CSI brings new headquarters facility to Charleston region

For Immediate Release
December 1, 2000

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – A new, 30,000-square-foot headquarters facility will soon mark the home of CSI (Cambar Software, Inc.), a software development company that is expanding in the Charleston region. The company expects to add 100 new jobs over the next few years.

CSI announced today, in conjunction with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, its plans to develop a five-acre mini-campus off Clements Ferry Road near the entrance to the Charleston Regional Business Center. The new CSI headquarters facility will be a unique “green” structure, incorporating “daylit” technology to provide year-round natural lighting. Building materials will be derived largely from recycled materials, and plans call for solar energy to help power the building. The project represents a $5 million investment for the region.

Tom Stallings, President and CEO, noted that the company chose to remain in the Charleston region for a number of reasons. “We are investing in the Charleston region because we believe that this location will continue to deliver the caliber of employees we need. The Charleston region continually proves itself to be open to businesses of all sorts – and increasingly, new economy companies like ours are profiting here.”

CSI has operated in the Charleston region for nearly 20 years. The company develops and markets a wide range of distribution and supply chain management solutions, including web-based programs for e-commerce. Clients include Ingram Micro, General Nutrition Centers, Universal Studios, Owens & Minor, Livingston Canada, and others. CSI credits its current growth to its commitment to implementing new computing trends and offering a broad range of supporting platforms.

“A forward-thinking company such as CSI, which powers its profits by creating software and powers its people by building an Earth-friendly office environment, is certainly one we like to see flourishing here in the region,” said William A. Moody, chairman of the Alliance.

“We are so pleased to see CSI expanding here because it’s the kind of company we want to grow in the Lowcountry,” said Jim Rozier, Berkeley County Supervisor and County Council Chairman. ” CSI is distinguished by its innovative spirit, its high-tech products, and by being a good corporate citizen. Their growth here is a testament to the power of doing things right.”

“We are all concerned about and involved in protecting our environment,” Rozier continued. “This building is the most environmentally sensitive building ever constructed in our state, and provides a model to be considered by others in the future.”

The Alliance works with numerous organizations to bring new investment to the region. In its effort to broaden technology investment here, it relies heavily upon high-level partners, including the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

“South Carolina continues to attract quality companies in the Lowcountry due in large part to this area’s team of dedicated economic leaders,” said S.C. Commerce Secretary Charles S. Way, Jr. “CSI’s announcement today is another fine example of attracting a company that is environmentally conscious, creates a quality product, and truly cares about their community.”

CSI expects to break ground on its new headquarters this month, and to be fully operational by 3rd Quarter 2001. The CSI campus will maintain plenty of green space, including a one-acre park area for employee recreation and to accommodate informal meetings. Other amenities will include an employee wellness center and an on-site daycare center. The daycare, which will also be constructed as a “green” facility, should be open by the end of next year.

The Charleston Regional Development Alliance represents Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Its mission is to broaden and diversify business investment in this region, with a new emphasis on technology-intensive business sectors. Since its inception, the Alliance has worked with thousands of companies to help promote business investment and quality growth in the area. To learn more, click on www.crda.org.

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