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.
By Valencia Wicker
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.