Spartan Motors, Inc., a leader in fleet, work truck and specialty service vehicle manufacturing, is establishing operations in Charleston County, SC. The $1.15 million investment is expected to create 308 new jobs.
“Spartan Motors is pleased to add North Charleston to our growing global manufacturing footprint,” said Spartan Motors, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Daryl Adams. “We are big believers in the skilled tradespeople of North Charleston and the larger region, and we know the talent available here will allow us to manufacture to the standard of excellence our customers have come to expect.”
In 1975, Spartan Motors, Inc. began as a designer and builder of custom fire truck cabs and chassis. Today, the company is a North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and retail vehicle industries – including last-mile delivery, specialty service and vocation-specific, upfit segments – as well as for the emergency response and recreational vehicle markets.
Located in North Charleston, SC, Spartan Motors, Inc.’s Charleston County operations will include production of industry-specific custom shelving, lighting and ergonomic design services for commercial vehicles.
“South Carolina’s automotive industry continues to grow, and this announcement by Spartan Motors, Inc. is a further testament to all we’ve been able to accomplish in South Carolina,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “These 300 new jobs will make a significant difference in the Lowcountry, and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for Spartan Motors, Inc.”
The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded Charleston County a $100,000 Set-Aside grant to assist with costs of building improvements.
“Our automotive industry is on the move in all of the right ways, and Spartan Motors, Inc.’s decision to establish operations in Charleston County is a win for the entire state,” said South Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. “The 308 new jobs today’s announcement will create is a testament to our state’s world-class workforce and business-friendly environment.”
“Charleston’s highly-skilled workforce, business-friendly climate and globally-connected infrastructure influenced the company’s decision to locate here to better serve its customer, Mercedes-Benz Vans,” said Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman John Hagerty. “Spartan Motors will be a tremendous asset to our growing automotive cluster.”
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