Sea Pac LLC, a company that specializes in transloading, warehousing, packaging, and logistics of plastic resins, will establish operations in Charleston County after naming the Palmetto State’s international capabilities as a motive for site selection
The transport company’s $32 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs initially and more than 200 in the next five years.
The first objective was to secure the site, one close enough to the port with rail access, said Sea Pac, LLC Jon McClure.
“Our goal is to have the first 400,000 to 650,000-square-foot building completed by mid-2017,” he said.
Sea Pac’s Lowcountry operations will be the company’s first. Currently, the company is building a 1.5-million-square-foot facility on 107 acres of undeveloped land on U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson, S.C.
With civil engineering work already underway, McClure plans to build an export hub for plastic pellets that are used for consumer goods, from milk jugs to toys and cars.
Plastics resins are a key commodity sector for the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) and a significant component of the Port’s planned above-market volume growth, said SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome.
“The SCPA welcomes Sea Pac to the Charleston region and looks forward to serving the export needs of their customers with our deepwater harbor,” he said.
“This was a seamless team effort spearheaded by Charleston County, and the region’s rail, logistics,” said Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Anita Zucker. “Fast permitting and competitive incentives made all the difference.”
McClure has a history in the plastics packaging business. In 1997, he launched ISO Poly Films in Gray Court, SC.