Lowcountry tech company expanding in Berkeley County

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A Lowcountry software development company announced the expansion of the business that will bring 310 new jobs to Berkeley County.

SPARC, a provider of information technology services to the government and commercial sectors, is investing more that $11 million to expand operations and at the same time, consolidate those operations to a single campus.

"Our award-winning culture has filled our current building to capacity, so we're excited to build a full campus for our team," said Eric Bowman, SPARC CEO. "The new multi-building environment will not only deliver a great place to do business for our team, partners, and customers, but enable us to create over 300 new technology and professional jobs here in the Lowcountry."

The new facilities will include greater amenities and better meeting space, as well as a new auditorium.{} The company expects the new faciliites to also offer the potential for future expansion.

"We celebrate SPARC's decision invest more than $11 million and create 310 new jobs in Berkeley County. More and more companies are realizing that South Carolina is the 'it' state to put down roots because they see companies like SPARC find success and grow here. It shows we know the importance of supporting our existing businesses," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley expressed similar sentiment.

"The rise and success of SPARC is a national level success story and I congratulate CEO Eric Bowman and his team for their tremendous achievements.{} Today's announcement foretells yet another amazing chapter in the company's growth."{}

Mayor Riley added, "Also, the construction of another building as a part of SPARC's campus and the growth of 300 more high tech jobs confirms Charleston's very prominent role as a leader in the growth of the knowledge economy in our country. This is another example following last week's announcement by BenefitFocus of adding 300 high tech jobs, of the explosive growth in the Charleston's Digital Corridor."

The company is purchasing the building it currently operates at 2387 Clements Ferry Road and intends to construct an additional building, giving the company at least 80,000 square feet of space.{} The Construction is expected to begin in January, and the new building will be in use for the fourth quarter of 2013.

"It is great to see another high-tech company like SPARC build on its success in the Palmetto State. Today's announcement is the second one we've had in the information technology sector in the Lowcountry in the past two weeks. Investments like this showcase the diversity of South Carolina's and that our state is just right for these firms," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

The company is hiring for new positions.{} Anyone interested in job opportunities should CLICK HERE. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job developing credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.

"SPARC is one of the new high-tech, high energy corporations that continues to move us toward the next generation of technical solutions. I'm excited and encouraged to see the tech industry continue to grow and prosper in Berkeley County," said Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis.

"The Charleston region is one of the nation's fastest growing mid-size metros for IT/software jobs, because companies and talent know they'll be successful here," said Wayne Hall, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board chairman. "SPARC is consistently rated as a great place to work and we're pleased they've chosen to expand and deepen their roots in Berkeley County. It's a testament to our region's skilled workforce and business-friendly environment."