Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
New, Expanding, and Mergers & Acquisitions
Sportsman Boats Manufacturing
December 21, 2011
Saltwater fishing boats
Sportsman Boats Manufacturing is a start-up company that will initially lease space in the East Point Industrial Park in Dorchester County. The company will produce boats ranging in size from 20 to 25 feet and will initially build deep “v” center consoles and bay boats.
December 21, 2011
Precision automotive components
The expansion of the facility in the Palmetto Commerce Park will double the company’s current manufacturing space and bring total employees to 90.
December 8, 2011
Air cargo containers
The company plans to relocate its headquarters and assembly facility to the Charleston region. Their products are used by world's leading airlines to safely and securely transport cargo around the world.
Agilex Technologies Inc.
November 19, 2011
Software development for large systems engineering projects
Chantilly, Va.-based Agilex Technologies Inc. is opening an office at the Lowcountry Innovation Center in North Charleston. The software company serves the health care, defense and public sectors, and the new local office will support projects at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center and other clients.
Streit USA Armoring, LLC
November 17, 2011
Streit will establish a new facility in the Charleston region which will allow the company to add four new production lines, greatly increase its output and more than double the manufacturing space to 75,000 square feet.
Cummins Technical Center
November 16, 2011
Research & development for the automotive industry
The expansion of Cummins Technical Center will nearly double capacity at the North Charleston site with state-of-the-art facilities to enable testing on diesel, natural gas and biofuel engines and help the company in its drive to be the innovation leader in the automotive industry
October 26, 2011
Materials recovery facility
Sonoco Recycling, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hartsville-based Sonoco and one of the largest packaging recyclers in North America, is establishing a materials recovery facility in Charleston County. Sonoco Recycling operates four materials recovery facilities and serves more than 125 communities with processing of curbside-collected residential and commercial materials.
October 25, 2011
Human resources software
North Charleston human resources technology firm PeopleMatter will invest $18.8 million in a new King Street headquarters in downtown Charleston and will create 265 jobs during the next five years. PeopleMatter also has offices in Atlanta and San Francisco.
October 10, 2011
Quality control and warehousing for automotive parts
The new Ladson firm will take shipments of engine parts and other supplies, check their quality and repackage them for regional companies like Navistar, Cummins and WABCO.
Summerville Medical Center
September 23, 2011
Trident Health System's Summerville Medical Center will spend $26 million on a 30-bed expansion to the 94-bed facility, which will allow it to further develop specialty care at the hospital.
September 14, 2011
The company will locate a new aerospace manufacturing facility in North Charleston to meet its growing demand for products. The company is part of locally-headquartered The InterTech Group, a global investment firm.
August 19, 2011
Data center: enterprise hosting, colocation, cloud services
The first dedicated data center and managed services provider in South Carolina, Immedion currently operates two 15,000 square foot, fully redundant facilities servicing businesses across the Southeast - one at its headquarters in the Upstate and one in the Midlands area. This center will be their third in the state and is expected to open in May 2012 and add 12 to 15 employees to the firm's total.
August 16, 2011
Software company Fanzter Inc. is relocating its headquarters from Collinsville, Conn., to Charleston due to its business-friendly environment, according to CEO Aaron LaBerge. The five year old company, which designs and develops consumer-focused mobile and Web products, will, at first, be based in the Charleston Digital Corridor's Flagship2 incubator.
Trident Technical College
August 10, 2011
The South Carolina Budget & Control Board approved $30 million in capital expenditures for a nursing and science education building at Trident Technical College in North Charleston. The new building will comprise 91,590 square feet of nursing and science labs, general classrooms, study and meeting space for students, faculty offices and the Nursing Resource Center. According to the announcement, "Trident Tech is the largest provider of nursing education in the Lowcountry; enrollment in nursing and pre-nursing programs has increased 554%, with similar increases in related fields."
August 7, 2011
Kohl's department store is opening another area store west of the Ashley River in Charleston in September 2011, hiring approximately 130 workers.
Coastal Corrugated Inc.
July 25, 2011
Specialized corrugated packaging
Coastal Corrugated Inc. will spend $1.5 million to add 40,000 square feet to its facility. With this expansion, the firm will also add 26 additional jobs due to a new contract with Robert Bosch to make packaging for specialized parts that Bosch makes for “just in time” delivery.
June 29, 2011
Tires and rubber products
A tire recycler and maker of rubber products is closing down their manufacturing facility in China and moving all operations to a new Berkeley County facility.
Cooper BioAG LLC
June 25, 2011
Cooper BioAG's mission is to develop innovative biological-based technologies that will lead to the creation of the next generation of products required by production agriculture. The firm hopes to eventually manufacture biological products for agricultural use at its site in the Bushy Park Industrial Complex.
June 25, 2011
Software developer targeting service-industry's hiring, training, scheduling and other management needs
PeopleMatter's targeted industries are currently convenience stores, hospitality-related, retail and food services. With 45 employees currently, PeopleMatter plans to grow to 100 by the end of 2011 and double its staff again in 2012. The software company is also opening an office in San Francisco this summer (2011), but 80% of the firm's workforce will remain based in North Charleston.
Southeast Renewable Energy
May 1, 2011
Biomass energy plant
Roswell, Ga-based Southeast Renewable Energy will build a 15-megawatt biomass energy plant in Dorchester County that will be fueled using virgin wood residues. The company will sell the green power to Santee Cooper, and the plant is expected to be completed in late 2012. It is expected that the new plant will also create many indirect jobs in the logging, trucking and forest product industries.
April 21, 2011
Wind turbine manufacturing
TAM Energy expects to add between 75 and 100 jobs by the end of 2011 as it begins assembling wind turbines as a supplemental energy producer. Company officials said that the turbines are good for residential uses with the capability of providing about 20% of the power needed for an average-size home. They pointed to the turbines as "not a power source to replace...but a power source to supplement.” TAM Energy is an affiliate of New York-based Titan Atlas Manufacturing.
March 30, 2011
Sales, Rental and Servicing of heavy construction and agrictultural equipment
This Case equipment distributor based in Columbia, SC, announced expansion to the Charleston area with a new facility on Cross County Road in North Charleston. Company president Jim Hills attributed the firm's choice of the Charleston region to the area's impressive economic growth.
March 8, 2011
Global manufacturer of innovative coated woven products and diverse multi-layer laminated reinforced plastic substrates
The company looked at sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida when considering an expansion in the Southeast. Available tax incentives and access to the Port of Charleston drove the decision to expand its facility in Charleston County.
Le Creuset of America
February 14, 2011
The new headquarters site in Charleston will serve as the base for marketing, new product development and global resource staffing. The center will house a state-of-the-art test and demonstration kitchen, and Le Creuset will use the facility to host global retail partner visits. In addition to its 50 company-owned stores across the U.S., including one on King Street in downtown Charleston, Le Creuset sells its products through more than 1,000 stores in such national upscale shops as Williams-Sonoma, Bloomingdales and Sur La Table and locally owned merchants such as Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant and Charleston Cooks in downtown Charleston.
Showa Denko Carbon
February 9, 2011
A principal supplier of graphite products to the global steel industry, Showa Denko Carbon plans to significantly expand its Dorchester County operations.
New Breed Logistics
January 31, 2011
Third party logistics
Headquartered in High Point, N.C., New Breed will receive, store, provide inventory control, kit, package, distribute and transport 787 parts, tools and supplies to designated locations within Boeing’s North Charleston assembly facility. The company already provides support for other Boeing airplane programs, including logistical support for several defense industry aircraft and for the 787 in Everett, Wash.
January 5, 2011
Monrovia, Calif.-based Trader Joe's describes itself as a neighborhood grocery store “with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic,” and today anounces it will open a store in Mount Pleasant in late 2011. Trader Joe's is owned by German parent Aldi.
January 4, 2011
A Norwegian shipping company, Odfjell will build a distribution facility with deep draft marine, rail and truck accessibility to be located along the Cooper River shipping channel.
January 1, 2011
Application development, data conversion and integration, systems engineering and information security
New Orleans-based information technology company, Geocent, works with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and is opening their first Charleston area office with 40 employees. The company’s work for SPAWAR includes application development, data conversion and integration, service-oriented architecture, and systems engineering and security.