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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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Dennis Eagle Inc.

December 12, 2019

Jobs: 21

Chassis assembly for compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel trucks

Part of the multinational Terberg RosRoca Group, which employs more than 2,500 people worldwide, Dennis Eagle Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of refuse collection vehicles. The company plans to lease 16,000 square feet in Dorchester County’s Eastport Commerce Center, located at 104 Pinnacle Way, to assemble Elite Chassis for compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel trucks. The facility will become operational in 2020.

Magnolia Botanicals

December 9, 2019

Jobs: 52
Investment: $3.2 Million

Industrial hemp processing

Magnolia Botanicals, a joint venture between South Carolina-based Blue Water Green Bridge, LLC and United Cannabis Corporation, today announced plans to establish an industrial hemp processing plant in Dorchester County. Located at Pine Hill Business Campus in Ridgeville, S.C., the company will provide hemp extraction services for farmers working under the 2018 Federal Farm Bill and the S.C. Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. The facility is expected to be operational Q1 2020.

Sapience Automation

October 30, 2019

Jobs: 26
Investment: $.527 Million

Design and integration of robotics and industrial automation systems

The firm's local facility at 2079 Wambaw Creek Road will allow the company more room to collaborate with local educational systems and schools to help encourage and train students for jobs in the automation industry. To support workforce initiatives, the company launched a nonprofit to enrich mechatronics and robotics programs at the high school level and identify students who could excel in the area of automation. Sapience supports the local expanding automotive manufacturing sector among others.

Spartan Motors, Inc.

October 15, 2019

Jobs: 308
Investment: $1.15 Million

Production of industry-specific custom shelving, lighting and ergonomic design services for commercial vehicles including Mercedes-Benz Vans

Michigan-based Spartan Motors, Inc. is a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and retail vehicle industries, as well as for the emergency response and recreational vehicle markets. The firm’s Charleston County operations are located at 6555 Fain Street in North Charleston, S.C.

PTI Quality Containment Solutions

July 16, 2019

Jobs: 211
Investment: $5 Million

Specialized painting and coating of automotive components

PTI is a premier supplier of quality containment solutions, supply chain systems and finishing coatings, serving the automotive and manufacturing industries. The Detroit area-based company operates locations throughout the automotive industrial regions in the U.S., México and Brazil.

Somo Global

June 30, 2019

Jobs: 47

IT with specialties in mobile, marketing, advertising, creative, applications, strategy, Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, UX/UI (user experience/user interface) design, and AI (artificial intelligence)

To create a digital competitive advantage for large, global businesses, Somo has built some of the most innovative and creative mobile products and campaigns in the market for leading global brands such as Audi, De Beers, BP, and The New York Times. Founded in 2009, the privately-held company of more than 150 employees is headquartered in London with U.S. offices located in Washington D.C. and now Charleston.

AHG Fasteners-USA, Inc.

June 24, 2019

Jobs: 2

U.S. business office for an international designer, manufacturer, and supplier of aerospace fastening systems

Ateliers de la Haute Garonne, known as AHG, is a private family-owned business founded more than 104 years ago near Toulouse, France, in the heart of the aerospace valley. The company will open its first U.S. business operations here to focus on sales, business development and growth, as well as customer support. The decision to locate in the Charleston Metro Area was based upon the growth of our region’s aerospace sector; proximity to Boeing, a key customer; our business-friendly environment; available workforce, and the French influences in historic Charleston. AHG Fasteners-USA is the sixth 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 first enter the U.S. market.

LAB Medical Manufacturing, Inc.

June 18, 2019

Jobs: 30
Investment: $5 Million

Medical device manufacturer

Headquartered in Billerica, Mass., LAB Medical Manufacturing, Inc. has been making medical instruments and surgical tools for more than 30 years, including those related to spinal implants, sports medicine, and orthopedic reconstruction. Today, the firm announced plans to open a new product division in the Charleston region at 1750 Signal Point Road, Unit 3, in the James Island Business Park and will begin manufacturing operations by September 1, 2019. "We are impressed with the skilled workforce and look forward to creating new jobs and bringing investment to the area," says company President Leon Bester.

Barzan Aeronautical LLC

March 31, 2019

Jobs: 2

Aeronautical-related technologies development and production

Barzan Aeronautical is part of Barzan Holdings, which is owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defense. The firm selected Charleston for an office site based on the area's substantial aeronautical engineering talent and expertise, and the warm and friendly hospitality that Charleston offers. Barzan will reportedly be working with major U.S. commercial partners on the development of new defense capabilities, which can be used to support U.S. and coalition military activities, provide border and customs police with new resources, and improve the Coast Guard's search and rescue and environmental patrol assets.

Spyder Auto

March 31, 2019

Jobs: 30

Wholesale distribution of automotive parts

The Spyder Auto Group has been serving the auto industry for nearly a decade, specializing in wholesale distribution of automotive products. A leading provider of aftermarket lighting, tuning and styling auto parts in the U.S., the firm's corporate headquarters is located in the City of Industry, California.


January 31, 2019

Jobs: 50

Delivery and logistics center

Amazon chose a Charleston County site near Exchange Park for a 'last-mile' delivery center designed to expedite customer service. “We are excited to continue our investment in South Carolina to speed up delivery times for customers and provide great job opportunities for the talented workforce,” Amazon spokeswoman Amanda Ip said.

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