2011 News

Sportsman Boats Manufacturing Announces New Facility in Dorchester County
December 21, 2011 - Sportsman Boats Manufacturing Inc., a maker of saltwater fishing boats, today announced plans to establish its new facility in Dorchester County. The $2 million investment is expected to generate 30 new jobs.
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Economic Development Continues Holiday Tradition
December 13, 2011 - Now in its third consecutive year, the Dorchester County Holiday Tree is currently on display. This unique Holiday Tree showcases the many products made by the industries of Dorchester County by displaying them as "ornaments." White lights and colorful company logos complete this one-of-a-kind tree. "Ornaments" too large or heavy are displayed beneath the tree.
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Dorchester County Industry Leaders Head to the Classroom
November 18, 2011 - On November 10, 2011, the Dorchester County Industrial Council (DCIC) boarded a bus to take their monthly meeting on the road for a visit to the Dorchester County Career & Technology Center (DCCTC) in Dorchester, SC. The purpose of their visit was to learn more about the center and how they are working to train area high school students for future employment in the industrial and manufacturing sector.
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Dorchester County Industries Tee-Off at Annual Golf Tournament
October 11, 2011 - On October 6, 2011, Dorchester County Economic Development hosted the 21st Annual Industry Appreciation Week Golf Tournament at the Pine Forest Country Club in Summerville. Dorchester County first began this event in an effort to recognize the outstanding contributions of the County's existing industries and manufacturers. It has since evolved into a long-standing tradition that is eagerly anticipated by industries and allies alike.
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Haley Outlines Business-Friendly Plan to Dorchester Chamber
October 4, 2011 - Gov. Nikki Haley defended her phone-greeting mandate with a smile Friday at the Chamber's industry appreciation luncheon.
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Robert Bosch LLC Honored 2011 Top Large Manufacturer Award
September 22, 2011 - Robert Bosch of Charleston was honored by South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and a full house of industry leaders as the 2011 recipient of the Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence - Large Manufacturer today at the sixteenth annual Salute to Manufacturing at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. Competing in the Large Manufacturer category (500+ employees), the global company manufactures a range of automotive parts in Charleston and currently employs more than 1,500 associates.
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DHEC Approves Summerville Medical Center Expansion
September 21, 2011 - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has approved Summerville Medical Center's (SMC) expansion project. In November of 2010, SMC applied to DHEC for a Certificate of Need for a $26 million facility expansion. The state's decision reinforces the immediate need for additional hospital beds in the Summerville and Dorchester County community. This bed expansion, which the State recognized and predicted, is crucial to providing the community the quality health care they need.
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Dorchester County Economic Development Honored in Regional Awards Competition
September 6, 2011 - Dorchester County Economic Development was recently honored for two entries submitted in the Southern Economic Development Council's (SEDC) 2011 Communication Awards competition. The winners were officially announced and posted for display during the organization's annual conference held August 14-17, 2011, in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Coastal Corrugated Inc. Announces Expansion in Dorchester County
July 25, 2011 - Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Dorchester County today announced that Coastal Corrugated Inc., a packaging manufacturer, will expand its current operations in Dorchester County. The $1.5 million investment is expected to generate 26 new jobs.
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Showa Denko Carbon Inc. Announces Expansion in Dorchester County
February 9, 2011 - The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Dorchester County, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, and the South Carolina State Ports Authority today joined Showa Denko Carbon Inc., a principal supplier of graphite products to the global steel industry, in announcing the company's plans to significantly expand its Dorchester County operations. The investment is expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars and will result in the creation of approximately 100 new jobs.
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Southeast Renewable Energy Announces New Facility in Dorchester County
May 5, 2011 - Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Dorchester County today announced that Southeast Renewable Energy will build its new renewable energy facility in Dorchester County. The $50 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs over the next five years. The company has also entered into an agreement with the county to utilize virgin wood residue, such as tree limbs and woody right-of-way clearings, for a portion of the plant's biomass fuel source.
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Industrial Council Offers First Aid Training to Local Industry Employees
March 24, 2011 - On March 17, 2011, the Dorchester County Industrial Council (DCIC), in partnership with Dorchester County EMS, hosted the first class in a series of safety trainings for the employees of the existing industries of Dorchester County. 
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IMO International Receives CiCi Award for Community Impact in Dorchester County
March 17, 2011 - IMO International was among 30 recipients to win the Trade & Industry Development magazine's annual Corporate Investment and Community Impact (CiCi) Awards, and marks the first project in Dorchester County to receive such recognition.
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Trade & Industry Development Magazine Announces IMO as a 2011 CiCi Award Recipient
March 10, 2011 - Many of the companies that receive an award in our Community Impact section of the 6th Annual CiCi Awards are making an extremely large capital investment in their new or expansion project, which may lead you to believe there is a mistake, that they belong in the investment category.
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Dorchester County Receives Over $1 Million from U.S. Department of Commerce to Aid in the Growth of the Automotive Industry Cluster
March 9, 2011 - On February 25, 2011, the Department of Commerce announced a $1.38 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Dorchester County to build a water reclamation facility that will support the expansion of the Robert Bosch automotive plant to produce next generation automotive parts, including diesel and gasoline fuel injectors, antilock brake parts, and electronic stability control systems. Bolstering the region's automotive industry cluster, this project is expected to generate over 300 new jobs, and will bring an investment of $125 million to the County.
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Dorchester County Business Leader Honored by Department of Commerce and Legislative Leaders
January 26, 2011 - Craig Turner was honored yesterday as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce and legislative leaders as part of South Carolina's 20th Annual Industry Appreciation Week. The ceremony took place in Columbia on Tuesday, January 25 at the Statehouse and highlighted 47 individuals from 46 counties for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina.
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Metal-Molding Briteline Extrusions Adding 10,000 Square Feet to Its Dorchester County Warehouse
January 12, 2011 - The bulldozers and heavy construction machinery that rumble behind a Dorchester County warehouse represent an economic victory for the manufacturing company that operates inside.
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