Berkeley County is proud to announce Nucor Steel has been named the “Coolest Thing Made in SC.” The inaugural competition was put on by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry.

In all, 175 products were nominated. After two months and more than 100,000 votes, Governor Henry Mcmaster announced Nucor Steel as the winner on March 30.

Other Berkeley County industries that took part: Horizon ScientificIFAThorne HealthTechW InternationalFreeman BoatworksCurtiss-Wright Steam & Air SolutionsVolvo Cars USA, and Nexans High Voltage USA Inc.

Nucor Steel has been making steel—one of the world’s most important engineering and construction materials—in the Palmetto State since 1969. Nucor opened its local plant in 1996.

Berkeley County is honored to have world-class companies like Nucor as part of our business community. We look forward to future opportunities to attract more business investments and continue to grow our local economy.

For more about Nucor Steel, visit https://www.nucor.com/.

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Nexans High Voltage USA, Inc. and Berkeley County Government recently celebrated the long-awaited unveiling of Nexans’ new, state-of-the-art offshore wind power vessel, the CLV Nexans Aurora. This milestone moment took place at a special event March 26 at Nexans, located on Bushy Park Road in the County’s unincorporated part of Goose Creek.

The event served as a priceless part of history for Nexans, the County, and the global offshore wind power market. In addition to a number of guest speakers—who were local-elected leaders and Nexans’ officials—the event offered site tours, kids’ activities, an informational tent featuring various community partners, and much more.

It was a celebratory day that served as a prominent example of the ongoing success of economic development across Berkeley County and the Palmetto State, as well as a positive outlook for the future of the nation’s rapidly expanding offshore wind market.

Nexans officially opened its transformed high voltage subsea cable plant in Berkeley County in November. It is the only facility in North America with such capability. Nexans is planning to transport the first subsea high voltage export cable, via the CLV Nexans Aurora, to an offshore windfarm in the UK later this month.

“Nexans’ state-of-the-art operation in Berkeley County shows the world that South Carolina is on the cutting edge of industries of all types. We congratulate Nexans on today’s milestone and look forward to the exciting work they’re doing to connect infrastructure in South Carolina and around the world.” – Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are excited to welcome this next step for the future of Nexans and the global offshore wind power market. The arrival of the CLV Nexans Aurora is an unprecedented milestone for Nexans and the County’s industrial sector. Nexans is one of a number of incredibly valuable industries to call Berkeley County home; and we are proud to say that we’re continuing to attract similarly successful, quality industries to our area.” – Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

For more information on Nexans, visit www.nexans.com.

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June 20 – 30, 2022

Tricounty STEMersion 2022 is a two-week, unique hands-on institute for middle and high school instructors in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina. During the institute, educators visit one or two sites per day and will be introduced to local companies’ work environments including the practical use of formulas, theories and/or concepts necessary for a successful work process. Educators will also participate in real-world workplace (hands-on) learning opportunities and lesson writing activities that reinforce why math, science and soft skills are so important for the region’s workforce and economic growth.

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BECOME AN INDUSTRY PARTNER

Industry partnerships are the driving force behind Tri-County STEMersion. Local companies looking to make a direct investment in our region’s talent pipeline can support STEMersion in the following ways:

  • Host a site visit for educators and counselors
  • Become a STEMersion corporate sponsor
  • Provide a lunch for educators and counselors
BECOME AN INDUSTRY PARTNER

STEMersion Celebrates 5 Years

Tri-County STEMersion 2022 will celebrate five years of empowering educators to prepare our region’s future workforce during this summer’s professional development institute, to be held June 20-30.

STEMersion gives middle and high school instructors and counselors a firsthand look at emerging industry technology. Through hands-on activities and panel discussions with industry leaders, educators form connections between STEM education concepts and workforce preparation. Local STEM-focused companies including Bosch, Boeing and NIWC Atlantic shared insights and trends in workforce development with the 2021 cohort. Participants then applied these insights to develop industry-inspired lessons for use in the classroom. “STEMersion put the ‘why’ in what we teach students. We want our students to be great producers, and with this gained knowledge we can put ideas in our students’ minds,” said 2021 participant Angela LeVan-Woosley, a business education and computer science teacher at Westview Middle School.

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“An eye-opening experience, Tri-County STEMersion connects the classroom to key competencies and technologies required in today’s work world. The institute builds career awareness, allows local educators to ‘touch’ their curriculum at a local industry site and catapults them to create standards-based, industry-inspired projects for their students to ‘solve by design!'” – S.C. Department of Commerce Regional Workforce Advisor Dr. Patricia Ferguson

In addition to STEM-related topics, STEMersion sessions highlight writing and soft skills as a means of strengthening the region’s talent pipeline. Numerous presenters expressed the importance of investing in human capital to drive innovation and problem-solving capacity within the workforce. Using feedback from these industry leaders, participants explored ways to cultivate students’ ability to communicate, and to think innovatively, to ensure workforce readiness.

Applications for the 2022 cohort are now available at tricountystemersion.com. Twenty-two educators and counselors from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties took part in the fourth annual session, which concluded June 30, 2021. The experience culminated in a capstone project competition, in which participants were divided into groups to apply STEM concepts such as proof of concept, prototypes, and design review into their final product. The winning project, created by four Berkeley County educators, applied the design and manufacturing processes to address the issue of bullying in schools. The project was then featured as a Day of Caring STEM design challenge in local schools in the region in November 2021.

Despite shifting to a virtual platform, STEMersion’s planning committee piloted several additions in 2021. School counselors joined this year’s cohort for the first time in the program’s history. The newly-launched STEMersion app served as a complement to the virtual sessions. Also, previous STEMersion participants were invited back to the institute as ambassadors. “I was so excited to serve as an Ambassador for STEMersion this year and look forward to being able to be back on-site next year. STEMersion helps teachers make connections between curriculum and careers. This helps teachers truly help students connect skills learned in the classrooms to skills used in the workforce and potential careers,” said Deborah (D.D.) Otap, a makerspace teacher and facilitator at the West Ashley Center for Advanced Studies.

STEMersion is hosted by the S.C. Department of Commerce and Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester County’s economic development offices. For more information, or to apply, visit tricountystemersion.com.

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.

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“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

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • 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
10am-2pm
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 scworkstrident@dew.sc.gov.

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.

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-10 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 ManuFirstSCTM and 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 corey.mcclary@berkeleycountysc.gov.

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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. 

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“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 

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • 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 corey.mcclary@berkeleycountysc.gov.