Area Development
Le Creuset, a French maker of cookware, is investing more than $12 million to combine two South Carolina facilities into one U.S. headquarters facility. The company will merge its Ashley River headquarters with its Hampton County distribution center, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

"This new corporate headquarters represents our commitment to the region as we continue to grow," said Le Creuset Marketing Director Will Copenhaver. "We believe that Charleston is one of the great culinary destinations in the world, and we look forward to continuing to be a valued member of this community."

The company will occupy an 8,400-square-foot facility in West Ashley. The new headquarters will house marketing, product development, and global resource staffing, along with a test and demonstration kitchen.

Le Creuset established a U.S. distribution center in Yemassee, South Carolina, for its proximity to the ports of Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. It maintains other sites in the area.