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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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CRDA-Facilitated Projects



July 6, 2023

Jobs: 170
Investment: $31.7 Million

Manufacturing Center of Excellence for Leidos' Security Enterprise Solutions (SES) -- security systems for screening checked baggage, cargo and passengers

Fortune 500 firm, Leidos, announces plans to establish a new operation in Charleston County. This new manufacturing facility will be the third in the U.S. and will produce Virginia-based Leidos' Security Enterprise Solutions (SES) systems. SES offers a suite of fully automated and integrated solutions for aviation, shipping ports, border crossings and critical infrastructure customers worldwide. The operation's comprehensive security detection portfolio has more than 30,000 products deployed across 129 countries. Locally, Leidos will lease a new 150,000-square-foot facility located in the Ladson Industrial Park in the North Charleston area. This new space will help bolster the company's critical capacity to support its growing customer base while optimizing manufacturing efficiency, quality and safety through the application of best-in-class manufacturing processes. Operations are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2024.

Ranger Design

May 30, 2023

Jobs: 50
Investment: $1.5 Million

Manufacturer and provider of innovative fleet upfit solutions

Established in 1988, Ontario, NY-based Ranger Design is an innovative fleet upfitter offering products such as shelving, racks and accessories for commercial vehicles. Ranger Design's rapid design prototyping and state-of-the-art manufacturing process supports the trades workforce by developing tough, innovative products to make work more efficient and safer. The multinational firm's new Charleston area facility, located at 9035-K Sightline Drive in North Charleston, will enable the company to better serve its current customers with extra warehousing capacity, as well as to expand its footprint in commercial electric and gas-powered vehicles. Operations are expected to be online by the summer of 2023.

ZEB Metals and Glencore

March 20, 2023

Jobs: 28
Investment: $14 Million

Full-service scrap metals recycling company; joint venture with Glencore, a Swiss-based commodities trader and one of the world's largest diversified natural resource companies

ZEB Metals is relocating from Kentucky and establishing its first South Carolina operations in Berkeley County in a joint venture with Glencore, a Swiss-based commodities trader and one of the world's largest diversified natural resource companies. The new facility will process dross and other types of secondary aluminum scrap that would otherwise be destined for a landfill. This is the first secondary re-melt facility of its kind in the Southeast region of the United States. Founded in 2021, ZEB Metals is a buyer and trader of non-ferrous scrap, as well as a recycler of metals other than iron and steel. The company processes metals through shredding, melting, screening and sorting materials while providing full-service metal recycling including industrial clean-up and off-site demolition. Operations are expected to begin by late 2023.

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