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Nexans to Expand Operations at CIMC

French company Nexans, a CIMC tenant and manufacturer of high-voltage cables, has announced an $80 million expansion at Bushy Park. The expansion will allow the company to add underwater cables to their production.

Nexans will add 125,000 square feet of space to their 350,000-square-foot plant and double its workforce to about 135 employees. The expansion will also include the construction of a new shipping terminal on the Cooper River at the company’s site.

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June 27th, 2018   |  Posted in: Press Release

Charleston International Manufacturing Center Announces New Liquid Sodium Silicate Facility

Goose Creek, S.C. (February 21, 2018) – The Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) at Bushy Park, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, announced today that they are building a liquid sodium silicate production facility on their site. A versatile raw material, liquid sodium silicate is used in the production of goods such as tires, detergent, adhesive for boxes and toothpaste, to name a few. Construction began earlier this year and should be finished by this summer.

The $20 million investment will create the first liquid sodium facility in South Carolina and 11 jobs. CIMC already has one customer in current tenant Evonik, a German manufacturing company that is nearing completion of a $120 million plant at CIMC to manufacture precipitated silica. Liquid sodium silicate is used to create precipitated silica, among other materials needed for advanced manufacturing, giving CIMC the opportunity to expand its services to tenants like Evonik and other manufacturers around the Southeast.

“Our investment in the new liquid sodium facility signifies our continued commitment to conduct long term business in the state of South Carolina and to partner with innovative, world class manufacturers like Evonik,” said Marc Fetten, president and CEO of CIMC. “While liquid sodium silicate may not be a familiar product, it is used in many of the items that are part of our daily lives, and our production of it at CIMC will open the door to attracting new world class companies to the region.”

CIMC is currently home to eight other global manufacturers who collectively have invested over $1.2 billion and created hundreds of jobs. The 1750-acre site includes 500 acres of developable land including shovel-ready lots. CIMC recently added both rail service and deep-water access to their transportation capabilities. In addition, CIMC offers tenants existing infrastructure including steam, nitrogen, compressed air, processed water, wastewater treatment and more.

“CIMC is one of the most unique industrial assets in the Southeast and a key economic driver for the region,” said Richard Webel, president of Pacolet Milliken. “Investments such as this facility and the transportation and utility services that CIMC offers truly sets it apart.”

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to grow, and today’s announcement by the Charleston International Manufacturing Center is the latest example of that,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “This new $20 million liquid sodium production facility will only help advance South Carolina’s reputation as a global industry leader, and I look forward to watching its success for many years to come.”

“This facility will draw-in additional investment in Berkeley County,” said Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler. “We’re thrilled to welcome this new facility and excited for what this investment means for surrounding industries and partners. The County looks forward to welcoming the new investment and the jobs it will bring in the near future.”

“Congratulations to CIMC for making a significant investment in infrastructure that will help strengthen the region’s and state’s competitiveness in advanced manufacturing,” said Will Helmly, board chairman, Charleston Regional Development Alliance. “This sodium silicate dissolver is another tool in the toolbox the Charleston metro offers businesses to succeed.”

The process that will take place at the new facility involves dissolving sodium silicate with high pressure and removing its impurities through filtration. The new facility will house tanks where the liquid sodium silicate will be stored ready for use. CIMC’s water, road and rail access simplifies the process of supplying other manufacturers in the region with the material.

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.

About Charleston International Manufacturing Center at Bushy Park
Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) at Bushy Park is a 1750-acre industrial site near Charleston, SC with deep water access and 300 acres of developable land including shovel-ready lots. The site offers existing infrastructure including steam, nitrogen, compressed air, processed water, waste water treatment, etc.  CIMC is home to numerous industries including medical device, construction and chemical and power cable manufacturing.  World class companies at the industrial complex include, Evonik, Symrise, Lanxess, and Nexans. Cooper River Partners, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, is the owner and operator of CIMC. More information about CIMC can be found at www.charlestonmanufacturing.com.

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March 1st, 2018   |  Posted in: Press Release

Med-Ally Locating New Operations in Berkeley County

South Carolina Department of Commerce

Medical device company creating 90 jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – MED-ALLY, a privately-held medical device manufacturer, is locating new operations in Berkeley County. The $2.38 million investment is expected to create 90 new jobs.

MED-ALLY is an innovative design, development and manufacturing company specializing in active implantable medical systems. The company has designed and developed VersaStim® neuromodulation platform technology, which treats patients with movement disorders, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain and traumatic brain injuries. The VersaStim® technology platform is available in external and implantable systems for clinicians to maximize therapy effectiveness and improve patient outcomes.

The company’s state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot manufacturing operation will be located in the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 2040 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C. An ISO Class 6 Clean Room, critical for the fabrication of implantable devices, will take up approximately half of the operating space. Expected to be fully operational in March 2018, MED-ALLY is already hiring for its new technical positions. Those interested in joining the team should visit www.med-ally.com(link is external).

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

QUOTES

“We are indeed fortunate for the opportunity to join the many successful and class-leading companies that call the Lowcountry and Charleston home, and can only aspire to one day approach a close enough level of similar lofty accomplishments! Through the professional South Carolina organizations and wonderful associates at every level at the CRDA, SCRA, SCBIO, S.C. Commerce and others, more akin to treasured business partners over all else, we believe that we are surrounding ourselves with an enabling, empowering and conducive team like no other. We look forward to growing and prospering in Berkeley County amidst its wonderful constituency and leadership team.” –MED-ALLY, LLC CEO and Co-Founder Raja Edward Hitti

“We are excited to join the growing South Carolina medical device community and deliver innovative bioelectronic products that positively impact the global Healthcare market. The MED-ALLY team is looking forward to working with distinguished clinicians, university medical teams, industry partners and university students dedicated to providing disruptive medical device solutions to treat debilitated patients worldwide.” –MED-ALLY, LLC President and Co-Founder John Mulvihill

“It’s always exciting when a company decides to locate new operations in South Carolina, and we’re pleased to welcome such an innovative firm that’s focused on cutting-edge advanced manufacturing. I congratulate them on this new investment and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them here.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“The life sciences industry is one that presents significant growth opportunities for South Carolina, and today’s announcement by MED-ALLY is proof of that. I congratulate this innovative company and wish them much success in the Lowcountry.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“MED-ALLY’s announcement of its medical device manufacturing project in the Lowcountry is extremely exciting for Berkeley County; we are honored to welcome MED-ALLY, their investment and the 90 technical jobs they offer. MED-ALLY’s announcement is also further proof that Berkeley County is open for business, and Berkeley County means business. Through meetings with the company’s team, I am confident MED-ALLY will thrive in Berkeley County and also be incredible partners in job creation opportunities for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“We’ve been talking with MED-ALLY for some time about the competitive advantages the Charleston region offers, and we’re thrilled our community successfully competed against much larger U.S. metros to attract this implantable medical device manufacturer to locate its headquarters, R&D and manufacturing facility in Berkeley County. We are proud to welcome MED-ALLY to Charleston’s growing life sciences cluster. They will be a tremendous asset for many years to come.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Will Helmly

January 30th, 2018   |  Posted in: Press Release

CIMC Part of Charleston’s Thriving Global Manufacturing Environment

South Carolina is an attractive location for domestic manufacturers and for investment companies from all over the world. And because of its location, the utility services and other support functions it offers tenants, the Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) has been one of the area’s gems.

“CIMC enables companies to get their products to the market faster with the existing infrastructure within CIMC, while minimizing CAPEX and risk,” said Mark Fetten, president and CEO of Cooper River Partners, LLC.

CIMC provides a variety of utility services including electrical, steam, compressed air, nitrogen, refrigeration, natural gas and waste water treatment. Other services include on-site security, environmental management and emergency responders.

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October 19th, 2017   |  Posted in: Press Release

Berkeley County’s First Solar Farm

In early January 2017, Cooper River Partners announced completion of their $2.7 million solar farm at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center, which is the first of its’ kind established in Berkeley County. The solar farm, which took less than 60 days to construct, is a grid-connected project that generates enough capacity to provide electricity to 150 homes. A second site is expected to be completed by 2017 Q4.

“We’re a big consumer of power. This is a way of doing in a renewable way,” Cooper River Partners CEO Mark Fetten said.

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June 26th, 2017   |  Posted in: Press Release

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.

QUOTES

“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