N. Charleston reels in more Shimano business

Shimano American is expanding its fishing operations in North Charleston. File

Sporting goods maker and distributor Shimano American Corp. is beefing up its North Charleston fishing operations. The company said it’s part of a plan to “increase its connection to markets across the country.”

The expansion will take place over the next 18 to 24 months, the company said Monday.

“The Charleston area is close to a number of influential fresh and saltwater markets, enabling us to create a more local connection to those markets by growing the operations at our existing facility,” David Pfeiffer, company president, said in a written statement.

The number of new jobs associated with the move was not disclosed.

“We’ll start planning the office space needs immediately, along with plans for implementing the necessary positions,” said Steve Ferrara, Shimano American’s tackle division vice president. “Our team is very excited to enter this next phase of our business plan by increasing our presence and connection to the East Coast markets while maintaining operations on the West Coast.”

Along with Shimano-brand bicycle components and fishing tackle, the company distributes fishing rods and fishing line from South Carolina for customers along the East Coast and throughout the Midwest and South.

The company also handles Pearl Izumi cycling and running products and Jackall brand fishing lures from North Charleston.

Shimano American first set up shop in the Lowcountry in 2003 in a 25,000-square-foot distribution center in Benchmark Industrial Park. It built its existing warehouse off Ladson Road in 2006.

In October 2013, Shimano American opened a 99,000-square-foot expansion to its building in Palmetto Commerce Park, giving it more than 202,000 square feet of warehouse and office space.

The company is based in Irvine, Calif. It is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Shimano Inc.