Apr 03 2019

CHARLESTON, SC—Congratulations to DHL Supply Chain! The Womble Bond Dickinson client has announced plans to build a $100 million distribution and warehouse park in Dorchester County, SC (near Charleston), creating approximately 450 new jobs.

A Womble Bond Dickinson economic development team led by Stephanie Yarbrough and including attorneys Kevin Trempe and Brandy Harris and senior paralegal Denise Herlihy advised DHL Supply Chain on this project.

The new distribution and warehouse center will include three new buildings totaling 1.7 million square feet. The first of these buildings is scheduled to be completed in early 2020. The company purchased 125 acres on a property now called DHL Commerce Park as part of the project.

DHL provides contract logistics solutions to companies in a wide range of sectors, such as automotive, consumer, energy and chemicals, engineering and manufacturing. State officials cited the proximity of the Port of Charleston as a key factor in landing the DHL project.

“With a favorable geographic location and robust port and infrastructure assets, South Carolina offers unparalleled global connectivity,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said in a statement. “This $100 million investment by DHL Supply Chain is a testament to our unique ability to move products around the world, and I congratulate this great company on this tremendous announcement.”

DHL Supply Chain Vice President of Real Estate Development Steve Hess said, “We have seen significant growth in this area of the country and customers are even asking us to evaluate opportunities in South Carolina specifically. With that in mind, we got ahead of the curve to offer premier facilities in one of the hottest emerging markets in the country.”

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said, “This investment in Dorchester County by DHL Supply Chain is further proof that South Carolina is an important hub for international business. These 450 new jobs will make a big impact on the Lowcountry community, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this great company here.”

“South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) is seeing significant distribution center and warehousing activity in our region, driven by port users who rely on our marine and inland facilities to handle growing import volumes bound for consumers across the Southeast. SCPA congratulates DHL Supply Chain on their plans to open a new facility, which will support the international supply chain needs of multiple port-related business segments,” said S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

Click here to read coverage of the announcement in the Charleston Post & Courier.