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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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December 12, 2018

Jobs: 30
Investment: $1.6 Million

Software, artificial intelligence platforms

DeepBD, a developer and operator of artificial intelligence platforms, announced new operations in Charleston County. The company’s platform uses cutting-edge technology to remove physical computing limitations, allowing DeepBD to inspect and analyze vast amounts of data as it is collected.

W International

December 11, 2018

Jobs: 600
Investment: $35.2 Million

Full-service manufacturer of large, complex welded metal fabrications

Headquartered in Madison Heights, Mich., W International serves many sectors associated with a diverse range of materials, including ballistic armor, aluminum, titanium and other high-strength steels. The company's Bushy Park Industrial Complex will provide manufacturing, custom fabrication, project management, tooling and engineering services to clients in the aerospace, defense, automotive, energy and other commercial industries. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in January 2019.


October 31, 2018

Jobs: 3

U.S. Headquarters for infant-feeding systems manufacturer

An award-winning firm in the life sciences field, Nanobébé has chosen Charleston for its U.S. headquarters. The company's R&D and manufacturing is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, while the U.S. operation will focus on sales, business development and growth, as well as customer support. The decision to locate here was a direct result of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, a major initiative of the state’s research universities, industries, economic development agencies, and the Israeli government. “The availability of skilled workforce, proximity to the Port of Charleston and key customers were important factors in our decision to select this strategic location," reported the company's founders. Nanobébé is the fifth company to locate here as part of South Carolina Department of Commerce’s and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s Landing Pad program, which is designed to support global companies as they enter the U.S. market. The firm's product line is available through buybuy BABY, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond (online), Amazon, and in early 2019 at Walmart, along with hundreds of retail chains and independent stores around the world.


September 26, 2018

Jobs: 60
Investment: $40 Million

Manufacturing, assembly, testing and warehousing of steam turbines and steam valves, and overhaul of aftermarket parts

Curtiss-Wright supplies advanced technology to high-performance programs and platforms in every branch of the U.S. military, as well as in several international defense forces. Their products and services also serve the commercial airspace, power generation and other industrial markets. In 1929, Curtiss-Wright was formed by the merger of companies founded by Glenn Curtiss, the father of naval aviation, and the Wright brothers, renowned for history’s first flight. The company currently has corporate headquarters offices in Davidson NC, and Parsippany NJ, and facilities all across the globe.

Home Captain

June 22, 2018

Jobs: 8

IT platform serving as a "real estate concierge"

IT platform serving as a "real estate concierge," managing processes from securing a loan to finding a real estate agent. Solutions for the buyer and seller, and networks include mortgage lenders and real estate agents.

Haitian USA

May 9, 2018

Jobs: 51

Injection molding machinery for plastics manufacturing

“The selection of the Charleston area was driven by many factors,” Absolute Haitian co-owner Nate Smith said. “These included expansion of the automotive and manufacturing sectors in the Southeast region and access to Charleston’s deepwater port." The 116,000 sq. ft. facility is expected to be operational in 2019.

Paul Bippus GmbH

April 18, 2018

Jobs: 45
Investment: $16.1 Million

Precision turned parts for automotive manufacturing applications

Paul Bippus GmbH, a Germany-based manufacturer of precision parts, is launching new production operations to supply Robert Bosch LLC in Dorchester County. The company will be constructing a 42,000-square-foot facility in the Muckenfuss Industrial Park in Summerville, S.C., its first U.S. plant, and hiring will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Diehl Aerosystems

March 14, 2018

Jobs: 5

On-site Support Service (OSS) to Boeing

The Diehl OSS in the Leeds area near Charleston, based within a newly refurbished facility covering 5,000 sq ft/550 sq meters, will ensure a seamless flow of Diehl parts for 787-10 Dreamliners assembled in Charleston. Diehl's local support is mainly in provision of cabin lining packages and supporting sub-structures for the 787-10. The facility also has the potential for expansion to support additional activities such as warehousing and kitting along with capacity for potential growth opportunities.

SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)

February 28, 2018

Jobs: 200

Specialty military vehicle production, IT integration, research and development

With approximately 15,000 employees worldwide, SAIC is a $4.5 billion technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions to the federal government in the technical, engineering, intelligence and enterprise information technology (IT) markets. The company designs and develops IT solutions that empower diplomatic missions, support military operations and advance both sea and space explorations. SAIC will be expanding its platform integration and production operations by moving into a new facility at North Pointe Commerce Park in Hanahan, S.C. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.


January 26, 2018

Jobs: 90
Investment: $2.38 Million

Design, development and manufacturing of implantable medical systems

MED-ALLY’s state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot manufacturing operation will be located in the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 2040 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C. An ISO Class 6 Clean Room, critical for the fabrication of implantable devices, will take up approximately half of the operating space. Key in the firm's decision to locate here is the vast network of "distinguished clinicians, university medical teams, industry partners, and university students dedicated to providing disruptive medical device solutions for patients worldwide," according to company officials. The firm is already hiring and is expected to be fully operational in March 2018.

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