Monday, June 11, 2018

High-quality aluminum manufacturer creating 50 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – JW Aluminum, a manufacturer of flat-rolled aluminum products, today announced plans to expand its existing Berkeley County operations. The facility’s growth is expected to bring $255 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of 50 new jobs.

Founded in Mount Holly, S.C. in 1979, JW Aluminum has established itself as a leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum, which is used in a variety of consumer and commercial products. With four aluminum mills throughout the country, the company manufactures building and distributor sheets, fin stock, cable wrap, honeycomb foil and more.

Located at 435 Old Mount Holly Road in Goose Creek, S.C., the expansion of JW Aluminum’s existing operations includes the construction of a new, 220,000-square-foot building and the installation of green, state-of-the-art technology. To fill its new position needs, JW Aluminum is recruiting skilled operators, industrial and electrical technicians and engineers.

Those interested in joining the JW Aluminum team should visit the company’s careers page online.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project, as well as a $500,000 Set Aside grant to assist with the costs of infrastructure improvements.


“It’s an exciting new chapter in JW Aluminum’s story and a considerable progression in our strategic journey. As a domestic supplier, we’ve prevailed in an extremely challenging competitive environment. The outcome of this endeavor will empower us to produce superior product for our customers, provide increased value to our stakeholders and serve as a preferred supplier and employer for decades to come.” –JW Aluminum CEO Lee McCarter

“Today, we celebrate the partnership that exists between JW Aluminum and the Palmetto State. I’m excited to congratulate this terrific company on their decision to grow operations in the Lowcountry, proof positive that South Carolina has a business-friendly climate.” –Gov. Henry McMaster 

“It’s always exciting to see one of our state’s long-standing companies make a significant investment in their operations. JW Aluminum is a globally-respected name in the aluminum industry, and we congratulate them on this tremendous $255 million expansion.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“This expansion is a testament to JW Aluminum’s great history in Berkeley County. County leaders are thrilled with the quarter billion-dollar investment that will help keep property taxes low for citizens of Berkeley County and Goose Creek. We congratulate JW Aluminum on their expansion and look forward to continued success with them.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“JW’s significant investment in Goose Creek represents the largest economic development project in city history. Their commitment to Goose Creek and Berkeley County will keep more than 300 good jobs right here in our community. We are proud and thankful for our ongoing partnership with JW Aluminum.” –Mayor of Goose Creek Greg Habib


  • JW Aluminum is expanding its Berkeley County manufacturing operations.
  • $255 million investment to create 50 new jobs.
  • JW Aluminum is a manufacturer of flat-rolled aluminum products used in a variety of consumer and commercial applications.
  • Located at 435 Old Mount Holly Road in Goose Creek, S.C., the expansion includes the construction of a new, 220,000-square-foot building and the installation of green, state-of-the-art technology.
  • Those interested in joining the JW Aluminum team should visit the company’s careers page online

State celebrates industry for 27th year

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As part of the 27th annual Industry Appreciation series, the S.C. Department of Commerce recognized its 2018 Industry Impact award recipients during an event on Thursday, April 26 at 701 Whaley Street in Columbia, S.C. Honoring businesses that have made significant contributions to their communities and state, the recipients were selected within a certain employment size and county development tier group.

“South Carolina has developed a reputation around the world as a place that’s got it all, and that includes a workforce that can meet any challenge,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “These local business leaders from all across our state are what make South Carolina such a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

Each year, S.C. Commerce joins local communities to thank businesses for their vital contributions to South Carolina’s economy with an Industry Appreciation event. Nominees for this year’s Industry Impact awards were judged based on a number of factors, including capital investment, job creation, community engagement and environmental stewardship.

“Team South Carolina is composed of countless moving parts and players, and we’re proud to recognize some of the companies that have made our state’s economy an international powerhouse,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “These recipients represent the workforce that has made our ongoing success possible.”

In addition to presenting the 2018 Industry Impact awards, the state recognized three businesses with a South Carolina Export Achievement award and one firm with a Recycling Industry Excellence award. Three students were also recognized as Young Entrepreneurs of the Year.

For photos of the awards recipients, please visit S.C. Commerce’s flickr page (link is external).


2018 Industry Impact Awards

Small Companies Medium Companies Large Companies
Tier 1 Chargeurs Wool USA, Inc. (link is external)

Berkeley County

TideWater Boats, LLC (link is external)

Lexington County

Ingevity (link is external)

Charleston County

Tier 2 Fab Fours, Inc. (link is external)

Lancaster County

PCI Group (link is external)

Lancaster County

Movement Mortgage, LLC (link is external)

Lancaster County

Tier 3 Integra (link is external)

Fabrics (link is external)

Horry County

CeramTec North America Corporation (link is external)

Laurens County

Walmart Distribution Center (link is external)

Laurens County

Tier 4 Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing Co. (link is external)

Bamberg County

GKN Aerospace South Carolina (link is external)

Orangeburg County

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. (link is external)

Orangeburg County

2018 Export Achievement Awards

Company County
JH Global Services, Inc. (link is external) Greenville
MegaWatt Lasers, Inc. (link is external) Beaufort
Morrison Textile Machinery (link is external) Chester

2018 Recycling Industry Excellence Award

Company County
Atlas Organics (link is external) Spartanburg

2018 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year

Name School Business Venture
Andrew Eldridge (link is external) Fort Mill High School MapleAce Programming
Aneelia Ma (link is external) River Bluff High School La Trois B’s
Colin Posnanski (link is external) Wando High School Brandz by Shoelace Society


About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce  new website went live today!   This newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to information and features that offers a more comprehensive understanding of the Chamber programs, essential information for growing their business, along with statistics for potential members and businesses relocating to the Greater Berkeley County region.  It marks a complete overhaul of the former website that was launched several years ago.  The website’s address remains unchanged:

The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the Berkeley Chamber. “We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for members and visitors to our site.   We believe that this new site will allow our members to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow our Chamber and address their needs” stated Elaine Morgan, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber.

In keeping up with the latest in internet technology, the website is responsive for viewing on all of today’s devices, including popular tablets and smartphones.  The new site has been moved from its HTTP protocol to the far more secure HTTPS protocol; which encrypts data being exchanged between a website and the website visitor, ensuring critical data is not intercepted while in transit.

Berkeley Citizens, Inc. is looking for individuals who live or work in Berkeley County and are interested in ensuring the mission of the Agency is carried out in a manner that offers supports and services to people with intellectual disabilities. Berkeley Citizens, Inc. is a non-profit organization, since 1980, and provides supports and services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in Berkeley County. The Agency serves 847 individuals with disabilities in various levels of supports and services to include: Residential, Day, Case Management, Early Intervention, Respite and Employment. Berkeley Citizens has 275 staff with an operating budget of $11m from state and federal funding.

The Board of Directors meet monthly in the evening and the Human Rights Committee meet every other month at noon. If you are interested in serving on the Board or the Human Rights Committee and would like more information, please contact Alice Shook at 843-761-0300×1101 or

Mission: To create and promote opportunities for people with lifelong intellectual disabilities; which include autism, intellectual disabilities and related developmental disabilities; to be a part of, and participate in, the same valued experiences and life events as do other citizens of Berkeley County, through individually designed supports, services and training to be provided in a manner which protects the person’s dignity, rights, and self-worth, while enhancing their capability for self-determination and choice to the person’s fullest potential.