Shipping company expands, adding 30 jobs in SC

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - The Mediterranean Shipping Company is adding 30 jobs at its location in Mount Pleasant.

The shipping industry giant is investing almost $2 million in the process.

"We look forward to expanding our footprint in the Charleston area and building on our previous success. We appreciate the support we've received from state and local officials as we've grown throughout the years in the Lowcountry," said Sergio Fedelini, vice president of Mediterranean Shipping Company.

The expansion includes new equipment for a data center and the purchase of new property to create a training center for the company's workers and managers.

Mediterranean shipping has had a facility in the state for two decades.

Worldwide, the company operates almost 460 container vessels.

"It's exciting to see a world-class company like Mediterranean Shipping Company choose to grow here in South Carolina. This announcement not only reflects well on our business-friendly climate, but also on the Port of Charleston - a key selling point for many companies locating here," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $420 million in capital investment and more than 2,800 jobs in the distribution and logistics sector.

"Mediterranean Shipping Company has been operating in Charleston for more than 20 years, and today's announcement shows the company's continued commitment to the Palmetto State. Our distribution and logistics sector continues to create good jobs, and each of these jobs will have an impact in Charleston," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

"MSC is an industry leader,{}a very important customer of the Port of Charleston, and their economic impact on our community is profound," said Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor.{}"The addition of new capabilities here at their South Atlantic headquarters signals yet another vote of confidence by MSC in the Port, the local workforce and the sound fundamentals of the Charleston region's business climate."{} {}

"Mediterranean Shipping Company's commitment to doing business in the Town of Mount Pleasant is clearly evidenced by its decision to expand its South Atlantic headquarters," said Mayor Billy Swails.{}"We see MSC as a partner in our mission to foster economic growth and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with the company."

"Just as MSC has brought bigger ships to Charleston Harbor carrying more cargo and economic benefit, so has the company expanded the number of local jobs and positive impact to the Lowcountry," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority.{}"Thank you MSC for your commitment to our port and our state.{}Let's continue to grow together."

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