Berkeley gets Distribution Center

Date: 10/22/2005

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Valley Forge Glad Consolidating its Operations at Site North of Goose Creek

By: Caroline Fossi

Of the Post and Courier Staff

A Pennsylvania-vased flag manufacturer is relocating its distribution center from Womelsdorf, Pa., to Berkeley County, bringing about 70 jobs to the area, the Charleston Regional Devlelopment Alliance said Friday.

The move will consolidate Valle Forge Flag Co.'s manufacturing and distribution operations in South Carojlina.  It has a dyeing and printing shop in Olanta and sewing plans in Smoaks and Lane.

The company makes Amercian, state and international flags.  The products are 100 percent manufactured in the United States, the company says.

The new 70,000-square-foot distribution center already has been built in the Mount Holly Commerce Park off U.S. Highway 52 north of Goose Creek.  Operations are expected to start in mid-December, said Chris Binner, the company's vice president of marketing and sales.  Some jobs will be filled by employees transferring from Pennsylvania.

Valley Forge is the third company to set up operations in the partially developed, 1000-acre commerce park.  It joins Parker-Hannifin, a manufacturer of fuel injectors, and Jomar Logistics.

"The region has once again attracted a top-quality, value-driven company," Bill McCall, chairman of the development alliance, said in a statement.


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