Berkeley County Announces Additional Training for Manufacturing Jobs

Sign-up and information session scheduled August 2 at 5 p.m.


MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, July 23, 2018) Berkeley County will host an information meeting to provide training for manufacturing positions on Thursday, August 2 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at Trident Technical College Berkeley Campus. It is open to Berkeley County residents looking for manufacturing jobs.

            When: Thursday, August 2 at 5 p.m.

            Where: Trident Technical College Berkeley Campus, 1001 S Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner

            Why: Help connect Berkeley County residents with the necessary training for manufacturing positions

Attendees will have the opportunity to sign-up for the upcoming Lean Manufacturing course that will begin on August 11 at Trident Technical College Berkeley Campus. This 4-week course will provide the necessary training to qualify candidates for positions at industries around Berkeley County and throughout the state of South Carolina. The course is free for candidates who are Berkeley County residents.

The information session will include presentations from representatives at Trident Technical College, ReadySC, and Adult Education with Berkeley County School District.

Berkeley County worked in partnership with Trident Technical College, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Volvo Cars, and Ready SC to start the pilot program in May of 2017. Since the pilot program, Berkeley County has seen nearly 200 people graduate from the Lean Manufacturing course, which put them on the path to land manufacturing jobs at major industries around the County, including Volvo Cars in Ridgeville. Since then, neighboring counties have emulated the training program to provide opportunities for residents around South Carolina.

Interested candidates are asked to sign-up for the information session here:


– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –

Hilton Garden Inn-Homewood Suites Summerville and Lowcountry Event & Conference Center.

Hilton Garden Inn-Homewood Suites Summerville and Lowcountry Event & Conference Center

Source: Frampton Construction Company

Charleston, S.C. [July 11, 2018] Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a regional full-service construction firm providing planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services throughout the Carolinas, is underway on construction of the Hilton Garden Inn-Homewood Suites Summerville and Lowcountry Event & Conference Center. The facility will be the largest and tallest of its kind in the Summerville area, with the accompanying event and conference center fulfilling a significant need for meeting, training, and accommodation space in the burgeoning business corridor.



Frampton Construction was selected by developer Lowcountry Hotels and partnered with project architect Bounds, Gillespie, Killebrew, Tushek, PLLC, to design, plan and build the 208,828 square foot facility.  The hotel and conference center will sit on a 6.1-acre site in the Nexton community, at the corner of Sigma Drive and Edge Street.

At a groundbreaking ceremony held June 28, Daniel Blumenstock from Lowcountry Hotels commented, “It was apparent to us that there was a need not just for a hotel in this market, but for event and conference space, and I believe we’ve found the perfect location, the perfect hotel brands, and the perfect mix by including the conference space in this development.”

Pictured left to right in the attached photo from the groundbreaking ceremony are Fred Drulard (Senior Vice President, South State Bank), Gary Finnell (Senior Director of Development, Hilton Worldwide), Chad Frampton (President, Frampton Construction), Wiley Johnson (Mayor of Summerville), Scott Fennell (Chief Operating Officer and President, Lowcountry Hotels), George Fennell (Chairman, Lowcountry Hotels), Bill Peagler (Berkeley County Supervisor), Greg Padgett (Chief Financial Officer, Lowcountry Hotels), Brent Gibadlo (General Manager, Nexton), and Daniel Blumenstock (Director of Hotels, Lowcountry Hotels).

Featuring a total of 250 guest rooms, the eight-story hotel will measure 93 feet in height, making it the tallest building in Summerville and Berkeley County. Amenities are set to include a full-service restaurant, bar and lounge, resort-style pool with cabana, several outdoor green spaces, a workout facility, and a business center.

Chad Frampton, president of Frampton Construction, said, “We’re honored to be part of one of the most significant private developments in Berkeley County and humbled by the confidence Lowcountry Hotels and the Fennell family have shown in the Frampton team.”

The dual-brand concept caters to both select service and extended stay hotel customers through one property by pairing two distinctly branded hotels under the same roof while consolidating guest amenity spaces and back-of-house-operations for maximum efficiency.

A two-story conference center with 14,000 square feet of meeting space will connect to the hotel. Keeping the area’s growing automobile manufacturing industry in mind, the conference center’s first floor will feature a back entryway suited for vehicle access and over 7,000 square feet of uninterrupted space large enough to showcase automobiles. Folding walls will allow this area to be separated into three smaller conference rooms as needed. The second floor will house six additional meeting rooms.

“We are excited to begin construction of this formidable project that will take a tremendous team effort. Over the next 20 months, our team will manage an estimated 500+ construction trade workers who will put in place approximately 8,000 cubic yards of concrete, 1,500 tons of steel, 1,750 gallons of paint, and over 350,000 square feet of drywall,” Frampton further commented.

Bill Peagler, Berkeley County supervisor, also at the ceremony, noted, “If there’s one thing I can say about Frampton Construction, they will get the job done, and they will get it done on time.”

Construction is expected to be complete in early 2020.


About Lowcountry Hotels:
Lowcountry Hotels is the hotel development and management company division of Fennell Holdings, with award-winning properties and staff leading the way in hospitality in Charleston, S.C. With a focus on dependability, efficiency, and customer focus, Lowcountry Hotels takes pride in their reputation for excellence in service and accommodations. Lowcountry Hotels offers exceptional hospitality to guests in their three Charleston Area Convention Center hotels, as well as the Ansonborough Inn in Historic Downtown Charleston, and are working to expand their venture across the Lowcountry with new projects in Mount Pleasant and Summerville. For more information, please visit or call 843-723-0009.

Frampton Construction is a regional full-service construction firm with financial strength and industry knowledge born of years of experience employing proven procedures. Frampton Construction offers planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services. The dedicated team of professionals takes pride in building strong relationships with clients while providing the highest quality of service. They deliver executive leadership and personal oversight throughout the building process, while working diligently to exceed the expectations of every client. With offices in Charleston, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., the company is positioned to manage projects in the Carolinas and beyond. For more information, please visit or call 843-572-2400.

Nexans Announces $80 Million Expansion to Goose Creek Site, The only underwater cable manufacturing site in North America

Source: Post and Courier, By David Wren

Nexans Goose Creek SC Plant

Nexans Goose Creek SC Plant

(June 20, 2018) A French company that builds high-voltage cables in Goose Creek for the power industry is adding underwater cables to the site’s product mix as part of an $80 million expansion.

Nexans, which opened its 350,000-square-foot plant in 2014 at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center, plans to add 125,000 square feet of space and double its workforce to roughly 135 employees over the next two years.

It also plans to build a shipping terminal at its site along the Cooper River, where the company’s cable-laying vessels can load up before heading to offshore projects. The underwater, or submarine, cable expansion is prompting Nexans to build a second ship

“Nexans is investing here because the submarine market is exploding — both in North America and globally,” said Brian Boan, director of transformation projects for Nexans’ plant in the Bushy Park area of Berkeley County.

The underwater power cable market is expected to grow from about $8 billion this year to more than $16 billion by 2023, according to industry researcher Markets-to-Markets.

The Goose Creek site will be Nexans’ only underwater cable manufacturing site in North America.

“The overall market is set to witness significant growth because of increasing offshore wind installations, growing demand for inter-country and island connections, and demand from the offshore oil & gas sectors,” the researcher said.

The Goose Creek site will be Nexans’ only underwater cable manufacturing site in North America. Currently, the company builds underwater power cables at its Calais, France, headquarters and at a plant in Halden, Norway. Nexans has other North American facilities that make fiber-optic cables, wiring for the construction industry, low-voltage cables and other products.

Production of underwater cable won’t be too different from the land-based power cables the company already makes at the Goose Creek plant. The process typically involves a copper conductor capable of handling up to 525 kilovolts being lowered into a 426-foot-tall tower where it is encased in melted plastic and then cured and cooled with nitrogen.

The land-based cables, which are used in underground power installations, are built in lengths that can stretch more than one mile. They are placed into drums and transported by trucks from the Nexans site to roughly 20 large customers that serve utilities nationwide. The Goose Creek plant builds about 60 miles of such cable each year, with 80 percent going to markets in North America.

The site plans to build up to 155 miles of underwater cable each year when manufacturing begins in 2020, serving markets around the globe as production ramps up to 24 hours a day.

“It’s a very slow manufacturing process — we’re not a widget environment,” Boan said, adding the tower process takes about one minute for every 3.3 feet of cable. “Every cable that comes out of this factory is a very specific design to a very specific customer and need. We never produce the same cable twice here.”

The expansion in Goose Creek comes at a difficult time for Nexans, which said last week that its full-year earnings would be weaker than expected because of an “abrupt deterioration of the high-voltage project activities forecast for the second half of 2018.” That includes postponements of some underwater cable projects and a weak backlog of land-based cable deals.

Nexans’ shares have lost nearly 30 percent of their value this year and Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, the company’s CEO, unexpectedly announced he would leave the company by Sept. 30 for personal reasons. The high-voltage cable industry also is being challenged by growing competition from Chinese manufacturers.

The Goose Creek expansion is part of a long-range plan to diversify production of the underwater cables that Nexans sees as a future profit driver for the company.

“It’s a big commitment for Nexans, and it shows a lot of confidence in our facility, the Charleston area and our workforce,” Boan said. “We take pride in the fact that we’re using local resources as far as people and other businesses supporting us. It’s exciting to be a part of this community, and now to be stepping into the maritime and port industry that’s growing so fast here.”

Volvo car to be built at Berkeley County plant site unveiled

Source: Live5News

Volvo car to be built at Berkeley County plant site unveiled

Volvo car to be built at Berkeley County plant site unveiled. Left to right: Berkeley County Deputy Supervisor Tim Callan and Les Blackenship, County Supervisor William Peagler, Economic Development Director Barry Jurs, and County Attorney John O. Williams

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (June 20, 2018) – We’ve been hearing about it for years now, and finally, the Volvo Car manufacturing plant in Berkeley County is open for business.It’s the first Volvo plant ever in the United States.

On Wednesday, Volvo unveiled the redesigned S60 sports sedan that will be made at the Berkeley County plant.The atmosphere was like a New York high end fashion show, except most of the runway participants, were showing off their Volvo employee uniforms.

“On my line, we install the doors on every car that leaves this place,” a bodyshop employee said.”Volvo coming to South Carolina for me personally, it promotes growth in the Lowcountry as well as job security for myself and our futures.  I am proud to say I am from South Carolina.”

The cars will start rolling off the line in late August, early September of this year and once the plant is up to full capacity, they will be able to manufacture 50,000 of the cars every single year.

The head of the American division says the United States is definitely where Volvo needs to be expanding.

Volvo Cars is still hiring.

“Our American business is developing extremely well with strong growth. Sales this year are up 41 percent,” said U.S. CEO Anders Gustafsson.

In addition to the S60 car, the plant will also pump out the XC90 SUV, starting in a few years.That will put production at 150,000 vehicles a year, once at full capacity.

“Of course our idea with those cars is not only produce for the US, it’s to export. Half of the production will export,” said Javier Varela, SVP of Manufacturing & Logistics.

Volvo says it is proud to open its first auto manufacturing facility ever in the United States, bringing with it some 4,000 jobs right here to the Lowcountry. While Volvo is ready to roll, it’s still hiring and training. If you’re interested in opportunities available at the plant, be sure to click this link. 

The site is now ahead of its hiring schedule and in the pre-production phase for the S60, said Katarina Fjording, Volvo’s vice president of manufacturing and logistics for the Americas. The company plans to employ 2,000 people and head into full production of the S60 sedan by the end of the year.

Fjording managed the launch of the site, overseeing facility construction, supplier recruitment and hiring. She will transition into a new role, and Jeff Moore will run the site going forward.

Read more from the Post and Courier and Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Blackbaud Inaugurates New World Headquarters in South Carolina

Software leader’s state-of-the-art, eco-friendly hub to drive disruptive innovation and impact for global good at increased scale

Blackbaud unveiled the 172,000 square-foot state-of-the-art workplace and innovation center. Photo credit: Blackbaud News

Charleston, S.C. (June 13, 2018) — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, is pleased to announce that its new world headquarters on Daniel Island in South Carolina is officially open for business. Blackbaud unveiled the 172,000 square-foot state-of-the-art workplace and innovation center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony today – just over two years since the company announced plans for its construction in 2016.

Blackbaud, the world’s 24th largest cloud software company, has operated in Berkeley County, South Carolina since 2000, and is the largest publicly traded software company headquartered in the state. The company was also recently named to the Fortune 56 Companies Changing the World list. The company’s eco-friendly world headquarters provides a dynamic and collaborative workplace for nearly half of its rapidly growing workforce, which operates in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

“With our new headquarters, we’re making a generational investment in the very community that supported us since well before we went public 14 years ago, while also launching the world’s most creative workspace to cultivate innovation at the intersection of technology and social good,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud President and CEO. “From dedicated labs for disruptive innovation, to modern engineering spaces, to leading-edge technology that connects our global workforce like never before, we’re positioned to do what we do—bigger, better and faster. And that’s good news for all of our customers and the millions of people who use our software around the world.”

Representatives from Blackbaud with Berkeley County’s Economic Development Director Barry Jurs and County Deputy Supervisor Tim Callanan.

The new world headquarters is also home to the new Blackbaud Innovation Center, a high-tech meeting space where customers, partners, community leaders and influencers across the social economy can convene to turn action into impact. The site will support the company’s ongoing community development and corporate citizenship activities, such as Camp Blackbaud, an employee-led STEM program that teaches elementary school children how to design and code. It also ultimately will be accessible to nonprofits in need of special meeting and event space.

Blackbaud, which was recently recognized on Forbes’ America’s Best Midsize Employers list for the third consecutive year, announced plans in 2016 to create 300 additional high-tech jobs over five years. The company is actively recruiting new staff and expects new positions to be added as the project continues to progress. “Behind all great companies are great people, so it’s our top priority to make Blackbaud a place that attracts and retains top talent in the industry,” said John Mistretta, executive vice president of Human Resources.  “We designed this space based on what matters most to our people, which resulted in a sustainable, LEED-certified building that promotes employee wellness and collaboration; offering perks like a healthy dining café featuring local vendors, ergonomic furniture, a game room, an outdoor activities center, and more.”

To mark the celebration of its grand opening, Blackbaud made a $25,000 donation to Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center to support the new facility Dee Norton opened on the Cainhoy peninsula, a space designed to help prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. Blackbaud has a long-standing commitment to supporting organizations that work with disadvantaged youth and this partnership with Dee Norton allows the company to make a meaningful investment in its own backyard.

Blackbaud was joined by both state and Charleston-area leaders to celebrate the new building, including Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Director of Global Business Development, South Carolina Department of Commerce Nelson Lindsay.

Read More from the Post and Courier: Blackbaud unveils new building on Daniel Island, plans call for another


About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

Blackbaud Media Contact
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Goose Creek aluminum manufacturer plans $255 million investment connected to expansion

Source: Berkeley Independent 

June 11, 2018 – A Berkeley County manufacturer of flat-rolled aluminum products announced Monday it has plans to invest $255 million connected to an expansion project that will create 50 new jobs.

“It’s an exciting new chapter in JW Aluminum’s story and a considerable progression in our strategic journey,” said CEO Lee McCarter in a press release from the Office of the Governor. “As a domestic supplier, we’ve prevailed in an extremely challenging competitive environment. The outcome of this endeavor will empower us to produce superior product for our customers, provide increased value to our stakeholders and serve as a preferred supplier and employer for decades to come.”

JW Aluminum will construct a 220,000-square-foot facility with eco-friendly, start-of-the art technology, according to the release.

JW Aluminum

JW Aluminum has started the expansion of its Mount Holly flat rolled aluminum plant in Goose Creek, South Carolina. This project will greatly enhance JW Aluminum’s capabilities to serve its primary end markets. Photo Credit: Business Wire

Goose Creek Mayor Greg Habib is also celebrating the news, calling it the largest economic development endeavor in the city’s history.

“Their commitment to Goose Creek and Berkeley County will keep more than 300 good jobs right here in our community,” he said in the release. “We are proud and thankful for our ongoing partnership with JW Aluminum.”

In the release, County Supervisor Bill Peagler praises the expansion as “a testament” to the company’s “great history” in the county and said the large investment will keep taxes low for residents in the county and Goose Creek.

“We congratulate JW Aluminum on their expansion and look forward to continued success with them,” Peagler said.

The company has been in the county since 1979, starting at 435 Old Mount Holly Road and growing over the years to now boast four different aluminum mills throughout the nation, the release said. The company specifically makes building and distributor sheets, fin stock, cable wrap and honeycomb foil, among other products.

JW Aluminum is seeking skilled operators, industrial and electrical technicians and engineers to work at the new plant. For more information visit the company’s career page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development is contributing a $500,000 set aside grant to aid with infrastructure improvements related to the expansion project, the county said. The council has also approved job development credits connected to the project.


  • Construction is underway and is expected to be complete in early 2020.
  • Construction includes a new 220,000 square foot building and the installation of proven, state-of-the-art equipment utilizing green technology, ultimately resulting in 175 million pounds of new capacity.
  • As part of the expansion, JW Aluminum is adding 50 new jobs to its workforce and is currently recruiting skilled operators, industrial and electrical technicians, maintenance mechanics and engineers.
  • There will be no interruption to current Mount Holly production during the construction period.
  • The project represents the most significant capital investment in domestic continuous cast technologies and capabilities since 2001.
  • The project is being financed through the recent notes offering completed by JW Aluminum Continuous Cast Company, the parent of JW Aluminum.

“This expansion has been years in the making and its undertaking would not be possible without the team’s depth of experience, a highly engaged workforce, local and national government support and our stakeholders’ commitment to our industry,” said Stan Brant, Chief Operating Officer.

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Camp Hall
New SC industrial park aims to create places for work and play

Camp Hall GroundbreakingJune 4, 2018 – As new industrial parks sprout in the Charleston region and the competition for workers heightens, Santee Cooper is hoping its unique commerce center plan combining nature, work and play will be a draw for businesses looking to give employees more than a 9-to-5 job.

The state-owned electric utility will break ground this week on Camp Hall — a roughly 4,000-acre business park adjacent to the Volvo Cars manufacturing campus nearing completion near Ridgeville in Berkeley County.

Camp Hall will combine traditional industrial tracts with amenities aimed at making workers’ lives better, such as: walkable and bikeable nature trails through preserved forest and wetlands; a park and amphitheater; and campus-wide Wi-Fi service.

A village center at the heart of the industrial park will provide workers with the types of businesses they typically need on a regular basis — a gas station, day care, banks, grocery store, restaurants and fitness center — so they can run errands on lunch breaks, work out before clocking in or grab a bite to eat with co-workers at the end of the day.

All of the trails and amenities will be open to the public, not just those working at the site.

The Camp Hall Commerce Park master plan includes several parcels for industries as well as a network of nature trails, recreation areas, protected wetlands and a village center that will include businesses such as banks, day cares, gas stations and others geared toward those who will be working at the site.

“Commerce parks typically have a lot of acreage, but everything is designed around getting people to and from work,” Santee Cooper spokeswoman Mollie Gore said. “You usually have to drive somewhere else for lunch or to do all of your errands. Hopefully this will make it easier and more appealing for employees and easier for industries to fill those jobs.”

The industrial park, which will cost about $50 million to develop, is located off Interstate 26 at a new interchange being built for Volvo at mile marker 189. It will include more than a half-dozen sites for industries ranging from 7 acres to more than 600 acres, with subdividing possible.

The development costs are on top of about $40 million that Moncks Corner-based Santee Cooper and the electric cooperatives providing power to the site have already spent on land and infrastructure. The utility plans to recover its investment by selling parcels to businesses and through electricity sales.

Santee Cooper has already signed up one industry for the project — a logistics and warehouse facility on a 75-acre tract that will be announced at this week’s groundbreaking — and marketing is under way for the other sites.

It’s a long-term project that will take several years to complete, and Santee Cooper is hoping to partner with other developers.

“The trails will be built out as we develop and open up parcels,” Gore said. “We are working on some of the parcels already, with clearing, grading and infrastructure. We expect to start building out the village center within the next couple of years as the workforce there grows.”

Economic impact

Moncks Corner-based utility Santee Cooper is investing roughly $90 million into a new industrial park off Interstate 26 near Ridgeville.

  • Projected number of jobs: 15,000 (including 4,000 at Volvo Cars)
  • Projected economic impact: $4.8 billion
  • Distance to Charleston International Airport: 27 miles
  • Distance to the Port of Charleston: 32 miles
  • Environmental preservation: 1,950 acres of forest and wetlands (including 365 acres of restored wetlands)

SAIC Celebrates Expansion in Hanahan with Groundbreaking Ceremony

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SAIC_May 2018 Groundbreaking in The City of Hanahan in Berkeley County SC

HANAHAN, S.C.–Berkeley County leaders along with SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) officials broke ground Friday on a new expansion site in Hanahan.

Through this continued growth, the company expects to create 200 new jobs over the next five years. Governor Henry McMaster spoke during the event.

“The State of South Carolina is leading the way in industry growth, and announcements like this one by SAIC are proof of that. This innovative company could be investing anywhere in the world, yet they’ve chosen to strengthen their commitment to our state and its people. I wish them continued success for many years to come,” stated McMaster.

With approximately 15,000 employees worldwide, SAIC is a $4.5 billion technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions to the federal government in the technical, engineering, intelligence and enterprise information technology (IT) markets. The company designs and develops IT solutions that empower diplomatic missions, support military operations and advance both sea and space explorations.

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Berkeley County Representatives pictured left to right: Tim Callanan, Deputy Supervisor, Ron Hanna, Project Manager, William Peagler, Supervisor, Barry Jurs, Director of Economic Development, John O. Williams, County Attorney

“This investment is directly tied to the expansion of our platform integration operations and is a critical component of our long-term strategy. We appreciate the support from South Carolina, the City of Hanahan and Berkeley County,” stated SAIC CEO, Tony Moraco. “Governor McMaster’s commitment to supporting this initiative was integral in enabling us to build upon our strong relationship with the state. We are excited to grow our talented workforce as we continue to address our customers’ most critical missions.”

SAIC will be expanding its platform integration and production operations by moving into a new facility at North Pointe Commerce Park in Hanahan. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, and those interested in joining the SAIC team should visit is external) for more information.

“It is a true honor to have the county continue its role in supporting our national defense. This great industry, along with Joint Base Charleston Naval Weapons Station and SPAWAR, provides resources and equipment that are vital for the men and women in our armed services,” stated Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler.  “This is consistent with Berkeley County’s efforts to contribute to our military and support the heroes who defend our great county.”

This industry helps the County continue its legacy in supporting our national defense and will contribute to our military.

This industry, along with Joint Base Charleston Naval Weapons Station and SPAWAR, provides resources and equipment that are vital for the men and women in our armed services.

“We are excited that SAIC will be expanding its operation and bringing hundreds of quality jobs to the City of Hanahan. Most importantly, we are proud that Hanahan continues to be a destination for companies that provide critical support services to the United States military,” stated Hanahan Mayor Minnie Newman.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.


  • SAIC is expanding its existing operations in Berkeley County.
  • The company expects to create 200 new jobs over the next five years.
  • SAIC is a technology integrator in the engineering, technical and information technology markets, primarily serving the U.S. government.
  • The company will be expanding its platform integration and production operations by moving into a new facility at North Pointe Commerce Park in Hanahan, S.C.
  • Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, and those interested in joining the SAIC team should visit is external) for more information.


May 8, 2018 – Absolute Haitian Corp. is expanding operations in the United States with the construction of a new 116,000-square-foot facility in Moncks Corner, S.C., near Charleston.

The company declined to say how much it was investing in the new facility, but said the expansion is expected to create an estimated 45 jobs over the next few years.

“It definitely will be product dependent, so that might change,” spokeswoman Patrice Aylward said in a May 8 interview at the company’s booth.

Absolute Haitian, based in Worcester, Mass., is the exclusive sales and service partner for Chinese injection molding machinery maker Haitian Plastics Machinery Ltd. Machine sizes for Haitian presses range from 44-7,435 U.S. tons of clamping force.

The facility, which is expected to be completed in 2019, will house additional sales, applications, service and training functions as well as new capacity and capabilities for the assembly, testing and customer demonstrations of large tonnage injection molding machines and work cells, the company said.

Additionally, the facility will provide more space for stock machines to support Haitian product lines and customers in the United States and Canada.

“We have been really growing steadily with Haitian since we started partnering, which initiated in 2006,” Mike Ortolano, co-owner of Absolute Haitian, said in a booth interview. “We’ve gotten up to a critical mass where we feel like our ability to stock machines, to do more configuration than we do now, to be able to run off larger machines than we’re capable of doing in our existing facilities is really the driver there.”

Ortolano said the expansion is a “natural evolution” for the company and is partially driven by larger machines for markets such as automotive and appliances.

“The mid- to large-size machine business is probably more driving it than any particular market segment,” he added.

Growing automotive and manufacturing sectors in the southeast region of the U.S. as well as access to Charleston’s deep-water port were big factors for location selection, the company said.

“If you look at the distribution of large machines in the U.S., there actually is kind of a corridor that runs from the southeast up through the Michigan area,” Ortolano explained, calling the facility’s location in South Carolina the “sweet spot.”

“It’s a good location for us,” he said.

The facility is expected to be operational in 2019, Frohring added.

“The selection of the Charleston area was driven by many factors,” Absolute Haitian co-owner Nate Smith said. “These included expansion of the automotive and manufacturing sectors in the southeast region and access to Charleston’s deepwater port. Although other states in the region were considered, the State of South Carolina and the regional economic development groups made the selection an easy one.”

The South Carolina expansion comes quickly on the heels of a major infrastructure project at Absolute Haitian’s Worcester headquarters facility that is now completed. Haitian International recently completed expansions in Mexico with a grand opening of a technical support centre in Tijuana. Additional service centres in Mexico are in the planning stages.

Summerville, Berkeley County, and state leaders cut the ribbon on the Nexton Interchange Parkway Thursday morning in honor of the completion of the project. The project broke ground in 2015. It finished months ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget.

May 3, 2018 – Summerville, Berkeley County, and state leaders cut the ribbon on the Nexton Interchange Parkway Thursday morning in honor of the completion of the project. The project broke ground in 2015. It finished months ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget.

“With the growth that we have in Berkeley County, it’s imperative that we have the infrastructure improvements necessary to move people,” Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler said. “We get things done.”

The parkway runs from 176 near Cane Bay to Highway 78.

There are already plans to expand this project further.

“The town of Summerville is going to improve Maple Street and carry it through to Central Avenue. This gives folks on the west end of town a way to I-26 that doesn’t force them through Main Street,” Summerville Town council member Christine Czarnik said. “We finally have the relief that we’ve been looking for.”

“Right now there’s one way in and out of Summerville into Berkeley County. This becomes an alternative and starts to form a northern beltway for Berkeley County,” Vice President of Nexton Brent Gibadlo said.

“With the growth that we have in Berkeley County, it’s imperative that we have the infrastructure improvements necessary to move people,” Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler said. “We get things done.”

That alternate route promises to alleviate traffic throughout the area, especially near Main Street.

Peagler said 19,000 cars are estimated to use the parkway daily.

“It’s going to be a major connection between Cane Bay and western Summerville folks who have to go through Main Street every day to get anywhere,” SCDOT commissioner Robby Robbins said.

“If you have an extra 30 minutes or hour each day, that’s an hour you can spend doing things you want to do instead of commuting places,” Gibadlo said.

Drivers can start using the Nexton Parkway Interchange Monday after workers put the finishing seal on it.

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