Rural Berkeley County will get 200 more jobs, thanks to a local tire recycler and a Chinese chemical company. David Wren has the story here.
A 130-unit senior living facility is underway on Daniel Island that will have an all-inclusive lifestyle with rents from $2,900-$4,800/month. Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the article here, along with an update on:
- The re-zoning request for the Hughes Lumber site downtown; and,
- A new 335-lot residential subdivision in Berkeley County off Hwy 41, named French Quarter Creek
With 520 home sales in 2015, 35% more than in 2014, Cane Bay ranked ninth in the nation according to national residential real estate consulting firm RCLCO, originally Robert Charles Lesser & Co. At 520 sales, that is up from 385 in 2014, 341 in 2013 and 233 in 2012. Home prices range from under $100k to the $400s and today there are some 2,075 homes in the development with an expected buildout of 10,000. Warren Wise has the article here for The Post and Courier
Volvo broke ground on their $500M manufacturing plant that will eventually employ some 4,000 workers. It is Volvo’s first plant in the U.S. as the company seeks to double its share of sales in North America. The Post and Courier and Associated Press have the announcement here.
Groundbreaking for the new $500M Volvo plant is expected in late September that will eventually employ more than 2,000 persons in its initial phase. Civil engineering contracts totaling almost $75M were awarded by Berkeley County that will prepare the site for development. College of Charleston economist Frank Hefner expects the Volvo plant to have an annual economic impact of $4.8B. David Wren of The Post and Courier has the story here.
David Wren of The Post and Courier has an article about a permit application for a 575-acre manufacturing and production facility that would create 4k jobs over the next decade in MeadWestvaco’s Camp Hall Commerce Park in Ridgevile up I-26 from Summerville. Rumor and a little bit of speculation and splicing of some Greek mythological words (see the article) suggest it might be Volvo Cars that said last month it is looking to build a $500M manufacturing plant in the U.S., a list of locations that has now been shortlisted and is said to include South Carolina and Georgia as front-runners.
Brenda Rindge and David Slade of The Post and Courier offer a great article on the mega-developments of southwest Berkeley County that will inherit even more growth of the Charleston region as infrastructure, schools, and more raw land gets developed into residential lots. What follows will be more retail options, office buildings, medical space and lessened commutes.
The CHS region housing recovery continues to pick up steam with housing sales slightly ahead of last year for the first nine months (10,000 vs. 9,800) and sales volumes up 6%. And for the first time in recent memory, sales in Berkeley County and Dorchester County are leading the way as new home construction leads the way. Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the year-to-date figures and the article.
Nexans, a French manufacturer of high-voltage cable lines, opened its new $85M, 350k SF facility in Bushy Park Industrial Complex, where it will create up to 200 jobs. A Nexans EVP, Steve Hall, says the location is “a pro-business environments, a highly-skilled local labor force with exceptional technical schools and training programs…”
Warren Wise has the story and another announcement, for the opening of the expansion of a facility in Ridgeville for Japanese-based Showa Denko Carbon that will add another 100 jobs, nearly doubling its current employment.
DuPont has plenty of land for its future in Berkeley County and has decided to sell off about 305 acres adjacent to its chemical plant. The land is zoned heavy industrial, includes dock accessibility and has access to a CSX rail line. DuPont makes bullet-resistant vests and other product there. They are in the permitting process for wetlands approval before marketing it. Warren Wise has the story for The Post and Courier.