Posted on December 10, 2023
Touting the advantages of his state’s Port of Charleston, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced that California-based IronLink Logistics will invest $16.45 million to establish operations there in a move to gain a Southeast presence.
“With Charleston having the deepest port on the East Coast, this new operation brings tremendous opportunities to IronLink,” McMaster said. “We welcome the company to South Carolina and look forward to many years of a successful partnership.”
IronLink Logistics handles supply chain services such as inventory management, order fulfillment and worldwide freight transportation. Its investment in South Carolina will create 250 new jobs.
The new 340,000-square-foot building will be located near North Charleston in Ladson, which offers access to Interstate 26 and U.S. Route 78. Operations are expected to launch by the end of this year.
Already, IronLink has three West Coast facilities east of Los Angeles: one in Chino and two in Ontario. Its East Coast operations are in Burlington and Florence, N.J.
IronLink owner and CEO David Dembitzer said, “We are thrilled to announce that IronLink Logistics has chosen Charleston, South Carolina, as the hub for our operations, utilizing the strategic advantages of the port to enhance our logistics capabilities. The vibrant community and dynamic economic environment of Charleston align seamlessly with our values and growth aspirations.”
South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey said, “Logistics, especially the supply chain, is an integral part of our state’s economic framework. By establishing operations in Charleston County, IronLink gives South Carolina businesses an additional tool for moving products globally.” Charleston County is within a two-day drive of more than 200 million people, and provides a strategic location for transporting cargo.
Herbert Ravenel Sass, chairman of the Charleston County Council, added, “IronLink Logistics’ presence will boost economic growth and enhance the efficiency of our logistics network.”
According to South Carolina Ports, the Southeast market is “booming” with new residents, while companies are either relocating there or expanding existing operations.
“Even as manufacturing and retail imports have declined across the U.S., the Southeast market continues to thrive with an influx of new residents and industrial growth,” the port said in October.
Dembitzer added, “As we integrate into this beautiful city, we look forward to forging strong partnerships, contributing to the local economy and becoming an integral part of the Charleston community. Together, we are poised to embark on an exciting journey of mutual growth and success.”