Gerber Childrenswear constructing new distribution center in Berkeley Co.

Gerber Childrenswear constructing new distribution center in Berkeley Co.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Gerber Childrenswear is constructing a new distribution center in Berkeley County.

Officials announced on Wednesday that the company is investing $33 million to the distribution center which is expected to create 45 new jobs over the next five years.

"Gerber Childrenswear is thrilled to invest in Berkeley County and to work with Rockefeller Group and MWV on our new facility, as we continue our relationship with the Charleston Port Zone," said Gerber Childrenswear LLC President and CEO Gary Simmons."The investment in this new facility is one of our largest to date and reflects our commitment to South Carolina and plans for future growth. This facility will service our traditional retail accounts but also be built to handle direct-to-consumer purchases, reflecting growth in e-commerce. We appreciate the strong support by the county and state in this strategic investment."

According to a press release, the company's new 477,000 square foot facility will be located in the Rockefeller Group - MeadWestvaco Foreign Trade Zone in Berkeley County.

Company officials say the facility is anticipated to be fully functional in the second quarter of 2016 with hiring to take place in the first quarter.

"It's always exciting when a company like Gerber Childrenswear decides to create new jobs in our state," Gov. Nikki Haley said."This $33 million investment in a new distribution center and the 45 new jobs it will create will have a real impact on Berkeley County and in the Lowcountry. We look forward to supporting Gerber Childrenswear as they continue to grow and thrive in our state."

"It is with great excitement that we welcome Gerber Childrenswear here to Berkeley County, where Berkeley County means business, and Berkeley County is open for business," said Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler."Berkeley County is proud to support Gerber Childrenswear and their work to serve young families throughout Berkeley County, South Carolina and the world. Our commitment is to assist Gerber Childrenswear in job creation opportunities and additional business opportunities for many years to come."

Gerber Childrenswear, headquartered in Greenville, was established in 1980.

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