Curtiss-Wright Cuts the Ribbon on New State-of-the-Art Facility in Berkeley County for Steam and Air Solutions
[November 7, 2019] – Welcome to Berkeley County, Curtiss-Wright. The company celebrated its Grand Opening and Commissioning Event on Thursday. The 135,000-square-foot facility is located inside the Charleston Trade Center off Interstate I-26 in Summerville.
The Steam and Air Solutions company is a $55 million investment in the County that is expected to create at least 80 jobs. And, not just any kind of job. They will be good quality and high-paying ones with salaries between $29 and $42/hour.
“We will keep fighting for businesses in our state; we will lower our taxes and continue to create a workforce that you will be glad to have going into the 21st century.” ~Lt. Governor Pamela Evette
Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb broke down the numbers and explained exactly how Curtiss-Wright’s investment will benefit the taxpayer.
“For Berkeley County, it’s been said that for every $20 million investment— that’s the tax base for about 450-500 homes. This is a $55 million investment; that’s a lot of homes that you would have to have to create that type of tax revenue. So what does that mean? What do we do with that money? If we collect a half-million dollars a year in taxes between the school district and the County, for this one parcel of land, that’s five school teachers plus three sheriff’s deputies. And, I can change the terms out—the paramedics, the support staffs in schools—you name it. But, that’s how many people will be employed to serve not just your employees’ children (but also) the people who live here throughout the County. …These investments help us keep taxes low for our residents.”
As part of the defense sector, the company’s manufacturing facility will contribute to the region’s shipbuilding industry.
“Berkeley County and the Lowcountry has always had a tie to the sea in support of our military. …The military presence remains strong and well in this region, and certainly Curtiss-Wright marched the return of these legacy industries in our region.” ~Supervisor Cribb
Operations at the facility are expected to start early next month and be fully staffed by April/May 2020.
Other local elected officials in attendance Thursday included Berkeley County Councilman Brandon Cox and S.C. Rep. Sylleste Davis
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