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


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

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