NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Lowcountry scored another big win Tuesday as another company announced it will invest millions of dollars and brings jobs to the area.
Immedion LLC announced it will bring its third data center to South Carolina on Tuesday. The facility will be built in the Palmetto Commerce Park, and it's all part of a much larger plan to boost our local economy. The company helps other companies build or repair computer systems.
Company CEO Frank Mobley says there are growing technology needs in the Charleston area.
"We're headquartered in Greenville. We have a facility in Columbia. This we feel gives us statewide coverage in South Carolina. Charleston was the obvious place for us. It's a great business environment down here. We're really excited about all the things going on in Charleston," Mobley said.
The facility is expected to be a $6 million investment and bring 20 new jobs to North Charleston. It should open by May.
The Immedion Company is just one of several companies opening in our area, and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance is now working on a plan to grow the local economy.
Also under construction or soon to be under construction at the Palmetto Commerce Park is TIGHitco, an aerospace related company and Boeing.
CRDA's project to bring these types of industries and jobs to the area is called "Opportunity Next."
"We've done a study, what fits best in our region and in our market that would best move the economy forward and provide high paying high skilled jobs," CRDA board chair R.M. Singletary said.
The CRDA has targeted four types of businesses to bring to the area including: advanced security and IT, aerospace, biomedical, and wind energy.
The CRDA says the "Opportunity Next" plans have been in the works for a little more than a year, and it included input from tri-county residents, local governments, and education leaders.
"I think this is one of the things that's making the Lowcountry more successful right now than any other region in the state of South Carolina, the ability for us to work together to accomplish what we need to do," North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said.
"People are engaged and we're just excited that we have so many folks now, so many businesses, so many elected officials that are all on board that this is a good strategy, this is what we should pursue and that it will benefit the Lowcountry best," Singletary said.
An advisory board oversees all of the plans for the "Opportunity Next" project and committees will look at future job training opportunities and infrastructure needs in the community.
The CRDA is working hard on recruiting aerospace and wind energy related companies, with Boeing and the Clemson Wind Turbine Facility now located in the area.