TBC selects Berkeley County for distribution center

Date: 10/12/2009

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One of the largest marketers of automotive replacement tires announced today that it has chosen a site in Berkeley County for a 1.1 million square foot distribution center.

TBC Corp. plans to occupy a distribution center to be developed in Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone/Charleston in Berkeley County.

The 400-acre industrial park is a joint venture of Rockefeller Group Development Corp. and MeadWestvaco Corp.’s Community Development and Land Management Group.

"We are excited about the opportunity to consolidate a portion of our distribution network to a new and larger facility in the Charleston area," said Erik R. Olsen, president and CEO, TBC Wholesale Group. "The infrastructure and location of the Port of Charleston complements our growth and will allow us to meet the growing demands of our customers."

The East Coast Distribution Center will primarily support TBC’s wholesale operations.

In a statement, the company said the expansion of TBC’s east coast distribution center to the Berkeley County site near the Interstate 26/Jedburg Road interchange will provide necessary access to the deepwater Port of Charleston, which will allow TBC to receive product from international as well as domestic suppliers, subsequently streamlining product and inventory management to the benefit of its customers.

On Friday, State Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Bonneau, said he has a "very good feeling" about landing TBC Corp., though he only referred to them as an economic development prospect that officials had dubbed Project Neptune.

In August, the Business Journal reported that Lowcountry economic development officials were in hot pursuit of the business deal dubbed Project Neptune that, if nabbed, would serve as the anchor tenant for a planned distribution park in Jedburg.

TBC also will immediately become the S.C. State Ports Authority’s fourth-largest business customer, Grooms said. "It’s a significant amount of volume" that would be imported through Charleston, he said.

"Once that is signed, you build the rest. It’s kind of like a mall," Grooms said.

The company also was looking at sites in Savannah, Ga., and Norfolk, Va., said Ken Seeger, who is president of MeadWestvaco’s Community Development and Land Management Group, which is based out of Summerville.

“We are excited to be a part of this team which is bringing jobs to South Carolina,” said Jim Hill, vice president of MWV’s Community Development and Land Management Group. “The construction of the building and roads will put local people back to work very soon.”

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