Eaton Aerospace looks to expand in N. Charleston
A manufacturer that makes parts for the aerospace business is in talks to expand its North Charleston operations.
Charleston County Council will consider final approval of incentives for Eaton Aerospace LLC on April 9, according to a meeting notice published Monday.
Eaton’s local plant is on Cross County Road, which runs between Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester roads. The company wants to enter a deal with the county to pay a negotiated fee instead of taxes on its equipment and property. It also is asking for approval of a state tax credit to offset the costs of eligible improvements such as roadwork or utility upgrades.
Eaton Aerospace makes high- precision parts used in military equipment and commercial aircraft.
The company’s parent, Dublin, Ireland-based Eaton Corp., acquired the Cross County Road operation when it bought out Vickers Inc. in 1999.
Local officials would not say Monday whether Eaton is “Project Enjoy,” the code name assigned to an aerospace firm that the county’s economic development office has been talking with about an expansion. An Eaton Corp. representative in Cleveland said no one from the company was available to discuss the project Monday.
Project Enjoy also is up for final approval of an incentive package that is similar to the Eaton deal on April 9. The company’s identity will be disclosed before that council meeting.
The county has said that Project Enjoy is proposing to build a $22 million “center of excellence” at an existing aerospace parts plant.
The company already has 155 employees in the area. The expansion would add 22 more jobs within six years if it is approved by the company.
At least one other aerospace company in Charleston County also is growing. SKF Aerobearings plans to build a “super precision ball bearing” production facility that will create at least 11 jobs and perhaps as many as 36 positions.
SKF’s existing plant is on Investment Drive in North Charleston’s Pepperdam Industrial Park. The Swedish manufacturer opened that business in 2006 to serve the aviation industry and other customers.
County Council is scheduled to review SKF’s incentive deal for final approval tonight.
Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.