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Charles River Labs Expands Charleston, South Carolina, Operations

Charles River Labs, a leading, full-service drug discovery and early-stage development company, plans a $10.9 million expansion of its operations center with construction of new administrative offices in Charleston, South Carolina. The project is expected to create approximately 180 new jobs.

Charles River Labs provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions accelerate research and drug development efforts. Founded in Charleston in 1987, the company’s Microbial Solutions business division has experienced significant growth.

As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

“South Carolina is a hub of innovation due to the state’s commitment to research and development and strong partnerships with universities. South Carolina provides an excellent climate and highly-skilled workforce, and we are pleased to expand our presence here,” said Charles River Labs Corporate Senior Vice President Foster Jordan.

“South Carolina is proud to have cutting-edge companies, like Charles Rivers Labs, operating, and expanding, within our borders. This firm’s success here is a perfect illustration that industries of all types are prospering in South Carolina,” Governor Henry McMaster said.

“Today’s announcement by Charles River Labs is further proof that South Carolina is home to a burgeoning life sciences industry. I look forward to seeing all that this innovative company will achieve as it continues to grow and thrive in the Lowcountry,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt explained.

“Charles River Labs is making a $10.9 million investment in their operations in Charleston County, further demonstrating their commitment to the Lowcountry. Their expansion is exciting for West Ashley and encouraging for the future of life sciences in our region,” noted Charleston County Council Chairman Victor Rawl.

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