Firearms importer bringing 117 jobs

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A worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment to the United States announced Monday it will create 117 new jobs in a warehousing and distribution center in Dorchester County.

Rochester, N.Y.-based American Tactical Imports will set up the $2.7 million operation in Eastport Industrial Park in Summerville. The location will also include limited firearm assembly, the company’s headquarters, a customer service center and sales office.

“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” said Tony DiChario, president and founder of American Tactical Imports. “The relocation process will be smooth, and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms, and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.”

ATI will begin relocating to Summerville in November, spokesman Joshua Sykes said.

“Today’s announcement is another testament that South Carolina is a destination for job-creating investments,” Gov. Nikki Haley said.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $500 million in capital investment and more than 4,000 jobs in the warehouse and distribution sector.

“South Carolina is the perfect location for companies like American Tactical that depend on the ability to move products efficiently,” state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said. “Our state’s business-friendly resources and excellent workforce further underscore what makes South Carolina just right for business.”

Factors that influenced the company’s decision included workforce availability, market access and the ability to import products through the Port of Charleston, which is the deepest port in the South Atlantic and known for its industry-leading productivity.

“The S.C. Ports Authority welcomes American Tactical as a new customer,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “Our capable harbor will facilitate their ability to import goods from Europe and Asia, helping grow the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. This announcement is a testament to the fact that South Carolina is a great place to do business.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits.

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