American Tactical Imports, a worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment to the United States, will invest $2.7 million to open a warehousing and distribution center at The Eastport Industrial Park in Summerville, South Carolina
. Its Dorchester County location will also be the site for the company’s headquarters and limited firearm assembly, as well as, its customer service center and its sales office.
“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” says Tony DiChario, President and Founder of American Tactical Imports. “The relocation process will be smooth and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.”
“Today’s announcement is another testament that South Carolina is a destination for job-creating investments,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate American Tactical Imports’ decision to invest $2.7 million and create 117 new jobs in Dorchester County.”
“South Carolina is the perfect location for companies like American Tactical that depend on the ability to move product efficiently,” said Secretary Bobby Hitt. “Our state’s business-friendly resources and excellent workforce further underscore what makes South Carolina just right for business.”
Factors that influenced the company’s decision included workforce availability, market access and the ability to import products through the Port of Charleston, which is the deepest port in the South Atlantic and known for its industry-leading productivity, the Governor’s Office said. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits.
"The SC Ports Authority welcomes American Tactical as a new customer,” said Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “Our capable harbor will facilitate their ability to import goods from Europe and Asia, helping grow the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. This announcement is a testament to the fact that South Carolina is a great place to do business.”
“We are pleased to welcome American Tactical Imports to the region,” said Bob Whitten, Chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board. “The Port of Charleston, readySC’s customized training programs and our supply of highly skilled workers were critical factors in American Tactical Imports’ decision to locate its headquarters in Dorchester County. The company will be an asset to our community.”