MSC USA, the United States cargo shipping arm of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, has announced plans to expand its operations in South Carolina’s Charleston County.
The company said it will invest more than $13.7 million and create 135 jobs, expanding its local footprint to a total of more than 500 employees. Located at 700 Watermark Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, MSC is adding 25,000 square feet adjacent to the existing building and relocating corporate functions from its Northeast headquarters to complement the expansion locally.
“Our Mount Pleasant branch, like many other MSC USA branches in the United States, is set to grow exponentially,” MSC USA president and CEO Fabio Santucci said. “The decision to expand in the region is a testament to Charleston County’s exceptional talent and resources. We would like to thank Charleston County Economic Development, alongside the state of South Carolina…for their community and business-friendly policies, which have made it possible for MSC USA to grow and flourish locally. We’re excited about the opportunity of drawing more talent to Mount Pleasant by continuing to invest in our workforce there.”
Headquartered in Switzerland, MSC has 524 offices across 155 countries with over 100,000 employees worldwide. MSC USA has been serving the U.S. market for over 35 years. With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources across the globe, MSC’s shipping line sails on more than 230 trade routes, calling at over 500 ports.
The expansion is expected to be complete in 2023. The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. The council also awarded Charleston County a $1.2 million set-aside grant to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.
“MSC is a longtime partner of ours in facilitating international trade,” South Carolina Ports president and CEO Jim Newsome said. “As a top 10 U.S. container port, South Carolina Ports looks forward to continued success and growth with MSC.”