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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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Finalcontrol, Inc.

November 9, 2017

Jobs: 34

Quality assurance and control services for manufacturers

The company offers quality inspection for customers in the automotive, electronic, ceramic, molded plastic and medical device industries. This is Finalcontrol, Inc.'s first entry into the U.S. market. The firm's owner cites the Charleston region's strategic location, presence of many international companies, access to skilled talent, and a growing automotive sector (a primary industry) as key reasons for choosing to locate here.


September 5, 2017

Jobs: 130

Manufacture seats and seat assemblies for the Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter

With 50 plants in 20 countries, Isringhausen is the market leader in the development and production of innovative automotive seating systems and technical springs for trucks, vans, buses and off-road vehicles. Located in the Palmetto Commerce Park Industrial Complex, the company will be leasing a new facility that will manufacture seats and seat assemblies for the Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter model.

Fitness First USA

June 1, 2017

Jobs: 10
Investment: $0.6 Million

Health and Wellness Center/Retail & E-commerce distribution

Fitness First USA, a division of parent company, A&Z Pharmaceutical, Inc., is a 20-year old brand originally established in Portsmouth, NH. A&Z Pharma will be relocating the business into Charleston County and expanding its operation with a flagship health and wellness retail and e-commerce distribution facility in Mount Pleasant at 547 Long Point Road, Suite 102.

Wagner Systems Inc.

April 11, 2017

Jobs: 30
Investment: $2.3 Million

Application center for global manufacturer of systems for the surface finishing of liquid paints, powder coating and adhesives

With more than 70 years of experience in coatings applications, Wagner features a full range of fluid delivery, mixing and application products for use in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, infrastructure, domestic appliances, furniture and more. The company's new Charleston County application center is expected to be operational by the latter part of summer 2017. This new operation will augment Wagner's existing facilities in Chicago and Denver, and add to the firm's workforce of more than 1,500 people globally.

Sundaram-Clayton Limited (SCL)

February 9, 2017

Jobs: 130
Investment: $50.5 Million

Aluminum high-pressure die-cast products and permanent mold gravity cast parts for automotive OEMs

SCL, a leading Indian-based manufacturer of aluminum cast products for global automotive OEMs, has chosen Dorchester County in the Charleston SC Metro Area for its first U.S. plant. Company officials report they chose the Ridgeville Industrial Campus site for "certain strategic business advantages, including proximity to a high-quality port; a well-rounded transportation network; a young, well-educated, diverse workforce; and an excellent business environment." Their $50 million capital investment is expected to create 130 new jobs in the region, as site construction begins by April 2017 and full plant operations start by late 2018.

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