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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General Dynamics Land Systems
April 28, 2014
Designer, developer & manufacturer of blast- & ballistic-protected wheeled vehicles; blast technology & counter-IED research
The company plans to lay off 170 of its 226 employees in Ladson by the end of 2014, with the bulk occurring in June when production of the Buffalo, a mine-resistant and ambush-protected vehicle, ends. The change is due to restructuring of the US Defense Dept, according to the firm's communications dept, following up that they are "working to create a partnership with a well-known S.C. company to maintain vehicle fabrication and assembly in the local community.” Plans are for this replacement firm to lease the existing facility and potentially hire back all or most of the laid off workers. Announcements of this potential plan will occur in May 2014.
January 23, 2014
Manufacture heavy duty work trucks, emergency vehicles, mobile armored vehicles and related parts; headquarters
The company's current financial condition caused a sudden closure of the Berkeley County, SC, facilities, plus those in Ephrata, Penn. and Los Angeles, Calif., affecting 150 jobs.