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Mankiewicz Coatings Plans Major Expansion At Its Manufacturing Campus In Charleston, South Carolina

Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of high-quality coating systems for the aviation, automotive and general industry markets is expanding its operations in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The company will be making a $15 million investment to facilitate the expansion, which could increase to as much as $20 million. The expansion is expected to generate 15 new jobs over five years.

To accommodate the expansion, the company will relocate its Berkeley County operations to a larger facility at 1200 Regional Parkway in Charleston. The approximately 90,000 square-foot buildings will allow Mankiewicz to increase its production, technical center and logistical operation by 3rd quarter of 2015.

“Just four years after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the current facility in Charleston, South Carolina, we are in need of a new site providing more capacity for Production, Logistics, a brand new Research and Development lab and Application Center. Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC has been serving the U.S. locally for 17 years. After increasing local production and relocating to Charleston, South Carolina. in 2010, we were able to demonstrate to our customers the commitment to the U.S. market,” said Peter Dietz, Managing Director of Mankiewicz Coatings.

“The proximity to the Charleston seaport, the ability to produce locally and the access to southern truck routes to reach our customers on the West Coast finally paid out. After our U.S. subsidiary was able to double their revenue in just three years after its relocation to Charleston, it was an easy decision for our Owner, Michael Grau, to approve approximately $20 Million, of which $15 million will be utilized for the first phase of the expansion. We strongly believe in the United States market and are also very grateful for the excellent support provided by Berkeley County,” Dietz added.

Founded in 1895 as an independent subsidiary of the English paint factory Robert Ingham, Clark and Felix Mankiewicz, Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. was initially established for the manufacturing and sale of high-quality paints. With a primary customer base that includes the automotive industry and aerospace industry, Mankiewicz decided to expand its Berkeley County operations – the firm’s only U.S. manufacturing facility – due to increased demands. The automotive industry and aerospace industry are thriving in South Carolina. Since 2011, those industries have accounted for nearly 20 percent of all jobs announced in the Palmetto State.

“Mankiewicz Coatings’ decision to expand in Berkeley County is another great example of how South Carolinians continue to benefit from the growing aeronautic and automotive industries in our state. We congratulate them on the success they have found here and look forward to watching it continue for many years to come,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

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