Lollicup USA, Inc. Announces Distribution Operations in Dorchester County

Summerville, South Carolina

June 19, 2012 - Lollicup USA, Inc. announced plans today to locate their first East Coast distribution operations in Dorchester County. The company expects to create an estimated 40 new jobs over the next three years.    

Lollicup USA, Inc., the manufacturer of Karat brand products and distributor of coffee and tea supplies, specializes in high-quality paper and plastic disposable goods, as well as beverage ingredients. Serving thousands of retail business accounts, including several Fortune 500 restaurant franchises, the company is known for superior product quality and excellent customer service.

Company officials attribute Dorchester County's distribution connectivity as the driving force behind their decision to locate here.  Lollicup President and CEO Alan Yu adds, "As an established West Coast corporation, Lollicup's decision to expand into the East Coast marks a major milestone for us as we announce our new presence in Summerville, SC. In terms of site selection, Dorchester County is an ideal location with proximity to Highway I-26 and the Port of Charleston, and direct access to the growing East Coast market."

"We're pleased that Lollicup has selected the Port of Charleston to serve their first East Coast facility," said Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. "South Carolina is ideal for distribution development, given our state's proximity to key markets and access to world-class, deepwater port facilities. We look forward to growing Lollicup's business in our region."

In July, the company will begin operations in the former Williams Technologies building located at 420 Industrial Drive in Summerville. The 63,000-square-foot facility is located near Eastport Industrial Park. Robert Barrineau and Brendan Redeyoff with CBRE-Carmody, LLC represented the building owner, and Doug Richardson with Carolina One Real Estate represented Lollicup USA, Inc.

First opening their doors in 2000, Lollicup began as a tea and coffee shop chain that has since evolved into a multi-faceted operation. From their own line of Tea Zone ingredients that included teas and syrups, to their popular brand, Karat, affordable paper and plastic disposable goods, the California-based company ensures consistent great taste and quality products. Since then, Lollicup USA, Inc. has become a one-stop shop and nationwide distributor of restaurant solutions.

"As a newcomer to the area, Lollicup's decision to locate here sends a signal far and wide that Dorchester County has the right environment for businesses to not only locate and grow, but has the necessary tools to provide long-term success," said Larry Hargett, Dorchester County Council Chairman. "Council is pleased to welcome Lollicup to the area."  

Dorchester County Economic Development Director Jon Baggett added, "This announcement is positive proof of the opportunities that are available to new businesses in Dorchester County. The company's decision to expand to the East Coast and this area in particular, speaks volumes about the strength of our region. We congratulate Lollicup USA, Inc. on their growth, and we look forward to their success."  

To learn more about Lollicup USA, Inc., please visit their website at www.karatcup.com.

For employment opportunities, please contact Candy Yu, Warehouse Supervisor, at candy.yu@lollicup.com or (626) 965-8882.  

About Dorchester County Economic Development

Dorchester County Economic Development is the organization responsible for growing and retaining business in the County. Its mission is to work to create and support an environment that welcomes business, and helps companies to grow and succeed over the long-term. This ultimately will increase the standard of living for all of Dorchester County's citizens by providing more job opportunities with higher skills and better wages.

About Lollicup USA, Inc.

Lollicup USA, Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. The company specializes in beverage ingredients and high-quality paper and plastic disposable goods. Serving thousands of retail business accounts, Lollicup USA, Inc. is known for its superior product quality and excellent customer service. Since Lollicup moves in large volumes, the company is able to offer their customers stable and very competitive prices on all products.