Health services company opening in Charleston with 150 jobs

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Molina Healthcare on Tuesday opened its new office in North Charleston. The Long Beach, Calif.-based company works with people covered by government programs, including Medicaid and Medicare.

South Carolina will become the 11th state Molina has health care offerings. The company will being offering coverage on Jan. 1.

"We are excited to open our newest health plan in the great State of South Carolina," said Tom Lindquist, president of Molina Healthcare of South Carolina. "We are looking forward to working closely with the state's Health and Human Services, local providers and community organizations to provide high-quality care to our members here."

"We welcome Molina Healthcare of South Carolina as a new health care provider in the state and commend their mission of serving those in our communities who need it most," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "We celebrate the creation of an additional 150 jobs in Charleston County."

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $1.1 billion in capital investment and 10,600 jobs in the service industry, the governor's office said Tuesday.

"South Carolina has shown that it's just right for businesses of all kinds, whether they're building high-performance automobiles or providing health care services," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "We welcome Molina Healthcare's operations to South Carolina as a means of enhancing our communities and supporting jobs in the Lowcountry."

The company has hired 125 personnel in the past year for the North Charleston facility, with plans to add another 25 positions in the near future. Those interested in careers with the company should visit Molina Healthcare's careers page.