Region attracts headquarters/distribution center for international candle and stoneware distributor

For Immediate Release
December 1, 2000

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Berkeley County has landed another headquarters and distribution center for its new Cainhoy Park. MVP Group International, Inc. will occupy a 106,000-square-foot building presently under construction by Cainhoy Park developers, Quattlebaum Development. Today’s announcement was facilitated by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

MVP Group will bring 75 jobs to the region. Combined with facility costs, the MVP Group project represents a $5 million investment.

Company officials said the decision to come to the Charleston area was an easy one. “The highly productive Port of Charleston allows us to serve the entire Southeast region efficiently,” said Troy Propes, President. The company also considered Norfolk, Va., Miami, Fla. and Savannah, Ga.

MVP is relocating its headquarters and distribution center here from Mayfield, Kentucky. The company manufactures candles and lamps, and imports from Asia and South America.

William A. Moody, Jr., Chairman of the Alliance, welcomed MVP to the region, noting that the Cainhoy area has become a magnet for distribution centers. “We find that more and more companies are looking to the Charleston region as a key player in their global business strategies. We welcome the arrival of MVP and the new investment they bring.”

Berkeley County Supervisor and County Council Chairman, Jim Rozier, welcomed the new company to the growing business community in the region. “We are committed to working with MVP Group now and into the future, ensuring we are an integral part of its future success. We thank MVP for having confidence in this region.”

The Alliance relies upon a wide network of organizations and individuals to attract new competitive investment to the region. One key player in the network is the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

“MVP’s announcement today shows that our state is right on track for recruiting the best headquarters and distribution facilities,” said S.C. Secretary of Commerce Charles S. Way, Jr. “Their aggressive international strategy for growth will positively impact our state’s economy. And our state’s accessible transportation system, from port-to-rail-to-highway, will assist MVP in reaching their markets and business goals faster.”

The Charleston Regional Development Alliance represents Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Its mission is to broaden and diversify business investment in this region. Since its inception, the Alliance has employed a broad range of proactive marketing efforts to attract high-quality business investment.

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