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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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Gildan Activewear

December 16, 2009

Jobs: 250
Investment: $25 Million

Quality branded basic apparel

This Canadian-based company is consolidating its Eastern U.S. retail distribution operations into a 580,000-square-foot facility in Berkeley County.

Mankiewicz Coatings LLC

December 4, 2009

Jobs: 25
Investment: $2 Million

Specialized coatings and coating systems for a variety of industries

The German-based company plans to locate its new operations in Berkeley County to strengthen its North American market presence. The facility will be used primarily as a distribution center for products coming in through the Port of Charleston.


October 28, 2009

Jobs: 3,800
Investment: $750 Million

Second assembly line for 787 Dreamliner aircraft

Boeing will locate its second 787 Dreamliner final assembly line in the Charleston region to accommodate a growing market demand for the aircraft. The new facility will be adjacent to two established 787-related operations, Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica.

TBC Corporation

October 12, 2009

Jobs: 120
Investment: $52 Million

One of the largest marketers of automotive replacement tires

TBC will serve as anchor tenant in a new 400-acre industrial park being developed by The Rockefeller Group and MeadWestvaco along I-26 near Jedburg, an area slated to become a major distribution corridor. The 1.1 million sq. ft. distribution center will not only provide a significant boost to the Port of Charleston, but also bring much needed jobs to the upper parts of our region.

BAE Systems

July 23, 2009

Jobs: 175
Investment: $4.5 Million

Defense contracting, technology professional services, engineering

Company plans to consolidate three local facilities into larger space to accommodate company growth to meet advanced security industry needs. Its leading customers include nearby Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR).

Welded Tube-Berkeley

June 26, 2009

Jobs: 31
Investment: $1.4 Million

Fire protection sprinkler pipe, mechanical and structural tubing for OEM applications such as crates and racks

The company will expand its current product line in the fire protection market with a new product to be used in the transmission of air, water, and gas utilities, and for well-water removal.

American LaFrance

April 29, 2009

Jobs: 216
Investment: $1.69 Million

Fire trucks, garbage trucks, rescue units

The company plans to consolidate all of its operations to its Berkeley County headquarters and production facility, allowing the company to streamline production of three distinct product categories thus gaining manufacturing efficiency.

TRUMPF Medical Systems Inc.

April 2, 2009

Jobs: 29
Investment: $5.58 Million

Medical equipment, operating room products, surgical suites

A manufacturer and marketer of state-of-the-art medical equipment for health care facilities throughout North America, TRUMPF will be moving into a new build-to-suit facility located on a 2.5-acre site in Berkeley County’s Cainhoy Park.

American Synthetics

February 12, 2009

Jobs: 250
Investment: $25 Million

Polywoven packaging

The newly formed venture will begin manufacturing durable, fully recyclable packaging for the pet food industry. American Synthetics is currently hiring its initial 50-person workforce and expects to invest $25 million and add another 200 employees within five years.

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