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[Oct. 23, 2019] Incumbent Worker Training funds (IWT) is being made available under provisions of the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act.   The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Program provides funding to help cover the costs of training needed to retain a competitive workforce. Such training is meant to assist with expansion, new technology, retooling, new services/product lines, and/or new organizational structuring, or to be used as part of a layoff aversion strategy. As a result, IWT is not intended to fund the periodic safety and refresher courses necessary for a business to continue to operate (i.e. First Aid, CPR, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications) or the occupational training a new hire would need.

Incumbent Worker Training grants allow employers an opportunity to upgrade the skills of their current workforce through reimbursable training services and expenses. An eligible employer must be current on all South Carolina state tax obligations, have at least one full time employee, and document that potential trainees have an established employment history with the employer for six months or more. 

Training entities and city, county and state governments are not eligible for IWT funding. Businesses receiving services through ReadySC™ may be eligible for IWT so long as the training funded is not a duplication of services. IWT funds are not available to a business that has relocated, if that relocation resulted in the loss of jobs at the original location, until the company has operated at that new location for 120 days.


Businesses/consortia participating in IWT are required to pay for the non-Federal share of the cost of providing training to their employees. The non-Federal share must not be less than:

  • 10 percent of the costs for a business location with no more than 50 employees
  • 25 percent of the costs for a business location with more than 50 employees, but no more than 100 employees
  • 50 percent of the costs for a business location with more than 100 employees

IWT funds are awarded on a competitive basis.


  1. Characteristics of the employees to be trained: Priority given to frontline staff
  2. The relationship of the training to the competiveness of both the employer and employee: Training allows the employer and/or employees to be competitive with comparable employers/employees in similar are related positions.
  3. Per Participant Cost: priority given to those with lower cost of training per employee
  4. Credential and Skills gained as a result of the training: priority given to trainings that lead to a state or national certification such as NCCER
  5. Trainings in one of the in-demand sectors in the Trident area: Diversified Manufacturing, Transportation, Distribution & logistics, HealthCare, Information Technology, Construction Trades, Hospitality & Tourism.
  6. Employers Size: This is determined as the employer size defined in the application.
  • Small: no more than 50 employees
  • Medium: 51, but no more than 100 employees
  • Large: 101 or more

Please list trainings in order of priority for your business because there are times that all training programs on an application may not be approved due to funding availability.

Please submit only one application per business.  Please submit a training curriculum with application.

The deadline for submission of application is November 18, 2019 by 4:00 pm.  Please submit applications to

No reimbursements can be made for expenditures that occur prior to the agreement period. This includes ordering trainings, paying for trainings and/or beginning trainings etc.

You can direct businesses to contact Sharon Goss, Workforce Development Director, SC Works Trident, for more information and /or assistance with the application process at 843-529-2582 or via email at  You can also direct them to our website at or for information and a copy of the application.


$60 million investment creating over 60 jobs

OCT 21, 2019 – MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – A&R Logistics, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing dry bulk transportation, warehousing, packaging, third-party logistics (3PL) and export solutions to the chemical industry, is establishing a new state-of-the-art export facility in Berkeley County. The $60 million investment is expected to create over 60 new jobs. 

Founded in 1969, A&R Logistics, Inc. provides a variety of bulk transportation and logistics solutions to multinational customers in the chemical industry. A&R Logistics, Inc. has more than 1,000 employees, with a large fleet of trucks and trailers across its extensive, nationwide network of terminals and warehousing and packaging facilities. 

Located in West Branch Commerce Park in Moncks Corner, S.C., A&R Logistics, Inc.’s new 615,000-square-foot facility will use cutting-edge equipment to offer an array of packaging solutions and complete logistics services for customers shipping product out of the Port of Charleston.  

The new facility is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2020. Individuals interested in joining the A&R Logistics, Inc. team should contact Brenda Barnhart at or visit


“A&R is thrilled to partner with the great state of South Carolina and the Port of Charleston to expand its operations to the East Coast. We believe combining the Port of Charleston’s efficient operations with A&R’s deep experience in packaging and premier customer service will offer unparalleled service to the chemical and plastics industry.” –A&R Logistics President and CEO Mark Holden

“South Carolina’s logistics sector continues to impress, and today’s announcement by A&R Logistics, Inc. is a further testament to that. Not only do we have everything we need to make high-quality products in South Carolina, but we also have the resources to move those products all over the globe. Congratulations to A&R Logistics, Inc. for establishing operations here in South Carolina.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today’s announcement by A&R Logistics, Inc. is a testament to the logistics advantages and pro-business environment that South Carolina offers. We’re excited to have such a dynamic company locate its operations in the Lowcountry, and look forward to their success in our state for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“S.C. Ports Authority (SCPA) is thrilled to have A&R Logistics invest in a new facility in the Lowcountry to provide warehousing and packaging services for the chemical industry. Proximity to the Port of Charleston gives A&R Logistics access to global markets for exports, as well as the ability to handle growing import volumes bound for Southeast consumers. SCPA excels at meeting companies’ supply chain needs with excellent customer service, reliable operations and efficiently run port terminals. We are excited to welcome A&R Logistics as a customer, and we look forward to the opening of their state-of-the-art facility.” -S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

“Berkeley County is pleased to welcome A&R Logistics to our corporate family. This company is a good fit for a unique location. Much of A&R Logistics’ product will be moved utilizing existing rail, limiting the number of additional trucks on roadways. The county looks forward to seeing the many opportunities ahead for A&R Logistics.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb


•    A&R Logistics, Inc. is establishing operations in Berkeley County. 
•    The $60 million investment is creating over 60 jobs. 
•    A&R Logistics, Inc. is a leading supply chain services company providing dry bulk transportation, warehousing, packaging, 3PL and export solutions.
•    Located in West Branch Commerce Park in Moncks Corner, SC. 
•    The expansion is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2020.

State and Local Officials join A&R Logistics for a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 21, 2019. The company broke ground on a 615,000-square-foot facility inside West Branch Commerce Park, located off Highway 52 in Moncks Corner on the former site of Carolina Nursery.

(October 18, 2019) – The $500,000 welding lab is a result of the collaboration of the Berkeley County Economic Development, W International, Pacolet Milliken /Cooper River Partners and Berkeley Electric Cooperative.

With the help of local business/industry partners, a space on the campus of Timberland High has become a state-of-the-art welding lab set to prepare students in Berkeley County for one of the Lowcountry’s most in-demand jobs.

The collaboration of Berkeley County Economic Development, W International, Pacolet Milliken / Cooper River Partners and Berkeley Electric Cooperative resulted in an approximate $500,000 investment in the students and community members of St. Stephen and surrounding areas.

On Thursday, October 17, community members, local business leaders and Timberland High students gathered at the new welding lab for a grand opening celebration that included a traditional ribbon-cutting and a first look for many at 16 modern welding stations, a virtual welding simulator and other metal fabrication devices.

“Berkeley County is blessed to have many dedicated partners focused on providing opportunities to train our future workforce,” said Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb. “This program is a testament to the many paths to success in South Carolina. Berkeley County Council and I have fought for this program and other training opportunities, to help build promise for County citizens and industries. We look forward to celebrating this effort and seeing its success.”

In addition to regular welding classes at Timberland High, there is an adult community education program that will provide attendees the training needed to pursue opportunities with W International and similar manufacturing companies.

“The commitment from our local business and industry partners to outfit this lab in just one year is amazing,” said BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. “We have a commitment to ensure our students are career ready, and with the support provided to the Timberland welding lab, we can say what our students receive will be cutting edge and timely. Our partners have shown a devotion to the community by providing talent, time and financial investments to better aid students and community members with learning skills and earning credentials in this area of high demand.” 

The welding lab at Timberland High is one of two supported by the aforementioned business partners. A second welding lab at Cross High will open in 2020.

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Oct 18, 2019, Ribbon cutting ceremony on the new state of the art welding lab at Timberland High School in partnership with Berkeley County School District, Berkeley County Economic Development, W International, Pacolet Milliken/Cooper River Partners, and Berkeley Electric Cooperative

[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.


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, 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

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

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 CoOp@Nexton

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 CoOp@Nexton, the first high-profile commercial parcel in Nexton’s Parkway District.

CoOp@Nexton 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 CoOp@Nexton,” 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 CoOp@Nexton. 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 CoOp@Nexton 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 CoOp@Nexton’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.


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. |      

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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:


                                                     – 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.