COLUMBIA, S.C. – Spartan Motors, Inc., a leader in fleet, work truck and specialty service vehicle manufacturing, is establishing operations in Charleston County. The $1.15 million investment is expected to create 308 new jobs.
In 1975, Spartan Motors, Inc. began as a designer and builder of custom fire truck cabs and chassis. Today, the company is a North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and retail vehicle industries – including last-mile delivery, specialty service and vocation-specific, upfit segments – as well as for the emergency response and recreational vehicle markets.
Located at 6555 Fain Street in North Charleston, S.C., Spartan Motors, Inc.’s Charleston County operations will include production of industry-specific custom shelving, lighting and ergonomic design services for commercial vehicles.
Individuals interested in joining the Spartan Motors, Inc. team can visit https://www.spartanmotors.com/careers/.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded Charleston County a $100,000 Set-Aside grant to assist with costs of building improvements.
“Spartan Motors is pleased to add North Charleston to our growing global manufacturing footprint. We are big believers in the skilled tradespeople of North Charleston and the larger region, and we know the talent available here will allow us to manufacture to the standard of excellence our customers have come to expect.” –Spartan Motors, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Daryl Adams
“South Carolina’s automotive industry continues to grow, and this announcement by Spartan Motors, Inc. is a further testament to all we’ve been able to accomplish in South Carolina. These 300 new jobs will make a significant difference in the Lowcountry, and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for Spartan Motors, Inc.” – Gov. Henry McMaster
“Our automotive industry is on the move in all of the right ways, and Spartan Motors, Inc.’s decision to establish operations in Charleston County is a win for the entire state. The 308 new jobs today’s announcement will create is a testament to our state’s world-class workforce and business-friendly environment.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“With today’s announcement, Spartan Motors, Inc. joins a roster of globally-respected companies in the automotive industry that have chosen to do business in Charleston County. Their decision to expand their footprint in our community is a testament to our workforce and growing manufacturing industry we’ve worked hard to advance.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey
“Spartan Motors, Inc. joins the city of North Charleston’s growing and thriving automotive sector, and with the creation of 308 jobs, this industry leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing will take a notable position in our local business community. We look forward to seeing Spartan’s growth and future successes within the city of North Charleston.” –North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
“Charleston’s highly-skilled workforce, business-friendly climate and globally-connected infrastructure influenced the company’s decision to locate here to better serve its customer, Mercedes-Benz Vans. Spartan Motors will be a tremendous asset to our growing automotive cluster.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman John Hagerty
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About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State was among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.