Comcast to create 550 jobs at N. Charleston center

**FILE** Comcast's name hangs in the lobby of its state headquarters in this Nov. 3, 2005 file photo, in Sandy, Utah. Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable TV operator, reported a 28 percent increase in second-quarter profit Thursday, July 26, 2007 as it saw a surge in subscribers for digital TV and its promotionally priced package of TV, Internet and phone services drew in customers. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, file) ¬ ¬ Published Caption 8/26/07: Ever mindful of satellite TV providers, Philadelphia-based Comcast also is facing unprecedented competition from telephone companies.

Cable TV and Internet giant Comcast will invest $21.4 million and create 550 office jobs off U.S. Highway 78 in North Charleston, company and state officials announced Tuesday.

The 80,000 square-foot “Center of Excellence” will eventually house new customer service and technical support employees. It is scheduled to be fully operational in the second half of 2016.

The new hires will provide support for Comcast customers with the X1 entertainment operating system, high-speed Internet and digital telephone services, the company said.

“By bringing more than 550 new jobs to North Charleston, Comcast continues to support the region’s robust economic development while making great strides to improve the customer experience,” said Doug Guthrie, regional senior vice president for Philadelphia-based Comcast. “Today’s announcement marks an exciting new chapter in our positive and long-standing partnership with the Charleston community.”

The new office building will be at 3450 Ingleside Blvd.

“South Carolina is quickly becoming known as one of the best places in the world to do business for companies in every industry,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement.

Comcast will employ more than 800 workers in the Charleston region once the new office is fully staffed. In addition to this latest investment, the company opened a 5,000-square-foot Xfinity Customer Center in North Charleston in early 2015.

“More than just a leader in the manufacturing renaissance, South Carolina has also become a hub for office and customer service-related operations,” state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in a statement.

The Comcast expansion will be part of a 2,000-acre, mixed-use real estate project that will include office, retail, hotel and residential properties. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said the investment “will be a catalyst within the greater Ingleside development, furthering economic development in that portion of the city.”

Earlier this year, The Post and Courier reported that a Texas real estate firm planned to build the office building for an unidentified company that was looking to bring more than 500 jobs to the region.

Dallas-based KDC was seeking permits on behalf of an economic development prospect code-named “Project Phoenix.” The deal first surfaced in September. It was described at the time in public documents as a Fortune 500 employer specializing in “customer care” and “technical support.”

The county has estimated that the average annual wages would be $30,500.

The S.C. Commerce Department’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $500,000 grant last year to offset the costs of improving and developing the property.

Contact John McDermott at 843-937-5572.