Berkeley Means Business

Goose Creek-based W International, which fabricates large-scale metal parts for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation nuclear submarine, is marking the opening of its Center of Excellence to provide training in welding, fitting, forklift and lifting and handling operations.

The training center is at the defense contractor’s manufacturing headquarters at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center in the Bushy Park area of Berkeley County. An opening ceremony is scheduled for Nov 30.

The company plans to offer Navy-accredited welding programs for people who are unemployed or underemployed, with no prior experience necessary. Those enrolled in the program are paid to undergo 240 training hours over an eight-week period. Graduates will receive guaranteed employment with W International. 

The new center will also be open to current W International employees who want to enhance their skills for career advancement.

The welding program’s inaugural class has 47 students who will graduate in December. The program has a waiting list of more than 200.

The new facility is in addition to W International’s welding programs offered to students and adults at the county’s Timberland and Cross high schools.

The training center is part of an expansion at the W International campus that also includes cafeterias, where the company’s growing workforce can take a break and grab a snack in an industrial area with few existing dining options. It also includes a new office for supervisors at the 451,000-square-foot, cube-shaped building that’s the centerpiece of W International’s site. The 225-foot-tall building adjacent to the Cooper River is where the biggest military parts are fabricated and then placed on barges to be transported to customers.

W International counts General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding, the main contractors for the Columbia-class submarine, as its top customers.

Community Leaders Celebrate W International’s new Welding Training Program

New Center of Excellence will offer paid welding training to would-be welders.

Read more here: SC defense contractor’s training center giving would-be welders a chance for new career

DHI Corp (Design House), a home goods provider, today announced plans to establish operations in Berkeley County. The $627,000 investment will create 40 new jobs.

Founded in 1872, Design House offers a variety of home good products for any room. The company’s products include home furniture, lighting, ceiling fans, bath furniture and accessories, kitchen cabinets and much more.

Located at 300 Trade Zone Blvd. in Summerville, Design House’s new facility will increase the company’s capacity to meet growing demand and serve as a distribution center.

The facility is fully operational. Individuals interested in joining the Design House team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Set-Aside grant to Berkeley County to assist with costs related to the project.


“As DHI Corp looked to expand our distribution footprint to the eastern United States, we believe we made a great choice in moving to Summerville, S.C. It has the perfect combination of proximity to many U.S. online consumers, a new facility and an expanded port – as well as very supportive local and state teams.” -DHI Corp Vice President of Global Operations Mike Oberlander

“When companies like Design House choose to establish operations in South Carolina, it’s a win for the people, the local community and the entire state. This company’s investment and creation of 40 new jobs are good news for Berkeley County, and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for the future.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Our state continues to be an ideal destination for companies looking to expand their footprint and grow their distribution operations. We welcome Design House to the South Carolina business community, and know they’ll continue to accomplish great things.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are pleased that Design House has chosen Berkeley County for their new East Coast distribution center. By adding dozens of new jobs to our workforce, this expansion will yield a positive impact on our local economy and enhance our citizens’ overall quality of life.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb


  • DHI Corp (Design House) is establishing operations in Berkeley County.
  • The $627,000 investment will create 40 new jobs.
  • Design House is a home goods provider.
  • Located at 300 Trade Zone Blvd. in Summerville, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Design House team should visit the company’s careers webpage

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) – An energy company hosted a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning for a new plant in Charleston designed to support the U.S. offshore wind market.

The subsea cable facility, Nexans, will bring hundreds of jobs to Goose Creek, according to officials. But what they make at the facility will bring billions of watts of electricity from offshore wind farms to the US.

Nexans’ new 475,000-square-foot plant will manufacture high-voltage subsea power cables. Those cables serve as the link that brings energy created at offshore wind farms to land. It will be the only facility in North American with this capability, Nexans said.

It’s the only one of its kind in the United States, and officials at the ribbon-cutting said there’s a reason why.

“You have Paris, London, New York and Goose Creek,” Goose Creek Mayor Greg Habib said. “We’re on the same world playing field with manufacturing for the next generation of energy. That’s what Goose Creek is, that’s where we are and those are the opportunities that folks in and around our city have to work in this kind of an organization.”

Nexans CEO Christopher Guérin said the facility will not just help support the Goose Creek community but U.S. clean energy goals.

The International Energy Agency said that by 2030, the offshore wind market could grow by 13% annually, which means it would generate up to $70 billion of capital investment and add 20 gigawatts of power per year.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, and South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette were all expected to attend the event.: Read more.

Hiring Berkeley County Industries Can Connect with High School Seniors and Job Seeking Residents at Free Events

This is an open invitation for two upcoming job fairs that will be coming up in Berkeley County. These particular job fairs will be unique in the fact that along with community participants and jobseekers, Berkeley County Economic Development has partnered with Berkeley County School District to bus in respective high school seniors that will be eligible for the workforce.

The information for these two job fairs are as following:

Berkeley County Economic Development Job Fair
Wednesday, October 27th 2021
10am- 2pm
New Life Christian Fellowship Church
358 Liberty Hall Rd. Goose Creek, SC 29445

Lunch will be provided for industry participants. The high schools in the northern part of the county will be in attendance in Monks Corner. The high schools in the southern part of the county will be in attendance in Goose Creek.

Berkeley County Economic Development Job Fair
Wednesday, November 10th 2021
Berkeley County Administration Building
1003 Highway 52, Monks Corner, SC 29461

Space is limited – employers are encouraged to register to attend. Please send registration forms to

HYDERA establishing operations in Berkeley County

$15 million investment will create 15 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – HYDERA, a joint venture between Pacolet Milliken and OURAY, today announced plans to establish operations in Berkeley County at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC). The $15 million investment will create 15 new jobs. 

Located at 1690 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, HYDERA is a full-service International Organization for Standardization (ISO) container depot that specializes in servicing the needs of the bulk liquids transportation industry. HYDERA will provide cleaning, storage, heating, repair, testing and maintenance of the ISO containers. 

The new facility is expected to be fully operational by April 2022, with storage and transportation services being offered as soon as October 2021. Individuals interested in joining the HYDERA team should complete the hiring form on the company’s website. 


“Berkeley County has proven to be a great place to invest, attract talent and grow our site. Along with our partner OURAY, we are excited to be starting up this new company, HYDERA, to serve the growing needs of the bulk liquids market in the Charleston region.” -HYDERA CEO and CIMC President Kent Fonvielle

“When OURAY was looking to expand our service offerings to our chemical shipping and logistics customers along the East Coast, Berkeley County was a natural fit. Berkeley County has quick access to the South Carolina port system and national rail and highway infrastructure, as well as good proximity to an expanding customer base. We are excited for the future of this region.” -HYDERA President and OURAY CEO J. Aaron Montgomery 

“Thanks to the success of our world-renowned ports, the tri-county area is full of opportunity, and companies are recognizing that at a rapid clip. HYDERA is yet another company to take advantage of the potential of Berkeley County, and we are confident they will find great success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster 

“HYDERA bringing new jobs to Berkeley County is a big win for Team South Carolina and reiterates the diverse business community our state has cultivated. We thank HYDERA for their commitment and look forward to watching them grow and succeed here.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“SC Ports congratulates HYDERA on this investment. This new facility enhances services for specialty cargo, which is important to many major port customers and employers in the region. It is encouraging to see the logistics service industry expand alongside SC Ports’ continued growth.” -SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome

“With the investment of HYDERA here in Berkeley County, we will continue to strengthen our thriving industrial community and provide our residents more quality workforce opportunities close to home. We are proud that the county remains a top prospect and competitive arena for new industry to set up operations and find long-term success.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb 


  • HYDERA is establishing operations in Berkeley County.
  • The $15 million investment will create 15 new jobs.
  • HYDERA is a joint venture between Pacolet Milliken and OURAY.
  • Located at 1690 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the HYDERA team should complete the hiring form on the company’s website.

Four-week training course prepares County residents for manufacturing jobs

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Tuesday, July 20, 2021)- Berkeley County residents interested in growing their qualifications for manufacturing jobs can apply for scholarships for the ManuFirst SC program HERE. This free program is available for Berkeley County residents and will start on August 16, 2021. Scholarships are funded by the GEER funds designated by Governor McMaster for technical training.

When: Monday – Thursday, starting August 16, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-10 p.m.

Where: Trident Technical College, Berkeley Campus, 1001 S. Live Oak Dr., Moncks Corner

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

This four-week course, ending on September 15, 2021 will provide the necessary training for graduates to qualify for positions at industries around Berkeley County and in the state of South Carolina. ManuFirstSC participants learn essential safety policies, communication best practices, quality standards, production processes and maintenance awareness. All successful graduates receive an OSHA-30 card and Yellow Belt Lean Six- Sigma certification. The course also includes preparation and testing for the MSSC Safety Certification Assessment. Materials are provided.

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 2017. Since then, neighboring counties have emulated the training program to provide opportunities for residents around the state. SC Department of Commerce rebranded the program ManuFirstSCTMand has rolled it out across the state’s technical college system by industry demand. 

To qualify for a Berkeley County ManuFirst SC scholarship, participants must:

  • 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 Bronze WIN/WorkKeys score

Scholarships are available for upcoming ManuFirst SC courses. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply now! Anyone with questions should contact Berkeley County Economic Development Workforce Development Manager Corey McClary at 843-719-4096 or

The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is introducing a 4-Part Cohort of workshops that seek to solve regional workforce challenges. Multiple opportunities will be available for participating companies, industries, and community businesses. All classes will take place at SCRA 315 Sigma Drive in Summerville, SC 29486

The cohort workshops will cover topics that include the following:

1.       Make Your Workforce Your Competitive Advantage – October 6, 9 am to 1:30 pm

This interactive workshop focuses on building an irresistible place to work through a cohesive and holistic process of attracting, training, developing, and engaging your employees. Learn to apply the six-step Structured On the Job Training model, build a job skills or knowledge model and effectively deliver successful training using a Training Delivery Plan.

2.       Maximize Your Workforce’s Development – October 20, 9 am to 1:30 pm

This workshop focuses on effectively attracting and on-boarding new talent, while expanding your
available labor pools. You will also learn to maximize development of incumbent employees by creating
clear paths of development while delivering training that is highly effective.

3.       Manage Your Workforce to Maximize Employee Contribution – November 17, 9 am to 1:30 pm

This session links employee development paths to company career ladders. Develop a compensation
based on promoting from within , paying for acquiring new skills and knowledge while demonstrating
strong performance.

4.       Build A Culture of Workplace Leadership – December 1, 9 am to 1:30 pm

This final workshop helps you build leadership skills in existing leaders while developing a workplace
environment where everyone has a proactive role in improving the company. Learn to set goals and
expectations effectively, and leverage continuous feedback to reinforce positive behaviors and conduct
effective performance reviews.

Through recent meetings with SCMEP, Berkeley County Economic Development aims to support this initiative.

Cost: $3,000 per company for up to 3 people per company. There is a SCDOC discount of 50% for companies over 20 EE and 90% discount for companies with 20 EE or less.

A site visit will be provided by SCMEP to help facilitate the learning outcomes for each participating company.

Contact your SCMEP Regional Vice President to Register Click Here

Brian Kuney, Regional VP for Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Sumter, Williamsburg Counties
Send an Email

ABOUT SCMEP: The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is a private, non-profit group that serves as a proven resource to South Carolina businesses, providing them with a range of innovative strategies and solutions. An affiliate of the National Institute of Stands and Technology (NIST), SCEMP operates under the U.S. Department of Commerce to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness. 

DuPont expands production of its MOLYKOTE® Specialty Lubricants at manufacturing facilities in Berkeley County, South Carolina with $59M investment and 20 new jobs.

To address the growing market for autonomous and electric vehicles, as well as to meet regulatory requirements and sustainability needs for automotive and industrial applications, DuPont has invested more than $40 million in MOLYKOTE® manufacturing facilities to ensure continuing global capacity and a cost-effective supply chain for the production of high-quality, high-performance lubrication products. Coupled with extensive tribology and material science expertise, these investments reinforce DuPont’s capability for market growth in automotive, electronics, food and beverage, healthcare, heavy industry, and renewable energy and position the company for geographic expansion.

The new production sites, which feature state-of-the-art control systems for improved capacity and reliability, also benefit from transfers of equipment and experienced personnel from former MOLYKOTE® manufacturing sites.

DuPont’s Cooper River site – located in Berkeley County, South Carolina – is home to DuPont™ Hytrel® Thermoplastic Elastomers operations and has been expanded to include manufacturing of MOLYKOTE® Specialty Lubricants.

“Expansion of the site has created tremendous economic growth and opportunities for DuPont and the Tri-County region,” said Bill Alexander, Cooper River site leader and unit leader for DuPont’s MOLYKOTE®, Hytrel™ and Liveo™ brands. “We are excited to be in an exceptional position to better service our customers and provide solutions to their lubrication challenges.”

In addition to its new investments in its facilities, DuPont has supported the Cooper River community with both ongoing volunteer efforts and a donation of property for a much-needed parking area for the Cypress Gardens boat landing and botanical preserve.

About MOLYKOTE® Specialty Lubricants
For more than 70 years, customers around the world have trusted the MOLYKOTE® brand for performance and expertise to solve or prevent virtually any lubrication problem and to save energy. Available through a global network of channel partners, MOLYKOTE® brand lubricants – which include anti-friction coatings, compounds, dispersions, greases, oils and fluids, and pastes – serve the automotive market and industrial/maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) markets. For more information about the MOLYKOTE® brand, visit Follow MOLYKOTE® on Twitter: Follow MOLYKOTE® on LinkedIn:

About DuPont Electronics & Industrial
DuPont Electronics & Industrial is a global supplier of new technologies and performance materials serving the semiconductor, circuit board, display, digital and flexographic printing, healthcare, aerospace, industrial, and transportation industries. From advanced technology centers worldwide, teams of talented research scientists and application experts work closely with customers, providing solutions, products and technical service to enable next-generation technologies.

About DuPont

DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety. More information about the company, its businesses and solutions can be found at Investors can access information included on the Investor Relations section of the website at

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S.C. Department of Commerce Business Services Division will provide free monthly webinars that focus on workforce and retention options to help support your S.C. business.  Speakers from across the state will provide information on available staffing programs, workforce resources, state labor laws and regulations, and other timely information that can assist your business’ continued success in the Palmetto State.

Join us on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Elisabeth Kovacs, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, S.C. Department of Commerce

will discuss topics that address workforce recruitment, retention services, talent management, and more! 

Click here to register today!

BCDCOG, Charleston Metro Chamber, CRDA and more partner to lead
comprehensive economic recovery and resiliency plan focused on real change.

The most comprehensive partnership of business, government, academic, nonprofit and community leaders in our region’s history today announced the launch of One Region Roadmap: Opportunities for All. The Roadmap
is an economic recovery and resiliency plan that will define a healthy greater Charleston while offering real solutions, implementable actions and measurable results.

The effort is supported by a broad array of stakeholders from across Berkeley, Charleston, and
Dorchester counties, and will be guided by public input. The plan — built on action and
outcomes — will also outline a pathway to economic security, stability and opportunities for
all in our region.

Your Voice Matters

Please fill out the survey below to help us understand what challenges you are facing and opportunities the tri-county region should pursue. All survey responses are voluntary and anonymous. We greatly appreciate your time and input.


“This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to work together to address deeply rooted and
systemic problems, while developing both short-term and long-term regional priorities,” said
Dr. Kendra Stewart, One Region Chair and Director of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable
Communities at the College of Charleston. “Public input is critical in creating the most
comprehensive plan our region has ever seen. Each of us is responsible for moving our
community forward,” she added.

One Region Roadmap: Opportunities for All is the next evolution of the One Region
Strategy launched in 2016. It begins a new strategic planning and public input process,
providing a broad platform for the community to address economic challenges old and new
— and to prepare for adversities yet to come. The plan should be completed by February 2022.
“One Region Roadmap builds upon the previous five-year global competitiveness strategy
and its core values, and will serve as a blueprint for continuing the economic momentum our
region has built over the last 10 years, while eliminating disparities and creating opportunities
for all residents to thrive,” said David Ginn, CRDA President & CEO.

The effort is led by One Region stakeholders including BCDCOG, Charleston Metro Chamber,
Charleston Regional Development Alliance, and the public, private, academic, and nonprofit
sectors of our community.


SB Friedman Development Advisors has been retained to lead the development of the
Roadmap. The firm, which has previous and ongoing experience in the region, is renowned
nationally for its analytical, strategic and financial consulting services in support of complex,
high-impact development projects.

One Region Roadmap is possible thanks to a $400,000 U.S. Economic Development
Administration grant secured by BCDCOG, with additional support from partner agencies.
“This partnership is built on the shared desire of the public and private sectors to make our
region stronger and more resilient when facing major disruptions such as the global
pandemic, and addressing long-standing challenges such as those related to inequality,” said
BCDCOG Executive Director Ron Mitchum.

One Region Roadmap will identify barriers to expanding our regional economy and
providing residents with opportunities for economic mobility.

The ultimate success of One Region Roadmap lies in its ability to create real change.
“This plan will provide an intentional focus on equity and economic mobility, creating
implementable action items to ensure our region offers all residents the opportunity to live,
learn and earn,” said Charleston Metro Chamber President and CEO Bryan Derreberry.
The One Region Roadmap effort kicked off today with a community-based, 500-invitee,
virtual focus group. Multiple engagement opportunities will be available for the entire
community through the end of 2021, including a survey this summer and public meeting in
the fall.

For more information, please visit