Aside from the Mediterranean Shipping expansion, Charleston County Council’s finance committee will vote this week to accept a $16,000 state grant to reimburse Michigan-based Morgan Olson for utility work related to its recently opened $1 million plant on Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston. The company customizes and retrofits Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans made up the road by Daimler AG.Also, the committee will discuss financial incentives being offered to an unidentified business code-named “Project Columbus.”
One of the Port of Charleston’s biggest customers is looking to boost its payroll 10 percent by setting up an information technology and data center at its Mount Pleasant offices.
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc. plans to invest $1.4 million and add 30 jobs as part of the expansion, according to a Charleston County meeting document.
The privately held, Swiss-owned line already has more than 300 employees in the area, which is home to its South Atlantic headquarters.
The office near U.S. Interstate 526 and Bowman Road manages the company’s port operations in Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville, Fla.
A Charleston County Council committee is scheduled to vote Thursday to accept a $100,000 grant from the state Commerce Department’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development. The money will be used to reimburse Mediterranean Shipping for some of its expansion-related infrastructure expenses.
The county would administer the grant.
The 30 new jobs tied to the expansion would pay an average of about $35,567 a year, or $1.067 million in total.
A company official in Mount Pleasant did not return a phone call seeking comment Monday.
The Geneva-based company’s roots stretch back to 1970. It focused at first on transporting large pieces of so-called breakbulk cargo before shifting to containerized goods in the 1980s.
The line started sending its vessels to Charleston in 1993, and it is now one of the port’s biggest customers. It moved into its $7 million headquarters from a smaller building on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant in 2009.
The carrier’s worldwide fleet of 444 ships can haul the equivalent of nearly 2.2 million 20-foot-long containers, according to its website.
Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.
Metro -- The mega-sized MSC Charleston, a 1065-foot-long Mediterranean Shipping Company container ship, unloads cargo at the SPA's (State Ports Authority) Wando-Welch Terminal on Friday June 10, 2011. (Wade Spees/postandcourier.com)×