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Charleston area attracts new distribution center

A leading manufacturer and importer of fitness equipment has moved into the area's biggest speculative industrial building. ICON Health and Fitness, Inc. has converted a new, 200,000-square-foot structure into an East Coast importing and distribution center. ICON expects to employ 50 workers at the facility. Today's announcement was facilitated by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, whose role is to attract and retain competitive business investment in the region. Continue reading

Tri-county area shares in record economic development

Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties produced a combined total of 3,190 of South Carolina's record 35,132 new jobs in 2000, announced Gov. Jim Hodges during a recent trip to Charleston. A record number of companies - 1,628 - invested in the state. Continue reading

Charleston named one of top 5 best cities for entrepreneurs

Charleston was recently named the fourth best mid-sized city for entrepreneurs by Dun & Bradstreet and Entrepreneur magazine. This is the second consecutive year the Charleston area has been ranked in the top five. Continue reading

Charleston named a top U.S. city for European expansion

For this ranking, Expansion Management looked at European-based company expansions within the past 24 months that created at least 10 jobs and involved capital investment of at least $1 million. According to this survey, the Charleston-North Charleston metro ranked seventh in the nation for European expansion. Continue reading

Maker of precision timing gears to expand operations; Getrag to add 200 highly skilled workers

Getrag Precision Gear Company LLC announced today a $40 million expansion of its existing local operation. The company, which manufactures vehicle timing gears, is building a new 150,000-square-foot facility west of the Ashley River in Charleston County. Today's announcement was made in conjunction with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Continue reading

Charleston region chosen for corporate headquarters for Briggs Plumbing Products, Inc.

Briggs Plumbing Products, a manufacturer of plumbing fixtures and faucets including vitreous china and porcelain enameled steel, announced today the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Berkeley County. The company will also expand its current distribution center in the region. Employment at the distribution center has grown from 30 to 50 employees since opening in March. Corporate office employees are expected to reach 60 by the middle of 2001. The combined relocation and expansion will create 90 new jobs and result in a multi-million dollar investment, according to an announcement made today in conjunction with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Continue reading

Charleston named among best cities to start and grow a company

For the second year in a row, the Charleston region of South Carolina has been included in Inc. magazine's annual ranking of the Best Places to Start and Grow a Company. This year, the region's ranking climbed to number six among the nation's smaller metro areas. Continue reading

Charleston region attracts Smartech division of Jackson and Tull Engineering

The Charleston Region has attracted the SMARTech Division of Jackson and Tull, a Washington, DC-based aerospace engineering firm. Jackson and Tull is investing over $750,000 in the local region and will create 12 new, direct jobs in 2000, expanding to over 25 jobs in 2001. Continue reading

Greenville investor to build $32M plastics export center in Charleston County

Sea Pac LLC, an Upstate-based startup company that plans to transport plastic pellets to overseas manufacturers, is investing $32 million to build a large export operation off U.S. Highway 78. Continue reading
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