Logistics provider serving international shippers, creating 60 jobs with $1.2 million investment
Columbia, SC -- Coastal Logistics Group (CLG), a third-party logistics (3PL) provider and warehouse operator, has established a new facility in Dorchester County to serve customers shipping through the Port of Charleston. The $1.2 million investment has already created 30 new jobs and is expected to create another 30 jobs in the coming months.
CLG is operating the facility as part of a strategic alliance the company formalized last year with Kuehne + Nagel Inc., one of the world's leading logistics providers. The alliance leverages Kuehne + Nagel's international footprint and supply chain management services with CLG's expertise in warehousing and distribution.
CLG's 200,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 2725 W 5th North Street in Summerville and began operations this spring, houses value-added services for customers that ship goods internationally through the South Carolina Ports Authority's terminals. CLG provides value-added export services for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including disassembling, packing and shipping vehicles in a semi-knocked down (SKD) process. The company plans to expand into the power generation, construction and aerospace industries and offer both import and export services.
In addition to the Dorchester County facility, CLG operates in Norfolk, Memphis and Savannah. Kuehne + Nagel Inc. is part of the Kuehne + Nagel Group of companies, which has more than 1,000 logistics offices in more than 100 countries, including a branch office in Charleston located at 670 Marina Drive.
"We are very grateful for the help we have received from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Dorchester County, readySC, and the South Carolina Ports Authority in this exciting expansion of our business in conjunction with our alliance partners at Kuehne + Nagel. We have endeavored for years to establish an operation in Charleston to service our clients and we are glad to be a part of the community." -Chad Barrow, CEO of Coastal Logistics Group
"We are delighted to be able to expand our operational footprint within the important Charleston market and service more of our valued customer warehousing requirements through our Alliance with the Coastal Logistics Group." -Juergen Gentzke, regional vice president of Kuehne +Nagel Inc.
"Coastal Logistics Group is joining the many companies in South Carolina that do business on a global scale, thanks to our ports and our infrastructure. We congratulate Coastal Logistics Group for locating in Dorchester County and creating 60 jobs with this $1.2 million investment." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"Logistics companies are right at home in South Carolina. CLG's facility in the Lowcountry will help our state's businesses export their products around the world and succeed in a globally competitive marketplace." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"The SCPA welcomes Coastal Logistics Group to the Lowcountry. They offer highly specialized services for shipping international cargo, and their presence will no doubt drive increases in container volume through our capable Charleston facilities." -Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO
"We welcome Coastal Logistics Group to Dorchester County. Their decision to begin operations in our county is a testament to the Port of Charleston and Dorchester County being the right place for the logistics sector." -Bill Hearn, chairman of Dorchester County Council
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Coastal Logistics Group (CLG) has established a new facility in Dorchester County to serve customers shipping through the Port of Charleston.
• CLG operates the facility as part of a strategic alliance the company formalized last year with Kuehne + Nagel Inc., one of the world's leading logistics providers.
• CLG's $1.2M investment has created 30 new jobs and is expected to create another 30 jobs in the coming months.
• The facility houses value-added export services for OEMs, with plans to expand into the power generation, construction and aerospace industries.
• In addition to the Dorchester County facility, CLG operates in Norfolk, Memphis and Savannah.
About Coastal Logistics Group (CLG)
Coastal Logistics Group Inc. (CLG) is a premier third-party logistics provider (3PL) that uses its lean logistics expertise, robust technologies and culture of operational excellence to engineer customized solutions. CLG, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia with multiple locations throughout the Southeast. CLG offers Logistic and Industrial Services through logistics partnerships to its customers and being recognized as the best at what they do through their vision, innovation, responsiveness, and visibility of information.
About Kuehne + Nagel
With approximately 63,000 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at www.kuehne-nagel.com.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina ranked first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
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Allison Skipper, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce