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Evonik Corporation launching manufacturing operations in Berkeley County

South Carolina Department of Commerce

New development will result in at least $120 million of new investment in Lowcountry

evonik-brand-markCOLUMBIA, S.C. – Evonik Corporation, a German chemical manufacturing company, is launching new operations in Berkeley County. The project will result in at least $120 million of new capital investment and the creation of more than 50 jobs.

Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies and employs more than 33,500 people worldwide. With business activities across more than 100 countries, Evonik produces chemicals for a variety of applications, including adhesives, cleaning products, construction materials and more.

Located at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 1588 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C., Evonik is building a precipitated silica plant to supply the tire industry. The industry requires high-quality precipitated silica to produce fuel-efficient tires with wet grip properties, which can save up to eight percent in fuel consumption compared to conventional car tires.

Construction on the new facility is expected to begin this month with completion expected by mid-2018. For more information on joining the Evonik team, visit the company’s career page online.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $500,000 grant was also awarded to Berkeley County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.

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“The construction of a world-scale silica plant will strengthen our Resource Efficiency growth segment in the long-term and boost our leading market position as a provider of silica. This facility is an important part of our strategy to expand our position as a global partner for the automotive supplier industry.” -Evonik Industries AG Executive Board Chairman Klaus Engel

“We are excited to welcome Evonik Corporation to the South Carolina family and to congratulate its leadership on the decision to invest in our people and our state. This $120 million investment, and the 50 new jobs it means for Berkeley County, is a real reason to celebrate, and we look forward to seeing the impact that this fantastic company will have in the Lowcountry.” -Gov. Nikki Haley

“Congratulations to Evonik for announcing their new Berkeley County operations. We’re thrilled to see South Carolina’s manufacturing base continue to expand, creating jobs and opportunities for the people of this great state.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Berkeley County is truly honored to have Evonik call our community its new home and welcome their investment and the jobs they offer. Evonik’s selection of Berkeley County is further proof that Berkeley County is open for business, and Berkeley County means business. While working with Evonik over the past year, I am confident that they will succeed in Berkeley County and look forward to working with them to see job creation opportunities for our residents for many years to come.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“Evonik’s decision to locate in the Charleston region demonstrates that this community offers the competitive advantages global companies need to succeed, including an adaptable and enthusiastic workforce. Foreign direct investment is a key component of this region’s economic development strategy. The opportunities here for business and talent are tremendous, and we’re glad to welcome Evonik.” -Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Todd Gallati

“Charleston International Manufacturing Center is pleased to welcome Evonik to our growing number of international companies located within the park. Evonik’s rich history, German roots and company values will augment very well with the parks’ other tenants. With an exceptional area workforce, existing infrastructure, marine, rail, interstate access and more, CIMC has proven to be the perfect site to establish and grow business.” -President and CEO of Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) Marc Fetten

“SC Ports Authority congratulates Evonik on announcing its new manufacturing plant, and looks forward to serving its growing cargo needs through the Port of Charleston. We welcome Evonik to the Lowcountry.” -SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

December 15th, 2016   |  Posted in: Press Release

Charleston International Manufacturing Center at Bushy Park Announces the Acquisition of Jacobs Facility

Charleston, S.C. – (July 1, 2016) – The Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) at Bushy Park, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 94-acre facility that is located adjacent to CIMC in Goose Creek, SC.  The facility was acquired from Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally, who had owned and operated the module assembly and pipe fabrication facility since 1998.

Regarded as one of the most sophisticated module assembly facilities in the world, the Jacobs property consists of 400,000 square feet of under roof in 6 different buildings, 800,000 square feet of open-air assembly, 94 total acres of land, an array of welding, assembly, blasting, painting and handling equipment, as well as a barge slip and rail access.  It has the capacity to construct up to 75 barge-sized modules or 130 truck-sized modules simultaneously in a controlled environment and has served a broad spectrum of markets, ranging from heavy refining and petrochemical modules to high purity, Class 1000 pharmaceutical clean room work.

“The acquisition of the Jacobs property fits perfectly with our growth strategy for the newly rebranded Charleston International Manufacturing Center,” said Marc Fetten, president and CEO of Cooper River Partners.  “Not only does it expand our facility footprint, but it allows us to bring prime industrial, warehouse and distribution space to the market immediately, which is in high demand in Charleston.  Plus, the property’s logistical offerings of a dock, rail access, large capacity cranes and shuttle lifts mean we will not need to duplicate those assets.  This aligns perfectly within our sustainable approach of minimizing environmental impacts.”

With the acquisition, tenants of CIMC will now be able to ship goods easily via truck, rail or barge on the Cooper River which is only 12 miles from the Port of Charleston.  Tenants also have access to all of CIMC’s unique infrastructure services that supply utility commodities like steam, compressed air, process water, refrigeration, wastewater treatment and many other services.  The facility also has 24-hour security, medical services and emergency response on site.  Providing these services means that tenants do to not have to invest in these services individually, giving them the opportunity to preserve their capital for higher priority needs and go to market sooner with new production.

“Pacolet Milliken is committed to the continued growth of CIMC and feel that this acquisition will further the center’s position as one of the premier industrial sites in the world and increase the economic development of this region of the state,” said Ralph Walker, executive vice president of energy for Pacolet Milliken.

CIMC is currently home to 8 global manufacturers who collectively have invested over $1.2 billion and created hundreds of jobs.  The products made at CIMC are used by most people every day, including ingredients for sun screen, pigments, film and fragrances, as well as products for underground electrical transmission that are used in our nation’s energy grid.

The Jacobs property facilities will open up CIMC to a new market of tenants that are in need of short-term assembly or modular construction, warehousing, distribution or other types of manufacturing, or those that need access to a clean room facility.  “We now have the ability to provide modular fabricators specialized space for the duration of a specific job rather than burdening a job with the cost of ownership. We have already generated some interest from the space, nuclear and marine industries,” said Fetten.

“Berkeley County is excited that Pacolet Milliken has acquired this incredible site and will continue to work with Cooper River Partners to bring industry, investment and jobs here,” said Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler. “The unique location – offering industry significant opportunities with rail and barge access to the Port of Charleston – is a tremendous site for our County’s Economic Development Team to offer to potential industry, and our longstanding relationship with Cooper River Partners only adds to our positive outlook that an industry will make an investment and create jobs here in the near future. Berkeley County is grateful for our industrial partners with whom we ensure Berkeley County is at the forefront of economic development, and Berkeley County is particularly grateful for the longstanding partnership with Cooper River Partners and Pacolet Milliken.”

The Bushy Park Industrial Complex was recently rebranded to become the Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) at Bushy Park, which aligns well with the addition of the Jacobs property and the added inventory, assets and services that the complex will be able to provide manufacturers.

About Pacolet Milliken
Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. is a private, family-owned investment company founded in 2007 by the shareholders of Milliken & Company with a forward-looking mission to secure and grow high-quality assets with enduring value in the energy and real estate markets. For more information, please visit www.pacoletmilliken.com.

July 1st, 2016   |  Posted in: Press Release

Berkeley County’s Charleston International Manufacturing Center Welcomes Phillips Industrial Services to its New Facility

(MONCKS CORNER, SC) —- Officials from Berkeley County and Cooper River Partners announced today that Phillips Industrial Services (Phillips), a 51-year-old Goose Creek company which currently provides 80 jobs to the local community, has chosen to make Bushy Park its permanent home.  Phillips provides a multitude of high-quality industrial services including plant maintenance painting, 40,000 psi hydroblasting, vacuum truck services, specialized tank lining, secondary containment systems (including concrete repair and coatings) and CO2 dry ice blast cleaning.

Additionally, Phillips is the only company in South Carolina which earned all three Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) certifications for complex structures, lead abatement, hazardous coatings removal and shop coating services.

“We’re more than happy and proud to be based here in Berkeley County,” says Les Phillips, President of Phillips. “We’re looking to add more employees with our new facility and look forward to a bright and prosperous future.”

Phillips works both locally and with companies around the globe. They have been a preferred contractor for the U.S. Navy, providing ongoing services at Guantanamo Bay.  Companies as far away as East Africa and Iceland have sought Phillips services. Locally, they’ve worked with DAK Americas, the DuPont™ Kevlar® plant, LANXESS and Sun Chemical. Safety is a top priority for Phillips, earning the company multiple accolades and awards from both DuPont and the Association of General Contractors of America.

“Phillips has been one of our most valued services providers to Bushy Park and our tenants” says Marc Fetten, President and CEO of Cooper River Partners. “Establishing a permanent presence solidifies our relationship.”

Les Phillips feels being an integral part of the community is an important part of being a successful businessman.  He’s served as Chairman of the Make a Wish foundation, sits on the Board of Directors for Crisis Ministries, and has personally built two homes for underprivileged families in Haiti.

“We’re excited Phillips Industrial Services has made Berkeley County their permanent home,” says Dan Davis, Berkeley County Supervisor. “They are an important part of our community, and the potential addition of new jobs will certainly have a positive impact.”

 

About Berkeley County
Berkeley County, South Carolina is one of the fastest growing areas in the Southeast. Berkeley is a dynamic and progressive county with an extraordinary quality of life enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. World-renowned companies such as Google and DuPont have chosen to expand their operations into Berkeley County. For more information contact Chip Boling at (843) 719-4006 or cboling@berkeleycountysc.gov.

About Cooper River Partners
Cooper River Partners owns and operates the Charleston International Manufacturing Center, a 1600-acre site near Charleston, SC with deep water access and 500 acres of developable land including shovel ready lots. The site offers existing infrastructure including steam, nitrogen, compressed air, processed water, waste water treatment etc. The Charleston International Manufacturing Center is home to seven world class companies including, Sun Chemicals, Kemira, AGFA Materials, Asahi Kasai, Lanxess, Jacobs and Nexans.

About Phillips Industrial Services
Phillips Industrial Services has provided safe, environmentally friendly and quality maintenance services for over 50 years. The company has earned the reputation of being one of the premier providers of industrial services, including plant maintenance painting, 40,000 psi hydroblasting, vacuum truck services, specialized tank lining, secondary containment systems (including concrete repair and coatings) and CO2 dry ice blast cleaning. Phillips is the only company in South Carolina to earn all three Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) certifications for complex structures, lead abatement, hazardous coatings removal and shop coating services. For more information, visit www.phillipsindsvc.com.

August 22nd, 2012   |  Posted in: Press Release

Charleston International Manufacturing Center Celebrates Arrival of Perigon Engineering, Phillips Industrial and Nexans High Voltage

The Charleston International Manufacturing Center celebrated the arrival of three new tenants on Wednesday, June 13th.

Nexans High Voltage, Phillips Industrial Services and Perigon Engineering are investing a total of $100MM and will employ close to 300 people.

South Carolina State Senator Paul Campbell and Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis thanked the 150 guests for their dedication to the community and focus on creating jobs and opportunities in the Lowcountry.

The celebration honored some of the many people that helped make these projects a reality by recruiting these companies to the area. Gene Butler, Head of the Berkeley County Economic Development Office, Merle Johnson of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and Tammy Coghill with SCANA’s Economic Development and Governmental Affairs Group all played pivotal roles in making these projects a reality.

In addition, The Charleston Branch Pilots Office and US Army Corps of Engineers were presented with awards for their positive contributions to the projects successes. Julia Winkler of the Charleston Harbor Pilots Office and Lieutenant Colonel Edward Chamberlayne, Commander U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District accepted the awards.

June 19th, 2012   |  Posted in: Press Release

Charleston International Manufacturing Center – Groundbreaking for New Plant

200 New Jobs to Land in Berkeley County Charleston International Manufacturing Center

 

By Valencia Wicker
vwicker@abcnews4.com

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) – Berkeley County can now tag itself the home of one of the world’s leading cable manufacturers. The company, called Nexans, will invest $85 million to open a facility at Charleston International Manufacturing Center and create 200 jobs.

“I think more than anything else, after a long spell of inactivity in industrial expansion, hopefully this signals the beginning of kind of a new day,” said Dan Davis, Berkeley County supervisor.

Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley along with state and county officials held a press conference to announce the company’s arrival. Nexans is an international high voltage cable manufacturer based in France.

“The reason we picked Charleston was access to a good work force, the navigable Cooper River, because with a high voltage plant there’s land high voltage but, there’s also sub-sea high voltage cables,” said Stephen E. Hall, president of Nexans Americas. “And, for sub-sea high voltage cables you need to load long lengths of cable directly on to a ship.”

“It’s just another industry that South Carolina is picking up,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “Not only do we build cars, planes and tires but, now we can say that we’re in the high voltage cable industry.”

The announcement will speak volumes to the folks of Berkeley County who are in dire need of jobs.

“Everybody’s in need of new jobs. The unemployment rates are still higher than what we would like to have them. So, 200 jobs, that’s the long term benefit but, construction helps the unemployment figures in the short-term,” said Davis.

Davis says the move will put Berkeley County on the map as “the place to be” when it comes to manufacturing jobs.

“This is a company that when you invest 85 million you are here to stay,” said governor Haley. “Our job is that they expand quickly and they continue to grow.”

The plant should be fully operational by 2014.

June 15th, 2012   |  Posted in: Press Release

Top Engineering Firm Expands Operations Into Berkeley County’s Charleston International Manufacturing Center

(MONCKS CORNER, SC) —- Officials from Berkeley County and Cooper River Partners announced today that Perigon Engineering, a Charlotte, NC based firm, is expanding its operations by opening an office in the Charleston International Manufacturing Center.  Perigon specializes in the design and modification of chemical and manufacturing facilities, code and regulatory requirements, assessment of existing processes, and lean manufacturing.

 

“We’re very excited about expanding our operations into Berkeley County and the Lowcountry,” says Harvey Mason, CEO of Perigon. “The attitude of the area is very positive and invigorating.  Everyone has been so accommodating.  Perigon wants to not just be a ‘company’ in Bushy Park, but a contributor and active part of the local community,”

 

Founded in 1982, Perigon’s team of mechanical, chemical, electrical, structural, civil, instrumentation and control engineers have a proven track record of implementing innovative plant solutions, excelling their reputation of being considered one of the top engineering firms in the Charlotte area. Perigon has worked with prominent local, national and international companies including Bausch & Lomb, Siemens Power Generation, Michelin, Honeywell and Duke Energy. 

 

“Anytime we’re able to bring a new job to South Carolina and our region we are proud, especially in trying economic times,” says Marc Fetten, President and CEO of Cooper River Partners. “The addition of Perigon is especially exciting because the firm’s expertise in both chemical and mechanical engineering will become an asset in recruiting more companies into Bushy Park. An onsite engineering firm with such expertise to handle issues quickly and effectively is an invaluable advantage.”

 

Berkeley County has experienced a boom over the last decade, experiencing over $1 billon dollar years in capital investments in 1995 and 2007. Berkeley County continues to secure new industries, averaging 2-3 major economic development announcements per year.

 

“Perigon’s presence will have a positive impact on the entire region,” says Dan Davis, Berkeley County Supervisor. “From an economic development standpoint, having a firm of their caliber right in our backyard will certainly give us an advantage when it comes to offering local resources to prospective manufacturing operations considering locating to the Lowcountry.”

 

About Berkeley County

Berkeley County, South Carolina is one of the fastest growing areas in the Southeast. Berkeley is a dynamic and progressive county with an extraordinary quality of life enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. World-renowned companies such as Google and DuPont have chosen to expand their operations into Berkeley County. For more information contact Chip Boling at (843) 719-4006 or cboling@berkeleycountysc.gov.

 

About Cooper River Partners

Cooper River Partners owns and operates the Charleston International Manufacturing Center, a 1600-acre site near Charleston, SC with deep water access and 500 acres of developable land including shovel ready lots. The site offers existing infrastructure including steam, nitrogen, compressed air, processed water, waste water treatment etc. The Charleston International Manufacturing Center is home to seven world class companies including, Sun Chemicals, Kemira, AGFA Materials, Asahi Kasai, Lanxess, Jacobs and Nexans.

 

About Perigon International

Perigon is a multidiscipline engineering firm which provides balance of plant design in support of capital and maintenance projects in the chemical process and manufacturing industries. As an onsite resource in the Charleston International Manufacturing Center, Perigon will offer quick response value added professional engineering services.  Please visit our website at www.perigoneng.com

May 24th, 2012   |  Posted in: Press Release

AGFA Materials Corporation receives Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award

Agfa Materials Corporation at Bushy Park, SC was recently selected by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) to receive their Excellence in Corporate Responsibility award.  At a ceremony held on May 3, 2012, Agfa joined The Boeing Company, BMW Manufacturing Co., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation, Nucor Steel, Daimler Vans Manufacturing, Robert Bosch LLC, and 20 other manufacturing facilities in South Carolina as award recipients.   The award criteria challenge the organization’s commitment to employee safety and wellness, to the reduction of any environmental impact, and community involvement.  

The following press release was prepared to announce Agfa Materials’ selection:

The Agfa-Gevaert Group has a facility located in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  The Agfa Materials Corporation plant produces medical imaging film and x-ray film for non-destructive testing.

During its long history, the company has never forgotten about its corporate responsibility.   In the last five years, Agfa Materials’ employee teams participated in the Low Country’s “Day of Caring”.  At the events, Agfa teams volunteered in helping organizations such as The Pink House, Carolina Youth Development Center, and the Tri-County Behavioral Health Center with painting, construction and landscaping projects.  Agfa continues to support the Callen-Lacy Center for Children with employee volunteers providing holiday parties and dinner for the children.  

The Agfa plant has also been working over the last five years on reducing the waste stream as well as reducing the energy that is consumed in the film making operation.  They always purchase supplies with high recycled material content. 

Furthermore, Agfa makes employee health and safety a priority.  They hold annual health fairs and screenings where employees can find out information about body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure levels and other health risk factors in the plant population.

Agfa Materials has gone five years and five months without a recordable injury and over 10 years without a lost time injury.

May 16th, 2012   |  Posted in: Press Release

Charleston International Manufacturing Center Poised for Growth

MCDERMOTT COLUMN: Manufacturing bet pays dividends

 

 

An example of the type of high-voltage cable Nexans will make at its new Bushy Park plant.
Photo by Nexans – An example of the type of high-voltage cable Nexans will make at its new Bushy Park plant. 

 

 

 

 

Marc Fetten couldn’t be there last week to bask in the glory. To exhale. To finally talk publicly about his company’s first big score with high-voltage cable manufacturer Nexans.Instead, he was thousands of miles away on business, seeking to leverage the deal and stoke the momentum.

Fetten is president and CEO of Cooper River Partners LLC, the latest owner of one of the region’s oldest industrial subdivisions: Bushy Park.

He’s also is a die-hard believer in U.S. manufacturing and the good-paying, skilled jobs it creates.

He and his investment group demonstrated as much in 2009, when they ponied up $10 million to buy the remaining 400 acres of undeveloped high land at Bushy Park near Goose Creek.

It was quite a contrarian gambit at the time. Or opportunistic.

In any case, Cooper River Part-ners was writing a big check when industries of all stripes were still reeling from the global financial meltdown.

Fetten justified the investment with a bold, if slightly premature, prediction.

“I believe we’ll see a resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S., and we can play a role in that by minimizing a new company’s investment when they come here,” he told The Post and Courier shortly after the Bushy Park purchase.

Tie-ins

After a few white-knuckle years, the nation’s manufacturing machine is indeed starting to rattle and hum again. The Boeing 787 plant in North Charleston is far and away the most prominent local example.

Another is the deal Fetten’s group nailed down with Nexans. The global cable manufacturer plans to invest $85 million and build a 200-worker plant in what is now called Charleston International Manufacturing Center. It expects to be making high-voltage electricity and telecommunication lines in 2014.

Fetten stands by his 2009 forecast.

“Manufacturing is coming back to the U.S. … We’re heading into an industrial renaissance,” the Daniel Island resident said last week from Germany. “I absolutely believe that.”

The Nexans deal could turn out to be more than meets the eye if Fetten’s instincts are right. In one sense, it already is.

The company’s 300,000-square-foot factory plans call for a 400-foot-tall cable-stringing tower that required an air-clearance permit from the Federal Aviation Administration. The soaring structure will be visible from the Ravenel Bridge on a clear day.

“How often do you see that?” Fetten asked.

Beyond the physical dimensions, he sees tie-ins between the Nexans plant and existing industry. For instance, the maritime business could see a boost from the cargo vessels that will cruise up and down the Cooper River picking up cable shipments from the company’s wharf.

A less certain but seemingly natural connection is with Clemson University’s wind-turbine testing center being built on the old Navy base in North Charleston. Fetten pointed out that the local Nexans factory eventually plans to make submergible cables that link offshore power generators with the mainland grid.

“It basically feeds right into what Clemson is working on seven miles down the river,” he said. “It’s really nice to see this come together.”

Pioneering property

The Nexans deal wasn’t a slam dunk. Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia all sought to win the investment and jobs. The local work force, government incentives and the site itself eventually put South Carolina ahead of the pack.

It’s fitting that French-owned Nexans ended up at Bushy Park, home to numerous global manufacturers over the years.

The Berkeley County property was on the leading edge of smokestack chasing in South Carolina when it was conceived as a huge hard-core business campus in the 1940s. Originally measuring more than 4,000 acres, it was promoted to big manufacturers that needed access to abundant fresh water.

South Carolina Electric & Gas acquired Bushy Park in the mid-1960s and later built its Williams Generating Station on the tract. Parcels were later sold off in bits and pieces.

Previous tenants have included Bayer and General Dynamics. Current occupants include DuPont and Jacobs Engineering. Another is Lanxess Corp., which sold the last of the undeveloped land to Cooper River Partners.

Fetten has said his group was smitten by the rail and water access, not to mention the steam, nitrogen and other industrial utilities that were already in place.

It all goes into the pitch Fetten has been making in Germany, Europe’s strongest economy and one of South Carolina’s largest overseas trading partner.

“I had a good meeting with a prospect yesterday and have another one Monday,” he said Thursday. “Hopefully, we can talk about them soon as well.”

 

April 9th, 2012   |  Posted in: Press Release

NEXANS ESTABLISHING CABLE PLANT IN BERKELEY COUNTY

South Carolina Department of Commerce

$85 million investment expected to create 200 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 21, 2012 – Nexans, a worldwide leader in the cable industry, announced today that its new high voltage power cable manufacturing plant will be located in Berkeley County. The $85 million investment is expected to create up to 200 new jobs.

“Establishing our Berkeley plant is a key strategic development that will enable Nexans to capitalize on the ever growing demand for high-quality high-voltage cables designed and manufactured to meet the specific needs of the major power transmission infrastructure projects in North America and worldwide in the coming years,” said Dirk Steinbrink, vice president in charge of Nexans’ High Voltage and Submarine Business Group.

Nexans will use the facility to manufacture high-voltage power cables, with a possible future extension to submarine cable production. The company expects plant operations to begin in 2014.

“It’s exciting to see an international company like Nexans choose to locate new operations in Berkeley County. We celebrate the company’s $85 million investment and the creation of 200 new jobs. More and more companies around the globe are learning that South Carolina is the place to do business,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

In 2011, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Nexans is a world class company and we’re grateful they’ve chosen South Carolina to help them make world class cables. Announcements like this one continue to build momentum for our state’s manufacturing renaissance,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

The facility will be built on a new site at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center in Berkeley County. In its initial phase, the plant will focus on the manufacture of underground land cables from 69 kilovolts up to extra high voltage cables of 420 kilovolts.

“We in Berkeley County are extremely pleased to welcome Nexans into our family of national and international corporations,” said Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis. “The significant investment of capital and jobs represented by this project continues to emphasize the quality of place as well as the depth and dedication of our workforce in attracting world-class companies to our community.”

The Berkeley plant will reinforce Nexans’ current product range in North America, adding to the existing medium-voltage, low-voltage, overhead transmission, industrial, building wire, electrical wire and LAN portfolios. In 2011, North America represented more than 11 percent of the company’s total sales, with over 1,300 people employed in seven production facilities – four in the U.S. and three in Canada.

“We are excited to welcome Nexans to the Charleston region, adding their expertise to a growing base of global manufacturing companies,” said R.M. Singletary, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board chairman. “The Port of Charleston, Charleston International Manufacturing Center and our ready supply of highly-skilled workers were critical factors in Nexans’ decision to locate here. They will be an invaluable asset to our region.”

The company will begin construction in 2012 and expects hiring to begin in late 2013. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should visit the Careers at Nexans page at www.nexans.us

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a rural infrastructure grant worth $1.6 million for the county to help with site preparation and infrastructure improvements. Job development credits will also be available when hiring targets are met. readySC will provide training for potential workers.

About Nexans
With energy as the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide expert in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems. The Group is a global player in the infrastructure, industry, building and Local Area Network markets. Nexans addresses a series of market segments: from energy, transport and telecom networks to shipbuilding, oil and gas, nuclear power, automotive, electronics, aeronautics, material handling and automation.

Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and engagement, and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future.

With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 24,500 people and had sales in 2011 of 7 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A.

For more information, please consult: www.nexans.com or www.nexans.mobi

March 21st, 2012   |  Posted in: Press Release

Berkely County Business Leader Honored by Dept. of Commerce and Legislative Leaders

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kara Borie, S.C. Dept. of Commerce, 803.737.1998

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 26, 2011
Marc Fetten was honored yesterday as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce and legislative leaders as part of South Carolina’s 20th Annual Industry Appreciation Week. The ceremony took place in Columbia on Tuesday, January 25 at the Statehouse and highlighted 47 individuals from 46 counties for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina.

“Secretary Hitt and I have one very clear focus . to make our state the best and most competitive in the country for business development. ‘Can’t’ isn’t an option for us. But we can’t do it alone. We need partners across South Carolina to grow the businesses we have, recruit new ones and help put our people back to work, and that’s what today is all about,”said Gov. Nikki Haley. Read More

January 26th, 2011   |  Posted in: Press Release