Wireless and entertainment products

Bradford Mortgage Co.

December 17, 2007

Jobs: 8

Independent mortgage banking firm

Specializes in lending money to homebuyers seeking residences in upscale and resort communities.

SEE (Selective Eyewear Elements)

December 12, 2007

High end eyewear boutique

High end eyewear boutique

Force Protection Inc.

December 10, 2007

Mine-protected vehicles, military class vehicles

Indigo Radio LLC

December 10, 2007


Indigo Radio LLC, a company controlled by a radio veteran with past ties to the industry in Charleston, is acquiring WLTQ 730-AM from Citicasters Licenses LP, a subsidiary of broadcasting giant Clear Channel Communications.

Bank of America

December 10, 2007

Banking & financial services

New South Mortgage

December 10, 2007

Mortgage broker

Venture Aerobearings, LLC

December 4, 2007

Jobs: 100
Investment: $28 Million

Jet engine aerobearings

This joint venture of SKF Group and GE Aviation will manufacture and repair aerobearings for GE jet engines. Company officials selected the Charleston region because of a skilled workforce and the support of state and local development authorities.

Weber Automotive Corp.

December 2, 2007

Jobs: 50
Investment: $10 Million

Manufactures high-end components and systems for the auto industry

Albert Weber, a manufacturer of high-end components and systems for the auto industry, will invest $10 million to expand its operation by 2010, more than tripling the size of its manufacturing plant and doubling its workforce.

Noisette Co.

November 30, 2007

Jobs: 165

Public works construction project at Naval Base

Public works construction project at Naval Base

Global Aeronautica, LLC

November 30, 2007

Jobs: 120

Aircraft components manufacturing


November 29, 2007

Homefurnishings store

We sell healthy and environmentally-friendly products for use in homes and other indoor spaces.

Talbots Belk Drive

November 29, 2007

Clothing store

MPW/Separ Worldwide

November 26, 2007

Diesel fuels manufacturing

Manufactures and distributes diesel fuel products that extend the life of diesel engines as well as the consumption of diesel fuel.

The Charleston Shucker Co.

November 20, 2007

Oyster knives

Web-based engraved oyster knives

Angie's List

November 20, 2007

Web site to rank local businesses

Recently expanded to the Charleston market.

Ameris Bank

November 19, 2007


Harris Teeter West Ashley

November 12, 2007

Food and beverage supermarket

Talbots Petites

November 12, 2007

Clothing store

Robert Bosch Corp.

October 31, 2007

Jobs: 100

Manufactures anti-lock brakes and fuel system units.

The region’s largest manufacturer, Dorchester County’s Robert Bosch Corp., is adding 100 new jobs at its North Charleston facility, the result of continued strong demand for the company’s anti-lock brakes and fuel system units for gas and diesel engines.

DavisAir, Inc.

October 30, 2007

Air transportation

Founded 1989 in Pittsburgh. Licensed by FAA since 1993. Operates out of Charleston International Airport.

Colonial Trust Co.

October 30, 2007

Wealth management and trust services

Established in 1913, Colonial is the oldest private trust company in South Carolina.

X-Calibur Plant Health Company

October 29, 2007

Jobs: 25
Investment: $5 Million

Controlled release fertilizer

A pro-business environment, cooperative community and deep water port convinced this start-up company to locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in the region. X-Calibur Plant Health Company is the sole North American manufacturer of Plantacote controlled release fertilizer which allows plant growers a more efficient, economical and environmentally-friendly way to continuously feed nutrients.

Food Lion Stores

October 29, 2007

Grocery store

Syn Strand Inc.

October 25, 2007

Jobs: 5
Investment: $2.5 Million

Monofilament manufacturing

Syn Strand is adding 14,000 square feet to an existing plant to enlarge the facility and the research & development department.

Nationwide Express, Inc.

October 24, 2007

Jobs: 10
Investment: $2.5 Million

Full service transportation logistics management company

This global leader in transportation logistics management opened it's first transloading facility in South Carolina. Key reasons for selecting our region for this competitive investment: state's infrastructure, access to markets and the Port of Charleston.

Nancy Koltes at Home

October 15, 2007

Luxury linens

Palmetto Car & Truck Group

September 30, 2007

Automobile dealers

Carolina Nurseries

September 25, 2007

Jobs: 125

Wholesale ornamental nursery products distribution

Coldwater Creek

September 21, 2007

Clothing store

FreEnergy LLC

September 19, 2007

Local solar electrical power

Charleston County Aviation Authority

September 18, 2007

Airport operations

Bi-Lo Stores

September 10, 2007

Grocery stores

J.C. Penney Co. Inc.

September 10, 2007

Jobs: 160

Retail department store

District HQ; J.C. Penney likes to have its district offices inside its stores and is moving the district office to Charleston because of the company’s growth in eastern South Carolina (J.C. Penney has 18 stores in South Carolina).

The Backpacker

September 10, 2007

Outdoor gear and clothing shop

Mainsail Construction Co. Inc.

September 3, 2007

Custom home building, construction management

Custom home building, construction management

Brighton Collectibles

September 3, 2007

Jewelry store


September 3, 2007

Drug store, pharmacy

Fort Sumter Tours / Spiritline Cruises

September 3, 2007

Investment: $3 Million

Charleston Harbour boat tours and cruises

Fresh Produce

August 29, 2007

Women’s and children’s sportswear

Fresh Produce is a retailer of colorful, seasonally-inspired women’s and children’s sportswear. The company also carries Extra Fresh, a plus-size women’s clothing line. The store sells accessories such as Vera Bradley handbags and wholesales to nearly 1,000 retailers, including Nordstrom and Walt Disney stores

Skirt Publishing

August 29, 2007


Streit USA Armoring

August 10, 2007

Jobs: 50

Armored vehicle manufacturer

The Canadian-based company upfits automobiles with armor plating and glass, is opening the U.S. facility in order to compete for government contracts. It would provide vehicles for military officials, diplomats and other dignitaries and be used around the globe.


August 6, 2007

Investment: $150 Million

Department store


August 6, 2007

Custom invitations and registry items

Retail shop for invitations and registry items


August 6, 2007

Telecommunications services

Telecommunications services; regional headquarters

Wal-Mart Supercenter Mt. Pleasant

July 30, 2007

Jobs: 350

Retail merchandise

Scrappin' at the Pink House

July 23, 2007

Scrapbooking store

Southcoast Community Bank

July 23, 2007


TWL Precision

July 19, 2007

Jobs: 70
Investment: $8 Million

Precision automotive components

TWL Precision Ltd, headquartered in England, will join the region's growing automotive cluster with their new North American Corporate Office. As a key precision component supplier for Toyota in Europe, TWL will grow their North American customer base by working with companies such as Cummins Turbo Technologies in Charleston.

GillznFinz.com, LLC

July 17, 2007

Fishing website

Sportsman's Warehouse

July 16, 2007

Jobs: 75

Outdoor outfitter

First Citizens

July 13, 2007

Jobs: 15


Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc.

July 2, 2007

Jobs: 30

Dressed Lumber, Marine Piling

M. Dumas & Sons

July 2, 2007

Clothing store

Airport Garages

June 29, 2007

Vehicle storage

Mediterranean Shipping Company

June 28, 2007

Jobs: 120
Investment: $7 Million

South Atlantic corporate headquarters for international shipping company

The second largest container carrier in the world announced the location of its South Atlantic corporate headquarters here. Among the reasons cited for this competitive expansion: a dedicated workforce, reasonable coastal living and a strong business climate.

Christoph Paccard Bellfoundaries

June 25, 2007

Cast Bronze Bells

Cast Bronze Bells


June 21, 2007

Digital publishing

An Amazon.com company, BookSurge has expanded its print-on-demand book publishing operation in the Charleston region.


June 11, 2007

Upscale men's and women's clothing retailer

Downtown Charleston's first two-story deparment store boutique.

Sprout Maternity and Infant Boutique

June 11, 2007

Maternity and infant clothing

Comerica Bank

June 11, 2007


Supply Lumber & Building Materials

June 5, 2007

Building Materials

Rite Aid Corp.

June 5, 2007

Drug Store

Charleston Marine Manufacturing

June 4, 2007

Ship Repair

Kids on King

June 4, 2007

Children's clothing store

Best Buy - Summerville

May 28, 2007

Jobs: 80

Consumer electronics


May 28, 2007

Jobs: 30

Pet & Pet supply store

Pegasus Steel

May 14, 2007

Jobs: 85
Investment: $10.5 Million

North American headquarters and manufacturing of precision steel components

This global leader in steel processing selected the region for its North American headquarters and manufacturing plant after considering other locations throughout the Southeast. Headquartered in South Africa, the company’s new facility will be larger and have more capacity than any other within a 1,000-mile radius.

Coastal Palms - Island Apparel

April 30, 2007

Resort apparel for men, women, and children

The Lollipop Shop

April 30, 2007

Candy store

400 Varieties of candy, Freshfields Village

Charleston County Aviation Authority

April 30, 2007

Investment: $.6 Million

Airport operations

Durham School Services

April 25, 2007

School transportation provider

Berlin's Restaurant Supply

April 21, 2007

Kitchen supply store

Midway Specialty Vehicles

April 17, 2007

Jobs: 25
Investment: $1 Million

Upfitting of DaimlerChrysler Sprinter vans

A custom commercial vehicle upfitter, Midway Specialty Vehicles selected the Charleston region for its new Sprinter Division. The innovative company selected our region to be close to DaimlerChrysler’s Sprinter Van manufacturing facility.

Ace Hardware

April 16, 2007

Hardware store

J. Jill

April 16, 2007

Womens clothing store

Mount Pleasant Towne Center. Women's clothing owned by Talbots.


April 9, 2007

Clothing store for men and women

L2 Technologies

April 9, 2007

Apple computer store

Google, Inc.

April 5, 2007

Jobs: 200
Investment: $600 Million

Data center

After a competitive site selection search, Google selected the Charleston region for a $600 million state-of-the-art data center. Among the reasons cited: the region’s solid infrastructure, a strong sense of community, an attractive workforce and responsive government officials.

Daimler Vans Manufacturing, LLC

April 2, 2007

Jobs: 180

Assembly of Sprinter Vans


April 2, 2007

Garment and screen printing, embroidery

Force Protection Inc.

April 2, 2007

Mine-protected vehicles, military class vehicles

South Carolina Federal Credit Union

March 30, 2007

Credit Union

Steve & Barry's

March 26, 2007

Casual clothing retailer

The Seaside Sea Store

March 19, 2007

Fuel and convenience store

BP/Amoco fuel and convenience store

GenPhar, Inc

March 13, 2007

Jobs: 133
Investment: $33 Million

Headquarters and manufacturing of vaccines

This biopharmaceutical company, which develops vaccines to protect against the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases, announced plans to construct South Carolina’s first Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility for biological medicine. Reasons cited for this competitive expansion: the region’s natural beauty, strong workforce and proximity to MUSC.

The Sportsman's Shop

March 12, 2007

Sporting goods

Circuit City

March 5, 2007

Electronics store

Santee Cooper

January 22, 2007

Investment: $1.4 Billion

Electric Utility

Electric Utility

JSJ Pharmaceuticals

January 22, 2007

Jobs: 50

Specialty pharmaceutical company

JSJ Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company that identifies and brings to market products targeted for topical use primarily in the dermatology community, has relocated its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to Charleston. Cited access to the dermatology program at the Medical University of South Carolina as a key consideration for choosing to relocate the company’s headquarters.

Carolina Port Services

January 22, 2007

Transportation & distribution provider for freight

Transportation and distribution provider for freight moving through the Port of Charleston. Phil McElhaney, Dan Brewer, and Chris Moore owners.

Atlantic Capital Investments LLC

January 22, 2007

Financial planning firm

Scientific Investors

January 22, 2007

Wealth management firm

Belimed USA

January 17, 2007

Jobs: 75
Investment: $5 Million

North American headquarters for infection control technology company

The region’s appeal in attracting and retaining top talent plus a strong business climate convinced Belimed to bring its North American corporate headquarters here. Part of Switzerland’s Metall Zug Group, Belimed is a global leader in infection control technology for hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Leisure Depot

January 15, 2007

Family home-recreation business

Coldwell Banker Coastal Properties

January 15, 2007

Real Estate

Best Buy - West Ashley

January 11, 2007

Consumer electronics

MedErr DataApplication

January 11, 2007

Jobs: 160

Medical Software

A new company aiming to globally reduce medical errors has chosen Charleston as its headquarters. The company plans to hire 160 employees over the next two years. MedErr plans to release its new software, known as eAppliedData, early this year.

Carolina First Bank

January 10, 2007


Relocating south coast area office to the Charleston Gateway Center located at 40 Calhoun Street.

Avondale Wine & Cheese

January 1, 2007

Butler Marine of Charleston

January 1, 2007

Boat dealership


January 1, 2007

High-end bridal boutique

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