Morgan Olson LLC, which makes walk-in van bodies, announced Wednesday that it will establish a new plant in Charleston County. The $1 million investment is expected to generate 119 new jobs.
“We are excited about locating our new facility in Charleston County. South Carolina offers a business-friendly environment and the skilled workforce we need for our operations. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Dave Halladay, the company’s Vice President of Operations, said in a statement released by the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
Morgan Olson’s North Charleston facility will strip and retrofit truck chassis built by Mercedes in Ladson and upfit cargo vans with modular interiors for FedEx, Ryder and other customers. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Sturgis, Michigan.
Morgan Olson will locate its new 100,000-square-foot plant at 7555 Palmetto Commerce Parkway. The facility is expected to be online by October 1 and producing vehicles by October 22. The company’s interest in the site was first reported by the Charleston Post & Courier in July.
“The automotive industry continues to be a real driver in our state’s economy and in our manufacturing sector. When companies like Morgan Olson choose to locate here, it not only creates jobs and wealth for South Carolinians, but also increases our reputation in the automotive club,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
The company has completed its first hiring phase and information on additional hiring will be released at a later date.