SC commerce leaders announce Volvo subcontracting opportunities

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — The South Carolina Department of Commerce, along with Berkeley County and Trident Technical College, hosted a construction subcontractor outreach event for the Volvo Car factory construction project on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

The meeting was open to the public.

Adrienne Fairwell with the South Carolina Department of Commerce says the meeting was an opportunity for South Carolina businesses to learn more about how they can take part in the construction of the facility.

Fairwell reminds people, with the addition of sub-contractors, brings additional jobs to our area.

Taking place at Trident Technical College’s Building 920, 7000 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, the outreach event allowed attendees to gain information about the Volvo Car construction project in Berkeley County, learn about current and upcoming bid packages, receive instructions on contractor pre-qualification forms and meet the construction management team.

Volvo announced the $500 million vehicle manufacturing facility in May 2015. With the capacity to build up to 100,000 cars per year and create up to 2,000 direct new jobs over the next decade, the factory is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2018. The construction project is being managed overall by Yates Construction with Gray Construction managing construction of the paint shop.

Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt celebrated this tremendous milestone for Volvo saying, “South Carolina is leading the pack in advanced manufacturing, and we’re excited to celebrate the progress of this new facility. As the proud home of Volvo Cars’ first American plant, we look forward to watching their Berkeley County operations thrive, contributing to the success of the company’s ventures in the U.S. and around the world.”

For more information, contact Ashley Teasdel at (803) 737-0325 or by email.

Those who missed the event can find more information about contracting jobs related to the Volvo facility in Berkeley County by emailing VolvoCarsSC@sccommerce.com. Sub-contractors can also fill out a “Buy South Carolina” entry to be placed in the supplier database.

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