Carver Maritime, an industrial port known for its shipping and warehousing storage operations, plans to invest more than $27.8 million to expand its existing operations in North Charleston, South Carolina. The project is expected to create 50 jobs.
Carver Maritime's expansion will include the construction of a new 120,000-square-foot building to support its stevedoring, warehousing and supply chain business. The expansion is expected to be completed by 2025.
As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 Set-Aside grant to Charleston County to assist with costs of site preparation and construction.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has created many challenges for small businesses like ours, but I want to give credit to both the county and state economic development officials for being responsive to these changes. Since expanding our business operations to North Charleston back in 2016, we've experienced a friendly pro-business environment that has allowed our business to grow. We could have expanded our operations in New York or our facilities in Florida, but local officials partnered with us which will allow us to create more jobs and help raise the per capita income in the Charleston area,” Carver Companies President and CEO Carver Laraway said.
"It's remarkable to witness a company expanding in back-to-back years. Our Business Concierge team assisted in 2019, and returned in 2020 to facilitate another expansion for Carver Maritime, LLC. We appreciate Carver Maritime's commitment to Charleston County, and look forward to a long-term relationship,” said Charleston County Economic Development Executive Director Steve Dykes added.
Founded in 2016, Carver Maritime, LLC has a deep-water pier for loading and offloading ships and barges, along with more than half a million square feet of warehousing space. Additionally, the company accommodates ships carrying cargo such as salt, break bulk, gypsum and stone aggregates.
“This latest investment further proves that our state has the business climate and logistics capabilities companies are seeking,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.