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Knapheide Truck Equipment Company opening new facility in Charleston County

Knapheide Truck Equipment Company opening new facility in Charleston County

June 30, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Knapheide Truck Equipment Company Charleston Inc., a subsidiary of The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, is opening a new manufacturing facility in Charleston County. The development is projected to bring $1.3 million of investment and create 63 new jobs.
 
Since 1848, Knapheide has provided its customers with high-quality, work-ready transportation solutions. Headquartered in Quincy, Ill., the Knapheide family has owned and operated the company since its inception. Today, Knapheide is a leading manufacturer and provider of vocational commercial vehicle solutions.
 
Knapheide will be locating its new operations in a 75,000-square-foot facility located at 8449 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, S.C. Designed to upfit the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Metris vans, the company will be providing and installing van interiors, service bodies, utility bodies, platform bodies and more. Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants should visit SC Works online.  
 
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“The close proximity to the new Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility made Charleston County an ideal choice for Knapheide, from both a collaboration and logistics perspective.” –Knapheide Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mandar Dighe
 
“South Carolina continues to elevate itself as a global industrial leader, and the fact that Knapheide is launching their new operations in Charleston is another example of that. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store for them in Charleston County.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
 
“Knapheide’s decision to locate operations within our borders is a testament to the robust manufacturing industry we’ve worked hard to foster in South Carolina. This project will be yet another boon to Charleston County, and we look forward to watching this company thrive here for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt  
 
“Our congratulations go out to Knapheide on their new facility in Charleston County. Knapheide’s rich history and commitment to being a leader in commercial vehicle solutions makes them a perfect fit for our community.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Victor Rawl
 
“Knapheide’s announcement of a new North Charleston facility and the creation of scores of new jobs is yet another component to keep our region’s economy on an upward trajectory.” –City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
 
“With Knapheide locating in Charleston County, another key cornerstone has been laid for automotive success. As the company supports the Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter program, we know they will share in the mutual prosperity of this exciting opportunity.” –Charleston County Economic Development Director Steve Dykes

FIVE FAST FACTS

 
·         Knapheide Truck Equipment Company Charleston Inc. opening new Charleston County facility.
·         $1.3 million investment to create 63 jobs.
·         Knapheide will be locating its new operations in a 75,000-square-foot operations and installation facility, located at 8449 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, S.C.
·         The company will be supporting the Mercedes-Benz Vans manufacturing plant by providing and installing van interiors, service bodies and more.
·         Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants should visit SC Works online.
 
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. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. 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. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Alex Clark
Deputy Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-0685
aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com
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