[September 23, 2019] – Berkeley County Economic Development, The City of Goose Creek, and SC Works Trident will be hosting a Community Job Fair on Friday, Oct 18, 2019. The event will be held at The City of Goose Creek’s Fire Department Headquarters located at 201 Button Hall Avenue, Goose Creek from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Employers from various fields throughout the Tri-County area will be on-site to meet potential employees.

Career Seekers

Come Prepared – Please bring copies of your resume and come prepared for an interview. Computers and printing services provided by the Berkeley County Library System will be available for you to immediately apply online or make copies of your resume. There will also be a number of community organizations present so you can learn more about the available resources for workforce development and how to enroll for training that equal employment opportunities including the new ManuFirstSC certificate and SC Wins programs at Trident Technical College.

Employers

Please Register – There is no fee to participate.  Space is limited, however, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tables and chairs will be provided.  Please feel free to bring your company’s table cloth and other marketing materials.

Employers must be registered with SC Works and have active posted jobs on the SC Works website in order to participate.  All jobs must be direct hires. We will contact you approximately one month following the event for feedback regarding those hired by your company.

If your company is interested and has positions available, please complete a Job Fair Participation Form and return it by email to [email protected], no later than 2 pm, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you at the job fair!

Sign-up and information session scheduled Thursday, September 5 at 6 p.m.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, August 22, 2019) Berkeley County will host an information meeting to provide training for manufacturing positions on Thursday, September 5, 6 pm. The meeting will be held at Cross High School. It is open to Berkeley County residents looking for manufacturing jobs.

            When: Thursday, September 5, 6 p.m.

            Where: Cross High School, 1293 Old Hwy 6, Cross, SC 29436

            Why: Help connect Berkeley County residents with the necessary training for manufacturing positions

Attendees will have the opportunity to sign-up for the upcoming ManuFirstSCTM, formerly known as Lean Manufacturing, course that will begin on Saturday, Oct 19, on the Cross High School Campus. This 3-week course, concluding on November 12, will provide the necessary training to qualify candidates for positions at industries around Berkeley County and throughout the state of South Carolina. Graduates of the program will have an opportunity to connect with local employers and community partners.

The course is free for candidates who are Berkeley County residents who meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be able to legally work in the United States
  • provide documentation of Berkeley County residency
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • provide proof of a Bronze WIN/WorkKeys score
  • pass a SC SLED background check (paid for by the scholarship)
  • pass a basic panel drug screen (paid for by the scholarship)

About ManuFirstSCTM – Berkeley County worked in partnership with Trident Technical College, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Volvo Cars, and Ready SC to pilot the program in June of 2017. More than 150 people graduated from the Lean Manufacturing course, which put them on the path to employment opportunities at Volvo Cars in Ridgeville. Since then, neighboring counties have emulated the training program to provide opportunities for residents around the state with more than 900 graduates in the Tri-County area, including 350 Berkeley County residents. SC Department of Commerce has rebranded the program to ManuFirstSCTM and has begun to roll it out across the state’s technical college system by industry demand.

Participants are asked to register for the information session online at http://bit.ly/CrossManuFirst

To register for the Cross ManuFirstSC class and apply for a scholarship:

Application: Must be submitted by Oct. 5, 2019.

Program Details: Including requirements for scholarship, class dates, and more.

Program Information Flyer

                                                   

By Jenna-Ley Harrison [email protected]

Aug 19, 2019 

Thirty-two Berkeley County residents celebrate graduating from the ManuFirst SC program on Aug. 13 at St. Stephen Elementary School.

Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb (left) shakes hands with program graduate Daylon Singleton as he receives his certificate.

Graduate John Jenkins proudly shows off his certificate of completion.

For 62 hours across three weeks, they endured classroom instruction and hands-on performance in general manufacturing skills and safety training for such positions.

Now, 32 Berkeley County residents boast completion of a unique certificate equivalent to a year’s worth of manufacturing experience in an industry-rich county and state in need of filling its manufacturing workforce. The program also includes a certificate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“It does my heart good to see the graduates in this program,” said St. Stephen Mayor John Rivers. “I hope you all have great success.”

Called ManuFirst SC, the program was first established in the state in Berkeley County, after Volvo Cars Inc. located its North American headquarters in Ridgeville. The program is an expedited and condensed manufacturing course to better train—and do it quickly—the local workforce to not only increase area job opportunities but also meet a need of local manufacturing plants seeking skilled workers. While its free to qualified residents, the program requires 100 percent attendance.

“We sat with Volvo and some long hours when they came to Berkeley County because they said they wanted to do something for Berkeley County; and they came up with this course,” said LaRone Murphy, business consultant services with Trident Technical College.

Kristen Lanier, the county’s workforce development manager, explained further.

“This was something that Berkeley County did for our residents,” she said. “When we bring in these new companies, it means a lot to our residents to have the opportunity to fill these jobs.”

Trident Tech, the state’s largest tech school, and Berkeley County School District also partnered with Berkeley County Economic Development Department on the ManuFirst SC program. BCSD even offers the program to senior at five of its eight high schools.

“We need to tell the stories of what’s available here, what opportunities are available here, what companies are available here,” said Sonya Addison-Stewart, with the Career and Technical Education Department for BCSD. “Our students need to hear that, and they also need to hear how to get to that next step. It is not all the time going straight to a four-year college. It could be doing an opportunity like this (course) that leads to another opportunity.”

David Sweat, a Cross High School teacher who served as one of two instructors for the ManuFirst SC course, agreed that college isn’t the only path to a career and expressed his passion for showing students different options.

“College isn’t for everybody, but if I can give them something to get their foot in the door,” he said. “This (course) is just an extra push.”

But the course isn’t the end. It’s merely just the beginning, according to Addison-Stewart, who celebrated graduates but also urged them to continue striving for more.

“I applaud you…but don’t just stop here,” she said. “Challenge yourself to always grow; learning is lifelong.”

Barry Jurs, economic development director for the county, echoed the BCSD official’s thoughts.

“It’s a long journey to get from one end to the other; life is a long journey; a career is a long journey,” he said. “Getting that certification is the start of a new path; it’s the first step on one that leads somewhere. …We’ve got new opportunity in Berkeley County; we have a lot of companies here looking for good people that they’d like to have come into their employ, not to just to work for them; they’re asking you to come and be part of a career opportunity—a life-changing moment.”

While Trident Tech has hosted the ManuFirst SC program since its inception in 2017, the most recent class—the eighth one in the county—was conducted in St. Stephen, offering a closer option to home for residents on the county’s northern end.

And after getting their golden certificates, graduates didn’t waste any time networking with local industry representatives—several local ones on hand for a mini job fair the county conducted after the ceremony.

“They’re looking for folks that have these skills that you’ve acquired,” Lanier told graduates.

And industry experts agreed.

“We’re always looking to expand our workforce,” said Kevin Elliott, assistant plant manager for Feralloy Corporation—a Huger-based company that produces steel coils.

Other job fair participants included DAK America, Thorne Research, Ready SC and Acutec Industries LLC.

“We are committed to the community,” said Dan Bras, general manager for the Acutec plant in St. Stephen.

According to Bras, the local plant—the company’s only other U.S. site outside its Pennsylvania headquarters—is looking to grow its South Carolina workforce by more than a dozen and needs skilled machinists to build parts for the aerospace sector.

But new graduates Phillip Pittman and Andre Myers have their sights set on the Mercedes-Benz plant in North Charleston—where Murphy said there’s also a need for additional workers.

“I was at Mercedes this morning, working with some more training to bring some more people there,” he told graduates. “So this is growing really fast; we have other companies coming on board.”

According to Pittman, a former chef and worker for years in the local restaurant industry, it was his mom who first told him about the course, which he applauded for the amount of manufacturing knowledge he acquired in such a short amount of time.

“It was incredible for packing in four hours a day, four days a week,” Pittman said. “Our brains were full. So literally every day we learned something new.”

Myers said his background working on cars at local paint and body shops prepared him for a potential career with Mercedes.

Nexton Announces Groundbreaking of High-Profile Commercial Property [email protected]

Summerville, S.C. – July 9, 2019 – Nexton, a 5,000-acre master-planned community under development in the heart of Charleston’s I-26 growth corridor in Summerville, South Carolina, announced today the groundbreaking of [email protected], the first high-profile commercial parcel in Nexton’s Parkway District.

[email protected] launches Nexton’s commercial corridor and will function as an office and retail center with several commercial businesses in addition to a mid-rise multifamily community by The Spectrum Companies and a Refuel gas station and market. The parcel will additionally include green space with multiple trails and park elements, including an open lawn for lively activities and shaded spaces for quiet reflection. 

Home Telecom, one of the largest independently owned telecom companies in South Carolina, is building a two-story, 20,000-square-foot office building featuring a Home Telecom customer service center. The first floor will consist of the customer service center and 5,200 square feet designated for traditional office space or ground-level retail. The building’s second floor will offer wired 10 Gbps Internet access and Wi-Fi to 8,000 square feet of workshare or concept office space for small and start-up businesses. The building is expected to open by May 2020.

“As Nexton’s technology partner, Home Telecom is a natural fit for [email protected],” said William S. Helmly, Home Telecom’s president and CEO. “This high-tech building provides the ideal location and resources for employees, and the inclusion of concept offices fills a void for Summerville’s growing number small-business owners.”

The Spectrum Companies, a commercial real estate firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is developing a community of 345 apartment homes featuring a variety of floorplans as well as some carriage-style units, all with upscale design and finishes. Amenities include a resort-style saltwater pool and expansive clubhouse with two-story fitness center, pool-side lounge areas and grilling and fire pits areas across the property. Spectrum expects to break ground this fall and to welcome the community’s first residents by spring of 2021.

“This project will provide a high-quality multifamily housing option and offer easy access to employment centers and lifestyle amenities in this fast-growing part of the Charleston region,” said Spectrum Vice President Ian Wagoner. “We’re proud to help build a sense of community in this exciting neighborhood with so many opportunities.” 

Gas station and convenience store Refuel is also opening a 4,500-square-foot flagship store at [email protected] This will be the brand’s sixth Charleston-area location.

“As a company founded in Charleston, we’re proud to have been selected for this exciting location,” said Mark Jordan, Refuel Inc.’s owner and CEO. “Refuel at [email protected] will provide nearby employees, residents and visitors with healthy food, premium quality gas and top-notch service.” 

Those interested can learn more about Home Telecom and [email protected]’s available office space at Nexton Square’s July 19 Sounds on the Square event. A family friendly summer concert series in partnership with the Town of Summerville, Sounds on the Square will feature music by The Caroline Keller Band and bites from Sportsbook of Charleston along with free Wi-Fi provided by Home Telecom.

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About Nexton

Nexton is owned by a business entity of North America Sekisui House, LLC (NASH), and is developed by Newland. NASH and Newland share a deep commitment to sustainable development practices and apply these core values to the vision, planning, and development of their projects. Nexton is one of more than 20 assets the NASHNewland partnership owns and manages together across the US. newlandco.com | nashcommunities.com      

Editorial Contact:

Cassie Cataline

[email protected]

843-708-8504

Media Contact:

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SOURCE: Nexton.com

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, May 31, 2019) Berkeley County will host an information meeting to provide training for manufacturing positions on Thursday, June 13th at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at St. Stephen Elementary School. It is open to Berkeley County residents looking for manufacturing jobs.

            When: Thursday, June 13, 6 pm.

            Where: St. Stephen Elementary School, 1053 Russellville Road, St. Stephen

            Why: Help connect Berkeley County residents with the necessary training for manufacturing positions

Attendees will have the opportunity to sign-up for the upcoming ManuFirstSCTM, formerly known as Lean Manufacturing, course that will begin on Saturday, July 20 on the St. Stephen Elementary School Campus. This 3-week course, concluding on August 9, will provide the necessary training to qualify candidates for positions at industries around Berkeley County and throughout the state of South Carolina. The course is free for candidates who are Berkeley County residents.

The information session will include presentations from representatives at Trident Technical College, Berkeley County Economic Development, Adult Education with Berkeley County School District, and more.

About ManuFirstSCTM – Berkeley County worked in partnership with Trident Technical College, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Volvo Cars, and Ready SC to pilot the program in June of 2017. More than 150 people graduated from the Lean Manufacturing course, which put them on the path to employment opportunities at Volvo Cars in Ridgeville. Since then, neighboring counties have emulated the training program to provide opportunities for residents around the state with more than 900 graduates in the Tri-County area, including 350 Berkeley County residents. SC Department of Commerce has rebranded the program to ManuFirstSCTM and has begun to roll it out across the state’s technical college system by industry demand.

Interested candidates are asked to sign-up for the information session here: http://bit.ly/StStephenManuFirst

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                                                     – Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –

[May 30, 2019] – Berkeley County was pleased to welcome Absolute Haitian to their new plant in Moncks Corner today at the grand opening ceremony.

The 116,000-square-foot facility is located in Mount Holly Commerce Park, right off Highway 52.

Absolute Haitian manufactures plastic injection molding machinery. The company broke ground on the facility in January 2018. The company invested $14 million and will create 50 new jobs.

The facility is designed to provide additional capacity and capabilities to support Haitian International’s product lines for injection molders in the U.S. and Canada. The company already has existing facilities for the U.S. and Canada in Worcester, Mass.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Batavia, Ill.; plus, warehousing in southern California.

In a statement, Absolute Haitian said that approximately 100,000 square feet of the new Moncks Corner facility is dedicated to manufacturing, warehouse, and demonstration space with the capacity to assemble and test large tonnage machines and store stock machines and aftermarket parts. “High ceilings accommodate large tonnage presses even when equipped with top entry automation,” the company said. “Three overhead cranes including one 50-ton crane, plus multi-level docks and reinforced concrete flooring facilitate the delivery and storage of large- tonnage machine assemblies. The facility’s drive-in dock enables flatbed trucks to move fully loaded onto the floor for more convenient unloading.” The facility also has 16,000 square feet of space for a training centre, applications engineering offices, and sales functions.

“Although other states along the eastern seaboard were considered, economic development officials in the state of South Carolina and regional economic development groups helped make the selection an easy one,” said Absolute Haitian co-owner Nate Smith. “The expansion of the automotive sector, presence of white goods manufacturing and fast regional growth in the southeast were major considerations. In fact, we’re located in the same industrial park as a $1.2 billion Google data center.”

“Most of the large tonnage machines sold in the U.S. are delivered to customers in the southeastern U.S., the upper Midwest states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and Canada, forming a large machine corridor,” said Glenn Frohring, co-owner of Absolute Haitian. “The deep-water port of Charleston allows us to connect easily to that corridor via nearby intermodal transportation options for fast delivery to the customer.”

Absolute Haitian is the exclusive sales and service partner of Chinese injection molding machine maker Haitian International. The company is represented in eastern Ontario by Larry Bonehill of Shadow Automation and in western Ontario by Steve Bell; and in Quebec by Barway Plastics Equipment.

[May 3, 2019] Atlantic Building Components was founded 35 years ago, in 1984, at its headquarters in Moncks Corner. The company Manufactures roof and floor trusses.

Now, they have three manufacturing plants across North and South Carolina, and they employ more than 250 people across those states.

It’s no surprise Berkeley County was thrilled to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the company’s expansion in Moncks Corner today, nestled in the Macedonia community.

Long time employees joined company leaders to cut the ribbon. They also ceremonially built the inaugural truss in their new building. Then, everyone signed the truss.

The company is located on Cane Gully Road, near Macedonia Middle School.

SCMA Honors Companies for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility

(April 26, 2019) – Today, at its statewide annual meeting in Charleston, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance awarded 20 South Carolina manufacturing facilities with the its Corporate Responsibility Award for their accomplishments in 2018.

The Award honors South Carolina manufacturing facilities that positively impact their respective local communities. Applicants are judge in three categories: Community Involvement and Philanthropy, Environmental Stewardship, and Wellness and Safety.

“We created the Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award to honor manufacturers for the incredible contributions they are making every day in South Carolina,” said Sara Hazzard, President & CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. “The companies who earn this award are held to very high standards and each have demonstrated that they have gone above and beyond in empowering their teams to be a catalyst for change that better their operations, community, and the state of South Carolina. We are proud to honor so many South Carolina facilities for their commitment to excellence in corporate responsibility.”

Photos of the award recipients are available upon request.

Award Winners:
• AFL – Duncan , SC
• BMW – Greer, SC
• Caterpillar – Sumter, SC
• Highland – Cheraw, SC
• Ingevity – North Charleston, SC
• International Paper – Eastover, SC
• Michelin North America – Greenville, SC
• Nucor Steel- Berkeley – Huger, SC
• Sage Automotive Abbeville Plant – Abbeville, SC
• Sage Automotive Cotton Blossom – Spartanburg, SC
• Sage Automotive Gayley – Greenville, SC
• Sage Automotive Sharon – Abbeville, SC
• Sonoco – Hartsville, SC
• Springs Creative – Rock Hill, SC

Berkeley County Economic Development and SC Works Trident Host a Community Job Fair at Trident Technical College Berkeley Campus

[April 25, 2019]Berkeley County Economic Development and SC Works Trident will be hosting a Community Job Fair on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The event will be held at Trident Technical College, Berkeley Campus located at 1001 S Live Oak Dr, Moncks Corner from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Employers from various fields throughout the Tri-County area will be on-site to meet potential employees.

Career Seekers

Come Prepared – Please bring copies of your resume and come prepared for an interview. Computers will be available for you to immediately apply online. There will also be a number of community organizations present so you can learn more about the available resources for workforce development and how to enroll for training that equal employment opportunities including the new ManuFirstSC certificate.

Employers

Please Register – There is no fee to participate.  Space is limited, however, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tables and chairs will be provided.  Please feel free to bring your company’s table cloth and other marketing materials.

Employers must be registered with SC Works and have active posted jobs on the SC Works website in order to participate.  All jobs must be direct hires. We will contact you approximately one month following the event for feedback regarding those hired by your company.

If your company is interested and has positions available, please complete a Job Fair Participation Form and return it by email to [email protected], no later than 2 pm, Friday, May 3, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you at the job fair!

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Berkeley County takes leading role in SC economic development report

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. [MONDAY, FEB 11, 2019]  Berkeley County had three of South Carolina’s top economic development announcements in 2018, according to the state’s Commerce Department, which tallied nearly $4.2 billion in projects last year.

A $600 million expansion of search engine giant Google Inc.’s data center in Moncks Corner was the year’s biggest announcement in terms of value, according to the state agency charged with recruiting industry. The facility, one of only a handful of data centers the technology giant runs in the U.S. , is part of the backbone that keeps services like Gmail and Google Drive online.

J.W. Aluminum’s announcement of a $255 million expansion of its Goose Creek campus ranked fourth in value. The expansion, scheduled for completion in 2020, includes a new 220,000-square-foot building and state-of-the-art equipment to make flat-rolled aluminum for the construction and other industries.

“Additional planned investments will bring the total investment in Goose Creek to over $300 million and make our South Carolina facility one of the most technologically advanced continuous cast plants in the world,” said Stan Brant, the company’s chief operating officer.

W International, a welding and fabrication firm doing work for defense projects like a next-generation Navy submarine, finished No. 3 on the Commerce Department’s list for the year’s top job creation announcements. The company plans to hire 600 people at its Charleston International Manufacturing Center site near Goose Creek.

All told, the state’s new projects totaled 14,071 jobs. The top job creator was RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corp. which is bringing 1,100 jobs to a new corporate headquarters in York County.

This year’s recruitment list includes industries from the metal, automotive, plastics, chemicals and agribusiness industries as well as corporate office jobs.

“South Carolina continues to cultivate a diverse economy in all corners of our state,” said Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. “This year’s industry recruitment results reflect that diversity and show that South Carolina has become a leading business destination for companies of all types.”

Since 2011, the year Hitt became Commerce Secretary, the agency has recruited $35,6 billion in capital investment by new or expanding businesses.

More than 60 percent of the jobs created last year were by new businesses while the rest were from expansions of existing businesses.

United States firms represented three-fourths of the investments by dollar value, followed by German companies at 5 percent and Chinese businesses at 4 percent.

Berkeley County was the only county to land at least three projects on the annual list. Spartanburg County had two announcements, including a Keurig coffee roasting and packaging facility that was the state’s second-biggest investment and fourth-largest job creator.

SOURCE: Post and Courier, Charleston SC

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